I didn't like episode 5 at all and I wasn't too keen on the finale. But the more I think on it and the entire series as a whole the more I'm changing my mind and thinking I quite like how it ended.
The only things that I really would change is Daenerys' questionable motivations for the last two episodes. If they changed it around and we could actually understand why she felt such an atrocity was necessary, then the tragic ending to her story would hit a lot harder. If she did something that was so terrible the others felt like they had to kill her, but her actions could be understood and not boil down to "Bitch be crazy."
Game of thrones was always at it's best when there were no outright villains, and everyone had their own complex motivations and there was no good or bad side. If they had manoeuvred the story in a way to make Daenerys not an outright antagonist, but given everyone a reason to think her death a necessity Jon killing her would have been a perfect ending.
If Daenerys did some unspeakable but justifiable act for the greater good, and Jon was forced to kill her for how terrible it was, that would have been perfect in my opinion.
Also make the Episode 5 battle a bit less one-sided so it didn't feel so anti-climatic and I think now I would have been very satisfied with how it ended
Yeah that's generally been my takeaway from this season. But also a lot of annoying things that made little to no sense, or went against the characters we knew.
But for the last episode at least, I didn't have any problems with the logic behind it. A lot of it made sense. But the way it was developed makes it feel like a lot of things were missing.
The world became so small in the end. A lot of interesting elements were written out of the story swiftly.
And yeah, it would have been important for us to be able to sympathize with Daenerys, but it was handled so poorly.
"She watched her friend get beheaded" etc, is not enough to do such a quick 180 on murdering innocent children.
Yeah, when you think in retrospect, the story beats are good but the way they pulled the strings was comolete ass, low level American soap opera type execution.
Definitely going to read the books when they're finished as I imagine it'll all be handled a lot better there. Assuming they ever are finished. Haven't read any of them yet cause I know I wouldn't be able to bare waiting years for the final book.
The audio books are great to listen to.
If you don't know much about the books you may be surprised to find that it's not just things like more insight into characters through things like internal monologue that the TV series skips, but there are important story arcs for the main characters that were completely skipped in the TV series.
My favorite one for Tyrion for example was skipped in the show, sadly.
A lot of important characters exist in the books that do not exist at all in the TV series, and some people that died in the TV series are still alive in the books, etc.
Last edited by Hiku - on 20 May 2019