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It’s common knowledge: the final season of the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones” has been divisive. A couple of hours ago, the final episode aired- and I found it to be impressive. It’s been a long journey with this universe, and I got teary-eyed near the end.

This episode was directed by D&D, and I have to say, they are pretty damn good directors. Visually, this episode has evocative language written in every frame. Because of that, I could trust them with a new Star Wars trilogy.

This shot from the episode is incredible. The gif is from tumblr user mcavoys

From Sansa’s coronoation gown (love the blue colour and the heart tree leaf details) to the gorgeous cinematography, what draws me back to Game of Thrones over and over again is that it’s a well made show with high production values. Nearly everything is stunning: my only problems with this episode is some of the writing. The jabs aren’t that impactful, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t smiling at times. Bran’s line “why do you think I came all this way” was quite brilliant. Another issue was with characterisation: Drogon’s moment of burning the Iron Throne wasn’t really built up and seemed like a random moment.

This episode focuses alot on Tyrion Lannister, and he is given plenty of material here. In quite possibly one of the best quotes in the entire show:

“Everywhere she goes, evil men die and we cheer her for it. And she grows more sure that she is good and right.” 

Tyrion Lannister, everyone

Tyrion manages to sum up the complex political problems with Daenerys Targaryen- as well as with some of the fans. It’s easy to cheer when the bad guys meet their ends- but just because it feels right, doesn’t make it so. Because of that, Tyrion’s quote is a lesson everyone should take to heart.

Peter Dinklage is a fantastic actor, as his character mourns the deaths of his siblings, and in a moment of defiance- tears off his hand of the king badge. I also liked the closing scene- where House Stark moments were juxtaposed together. It was also nice seeing Bran Stark, a character who I felt was often maligined, play such a crucial role in the future of Westeros. As a fan of Sansa Stark, I am very happy. I think Arya’s ending is interesting: after so much trials, you’d think she want a home. However, her thirst for discovering things and learning more has not been defeated. If anything, this episode celebrates House Stark and what made them so special to me and other fans.

As the episode ends in a scene at the Wall, the show goes out with a triumph. I am very much satisfied, although I do think Ghost should bite Jon Snow for being a bad owner.  🙂

Game of Thrones was far from a perfect show. There were patchy bits, parts that I absolutely despised and enraged me. However, I loved this show- even at times when I didn’t want to admit it. The writing was mostly sharp, the characters were terrific to watch and I loved the music. It was just so epic in its scope that I couldn’t not admire it.

Farewell, Game of Thrones. You’ll be missed.

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