If you are one of the millions of fans outraged at last nights (less than) epic finale of “Game of Thrones,” you know you are not alone. Especially if you’ve spent any time on social media. But, if you are truly having difficulty coping, grief counselors are literally standing by.
Bark.com, a UK website, is offering counseling services to distraught fans:
For the last eight years, Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm. The fantasy TV series, adapted from George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels, has gained a loyal fanbase around the globe. To say the TV programme is one of the most popular of our time is no exaggeration.
The finale of the show was always going to leave fans distraught after eight years of enjoyment, so we’ve launched a specialised Game of Thrones counselling service to help bereft fans seek support and get the help they need through this tough time.
Fans can speak to qualified counsellors (who are familiar with the series) to discuss plot twists and storylines. The professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief. Most importantly the counsellors will be on hand to guide fans on how to move on after almost a decade of fandom.
I’m just as upset as the next overzealous fan about the mediocre ending we all waited 8 long years for, but I’m not going to pay for counseling services over it. I’m going to handle it the way we do things here in 21st century America: turn to social media. If you just hit Twitter, you’ll find plenty of people whom you can share your grief with FOR FREE!
(DO I HAVE TO ISSUE THE OBLIGATORY SPOILER ALERT HERE? IF SO, OK. SPOLIER ALERT! THE REST OF THIS WILL BE A DISCUSSION OF THE SHOW AND ITS MANY, MANY FLAWS. SO, IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE ENDING, GO READ SOMETHING ELSE NOW.)
So, my own personal observations on the finale:
What was the point of the big reveal that John Snow was actually Aegon Targaryen if he doesn’t get to be the rightful king at the end? He could have just fallen in love with Daenerys, killed her after she went mad and gone back to the Night’s Watch in his grief. But they made such a big deal about it. And of the handful of people who learned the truth, 2 are dead and one is in exile. Such a letdown.
BRAN? They made BRAN the king after all of that? Not John who had a rightful claim to it (or Gendry who would have been rightful king now that he’s legitimized if all the Targaryens are gone.) There was a lot of talk about Westeros becoming a matriarchy and we didn’t get a queen? So, Bran couldn’t be Lord of Winterfell, but he can rule the 7 – wait, there’s only 6 kingdoms now and his isn’t one of them AND HE STILL GETS TO BE KING? Are 3 eyed ravens even eligible for the throne?
Where did all the Dothraki go after Daenerys died?
So, Grey Worm doesn’t get to live happily ever after with Missandei. He doesn’t get to die in glorious battle. He just sails away?
After all the hype, Arya doesn’t get to kill Cersei OR Daenerys? And she just sails away too?
Tyrion got Varys killed for nothing?
Of course, it wasn’t ALL bad. Having Jamie and Cersei die in each others arms, just like they were born was fitting. Having Brienne finish his story was touching. Sansa finally got to be the Queen she always wanted to be and it looks like she’ll do a good job.
And the only couple that got a happy ending? John Snow finally reuniting with Ghost back at Castle Black.
Good storytelling is hard. Some writers like J.K. Rowling clearly knew where they were going when they started out on a 7 book series and answer all the questions and leave fans satisfied, if not happy. George R.R. Martin clearly did not. I would dearly love to go all “Misery” on him and keep him locked up until he writes an ending to my liking. In mine, John kills Daenerys BEFORE she lays waste to King’s Landing (and barbecues Varys) then tells everyone his true heritage and takes the throne. Sansa still gets to be Queen of the North (and they find a good husband for her.) Instead of having Cersei killed by falling rubble, Arya takes her out and Jamie dies protecting her. Then ARYA dies in the rubble. Missandei doesn’t die and she and Grey Worm sail off to Naath together. Ghost starts a new line of direwolves.
And they all live happily ever after.