I think I’m the only one who thought the last episode of Game of Thrones was good.
I get it. We all cheered Khaleesi on the past 8 seasons. She was the underdog. She started from the bottom and now she’s here. She suffered every bump in the road and set back and she managed to move across a fantasy continent, free countless slaves and turn enemies into allies and recruit top advisers.
But still…you had to see something like this coming.
First, the show has always had an air of real life or as close to real life a fantasy world can get.
In real life, you hope to be great but then you suffer all kinds of setbacks. Same thing in GRRM’s fantasy world. Yes, you want a person to be good but shit happens.
Khaleesi has been through some shit. Let’s review:
#1 – Exiled as a baby across the Narrow Sea.
#2 – Sold as a sex slave wife to a nomadic warlord by her asshole brother. The wealthy man who took her and her brother in as their guardian allowed this to happen.
#3 – Trusted Ser Jorah. He turned out to be a spy. Eventually, she trusted him again.
#4 – I forget the details but a lot of shit happened in her travelling years. Her husband croaked. The dothraki turned on her for awhile before getting behind her again. Evil dudes tried to steal her dragons. She conquered cities but if she went too soft, bad guys would start shit.
#5 – More recently, she delayed her assault on King’s Landing and brought her Army north to help defeat the Knight King. You might argue she had to do that anyway to save the land she wanted to conquer, but she could have also sent her full army at Kings Landing first, allowed the Night King to destroy the North and then made a stand at them from a strong position in Kings Landing.
Note that her reward for doing so was that the Starks start bitching about how Jon Snow should be king.
#6 – Tyrion and Varys are her chief advisers and yet they are always doing shit behind her back. They think it is for the greater good but they always get found out and exposed as a-holes.
First, I didn’t buy that Varys would go right up to Snow and tell him to be king. Varys is smarter than this. He is the spymaster. He would have orchestrated a coup from behind the scenes if he wanted Khaleesi gone.
But if you count that, plus Tyrion telling Varys about Snow’s claim to the throne which is a big betrayal and then also count Sansa up her ass and the Northmen and Wildlings giving the credit for the white walker victory to Jon and then losing her second dragon (two she lost in the name of protecting the North, a land of assholes who benefit from her protection yet openly talk shit about her) and losing Missandei?
I mean, what was Missandei’s last words? Dracarus. What’s that mean? It’s the word you tell your dragon when you want him to burn some shit. BFF was telling Khaleesi to burn that shit down.
I think HBO has moved these past two seasons way too fast and we deserved a little more development and build up, but if you take a look at all of this, it’s not that unlikely that Khaleesi might just say, “Fuck it. I tried to get these people to follow me out of respect, but they’re all doing their own shit behind my back so I’m just going to set this shit on fire.”
What say you, 3.5 readers?