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My Game of Thrones Finale Thoughts and Review

Eight years of television for a show that is long argued to be the best show ever made, only contended by Breaking Bad, and The Wire. Seventy-One episodes that have captivated millions upon millions of people… All of it was wrapped up last night in what many people are calling the worst finale they have ever seen, to wrap up a disappointing and lazy final season. I’m here to give my thoughts on the ending.

Although I’m not as bent out of shape as most people, I am still at least slightly disappointed with most things, and angry with others. Lets just start with the biggest thing I, along with everyone else, was waiting to see. Character endings. I wanted to see where all my favorite characters were being left the last time I ever got to be with them!

Jon: Rightful king of the seven kingdoms, and the prince who was promised. The bastard we followed from day one to oath into the nights watch only to become lord commander and eventually king in the north. What does the man who came from nothing do? Kills Daenerys and then just kinda fucks off to the north. I do get it. I really really do. Jon never wanted the throne, but he was thrust into power because he deserved it and earned it. He would have been best for the seven/six kingdoms… His ending was never quite explained in a way that made sense either. He was exiled to a wall that serves no purpose anymore, in a kingdom that is independent and now ran buy his sister, to appease a group of people that all left on boats anyway. Jon gets to hang out in the north with the people he loves, and grow old peacefully. He’s happy, but he is the only one better off for it and all the holes in the forcing of it is just lazy writing.

Daenerys: Dead. I’m fine with her being dead, and I’m one of the few people it seams that is completely fine with her story arc. I saw her going mad from the very beginning and Tyrion was right when he listed off all the horrible things she has done to horrible people. Her thirst for power and self righteous ways have been subtle and long winded building up. In episode five she threw a wrench into everything and threw off everything I thought I knew in a very predictable final season as a whole.

Arya: When Sandor told her to go away so she wouldn’t be like him, and you saw something click in Arya’s head, it was a great moment. A great ending for their relationship and I had high hopes for Arya’s ending. Now, personally I wanted her to go to Storms End to be with Gendry, but I know that’s not her. Her being a pirate/explorer is very her and makes total sense. It doesn’t take away from the fact however that its completely unsatisfying. She is our girl, she has been our girl since season one. She has the best story of everyone and I feel like its too basic of a way to finish it off. I can live with it though, I guess.

Sansa: Sansa’s ending is the only one I am truly content with. Sansa is a fantastic ruler that for a while now I thought had to be the lady of Winterfell. Queen of the north for an independent kingdom is even better. I went from absolutely despising her in season one to her being one of the best on the final season. She has been through so much suffering that has made her strong. She has learned from Little Finger, and Cersei, who though terrible people are brilliant, and yet she has the compassion and love for her people and home that her father did. If Jon is not the king in the north, no one deserves the crown next more than she does.

Bran: Bran’s story has been by for the most boring and worthless this entire time. His journey to become the three-eyed-raven feels dumb at this point as it has served very little purpose. His character is awkward as hell and just… Boring. The fact that he become the king makes me ridiculously angry as it makes absolutely no sense. I get it, he’s impartial because he is unfeeling. Who gives a shit?! What in the hell has this guy ever done for anyone else or done to deserve the throne. Nothing, complete and utter jack shit. “Who has a better story than Bran Stark.” So many people, almost everyone in this entire series. He got a unanimous vote to be king? Bullshit he did.

Tyrion: Tyrion’s job is the be the hand. Doesn’t really matter to who, since he has been one many times for many people, and been very bad at it every time. The fact that he is hand again is so stupid. Give it to Davos. Give it to Davos. A good man that was actually good at his job… I was expecting ore for Tyrion. Something out of left field. Something Different. But nope, same old thing… His council is also the biggest joke I’ve ever seen.

There is lots of other small things both good and bad. Like after so many years and build up the Night King feels like a subplot in the end. Or that Jamie’s arc was completely ruined. Theon got a great ending that did his arc justice at least.

