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Game of Thrones – Series Finale Recap

The final episode of the wildly popular television series Game of Thrones aired on Sunday, May 19 to much anticipation and fanfare.  The series which ran for eight seasons on HBO attracted millions of viewers from around the world and gave way to countless blogs, podcasts, and analysis to determine the motives and motivations of characters and predictions for how the series will end.

The final season was widely criticized for seeming inconsistent with past seasons and some storylines feeling somewhat rushed, says Gaurav Mohindra.  But the series finale ended the story with a new king and provided closure for the main characters.

The episode commenced with Tyrion surveying the damaged caused to King’s Landing by Daenerys.  She, along with her dragon Drogon, burned much of the city causing widespread destruction and death.  As Tyrion walked through the city, his morose demeaning carried the shock and horrors caused by the battle (and largely of war, in general).  It came as no surprise that he resigned from his position as Hand of the Queen – which didn’t really matter since he was imprisoned for treason, nonetheless.

 While imprisoned, Tyrion had an audience with Jon Snow to convey his dismay in Daenerys and to convince him that her actions, while noble in her mind, were tyrannical and will continue.  This was the push that Jon may have needed to kill Daenerys.

Subsequent to her death, her last remaining dragon, Drogon, proceeded to burn the Iron Throne causing it to melt away.  This scene was rather symbolic that Daenerys’ death ultimately led to her motive to “break the wheel” and release people from tyrannical rule, says Gaurav Mohindra.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 806Credit: HBO
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 806 Credit: HBO

The episode continued by dealing with the fallout of Daenerys’ death.  Jon Snow was imprisoned, and Tyrion was brought to the council of Lords to explain his actions.  The Council elected a new King, Bran Stark, of House Stark.  The election came as somewhat of a surprise, says Gaurav Mohindra.  It was rationalized that Bran had the knowledge of the past, and with that knowledge, he can successfully guide the future.

Sansa Stark successfully argued for Winterfell being a separate nation, and she ultimately was elected the Queen. Her sister, Arya, decided to explore unknown lands west of Westeros.  And Jon Snow was banished to the Night’s Watch as a penance for murdering Daenerys. Tyrion was selected by Bran Stark to serve as his Hand of the King.

It was great to see that all of the main characters had been provided an ending well suited to their storylines.  All in, Game of Thrones was an enjoyable series that captivated viewers throughout its run, and there’s no surprise that it will be remembered as one of the most popular television shows of all time.

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Mixed Reviews of the Final Season of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been a widely lauded television series on HBO.  It first aired on April 17, 2011 and the series finale is airing on May 19, 2019.  The series quickly became one of HBO’s most successful franchises and enjoys a large viewership around the world.  Numerous blogs, podcasts, reviewers, and chat rooms – provide detailed analysis of each scene and themes across the series.  The series comprises 8 seasons and the final episode of the 8th season is the series finale.  Most episodes last one hour long, but in the 8th season – some episodes were closer to 1.5 hours, thereby providing nearly a standalone film experience for the viewer.

While the series has received rave reviews from critics around the world, the final season has received mixed reviews.  This is largely in part to unexpected behaviors by key characters, and a perceived derivation in character arc and story development from past seasons.

Gaurav Mohindra:  The series is based on the books written by George RR Martin.  The producers of the television series have not followed the books entirely in past seasons as television being such a different medium from print requires specific customization.  But nonetheless, the producers (or show runners) did an impressive job bringing the books to life on TV.

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However, the final Season, Season 8 – is airing on TV prior to the completion of the corresponding books.  Having outpaced the books, the TV producers shouldered the onus of having to continue the characters’ developments while concluding the series.  This may be one reason why fans are seeing such a disparate difference between the final season and past seasons, says Gaurav Mohindra.

Martin has been widely considered a master in richly weaving intriguing characters into his stories, and from their experiences illustrating the true human condition.  Many critics claim that the TV producers lack Martin’s nuanced approach and simply sensationalizing the final season for ratings.

The fan outcry has become increasingly vocal, and now a Change.org petition to redo the entire final season is circulating the web.  The petition has already garnered over 500,000 signatures.  The fact that there is so much demand to redo the series – even before the series is concluded – is a very telling sign of fan disappointment, says Gaurav Mohindra.

Despite the outcry and vocal criticism, Season 8 has been attracting a larger audience than past seasons.  And despite the criticism, there is certainty that the series finale will be a huge television event.

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Game Of Thrones – Series recap

HBO’s wildly popular Game of Thrones has resumed for its final season.  The television series has spanned for nearly a decade and has closely followed the stories of George Martin’s book the Song of Fire and Ice and subsequent sequels, says Gaurav Mohindra.

As the series comes to an end, here’s a quick recap to catch up on past seasons.

Winter Is Here. The White Walkers have converted a dragon to their side and have effectively taken down the “wall”.  In doing so, they have been able to pass into Westeros and into the North.  While there are a number of houses in the North, there will likely be a big battle in Winterfell, says Gaurav Mohindra from Chicago, Illinois.

Jon Snow.  The series’ protagonist is Jon Snow.  One may imagine that he will clearly win the throne, it is after all – A Game of Thrones – and someone has to win.  But, it’s not that clear cut. Jon’s parentage was kept secret throughout his life, for his own safety.  He was raised as a Stark, but he is actually a Targaryen.  This has significant ramifications as he is the true heir to the throne.  However, this also complicates the plot as his aunt (and romantic interest) Daenerys is keen on capturing the throne for herself.  So it will be interesting to see how Jon reacts when he learns of his true identity, and how Daenerys reacts to the same.

Cersei.  Cersei Lannister is currently the Queen of the 7 Kingdoms.  Although she has seen what the White Walkers are – first hand.  She still scheming to retain control.  She has pledged her allegiance to fight the White Walkers but is also preparing to take control after the aftermath, much to the dismay of her brother, Jamie – who indicated that he will travel to the North and fight with the others. 

Starks.  The Starks of Winterfell seems to be the key around any upcoming fight – White Walker or otherwise.  It will be interesting to see Arya, Sansa, Bran, and Jon – together after so many seasons apart.

Regardless of what happens, Season 8 will fun ride.  The episodes will be longer, but there are fewer episodes in total.  There are a lot of loose ends that need to be wrapped up this season – who is the Night King, what does want? What will happen to all the key players – Tyrion, The Hound, Starks, etc?  Who gets the Throne…..

Stay tuned, and enjoy!