Dear David Benioff and D.B. Weiss,
Let me first start off saying I apologise for all the criticism you have received over the past few weeks for ruining what is arguably the best show ever created on television – we all appreciate you have bigger and (better?) projects to move on to. Obviously.
You do however, need to understand that as viewers we are very invested in the characters you have so crudely torn apart. We have watched them grow, learn valuable life lessons, experience heartbreak, tragedy, even sometimes shared in their happiness (who didn’t cry when Ser Brienne of Tarth finally got knighted!) To go through all of these experiences with these characters over the space of so many years and then to watch you tear these characters apart in a few hours of poorly written and rushed – albeit amazingly produced – episodes is heartbreaking.
Daenerys Targaryen has always and will always be my favourite character in the show and Emilia Clarke plays her to an utmost exemplary standard! I’m not one of the few that is going to say she has took a swift 180 degree turn into madness – as I do very much agree she has displayed signs of brutality throughout the show on occasion – BUT…. in the space of 5 episodes of season 8 she has been transformed from:
Queen Daenerys Stormborn of the house Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, Lady of Dragonstone, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons
Queen Daenerys Targaryen…. bitch!
It’s basically a massive fuck you to the viewers who have watched her grow through the seasons. Daenerys couldn’t get a bit of a dick and lost a few of her friends and BAM she’s crazy mad intent on cremating a full city of innocents – the very calibre of people she has been fighting FOR her whole life. She had never killed innocents before – has she displayed a certain inclination towards “Dracarys“ and burning the shit out of a couple people? Yes definitely! Were any of them innocent? Absolutely not! (Were every one of the 163 masters she crucified guilty of condemning people to slavery; maybe not, but it can be argued that those who witness evil being committed and remain silent are just as guilty.)
Then we should take a look at the tyrant that is Queen Cersei Lannister. We have watched Lena Headey portray this villain in quite possibly the only way a villain should ever be played. Every one of us have enjoyed hating her; and then enjoyed hating ourselves for sympathising with her; then hating that she enjoys making everyone hate her – amazing acting that cannot be faulted.
Cersei’s death did indeed encompass what was prophesied (that her younger brother would kill her) – had it not been for Jamie she would not have been in the room that ultimately crushed her – and I really do appreciate the irony that she was eventually crushed by the very building that had been a symbol of her power and her security blanket but please guys! We just wanted more! We have seen characters we love get very brutal deaths that left us reeling – can anyone still even watch The Red Wedding and not feel absolutely gutted or Oberyn’s gouged out face lying in the arena?
We wanted to see her coming to terms with the fact that she had lost – maybe even facing her killer in the final showdown knowing that her death was inevitable…. hell, I wouldn’t have even cared as much who it was (Arya, Dany, Jamie etc.)! We just wanted to see this tyrant who literally survived everything Westeros could throw at her get a death that was worth of her character; worth of remembering! A building fell on top of her and she’s gone – I’m sure I remember this storyline from my childhood (Wicked Witch of the East anyone?)
Let’s be honest guys, even the actors playing the characters think the writing is complete bullshit – Kit Harrington stated that one word to describe the final season would be “disappointing” and Emilia Clarke has said that the ending “fucked me up, knowing that is going to be a lasting flavour in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is…”
While we’re being honest it’s only fair I take my turn and admit that I know none of what we are saying as disappointed viewers will even remotely bother you – why would it? You’re out there spending the millions you have earned off of the show whilst we are sat at home writing Facebook statuses and blog posts expressing our trauma. Maybe it is time we just get over it; the show has been fucked over well and truly all because it’s been rushed, but did you have to mess with my main girl Daenerys haha! Although judging on your complete ignorance in this matter I’m guessing Daenerys is not the first woman in your lives that has been disappointed in something because you rushed it!!
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