One mistake D & D made that ruined Season 8..
Was killing The Night King too early.
Yes, I know there were many threads about this already after Episode 3.
But now with hindsight of watching what’s become of this once great show. It’s even more clearer now just how bad a mistake that was.
He was GoT’s “Darth Vader“!
Creating a great antagonist is not an easy thing to pull off...Especially with zero dialogue. It’s rare, but they miraculously had pulled it off. Only using the word “miraculously”, because how awful the writings gone down hill since they surpassed the books. It is possible they simply got lucky with the NK..
Anyway, the one thing that always stayed on par, writing wise, from early Seasons all the way up to the last Season - was their antagonist/The Night King, & his confrontations with the protagonist/Jon Snow.
Viewers knew that even if there were clunker episodes here & there in these latter seasons, you still could count on a cool Episode/scene where the two faced off against each other. But always from a distance...
Not only did they write/kill The Night King too early...They also somehow pulled off making his death somewhat anticlimactic. What I mean is, remember in “HardHome”. There’s a shot of the Night King looking down, & noticing a human (Jon) killing one of his White Walkers. Then the NK does his walk out onto the river dock. Staring at Jon to show him how pointless his fighting truly is..
From that point on the writers “D & D” had pulled off creating the perfect fantasy story scenario. They had their Luke & their Vader.
The final pay off for these two characters could of been epic. And it didn’t have to be super predictable, but I think most people had been wanting a final showdown/sword fight, or something between Snow & NK... Because finally there would be zero distance between the two. Not even saying Jon had to be the one who drew the final blow, but at least they should of finally met face to face & had some type of final moment. That didn’t happen. Nope. Jon ended up hiding behind a rock instead.
(Think of Return of Jedi if Luke got stuck under that bridge Vader knocks down with his lightsaber - so Chewie defeats Vader with a quick crossbow shot in the back. The end.) Chewie’s cool & all but come on..
To drop the ball a little further, even when Jon finally caught up to his antagonist all that happens is the Night King turns around, sees Jon Snow, & the NK freezes. Decides that this one - this one, he’ll kill himself... Nope.
Didn’t happen. Actually the NK doesn’t even seem to realize, or care that it’s the same dude who kept coming North over & over to try to stop him. So he busts out another Hard Home move.. Leaving Snow to fight pointless zombies.
And worst of all this mistake screwed up their whole Story. The premature killing of “Winter is coming” aka Night King, in a show that seemed like its whole overall point was arcing towards this huge death wave coming for all these silly humans. Who’ve been spending all their time bickering with themselves over a stupid Throne?..
Seriously we need a total complete Season 8 do over. One where the Long Night lasts all the way to Kings Landing. Because as of this moment the last episode for this show should of been Episode 3. Even with its lame ending, it’s better than what’s followed.