Prior to Season 8, Game of Thrones was easily widely regarded as a top 5 television show of all time. Season 8 was one of the most anticipated television events I’ve experienced in my lifetime. The show absolutely deserved all the acclaim it got. Not only did HBO spare no expense to make each episode seem more like a movie, but the writing and acting were amazing as well.
Game of Thrones somehow successfully casted perfect children that would grow into their roles effortlessly over the course of 8 years. They also built multiple universes where the main characters would live completely separate lives that only intertwined through scrolls sent by Ravens for multiple seasons at a time. I can’t think of any other TV show that’s come even remotely close to accomplishing a feat like this. Some credit must be paid to George RR Martin of course for writing these epic tales, but I can’t say enough about HBO and the whole Game of Thrones team.
In Season 6 and 7, these multiple universes started to come together again as Sansa made it back to meet Jon Snow at the Wall and Daenerys took her dragons and her armies to Westeros. This made for epic TV with episodes like “The Battle of the Bastards” and my personal favorite “The Dragon and the Wolf.” This is the episode where Daenerys and Cersei meet for the first time. I repeat, they met for the first time on the 7th episode of the 7th season of the show. The tension was palpable and many other major players met for the first time and in some cases met again for the first time in a few seasons. This is what made Game of Thrones the best show in TV, so what happened??
Season 8 happened. I won’t go into full detail but a show that made it’s name is creating great battles aired one of the darkest most chaotic wars scenes in cinematic history. This battle was the single most anticipated battle in the show so getting that wrong was a PROBLEM. I understand the attempt to make it realistic but it simply didn’t work and the Game of Throne fans made it loud and clear. On top of that, they next took one of the most beloved heroines of the show and besmirched her good name as a finale. Again, this wasn’t accepted by the GOT fans at large. Due to this fact, I’ve taken the liberty to say what should have happened in Season 8. (Please watch the show before reading any further)
“The Long Night” would happen almost the same with but much better lighting and Jon Snow would have a 1 on 1 sword fight with one of the Night King’s captains.
Everything else on the show is the same until the pivotal moment in Season 8 ep 5 when Dany says “Let it be fear then.” Instead of breaking off the Kiss in this scene, Jon kisses Dany back and:
– Jon convinces Dany, she doesn’t have to rule by fear and he will love her now and forever
– They take the city and surround the red keep
– Jaime makes it to Cersei and convinces her to surrender
– Tyrion convinces Dany to allow Jaime and Cersei to be exiled to Casterly Rock
– Sansa is the warden of the north and the North remains independent
– Jon and Dany agree to rule as husband and wife
Cersei turns a corner in the great room of Casterly Rock and feels a presence behind her. Cersei says “I told him you would come.” Then, Arya slits her throat.
Jaime comes in just as Cersei’s body hits the floor…. “But we agreed, all sins of the past were to be forgiven and forgotten.”
Arya whispers “No Sir Jaime, the North Remembers and Winter has come for House Lannister.”