Game of Thrones, Season 8 – The Last of the Starks

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BEFORE I GO ON, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

I’m not going to do much of a recap this time because there are some things I’d like to point out in regards to this episode.  And no, I don’t mean the damn coffee cup (I didn’t even see it during the episode and I really don’t care about this).

So I was talking to a co-worker about this final season and so far she’s been sorely disappointed with it.  Her main problem is this whole arc of Dany maybe turning into the Mad Queen.  I agree that it seems like Benioff and Weiss may be going in that direction, but I feel like they’re going to pull a fast one on all of us.  Many viewers think that Jon may end up on the Iron Throne and I completely disagree for several reasons:

  1.  Jon would hate every single minute of being King;
  2.  He isn’t ruthless enough to be King (he barely wanted to be King in the North);
  3.  The viewers of the show would burn everything to the ground if that happens, including me.

Let’s face it folks.  In a perfect world of Game of Thrones, Jon and Dany would marry and rule together (I know they’re related, don’t fucking @ me).  When Varys and Tyrion were discussing Jon’s true identity (thanks to Sansa’s blabbing), the idea of the two Targaryens coming together to rule was brought up.  But that won’t happen because it’s too clean.  Too nicely wrapped up.  And that would be a slap in the face to all of us who watch the show.  I adore Jon but I don’t want him to be King.  I would rather see him running wild in the North with Ghost, Tormund and the other Wildlings.  I want to see Sansa in charge of Winterfell because she would rule over her people well and fairly.  I want to see Arya and The Hound traveling the world, getting into all sorts of shit.  And I want to see Dany on the Iron Throne, because dammit she’s earned it and that seat belongs to her.  She would look after those less fortunate and burn all those who would try to usurp her.  But alas, Game of Thrones does not give a shit about what I want.

Plus there’s still the matter of the Night King.  The ending of “The Long Night” episode was wrapped up neatly, but we still don’t know shit about what the Night King wanted, why he kept coming after the Three-Eyed Raven, and where Bran fits into this whole narrative.  The show spent so much time developing Bran’s story and we don’t know why he was chosen to be the new Three-Eyed Raven.  Is he just going to sit in his chair, spouting isms for the rest of his life?  WILL HE TELL US WHO ENDS UP ON THE IRON THRONE?  I need answers.

As for Dany, I’m holding out hope that the writers don’t turn her into the Mad Queen, because that would be straight bullshit and more than a little sexist.  Jon gets emotional and doesn’t think straight when he’s in battle, causing him to make mistake after mistake.  Remember “Battle of the Bastards?”  Sansa tried to warn him that Ramsay would try to trick him but Jon dismissed his sister’s advice and fell for the trick anyway.  And now that Dany is feeling emotional the entire narrative has shifted.  Because women can’t be emotional about anything or they’ll be labeled crazy before the first tear falls.  That’s what’s happening with Dany and we’re not going to stand for it.  But Benioff and Weiss know this about us, which is why I think we’re being trolled.  I think these last two episodes are going to mind-fuck us all and I am looking forward to it.

How do you feel about this season so far?  Love it or hate it?  Let me know in the comments.  I’m anxious about the last two episodes.  Who will win this last war?  Will Cersei and her Golden Company triumph?  Or will Dany and Grey Worm avenge their dearly departed Missandei (RIP, Queen) and burn them all?

Stay tuned.

Game of Thrones airs at 9pm on HBO.  Photos courtesy of HBO.

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