TV TALK: All Is Well in Westeros

By: Sky Wylie

HBO’s Game of Thrones has been at the top of the television game for the past 8 years.  The fanbase has been considerably loyal, the ratings have been off the charts, and the buzz has been nonstop.  With its final season now complete, spoilers run amok and the fans have spoken out about their disappointment with the series’ ending.  If you haven’t seen the concluding episodes, what are you waiting for?  Don’t let other people’s opinions squander your experience.

For those of you that haven’t given the series a chance, you really should.  The entirety of Game of Thrones is visually stunning, the performances are riveting, and the plot twists-and-turns are epic.  Of course, I have been trying to convince my husband to sit through an episode for the past 8 years and I can’t seem to sway him.  Maybe this review will help with that.

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Maybe it’s the way that our Khaleesi went bonkers or that the Three Eyed Raven won the game, but the majority of viewers are not happy with the entirety of season 8 – this reviewer is outnumbered.

If you have been a loyal fan since Winter is Coming, then you really should have seen a lot of these outcomes from a mile away.  Just think back to The Bells: our beloved Dany goes a wee bit berserk and turns against everything we thought she stood for.  But if you glance back at everything that has brought her to this point, she has lost practically everyone she has ever loved in absolutely horrific ways.  It all comes down to one single word, ‘Dracarys’, Missandei’s final words as The Mountain beheaded her in the final moments of The Last of the Starks, which translates to ‘Dragonfire’.  It was the switch that turned Daenerys into The Mad Queen.  Or, was she legitimately mad all along?  I like to think that Dany began her descent into lunacy the moment she was traded to Khal Drogo.

Now let’s chat about Bran the Broken, another plot twist that infuriated the fanbase and caused quite a stir online.  This is simply my opinion but, as someone who has watched earnestly since episode one, I always believed that Bran Stark was manipulating everyone around him from the moment he woke up from his coma.  He quite often claims that he has no desire to be in a position of power but who better to mold the inevitable than someone who can see into the past, present and future.  I will admit, this outcome did come as a bit of a disappointment, but it really wasn’t at all surprising if you rewatch the past two seasons especially.  If it makes you feel any better, he will never actually sit on the iron throne because a.) Drogon took care of that for us, and b.) the throne didn’t have wheels.

Overall, Game of Thrones: Season 8 wrapped up everything with a pretty little bow.  The Stark children are nestled all snug in their beds and, let’s face it, we are all jumping for joy that Tyrian even made it this far.  It is heartbreaking to see it end but I am not the least bit disgruntled at how it concluded.

Did I really just do an entire review of Game of Thrones without mentioning Jon Snow even once?  Fight me!

Game of Thrones: Season 8 is now available on Digital HD.

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