Spoiler alert: The following contains informations from the (Game of Thrones) series finale, Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6, (The Iron Throne.)
When The (Game of Thrones) premiered before 8 years ago, that was instantly clear that the series was something different. That was the story that broke the conventions of the fantasy genre, not one it was a slave to them. Yeah, the (Thrones) books and the series were inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s (The Lord of the Rings,) but they also subverted that trilogy. We all know why. Ned Stark lose his head. The Red Wedding killed Robb and Catelyn. The Mountain killed Viper. Tragedy and injustice were as the baked into the series identity as battles and dragons.
But it’s not the show that aired and viral that’s final episode 6 Sunday night. Inner the final episode, (The Iron Throne,) (Thrones) was the unrecognizable. That was hacky, that was cliched. Every role left standing received an saccharine coda. That was all too classic and simple, too clean, even with an major death and the surprise contender for the (Iron Throne.) Closure is only one thing, but pandering is entirely one other.
(The Iron Throne) would have been the fine ending for the different kind of TV Show. That would have been heart warming and satisfying landing for an series it had long warmed hearts. But over the many years, (Thrones) has been the story where the good guys didn’t win and the bad guys didn’t get their comeuppance. The world that the writers built wasn’t fair, and some good people suffered for no reason. That wasn’t a particularly rosy theme, but that was only of the reasons the series became such the massive hit, why that felt like relatable in spite of its otherworldly setting. That was never an fairy tale. That was as messy and broken our world is now.
(The Iron Throne) is the episode that will go down as one of the most controversial tv show series finales of all time, in the same camp as the (Lost,) (Dexter) or (Battlestar Galactica.) For many other fans, that is likely enough. After all, the Stark siblings found happiness, safety and their place in the world, Tyrion is hand of king, Sam is the maester and, heck, even Podrick Payne gets to be a knight now. Everybody and every-man who was good got their reward. Dany got her comeuppance for her crimes. And there’s even a argument to be made it by going for a happy ever after, (Thrones) subverted the expectations of every-man waiting for an bloodbath.
But it’s not what (The Iron Throne) did. That didn’t gracefully swerve into one other lane, that careened off an cliff. And looking back at the tv show series will never be the same.