Say what you want about the end of game of Thronesand many have, but it had a very clear message: Fate is bullshit. Prophecy means nothing but the meaning you give it. Azor Ahai was either not real or poorly interpreted because the one who “conquered the darkness” did not meet any of the criteria. Cersei spent her entire life in fear of the “Valonquar” when it was a bitch that brought her down. (Likely Daenerys, who was indeed a younger sibling, with a helping hand of Cersei’s own pride, but mostly the rock.) It’s a pretty powerful message in a world of magic and fire gods: You don’t mind these gods there is no reason for anything and you have to decide who you will be in the world. Such fantasy tropes emerging to reflect a deeper truth was exactly what the show did best when it did. Naturally, Everyone hated it.
There are many good reasons to be unhappy about the recent aftermath of yourself game of Thrones, but anyone who was upset that all of those seemingly carefully hanging Chekhov’s guns were never fired shouldn’t have been surprised. All of this was explained in a scene in one of the show’s most notorious episodes, “The Mountain and the Viper,” where the Lannister Bois talk about their “simple” cousin and his favorite hobby, beetle chopping.
At first glance it seems to be brooding over the senseless cruelty of humanity at the hands of a person whose life or death is to be decided by a violent coin toss. Still, that speech contained the whole show in a nutshell: the gods or simple cousins smash the humans or the bugs, and everyone makes things worse by trying to figure out why. It was also seen as such a waste of time on a season (and series, if we’re honest) that desperately needed more of it than there is for posterity on the world Wikia page for the character Tysha. (Do you remember them? That’s the problem.) We hope your night vision is good enough to read through all of these shadows:
We were prepared to reveal the futility of prophecy four seasons ago, but we were just angry that four minutes were spent on a scene that wasn’t even in the books at the expense of seemingly more important storylines and people still complaining that the prophecies meant nothing. We didn’t and didn’t deserve this show.
Manna is still angry with Tysha and ready to go into it at the slightest provocation Twitter.
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