Remember a small TV show called Game of Thrones? Remember how we used to talk a lot about it all the time? Where did it go Was it real
Sadly, yes it was. As the show celebrates its tenth anniversary, let’s take a look at how its gruesomely awful ending made sure that all the great work behind it was done, despite the earlier ones, if it was ever remembered, this one Will be in the form of a story of caution.
Created by DB Weiss and Dan Benioff and written by George RR Martin based on the fictional series A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones was created in a fictional world with some peripherals, at least in the first season, some peripherals Was modeled on Europe. , Imagined elements thrown in.
While White Walkers, direwolves, and dragons made for an increasingly impressive spectacle, most of us watched Game of Thrones the most. The show featured hundreds of characters, and thanks to its plot, world-building, consistently excellent dialogue, and immense depth of top-notch casting, Game of Thrones cast a spell on us every week from spring to summer. The semi-mediaword setting allowed the story to be primarily as a power-struggle, not only between great houses like Stock and Lannist, but all the necessary killings, betrayals, backstabbing and so on.
The runtime of long episodes, often deliberate pacing and herniation work of working with such a large number of characters and plot threads bothered some of us. Game of Thrones was the world’s greatest thing for most of its life.
It was truly a humble pop culture sensation. It took its time, but by the time Eileen Payne led Ned Stark towards the end of the first season, the world was bent. It was dominating the discourse everywhere, be it social media or get-upholders. After every episode aired, we took to social media to discuss and brainstorm whether a particular line was carelessly published in secret, or something.
Almost everyone knew that we were watching it, and those who were not left on the sidelines, rendered the social parasite out of their refusal to look like the TV program of the time. Regardless of what happened in the end, it set 59 records, the most for any TV drama.
Game of Thrones was a global phenomenon – until it was. It is completely amazing how it fell as a pop culture almost overnight, with some people being insulted who are embarrassed for fear of being ridiculed.
It is not that the show has been completely erased from the popular imagination. Once in a while one gets to read half-incomplete retrospective pieces about how bad the final season was compared to earlier iterations. HBO has several spinouts to gain popularity that it still has and they certainly know something we don’t.
But when I compare it to other iconic shows, it has similarly captured the imagination of millions of people – The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Deadwood – Game of Thrones is missing from the discussion showing its lack of longevity . The dumpster fire that last season (and, I argue, was also the austerity season), may not be the only reason. It is not that every TV show has been successful in landing. ABC’s sci-fi mystery series Lost is often thought of as one of the examples not to deliver the end of a complex story. But it is still a part of the conversation, even if the fans only bring it to dissolve. With Game of Thrones, nobody takes the trouble to contempt it.
I think the reason that the ending was not bad, is that the entire final season – and most of the seventh season – was antithetical to everything that came before. The story told about the show was not told. The ending of the final episode did not necessarily have to end as Westeros status. It was realized because it was unearned. Some of the things that reached Finale had no basis in logic.
Game of Thrones was liked to shock people with major character deaths, but first every single one of them, regardless of how they suddenly felt, was a logical conclusion to the actions of that character. For example, Ned Stark, before losing his head, had made some office decisions – trusting Littlefinger was just one of them – so when he died, it was quite a shock, but it still made sense when Hoopla’s It made sense after he died.
But after season 7, when the show had overtaken the book series, the shocking things happened just for the shock value. He had no connection with anything else that had happened before. Leading up to those pivotal moments was hardly an organic, believable story. And thus, there was no theft in them. They felt shallow.
The whole story, especially everything about Dorne, was quickly spread to just pounce towards a conclusion that fell like a cop-out. DB Weiss and Dan Benioff were recruited by Disney for Triology, a Star Wars film, and that’s why they said they wanted to end the story as soon as possible. But he redeemed the ending so badly that he also lost the Star Wars project.
A TV show does not need a good ending to remember. It is just you know, needless to be dangerous. Game of Thrones is a rare TV show that completely destroyed its legacy in its final season.
All this being said, perhaps we can remember it for what made it possible, so many firsts achieved it, what it did for the medium (GRR Martin considered the story itself unfounded) and general For the art of storytelling. The richly felt world, great acting, charmingly drawn, three dimensional characters, twisty plots, complex themes, difficult moral questions, cinematic level visual effects, are some of the qualities that have made it so big.
Before it went awry, Game of Thrones was a show that brought together a large portion of the world’s TV viewing population to experience that story.