Thursday, May 23, 2019

Dracarys to Season 8

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is finally over, much to the dismay of many and the relief of others.  The Iron Throne is no more replaced by..... the Golden Path?






A season that began with such promise ended in a flurry of bad reviews and hordes of disappointed fans. Season 8 just plain suffered from being a short season.  Storylines were rushed, plot lines turned into dead ends, too many shortcuts were taken, and the hallmark of the show - character development - was shattered along with the Night King.  The battle scenes were fantastic but the skit points out all the major flaws that afflicted the season. 

For example, Dany becoming the Mad Queen wasn't as disturbing as the failure to show how she became the Mad Queen. Her incineration of King's Landing was in keeping with the plot twists one expects from GRRM.   Fans cheered her cruel treatment of those who really did deserve it. Crucifying slavers alive was righteous justice.  However, Martin took Dany's path of violence to its logical conclusion and rubbed the noses of the audience in her cruelty.  It makes perfect sense as did the Red Wedding and execution of Ned Stark. Burning the Masters was one thing, burning defenseless women and children was something else.   However, there was no preparation for the emergence of the Mad Queen.  One day she is the virtuous ruler saving the world from Cersai, the next day she is Robespierre incarnate.  Such poor writing angered the audience and the cast.

Jaime and Cersai just die in each other's arms, buried in rubble, so easily found by the last Lannister.  What was the whole point of setting up Jon Snow as a Targ? Granted, leaving Westeros with the Free Folk suits his nature but we went through this big buildup to the big secret for a big letdown.  Most of the characters seem to wind up where they desire.  Sam goes back to being the great bookworm, Tyrion is once again the Hand of the King, Arya escapes boredom, Sansa finally gets her Queenship, and the Unsullied go to the beach.  The Dothraki? Who the hell knows.   Their Queen was murdered, they and the Unsullied can wipe out everyone else, yet they just sort of disappeared from it all.  Got to use those shortcuts, you know.  Meanwhile, Pod, yes Pod, somehow becomes a member of the Kingsguard.  No doubt he took a keen interest in the discussion on brothels. 

Ironically, Dany's death seems to have crushed the wheel.  There are few great houses left. The Lannisters are down to the Imp. the Iron Born are reduced to Yara.  The Tullys are as weak as ever.  The Starks are still standing but that is about it.  Westeros has few armies left. The Starks can only field an army of a few thousand men.  The Freys, Lannisters, and Tyrells are wiped out.  The Ironborn have few ships after Dany's Victory at Sea.   Stannis's forces were wiped out along with him.  Dorne is still intact and probably better off without the Sand Snakes.  A few more years of war will cause Westeros to resemble Everytown after a few bombings.  The remaining houses try to figure out a new way forward without reverting back to the Augustan model.  Think Leto II in Dune.  A great show finally came to an end.

Now it's time to set up a betting pool for if and when Martin finishes Winds of Winter and a Dream of Spring.






13 comments:

Ophelia said...

BORING. Just...zzzzzzz. Truly.

Anonymous said...

GD will you dragon movie queers go away. Who gives a royal shit, other than you groupies. Get a freaking life.

Anonymous said...

I recommend the Japanese Anime Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid if you like dragons. It has better writing, better special effects, and the dragon transforms into a buxom housemaid who is madly in love with, and constantly seducing, the 30-something software engineer Miss Kobayashi.


Anonymous said...

Hey I'm queer and I'm as sick of this MF dragon witch dwarf crap as you.

So Lonely said...

I love Game of Thrones. It has helped me resist Trump's hate since 2016. I've named all of my cats after characters from Game of Thrones. My 3 favorite cats are Daenerys, Khaleesi, and Arya. I have nearly 30 cats so I've got all the best characters names.

I'm excited for the next season of Handmaid's Tale. That show is so relatable with the current war on women's rights.

Anonymous said...

I never thought I would see mention of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid on JJ. Just in time for Jackson Comic-con too. And I agree that the love story between Lady Tohru and Miss Kobayashi is far better than HBO's Game of Thrones.

Even the manga is better than A Song of Ice and Fire.

Anonymous said...

9:43: {clicks on link to discussion of show he doesn't like}

DAMMIT WHY DON'T YOU PEOPLE STOP SHOVING YOUR STUPID SHOW DOWN MY THROAT??!!!

Dan Hise said...

Was it Jerry Jeff who wrote "Getting there is where it's at"? The Game was a long, sweet ride, teeming with an over-abundance of possibility. It was great sport for the viewers to imagine the many possible endings, but for the writers it soon became a fool's game. We got to imagine; they had to create. They created but their creation could match up with only a few of the imaginings out there.

As Aristotle noted back in the day, "After copulation, the animal is sad."

I am consoled by the fact that Tyrion has his cakes and ale, and that Arya, like Huck Finn, has lit out for the territory ahead. Gendry rows after.

cofee and cornbread said...

Here goes....

I liked he show. Watched all of it from start o finish and, in time, will watch it again. I didn't jump in until he midpoint of season three. Had reservations about it being just another Lord of he Rings kind of thing. I began binge watching until i was caught up with the show and really enjoyed it. Yeah, thee's a lot i didn't like with all of the incestuous relations going on and such but given the time period of the story it fits. I agree that the last season was rushed, too short and left a lot of loose ends sticking out.

Queen Lannister did not get the death that she deserved even though it was fiting that she died in Jaime's arms. I truly thought Jaime would be the one to kill her.

Jon killing Dany the Mad was proper. I feel like he knew the evil she had become and that she could not and would not be just and fair in her reign. This should have been drawn out more and better explained as far as her dive into madness.

As a whole he last 2 seasons were rushed and left many other hings unexplained or just forgotten it seems. For 6 seasons the story built upon winter is coming and once it arrived it ran by like an out of control freight train.

So there. I liked a show. Feel free to fire away.



Kingfish said...

But does Pod get his whores?

cofee and cornbread said...

He does. He will be remembered as Sir Poddy, Master of Relations

Anonymous said...

@Kingfish
You mean Tri-Pod with his infamous third leg? I'm sure he gets whomever he wants.

Topo said...

May 24, 2:41 p.m....Jerry Jeff and Aristotle, all swapped around on the plate. I forget, sometimes, how little I really knew you, There was simply not enough time.

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