Thrones y’all! Been quite a journey, and a spectacular one indeed. Eight years, eight seasons, 73 episodes and more than 75 hours of quality fantasy television. Just revisiting the show periodically makes me realise why this show enjoys the fandom it does. However, the final season has been a bit of a mixed bag really, but that didn’t still for one second lower my expectations for a finale the fans deserved, as did the cast and crew of this magnanimous show who have put in years of sweat and toil to bring to fruition something that we can all love and appreciate. This has been ‘Game of Thrones’. As the curtains draw to a grand close and several storylines wrap up, I too choose to close with nothing but gratitude.
Even amid immense dissatisfaction, this final season facing new, unprecedented lows, a strong backlash hitherto unknown for a behemoth as ‘Game of Thrones’, and the most outrageous of them all, a fan petition to remake the last season with better writing, one still cannot deny that it is a heartfelt moment for the fans as the finale airs, and the cast and crew all say their final goodbyes as the journey moves to an end. After last episode’s major plot twist, Daenerys’ long foreshadowed transition into the mad queen, she is now the Queen of the seven kingdoms as the episode opens. King’s Landing has been burned down to the ground, and ashes cloud the sky as Tyrion walks the streets piled with bodies from the carnage of last episode. All of us knew Daenerys’ fate was sealed at that moment. What waited to be seen was just who’d do it.
The first form of resistance against her act comes from Tyrion who refuses to be the Hand to her just as she is addressing her army and the survivors from the war. He is immediately captured for treason in freeing Jaime who was held captive before. He and Jon have a heavy handed conversation while he is incarcerated, something that would eventually go on to seal the fate for all of Westeros in the times to come. In a truly heartbreaking scene, Jon sees what would be the greater good for the seven kingdoms and betrays Daenerys, stabbing her just as he proclaims her his queen. In what is easily the most definitive and oddly satisfying moment for the entire season, a heartbroken Drogon, after fruitlessly trying to revive a fallen Daenerys, breathes fire upon the Iron Throne, melting the thousand swords that symbolised Aegon’s fallen enemies. It’s beautifully shot with some exceptional CGi, a suitably melancholic score, and a deep, deep, almost ironical allegory in there. Well done on that one scene!