Whom do I blame for all this? HBO for opting for the spectacle over content or Martin for writing at an elderly snail pace? Last night’s episode was visually and emotionally exhausting. I never knew what NOT breathing for 82 minutes felt like but here we are.
THOUSANDS of years coming…ended up with the youngest Stark ending the Night King and with him, his entire cohort of generals and zombie humans bent on wiping sentient life off the planet. Thousands of years of anticipation, build up and conflict ended in mere seconds because Weiss & Benioff wanted something “unpredictable and fun.”
It also ended the long-awaited and theorized Azor Ahai prophesy, something late Rhaegar Targaryen put in motion when he abandoned and annulled his marriage to Elia Martell and her two children, to marry and father a third son with Lyana Stark. “The Dragon has three heads” Rhaegar dreamt.
He dreamt of the Long Night. And only “The Prince Who was Promised” would end it…possibly his son Aegon Targaryen. Some theorize its Daenerys because Prince is genderless in old Valyria and the Prince “Shall wake dragons from the stone”
There are so many theories…so many prophecies. I’ve personally rambled about it for years. Husband and I have countless conversations about it.
The world of Game of Thrones is filled with rich content, nuance, and intricacies...and the HBO guys literally went “fuck it”…we’ll have Arya do it because its unexpected.
As thrilling as that scene was…it's incredibly anti-climactic.
It abandons Martins’ books. It ignores the history that it was built on. The books are leading to the Long Night…HBO decided Cersei is more important. HBO decided that the “A Song of Ice and Fire” (Jon & Dany per Martin himself) are bullshit.
So now, we are here. And I hate to be this person…but as a book reader, I am unsatisfied, mad and forever left longing for more.
To understand my frustrations, you have to understand the world Martin built. It’s complicated and nuanced. It’s filled with complex characters that are always skirting in the shades of gray. Humans are not necessarily all good or all evil. He understands that. No character is safe. He demonstrated this when he chopped off Ned Stark’s head at the end of book 1.
“The show is not the books”
Well, you can just f*ck off because I’m aware of that. Then call it something else. Don’t f*cking call it Game of Thrones. Call it “Martin wrote some cool stuff and here’s our take on it” and call it a day.
Azor Ahai prophesy is the BACKBONE of the story and they lazily rewrote it.
I love Arya as much as the next person, but this is a massive joke. She has never met the Red Woman. She is not the blood of Aerys and Rhaella. There is no build up or suggestion that she is the Prince that was Promised. “But Jovana here are the links to episodes that bring her to the Night Knight”
I don’t give a shit. None of that stuff is in the actual story.
And I fear if HBO decides to capitalize on other content from the books, as in, create series based on the histories dating back to the First Men or even when the Wall was built, they’ve opened themselves up to massive plotholes and they will have to completely reinvent and re-write the history of the Westeros because they opted for a crowd-pleasing moment instead of sticking with in-story mythology.
“Well Jovana, in season 3, Melisandre spoke and prophesized about Arya.”
Benioff and Weiss said they planned for Arya to kill the Night King since season 5. These fuckers retconned they're own made up shit story.
I sound bitter, sure. I also understand that the show has surpassed the books in every way shape and form. And it wouldn’t bother me so much if the last 4 seasons of the show were actually, you know, good.
But let's keep on pretending that it took Unsullied days to get from Dragonstone to Casterly Rock. That the level of detail Martin writes his books would allow for that.
Don’t even get me started on the show’s treatment of Bran Stark, the dragon riding scene and the House of Undying. That part ALONE could have been a season. And where the hell is Lady Stoneheart?
Also, f*ck you Martin for writing so slow and letting HBO butcher your magnum opus.