The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones gave us plenty of conclusions to years-long character arcs, but left one much larger question in their stead: What was the point? Like, of any of this.
Let’s be clear. The problem is not that the show concluded with the destruction of King’s Landing by one of its major heroes. Those who’ve been paying attention always knew this would end as a story about how people fail, and not about how heroes win or lose.
But in its clumsy execution of catastrophic proportions, Game of Thrones set fire to its own sense of purpose along with the capital, leaving behind nothing but the taste of ash in our mouths. Read more…
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