Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 Review - Embrace the Chaos
'Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 Review - Embrace the Chaos'
by Austin Bruns
In a single episode, the Game of Thrones universe has been flipped on its head like a burnt pancake and fans of the show are left wide-eyed, scratching their heads, wondering what it all means.
Notoriously, the show has a history of subverting the typical character arcs we’re used to seeing in television and movies. In the past, these subversions came in the form of major character deaths, which left fans gasping, speechless, and ready for more. Ned Stark’s death, the Red Wedding, and the blowing up of the sept were examples of the show’s willingness to kill character--characters in whom viewers had invested a lot of time. In those instances, the risks paid off. They surprised viewers, sparked conversations, and made us conscious of the fact that anything was possible in the coming episodes.
But with only one episode left in the entire series, these last-minute character-defining moments (and there were a lot of them this past episode) are coming so late in the game that many fans are cursing the show for its inconsistency. Maybe the show could get away with killing main characters earlier in the series because fans knew there would be more developments coming. Now, these big changes seem abrupt. And all fans want is a satisfying conclusion to a long and complicated series. It seems we may not be getting a very sensible end to the story, complete with fully-realized character arcs and choices consistent with their prior actions. But, Game of Thrones has never really been that kind of show. It’s a show where the heroes try to make a plan, do their best to prepare, and hope that things will work out. In this show, they rarely do.
No--it seems Game of Thrones was, is, and forever will be, a show veiled in chaos. It will be interesting to see where the writers take the final episode. Daenerys, once the Breaker-of-Chains, is now an irredeemable villain who has slaughtered countless innocents. Jon Snow is left wondering which side of the fight--if any--he is on. Tyrion, who we’ve known the entire series to be one of the most rational and intelligent characters, now seems completely controlled by emotions and inexplicably makes one illogical decision after another. Cersei, possibly the show’s worst tyrant, was given a relatively merciful death, while many fans felt she deserved nothing less than a bitter end. Jaime, whose difficult environment and circumstances molded him into a better human being, suddenly reverted to the Jaime we met in episode 1, dying alongside Cersei, essentially rendering his entire character arc meaningless.
I have come to terms with the fact that this is what Game of Thrones is. It’s time to throw away our preconceptions about character arcs and well-formulated plot lines. I’m through making predictions about what will happen based on previous character development or foreshadowing. Before the final episode come Sunday, all we can do is sit back, enjoy the show, and embrace the chaos.
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