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After Last Night’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ Am I Over the Show?

After Last Night’s 'Game of Thrones,' Am I Over the Show?
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#Demthrones is again y’all, however I? Am over it.

The second-to-last episode of the collection aired on Might 12, and at this level all I’ve to say is, let’s take a cue from Daenerys and burn all of it down. Although it was heralded by the actors as “Shakespearean” and straight up “ahhh” by Emilia Clarke, the penultimate episode of the collection was *truly* a chance for present creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to primarily trash all the greatest characters on the present.

Reside footage of D&D blowing up 7 seasons of character improvement and lore for the sake of shock and awe on the final second #GameOfThrones

— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) Might 13, 2019

From Jon Snow displaying us that he actually does know *nothing*, to Dany’s descent into insanity, to Jaime and Cersei Lannister’s last moments, the entire episode was an enormous rewind on any and all character improvement, and it significantly has me questioning if I ought to simply get out now. Particularly relating to three characters particularly.

Cersei Lannister

What occurred: After eight seasons of being the villain we like to hate, Cersei Lannister, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, didn’t go down preventing, however as an alternative died in a sea of pebbles.

After watching from the citadel as Dany kind of burnt King’s Touchdown to the bottom, Cersei and her pixie minimize shed some tears, sidled previous “Cleganebowl” and reunited together with her child daddy/twin brother Jaime Lannister. The duo made their escape to the Purple Maintain, the place they shared some passionate parting phrases and embraced… after which they died because the Hold—and chateau–crumbled on prime of them.

Cersei: “I do not need to die…not like this”
Bunch of rocks:

— Nik (@Nik_man7) Might 13, 2019

Why that is trash: For *lots* of causes. This complete season, Cersei has just about performed the position of “she-who-shall-not-be-named,” the large dangerous monster watching from afar. And whereas we by no means anticipated the dictator queen of Westeros to tug a Dany and be down on the battlefield within the battle for the Seven Kingdoms, we didn’t anticipate her to actually do nothing. It was like Jon Snow on the Battle for Winterfell another time.

Time and time once more, Cersei has confirmed herself to be an unbiased and succesful villain who makes use of her powers of manipulation and technique to get what she needs. It’s been a steadfast character trait since season one, and is one factor that characters like Sansa Stark have admired her for, and even tried to emulate in their very own lives. (Keep in mind when Sansa straight up duped Littlefinger into considering he’d manipulated *her,* earlier than having her lil sis execute him? Cersei was def her inspo.)

So: Cersei has been a villain since day one–and she or he’s by no means apologized for it. However that basically didn’t come by way of within the newest episode. Up till the final second of her life, the writers have been making an attempt onerous AF to humanize her. Why else would they’ve Tyrion assume she wouldn’t help mindless dying (um, what)? Or have Jaime proclaim that every thing she’s completed has been for her youngsters? Then, within the ultimate scenes of the episode, there was yet one more clear try and humanize Cersei, notably compared to Daenerys. The queen was proven crying on the window as she seemed out over King’s Touchdown burning, then—moments earlier than her dying—pleading with Jaime to not let her die, “not like this.”

Okay, perhaps this was a lady *lastly* realizing that she was truly dealing with her finish, however the writers spent so lengthy constructing Cersei up because the “dangerous man,” that (just like Brienne’s 180 final episode), this vulnerability appears utterly out of character for the stoic, do-anything-necessary, unapologetic lady we’ve come to know and revile.  And TBH, it felt *lots* just like the writers making an attempt to stability the scales. Now that they’ve settled on Dany’s entire Mad Queen vibe, it’s like they determined that they will’t have two feminine villains (which FYI, you completely can), and did a rush job on Cersei’s PR.

Cersei died as a sufferer and Dany is gonna die as a tyrant #GameOfThrones

— d r a c a r y s (@delenaslooch) Might 13, 2019

And eventually, her demise. Whereas it’s in some methods becoming that Cersei died within the arms of the person she’s all the time beloved (who simply so occurs to be her bro), like Missandei’s demise within the final episode, Cersei’s demise left a lot to be desired. It didn’t appear becoming for this character—it was so complacent and out of her management, and TBH simply sort of boring. And Cersei agrees. Lena Heady, the actress who performs the queen, informed EW that her preliminary response to Cersei’s demise was “combined,” saying, “I needed her to have some huge piece or struggle with someone.” Which, similar.

all that Cersei buildup and she or he died from poor infrastructure

— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) Might 13, 2019

RIP to Cersei Lannister aka the perfect villain of all occasions, she deserveda method higher demise #GameOfThrones

— 🌹 (@rinityrell) Might 13, 2019

What *ought to* have occurred: To begin with, she ought to have 100% been killed by Jaime (or, ooh, Arya Stark *as* Jaime)—and that’s not simply wishful considering on my half. It’s actually a prophecy. The Valonqar Prophecy, which Cersei heard as baby from fortune teller Maggy the Frog, has been a continuing all through the collection. It stated that she would die by the hands of  the Valonqar, which interprets from excessive Valyrian to “little brother.” Individuals thought it might be a reference to Tyrion, however it might have additionally been Jaime—the youthful twin.

Or, there’s an alternative choice. As one Twitter consumer instructed, it might have been much more satisfying to have everybody wronged by Cersei participate in—or a minimum of see—her final demise (#JusticeforLady). Is it ugly? Positive. However wouldn’t it have been becoming for the baddest villain on the present? 100%.

I actually needed them to deliver Cersei again to winterfell and have everybody stab her one after the other, and Sansa saying “that is for Woman”. However no, y’all determined to offer her rocks. #GameofThrones

— Asli (@asliisaaq) Might 13, 2019

So principally:

Danenerys Taergaryn

What occurred: Our woman went straight up Mad Queen. After overtaking King’s Touchdown with relative ease, Dany heard the bells chime (a logo of give up) and determined to only go forward and burn the entire place down.

