Game of Thrones is over, and a lot of people are pretty disappointed with the way it ended. From character arcs abruptly ended to holes in the plotline, it seems that the necessary deviation from George RR Martin’s books didn’t go as well as people had hoped, and for many, it all seemed a little rushed.
Sometimes its best not to know how your hotdog is made, and the same goes for TV shows, in my opinion. GoT’s “Inside The Episode” gives viewers insights from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, in what ought to be a fascinating peek behind the curtain of this cultural phenomenon. Instead, it often comes off rather bland, taking the magic away from the series and making it appear that many of the storyline decisions were made off-the-cuff, like when it was mentioned that “Dany kind of forgot about the Iron Fleet.”
Viewers, some looking for someone to blame for their disappointment, jumped on this casual statement and turned it into a hilarious meme, something that can explain certain other areas of the story that didn’t quite work out. We here at Bored Panda have collected a few of our favorites here, scroll down below to check them out and let us know what you think in the comments!
What would you done differently in the final season of Game of Thrones? Artist Benjamin Dewey, who illustrated the scenes that could’ve made him enjoy it more, spoke to Bored Panda about his appropriately titled series The Scenes I Wish We’d GoT.
“In 2008, a friend of mine, Wendy (who has since passed away) worked at a local book retailer (Powells). When I told her that I liked dragons, monsters, and knights, she said, ‘You’ve got to read this series of books; they’re amazingly detailed fantasy’ and she gave me a Game Of Thrones,” Benjamin told Bored Panda. “I will admit I didn’t totally get it at first but by the end of that book, I was a fan. Now I’m a super-fan and I’ve read as much of the supplemental material as I can get. Like most folks, I cannot wait for Winds of Winter.”
“I am a sucker for fantasy in general but I especially love when stories build their momentum from the nature of their characters,” the artist said. “I like a spectacle as much as anyone but I tend to dislike it if it’s just for its own sake. George R.R. Martin understands that the fantastical should be pressed into the service of illuminating the tragedies and triumphs of everyday life.”
“Daenerys rides a dragon but at the end of the day, she is seeking comfort and safety of the house with the red door. We like her because we understand her motivations. That amalgamation of the quotidian and the spectacular is in perfect balance in A Song of Ice and Fire.”
Benjamin believes that a huge reason why the last season of the TV show declined is story compression. “It’s just what happens sometimes. Actors get older, budgets are set, contracts run out and shooting locations become unavailable. George R.R. Martin wants to do two more books that have fifteen hundred-page manuscripts. He takes a long time because it is difficult to structure such an intricate web of characters.”
“The showrunners are out over their skis and faced the unenviable task of trying to compress two novels worth of story into six episodes of television. Adapting great books with a fresh cast produces better results than trying to hastily tie a bow on an unfinished epic.”
“After all, Game of Thrones is a show that is in competition with a superior earlier iteration of itself. “I Just Called To Say I Love You is a fine song but when you compare it to Superstition there’s no contest regarding which version of Stevie Wonder is preferable. Bad is relative. I think it’s not all the things that fans wanted and there are probably a ton of reasons for that. I am torn between sympathy for [the writers of the HBO series] and frustration that some of the choices being made feel truncated and undermining of all the set-up we were given. There’s one left so maybe they’ll pull off an amazing finale but I’m measuring my expectations.”
“My wife has taught me that it’s possible to just enjoy that parts of a cultural artifact that moves you and not write off the whole thing just because it’s imperfect. It’s a good lesson. Everything has flaws.”
Benjamin is disappointed that we went speeding past important stretches of the story “to land the plane before it falls apart.” He said he understands it but it feels avoidable. “Most people don’t have creative jobs so they don’t understand the pressures and vulnerability involved in creating art for others but even though I make stories for a living, I can only imagine what it feels like to be the people working on the show. It’s a global phenomenon. Billions of people have opinions but due to lack of access to a deep knowledge of the process, most of them are uninformed and unproductive when it comes to writing, film or art. Audiences feel many things about the media they engage with and even when they love a thing, it’s not always a positive relationship.”
“However, I like that more people are starting to talk about story, plot and character arcs and I’d encourage anyone who has a ton of ideas about ‘what they should have done’ to go produce your own stories,” he added. “I’m really hoping that instead of people just offering an endless deluge of bitter critiques that we might get some really cool and fun new worlds to explore. I feel inspired to make the best things I can and I’ve learned some important lessons, to apply to my own stories from watching this final season.”