Spoiler alert! The following contains details from the “Game of Thrones” series finale, Season 8 Episode 6, “The Iron Throne.” Read our recap of Season 8, Episode 5 here.
This isn’t what we signed up for.
When “Game of Thrones” premiered eight years ago, it was instantly clear that the series was something different. It was a story that broke the conventions of the fantasy genre, not one that was a slave to them. Yes, the “Thrones” books and the series were inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” but they also subverted that trilogy. Ned Stark lost his head. The Red Wedding killed Robb and Catelyn. The Mountain killed the Viper. Tragedy and injustice were as baked into the series’ identity as dragons and battles.
But that’s not the show that aired its finale Sunday night. In the final episode, “The Iron Throne,” the show was unrecognizable. It was hacky; it was cliched. Every character left standing received a saccharine coda. Closure is one thing, but pandering is entirely another.
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