Game Of Thrones Final Episode Review: WTF?!
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE SERIES!
After eight years, 73 gruelling episodes, half a million slayings and millions of dollars, it's all over - Game of Thrones has come to an end.
We saw Ned Stark lose his head, Robb and Catelyn die at the infamous Red Wedding, and The Mountain kill the Viper. We were immersed in tragedy, injustice, war... and dragons.
However, the Red Wedding and Battle of Blackwater days were not reminiscent of the final episode of Game of Thrones, whatsoever. It was cliched, simple, and rushed. In many ways, it seemed like D.B. Weiss and David Benioff wanted the show done and dusted without putting much thought into a memorable ending.
From the beginning, we knew death was inevitable. We knew our favourite characters would be sacrificed, but we thought it would be in a way that adds to the storyline in the long term. We saw the good guys lose, and the bad guys get their comeuppance. It's never had a rosy theme, but that was one of the reasons the series became a massive hit - it was never a fairytale, it was a messy world reminiscent of ours, despite its 'otherwordly' setting.
This episode will undoubtedly go down as one of the most controversial show finales of all time. While many fans have been left underwhelmed, let's look on the bright side - the Stark siblings have found happiness, Tyrion is the rightful hand to the king, Samwell is a maester, and Podrick's a knight! Daenerys got her comeuppance for her crimes, and everybody who was good got their reward (well, aside from the good people who died in previous episodes).
Let's be real - Game of Thrones was never going to have a happily-ever-after conclusion, but it was lacking the spark it had in earlier seasons.
Personally, the most conflicting part of the episode was Jon Snow being sent to the Night's Watch... again.
I was under the impression that there was no longer a need for the Night's Watch. The wights are gone, and the wildlings are allies, so what's their purpose? It's these minuscule details that really affected my view of the finale episode.
Another irritating factor was Daenerys' character development. Her suddenly conforming to the 'Mad Queen' stereotype is in stark contrast to the leader she was in previous seasons. This is definitely not helped by the feeling that this season was 'rushed'. The final six episodes were too compressed to form a plot that reflected the magic of previous seasons.