What We Need From the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale – WIRED

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First, an awkward acknowledgement: This final season of Game of Thrones has been hella uneven. For every incredible high—Ayra shivved the Night King!—there have been scores of lows. (Like, seriously, does anything Tyrion proposes make rational sense?) Granted, the show has a lot of loose ends to tie up, but in doing so, it's left quite a few of us totally frayed. But there's hope. Season 8 may have been a roller coaster up until this point, but Game of Thrones has one final episode left in which it could make everything right. It is possible! It's highly unlikely, but still possible. To that end, WIRED gathered some in-house Thrones enthusiasts—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and editors Angela Watercutter, Jason Kehe, and Andrea Valdez—to talk about what they need from this final episode, and what questions they need answered, in order to feel satisfied with the show's ultimate conclusion. There Has to Be a Definitive Winner of the Iron Throne Emily Dreyfuss: I don't know about y'all, but I don't think there's anything this last episode could do to make me feel fulfilled. .


What I want is an ending to this series that's paced at the same rate as the beginning and middle of this series, one that earns the plot points this last season shoved down our throats without appropriate buildup. There's no way showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are going to end Game of Thrones with a time machine that goes back a few years and undoes their seemingly arbitrary decision to speedily wrap this show up in a manner that requires complicated characters to act in ways we've never seen them act before. And frankly, that's the only thing they could do to please me at this point. .

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