The eighth and final season of the Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, April 14, while HBO is in full marketing swing to remind viewers of the long trip to this: Iron Thrones are hidden around the world, and the network produces endless trailers and teasers and spinoff products from custom sneakers to branded Oreos, all focused on one message: #ForTheThrone. But eight years later, the title of "Game of Thrones" was never less accurate. Since the big bets on the show have escalated, the Vesteros Iron Throne and the question of who will sit on it have become almost entirely unimportant about history.
When HBO's Game of Thrones premiered on April 1
Already in Season 1, "Thrones Game" was an appropriate description of the action. The driving force of the show was largely political in nature, with far less focus on epic fantasy. Instead of giant battles and dragon-filled figures, earlier episodes usually spend more time in council debates and secret meetings to create alliances than in epic battles.
But the stakes have escalated dramatically, The second and third season continued the theme of "playing the thrones," as the warring factions struggled for the throne after King Barretton's suspicious death. This was the most appropriate era of the title broadcast when there were five kings who were walking around facing real combat and political racing over the throne. But at the time when Season 4 was over, the Iron Throne race was almost over – the supposed successor to Robert Barateon Tommen (and subsequently his mother, Torsy Lannister) gained almost complete control of the Vasteros country. Their power was disputed in catastrophic ways, but Cersei only strengthened its status over the next few seasons. Despite the changes in power in the south, The Throne Game is increasingly focused on the actual Iron Throne and on the inevitable struggle with dead white pedestrians in the north. Moving along to Martin's material and original scripts, the series became a much more exciting, much more special story, more fond of the traditional fantasy of swords and witchcraft than Martin's slow, complex political gambling with their intrigue. and backstabbing.
There was a cost for these jumps. Earlier seasons of the show were more grounded in historical politics and realistic in some sort of alternative medieval history, but each progressive year saw the show become more subtle and more bomber. In season 1, for example, the show devoted an entire episode ("The Kingsroad") to show the time it takes to get from the northern Winterfell Castle to the southern city of King's Landing. The construction of an army and the crossing of the narrow sea for the Vasteros invasion takes years of storylines for the beginner queen Danceris Targarien. But now, the heroes teleport through the Seven Kingdoms, as if by magic, pinging back and forth between the farthest ends of the North to the royal landing and back in no time like fast-pacing queries.
This is a partial simple narrative. Eventually the events had to reach the head in Westeros. This title, which HBO has dismissed, has promised a war between the fiery dragons and the ice zombies since the first book was published in 1996. Since fans are exclusively aware, Martin has written only five of the seven promised books on which the show is based. It's been almost eight years since he was about to write the sixth book The Winds of Winter and the television series went far from his published stories. Without hundreds of pages of Martin's political intrigue to lead them, it is no wonder that demonstrators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss has moved to wide strikes and big battles.
The authors even found a shift. Last season, in a speech that asked Danneris to join the North against the invading White Wolkers, Davos Seyort (Liam Cunningham) turned to the question: "If we do not put aside our hostility and unite, we will die. , whose skeleton is sitting on the Iron Throne. " The Game of Thrones has risen so much that the question of who governs Westeros is pale compared to the question of whether Vasteros can survive. the change in priorities. Last season ended with the fact that Cersei he was still seeing White Walkers as a possible weapon in his senseless game to keep Iron Throne, and he still plays the game, even if no one else is
Not that it matters to the title of the show thrones has become a recognizable, highly successful brand, as well as the Iron Throne, well known to HBO to want to change or even abandon them in marketing. At this point, the title The Game of Thrones is certainly more recognizable than Martin's original Song of Ice and Fire – Even if the last title better reflects what the series has become and what you can expect most from the last season.