It's nearly twenty-three years since the first Game of Thrones book was released and it's been eight years since it first hit our screens. It's always been a big budget show. Even back in season one, each episode had a budget of $6m, but that figure has reached $15m per episode for the show's final season.
With the world's biggest audience waiting on tenterhooks to discover how it all works out, it was always going to be impossible to please everyone. Some people are so unhappy with how this season is playing out, however, that they are requesting a petition to get the whole last season remade, but is that the right call?
Let's take a look at the allegations that are being made, and why they are wildly incorrect. Or are they? Let's see.
This might just be the biggest event on television ever.The most recent - and final - season of GoT will go down in history as one of the most hotly anticipated television moments that the world has ever seen. After seven seasons of building tensions, we entered the final season with everything to play for.
The viewing figures are astonishing.GoT is averaging 43m viewers per episode in this final season. That's ten million more than the last season, which was already far ahead of any of its competitors. To put that in context, The Sopranos was record-breaking back in the day with 14m viewers per episode, on average.
Have you been able to follow the three story arcs?GoT has had three main story arcs throughout its time. The first was concerning the danger coming from the north of the Wall. This is what Jon Snow and the Night's Watch were in charge of protecting. This storyline involved wildlings, wights, and the Night King.
The Mother of Dragons brought fire to the story.The second arc followed Daenerys Targaryen. We watched as she conquered foreign lands against the odds with her winning personality and incredibly powerful dragons.
The Iron Throne has been hotly contested throughout.The final story arc was based mostly in King's Landing. It was regarding the Iron Throne and who would eventually sit on it. This final season has had to bring all three storylines to a conclusion and people have been pretty unhappy throughout. If you haven't already watched this season's episodes, beware, there's about to be some pretty major spoilers coming up.
Arya saved the living from the dead.The first arc was resolved pretty resoundingly in episode 3 of this season. Fire and ice seemed to be an almost equal match for each other, with Daenerys halting the soldiers before the Night King called up its reawakened un-dead creatures. When all seemed lost, Arya became the hero that she had been training to be for the last decade and killed the Night King.
Was the battle against the Night King resolved too easily?After years of building tension, some people were annoyed that it was wrapped up so quickly, but it did build up for two episodes and there was a double-length battle episode to take it to its conclusion. Seriously, it was a whole hour and a half long. In the end, the conclusion of this story arc was dramatic, surprising, and final. That left us with two more story arcs to conclude...
Daenerys, The Breaker of Chains, won people over with justice.Daenerys has managed to conquer pretty much everyone that she has come across so far. First, she won over their hearts and minds and did her best to be a just ruler. But let's not forget that she was able to achieve all of this because she had three dragons backing her up... Once that number had been reduced to one, she looked more vulnerable. This made people question her competence as a leader, which, as you can imagine, might make Daenerys doubt whether her people love her unconditionally. But, more on this subject later…
Is Daenerys still the heir to the Iron Throne?Daenerys' storyline has always relied on the fact that she is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. It was her destiny; it was the reason that she came into this life, and it was all backed up by her title as Mother of Dragons. The discovery that Jon Snow is actually her nephew and the true rightful heir puts Daenerys in a sticky situation, especially as she is now without two of her dragons. Again... we'll come back to that.
Cersei has given it her all.The third story arc has mostly seen Cersei trying to consolidate the Lannisters' claim to the Iron Throne, despite not really having a solid claim in any way. However, the wealth of the Lannisters, combined with Cersei's tenacity and persistence has led Cersei to be based in the Red Keep at King's Landing.
She's not so happy about all that fire now...Cersei has managed to see off claims from Robert Baratheon's two brothers, Renly and Stannis. She has also managed to keep out all manipulators, in particular, those trying to get close to her sons, by destroying the Great Sept of Baelor. But while she looked upon the last fire with a smug glee, this time it was a very different set of emotions she experienced as she looked down on the destruction.
A lot of people aren't happy about how this season played out.You would think, after all this, that people would be excited to witness the final outcome of GoT, but you can't please everyone, and that is certainly the case with this season. People's reactions have ranged from confusion to anger and, now, a petition has been started to re-write the whole of the final season.
So what are people's problems with this season?
@JoeSaunders You mean the shit writing that made Jon Snow entirely obsolete? Arya should have been the one who kill… https://t.co/5CGbNwVamn— martin (@martin)1556554721.0
Arya was the only person who could have killed the Night King.
Can we just take a minute to appreciate the writers/everyone that’s worked on Game Of Thrones over the past 8 years… https://t.co/JOeQGYy543— Joe (@Joe)1556553687.0
Did Jamie stay true to his character?
