Quote:If only the rest of the season had leaked after episode 3 and you knew beforehand to just stop there, huh ?
Episodes 4 and 5 were pretty disappointing, not entirely show-ruining, but indisputably disappointing. This final episode, while not great, had its moments. Maybe it's because I was going in with low expectations, but I was not unhappy with the finale though it had many problems.
The acceptance of Bran, who has no charisma whatsoever, as king by the other lords merely on Tyrion’s recommendation, was not believable. From a storytelling perspective, this is unsatisfying because Bran has been boring since turning into the Three-Eyed Raven. Some would argue he’s always been boring, but his arc did have the great "Hold the door" scene and Bran's scenes with Jojen and Meera were okay. But Bran giving some proof, maybe stating some pieces of surprising (but not insulting) knowledge about a few of the lords present, would wow them enough to lend Bran credence beyond Tyrion's word. Even odder was Sansa’s declaration of independence for the North without similar declarations from at least Yara and the new Prince of Dorne, two traditionally proud kingdoms with their own independent streaks. Why the Unsullied wouldn't immediately kill Jon (or Tyrion) after Dany's death is a plot hole.
A lot of the strong moments were with Drogon – his rising behind Daenerys briefly "giving" her dragon wings, Drogon emerging from the snow in front of Jon (symbolism of Snow becoming a dragon who then takes the throne away from Dany), and finally, Drogon carrying off his mother’s dead body. Other highlights included Brienne completing Jaime’s story in the book of Kingsguard knights and the montage of Starks in their final moments in the series. I also enjoyed Jon bringing back Maester Aemon’s "love is the death of duty" quote and Tyrion’s "duty is the death of love" response.
"Drax the Legend was right and it would have been more satisfying had the Night King just killed everyone..."
Drax the Legend, Captain of the Fist, The Starwalker, The Jade Slayer