WARNING: Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t yet seen Game of Thrones finale, season 8 episode 6, please turn around now!

I got up at 6 am this morning to watch the much-anticipated ending of probably the biggest series of all times. I had a few different finales in mind as I headed into this one. I remember the justification I felt at the end of Breaking Bad, how much I cried at the end of True Blood, the elation of the final Mad Men episode, and of course the train smash that was the ending of How I Met Your Mother.

I came to the conclusion that it was probably much harder to end something as big as Game of Thrones than to start it. The entire season 8 seemed hurried and not quite at the same pace as the rest of the series. On the other hand, can you think of an ending that would satisfy the harshest critics as well as the most casual fan? And if you wanted to see Dany and Jon ride off into the sunset, you probably have not been paying attention throughout the series, as Tyrion aptly states “…sometimes duty is the death of love.”

But when I walked into the office this morning, my colleagues sat down to watch the episode in the office lounge. I heard their shrieks and screams and saw their disappointment as they headed back to their desks. I, therefore, asked a few of them to share their takes on the final episode of this masterful series and this is what they had to say:

Are you satisfied with the series’ ending?

Three of my colleagues, Henco, Caré and Tessa, absolutely hated the ending. Phrases such as ‘too easy’, ‘lazy’ and ‘anticlimactic’ were used to describe their experience. On the other hand, optimistic Marié loved the ending. She loved how the series kicked off with the Starks and ended with the Starks, coming full circle.

Here, I have to agree with Marie. In terms of the Starks, the ending seems to do justice to a family torn apart by a war they were forced into. The remaining Stark siblings take their rightful position in the North, the South, on the wall and abroad.

Overall Season 8 impressions?

It seems like there is an overall consensus that a lot of things still need some clarification, while some details were skimmed over. Caré, for example, would love to know how Bron of the Blackwater made it all the way to the small council. For a show that is well-known for its slow pace and extensive explanations, season 8 seemed to rush by in a blur and a few more episodes could have potentially ended things a bit better.

Marié, on the other hand, feels that Dany, Jon and Sansa were all too obvious a choice to be the ruler and that Bran was the obvious choice. She also highlights Khaleesi’s death as one of her series favourites. Her death was portrayed with dignity, from the moment she walked to the throne, dying in the arms of the one she loves, to Drogo carrying her off after destroying the throne, it is a beautiful homage to one of the biggest characters in the series.

In the end, there will always be an argument for and against the ending. There will be those that followed all the prophecies religiously and those that just wanted the Jon-and-Dany love story. I’ll be forever grateful that we were given a ten year glimpse into Westeros and the advances made in terms of cinematography, editing, CGI and more, will always be one of the biggest gains of the Game of Thrones era.

 

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