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And finally our heroes set off to explore unknown worlds beyond the walls and seas of Westeros I don't think any of this was intended by George RR Martin necessarily, but the subtext is absolutely there if you look for it. After the finale: wow, we're really all just gonna get behind the guy no one listened to and everyone thought was cray. The showrunners David Benioff and D. Weiss basically decided to wipe out every great moment book readers had been waiting to see play out with their mutilated version of fanfic in season 8. After the carnage of last week, I thought the stage was set for a decidedly horrific finale: Dany kills Jon, Arya kills Dany, Cersei stumbles from the crypt and kills Sansa who is, remember, still married to Tyrion -- I thought they might grudgingly decide to rule together.
Instead, we got the genuinely surprising death of Dany at Jon's hand, followed by the incredibly awesome moment of Drogon destroying the Iron Throne.
I couldn't help but nod in approval: "Good! Look at all the misery that thing has caused. All told, it was a quiet, reflective, redemptive episode that I mostly liked. After so much suffering, the Starks finally emerge triumphant. The only head-scratcher for me is why the writers and directors made Bran such a quiet, seemingly mopey character all season. All hail Bran the Sleepy! Now we've seen what happens when you rush the ending of an epic like Game of Thrones, it's time to see what original author George R. Martin does with the rest of his story.
If the ending is the same and Bran the Broken is king thanks to an assist by Jon, surely Martin will at least take his time building up to it rather than fitting into an abbreviated finale. Game of Thrones was a big deal -- a series that lodged in our collective consciousness because it was as messy and moving as reality and had nearly as many characters. I'm not as distressed as many viewers about the showrunners' sacrificing that sprawling complexity to find closure. But I couldn't abide the attempt to rationalize Daenerys' murderous streak.
Yes, I understand she slaughtered a lot of people on her way to King's Landing -- thanks for the recap, Tyrion -- but much of her story was about compassion for those suffering under a brutal regime. I think we were supposed to see her brutality as some combination of Targaryen Bad Egg Syndrome and a strategy to thwart anyone else who'd try Cersei's human shield strategy. We knew she'd never be a mild queen, but her final burn-the-village-to-save-the-village bloodlust left me unconvinced.
Still, they had to end it somehow, and I was happy that after her death we got more of the Game of Thrones I'd hoped for: plot surprises and characters standing on their own instead of just being tools to advance the Daenerys and Jon story. I'm glad Jon and Grey Worm never had a tidy reconciliation though the Unsullied's mindless obedience to Daenerys made a mockery of their supposedly voluntary enlistment. Arya's grand adventure west of Westeros was a random send-off, but perhaps there wasn't a good story to build around a master assassin who finally outgrew or outlived her revenge list.
I'm intrigued that, although democracy might not have caught on, we did get at least some Westerosi cultural recognition of queens, wargs and women in the military. But what was with that sprig of green sprouting north of the wall? Now that the Dead are dead, will Westeros finally get normal weather? Sam invents democracy! And so many plot threads were just It didn't seem to matter in the end that Jon was a Targaryen, or Gendry a Baratheon.
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Or that Cersei was we think pregnant, or that Maggy's prophecy said she'd be strangled by a little brother, or that Dany had her own prophecy about someday bearing a child. What happened to Varys' final messages?
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What was up with Bronn threatening Jaime and Tyrion? And don't even get me started on the damn Prince Who Was Promised. Why was The Golden Company even there? Did the Night King's spiral pattern ever get explained? Maybe I was in the bathroom then. But the part of me that selfishly wants my favorite characters to come through unscathed is OK with the ending.
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Tormund and Brienne, who both seemed like characters who'd sacrifice themselves in battle for sure, survived unscathed, and even Ghost got his scritches. So now the Game of Thrones story belongs to those who heard it, and you can unwind the plot threads in your imagination however you like. In my version, Syrio Forel and Arya meet up and go off sword fighting together.
They have a blast. You'd probably like it. I was prepared to be genuinely upset by the final episode, but I was happy with how everything wrapped up. The twists and turns had a more familiar Game of Thrones taste because they let us briefly dream of a world where Jon was Dany's moral compass, then stabbed that vision in the heart. It reminded me of what they did in the Red Wedding or the Battle of the Bastards. Bran was the best choice for king even if he was a surprise. Tyrion serving as a hand for a third monarch seems fitting after all the mishaps he had advising Dany -- third time's the charm, I guess!
The north gaining its independence under Sansa made sense after the huge sacrifice they made to save the world from White Walkers. And Arya needed something that was "her," so why not make her an explorer? I'm happy Jon kept going north at the end. I would've been upset if he was sentenced to life after saving the world more than once. And that reunion with Ghost and Tormund was a feel-good moment. The finale doesn't excuse how fast the White Walker conflict came to an end, the poor character development for Dany's fury and the bad writing.
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He watches them hold a makeshift funeral service for him. How long have you been planning to kill Quentin? Sera Gamble: We began the conversation about what we would do this season at the end of season three, and that was a conversation we had with Jason [Ralph, who plays Quentin] — a creative conversation with him that excited all of us. The next person we sat down and chatted with was Lev Grossman [the author of the original Magicians book trilogy], who also was really excited to explore this possibility. To be totally frank about it, we opened the series with a scene with Quentin in a mental hospital, contending with his own feelings about his life and death and what all of that means.
For me, so much of what was intriguing about [Jason] when he auditioned was that he played Quentin in this way that was active in seeking an answer, seeking a deeper human truth inside his own depression. If you have the privilege of getting to tell a story long enough, you want to complete that circle.
After his death, Quentin wrestles with the question of whether his decision was about saving his friends, or was really him figuring out a way to kill himself. The funeral scene feels like an answer to that question, but did you mean it to be? Or did you mean for there to still be ambiguity?
John McNamara: I think that exact question will hopefully fuel debate and discussion and possibly be the source of a few academic papers at institutions of higher learning. I think it is ambiguous. Emotionally, Penny provides him with an answer, which is that Quentin was too attached to these people, and they to him, for Quentin to have consciously given up his life.
I think he did a really heroic thing without even thinking about it: save Alice, save Penny, take out the bad guy. Are you at all worried that someone might read this episode as suggesting that suicide is an act of bravery?
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Someone being incredibly heroic in the moment, and also having subconscious self-destructive tendencies, makes drama interesting and not cartoonish. For anybody who wants to just really bat around all the layers of what Quentin did, the best way to do that is to not kill yourself. Stay alive and debate that issue. Quentin is a fictional character, he comes from Lev Grossman and me and Sera and every writer on this show. And as a group, we really make an effort whenever we deal with substance abuse, or sexual assault, or suicide, to put a suicide hotline notice on the episode.
Henry Alonso Myers: Of course, yes, we talk about that all the time. So what did those discussions look like? For us, a huge part of this season was getting to explore more of the stuff that is going on inside of Eliot. We just really wanted to go there. We sympathize with everybody.