It’s been over a year since the series finale of ‘Game of Thrones,’ premiered on our screens, much to the joy of the viewers.
— Quwn 💫 (@Vanity_Charles) May 19, 2020
i just remembered the horrible game of thrones season finale we got after waiting a whole year for it pic.twitter.com/eCFc4pkXda
— chu (@chuuzus) May 19, 2020
‘Game of Thrones’ was a lesson in how not to do an ending. After nearly a decade in the making, the show did not stick the landing after trying to ‘subvert expectations,’ rather than make and finish a coherent story line. Fans felt like they wasted those years on something that fell way below expectations. While some actors from the show characterized the incensed fan base as ‘ungrateful,’ most of the ire fell on show creators David Benioff and D.B Weiss, or D&D.
Controversy has followed the pair ever since the failed alternate history show ‘Confederate,’ was in development, but ‘Game of Thrones,’ once seen as the biggest show on television, is now a punchline, and the fans only remembering it because of an anniversary is testament to its impact, or lack thereof.
People often look at Breaking Bad as how to make an ending. While supplying thrills and drama, it doesn’t compromise character or story integrity, making a coherent and exciting conclusion to arguably the best drama on television. Needless to say, ‘Game of Thrones’ did not do that.
So a year later, what can we learn from this? A lesson in how to utilize simple writing foundations? (“Themes are for eighth-grade book reports,” -David Benioff) How to not rush a series to work on Star Wars, only to then “quit?” How to not assassinate character development or have characters do things that make no sense to who they are?
Perhaps it’s a combo of all these things, but a year later, we can only remember the way ‘Game of Thrones,’ limped to the barn to be put out of its’ misery. And ours as well.