I wanted to enjoy the series finale without the pressure of having to write a recap, so I didn’t even attempt to start a recap last night. And because this is last recap I will ever write about Game of Thrones, I don’t want to rush it. This is precap: a pre recap post.
A few initial thoughts…
Ultimately, I liked the series finale of Game of Thrones. I might even grow to love it. But it’s the end of an era for me, and I’m sad.
Although I’ve long believed that ASOIAF would never have a “happy” ending, in my heart, I still hoped for one. And this isn’t it.
Well, I guess in some ways, the ending was happy. Initially, however, I was too upset about Jon Snow’s fate and couldn’t feel much joy in it. He sacrificed so much; his fate feels bittersweet.
Jon was the unproclaimed hero of the Battle of Winterfell – he united armies and ensured the Living had enough men by sacrificing his sovereignty as King in the North to get Daenerys on side. Before that, he gave his life to get the Free Folk south of the Wall before the Army of the Dead arrived.
I get what GRRM is doing, but I kind of wanted Jon to get his happy ending. <sob>
I’ve watched the ending quite a few times now, and it has really grown on me. It works. I’m still sad about Jon Snow, but it really does work.
The showrunners or GRRM managed to surprise me with Gendry not ending up on the Iron Throne with Arya: I fell for their red herring.
Sansa’s turn as Queen of the North delighted me; I loved her beautiful Viking-esque crown and weirwood-stitched coronation gown.
I did like the Shakespearean turn of Daenerys dying in her moment of greatest joy.
Crowning Bran 6 Kingdom Regnant was a bit of a shocker I have to admit. It works though.
I’m still a bit stunned from the whole thing.
What did other people think of Game of Thrones last episode?