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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