It's been just over two years since HBOs hit show Game of Thrones (GOT) closed its curtains and in that time there has been a tonne of debate around the last season with fans being split on whether it was everything that the show had been building up to or not.
Personally I wasn't a fan of the final season which was a shame because, like a lot of people in the UK, I would stay up until the early hours of the morning to catch the first viewing of it over here (it was around 1-2am). Now I did have my reasons for not liking it but I would rather talk about why I think no matter what the show was doomed from the start.
There's a good chance that even if you didn't watch GOT you have still heard about it (I mean why else would you be reading this) because it was everywhere, it was hard to escape because it had so many loyal fans, people who loved the show so passionately that they would burst into tears when their favourite characters died, and that kind of support for a series is great but out of that support spawns something sinister, something that everyone who has enjoyed any piece of media is guilty of...
That's right all those reddit posts and articles about if Jon Snow was actually a Targaryen or who would finally sit on the iron throne are the exact things that took away any hope of GOT ending on any sort of a high note.
Let me explain myself because I'm not saying it's wrong to theorise about your favourite shows or movies or games, I do it all the time, but what was wrong with all the GOT theories is that people got way too invested in their chosen theories and therefore if they didn't get that exact outcome then they wouldn't be happy and they would then go rant with likeminded people online.
The issue is that directors know this, we might see them as people who are too busy to take notice of our silly little ideas or opinions but they're just like us, they see it all and they know they can't please everyone so they then have to decide what course they want to take and what they feel will be the best narrative for the show.
Now around the time of GOT final season airing it was announced that the writers David Benioff and DB Weiss would be working on an upcoming Star Wars trilogy (which they have now stepped away from) and obviously many fans decided that because of this they had rushed GOT and 'ruined' it and gave them a lot of hate online. Now I don't know if they rushed anything or if the final season was always planned like it happened but it goes to show that when people don't get what they want then they find something to blame and get angry about which in my opinion is quite toxic.
Fan theories are great because they allow communities to work with each other to try to piece together a puzzle before they can see the whole picture but just like in the case of GOT they can go too far. Lets use another example, the Wandavision series on Disney+, fans were convinced the big bad of the show was Mephisto and when it turned out this wasn't the case they took to the internet to complain about how all the signs were there and it should have been Mephisto when really that was just them over thinking things.
So yeah in short I guess I'm trying to say that GOT was always doomed, there was no way that every fan would be happy with the final product especially with such a large fanbase. Was the final season the best choice narratively? That's up to your opinion, I know I don't think it was but it was the finale we got and we have to accept that, it might not have been what we wanted but it was still an enjoyable experience.
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