Game of Thrones: Flawed but still amazing

Of course I am a fan of Game of Thrones, so here is my token post about the show that conquered pop culture.

Do I think the ending was perfect? Don’t be ridiculous.

Am I disappointed? Outraged? Not even close. I remember Lost. I remember Battlestar Galactica. And every disappointing minute of the Star Wars prequels. Now those were bad endings.

Graded on a curve, GoT did just fine: all the usual excellence of the show, tainted by some annoying glitches. Half the butthurt about the ending is coming from people who couldn’t handle the show doing exactly the same thing that made it famous in the first place: harsh, realistic portrayals of “the human heart in conflict with itself.” Dany’s corruption by power (and grief and rage) wasn’t “rushed,” and I wish anyone who thinks so would watch this fantastic analysis by The Take. It was so much richer than anything we got from Lucas telling Darth Vader’s origin story.

But the sheer volume of critical analysis alone is Exhibit A for the defense of the ending: no truly bad story can generate so much passionate and legitimate debate.

My favourite GoT meme.

In the aftermath of s8, I reviewed, and there are indeed several resentments about the entire series that I have been nursing since the beginning. This amazing series does have its glaring flaws, as any complex drama does. Here’s my final list of GoT gripes (from the perspective of a GoT reader), roughly in plot order:

After all that, you might think I hated GoT. On the contrary: the show was big enough to contain all those failures and still be a fantastic experience overall. It’s not the best television I’ve ever seen (this is), but it’s in my top five.

Coffee-cup-gate was bizarre. It was the equivalent of a typo in a novel, people, get over yourselves! (But this is hilarious.)