Game of Thrones S08E05 — Some Thoughts [SPOILERS]

Published on May 13, 2019

I am going to cheat a little bit and write enough text here so that nobody can see any sort of spoiler from the excerpt that gets shown. It would be a shame if someone had not yet watched the penultimate episode of GoT and MY post here was what ended up spoiling it for them. I don’t need that kinda venom spat my way so let’s hope this is enough text that the excerpt won’t show the following.

SPOILERS BELOW. DON’T READ UNLESS YOUVE SEEN THE EPISODE OR DON’T INTEND TO.

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Ok, are we good now? Everyone who’s made it this far has either watched the episode already or is fine reading about what happens?

Seriously, this is my last warning. Alright, here we go.

I don’t really know how I feel about it. I’m not surprised that we arrived here but I don’t think nearly enough was done to connect the dots. It’s like character X had to perform action Y by episode Z, so BOOM, this is what you get.

Some ways it could have gone:

- Dany does what she did in the episode, destroying (nearly) everything and (almost) everyone.

- Dany destroys nothing else after the soldiers surrender, and then I dunno what’s next. Happily ever after?

- Dany only kills Cersei after the bells have rung because fuck her! She doesn’t get to stick around. But again, what’s next?

- Dany fails and Cersei wins. Yeah, nobody would have accepted that.

- Drogon gets killed (or at least injured) and then Dany and Cersei have an actual fist fight, to the death.

- Jaime meets Cersei in the tower and Dany gives him the choice to leave or die with his sister. He chooses the latter and they get the Dracarys treatment.

- Arya kills Cersei before Dany has the chance to (and she watches it happen), which leads to a showdown like “did you really just take that from me?” And the last episode is that power struggle.

- Jaime kills Cersei because he knows, and has always known, what she is. And what he’s accepted that he is. Then murder-suicide. Maybe Dany watches it happen. Maybe Arya does. Maybe both?

- Jon Snow makes his way to Cersei and stands in front of her so Dany won’t light her up. But she does it anyway (WHAT?!). Or she doesn’t, and that tension leads to the finale’s tense power struggle.

- Replace Jon Snow with Tyrion in the scenario above.

- Replace Jaime or Arya with Tyrion for the previously-mentioned alternatives. Well not the murder-suicide. No way Tyrion kills sister and then HIMSELF.

Well that’s what I got for now. Now, questions.

- Is it the only logical way the story could have gone, given Dany’s increasing isolation?

- Does it suck that it kinda falls into the “women are crazy and too emotional to be good leaders” trope?

- How many lives does Arya have, for crying out loud?

- Did Cersei deserve a more gruesome death? Something more poetic? And public?

- Should she have been locked up, left to suffer with watching her baby be born and taken from her?

What am I gonna watch when GoT is gone?