Like so many people out there — perhaps a disturbing number — I’ve spent a lot of time over the two weeks thinking about the final season of Game of Thrones. Although the meager six episodes had some truly stirring moments (the Dothraki charge in “The Long Night”; Rhaegal being shot from the sky by Euron Grayjoy; and Jon Snow revealing his true lineage to his brothers and sisters, as examples), overall the season felt rushed, overly dependent on spectacle, and sometimes just plain lazy. Did the writers and producers simply think up the most improbable outcomes for their characters and then pat themselves on their backs for delivering some final twists in a show famous for its twists? I don’t know, but it kinda seemed that way.
Regardless of how this all came together, I don’t agree that the entirety of Season 8 should be scrapped and reshot. As George R.R. Martin said back in 2003: “Art is not a democracy. People don't get to vote on how it ends."
Nor should they.
Do we really want our television shows, movies and books produced by mob rule where pandering to the desires of a majority is more important than creative vision? For goodness sake, one of the reasons I love being an independent author is because I don’t have committees of publishers, agents and editors telling me I need to re-write something in order to make it more commercial. Read it or don’t. Like it or don’t. It’s important to me that I remain true to my vision and hopefully a few people will enjoy it along the way.
Game of Thrones isn’t the only pop culture phenomenon that’s disappointed me. Generally speaking, I’ve not been pleased with how Disney has been wrapping up the Star Wars saga. Really, those fuckers made Luke Skywalker into a sad little fisherman who wiles away his days on a remote planet while the universe burns? I don’t think I’ll ever forgive that. And while I could’ve wished for better endings for Luke, Han, Daenerys, Jon, Arya, etc., I do not own these creations simply because I’ve enjoyed them. Fans can revile Season 8 for years to come if they so wish… or they can go forth and write their own fanfiction the end it the way they want. Or just get over it and move on because art, like life, should not be a group decision and is often full of disappointment.