The season finale of Game of Thrones finally aired and I have to say, that was one seriously confusing season if a fan did not read the books. This fan did not, and hence, even though I watched every episode through this season season for specific story lines, I found myself confounded enough to get a little lost. (So this is NOT a full recap, nor a valid review of sorts. But what I do address, are the few points I did follow! Do take note of the light-hearted style here though!)
My Game of Thrones confusion comes from the addition of so many new characters that came out of the wood-work and though their inclusions started to slowly settle into the story and start to make a little sense, it made the series hard to watch and follow. My wife would have bailed long ago, but I kept turning it on… hoping that new details would fill in events that popped up in previous eps. Though I am hesitant to commit to any character because now I know that who ever I might get attached to will probably lose their head!
And at some point, I thought I had some mental issue because I couldn’t keep track of all the new characters, never mind pronouncing their names.
But even the showrunners were worried about adding too many characters and story lines. They made note that Game of Thrones has the largest cast on TV right now, and they realized they introduced dozens of new characters this season.
Show runner David Beinoff said that
“We need to be just as mindful of the audience members who have never read the books as we are of the readers; the series will fail if we only appeal to those who already know the characters.”
And I can attest to this, because right now I’m on the bubble and ready to walk from the series. I’m not totally clear who attacked who and who stole what and, well, that’s more or less how it all came at me this season, in a blur.
SPOILERS TO FOLLOW
After the season finale, here’s all that I do know:
- Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is off in the icey tundra with some wild bunch;
- Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) lived through his little foray but is no longer ‘Hand of the King’;
- That little weasel child-king, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), will be marrying a woman who gives birth to smoke demons. (I think);
- Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) has her little fire-breathing dragon babies back;
- And it was nice to see a quickie appearance by Jason Momoa!
At least in the third and fourth seasons, they will be slowing down the rate at which the story progresses as both seasons will encompass the story told in book three of Game of Thrones.
As it stands, the closing scene of The Walk… Game of Thrones ended with three horn blasts and an invasion of zombies that looked like a steampunk moment from an episode of The Walking Dead. (Hey!!! Crossover episode?) Had my buddy not told me about the three horn blasts in the season previews way back when the season started, I would never have known what was going on.
Though I must say, if it weren’t for the show, I would not have become a fan of Peter Dinklage. The dude’s cool! Any way, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.