8 seasons of character development thrown in the sink He died as insignificant as he was in season 1 Most disappo… https://t.co/2o7luBzrhY— MN (@MN)1557896358.0
Jamie has always loved Cersei more than anything.From the very beginning, Jamie and Cersei have always spoken of their impenetrable bond; it's why he did a lot of the terrible things he did. In season one, Cersei said that they weren't just brother and sister, as they shared a womb. She added that they "came into this world together" and "belong together." This mirrors the novel, in which Jamie says that he cannot live while Cersei dies. He even said to Bronn in season 5 that he would like to die "in the arms of the woman he loves."
They love each other despite their faults.Although we've seen Jamie's character development, he doesn't see himself as a good person. He sees Cersei as the only person who loves him as a whole, despite everything he's done. And he's the only person who loves and understands her. Even when he left her, he never wanted to survive while she died. Tyrion mentioned earlier in the season that Jamie loved Cersei despite knowing how bad she is, and this brought him back to that realization. And what about Dany?
Daenerys is almost unrecognizable.
@thronesfacts @HBO Well that is how it seemed. The episode was well acted and directed. Her action to kill innocent… https://t.co/ONFdXQ4bay— hapinasupi #RDC6 🏳️🌈🇪🇺 (@hapinasupi #RDC6 🏳️🌈🇪🇺)1557914819.0
People do not like having to face facts.
The only acceptable beginning of the next episode of #GameofThrones https://t.co/99iBu14fb4— Jams Mastodon (@Jams Mastodon)1557895046.0
Have the writers done their job well?
@thronesfacts @HBO The outcome of the events are solid just how they got there is disappointing— Klutch Mafia Stan Acc (@Klutch Mafia Stan Acc)1557911033.0
People are even signing a petition to get season 8 remade.Now, over 1 million people have signed a petition to have the final season remade, and for some reason, this Twitter-user thinks that the same writers are the best people for the job. Maybe it's because, really, they've already done an amazing job. This is the season that has brought back scenes with startling similarities to earlier seasons. It has hidden symbolism, answers to questions that we started asking years ago, and references to everything that had been building up to this moment, yet people are accusing the writers of being lazy.
The directors have perfectly explained Daenerys' change.
Director Miguel Saponchnik says when Daenerys is looking out over King's Landing as the bells ring, she feels empty… https://t.co/PByGItGPEs— Game of Thrones Facts (@Game of Thrones Facts)1557910887.0
Were people not paying attention?
@thronesfacts @HBO Of course it's not enough,she lost Jorah to the North while Cersei schemed,she lost her best fri… https://t.co/6FCgZzaRaX— Someone’s Kuia is a Sugar🔥🔥❤️🏉🍾🧙🏽♀️💃🏽🐶🐱 (@Someone’s Kuia is a Sugar🔥🔥❤️🏉🍾🧙🏽♀️💃🏽🐶🐱)1557914338.0
Should the storyline have been clearer?
@babyhalah @thronesfacts @HBO Exactly! And this is one of the most important and interesting plot-points in the ent… https://t.co/zQ3fLOjjL3— Gabrielbly (@Gabrielbly)1557915556.0
Daenerys has always been looking for love.
the way this comment on youtube has understood dany’s complex character better than the creator of this series if… https://t.co/8wsXIcJUUc— gee (@gee)1557899578.0
We should look at it this way.These two videos make it clear why it happened as it did. It hasn't been lazy writing or uncharacteristic behavior at all. This was always likely to happen. Much like with so many scenes in this series, everything has been building up to this moment.
Some people are a bit more circumspect about what happened.
@thronesfacts @HBO https://t.co/jRKAK8vYc4— Ed (@Ed)1557915954.0
At least one person was happy about what happened.In a classic case of self-fulfilling prophecy, if Sansa had not told Tyrion about Jon, maybe Daenerys would have still felt like she could trust someone. Without them, she felt alone and needed an outlet for her emotions. On the other hand, maybe it was just that Sansa could tell that Daenerys couldn't be trusted. Either way, Sansa looks well placed going into the final episode. Could it be her that ends up on the Iron Throne?
Not every storyline made people unhappy.
arya calling the hound sandor was the mark of love and respect I’d wanted for them since they first become the best… https://t.co/qnBQByhK1X— DrunkFace𝔗𝔦𝔠𝔨𝔢𝔱𝔰 𝔱𝔬 𝔪𝔶 𝔇𝔬𝔴𝔫𝔣𝔞𝔩𝔩 (@DrunkFace𝔗𝔦𝔠𝔨𝔢𝔱𝔰 𝔱𝔬 𝔪𝔶 𝔇𝔬𝔴𝔫𝔣𝔞𝔩𝔩)1557732585.0