Written by Ollie C.
Ollie's Rating: 9.0/10
Josh's Rating: 9.0/10
Warning: The following review will be discussing plot details from the final episode of Game of Thrones, there will be a red warning at the point to which spoilers begin. Please read at your own discretion.
So here we are, the last page. HBO's hit series Game of Thrones has now come to an end. After a shaky final series, ASO questions, does it deliver? Well, yes and no. The final episode of arguably the most groundbreaking show in history is a bittersweet one, and we can clearly see why many were describing it as disappointing- including Kit Harrington himself. But to the credit of now infamous D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, we think they do finally give us at least a satisfying end to the Game of Thrones that we fell in love with all those years ago. While it may not be a perfect episode or final series, one that's become too self congratulatory and self centred, it finally gives the viewers (mostly) what they want- rather than subverting expectations by giving us something completely improbable, I'm looking at you 'The Long Night'.
After last week's divisive, The Last Jedi-esque episode, it was safe to say that I was rather hesitant to see where the writers would take the series in order to close it off. The answer really never came, the show never really ended, with characters that are so believable life carries on for them just as it does for us.
That's not to say this week's episode didn't have its flaws, disregarding the impeccable final moments, this episode did have some incredibly sloppy writing, with one quote (that isn't a spoiler) from Jon Snow in which he claims "I could never defend Dany after what she's done" only to 1 minute later go defend her 'as she's our queen'- OH COME ON. It really is evident how the two directors and writers wanted to get this gig complete so that they could begin working on their new small project, a Star Wars trilogy. But as Maester Aemon once said, and again this episode, "Duty is the death of love" and in this instance, D&D's duties came in the way of their love for this show and it is clearly evident that this important final series has been rushed in places.
Overall, Game of Thrones is a really special show, to many people, all across the planet. It's made us laugh, its made us cry (a lot), it's made us learn how to love fictious characters in more depth than we've perhaps ever loved before. It's meant a lot to me and my co-editor, Josh, and I have to say it's been one hell of a ride. While it has unfortunately closed on an unfortunately shaky note, looking back, this show really has been a game changer. Thank you HBO, thank you D&D, thank you George R.R. Martin, thank you Game of Thrones.
SPOILER WARNING: We will now be progressing into spoiler territory. Do NOT read on from here if you have not seen the finale of Game of Thrones.
So, let's get to the good stuff. Queen Danereys is DEAD. Rightfully killed by the rightful (?) heir to the throne, Jon Snow. The Iron Throne is DESTROYED, melted by the fire of Drogon himself, out of anger and sorrow for the loss of his mother. Brandon Stark is KING OF THE SIX KINGDOMS, and Sansa is QUEEN OF THE NORTH. Now, I have mixed feelings on some of these but the more I think about it, the more I am warming to the idea. Let's start with my least favourite, the Iron Throne is gone. Melted down completely into nothing more than bubbling molten metal. This was incredibly painful to watch and we are surprised to see such an icononic symbol of the show be destroyed, but considering it is the end of an era, with all the (seen) tyrants dead, it makes sense that now so can be the chair in which they ruled from.
Dany is dead. Now, again, this is somethign I'm unsure about, not the fact that she's dead (I suspected she would die within this season somewhere), but since she's turned mad (half an episode ago) we've had little time to get used to this new side of Dany before she's stabbed in the heart by her nephew and lover, Jon Snow. While it was nice to see such a tyrant killed in such an embarrasing way, it does leave me a bitter taste since we never got to say goodbye to the true Dany that we met and followed for the past 7 seasons.
Brandon Stark is King of the Six Kingdoms. A wise choice come to think of it. A holistic king who can look back in time and look at the flaws and mistakes of history that has come before, which on paper should create a perfect king who knows the best ways to rule. While he may not be the most experienced of royal rulers, he certainly has the attitude for it, one that is caring, understanding and forgiving, a bit like Tommen but without an evil mother to be manipulated by. This is a great choice that works all round, however one wonders how many will be upset that Jon didn't become King, regardless of how many times he said he didn't want it. And Tyrion Lannister becoming hand of the king was a lovely way of rounding off his character arc, finally finding him a fitting ruler for him to side with.
And Sansa is Queen of the North, now this is very fitting. Sansa has been through a lot, she's toughened and truly come into her own in the last season or two. Growing into the leadership role over the past 6 episodes, looking back, it seemed pretty inevitable that the daughter of Ned Stark would get this role.
So as the episode closes, could we see more from Game of Thrones? Yes, probably, it all comes down to money really. This show has made an absolute fortune and with new spin-offs on the way, there's no reason why we couldn't see a cameo from King Bran the Broken or Arya or Jon or Queen Sansa on the way. As everybody travels on their own new ventures, it's time to close this chapter on a Song of Ice and Fire- with an apt reference from Samwell at the end of this episode. It's time for a new chapter to begin, as we look backwards into the history of Westeros, we also look forward to new adventures with new characters, new foes and new stories to tell, after all, that's what matters most, stories.
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