The final episode of Game of Thrones has been broadcasted, concluding one of the most successful series in the history of cinema.
But season 8 finale has drawn a lot of mixed reactions both from fans and critics. More than half a million fans signed an online petition to have the final season remade on grounds that the scriptwriters have become ‘incompetent’
But even while the fans rant that the series has not been done justice, critics have joined in the discussion and judging by their rhetorics, the cinema world certainly expected a more dramatic end to the series.
“There’s no doubt this season has been a rushed business,” wrote one, Lucy Mangan.
“It has wasted opportunities, squandered goodwill and failed to do justice to its characters or its actors.
“But, the finale just about delivered” she added.
“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. Overall, I think, it won.”
Mangan wasn’t the only critic willing to pick on the season’s rushed production, another, Erik Kain wrote; “I think the finale’s flaws were mainly born out of rush.
He said that Daenerys Targaryen’s storyline in the final the season was “far too hurried to work properly, but given the right amount of time and TLC, it could have been one of TV’s most incredible character arcs”
However, fans and critics have all agreed that despite the sharp criticisms in its final season, GOT still earned its place as the best shows if not the best ever made.
“No matter the flaws in this season and last, no matter the various bad decisions over the years. It’s still one of the best TV shows ever made”, he concluded.
Adam Starkey, from Metro, summarized the final episode into a few words “Disjointed shortcuts with storytelling which have felt out of step with the show’s original eye for detail.”
He added: “its not quite the home-run we hoped for, but its hard to feel bitter against a show operating at such a thrilling, operatic scale.”
Some critics, however, didn’t mince with their words and showed even greater disapproval of the series producers.
“What an absolute anticlimax,” wrote Nicole Agius.
“HBO, didn’t you watch this series before agreeing to air it? I mean, you had two years! I want to find the writers, grab a bell, ring it at them repeatedly while chanting ‘shame’ over and over again. Perhaps then they’ll get the message.
“On a brighter note, at least I’m not sad Game of Thrones is over any more. Thank you season eight for making this goodbye so much easier than it should have been.”
However, a few others like author Stephen King came to the defense of the show.
Posting on twitter; “There’s been a lot of negativity about the windup, but I think it’s just because people don’t want ANY ending,” he wrote. “But you know what they say: All good things…”
Several cast members have posted tributes to the show and its crew on their respective social media handles.
“Thank you for supporting this show right through till the end,” wrote Sophie Turner.
“Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor, and as a human being,” said Emilia Clarke. Ahead of the broadcast.