Nah, me neither.
The Night King had been vanquished and everything in Westeros, at least for a brief moment, looked like it’d be alright.
Daenerys pretty much lived up to her billing as the Mad Queen – much to the disgust of some fans – wreaking death and destruction upon King’s Landing in episode 5, ‘The Bells’.
People really weren’t happy with the episode, and according to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the episode is the lowest-rated episode in the show’s history to date, with a 50% score at time of writing.
The site’s own summary of the critics’ consensus states that “too much plot in too little time muddles the story and may leave some viewers – and maybe Cersei – feeling its conclusions are a little unearned”.
In her fragile and volatile state, it looks like the combined forces of Tyrion, Arya and Jon will have to wrestle power from the Breaker of Chains in order to stop her tyrannical rule.
Jaime, Cersei, The Mountain, The Hound, Euron, Varys have all been killed, so there’s very little of the main cast actually left. Who ends up on the Iron Throne is anyone’s guess, but I reckon it’ll be Bran.
We won’t have to wait long to find out anyway, especially now that the trailer for the 80-minute finale has arrived.
It’s by far the shortest trailer we’ve had so far, but we get to see Daenerys gazing over what’s left of new kingdom, Arya and Tyrion walking around looking very concerned, and a group of Dothraki looking more than willing to die for their queen.
Check it out:
God it’s going to be bittersweet. How could they do this to Daenerys?
George R R Martin, who wrote the A Song of Ice and Fire book series recently spoke about what it’s been like seeing his adaptation brought to life – and it seems he’s not entirely happy.
“I mean, would I prefer they do it exactly the way I did it? Sure,” he told The Rolling Stone. “It can also be traumatic, because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing – that leads to a lot of conflict.”
“You get totally extraneous things like the studio or the network weighing in, and they have some particular thing that has nothing to do with the story, but relates to ‘Well this character has a very high Q Rating so let’s give him a lot more stuff to do.’ The series has been … not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons.”
I understand the complaints about the recent season but I also understand the fact that they were never going to please everyone.
There’s been so many theories and speculation – many of them compelling – but they were never all going to be true. I just think the show’s producers have tried so hard to please everyone that they’ve ended up going for the most obvious conclusion and in turn, pissed everyone off.
Ahh well, enjoy it, folks, because it’s about to disappear forever (discounting the prequel series).
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