Despite lots of criticism, many people loved this week's episode of 'Game of Thrones'
Warning: this article contains major spoilers for season eight, episode five of Game of Thrones. Obviously.
Hey guys, did you hear about this show called Game of Thrones that everyone's talking about? Sounds interesting. I might check it out.
Of course, I'm kidding - in this long television journey, Game of Thrones is pulling into the driveway, on the verge of pulling the handbrake and shutting off the engine. It's home. But as we enter that final straight, there's been a fair bit of backlash to Game of Thrones' final season - especially the penultimate episode of that season.
That set up what's going to happen in Game of Thrones' final episode:
We've talked before about how many people hated episode five - the poor writing, the lack of consequences or satisfying character moments or payoff of eight years' worth of story. But if we look on the bright side, there's some cool stuff about the episode that it's rather easy to overlook.
While the writing left a lot to be desired on Game of Thrones season eight, episode five, one thing that's been consistently good (yes, even counting the notoriously dark episode three) is the cinematography.
From a visual perspective, the episode is well filmed, with amazing colouration and some really striking images, and on Twitter, people pointed this out in several different parts of the episode.
For example, the stunning brother vs brother fight between The Hound and The Mountain:
I kind of have to agree with them.
While Daenerys' about-turn from the passionate leader of the people to the toasty murderer of the innocents in the space of three episodes left a sour taste in people's mouths, there were also some very good character moments in the episode. I'm talking, of course, about Peter Dinklage turning on the waterworks as Tyrion said his final goodbye to his brother Jaime Lannister.
See what I'm talking about here:
This, people agreed, was a good character moment - perhaps the best scene in the episode. The closeness feels earned - Tyrion and Jaime's relationship goes all the way back to the second episode of the series - and both actors make this feel like the emotional final goodbye it's meant to be. Twitter liked it. Yes they did.
But let's get down to the elephant in the room - Daenerys doing her very best Mad King impression.
Relive Daenerys' path of destruction below:
Some people weren't happy one bit about her killing children and innocents and all that, but some corners of Twitter were all for it. See for yourselves:
Yeah... in retrospect, it's been coming, folks.
But all this just goes to show that even in the modern age, life's always been less black and white than it is a complicated blend of light and dark greys.
Although there were some unearned character moments (in the eyes of some), there was also some good stuff as well, and maybe if we realised that, we can all get along-- oh wait. You're already arguing about this in the comments, aren't you? Ah, well.