My husband is still amused at my anger over the not so grand finale of Game of Thrones. After all these years of intrigue, war, and treachery, and after the incredible manipulation of fire-breathing dragons, how could the writers let us down in such an epic manner? I am now somewhat redeemed. Football great Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, had some things to say about the finale, and he perfectly summed things up. Yes, the finale was a giant bust, and not the kind of bust often bared or semi-bared in the iconic series.
Rodgers didn’t buy the end of the storyline either. Although Tyrion superbly delivered his speech about Bran having the best story, Rodgers pointed out something that I thought as soon as I heard Tyrion’s pitch—many characters had a better story than Bran. Asked who should’ve been placed on the Iron Throne (or the figurative throne since Drogon incinerated the real one), Rodgers said, “Dany.”
I agree. Of all the characters with great stories, Dany tops them all. She birthed dragons and nursed them, for heaven’s sake. She was sold into marriage to a stranger, became a Dothraki wife, saw her husband’s life technically saved by the dark arts despite his brain not functioning anymore, and managed to conquer whole cities. But the dragons! How do you top that?
I’ve confessed I’m reading the books. I started this past weekend, and I’m halfway through the second book. Curious after the finale, I took out Book 5 and scanned the end. I do that all the time with books. Spoilers enhance my experience with any work, and I realize I am not like most in that regard. I won’t give the ending away, but it became obvious that the show’s writers went off the cliff with their resolution of an 8-year series that was one of the only shows that could draw me to a TV screen.
ESPN featured Rodger’s comments on the network’s Twitter feed. Rodgers pointed out the writers also had Star Wars on their plates. Maybe that’s why they blew GOT so badly this season.
Before the latest Tweet, Rodgers had also cleared up something about his cameo role in Episode 5, Season 8. Fans couldn’t spot him, and many theorized about the bit role he played. A number of fans thought Rodgers burned up courtesy of Drogon. In a brief story, People magazine explained Rodgers wasn’t Drogon toast:
“Instead, Rodgers said he was by the bell tower. “I was helping a woman who was injured, set her down, and then, the hell with her, I’m getting out of there,” he explained in a making-of featurette about his brief appearance on the show.”
Thus far, I’m as impressed with the books as I was with the first 7 seasons of the show. To me, Season 8 was a huge disappointment. The fifth book in the series features an excerpt from the next book (Book 6) currently being written by George R. R. Martin. Martin took to his blog in early May to dispel rumors he’s finished, and sitting on, the next two books:
“I will, however, say for the record — no, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished. DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.”
Martin also said, “Internet journalism is an oxymoron…”
There’s a recurring quote throughout the novels and the TV series, “What is dead may never die.”
That’s telling, and it’s likely in future works, some dead may be revived.
(Kay B. Day/May 22, 2019)