So, that’s it. The Game of Thrones finale has brought a close to the show’s third season and fans everywhere will have to eagerly await Season 4 for at least another year. After the lackluster finale I felt a bit unfulfilled. Sure, I didn’t expect the show to top the shocking “Red Wedding,” but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect a significant cliffhanger of sorts with the finale. I felt as if the season ended with a filler episode rather than a proper sending off.
I can’t disagree that the finale did set up tons of new developments for the new season (which will continue based off the third book) however it didn’t leave me wanting the way a majority of the show’s episodes do; especially the openers and the finales the past two seasons. Instead of matching the hype and anticipation the “Red Wedding” left fans with, the final episode didn’t even leave us with any sort of catalyst to talk about. In season one we had to grin and bear as Ned Stark got beheaded,but the first season’s finale left us with Rob Stark taking over his father’s role as, ‘King of the North,’ foreshadowing the inevitable clash between the Lannisters and the Stark houses, as well as Daenerys walking through fire to see her dragons born into the world. Season two followed up with an even more thrilling finale when we all witnessed the White Walkers making their march south; the rest of the summer all I could think about was the notion that Winter is coming.
This summer, I’m left thinking about an encyclopedia of clashing stories and characters, but not just one main thrill or shocker. Perhaps, if I cared for Theon Greyjoy’s character more, I’d be more interested in his sister’s intrepid decision to rescue his pathetic, tortured, and broken soul. Unfortunately, I despise the Ironborn and Greyjoy’s story-line at this point is like watching the development of new Theon inspired meme time and time again. Now, don’t get me wrong I love the show and majority of the characters, but my point here is the finale just fell short of my expectations.
I was hoping to see a bit more of a foreshadowed glimpse of Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding, but unfortunately they’ve decided to keep it a talking point for next season. Same goes for Khaleesi (Daenerys Targaryen); I figured the episode would finish off with her conquest of another city, but instead of anything overly dramatic it capped the finale with the liberated slaves of the city calling her, Mysha, which in their native tongue means, ‘mother.’ Personally, was hoping for a bit more excitement there rather than the Mysha chant.
I’m not sure why the creators would leave the fans without any matched hype from the “Red Wedding” or any significant aftermath to it. At least showcase the lone survivor of the Stark massacre, and let the fans know where Blackfish Tully is and is he already plotting a revenge scheme? Instead, they left Blackfish’s story in the same boat as the Royal Wedding–a talking point for fans. The only part of the finale I actually enjoyed was the Night’s Watch involvement. I was glad to see Sam having a slightly more important role and as much as it pained me to see one of my favorite characters, John Snow, get beat up, I was happy to see my girl, Ygritte, didn’t get soft on me either. Instead, she stuck to her guns and tried to put her bastard lover down.
Outside of those fifteen minutes the finale just completely fell short of expectations. Now, I’ll admit I’ve never read the books and perhaps if I have I’d be a bit more excited because I’d actually know what is coming. However, as just a fan/viewer of the show this finale was bland. Felt as if this particular episode should’ve come a week ago and the demise of the great Northern army should’ve been the finale. I can’t argue with the show’s creators, but as an avid fan I wish they could’ve shown a bit more action.
After all, I fell in love with Game of Thrones because of its use of gratuitous violence and excessive nudity. Add in the fact that the show has an amazing storyline and I was hooked. Yet, for a show that has kept me on the edge of the seat after nearly every one of its episodes, this particular series finale just left a bad taste in my mouth. In the end, I’ll still be eagerly awaiting Season 4 (which begins shooting next month), but I’ll be hoping they don’t peak an episode early like they did this season-after all let’s not forget, Winter is coming.
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