The HBO series “Game of Thrones” is rightly one of the most successful productions of all time. But sometimes the makers didn’t seem to know what to do next and decided on the wrong option.
“Game of Thrones” is not only one of the most expensive, but also one of the most successful series of all time. The fact that the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series from Amazon Prime impressively overshadows the budget of “GoT” suggests a similarly epic story. But Westeros is and will remain in the hearts of the fans – and the makers, because HBO is planning numerous offshoots, one of which is already in production. The success of “House of the Dragon” is almost guaranteed. Even two years after the end, the mother series still has some logic gaps – above all with the supposedly deadly dragons.
Game of Thrones storytelling was never its strength
When it was announced that Game of Thrones would end after season eight, it wasn’t just the fans who were devastated. Even the creators suddenly had to bring numerous stories to a meaningful end, because in the course of the first half of the series some barrels were opened that are still waiting to be clarified today.
For example, there is the myth of the direwolves. The Stark children each have a puppy, some of which later find a cruel end. But for the fact that you can find their face on pretty much every object from the north, they are neglected at the end of the series, because they are simply no longer useful for the story. Aryas Nymeria disappears into the wild, while Jon Snow’s wolf ghost withers into an extra in season eight. The mythical creatures deserved so much more.
You can almost accept the fact that you won’t find out anything about Quaithe later, because – here too – she drives the story forward and is then no longer of any value to the authors. But why do you hire a star like Ian McShane for a role that only appears in one episode? As Brother Ray, he saved Sandor Clegane from certain death and nursed him back to life, only to be slaughtered by the Brotherhood Without Banners. Is McShane friends with any of the producers? There is hardly any other explanation for this bizarre appearance.
“Game of Thrones” – The Song of the Lame Dragons
And then there are the secret stars of “Game of Thrones”: the three dragons of Daenerys Targaryen. Throughout the series we hear the story of Aegon I Targaryen, who once conquered six kingdoms with the help of his two sisters and three dragons and thus founded the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms.
Daenerys also has three dragons, but their fire-breathing mythical creatures don’t seem to be that keen to conquer. One is taken from the sky by the Night King and made into a zombie kite, while another is shot down by a pirate and dies in the sea. The latter death in particular destroys the myth of the over-weapon dragon. The fact that two of them had to die at the same time unfortunately makes the legend of Aegon I, on which Daenerys’ journey for eight seasons is based, a little bit very implausible.
No question about it, even Smaug from the “Hobbit” films can’t keep up with the look and dynamics of the “GoT” kites. But the way their story is told is just a big flaw in the fantasy series. Like so many others, they were dropped as soon as they were no longer of any value from a story point of view.