Well, we’re finally here.
Three dragons, over ten kings and five books later and we’re here: “Game of Thrones” has ended. I’ll try to keep this review as spoiler-free as I can for those of you who haven’t seen the last episode yet.
“Game of Thrones,” for any of you out there living in a box, is a fantasy show loosely based on the historical War of the Roses, taking cue from our own worldly history of feuding royal families. The show takes the high stakes drama of noble life and translates it to a world where the dead rise and mystical direwolves roam.
At its heart, “Game of Thrones” is character driven. In each and every episode that aired, viewers struggle to impose black and white television senses onto this morally gray world. We find ourselves sympathetic to an incestuous knight and disgust for a teenager avenging his parents.
“Game of Thrones” shines in highlighting different perspectives on the world and evolving those perspectives. Even someone like the “half-man” Tyrion, one of the main characters, has his world rocked multiple times throughout the series. He no longer lives for the life of leisure as he used to, but cares for little outside of seeing the realm prosper.
It’s hard to let go of characters you’ve seen grow over time. In some cases, like the Stark children, we’ve literally watched them age on our screens. We’ve watched them grow, we’ve seen the Lannisters evolve. We’ve seen the Targaryens, well, be the dragons they were meant to be.
Beyond the difficulty of letting go, this season seemed particularly rushed. Whether it’s from lack of inspiration on the part of the writers or simply the wishes of David Benioff and DB Weiss to move on to their promised Star Wars trilogy, this season desperately needed more time.
For dedicated viewers, it’s truly insulting this season is leaving zero time for characters, or viewers, to process story developments. It’s exhausting to even attempt to mourn one character before another is killed. This season makes the build-up to the Red Wedding look like a pleasure cruise.
Sudden character choices from one episode to another feel as if they should have taken seasons to get to that point. Beinoff and Weiss give viewers very little warning before firing shots at characters we’ve grown to know, rightfully upsetting fans. And if video reactions are any indication, the actors didn’t approve either.
HBO offered Weiss and Beinoff two more seasons to flesh out the ending, but they refused. They took a cultural phenomenon and reduced it down to a rushed haphazard mess. I would almost be impressed at the rate of destruction if I didn’t love this show as much as I do.
But, as we’ve all heard before, no good thing can last — and for “Game of Thrones,” this was it. This was the last of Jon, Dany, Tyrion, Sansa and Arya. The last of the magical world that, even in its nudity and gore, brought families together on Sunday night just to see what would happen.
This, my fellow fans, is the end of “Game of Thrones.”