It’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season Finale Day — Here’s Why We Should Be Thankful
The time has come for you to figure out what you're going to do on Sunday nights without Game of Thrones for the next two months. No NFL, no dragons ... and David Putty would say: "It's gonna be rough."
Hopefully last week's Battle of the Bastards and whatever's going to happen in a couple of hours will be enough to hold you over to Season 7. And if it doesn't, I'd suggest that you simply count your blessings. For there was a time, believe it or not, when TV pretty much sucked across the board. Network TV was created for the lowest common denominator, and pay TV was in its infancy and wasn't much better.
For instance, take a hard look at this. It's a parody, but it's really, really accurate:
If Game of Thrones had been broadcast in the 1980's:
So he happy it's been around as long as it has, and that even the worst episodes were light years ahead of TV your parents grew up with.
Sky Atlantic, which carries Game of Thrones in Great Britain (episodes there run on Mondays), posted this on their web site today. It's clearly the great hall at Winterfell, and that appears to be Jon Snow at the head table, with the assembled saluting the new King in the North. That should send chills.
This is a series about many things, with seven main characters whom George R.R. Martin has no intention of killing off until the final episode, if then (he's got two more books to write, after all). Mostly, though, it's about Jamie Lannister, the most complex and interesting character Martin has created, and clearly, at least to me, the story's focus.
Most good fiction is populated with conflicted characters, but rarely do we see one transform before our eyes from an antagonist to a protagonist, as Jaime is about to do. When Brienne tells him during their meeting at Riverrun, "I know there is honor in you," it was clear to me that we were witnessing the classic hero's journey, famously outlined by Bruce Campbell and written into much of our literature and cinematic history. From Harry Potter to Star Wars and even Shrek, it's the tried-and-true formula in which a character discovers the power he never knew he had, and makes the journey from obscurity to heroism.
Such a character is Jamie Lannister, who throughout season 6, and the entire series, has been forced to choose between duty and honor, between love and doing what he knows is right. In tonight's episode 10 we know he ends up at The Twins, home of the Freys, a rotten-to-the-core collection of Westeros hillbillies for whom he's already shown the utmost disdain.
What are Jamie's reasons for even being there? Why is he toasting with these ruffians destitute of honor? I think that Jamie has been pushed to the breaking point over the things he's been forced to do, both by his father and his sister. He's confronted by his lack of honor many times this season, by Brienne and Blackfish Tully (who summed him up to his face by saying "I'm not impressed"), and the Freys may have been the final straw.
The Lannisters and the Freys have an alliance, but it was one arranged by His father, while Joffrey was king, and has nothing to do with him. I think that Jamie is going to pull a Red Wedding-style takeover of the Twins. This will begin his journey to either salvation or death, or possibly both. But his will be a true hero's journey, and will prove that this was his story all along.
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