Ask any “Game of Thrones” fan about what they think of the final season so far and you’ll be bombarded with roller coaster and bi-polar viewpoints.
When you have a global hit show – quite possibly the biggest of all time – there’s just no way of pleasing everybody. It’s an impossible feat.
But there was one moment during the penultimate episode of the series, “Game of Thrones,” that infuriated nearly all diehard fans.
The final season of “Game of Thrones” has been one of the most anticipated television events in many years – and fans have waited over a year and a half after the finale of seven for the premiere of the final 8th season.
One could argue that it rivaled the anticipation of “Avengers: Endgame,” which was the culmination of twenty-two different Marvel Universe movies coming to an end and has made just shy of $2.5 billion in three weeks. Both are undeniably the most massive juggernauts in their respective film and television industries in recent years.
Many moments so far have either rubbed people the wrong way or have been truly great moments. One was an unforgivable gaffe.
The very last moment in the season 8 premiere episode when Jaime Lannister sees Bran Stark for the first time since the first episode of season one when he pushed him out a castle window – making eye contact with Bran in the wheelchair – the very reason why he’s in a wheelchair – was a huge payoff that every fan loved.
In the 3rd episode entitled “The Long Night” when the Night King finally storms Winterfell, many fans were irritated because you couldn’t see what was going on because it was intentionally not lit to give you a sense of confusion and claustrophobia.
In the 4th episode, “The Last of the Starks” had one of the biggest blunders in television (or maybe movies for that matter) when there was a Starbucks coffee cup sitting on one of the tables in front of the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.
Then came the 5th episode entitled, “The Bells,” which was essentially a 90-minute epic showdown battle at King’s Landing where it was obvious where most of this season’s budget went towards.
Distraught over Rhaegal and Missandei’s deaths, Daenerys effectively became “The Mad Queen” and butchered thousands of innocent people with her last dragon, Drogon.
But the moment that had everyone throw up their arms in disbelief – there were several of those moments in “The Bells” – was the death of Cersei.
Cersei is one of the most evil characters in the entire “Game of Thrones” series and books. The audience wanted a cathartic death. And the only way to really accomplish that catharsis is to make her die in the most brutal unmerciful ways possible – as she has done to many other characters during the series.
But what did the writers do instead?
A wounded Jaime Lannister and Cersei go down in the bowels of the Red Keep where the castle crumbled on top of them, killing both.
Cersei confesses she’s scared. The despicable queen is crying. And suddenly, rocks.
This is the best moment they could come up with? You actually took pity on Cersei.
Rotten Tomatoes reported that season 8 of “Game of Thrones” has been the lowest rated season thus far and it really is a crying shame.
It’s moments like Cersei’s death that solidify and justify its low rating too.