And just like that, Game of Thrones is finished.
It’s fair to say the end wasn’t warmly received by fans and critics alike. I won’t link to the many, many think pieces out there about the problems with the final season, but just wanted to jot down some thoughts (and reboot my blog… ahem. Sorry. Been busy with work and real life!)
The unifying theme of the criticisms has been that it was just so rushed.
Does GRRM intend to seat King Bran on the Iron Throne (or what remains of it) at the end of ASOIAF? I don’t know. Maybe? But the way it was presented in the show makes no sense at all.
I have a similar reaction to Arya killing the Night King (a storyline I’m quite confident won’t occur in the books, if only because there is no Night King…) and Jon going off as King Beyond the Wall with the wildings. Everything just felt… meh. No pay off whatsoever to the many threads of plot across 7 preceding seasons or the books.
I did like Sansa being crowned Queen in the North though. I’m OK with that ending. 🙂
The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives
If that’s the ultimate message of the books, I can deal with that. Pretty sure it isn’t though…