Why that is trash: Okay, sure GoT *has* been constructing Dany up because the Mad Queen. And sure, there have been hints of Dany’s bloodthirstiness in the course of the earlier seven seasons (like when she actually killed Sam Tarley’s fam with little or no hesitation or regret).

lmao to everybody mad that the white woman with the savior complicated turned out to be dangerous

— Lyz Lenz (@lyzl) Might 13, 2019

However that doesn’t make this characterization any extra satisfying. Like Cersei, who was constructed up over seven seasons as a villain, the Dragon Queen has been equally positioned as our heroine. We watched our silver-haired fave go from abused woman to Khaleesi to liberator of slaves (which in itself is a *tad* problematic) to an autonomous and viable choice for the Iron Throne.

daenerys for 7 seasons: has by no means harmed anybody harmless, stopped cultures of rape and violence towards ladies, her precedence was all the time the individuals

daenerys season eight: hears bells of give up and for some fucking obsurd cause begins killing innocents#GameofThrones

— ً (@targarcyn) Might 13, 2019

That’s why this path feels comparatively new, significantly rushed—and like a transparent try and serve their finish aim, not the narrative we’ve been following all alongside. Principally, Khaleesi’s complete schtick up till legit this episode has been that she’s a saviour, and one who all the time tries her greatest to take the non-violent route. So, even with the catalyst of Missandei’s demise within the earlier episode, Daenerys’s burn it up mentality *nonetheless* appears out of nowhere. We simply haven’t had sufficient time to consider Dany because the Mad Queen totally, as a result of we’ve spent so lengthy seeing her as a personality we should always love.

good morning daenerys targaryen isn’t the mad queen that woman we noticed final night time was a creation of d&d

— osha (@oshawildling) Might 13, 2019

What *ought to* have occurred: Actually anything. Or I don’t know—perhaps a tad extra forethought? The writers ought to have used extra of those 1.5 hour eps, or extra of the previous two seasons, to organically arrange Dany because the Mad Queen. However by now we all know that the writers are most certainly establishing a showdown between Dany and Jon Snow, so no matter, this serves that I assume.

So principally:

Jaime Lannister

What occurred: After doing the deed with Ser Brienne of Tarth and knighting her in a significantly candy second, the Kingslayer determined to up and GTFO of Winterfell in the midst of the night time, leaving Brienne and heading again South for Cersei. In his farewell to Brienne, he primarily stated that he’s and all the time has been trash, and now we’ve got to agree.

Why that is trash: As a result of truthfully, what’s character improvement at this level?

Jaime has had arguably one of many biggest character arcs of the present, from a Kingslaying, incestuous jerk to a humbled knight who not solely saved Brienne, however was seemingly working towards his sister for the great of the realm. After which, within the eleventh hour, after actually *simply* taking Brienne’s virginity (which is an enormous MF deal), he realized he has secretly all the time been trash and bounces to be with Cersei?

I used to be optimistic at first that his leaving was all a ruse to truly homicide Cersei, however alas, no such luck. And his ultimate phrases to his sister—”Nothing else issues, solely us”—had me actually *screaming* at my TV display. Actually? Nothing else issues? All of it appears so opposite to who Jaime has develop into and a slap within the face to his evolution as a personality.

In S1E1, Jamie Lannister pushes Bran Stark out a window. That is delicate foreshadowing for S8E5, the place eight seasons of Jamie’s character improvement are equally thrown out the window. #GameOfThrones

— G💩T S8 (@daMovieDude) Might 13, 2019

We’re going to undergo all of *this* simply to have him revert again to who he was in episode 1 of the collection?

In a legitimately *excellent* 30-tweet thread, College of Connecticut professor Daniel Silvermint broke down precisely why this season feels so totally different from the earlier ones—and why characters that we’ve come to know, love and typically despise, are all of the sudden doing issues that we might by no means anticipate them to do. Primarily: GoT and its huge variety of plotlines have develop into so unwieldy that attending to the ending the showrunners—and viewers—need requires sacrificing the journey and improvement of those characters.

This turns characters who used to have “unimaginable depth and company” into literal pawns.

The place as soon as the characters authored their very own, horrible destinies, now they have been pressured to take uncharacteristic actions and make uncharacteristically dangerous selections so the required plot factors might occur and the suitable stakes could possibly be felt. /21

— Daniel Silvermint (@DSilvermint) Might 7, 2019

And you may significantly really feel it with characters like Jaime. After seven seasons of constructing him up as a redeemed hero, they let him go down as simply one other incestuous f-ckboy, throwing out all of his progress and good deeds alongside the best way (and TBH, making his consummation with Brienne an episode prior appear much more like pointless fan service).

What *ought to* have occurred: He ought to have killed Cersei. Truthfully, it might have been considerably anticipated at this level (that entire prophecy factor, ya know?). However his involvement in her dying—whether or not he was truly delivering the ultimate blow or not—is truthfully the one ending I might have thought-about a becoming conclusion to his arc. It will have been a symbolic severing of his ties to his critically problematic sister, setting him as much as fulfill his position as redeemed hero.

Perhaps the Kingslayer would have stabbed Cersei after which succumbed to his personal wounds from Euron Greyjoy, perhaps he would have completed an entire 360 and pushed Cersei out of the window à la Bran, or perhaps he would have simply watched as she was killed—locking eyes together with his sister and once-love, however refusing to intervene. *That* would have been cause sufficient for Cersei to cry, and purpose for us to rejoice.

So principally:

In conclusion, that is all trash.

The actual villians of this season#GameofThrones

— jєѕѕ 🌻 (@morleylt) Might 13, 2019


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