Game of Thrones Has a Winner, But Is it a Win?

Game of Thrones is finished, and it’s left a sour taste in most fans’ mouths.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

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The series’ 73rd and final episode ended with Brandon Stark, aka the Three-Eyed Raven, appointed as Westeros’s new king. Meanwhile, fan-favorite Daenerys was punished for last episode’s massacre of thousands, being killed by Jon Snow. Her remaining dragon then melted the Iron Throne out of vengeance.

As a whole, critics found the show “inauthentic” to the preceding storyline that got us to this point and many accused the writers of taking shortcuts in order to hurry and wrap up the show.

The finale currently has a 6.64/10 average rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Why Bland Bran?

Wheelchair-bound fortune-teller Bran was certainly an unexpected choice to inherit the throne, but not in a satisfying way. If fans weren’t disappointed in Bran becoming king, they probably were in how he inherited the throne: by a committee of nobles after an uninspiring speech by Tyrion Lannister.

“Who has a better story than Bran?” the dwarf remarked.

Brandon was present throughout the series, but likely not anyone’s favorite character. The character was written out of the show completely in season five, before rejoining after actor Isaac Hempstead Wright passed through puberty. As surprised as fans were, Wright himself couldn’t believe the show’s ending.

“I genuinely thought it was a joke script,” the 20-year old said when reading of his character’s destiny for the first time. “Like ‘yeah, good one guys’.”

Critics were equally surprised. Newsday‘s Verne Gay called Bran’s come-up “a bit of a letdown”, while the New York Times’ Jeremy Egner complained that “a Shakespearean saga about power, blood and loyalty” ended with “a wizard being put in charge.”

While the ending seems to have left most fans out in the cold, a vocal minority is holding out hope: a Change.org petition to reshoot the series’ eighth season currently has 1.2 million signatures.