After having killed off the last of its meaningful characters, HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ has finally come to a bloody and savage end. “Rather than cancel mid-season, we thought we’d go out with a bang,” said producer David Benioff. And what a bang it was. HBO, known for producing some of the best shows in history, including Oz, The Sopranos, and The Wire, took five best-selling compelling novels and reduced them to a pile of garbage in a mere season.
The hour-long series finale, which aired Sunday, left the remaining living and less important characters in seemingly destitute situations. Cersei Lannister, for example, was forced to atone for her sins by walking naked through the streets, revealing that months upon months of incarceration and starvation at the hands of a extremist religious sect had very little effect on her near flawless body. But even that wasn’t nearly as tragic an ending as what HBO had in store for Daenerys Targaryen, the last of her kind, who went from being a prisoner-bride of the Dothraki, to unsuccessfully ruling a Benghazi-style township, to finding herself less than a kilometer from her beloved fire-breathing, yet nowhere-to-be-found dragon, and nonetheless thrust back in the clutches of an even larger and more menacing horde of savage Dothraki.
George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones novels, discussed his decision to turn the rights to the show over to HBO, whose writers have since rewritten much of the plot, saying he just wanted “to watch the world burn.”
In the fifth and final season, HBO writers wanted “to make a point” of including in each episode, a visually and morally degrading scene, with each scene in each episode worse than the last. From brutal rapes, children being burned alive, to being forced to watch a morbidly obese man have sexual intercourse, viewers were increasingly stunned with each passing episode. “I am never watching Game of Thrones again!” Said a man who wished to remain anonymous to protect his identity, but spoke, more or less, to this reporter via a Facebook status update following the episode where Sansa Stark is forcibly raped by her new husband, the charming and passionate Ramsay Bolton.
“The goal was to make the show so degrading and reprehensible that we would drive away our remaining fan-base in time to cancel it without protest,” Benioff said. By far, the most offensive plot twist of all was that of Tyrion Lannister. Perhaps the shortest and most articulate of the Lannisters, Tyrion, played by Peter Dinklage, was left to rule Meereen in Daenerys’ absence. “We thought it’d be fitting to leave a midget in charge of what is basically a circus town,” Benioff said, referring to the city of Meereen, best known for its slavery and pit fighting. Benioff likened it to “a metaphor for the show as a whole.”
But the best has yet to come. Beginning in 2016, in place of the ‘Game of Thrones’ time slot, HBO will release a brand new series similar in style and content to the HBO original ‘Entourage’ but based around the lives of America’s favorite family, the Kardashians. The show is rumored to star Catherine Zeta-Jones, who will portray the Kardashians’ mother, Kris Jenner.