Written by Jorge Tenorio
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular television series in modern times, and has absolutely dominated ratings since its debut in 2011.
“GoT” the cultural and television phenomenon, ran for eight seasons, with the last episode airing last weekend. Social Media are ripe with fan reactions, actors saying their good-byes, and every one chiming in their two cents. The controversial ending received mixed reactions from the viewers. The last two episodes saw a shift on how the series was presented, and the public, some of whom had invested the last 8 years of their life were caught off guard by an unforeseen turn of very dramatic events that no one could have predicted. Although many tried.
SPOILER ALERT! (STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE ANY SPOILERS)
During the second to last episode, the series portrayed Daenerys as a Mad Queen, using her dragon to destroy King’s Landing. Jon Snow, one of the main protagonists of the television show, saw how the Mad Queen utilized the power of her dragon to incinerate the city. Even though the citizens of King’s Landing sounded the city’s bells in response to the looming attack from Daenerys, signifying that they wanted to surrender to stop the carnage. However, Daenerys did not stop from her original plan and relentlessly continued destroying the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. She used Drogon’s Fire to decimate the city, burning all of the buildings and killing most of its citizens. Nobody was spared, not even women, children, or the elderly – Daenerys killed all of them with her dragon.
Jon Snow was terrified after he witnessed how her love interest has changed, and he decided to do something that could possibly alter the future. Another character who was disgusted with how Daenerys behaved was Tyrion Lannister, one of the original characters that appeared since the first season. He was utterly enraged about how Daenerys destroyed Kings Landing, and told her that he no longer wanted to be associated with her. He removed the “Hand of the Queen” badge that had been a symbol of his allegiance to the queen, and as a result, he was taken as a prisoner. Jon Snow could not believe what happened, and he decided to visit Tyrion Lannister while he was locked away. With the most cunning tongue in all the Seven Kingdoms, Tyrion convinced Jon Snow that Daenerys is no longer the woman he loved, and is now a Mad Queen. Eventually persuading Jon Snow that killing Daenerys was the only way to avoid more massacres in the future.
As a sign of his unending love to Daenerys, Jon Snow decided to meet with her. She was on her way to the iron throne, and Jon Snow followed. Before Daenerys could sit on the Iron Throne, Jon Snow told her that he loves her, and as they came together in a loving embrace, Jon Snow stabbed her to death. Daenerys died without being able to sit on the Iron Throne. Enraged by the sight of his mother laying lifeless on the floor with a sword in her, Drogon proceeded to melt the Iron Throne into a puddle of iron. Then flew off with her corpse. Instead of burning Jon Snow to death, the enraged dragon used all of her powers to melt the iron throne which also caused lots of fan reaction and speculation online. Some wondered if Drogon blamed Danny’s obsession with taking the Iron Throne for her death, and that’s why he melted the throne instead of burning Jon Snow. Others were quick to point out that Jon Snow is really Aegon Targaryen, son of Rhaegar and Elia and previously rode a dragon. So, there are many theories online as to why things happened that way they did.
Needless to say, the ending was controversial, and most fans did not expect this ending for an epic series that ran for eight seasons. Some angry fans even went as far as to say the way the show ended gave the series a bad name. There was even a campaign to remake the ending, that has been signed by more than one million individuals who were dissatisfied with how the ending unfolded. As a response to the protests made by the viewers, the directors and the writers of the Game of Thrones series also created a counter-protest, stating that if the public did not like the ending that they have conceived for the television series, they should make their own.
Despite the criticism that the television show received from the public, there are still people who knew that the ending where Daenerys died is the right ending for the series. They pointed out that the writers did a great job for interpreting one of the most popular literary works in the world, and thanked everyone who has exerted their efforts to make the series possible. As the series ends, there is speculation that HBO will be producing spin-offs to the Game of Thrones story, and the fans of the series are hoping that the future spin-offs will be worth watching, just like the original one.
Lets just hope that the spin-offs won’t have a similar disappointing ending.