After taking nosedive in episode 5, I didn’t expect much from series finale of GoT; however, I’m glad to say that the show had passed its nadir point this week.
The elephant is still in the room as I still couldn’t buy the transformation of Daenarys into the Mad Queen; but for the sake of this episode, I would leave it there so now we were left with Dany the Mad Queen (no matter how she came) and the aftermatch of the genocide of Kings Landing.
Actually, I was quite satisfied with episode 6 that it did not leave me with too bad last impression of the show. It was not as annoying as Dany turning nuts in the previous episode. All I had to accept was that Dany was now the Mad Queen and someone had to stop her and it was no suprising who that person turned out to be.
I have heard that GRR Martin had this ending in mind and had the producers to end it this way. I thought that maybe he wanted to say that there is no guaruntee of good ruler by the bloodline hereditary system or good-willed conquarer. So, the wheel had to be broken as Westeros would be ruled by the king/queen elected by head of great houses. (And then they might move to the democracy as Sam suggest)
However, Bran was an odd choice. First, he had always seemed to distant himself from worldly issue for a while. Second, I didn’t had trouble with the disabled but would it be more practical to choose someone more self-reliant in that medieval-esque world. Last but not least, as he was the know-all-see-all seer and he told Tyrion that he had known he would be the king. That made him sounded some kind like Aslan from Narnia’s the Silver Chair (apologize to all Narnia fans here but Narnia is not really my cup of tea). Maybe Tyrion intentionally chose Bran because he could not have children, so that he could assure that there would be no more complete ruling dynasty.
There were some issues bugged me while watching, not really bad but worth mentioning.
- Did Drogon intend to melt the throne? (Maybe dragons were more intelligent that I though or Drogon was just breathing fire around in frustation. I would prefer Dany ordering Drogon to melt the thrones as preparation for her new campaign and emphasis on her Mad Queen persona.) Also, in the following scene I thought he would breath fire to Jon and Jon would survive as he was the Targaryen who was immune to fire.
- Sam wrote ‘The Song of Ice and Fire’! Really? Are they trying to pay homage or to imitate ‘The Hobbit’?
- Greyword sailed to Naath. Was he going to catch the butterfly fever? Maybe Missandei didn’t have time to warn him.
There were also something that someone else had point out
- Could King Bran assign Jon Snow to the Nightwatch as it would be in an Sansa’s independent Kingdom of the North?
- Did anyone bother that now the Stark had taken the whole Westeros, Bran ruled six southern kingdoms and Sansa ruled the North?
I would like to take some time before writing the review of the full season. There have been notable number of things in this season that were not execute well as most of the people say.
Oh, one last line, I really loved Brienne.
SJR’s 5-point scale 3.5/5