Thus a rhetorical question leads to my superfluous, or is it superlative, Game Of Thrones commentary. I mean, after 8 seasons and probably millions of viewers, why not? After the–to me–unnecessary, sinful and tragic destruction of Kings Landing by Drogon the dragon, directed and ordered by Dani, I turned against her, as I am sure many others did. We saw glimpses of her vicious self righteousness before that, but like other tyrants who had convinced themselves that they knew better than everyone else, the full measure of her lust for power required a helpless victim to be fully unwrapped. The city was helpless, the surrender bells were ringing, her enemies routed. She could see it, flying above the rubble. Would you or I have required a full measure of retribution against the innocent for the crimes of their dictator? Or was she like the terrorists who say there are no innocents?
Am I being too harsh, accusing her of lust for power? I will go further, a lust for the most addicting and depraving kind of power: the power to remake the world into her model of justice and equity. What degree of self righteousness is necessary to cast off all restraint in killing the bad guys to free the good guys? Or is it willful blindness? The good guys are usually good until they have the power to impose their will. Doesn’t history clearly show that virtually every revolution against tyranny leads to a worse tyranny? It does, she is a case in point. The biggest surprise for me in the entire 8 seasons is that the dragon appears to be smarter than the humans–he melts down the iron throne that his “mother” sacrificed so many to try to attain. I was less surprised that Jon Snow killed the woman he loved–hard choices and right choices were his forte.
When he kills Dani and Drogon sees what he did, I expected him (I assume Drogon was male, sounds like a male name), to carry her body away, but melting the throne was a reptilian masterstroke. That’s one smart dragon; I would not want to be a rancher or cattle herder, or need to depend on any kind of livestock for my living going forward. Maybe the showrunners should consider a sequel starring Drogon? But I digress. The council of the rulers of the kingdoms, to decide on who should rule, was actually an educational experience. I thought “maybe that was somewhat like how George Washington was elected.” Similarities: Washington got all the electoral votes, he was the only unanimous president in our history, not once but twice! He was the only president who didn’t want the job, kind of like Jon Snow, who would have been elected if Westeros had elections, and if Dani’s troops had forgiven him. But Bran the Broken was an excellent choice. I also liked Sansa’s decision to keep the North independent. Like any great book or show, you don’t want it to end, the ending will never be right for every fan, but I think the ending was as good as it was possible to be, and the depth of characters, intricacy of plots, and treatment of issues and relationships has been well beyond anything I can think of that I have ever seen on TV. I guess I’m in the minority, since every other review of this episode I have read was negative. I think that what I look for in entertainment is edification.
Note: The other very worthy HBO series: Band of Brothers.