Thoughts On s08 ep5 of Game of Thrones, Posting Here So Nobody On FB Who Hasn’t Seen It Yet Can Get Mad At Me About Spoilers

Better-written piece that really nails why this episode worked wonderfully, for all its faults.

This essay gets it.

SPOILERS GALORE IN IT AND THE REST OF THIS POST, SO PISS OFF IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED IT YET.

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I was genuinely surprised last night at how many people immediately hated this episode. Sure, everything leading up to this point has been incomprehensible, rushed nonsense (if also unavoidable due to the differences in how times passes in books vs TV), but Dany’s path has been written all along. There are no good rulers or bad rulers; there are simply dead ones and alive ones. She aims to be an alive one, but everybody who’s supposed to be on her side betrays her.

Every. Single. One.

Varys? Betrayed her. Tyrion? Tried to save fucking CERSEI, Dany’s deadliest enemy. Jon? Told his secret to fuckin’ everyone, making him an immediate and absolute magnet for anybody who doesn’t want to be ruled by this weird foreign chick from the East, which is everybody still alive in Westeros who didn’t come there on a boat with fuckin’ Dany in the first place. Well, except maybe Gendry…

They’re all traitors, and she has lived a life of seeing where that gets you.

It won’t happen, but I genuinely hope she kills all of these waffling fuckers and takes the fucking throne in the last scene of the last episode. She’s the only fuckin’ one of them who knows how power works in feudal societies (or, arguably, ever), and I really don’t want this fucking show to end with the fan-favorite Good King Jon and His Hillrod Sisters taking power over Dany’s corpse.

This episode kicked ass, and I fully expect the writers to fuck it all up in the finale next Sunday.