A Farewell to Game of Thrones
The series finale for Game of Thrones aired this past Sunday. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil the episode if you haven’t seen it, but this post doesn’t really have much to do with the episode. It has more to do with the people who made the show.
The show has had 8 seasons and has filmed for upward of 9 years. Many of the cast members who started on this show have grown up with the show and their characters. Heading towards the finale, many of the cast members took to social media to give their regards to the show and the characters they’ll be leaving behind.
Game of Thrones Stars Offer Tribute
Sophie Turner took to her Instagram to share a photo of the season 8 cast with a message to Sansa Stark:
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Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is. Thank you teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. I grew up with you. I fell in love with you at 13 and now 10 years on.. at 23 I leave you behind, but I will never leave behind what you’ve taught me. To the show and the incredible people who make it, thank you for giving me the best life and drama lessons I could have ever asked for. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Thank you for giving me this chance all those years ago. And finally to the fans. Thank you for falling in love with these characters and supporting this show right through till the end. I’ll miss this more than anything.
Emilia Clarke herself took to social media as well to give a heartwarming message to her character and the fans:
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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout
Many other cast members took to social media to give thanks to the show and the fans, but I feel like these two capture the sentiment flawlessly. I know a lot of fans are angry over season 8 and have even started a petition to get it remade… Stop it! As fans, we forget that the things we consume are made by people who have ideas, their own thoughts where characters should go, and how characters should end. Does it mean you have to like it? No, but it does mean you should respect it. This show has gone on for 8 seasons and has become one of the biggest cultural phenomena in the world since, probably, Star Wars.
We’ve all grown up with this show. Every single one of us, in one way or another, has changed during the duration of this show. We bonded with others through the show. New friendships, new relationships, breakups, everything life threw at us, we had this show to turn to on Sundays. There will never be a time like this again. You’ve loved this show with all your heart, but within that, some people forgot to love those creating it as well. This show wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for these people who cared so much about making it. I know in nerd culture we want things our way, but we aren’t the ones making it. So why do we have the right to demand changes to the art of others? The answer is: we don’t.
Whatcha Gonna Do?
I was scrolling through Twitter seeing people in an uproar over the finale of the show, saying what they wanted to happen, what they’d do differently, and how the show’s writers didn’t know what they were doing. Then I saw Rahul Kohli challenge those people complaining:
I read a lot of “we don’t want…” & “we want…” online with regards to TV & film. Felt the same way growing up, I wanted to see more people of colour in the content I watched so I became an actor. If you feel passionate about the industry, it sounds like it’s calling to you 🙂
— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) May 19, 2019
If you want to see something then you have to be the one to make it. That’s how it works. This is cliche but true: treat others the way you’d want to be treated. When you create something that you put your whole self into, it’s scary to put it out into the world. You hope people like it, not demanding someone else come in and remake your art… See how that would suck?
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