With the series finale of Game of Thrones looming on the [very distant] horizon, I thought it would be fun to reflect back on the long journey we have thus far had. Everyone always talks about the “epic 9’s” with reference to how climactic the penultimate episodes usually are. But TV season finales are a tricky business. No matter the episode count, be it 10 or 7 for GoT, 11-13 for many cable shows, and 20-24 frequently for network shows, one thing is for certain: the storylines from the season need to come to a close, but the ongoing plotting needs to ensure the pieces are in place for the following season to have a launching pad. In which season did the GoT team best succeed in accomplishing this task?
Well, art is in the eye of the beholder, fellow Watchers – and it is upon you whom I now rely. I would love your input into helping me determine which is the best season finale and why. Please follow ALL the directions to participate in this exciting endeavor!
Below you’ll find descriptions of each season finale, with the moments I find best exemplify them highlighted by me. Should you like to defend your [one and only one] choice, we welcome it! In the comments, at the beginning of your post please write “Season #” including the season number itself, before you launch into your passionate explanation of why your choice is the correct one. For example, if I voted for the season 1 finale, I’d write “Season 1 – I liked this because…” I will be scavenging the comments like a raccoon in the night, selecting my favorite defenses and sharing them in a soon-to-be follow up to this post. You are as welcome to be as detailed or as succinct as you’d like, but to give you your best shot at being highlighted by the teacher in the next post (That’s me – I’m the teacher now), I’d recommend no more than a paragraph in your explanation. You have one week to take part in the poll!
To help you make your decision, here’s a recap, as told by me on what happened in each season’s finales:
Season 1 – ‘Fire and Blood‘ – Tyrion arrives in King’s Landing, Robb is declared King in the North, Jon ventures north of The Wall, Daenerys is unburnt, and dragons are no longer extinct
Season 2 – ‘Valar Morghulis‘ – Margaery is betrothed to Joffrey, Tyrion wakes up, scarred from Blackwater, Robb marries Talisa, Sam sees the army of the dead, Jon joins the wildlings, Arya escapes Harrenhal and receives a penny for her troubles
Season 3 – ‘Mhysa‘ – Jaime returns to King’s Landing, ‘Boy’ is revealed to be Ramsay, Reek is born, Daenerys frees Yunkai, Sansa receives grim news, Yara receives an unmarked package from Amazon, Gendry sets sail (for 4 seasons), Sam and Bran cross paths, Ygritte is sad
Season 4 – ‘The Children‘ – Tyrion kills Shae and Tywin, then escapes, Brienne fights the Hound, Stannis saves The Wall, Arya sails for Braavos, Bran arrives at a treehouse, Daenerys gives her children a time out
Season 5 – ‘Mother’s Mercy‘ – Jon gets killed, Sam heads for Oldtown, Cersei walks shamefully, Stannis meets his bitter end, Daenerys is recaptured by Dothraki, Reek and Sansa go skydiving without a parachute, Bronn needs a bad pussy, Myrcella is poisoned, Arya goes blind
Season 6 – ‘The Winds of Winter’ – Cersei murders everyone and becomes Queen, Walder Frey unknowingly becomes a cannibal, then is killed by No One, Jon is declared King in the North, Bran learns that Jon is Lyanna Stark’s son, Daenerys sails home
Season 7 – ‘The Dragon and the Wolf‘ – Cersei learns the truth, then breaks her word, Jaime abandons Cersei, Jon is confirmed to be Aegon Targaryen, son of Rhaegar Targaryen, and the true heir to the Iron Throne,
Jon Aegon and Daenerys do it, Littlefinger is caught in a web of lies, The Wall comes down