Like many other television viewers I was pretty saddened to have reached the final season and episode of the Game of Thrones, HBO’s very adult take on the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by the American author George R R Martin. After several years of devotion to the cable TV show I had great expectations for its final outing and was slightly disappointed by the noticeably poorer writing and pacing of this season when compared to previous ones. However the normally popular dramatisation certainly didn’t deserve much of the opprobrium fired at it from various corners of the internet as it rushed towards it conclusion. Or the overly entitled fans who thought that they had more of a claim to the art than the artists themselves (which says a lot about the narcissistic and infantilised nature of contemporary Western society).
The Turkish writer and academic Zeynep Tufekci has an interesting take on the very vocal criticisms of the show for the Scientific American arguing that the perceived failings in its final year were down to a tonal shift in its storylines from the sociological to the psychological, more in keeping with conventional Hollywood fare. If you haven’t had your fill of reading about the end of the Game of Thrones this analysis has more to recommend it than most. Personally I was far less moved by the last episode of the series than I thought I would be which was sort of emotionally unfulfilling. It certainly didn’t have the same effect on me as the final episode of AMC’s criminally underrated Halt and Catch Fire which left me in a sort of daze for a day or two. If you haven’t watched that TV drama you really should do so.