How ‘Game of Thrones’ became the worst possible version of itself – Mashable

Game of Thrones
The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones gave us plenty of conclusions to years-long character arcs, but left one much larger question in their stead: What was the point? Like, of any of this.Let's be clear. The problem is not that the show concluded with the destruction of King's Landing by one of its major heroes. Those who've been paying attention always knew this would end as a story about how people fail, and not about how heroes win or lose. But in its clumsy execution of catastrophic proportions, Game of Thrones set fire to its own sense of purpose along with the capital, leaving behind nothing but the taste of ash in our mouths. This isn't your fault, Daenerys. Image: hbo No one expected or even wanted a happy ending. We anticipated apocalyptic death, destruction, brutality, shock, horror, despair, and suffering from the end of this show. What we did not expect, though, was the utter hollowness of episode 5's carnage.  In "The Bells, " Game of Thrones buried the narrative justification for its ruthlessness beneath the rubble, becoming the worst version of itself as a spectacle of meaningless sadism. It's a nihilism the story's own ....

Of course, there's still one more episode left for the series to stick a landing that'd make the near decade of painful emotional investment we've poured into it feel worthwhile. But with each conclusion reached in Season 8 so far, whether it be episode 3's Great War or episode 5's Last War, Game of Thrones appears to lose further grasp not only of its plotting, but also of the overarching humanity that justified its cruel worldview. I keep coming back to Tyrion getting to the crux of why everyone feels so conflicted about this episode during his cousin Orson story seasons ago: "I had to know because it was horrible, that all these beetles would be dying for no reason." #GameofThrones — Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) May 13, 2019 Back in 2014, shortly after the Red Wedding left many viewers with something akin to PTSD, some critics started accusing the show of being nothing more than masochistic nihilism. But in a Rolling Stone interview, George R. R. Martin unequivocally refuted this characterization of its brutality: That particular criticism is completely invalid. .

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