Game of Thrones
Based upon the international bestseller. Nine noble families fight over control of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
Imagine you are eating a pint of ice cream. The ice cream you are eating is some of the best you've ever had. You can't stop eating it. About halfway through you notice a weird aftertaste and some discoloring. Not dismayed you continue to eat. The further you get down the more prominent that taste becomes and the discoloring is becoming stronger. The moment you get to the bottom of the pint you find what is causing the bad taste and coloring, a rat. Instead of thinking about how good the ice cream was, you only think about the rat. This is the perfect metaphor for HBO's Game of Thrones.
How can a show go from being one of the best television series ever created to a complete cluster fuck. This show had everything in the first few seasons. It had a masterful story, world, characters, and writing. Those first four seasons were perfect. It was not till season five when the beginning of the end began. The writing and the story slowly began to fall apart and crumble. The characters we have known for several seasons were mere ghosts of what they were. Instead of this show being a story crafted around its characters, it became a character crafted by the story.
Over two years after the series finale I am still bitter about how the show ended. I can't bring myself to rewatch the earlier season because of how it ended. The ending was an insult to the entire fanbase who spent years watching this show. For someone who is very against studio involvement, I am still wondering where HBO was when D&D presented them with the final season script.
The writing for this series went from intricate to insulting. The dialog was so cleverly crafted and beautiful in those first few seasons. Then it went writing went to dull and simple. The series went from having maybe one or two plotlines dropped to over half being forgotten and the rest full of plot holes. The writing at the end of devoid of all logic. The characters went from being intelligent and sophisticated to idiots and simpletons. I have never seen a show deteriorate as badly as this one.
One of the aspects that stayed consistent through the show's run was the acting. All of the actors gave it their best in this series, despite the horrid writing at the end. I honestly feel bad for them. All of those years of commitment to have your character end up like a simpleton is an insult.
Another aspect of this show that was on point was the aesthetics of this show. The costume and production design is breathtaking in this series. They masterfully brought the world of Westeros to life. The show was beautifully shot with some outstanding visual effects. Lastly, Ramin Djawadi's score is absolutely amazing. Even at this show's worst, he still brought some fantastic scores. Djawadi you carried a lot of the final season.
All of that being stated is Game of Thrones is still worth the watch, absolutely. Those first couple of seasons were a masterpiece of television. The world, the characters, the aesthetics, the score, and the acting was enough to keep me watching, but in the end, I was left insulted. I would rate Game of Thrones upon this metric.
Seasons 1-4: Masterpiece
Seasons 5-6: A couple of Standout episodes to a good, but not great season.
Season 7: Mediocre
Season 8: A Shitshow
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