On Sunday the 2 year wait for the return of Game of Thrones finally came to an end. Now, unless you’ve been cryogenically frozen like Austin Powers for the past 10 years, you’re aware that Game of Thrones is the most trendy show on the planet. Sunday’s episode kicked off the hit series’ 8th and final season, and the episode consisted of events that that we pretty much all saw coming.
First off, half the episode was a tea-party-like rendezvous in Winterfell where many of the main characters who haven’t seen each other in years once again crossed paths. Now, it’s not obscure for the first episode to primarily set up the rest of the season, but the amount of time spent on it didn’t thrill me.
Apart from the seemingly never-ending chit-chat amongst old friends, there were actually a few important events that took place during the episode. Theon returned the favor and liberated Yara from their murderous uncle Euron unexpectedly. Coming to his sister’s rescue was another step forward in the director of some form of redemption for Theon’s character. With this being said, I don’t believe his character can ever fully be redeemed unless he sacrifices himself to save the life of a Stark, most likely Bran since his fall from grace began when he claimed to have burnt the crippled-little fella to a crisp.
Last but not least, I’d like to talk about the scene we’ve all been waiting for, Sam revealing to Jon his true identity. I was a bit surprised of how early into the season the reveal took place, but since there is only going to be 6 episodes it makes sense getting the elephant-in-the-room out of the way early on. With that being said, I thought the scene was a bit underwhelming.
The amount of hype that is surrounding this last season will be hard to live up to, and we’ve seen many popular shows crumble under the pressure of it’s fans, in the attempt to give them that awe-inspiring send-off. The most notable example of this is another HBO classic, The Sopranos, where creator David Chase left the ending up to our own interpretations, and has been on the creative hot-seat ever since. I don’t see GOT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss taking that approach, as I think Game of Thrones has proven to be the most consistently well-written and shocking series in the history of television. Time after time this show has completely pulled the rug out from under us and left us thinking “What the fuck.” It will be hard to wrap up the show in a surprising fashion since we know all the dogs in the fight for power, and I think the only real way to completely shock us is if someone besides Jon or Dany ends up sitting on the Iron Throne. Personally, I’m a person who enjoys watching the world burn, so I’ll be pulling for Cersei all season.