In the end, unpredictable is good, but only if it  makes sense. Don’t do something completely out of character as a writer, just because your readers or watchers won’t see it coming. Every time you do that it ruins our experience just a little bit more. Don’t do something we want if it feels like fan service, that isn’t what we want. Don’t sacrifice realism and charm for something epic. This season and this finale did all the DON’T’S I can think of and I was let down for it. Game of Thrones as a whole has not been ruined for me, but It has been less than twenty four hours and I’m left unsatisfied and uncaring. I shouldn’t feel that way about something that’s been in my life almost a decade.

Band of Brothers TV show review

Band of Brothers doesn’t need me to accolade it or approve of it. Band of Brothers is already widely known as not only the best military depiction for entertainment, but also one of the best (if not the best) mini-series ever made.

Band of Brothers is made by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in 2001, after they collaborated on the movie Saving Private Ryan in 1998. It follows the history of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division from their training early on, through D-Day, all the way until the end of the war.

I myself love military movies, shows, and books. I have come back to this show a couple different times and can guarantee I will many times again in the future. I love it for many, many reasons. The fact that the action sequences are gripping and awesome is just the tip of the iceberg, but they really are. Some episodes are more gruesome and focus on the battles than others, but every time they do I find myself holding my breath and staring intently at the screen. The sequences stay realistic and in reality, nothing is over the top but they certainly don’t pull punches. The war was hell and people were lost around every corner and it depicts that throughout the whole run of the show. At any moment a person that you found yourself invested in could die. Knowing that all of it is real makes it that much more emotional.

The characters (though that isn’t an entirely accurate description) are what really hold this together. You follow Easy Company from the very beginning before they have even seen the war. You get to witness a long arc of character development that shows how men are truly effected by everything that happens to them, and the strong bonds they create and what happens when those are severed. Some episodes focus on a specific character, such as the 7th episode, and my favorite, “The Breaking Point”. This episode follows First Sergeant Lipton, a man you get to see from his early days as a SGT before the D-Day drop. We follow him as he holds his company together during the battle of the bulge and we get a closer glimpse of him as he narrates the episode. Many episodes follow this formula and it never feels like cheap exposition dropping, but essential to the story. Almost as if we are reading a soldiers letters home. It would be impossible for me to write why I love every single character in this, even the ones I hate, while keeping this short. But, the fact that I could should tell you something.

I don’t want you to think I am overstating when I say that I have never seen anything in the theater or on television that has impressed me and made me feel more than this has. I could go back and watch Band of Brothers a hundred times over because everything about it is both wonderful and terrible in the best ways. It is truly a benchmark for both war depictions and storytelling itself.

 

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Probably the most surprised I have ever been by a TV show, ever. I was surprised by how much I liked it. I was surprised by how good it was. I was surprised by the direction they went. I was all around SURPRISED. Cobra Kai follows Johnny and Daniel thirty-four years after the events of Karate Kid. I had assumed, much like everyone else, that this was going to be a shitty cash-grab of a show and was completely unnecessary. The fact that it is a YouTube Red show didn’t bode well for it either. I watched it anyway purely out of curiosity in what they could even do. What is absolutely amazing is that this show isn’t just great compared to what I thought it was going to be, it was just great!.. The show opens on Johnny, who has gone on to live a horrible life and is at an all time low. Immediately it paints Daniel as a complete asshole who capitalized on his karate championship. However the very next episode it switches it around and makes you perceive the characters in the exact opposite light. It does this multiple times throughout the season, never allowing one of them to be distinguished as the hero or the villain. Each one of them has an apprentice of sorts as well, a young karate kid that they have taken under their wing. What I especially like about their respective apprentices is that they seem to go in the exact opposite direction you predict of them. The arc of the season is spectacular as well, it really feels like these characters are different, that their lives are different, and it leaves you hungry for the next season.

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