Review - Game of Thrones Episode 6 - Finale
".. thus focusing on the consequences of a Targaryen dictatorship .."
** WARNING ! SPOILERS AHEAD (but why else would you be here for f*** sakes!?" **
It's done, that's it, it's finished, that's a wrap on Game Of Thrones in it's entirety. It's a strange feeling to think we'll never see the likes of these characters again. It's likely we'll never see a show like this again (not including the 4'000 spinoff's GoT will birth). So now that we know the entire story, I have some THOUGHTS!!!
A video will be published on the AX6 YouTube channel discussing overall thoughts on why the latter half of the series' standards dropped and the significance of how and why that then set the internet on fire with fans freaking the fuck out. (daddy, chill). We also go into a little detail on why S8 isn't actually as bad as people think it is, though in this review let's talk specifically about the episode.
So the episode picks up right where episode 5 left off. The city of Kings Landing is blanketed under a layer of thick ash (NOT SNOW) . The likes of Tyrion, Jon, Davos and Arya are coming to terms with what just happened and how that changes the dynamic of "Good vs evil" and who they should support / what they do next, the Dothraki are having a fucking great time and we the audience have no idea whats going to happen next. The first real heartbreaking moment for me in this episode was when Tyrion found the bodies of his brother and sister, sure Cersei Lannister was a lot of bad things but there was just something so profoundly upsetting in seeing her body buried under the rubble along with Jaime's, even the way they were positioned was upsetting, both born together and died together. There was a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth in the way they decided to kill them both off in the previous episode but when Tyrion found them, I'm almost tempted to say it made up for what I was originally so disappointed with, so I'm actually satisfied with regards to that.
One of my many issued with the later seasons in that Tyrion doesn't actually get to do a whole lot. He sort of wonders around "advising" Daenerys, a shadow of his former self in the earlier seasons, particularly his days in Kings Landing pre Joffrey's death. I thought this episode could really be his moment to shine, i thought perhaps he had a plan all along or that he would reveal some huge secret or SOMETHING but no, not really. He just abandons his post as Danny's hand, goes to prison, basically gives Bran King-status and that's it.
Speaking of, Bran. Bran the broken, Bran the huge waste of f****** time amiright? Anyone else totally disappointed? Don't get me wrong, I totally understand the notion of "who else has a better story than Bran the broken?" it's to do with his ability to see all of history etc so I totally reject the online chatter stating ANYONE other than Bran has a better story, those of you who think this, completely misunderstand what Tyrion is saying. BUT .. you're telling me all this BS that has been leading us to this huge moment in that Bran has known what is coming, all this is because he knew he would be King?! R U AVIN A LAUGH M8?. Yeah, the Starks all leave off on a happy note, Sansa is Queen in the north, Arya is off in the west on her adventures and Jon is where he's most happy, in the North, the REAL North with the people he saved, HIS people. If that was Brans motivation then fair enough, I just don't think they made that point strong enough to convince me that the endgame was that he knew he would become King. The foreshadowing wasn't strong enough, the build up wasn't playful enough and the end product wasn't satisfying enough. I don't even buy that he would even make a good king. I don't think the choice of who's arse sits on the Iron throne is bad, I just don't think it was done well enough for me. I'll be interested to see if George R R Martin's books will have the same person on the throne at the end, I would bet it does, I would even bet it was his call to have Bran be king, but I would also bet it'll be done cleaner and more concise in his book.
For me, I actually liked Daenerys' arc. You watch back and there's scenes, even in season 1 and 2 where you see the raging blood thirsty Targaryen come out of her, where she promises fire and blood outside the gates of Qarth. It's there, the evidence of her probable turn is there and she spends the entirety of season 8 losing her closest allies to either death, treason or a shocking lineage twist.
So it's understandable for someone whose spent nearly a decade building an army from nothing, having made history with leading one of the most formidable forces, such as the Dothraki, over the sea for the first time ever, to conquering, to bringing three dragons back into the world, having been beaten, sold, raped, to been told that her fate was to rule, that it was written in the stars, it's her destiny to establish a dynasty, it was all inevitable, for it then to just completely fall apart, you can see why she would snap, she is a Targaryen after all. She was fearsome at the top of this episode, Darth Vader sort of villainy. It was fabulous to see and again, I can't help but weep over the reality that this COULD have been some unbelievable stuff, had they really stretched this season's story line over the span of maybe another 2 or 3 seasons. Season 8 focusing on the army of the dead, season 9 focusing on Daenerys' slow turn with the finale showing us the destruction of Kings Landing and the final season thus focusing on the consequences of a Targaryen dictatorship with a conclusion at the end. Also, that shot of her in front of Drogon with the wings, boy, that shit was FIRE.
The death of Daenerys Targaryen, the most inevitable thing the show's given us, it just had to be, right? I'm so vanilla on this, like, sure, was it the most meh thing that's ever meh'd? YEAH. How could she not see it coming? After only having two options of phrases to say all season, Jon's absolute certainty that she would be a good ruler, they didn't dwell enough on him reconsidering his choices, again, it was given to us in a scene, maybe even a shot. This is the sort of thing that makes Game Of Thrones.. well, Game of Thrones, YANO!? Jon having to face the fact that the woman he's in love with could perhaps be the very thing he's spent his entire life fighting. She is the tyrant, she is the wrong choice and that he will ultimately have to face the very thing he's dreaded facing.. the fact that Sansa was right all along.
So bam, Jon Snow plunged his dagger into Daenerys' heart and she dies, Drogon looses his fucking mind and knows it's not Jon that ultimately killed her, it was the thirst for the throne and the fact he then decimates the throne was something I was all for. I was a big fan of that. I didn't need the whole "omg is the dragon going to burn Jon now?!" thing, we knew he wasn't going to.
What I did want was a trial by combat with Jon vs Grey worm. Because F*** OFF if you think I'm going to believe that Grey worm was cool with letting Jon go live out his days at the wall and that he was going to mosey on over to f****** Naath. Nah, battle it out, even if they fought, with the fight resulting in neither winning and that the results we got in the episode being the deal breaker. COME ON.
Anyway, that's it I guess, a lot of wasted potential, I felt the focus was in the bombastic epic scale rather than the things that name GOT special in the early days. I don't think it was poorly written, just the overall scope was too short for me which then makes the overall quality of the show worse because there's just not enough time to flesh anything out. I understand the reasons why they decided to call it a day at Season 8, you just cannot make this show bigger and better, its hit the celling and they had to end it, it's just a shame they couldn't quite continue. I love this show, I will always love this show, I will argue in it's corner. I love these characters, I'll miss these characters and I cannot wait to spent many more hours of my life rewatching and reliving some of the most memorable and captivating television my eyes will ever see. GOT will leave a legacy and a benchmark for future television dramas to uphold and on that note, my watch has officially ended.
Verdict - ★★★