Game of Thrones Season 8 is buried under the ashes of it’s forgotten plot lines

Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloan/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations Site
Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloan/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations Site /
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In their haste to end the series, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss seemed to have erased half of what made Game of Thrones so much fun to watch.

I know some people are enjoying the final season of Game of Thrones, but there’s also a large chunk of viewers that isn’t. Fans are angry over the events which occurred in last week’s episode, “The Bells.” Audiences feel betrayed in what they felt was unwarranted character destruction. However, there’s also a lot of confusion over the showrunner’s apparent amnesia regarding half of the storylines from Seasons 1-6 that have completely vanished.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (called D&D by fans) have multiple projects lined up and want to get Game of Thrones over and done with. This is understandable considering they’ve been running this show since 2011, but their haste isn’t exactly well hidden. They’ve been racing to the end with only half of their supplies, disregarding everything as the finish line shines in the distance.

Several characters have made massive personality changes in the span of three episodes and, apparently, time is now bendable to the character’s will where weeks become days and hours become minutes, and let’s not forget the infamous coffee cup incident.

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Most of the mistakes taking place in Season 8 revolve around Dany’s descent into madness, where her progression into insanity happened way too fast to be considered anything but an abrupt shock. However, she isn’t the only one suffering. The shorter season and rushed character developments have eliminated every opportunity to wrap up the individual stories as well as time to go back and tie up loose ends.

As Dany burned King’s Landing, we’re treated to a shot of Jon’s shocked face as he probably realized that nothing around him makes sense anymore. He was looking around asking himself, “how exactly did this happen?”

The earlier seasons of Game of Thrones were rich in detail, backstory, and subplots, all of which that D&D is now excluding in favor of Dany’s Mad Queen progression. Some of what happened in the earlier seasons have bled over into the final six episodes but they were either glazed over or conveniently forgotten about, pushed down the rabbit hole in order to spend more time on Jon and Dany’s forced Targaryen drama.