The eight-year-long epic HBO series Game of Thrones came to an end this week, but the much anticipated final episode left me and many other fans disappointed. The writing was lacklustre and felt hurried.
Despite the complaints, the eighth and final season of the fantasy tale broke audience records; CBS said 17.4 million people watched the season opener, and that it was almost certain the last episode would outshine record.
Fans waited two years for the final season. While it maintained its popularity until the very end, the final season suffered from the show’s producers attempting to dazzle audiences with impressive CGI – costing $15 million each episode this season – rather than gripping storytelling.
While dragon Drogon looked impressive, and had a satisfying, non-verbal ending to his story, the same could not be said for every central character viewers have watched struggle to survive in Westeros.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who created the show with the blessing of A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, wrote and directed the show’s finale; a fitting end as the two also penned the first ever episode of the series.
The two have come under fire – much like the victims of the show’s Targaryen ruler Daenerys – for their simultaneous pandering to fans and their ignorance for what the fans have come to expect of the show.
With this episode the one that will leave a lasting taste in fans’ mouths, it is almost impossible to forgive the fleeting nature of the writing this season. Central character Jon Snow seems to have put it best: “It doesn’t feel right.”
As the final chapter in an eight-season story closes, time will tell if audiences remember the show as a cultural icon, or a missed opportunity for greatness.