SPOILERS – if that is not obvious from the post’s title.
There are a number of commentators – from newspaper pundits to earnest vloggers on YouTube (who have studied story-telling) – who are unhappy with Game of Thrones episode 8:5.
The story was not supposed to go like this.
Something has gone wrong.
The storytellers – the writers – have made a mistake.
The storytellers are to to blame.
For what it is worth, I think the writers got it right.
The baddies are not always the ones who are bad.
Give a person lethal fire power they will tend to abuse it.
Give a person absolute power and, as Acton observed, that power can corrupt them absolutely.
War and chaos cut off and disrupt promising character arcs.
Descents into madness are not always gradual but are sometimes sudden and shocking.
Innocents – women and children and civilians – die when built-up areas are attacked.
Soldiers do disgusting things when nothing can stop them.
For me, episode 8:5 was more insightful about the real nature of war and destruction and chaos and ambition than all the other episodes of Game of Thrones put together.
For there to be complaints that war and destruction and chaos and ambition did not accord with expectations shows that the complainants perhaps do not understand the nature of war and destruction and chaos and ambition.
The whole point of war and destruction and chaos and ambition is that it does not accord with expectations.
The great merit of Game of Thrones is that it is more about politics than about fantasy, and the essence of politics is that things do not go the way you expect, and certainly not the way you have led yourself to expect.
“But the writers…”
“But the plotlines…”
“But the character arcs…”
“But I was so invested…”
Try Harry Potter?
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