Game of Thrones - My Perspective of the last Season #1
At the end a broken king, who lives in the past, decides the fate and therefore the future of Westeros, Jon is back in the snow, and the throne is only molten lead...
There was a lot of criticism about the last season of Game of Thrones, even too much for my taste. While the fans were presented with an ever growing world around Westeros and Essos over the years, they also got to know one dubious character after another, and the epic story shrank with time to a few people and events - until the final season and the last ones.
You can accept the last season as it is or hate it as many fans do now. They forget that they are the reason why this season was created so fast. Because of the fans, the makers couldn't wait until George R. R. Martin finished the story with his final books and they had a template - as before with the previous seasons.
Surely you can accuse the makers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of mistakes and gaps in the last season, like the Dothraki were almost erased in the battle in Winterfell but they were so numerous in the end? Or the winter, for which we wait since the beginning of the series, which will come with the white walker and that it will be the ultimate fight ever, ends up in a long-winded and almost already boring one episode.
Well, these are the little things that disappointed the fans. They just don't see the true strength of the end of the series. The series has always told politics in the background. It was always about the wire pullers and the rulers. About the class differences and the greed for power. About despots and leaders. About decisions and their consequences. If you like, the series is actually exactly what could not be more topical today. Of course, all this is beautifully accompanied by the most diverse characters who play it all, but they are only the actors in this theater of politics.
Many are disappointed that the mother of the Dragons has been transformed from the good princess and queen to the evil despot, who has become dictatorially insane, in 2-3 episodes. If we are honest, it was clear from the beginning that this will happen. From the first season on, Daenerys burned everything and everyone who stood in her way or did not share her totalitarian view of a perfect world. That the Targaryens have always been an insane tribe has also always been addressed in Game of Thrones and that she sees herself as a chosen one in a campaign marked by fire and blood. Surely she was the Breaker of Chains who wanted to free the slaves and create a free world. She wanted to build a holy and good world, but you cannot build a holy and good world on fire and blood, with the ground of sorrow.
It's similar with Jaime Lannester, who has a bit of conscience. He rides to Winterfell, knights Brienne but in the end he shows again how his family is more important to him. Blood is thicker than water. That he appears in Winterfell is because of his brother Tyrion, his pregnant sister and Queen Cercei, to protect her and not because of the others. He want to fight the evil to protect his family.
His only fidelity was always to the woman who lost her vision at the moment when she had won the power as queen and from then on ruled apostate, selfish and despotic. The fact that both were not killed by someone but buried under rubble, arm in arm, may be disappointing, but it is exactly what many didn't expect - which in my opinion makes the whole thing special again.
And exactly the same we see with Jon. As half Stark and half Targaryen we see him in the center of all events and even find out that he is the rightful heir to the throne, but he is only a chess piece, a wire-puller, someone who is important for the action but not someone who will get a happy ending, with the mother of the dragons, as everyone would have expected.
Instead, he kills his beloved and is allowed to return to the north where he can continue his bromance with Tormund. That's not quite Hollywood-like but fair. Someone who is marked as a bastard can't become king, no matter how much heroism he shows. The (hi)story doesn't want it.
That's the way it is.
And what about the people who always played everything in second row? They get their chances! They were also little figures, who got more and more something to say, who stepped out of the shadows into the focus - be it the bookworm and Nerd Sam, or Sir Davos the ex-pirate with reading and spelling problems or Brienne who as a woman is too little man but as a man too much woman. In the end they have the say. After the others became too greedy, and this greed brought them the end....