Last night was the final episode for Game Of Thrones, a wonderful series that captivated viewers all over the world. Before I go any further, I must admit that I had read the books, so up until the point of Jon snow returning from the dead, nothing was new to me. That didn’t prevent me from really enjoying the show as it moved past the books. I blame GRRM for his lack of effort to stay up to date with the TV show that was inspired by his books in the first place.
At any rate, the final season turned out to be less wonderful than people had hoped. There were a few real highlights (thanks, Arya) but the story seemed to lack any real direction and just tried to lunge over the finish line to get a participation trophy, rather than wrapping things up in a magnificent way. The plot points were hollow and pre-destined so there was very little surprise, such as the Red Wedding type of event. IT seemed like everyone just went through the motions, and nothing more.
I find it somehow appropriate that the final season was marred by some inexplicable editing errors, such as Starbucks cups and water bottles mysteriously appearing on the sets. Those kinds of errors seem to indicate a lack of caring if nothing else. The only thing that would have been worse would have been to hear a cell phone blaring during a medieval battle scene.
No one got what they wanted from the last episode. GRRM made his money and didn’t care. The producers made their money and didn’t care. The actors made their money and didn’t care. The writers made their money and didn’t care, but the writers then tried to wrap things up in a way that was reminiscent of The Sopranos, a non-cliffhanger ending that left everyone disappointed as the characters moved on as if nothing had actually happened to them. I kept expecting Gandolf and Frodo to make an appearance.
A show that burned so brightly and powerfully for 7 years just flickered and died last night. While I am grateful for the 7 years of joy, I think that the show could have made a much better effort to end the story.