Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Game of Thrones finale
Well, I finally got to watch the very last episode of the Game of Thrones tv series... [spoilers ahead!]
If there's one thing we hate, it's this - the subverting of our expectations.
We expect Luke Skywalker to be hopeful. Instead, he's a bitter misanthropic hermit who's given up on the jedi.
We expect protagonist Jon Snow to have some kind of agency and the courage of his convictions, but instead he broods about how Dani did some unjustifiable things and Tyrion has to talk our bro into doing what must be done.
And then the dragon melts the iron throne and Snow is kept a prisoner for weeks until he's eventually banished. Oh, and then Bran the broken (god, that's a horrible name) becomes King of Westeros? WTF?
I actually like Ben Shapiro's speculative take that Bran is actually like a deep-cover sith lord who knew what was going to happen and just let things take their course so he could be the one to rule over it all.
Anyway, this finale was mildly satisfying - Daenerys got what she deserved. If you're going to go all genocidal tyrannical dictator, then bitches gots to go down.
Of course, the writers could have stayed the course, allowing Daenerys to be a benevolent and merciful ruler, but the seeds were sown long ago and I'm sure George Martin knew where he wanted things to end.
The whole thing with a Targaryen being born and the Gods flip a coin as the world holds its breath, waiting to see how it will land - that's just fucking awesome! You really can't have a line as poetic as that in a story as dark, gritty, and betrayal-happy as Game of Thrones without Daenerys eventually going psycho.
There's this dumb twitter handle called "Daenerys deserved better." Nope. She deserved worse, actually. In fact, the show robbed us of catharsis by not telling her to her face exactly why she should be murdered, instead of being allowed to carry out her "liberation" - (read: indiscriminately slaughtering innocent men, women, and children).
Maybe it's because the writers, like most of the Hollywood elites, don't actually believe that a social justice tyrant would be a bad thing. Perhaps they think that would be beneficial to humanity, being ruled over by a person who thinks that anything - including the mass murder of innocents - is perfectly fine if it means that everyone will be equally squashed under the leader's heel. Yay, egalitarianism, socialism, and communism!
Back when the series began, my wife and I had thought about naming one of our daughters Daenerys (actually, she preferred Khaleesi). Wow, I'm glad that didn't happen!
I'm hoping the character of Kylo Ren stays villainous and doesn't become some kind of myopic SJW crybaby that feels his own conception of "good" is the only possible objective good for everybody.
Anyways, just wanted to get some stuff off my chest. End of rant...
p.s. That picture is Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) dressed as Morticia Addams for Halloween a couple years ago. Wow!