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GoT: The Iron Throne (Spoilers)

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Okay. So. I was holding off on this to let it sink in but then the maw of the internet opened and spewed forth in anger and I just kind of decided I didn’t want to. Then I forgot about it.

So I just want to say that, in the end, I was more upset by the response to the finale than the actual finale itself.

Was it perfect? It wasn’t.

Could it have been worse? Abso-fucking-lutely.

This was never going to be perfect. There was a lot missing. But in the end, it is what it is. A show. And I’ve seen a lot of great shows end worse.

One of the things that struck me the most was when Drogon melted the Throne. I feel like it was clearly him destroying the source of all his loss. His mother. His sibling. All that death for a chair. Did he want to kill John? Probably. But he’s the Targaryen so he won’t. Drogon solved the larger problem and did the thing no human would and removed the object at the center of all of it.

I feel like that was the strongest moment for me and I don’t think a lot of folks understood the meaning behind it.

As for where everyone ended up. For the most part, it all makes sense to me but I think we needed more time with the story for the logic to be built up. But that’s been an issue with all of season eight. The run time was just too short. Who’s fault that is, I honestly don’t care at this point. It went out on its own terms.

Hopefully, in hindsight, this will serve as a lesson for the shows that come next.

I’m personally stoked as fuck for the Witcher.

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GoT: The Bells (Spoilers)

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Really quickly...

I’ve ended up rewatching this episode a few times since last Sunday night and I have decided, like I suspected last week, that I really like what they’re doing here. What’s happening isn’t bad at all, I just wish there was more time to spend on getting there. 

I have no complaints anymore and am fully on board for the last episode. It’ll be bonkers, I’m sure. The comparisons to Dexter’s final season are not justified.

What an insane fucking ride.

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GoT: The Last of the Starks (Spoilers)

This one will be quick. I'm going to talk about my issues with the episode first and end in an attempt at defending it because conflicted is my middle name.

As much as I love this show, I’m still frustrated by this episode as a whole. I tend to have a great, really high end and fully upgraded, suspension of disbelief machine. I know this is not the first time for a lot of fans but it is for me. I can normally let logic issues go, and ignore my brain-questions when needed, because I’d rather just enjoy something than pick it apart.

But...

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There were just too many of those questions back to back. I spent so much time unable to turn my brain off that by the time everything went down with Rhaegal and Missandei, I had been taken so far out of the show that I couldn’t feel either moment on the deep level that I know I would have otherwise.

That’s the thing that frustrates me the most. The character inconsistencies and leaps of logic were so numerous it ruined what should have been two great and deeply emotional moments. 

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I made a whole list of issues but everyone else on the internet did as well and they’re mostly the same so I digress and move on. 

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I’m trying to keep in mind that the show is on a time crunch. It’s a short season, with a lot to get through, but I feel like this episode was designed to move the show forward in such a way that it squished about three episodes worth of narratives into one. They skipped the setups, skipped the logic building, cut corners, and forced characters to mold around a narrative in uncharacteristic ways instead of the characters naturally moving within the narrative.

It felt really rushed and I’m hoping that this was done for the sake of having more time with what comes next as we head into the ending and not a sign of what comes next for the ending.

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I love this show and I want it to get the ending it deserves. I hope this mess of an episode boils down to necessity instead of it being a case of everyone just being ready to move on.

 

GoT: The Long Night (Spoilers)

Holy. Shit.

Okay. At first, I was like, “What the fuck? We barely lost any of them!” Then I was like, “Damn. The few that we did lose were freaking rough.” And then I was like, “Wait… we lost almost all the blood riders and unsullied!!!!!”

So despite not loosing too many main characters, we lost a lot.

I tried to figure out which of the deaths hit me the hardest but I don’t feel as though I can. I probably cried hardest at Theon, Jorah, and Lyanna but the whole episode had me twisted into a giant ball of emotional compromise so take that as you will. They were all really well earned both character and story-wise and it would feel like a disservice to any of them if I chose one over the others. However, I would like to say, fuck Melisandre. Not that she didn’t serve her purpose but, I’m good with that. In Shireen Baratheon’s name, we pray.

I also want to point out the excellent way in which this episode conveyed a lot without much dialogue. There was a great deal of subtly in this episode. The look on Jorah’s face when he rode back to the front lines early on hit me hard.

The whole battle preparation in the early part of the episode felt very anti-Helms Deep. There’s no positive speeches or hopeful glares of bravery. Every single person on screen is rightfully and woefully terrified.

The battle itself gave us some great freaking moments and I’m really stoked for next week although I fear that what I’m assuming is the real battle may yet claim a great many of our favorite characters' lives.

I think the highlight for me was one of the more subtle things that were done in this episode and it’s more character related. We’ve been with these characters for a decade now. In The Long Night, we saw them in absolute terror and desperation. This wasn’t them at their fighting best. It was them at their most desperate and terrifyingly under-equipped. There was screaming and spitting and crying. All I could think was how glad I am that it was that way. I wouldn’t have totally cared or noticed if they all had on their brave faces and were sword dancing upon the corpses of their enemies or what have you, but I’m fully aware of the honesty in the way they were all portrayed. One of the biggest part of that for me was seeing how terrified Grey Worm was. My man was broken.

Also, Arya because of reasons.

I know there’s a lot of jokes about Bran this episode but I fully expect that where he went will be fully explained. I’m stoked about that.

That’s all the GoT geeking out I have for this week. I’ve done too much damage to my heart last week between watching The Long Night on Sunday and then watching Endgame on Monday night.

Still working through that rollercoaster of a write-up. I’m stoked for next week.

GoT: Winterfell & A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (Spoilers)

I’m going to put this out here as a short combo post that kinda talks about the first two episodes together. I wanted to get it out sooner but to no avail. My later posts will come after each episode as they’ll be much more insane and a bit longer as well.

Part of the reason for this is because these two episodes felt like they were about 40% catch up for those that were pulled in by the hype and just started watching, 10% reminder for the rest of us, and another 48% was calm before the storm. That last 2% I’m reserving for the nightmare pin-wheel Fire-child because holy shit that was just insane.

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These episodes were basically saying, “Look at all these people you’ve been following for so long! Don’t you love them? Aren’t you invested in them? Here’s all the reasons you love them and/or are invested in them so we can destroy you emotionally later.”

Part of me kinda wants another one so we can spend a little more time with them before it all goes down but I know I’m not going to get that. These episodes were about transitions. For the characters, for the kingdoms, and for Westeros itself.

Winter is here and it’s time to enter the fray.

The highlight for me in Winterfel was definitely John Bradley’s acting during his scene with Daenerys and Jorah. It was incredibly moving and convincing. No dialogue needed.

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In A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms   I have to turn to the room from which the episode gets its name. That whole set of scenes with the group around the fire was incredible as well as slightly foreboding. Breinne’s knighting was fantastic. I’m glad she got it but terrified of what it’ll mean.

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And I can’t help but think that had Tyrion not overfilled Pod’s cup, we’d never had that fantastic song.

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The entire episode was full of too much good. So much bad shit is going to happen.

Ill be back next week to geek out about whatever emotional wreckage follows.  Hopefully everyone gets to SAFETY IN THE CRYPTS, WHERE ALL THE DEAD STARKS ARE, BEFORE BEING ATTACKED BY AN ARMY OF RISEN DEAD!

What the shit? 

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DA KERNG IN DA NURTH!

Also, can somebody just stay with Bran? Like assign a dude to wheel him around? Quit leaving him in places.

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