I thought the last episode was fine. Not brilliant, but fine. I’m pretty happy with where everyone ended up.
I think that a lot of the complaints people have can be traced back to the pacing of the whole show. Previous seasons were too slow, which was great for character development and writing, but plotlines almost ground to a halt. I remember at the end of one season thinking “Is Dany ever going to cross that bloody sea, I’m getting sick of this.” The last few seasons have had the opposite problem in that they were too fast, so character development was shrunk to the bare minimum but my goodness did stuff happen. Too much, I guess. Another result of the pacing shift was that the rules of the world felt uneven – events that might have taken a whole season later on took a single episode.
I think that if Weiss and Benioff knew what they were getting themselves into before they started (and we should remind ourselves that they probably didn’t) they would have done things differently. Evened it out. Maybe brought on someone else to share the burden of later seasons.
It’s been a huge commitment for Weiss and Benioff: 8 years, 73 episodes, and so many characters, places and plotlines. I tip my hat to them for keeping the plates spinning and not quitting on the fans. With how popular the show is, and how passionate its fans are, the pressure must have been enormous. There have been other popular and critically acclaimed TV shows, but none quite like this. It’s not been perfect, but there’s no doubting it’s been a juggernaut of a show.
Overall I think it’s been an incredible achievement. GOT has risen the bar for TV in so many ways: Spectacle. Writing. Action. A decent fantasy story, on TV no less! Amazing actors and acting. For me it’s been a joy to watch. We’re lucky that it’s been around, and I for one am sad that next year I won’t have another season of Thrones to look forward to.