Girls of Thrones: Review of Episode 6
May 21, 2019
The “Game of Thrones” series finale left some fans disappointed, others happy, but the overwhelming majority indifferent. With the conclusion of eight years of storytelling, plus the book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin that began in 1996, many fans are left blindsided or left to wonder: “what now?”
“It makes sense; that doesn’t make it good.”
First things first. The series finale happened. It happened. It wasn’t fulfilling or underwhelming, it just was. Leaving me with a feeling of indifference, it felt like another Marvel’s “Defenders” situation: a huge buildup, with great characters and actors, but a rushed story and too few episodes that left no room for the story development and telling that it needed.
Jon steadfastly holding onto his love for Dany at the beginning was fine; although, I was expecting more assertion that she was horrible, more complexity. It would have fit his character much more if he had acknowledged he loves her but that he abhors what she did, what she’s becoming. Greyworm’s lack of compassion following Missandei’s death is warranted; however, she would’ve wanted compassion far more than the hatred he is expelling. In that respect, it would have done to have another episode to develop Greyworm one last time following Missandei’s death, maybe with a scene of Tyrion talking to him, telling him what Missandei would’ve wanted.
Dany is… literally Hitler in this episode. With her vast army filled with bloodlust and believing that what they are doing is right, and her sharply dressed and talking of “liberation” — it was alarming. It didn’t hold with her craziness that was building in the last couple episodes, either. This Dany, however misled and self righteous, seemed rational in her own way, not mad.
Then the Throne Room scene, when Jon stabs Dany, killing her with little to no effort. I understand the emotional damage that must have caused; however, we barely got to see that. And the scene didn’t carry as much weight as it could’ve, given Dany dracarys-ed her fanbase in the second to last episode. It would have done to have an episode in between the penultimate and the finale, to acknowledge the “battle” and the deaths and the damage, and maybe attempt to show Dany is a more sympathetic light in some way to garner some last minute support for her and giving her death the impact it desperately needed.
Drogon melting the Iron Throne wasn’t unexpected, but it was kind of… it lacked impact, again. I was fully expecting him to eat Dany too, which would have fit in with the show and maybe would’ve given some of the impact, even if it was just from shock value.
One thing I did really like was how they twisted Dany’s past triumphs to show how easily she fell into this belief that she was right, and just, and good. She used murder and destruction to liberate the subjugated, and followed it up with totalitarianism to give order. But because it was not only morally evil people being killed, as well as not in Westeros, it was fine. It was right. Not only did we view the freeing of the subjugated as good, but the Dothraki sea and Slaver’s Bay feel separate from our world; and Westeros, the great expanse of land, is similar to our own as well as made the center piece of the story, making the audience identify with it.
Tyrion nominating Bran as King was predicted by many fans. Honestly, it makes sense. But it would have been nice to see Sansa be nominated, and Bran as an advisor. Her want of the North to be a free state was also expected.
I think that’s the main issue with this episode. All of it makes sense; that doesn’t make it good. The season definitely needed at least four more episodes littered throughout, with better pacing and story telling. (One of those episodes would, of course, be given to the Battle of Winterfell so the battle has the weight and story it should’ve had.)
Eight years wrapped up with Arya leaving to journey into unknown lands, Jon returning North, Sansa representing the North, Bran as King, Tyrion as the Hand (with Sam, Bronn, and Brienne as advisors), and the story lacking, in the end. Spin offs are planned, and I hope to see Arya’s journey and more world building that the show has always lacked, purely because it’s impossible to fit all of the world building that’s in the books into a show. Left with “what now?” but also hope that the spin offs will return to the quality of writing that Game of Thrones has always been known for.
“I just want another season.”
According to some GoT fans, the season finale saved season eight from being completely awful. “The Iron Throne” was able to successfully wrapped up the show not leaving many strings untied.
The best parts of the episode came at the end as the most of Stark children ended up with an important role Westeros. Bran the Broken is the King of the Six Kingdoms and protector of the realm and Sansa declared the North independent and is their Queen. It was obvious that Sansa wanted power for a very long time, but it was also revealed through Bran’s smirk that he wanted to be king too. On the other hand, while Arya isn’t a lady or a queen, she is doing whatever her heart desires, sailing the world. Similarly, Jon isn’t the king of anything, I believe he is honestly where he belongs beyond the wall with the Tormund and the other wildlings. It was revealed in the earlier season that Jon truly loved living with the free folk, I just wish Ygritte was alive because it could be argued that she was Jon’s true love.
Personally, the two disappointments of episode six was the destiny of Brienne of Tarth and Gendry. The writers kind of just left Brienne’s story open. Is she a lady? Is she knight of King’s Landing? Is she Bran’s protector? Who knows. As for Gendry, yes he is the Lord of Storm’s End, but what was the point of him being Robert Baratheon’s son? Honestly, there wasn’t a huge significance in this other than he was taken by the Red Witch because of who he actually was.
However, those two disappointments don’t come close to comparing what the writers did to Daenerys. Ten years was spent developing her kind-nature heart and “breaker of chains” personality. She was the symbol of women empowerment throughout the entire show and that was completely destroyed in season eight when she turned totally insane. One theory could be that destroying the world to create a new pure one was the whole plan. She wanted to literally break the wheel. But if that’s so why didn’t she destroy Qarth or Meereen? And to have Jon, the ultimate good guy, murder his lover was totally heartbreaking.
Season eight was not as disastrous as fans make it out to be. The writers did a fantastic part wrapping up the main character’s stories and brought peace to Westeros at last. Of course there were disappointments in who they killed off because they did an amazing job connecting the characters with the viewers that it was impossible everyone was going to be happy with the finale. However, the deaths were totally necessary. The only complaint is that the final events was squished into one season. The villains, Cersei and the White Walkers, were so built up to be the entire face of all evils in the previous seasons that it seemed way to easy for them to be killed. All in all though, I just want another season.