What the Final Season of GoT did right.

Game of Thrones ended with a conclusion that left most of us reeling. The end to such a spectacular show was highly divisive, with everybody having their own opinion. While the show has concluded, all the memories associated with the characters haven’t faded away.

This is what I think the makers did right in the final season.


Clearly the best character development this season, Tyrion shone through all the chaos around him. Credit fully goes to Peter Dinklage who did such an amazing job with the script assigned to him. Tyrion does tend to be incompetent at making credible decisions throughout this season but he makes it up by being the voice of reason throughout the final season.

We see a man, who trusts this powerful woman where it seems like most of the world lives in fear of her. He devotes himself to her, a broken man with a cause. Tyrion seeks Danerys to be the salvation of the people of Westereos  and his too. His love for her is apparent yet he hides it deep within himself. And then we see his faith and trust in her crumble to dust as she burns an entire city to ashes.

Tyrion loses his family. Jaime is the only person who doesn’t consider Tyrion a monster. Dinklage portrays that so well through a few lines of dialogue. He conveys the entire trauma of Tyrion’s childhood to the person who can understand it the most. These supressed emotions exemplify his desire to succeed and his eventual failure. The character decisions aren’t the most logical in this season but his emotional journey comes to a bittersweet character conclusion that Game of Thrones is not exactly known for.

Now that is effective subversion of expectations.

Brienne of fucking Tarth

Brienne is a person everybody should aspire to be, at least a little.

She would live and die by the sword. She sticks to her duty and her honour even when faced by a giant horde of the undead. She accomplished her goals, protecting Sansa, Arya and their mother and became a symbol of resilience through sheer willpower. What she lacked for all these years was recognition and respect. Recognition as an honorable knight and warrior and respect as a woman who broke the conventions and succeeded.

That’s why her scene of anointment as a knight moved us so much. To an extent, we had also ignored how necessary it was to recognize her as a warrior. When Jaime placed that sword on her shoulders we finally remembered how hard it must have been for her to rise as a sole female defender of the justice.

The writers did succeed in taking this character from the very sidelines and exploring the depth of her character. The knighting scene was just the fruitful conclusion to the saga of Brienne of Tarth.

When Jaime left her, she went through a hurt we are all so familiar with. Missing the person with your heart and soul but also hoping a boulder had fallen on them before you got to know them. Although, she will probably kill some bandits or rapists to rid herself of her thoughts of Jaime. Unleash her anger rightfully. Go Brienne! A true Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

The Melting of the Throne

The Iron Throne was built by the Mad King to symbolize the might of his power. It sure was an impressive sight but very uncomfortable to sit on. For hundreds of years it stood as a representation of absolute power. Tyrants, oppressors all sat on the Throne, all in all very bad people who ignored the plight of the Red Keep right below them and their entire Kingdom.

The Throne was built by an uncaring asshole and it went further on to uncaring assholes. Their claims to being the Protector of the Realm were fragile. The Throne itself became a symbol of absolute power and oppression, elevating it’s occupant above mere mortals.

The Throne is like the One Ring, its power incredibly corrupting and misguiding and eventually destroyed by the very thing that created it. That’s why its melting was so significant. It’s final journey to ashes, destroyed by dragon fire is a message to possible future tyrants. You will burn in the end.

The Cinematography, Score and Editing

Ramin Djawadi is a blessing to mankind. He has captured the exact feel of every moment in the show so effectively. From the Rains of Castamere to Night King From dejection to triumph. From sorrow to success, he captured those feelings and conveyed them through his beautiful renditions. The definitive highlight of the final season was his music. Every scene of anticipation, poignancy, victory and loss amplified by the gorgeous score.

For Cinematography, the defining scene was with Daenerys spreading her dragon wings. It was masterfully shot.  

Also Ghost and the Dothraki running to attack the undead and the their flames of their torches being wiped out in the distance.

Sheer cinematic brilliance in that scene.  The sets were constructed magnificently and the art team took decisions that effectively maintained the essence of the show.

The editing has been the lasting highlight since the beginning of this show. This season is no different, providing editing guided by a strong sense of the constantly changing story. The effects and CGI used for  the White Walkers and the dragons were some of the most impressive in a that I’ve seen

It was a technical marvel.

A Lasting End

The human heart in conflict with itself.

That has been the central idea of Game of Thrones throughout all these seasons. Season 8 proved to be a strange, unexpected end but with its own share of memorable moments.

This show had that rare ability of a show to be remembered years after it has ended. All the stories, the battles, the larger-than-life events will last in our memories. I think rather than Bran the Broken, this show has a story that is worth telling and worth remembering.

Regardless of what you consider the last season to have been, good or bad, I think we can agree on one thing.

 It’s been a hell of a journey.

What is dead may never die.

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A Woman in the Metro

On Monday, at a press conference, The Delhi Government announced free Metro rides for every woman in Delhi.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced voluntary free rides in metro trains and buses for women travellers, which would cost approximately Rs 1,600 crore a year.

“We don’t need the Centre’s permission for this. The Delhi governmentl will bear the cost,” Kejriwal stated.


Soon after the announcement, the people voiced their opinions. Some appreciated the sentiment but most expressed concern over the seemingly unplanned nature of the announcement.

I have travelled on the Delhi Metro. It’s honestly a well-thought out, comfortable and most probably the fastest way to travel through Delhi. However, with such a sudden initiative being undertaken several noteworthy questions arise and wait to be addressed.

