Why 'Game Of Thrones' Fans Have Gone 'Mad Queen' About The Show's Ending

Why 'Game Of Thrones' Fans Have Gone 'Mad Queen' About The Show's Ending

"I am not here to be the Queen of Ashes." Riiight.

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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "Game of Thrones"

"Game of Thrones" has always been a big point of conversation in my family. My dad is a huge fan of both the books and the TV show and convinced me to get into it as well. Since I started watching the show, I've fallen in love with the characters and their development.

After episode five of season eight, many fans of the show have been angry with the way the writers of the show have written the plot in the eighth season especially due to the fact that in the process of trying to shock the audience, they have messed up some pretty big character arcs.

To people who haven't the show who may be confused or to people who have watched the show and want reaffirmation that they aren't the only ones mad, here's a list of characters who deserved (or didn't deserve) what they got:

Varys.

Lord Varys was an important character to the royalty in the show, especially Queen Daenerys. He was the Master of Whisperers for a generation of Targaryen rulers. He was killed by Queen Daenerys after he tried to expose the true lineage of Jon Snow to others. His death seemed extremely anticlimactic and more like plot filler to many of the show watchers.

Missandei.

Missandei was a handmaiden to Daenerys and also her best friend. A slave that Dany freed, she was extremely loyal, kind, and spoke 19 languages. Her death at the hands of Cersei Lannister seemed unfair to many audience members especially due to the fact she was only one of two characters of color in the show.

Jaime.

Jaime Lannister was the twin brother of Cersei Lannister, who he also had a secret, gross, incestuous relationship with. Throughout the seasons, his growth of character was one of the biggest of all the characters in the show. When he goes back to his sister after showing his allegiance to the north and Daenerys it contracted years of character development and also lead to a very unsatisfying death.

Cersei.

Cersei didn't deserve the death she got. While she deserved to die, the fact that the writers attempted to humanize her after years of torturing other characters left a bad taste in many mouths. I, personally, would have rather seen her get her throat slit by Arya than getting smashed by falling castle rock.

Ghost.

Ghost is Jon Snow's direwolf. These animals are especially important to the House of Stark because they are the symbol of their house. They are loyal creatures who will protect their owners at all cost. In episode four of season eight, Jon tells his friend Tormund to take Ghost with him and then left without even giving Ghost a goodbye.

Rhaegal.

Rhaegal is one of Dany's dragons who was killed in the fourth episode of season eight. The death seemed extremely anticlimactic and unnecessary almost. It didn't make much sense that one dragon could be killed so easily while the other could dodge the arrows gracefully. It was also kind of strange that the audience didn't see too much reaction out of Daenerys who regards the dragons as her children.

Daenerys.

The character I, personally, am the most upset about is Daenerys.

When the writers chose to make her become the "Mad Queen" in the penultimate episode and burn King's Landing to the ground without mercy, I felt like it almost came out of nowhere.

In the previous seasons, she was the symbol of bravery and kindness that I looked up to as a younger woman. She was trying to prove that she wasn't like her family and all that was destroyed when some (surrender) bells went off? The narrative of Dany going crazy almost plays into the thought that women can't rule because they're too emotional which I really didn't like. Especially when you think about how they portrayed the character Cersei (the other Queen) as a manipulating bitch in most of the series.

Overall, "Game of Thrones" is still one of the most epic, badass shows on television. While it's upsetting to have the last season be kind of trash, I still am happy that my dad introduced me to such a great show. It's part of an era and I'll be excited to watch it with my kids (when they are old enough, of course).

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In movies and TV shows, college is mostly portrayed as hanging out on the quad and going to parties, but there is so much more to college life. It's a time to focus on what's important — schoolwork.

2. "If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and demand something more."

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3. "Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don't give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You're on your own. Be on your own.

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4. "I can't go. We have to dance it out. That's how we finish."

Sometimes, what you need is to turn on your favorite song and just dance it out alone, or with a friend.

5. "You're my person. You will always be my person."


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6. "It'll hurt. Every time you think of her. But over time, it will hurt less and less. And eventually you'll remember her and it will only hurt a little."

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7. "Don't let what he wants eclipse what you need. He's very dreamy, but he's not the sun. You are."

You may be in a relationship in college and that is great! But make sure you can realize when someone may be holding you back or keeping you from realizing your true potential.

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10. "If there's no food, I'm going home."

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In season seven, episode 12 of "Grey's Anatomy," Meredith Grey encounters a patient who was trampled by horses after his partner set up a carriage ride to take them to sign their domestic partnership papers. His partner explains to Meredith that he had just wanted the day to be special because straight people get to have the most special day of their lives on their wedding day. They get the flowers, the ceremony, the reception, the gifts. At this point in time, all members of the LGBTQ got was their signature on a piece of paper.

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It scares me how poisonous our society can be at times. 10 years ago, if you asked me how I felt about people in the LGBTQ community, I would probably (wrongfully) say that they freaked me out. These days, while you won't necessarily see me at a Pride parade, you will see me hyping up and supporting my awesome gay best friend to go after his crush. You will see me taking girls hitting on me as a compliment rather than something weird. You will see me openly supporting gay rights because it is the right things to do, human to human.

The saying "love is love" is so simple, yet so incredibly true.

I can't help how much I love my boyfriend and I would never in a million years expect someone to tell me to stop. Who are we to tell members of the LGBTQ community to stay in some box society and religion have built? We aren't. Love is love and you can never and will never be able to put rules and restrictions on a feeling.

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