Game of Thrones – Season 8 Episodes 4 – 6 Review

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… I really want to put something like “at last our watch is over”, but that’s a bit too cringey, so I won’t. Anyway, Game of Thrones has come to an end, and boy, those final two episodes, eh? Some of it I liked, some of it… not so much, but I was constantly entertained, which is the main thing, I guess! Let’s take a closer look so I can stop dancing around potential spoilers!

Synopsis:

The survivors of The Long Night mourn and burn the dead, before turning their attention southward towards Queen Cersei…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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“It’s going to be one of those days again…”   “Yep”.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) – Daenerys is just one last step away from claiming the Seven Kingdoms for herself, after which the people of the world can rejoice… or else.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) – Jon is fiercely loyal to his Queen Daenerys, and even though he has a better claim to the Iron Throne, he doesn’t want it. It would take a lot for him to stop his love towards her…

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) – Arya has defeated the Night King and saved all of Westeros, and now she is looking to kill Queen Cersei and finally end this chapter of her life.

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) – Tyrion is starting to worry about the horse he backed in the race to the throne, but he’s still … pretty sure he can help guide her in the right direction…

Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) – Jamie loves Brienne of Tarth and proudly fought the dead alongside her, but now he only sees his sister, his true love, and her probable death in front of him, and he must go…

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) – Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and the woman who sits on the Iron Throne, Cersei believes she’s pregnant and wishes to bring the child up in a peaceful world, through any means necessary…

Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann) – The Hound has survived the onslaught of the dead, and now only sees one more thing left on his checklist: his older brother… or what’s left of him.

Plus many more!

The Good:

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… That escalated quickly…

Episode 5, “The Bells”, was certainly an experience, that’s for sure. It features the big battle at King’s Landing between Dany, her Dragon Drogon, Jon Snow and the rest of her army of freed slaves and barbarians taking on the Lannister army and co. The thing is though, it’s not so much a battle as a one-sided slaughter… of disturbing proportions. Daenerys wins thanks to her Dragon destroying all the anti-Dragon equipment before it could fire, and soon the people of King’s Landing ring the bell signifying surrender, and the opposing army lays down their arms… then she suddenly gets a little irked with how simple it was, with how many people of the army that killed a dear friend (at the end of Episode 4) are still alive, and goes absolutely kill crazy, burning down the entire city, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children in the process. This mass-burning, seen through the eyes of several characters, was harrowing, and went on for so long you feel like you’ve survived something after watching it.

During the chaos there is a very entertaining fight between The Hound and his monstrous, undead brother that ends with both being incinerated, and Jamie gets wounded killing PIRATE BLOKE before embracing Cersei… as a bunch of rubble falls on them and kills them both. This leads into the fallout in the final episode, with Tyrion stepping down in disgust and telling Jon Snow that he has to see how wrong she was, and how she might do it again… well, will definitely do it again. Eventually Jon and the apparent Mad Queen have a nice chat, and then kiss… as Jon buries a knife in her heart. Drogon then arrives and melts the Iron Throne to molten lava before flying away with his mother’s corpse. Very dramatic, great stuff. Some people have complained that Daenerys’ actions were out of character, but I’ve seen this coming ever since she burned Samwell’s father and brother alive for not bending their knees to her. It made for great, sometimes uncomfortable, TV and that’s what GoT does best.

Episode 4 was all fallout from Episode 3 and build up to Episode 5, so not much to say there. A few good conversations, including Varis being on the money with his worries about the Dragon Queen (he’s swiftly executed at the start of Ep. 5). Episode 6’s end you can see below, so… not much else to say, but that good did take up the majority of these three episodes, so… there was a lot I liked!

The Bad:

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Your new King, ladies and gentlemen! … Yes really.

Okay, so let’s talk about the second half of Episode 6. In very un-Game of Thrones-y fashion, everyone pretty much gets a happy ending. Bran… f**king Bran becomes King thanks to a fancy speech from Tyrion, who is then made Bran’s Hand as “punishment”, Arya decides to travel West of Westeros out of curiosity, Sansa becomes Queen of the North as the North is now a separate Kingdom, leaving Bran to rule the other six, and Jon Snow is sent back to the Wall as a member of the Watch, but actually travelling beyond the wall with the wild free folk. So, two Starks rule all seven Kingdoms, and both the Lannisters and Tygarians are going to vanish after Tyrion and Jon die, so I do like that, after all the family went through, the Starks certainly “won” the titular game of thrones (even if there isn’t an Iron Throne to sit on), but it does seem out of character for the show. Especially Bran, I mean this is the same Three-Eyed Raven who declined to be called a Lord because he wasn’t Bran anymore, yet when asked if he would become King, he replies “Why else would I travel all the way down here?” Well… huh. Okay then? Wait, not okay! I mean, a King who can see the past, present and future is handy to avoid assassinations I guess…

Anyway, that’s it really. Not much else to say on these three episodes… Some really good, some really confusing, an ending that didn’t feel earned or right for the show, bit of a mixed bag, really…

Overall Thoughts:

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“One last bout of incest before we die?”   “but of course!”

So a bit of a good and bad ending, with some things I really enjoyed, some things I really didn’t, and a grand spectacle of an Episode 5, for better or worse. Given how some high profile series have ended on a sour note, I don’t think this is one, I think it’s … alright. Good even, it’s just “good” in a series of “excellent” stands out a lot more…

3 Star Watch

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