The questions boil down to-

  • By women, is it meant residents of Delhi or just all women? That would include the thousands of immigrants living at the borders of Delhi, too poor to afford a Metro ride.
  • If this initiative was for helping these women, wouldn’t the increased number put a remarkable strain on the functioning of the Metro?
  • If the Metro is then full of women who are availing free rides, isn’t that unfair to the men who had the Metro as a convenient and affordable transportation and were quite willing to pay for every ride?

The emphasis is on the women. However, is there any provision for a woman with a child? If there isn’t is the woman supposed to buy a ticket for her child but she can go ahead free?

These questions are of a purely logical basis. The logistical sides of this issue are more complex.

The Delhi Metro uses a token-barrier system for entry and exit. If a considerable chunk of the travelers don’t need to pay, will they use different tokens than the paid ones? What is preventing the misuse of these tokens?

The identification of different genders would take on-spot personnel and highly increased manpower from all sectors of the government. An effective and all-encompassing strategy needs to be carried out to cope up with the surge of people. One can’t help but wonder how this seemingly Herculean task can be executed.

The main objective of this initiative is to create a safer and more hospitable environment for women in Delhi. To encourage the prospective female passenger in Delhi to travel through the Metro and to assure her of complete safety and security. It creates a contradiction. Are the streets of Delhi not safe at all that this measure is being undertaken?

Which should be the primary concern here? Facilitating free transportation or improving the safety on the streets?

A comprehensive and exhaustive implementation of this initiative would require a detailed plan and increased assistance from the Delhi Police. It would most likely require a complete overhaul of an already well-functioning, established and accommodating system. 

This initiative was introduced before the upcoming Assembly elections. The atmosphere of Delhi is akin to any city in India. A significant chunk of men are insensitive to women’s problems. The cases of harassment and sexual assault occur with a disturbing frequency. For us as a part of a nation, of a society we honor the right to a peaceful life primarily.

Instead of a sudden initiative that seems all-encompassing, a series of careful, conscious and encompassing decisions are the need of the hour. This issue of safety for every citizen needs a conscious and active citizen collaborating with a vigilant and attentive government.


  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-485100062.
  2. https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/free-delhi-metro-rides-for-women-not-feasible-hardeep-singh-puri-kejriwal-jumla/story/354210.html

Image link- https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/delhi-women-molested-by-same-man-at-metro-station-1088274-2017-11-17

The Power of One

It was 2.30 pm in Delhi, near Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Modi was being sworn-in as the Prime Minister for the second time. Scores of loyalists and BJP workers were invited to this grand return to power. For the faithful, it was as if Modi never skipped a step and was duly appointed by the people once again.

There were families in the crowds of the faithful. From West Bengal, a farm laborer, Sadha Midha had arrived in Delhi for the first time. Smoking a bidi near the gates, he waits for a glimpse of Modi. For him meeting Modi isn’t the final fruition of his unwavering support and hard work for the BJP but to express his demand for justice for the death of his brother, Haradhan Midha.

Campaigning and supporting the BJP turned out to be fatal for 32 BJP workers in West Bengal. They were caught up in conflicts with the workers from the Trinamool Congress and lost their lives. Pranti is not alone. All the families of the recently killed demand swift and sure justice. They demand justice from one man. The singular representative of the law, order, and justice for them. 

Seemingly the only person they can turn to now. Mr. Narendra Modi.

In the spacious head office of the BJP, Jharna Pranti sits on the floor accompanied by her son. Her husband Joydeb was killed in conflicts with local TMC workers. In their family, he was the sole breadwinner. Pranti declares,

“I want Narendra Modi to ensure that my husband’s killers are hanged.” 

Narendra Modi has had a dream run. Ever since bursting onto the scene in 2014, he materialized into the national consciousness. For people all over of the country, highly let down due to the fall of Anna Hazare and AAP, Modi became a beacon of hope and progress. The common citizens hoped that he would lift them from the abject drudgery they had struggled under. Symbolizing this power of hope, Modi rode the wave to victory. However, since winning Modi has become a part of an unexpected phenomenon.

People look up to him for advice and strength. His humble beginnings are now adapted into biopics. Politicians contest under his name and reputation. News stations cover the scope of his achievements non-stop. Nationwide policies and programs are launched under his directions. An entire country is changed overnight after a news announcement. Modi transformed from a beacon of hope to a symbol of resolute power. A power that can be trusted and power that always helps the ones who have no voice.

I wonder what is like to be in the shoes of a man with such power. The hopes, dreams, and aspirations of a billion people rest on your shoulders. They have entrusted their futures to you. Is this power that is corrupting or humbling? It depends on the person. It depends on what kind of a man Modi is.

A man with so much power is always the center of controversy, conflict, and faith. There will always be people who cannot entrust so much power in the hands of one person, whoever it might be. Likewise, there will always be the people who entrust power in the hands of a man who symbolizes hope, progress and justice.

Perspective is a flawed thing. It sees things from one angle and omits out a significant chunk that we should be paying attention to. However, when looking at a man with power, perspective is necessary. Those families from West Bengal shared one perspective.

What is your perspective on power and justice?

Excerpts from- Kin of Bengal BJP workers wait for jobs, justice, and a glimpse of Modi published in THE INDIAN EXPRESS, Written by Amitava Chakraborty|New Delhi | May 31, 2019, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/kin-of-bengal-bjp-workers-wait-for-jobs-justice-and-glimpse-of-modi-5757442/

Photo courtesy- Express photo by Renuka Puri https://images.indianexpress.com/2018/09/modi111.jpg