The biggest problem with the 'Game Of Thrones' finale.
Game of Thrones is now officially over with "Bran" being the unfeeling King of Westeros, the inhuman Three-Eyed Raven ruling the world of men.
But was it the greatest finale of all time or the most disappointing in the history of television?
There are several reasons why the recent seasons of Game of Thrones have disappointed fans; not enough episodes, no more source material, the plot favoring the characters, etc.
Thrones initially became hugely popular by being an incredibly well-crafted story. Sometimes, the show would overturn audience expectations, usually by slashing off the characters presumed to be safe.
Game of Thrones was popular for killing off its characters in the most surprising way possible.
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Those sudden unexpected plot twists were sensational, practically intended for social media marketing; those who had no idea why the "Red Wedding" was so brutal quickly wanted to know the context. But it was only a matter of time before they ran out of such thinking.
Those first few plot twists were carefully organized by George R.R. Martin in the novels; they toppled traditional fantasy narratives, but they certainly weren’t out of the realm possibility. The earlier seasons shows the vast amount of groundwork laid before those sudden twists. All the clues were there, though few would guess their significance.
Later plot twists, however, seemed to emerge out of the blue (quite literally), like Arya did, during her famous Night-slaying moment. That scene was lazily foreshadowed by a display of "Arya" using the same move against "Brienne", but little did it held a meaning or any prior insinuations.
Both the Red Wedding and Ned’s beheading were inspired with meaning, "Ned’s" beheading pointing out the dangers of dogmatic righteousness, Robb’s death, the upshot of breaking a promise. These two incidents almost contradict each other, but ultimately teach us that, in Westeros, broken oaths are intolerable, but most importantly it showed the viewers that the story is never about fan service.
Bran, of course, was one of the most voted characters to have ended as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms but considering the way in which he was crowned the king made no point of his ascension. It only seemed to be a mere hint that Westeros was beginning to form a democracy, and their all-knowing king would lead them into a new golden age.
But then again the twist came out of nowhere, unpredictable, and strange; it’s extremely odd to see the man who once used to call himself "anything but a man" now rules the institutions of man.
Bran became the ultimate ruler of the newly formed Six Kingdoms in the finale of Game of Thrones.
Many fans are comparing the situation to "Yoda" being an emperor of the Star Wars galaxy, "Gandalf" the crowned king in The Lord of the Rings, or "Rafiki" the new Lion King.
Subversion cannot be digested if it comes out of nowhere and slaps the audience in the face; it should be foreshadowed but in the subtlest manner possible. In fact, that’s the prime beauty of storytelling. George R.R. Martin has discussed how online fandom is fueling the spread of spoilers – as such the “secret” heritage of Jon Snow was pieced together by fans, many years before the truth was actually revealed on the show.
The creators of Rick and Morty have said this issue too, describing modern, online audiences as “a render farm,” capable of pointing out the answer to any secret concealed within a story. And of course they can; plot twists, if done properly, are often foreseeable.
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Randomly throwing out a twist, prioritizing surprise over the story, is the only way to beat the easter experts. But even that technique proved futile for Game of Thrones, as fans would always find a way to spread leaks before the episodes aired.
There is hardly a way to counter the spring of spoilers. Attempts to meet predictive endings seem to result in a poor plotline, random plot twists pulled out of thin air.
That being said, only a portion of fans participate in theories, and not everyone does seek out spoilers. Thus, creatives who are narrating popular franchises, considering the honest fans should stop outrunning the theorists all while avoiding the lame and spontaneous turn of events in the course of the original story.
If properly crafted, the element of surprise isn’t necessary to enjoy a plot twist. If the audience is fully immersed in the story, they will still be awed at the emotional implications, even if they claim they saw it coming.
Game of Thrones' fans are condemning the show creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for employing irrelevant turn of twist into the series.
To be frank, anyone can see a surprise coming, if they really want to. There’s always a rhythm to stories, and if one learns the rhythm, they will know when sudden change is happening.
There’s nothing specifically impressive about predicting plot twists. Musicians don’t seem to care about predicting the chorus emergence during a song, because they just want to listen. And perhaps that’s the way the fans should view spoilers – worthless details that are irrelevant to the overall theme of the story.
The biggest mistake with got season 8 turned out to be David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ determination to provide the finale of the show with a signature plot twist, dedicated to the idea that no fan would ever guess the ending. And to be honest, they absolutely nailed it, but only at the cost of the show’s integrity, its true standards, and much to the fans’ disappointment.
It will always be a sad experience to remember that GoT ended not with a burst of heat, but with a sluggish climax, as twists got prioritized over plot.