As far as I'm concerned, that ending ruined the entire series.
At the highest level, Game of Thrones bombed because the HBO writers departed from Martin’s idea of the story world.
More specifically the character arcs which began in episode 1 through the years didn’t go full circle to full character maturity and development.
For example, you spend multiple episodes building Daenerys Targaryen’s character to be a liberator, compassionate for liberty and individual freedoms. This gets established and set as one of her core values in addition to seeking the throne. Now suddenly after all those years the writers betray the reader or view of the show, that suddenly out of nowhere she is blood thirsty warmonger who wipes out the population of King’s Landing. Sorry but that is just crappy authorship. You just don’t change character arc out of nowhere without establishing change that justifies this behavior.
Jamie Lannister is another destroyed character arc. A man who starts off evil and learns a sense of morality, that there are things greater than just being a Lannister. The writer betrays the viewer by regressing Jamie back to being the evil man he started out as. This is just plain laziness.
Arya Stark is another character arc destroyed. A tom boy girl who gets into trouble learns the arts of the assassin. The HBO writers betray the viewers by making her cowardly little girl in the end.
Having Jon Snow kill Daenerys is just plain lazy story writing. They wanted to end the series because of greed. They had Star Wars to look forward to and rushed it. And probably some liberalism mixed into it as well because showing heroic, maturing characters overcoming their weaknesses is something liberals detest, such as taking personal responsibility and building character and maturing from making mistakes.
This is the sort of weak explanation that tells you how theses sorts of people see the world.
Game of thrones was a fantastic show until they ran out of source material and then even worse stopped listening to GRRM.
A train wreck followed, fking idiots.
This is still hands down the best series I have ever watched. Nothing could ever compair to this
"They claimed that she was able to inflict such atrocities because of her distance from her victims, in the most literal of senses."
What a load of nonsense. LAUGHABLE. They fucked up and no explanation now will ever make this make any sense. It's retarded and they ruined the show and none of the characters even acted like the characters they were earlier in series.
Hack, incompetent writers.
Dany went from being the chainbreaker to slaughtering everyone for no reason at all. None. It's completely 100% out of character. They want you to just completely forget everything she did in previous seasons. Just act like it NEVER happened.
"This, they claimed, prevented her from engaging with the magnitude of her actions, unlike the soldiers on foot, who saw the true reality extent of the bloodshed."
You mean her soldiers who suddenly started to go on a raping spree for no fucking reason? These writers are so, SO bad
What a load of nonsense. They fucked up and no explanation now will ever make this make any sense. It's retarded and they ruined the show and none of the characters even acted like the characters they were earlier in series.