The Game of Thrones season one finale is titled "Fire and Blood," and boy, does the episode bring a lot of meaning to those two words. Though the final episode isn't nearly as emotional as last week's (I'm still reeling from Ned's death), we're left with a lot to reflect on as we wait all the way until Spring 2012 to find out what happens next.
For the most part, the Starks are each grieving in their own way; Arya is taken into hiding with the Night Watch army, Jon tries to leave the Night Watch, Robb rises to power, and Catelyn projects her frustrations onto Jaime Lannister. Perhaps no one has it worse than Sansa, who's forced to follow and obey King Joffrey's repulsive demands. On the other side of Westeros, Dany Targaryen literally rises from the ashes of her husband's funeral pyre and emerges as some kind of new dragon queen.
I was expecting the finale to pack more punch, but overall I have nothing to complain about. Game of Thrones managed to initially pique my interest with the pilot, then keep me on the edge of my seat waiting for each new episode as the season unfolded. The show has quickly landed on my list of favorites, and I'm already depressed that we'll have to wait a whole year to reconnect with the characters.
Now I want to hear your thoughts on the finale and the season as a whole. Did you get totally hooked too? Did you try it out but then give up? Will you abandon ship now that Sean Bean's been given the axe? Let's discuss season one in the comments.
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