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  1. Or even Daario. He would not have let Jon kill her. Daario got a happy ending! The show just made me want the books even more, so we get the real story.
  2. The show was only ever good for occasional book scene illustrations, then not even that. (Here's an old video that makes relevant points.)
  3. I wish they'd given Dany the dignity of at least remembering Drogo, who really did love her, and didn't murder her, as she was dying... that was actually part of her story that they'd meet again... She did, after all, name her dragon after him, but whatever. If they wanted to do something at long last for readers, they might actually show faithful book versions reacting to their destroyed show versions. I've always thought it would be funny to see the real Sansa absolutely appalled by Sandra, who is no lady, and forgot Lady.
  4. If only someone had said Don't call me Shirley, there might have been one good scene.
  5. Tobias Menzies wandered in and made a character actually seem real for a brief shining moment.. so of course he was cut short by rude Sandra. I was like, no, that's the only thing all season that was any good!
  6. After watching Dany fight tooth and nail for the weak and innocent throughout the series run (even showing off her affinity for somewhat alarming vengeance in just straight-up burning her enemies), her transition from the Mother of Dragons to the Queen of the Ashes happened so quick it felt like we had whiplash; it also didn't feel earned, nor did the sudden distrust of Dany by her advisers and other characters after they championed her for seasons... The show has replaced all of Cersei's defining characteristics—ruthless convictions and cunning gameplay—with the fact that she's a mother. They didn't help matters by keeping her framed in a tower window all season, flanked by characters straight out of a late-in-the-episode Saturday Night Live sketch: a mute monster (The Mountain), a mad scientist (Qyburn) and the steampunk pirate paramour whose name must not be mentioned. When you look back, Cersei really didn't do anything all season; making her a passive bystander in her own life. If "The Bells" taught us anything it's just women are just too emotional to rule, even if they are making moves—controversial as they may be—that men in this cutthroat world have made for thousands of years. Add in the fan outrage over Ser Brienne of Tarth being reduced to crying in a bathrobe after Jaime leaves her just after she was finally (and deservedly) knighted (not to mention that her final solo scene of the series was documenting Jaime's merits!) and Missandei, the one woman of color on the show, ultimately serving as a device to move the plot forward, and it's not surprising that many viewers feel that the female representation on the show is lacking. But the biggest issue came in episode two, when Sansa's rape, which caused possibly the show's biggest controversy when it aired in 2015, was brought up again during her reunion with the Hound. Jessica Chastain, Turner's Dark Phoenix co-star, took to Twitter after the episode aired to slam the scene which Sansa inferred the horrors she has endured over the course of the series, including the Ramsay Bolton assault, had turned her into a stronger person. "Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger. A woman doesn't need to be victimized in order to become a butterfly," Chastain tweeted. "The #littlebird was always a Phoenix. Her prevailing strength is solely because of her. And her alone."... The criticism of the way the female characters storylines are playing out on screen could very well be because of the lack of female voices behind the scenes. Benioff and Weiss have written a majority of the series' episodes, with the list of directors is equally as small and mostly male... Maybe if Espenson or Taylor came back around they could've noted it's not a good look to say that the two powerful women who actually want the Iron Throne are just too damn emotionally unstable to rule, and that a white man who didn't want power truly deserved to be king, with another white dude who didn't want the position ultimately becoming king in the end. https://www.eonline.com/news/1042391/why-game-of-thrones-final-season-was-always-destined-to-disappoint Here's another article that addresses this, too: https://news.yahoo.com/sadly-apos-game-thrones-apos-133431672.html
  7. This isn't what we signed up for. When "Game of Thrones" premiered eight years ago, it was instantly clear that the series was something different. It was a story that broke the conventions of the fantasy genre, not one that was a slave to them... But that's not the show that aired its finale Sunday night. In the final episode, "The Iron Throne," the show was unrecognizable. It was hacky; it was cliched. Every character left standing received a saccharine coda. Closure is one thing, but pandering is entirely another... "Iron Throne" is an episode that will go down as one of the most controversial series finales of all time... It didn't gracefully swerve into another lane, it careened off a cliff. And looking back at the series will never be the same. https://news.yahoo.com/apos-game-thrones-apos-series-025617185.html
  8. So it wasn't a fantasy... and it wasn't history... it was just... what. The dullest thing. Long periods of nothing happening. Like a dozen bits of dialogue total (mercifully since it's so bad, but super lazy). All the drama and life sucked out by reducing everyone to one forced note. No one would watch this again, all the journeys were pointless.
  9. Yeah, they gave her the tiara she wanted in the beginning. Queen Barbie. That's all she is to them. And it turns out breaking a weirwood promise is just something to make a dress out of.
  10. And so they wiped out the entire series with the final season...
  11. So they threw Sandra a bone for turning her into Jeyne. And she ended as she began. And in a weirwood tree dress after breaking a weirwood tree promise.
  12. Some more articles. This won't happen in the books, but nice to see the nasty nonsense called out. Instead of choosing life, [The Hound] embraces a futile death for the sake of killing his lifelong tormentor, his older brother Gregor Clegane. The brotherly showdown has been the stuff of half-joking fan theories for years, so it’s a bit jarring to see it play out in this particular moment. It also shuns the catharsis fans hoped “Cleganebowl” would offer The Hound. He gets his revenge, but it costs him the second chance at life he got after Brienne left him for dead. The episode makes this reversal literal, by having Sandor plunge both of them out of the tower and into the flames. Like with Jaime, it tells us that ultimately, this is what The Hound felt he deserved and what he wanted, damn the rest. The “why” of that, frustratingly, is also left vague. https://www.thedailybeast.com/game-of-thrones-the-bells-baffling-decision-to-turn-daenerys-into-a-crazy-murderous-ex-girlfriend Another: Loser: Cleganebowl After years upon years of hype, Cleganebowl aimed for the epic while feeling utterly inconsequential, which is maybe a great subtweet of “The Bells” as a whole... But as it was happening, I realized I had absolutely no emotional investment in what was unfolding, beyond having a vague idea that I was sad the Hound couldn’t escape his own cycles of abuse and trauma. It played out in the most perfunctory fashion possible... Loser: the breaking of cycles Much of Game of Thrones, thematically, has been about breaking destructive cycles — whether political cycles, cycles of violence, or cycles of oppression... (For more on this idea, check out Twitter user @chachch_changes’ thread on Cleganebowl.) So some portion of the [show] ending will be at least somewhat hopeful about the possibility of breaking these cycles, right? Nah. That turns out to mostly not be the case, and it turns out to not be the case in the most bitter and dark way possible... https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/5/13/18617316/game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-recap-the-bells-winners-losers
  13. Oh, that is priceless. The truth will out. And these truths are self-evident.
  14. Weiss, on how he and Benioff came up with how it ends: It wasn’t like something where five years ago one of us said, “I think this has to happen and I know this is right.” [The storyline was] something that gradually unfolded with neither of us wanting to plant a flag in the ground right out of the gate. Because what if you’re wrong? What if there’s a better idea out there and you planted a flag on the second- or third-best idea? So it was always more a “What if…” conversation than an “I think that…” So by the time we got to the place where we were outlining we already knew most of the big things. https://ew.com/tv/2019/04/09/game-of-thrones-season-8-showrunners-interview/