Opus was just napping
Few thoughts,Sigh. Too depressed about the 'Cliff Notes version of Game of Thrones' finale (and season) that we got to even delve into all the things that sucked about it (or even the few things that were cool). Maybe in a couple of days.
But yeah, Benioff and Weiss rushed to the finish over the past two seasons, and it really REALLY showed, most especially in the finale. They really shortchanged the biggest show on TV, and will always be remembered for that.
Star Wars fans, good luck with your franchise, pretty sure B&W are going to ruin it too once their trilogy of SW films shows up, beginning in 2022 as scheduled.
And, since some would say that the SW franchise is already on pretty shaky ground thanks to a long string of mediocre films, perhaps B&W will wind up killing it off entirely. Which'll be impressive in a morbid sort of way, as even Jar Jar Binks couldn't quite accomplish that.
1) B and W cannot do any worse throwing mud on a legacy that the prequels did or Solo a star wars story did or having Leia Mary Poppins her way ship to ship in TLJ (an abomination of a film we get it RJ you didn't like star wars, just don't shiat on it for the rest of us).
2) I think B and W were in a no win situation, to tell the story Martin style would have meant more seasons more development all with a cast that was over it, some had become stars and just wouldn't be around anymore.
3) The success of the show hurt itself in the end. I remember how HBO talked about stretching the budget years ago on the season finale about the first assault on King's landing. Now they had the budget to show a completely destroyed city--but in doing so, the impact of Dany and Jon's final visit with one another becomes too small--too anti-climactic.
4) As a book reader first, I know that if Martin actually finishes (HA!) the books and doesn't decide on a different ending then the gaps that BandW had to leave for time will be filled in for us, so there is that.