Each week, Ben and Rob will look at the episodes best moments, what they didn’t like, the MVP character and what they think will happen next. As always we welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback!
If you haven’t done so already, you can check out our S8E6 review.
Ben: Whatever you say about the story aspects, for me, the cinematography has been out of this world all season. I know for some people, the cinematography isn’t that important to them, but for me, I love it when a film or TV show is visually strong. In this final episode, they have brought back Jonathan Freeman, whose credits include the episodes ‘The Door‘ and ‘Beyond The Wall‘, and he did a phenomenal job. The Drogon/Daenerys shot with the wings and the shots in the throne room were fantastic. The same goes for the music! Ramin Djawadi has really notched it up a level this season. He deserves all the awards that are coming his way. I know to talk about the scenes and music, and not the story, probably plays into the ‘haters’ hands, as I’m not talking about the story, but I have to start with what I enjoyed the most!
Robert: I’m a little taken aback by the overwhelming feeling of negativity over this episode. Hearing people say they’ve wasted 8 years of their life watching this is absurd to me. This show ended in a logical way. Bran Stark had to take the throne as it was the only way to stop the fighting and for their world to change. I’m happy and content that it was him.
Ben: I never saw the Bran thing coming. So for me, that is a big positive. It was unexpected. The fact that they can still surprise me after all these years deserves credit, not criticism. I think the reason people, on the whole, are annoyed is because their favourites, theories or book factors didn’t pay off how they wanted.
Robert: Jon killing Daenerys was a huge moment and I watched on in disbelief. Again, this had to happen. She wasn’t going to stop with the devastation she caused at Kings Landing and she showed no remorse at all. The Daenerys I love was gone and in her final moment, it was almost like she was set free. Emilia Clarke said it was like she was a little girl again and that’s the best way to describe it. She died with innocence on her face. Watching Drogon burn the iron throne was so poignant as that one thing was to blame for all of this. It was shot perfectly and signalled the end of an era. I loved that he took her body and flew off. It made me picture him taking her home and laying her to rest at peace.
Ben: Personally, I could have done without the throne being melted down. But I get what you’re saying! It was inevitable that Daenerys was going to die, but because of the ending of last week’s episode, I thought that it would be Arya. Even at the start of the finale, she was skulking on the sidelines keeping an eye on Daenerys. It would have also saved Jon from having to be the one to do it. But as part of the bigger picture, Jon is the perfect candidate.
Robert: There were some great moments of humour. I laughed at Edmure Tully being told to sit down whilst putting in his application to rule the seven kingdoms.
Ben: That was funny. I loved it when his sword clanked against the chair. It was so awkward. I also enjoyed when Arya threatened Yara. I was disappointed in Yara here to be honest.
Robert: I absolutely loved Tyrion, Brienne, Bronn, Sam and Davos round the table with Bran. It was like a new beginning and that’s something I really wanted from this episode. I wanted to see things being rebuilt and I wanted to see that the future was hopeful. This scene did that for me. Oh and seeing Robin again made me laugh just because! I still want a moon door …
Ben: I would happily watch a spin-off show featuring all of these characters! Doesn’t have to be big-budget or grand story arcs, just great interactions and witnessing the journey of rebuilding Kings Landing. ‘Tales from the Six Kingdoms: The Small Council’ – I’d watch that! You could then even follow others, Arya’s adventures West, Sansa in the North!
Robert: Speaking of Sansa, I’m happy that she kept Winterfell as an independent state and I’m pleased that because of this she’s been given a crown too. Arya’s ending was fitting too. She’s experienced too much to settle down and live a normal life. Her going off on an exploration of the West was great.
The Not So Good
Robert: I don’t have any worst moments but just little things I personally would have liked.
Ben: In terms of the episode, I had no real complaints. I know many people did. But I’ve sick of fighting that fight. For me, everyone got satisfying endings, the surprise of Bran and the return of past characters. I don’t have any issues.
Robert: I would have liked to have seen Yara’s reaction to hearing of Theon’s death.
Ben: Yeah I can see that. But trying to fit that in may have been a struggle in terms of the episode’s flow. If the season had a few more episodes, I think they could have done this and much more!
Robert: I wanted Jon Snow to take the throne and for that reason, I feel a little deflated with how his story wrapped up. But as you said Ben when we spoke earlier, he belongs in the north – that’s where he’s happy. And he gets to be with Tormund so he will be kept well entertained. Plus he never wanted the throne anyway so it was not going to happen.
Ben: Tyrion. No question. Peter Dinklage is gonna bag some awards for this season for sure. In this final episode, we got every aspect of his character. It started so emotionally, he moved on to the epic speeches and ended with the humour. All that was missing was a glass of wine!
Robert: I’m choosing Jon Snow but not just because of this episode – I think he’s MVP of the entire show. Jon is pure and loyal. He has goodness running through his blood and he’s been my favourite character ever since the beginning. He’s not perfect but he’s always acted with the best intentions, doing what he truly believes is the right thing to do.
Ben: He’s had a massive arc and journey since that first episode. I think being sent back to the Night’s Watch was really funny. But he’s happiest up North and is with Tormund and Ghost. He doesn’t have the burden of having to rule, something he as consistently fought against. The look he gives as the gate closes to me confirms that he’s staying beyond the wall and I think that’s a fitting end. He deserves some peace and quiet.
Robert: I will live the rest of my life trying to be a little more Jon Snow!
Final Thoughts/Feelings On Game Of Thrones
Robert: I feel like a total loser for saying this but I feel like I’m mourning the loss of Game of Thrones!
Ben: Not at all! I know how much you love the show and haven invested yourself into it! It was a landmark TV show and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I think I’m a little more protected than you though, as while I love the show, it’s not in my top 5 for example. So I’m not as sad about it ending. The ending we got has left me satisfied so I’m happy with the way things panned out. Though with the amount of negativity going about, I feel like I’m in the minority here!
Robert: Putting a positive spin on things, people probably feel disappointed because we’ve all invested so much into this show. We all had personal preferences for how we wanted it to end. We all have different characters that we wanted to see have a happy ending. Benioff and Weiss will never have pleased their millions of viewers and so that’s why I believe this ending was the only logical way to end it. I’m happy and I think if people took the time to evaluate why these events played out this way, they would be too.
Ben: We can only hope so! Jaime didn’t get the ending I wanted. He’s always been one of my favourite characters since the first season. But I aired my complaints in the review and then moved on with the show. It’s pointless holding on to gripes like that and throwing your toys out of the pram because things didn’t go the way you wanted.
Robert: Apart from a little bump in the road last week, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed season 8. Yes, there’s been a very noticeable change in the show but we’ve had some impeccable moments.
Ben: I think in the perfect world, it should have been split into two seasons. Six episodes on the Night King, six episodes of the throne-arc. During the Night King episodes, you could have planted the Mad Queen seeds more firmly. I think because they wanted to fit it all into one season, that’s when they caused their own problems. I think the pacing worked both for and against the show this season.
Robert: Game of Thrones started with the Starks and it ended with them and that, for me, feels how it should have been.
Ben: Oh definitely! I love the idea that Ned Stark got the last laugh. He played the ‘Game of Thrones’ and his children won!
Robert: Now to start the re-watch …
So there you have it! Game of Thrones is all over! What did you make of Season 8 finale? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!