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A World War 2 Trilogy

By FRED NATH (Novelist and Neurosurgeon)

Fred's Blog


The Game of Thrones Petition

Posted on 29 July, 2019 at 4:34
I watched GOT from Season 1 to the very end. I loved it. The acting was mostly brilliant, the storyline even better than the books and the characters were fleshed-out, realistic and engaging.

Many fans seem to be displeased with the ending and for my part there were elements of the ending I didn’t like. I felt Jon Snow became a whimp towards the end. The great swordsman, the driving force behind so much in the story just fizzled out as if no one in the 7 Kingdoms felt he deserved better than banishment to the far north. But for his actions, the Night King would have triumphed, and if he didn't, a cruel, mad queen would have sought vengeance on everyone, but no one seemed to give him credit. Greyworm turns out to be a nasty bitter fellow whose devotion to the despotic Mother of Dragons (who has clearly gone potty, perhaps for genetic reasons) is unreasonable. But you know, we as fans/observers don’t have control over the story. We actually don’t really want control either. This was a fiction and we suspend belief in order to escape our humdrum lives and become part of a new world.

Bottom line, if you’re reading a work of fiction or watching it, it’s no good whinging about the ending or plot. It’s fiction, made up, the child of another person’s brain. If it entertains and grabs you so that you empathise and care about the characters, then it’s achieved what the author intended, even if your view is negative – at least it did something to you.

Every time you read a book of fiction, you escape the here and now. Most books are written to try to grab the imagination of the reader and draw them in. In GOT, people found the ending unsatisfying but that’s fiction. If you didn’t like it – write your own. Can’t do it yourself? Then you have no right to criticize the people who can.

In the end, there was only one scene that I found foolish. Misasndei is standing three feet from Cersei and knows they are about to kill her. She should logically have turned fast and placing her arms around Cersei’s neck dragged her over the parapet or at least die trying. Yes, it would have ruined the rest of the story but all the same, I couldn’t understand why that scene was choregraphed so badly. She had time, opportunity and surely would have thought about that. The point is, I didn’t write it. I gained great pleasure from watching the writer’s vision of what they wanted to happen.

DB Weiss and David Benioff in my opinion did a great job but you know, nerbody’s pofect.

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