Themightytom wrote: ↑
The Romulan Republic wrote: ↑
If regarding the final three episodes as valid, then my head canon is that either a) a Faceless man replaced Danny in 8.4, causing her character derailment, and Arya has or eventually will figure this out, or b) Every contrived feeling thing is part of some long game that Bran/the Three-Eye Raven is playing to become King/save the world/destroy the world/rule the world, whichever one floats your boat. This becomes the more likely one for sure after 8.6. In particulary, Bran possessing Drogon momentarily would nicely explain why he didn't roast Jon like a marshmallow.
Just consider Danny a tragic figure, doomed both to throw away the loyalties she had because she wouldn't hear advice, or doomed to betrayal because she sought bad advice.
I would have liked to see a happy ending somehow too, and the show definitely implied more than it delivered on many fronts but in a lot of areas, it was a great story. Danny's death perfectly mirrored her dream in season 2, where she touched the throne, never sat down and then joined her husband and her son.
Its not about wanting a happy ending per say. Its that the specific ending that they wrote for Danny a) feels like a sudden about-face on her previous characterization, b) plays on sexist tropes and double standards (ambitious women are crazy, women are too emotional to be trusted with power, Danny is a monster for wanting to seize power by force to an extent that male characters with similar ambitions are not judged in this show), and c) was giving sexists in the fandom pretty much what they wanted.
Jon basically did to her, what the Night's watch did to him, and honestly, we're we REALLY expecting aunt and Nephew to work anything out in a non ridiculous manner?
In a better-written show, maybe. But yeah, they were never going to get a happily ever after when they fell in love. Jon's values are incompatible with incest. Good for him, honestly. I just wish that wasn't followed up on with "Daenerys goes mad and commits mass murder because her boyfriend dumped her, before said ex-boyfriend kills her."
I mean I've come around, I think. Euron was never important, Jamie was by and large just a dick, watch him again in the first few seasons, ultimately, he and Cersei didn't deserve more.
The problem is that Jaime grew as a character from the first few seasons, and then they threw all that away in two episodes. Its the sudden reversal that feels off.
Brienne is commander of the king's guard so she can't find love anyway, Podrick is probably a tragedy for the ladies, and the Starks, by and large turned out alright.
Brienne not finding love is okay with me. Brienne being turned into Jaime's one-night stand and then pining over his memory isn't.
At least she lived and got some recognition of her abilities. Take out the Jaime sex and subsequent break-up (which ultimately does more to damage Jaime's character than her's as it throws away every bit of development he'd had over the last few seasons, and devalues the genuine respect and affection he had seemed to have for Brienne), and its one of the better endings in the series.
I'm even okay with the resolution of Ser Bron and Ser Davis. It will be interesting to see what GRR does, if he ever even does, and otherwise we have at least one spinoff sequel.
Ser Davos is actually one of the few people on this show who deserves a Small Council seat. Bronn is a dick, but plenty of other dicks on this show got happy-ish endings, and its nice to see some commoners climb the ranks, so yeah, throw him a bone and let him have his castle.
Also, I'm willing to bet this show gets a remake after the books are done (if they ever are). Its popular enough, and there's enough dissatisfaction with the ending, that in this the age of reboots, it almost has to happen.