Game of Thrones - How to Betray the Audience in 3 Steps | Anatomy Of A Failure

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  • Published on May 31, 2019
  • Game of Thrones Season 8 finale aired recently, and not to great celebration. What started out as the most loved series ever, has suddenly become the most hated and ranted about shows in existence, with many fans feeling betrayed by the final season. In today's episode of everyone's favorite award-winning show Anatomy of a Failure, let's try to figure out the key reasons for why that is.
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    Game of Thrones: Season 8
    Jon Snow and Daenerys Stormborn fend off against White Walkers and the Night King, as well as Cersei Lannister's army of King's Landing. Featured are dragons, Jamie Lannister, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Tyrion Lannister, with great battles of Winterfell and a battle of King's Landing. Brienne of Tarth, Davos Seaworth, Samwell Tarly too. Watch Game of thrones online. Game of thrones full episode. pg clean family friendly car home insurance education video essays. game of thrones how to ruin a great franchise.
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  • Dante Howlstice
    Dante Howlstice 2 hours ago

    They started the whole series with the white walkers and it should have ended with the white walkers, the battle at King's Landing was a sub plot to the overall plot of the world ending threat of the white walkers... Furthermore it was pretty much every episode that was bad, the biggest failures are the character failures like Varus being smart enough to survive decades in a treacherous court and then he dies because he couldn't forsee Dany killing him? Yea no. Or how about Jaime completely ruining any and all character development he has gotten, going from spoiled prick, to rock bottom and then slowly becoming a good man and then throwing all of that way to go be with Cersei again. Or how about Tyrion going from quick witted guy who outsmarts everyone and then he becomes a bumbling oaf who can't do one thing right and falls for everyone's tricks.
    And the list goes on. There was not one satisfying moment in season 8, from episode 1 to the end it was complete and utter garbage.

    • Dante Howlstice
      Dante Howlstice 2 hours ago

      Oh and all the damn fucking plot armor in the world.

  • ZachariahGallos
    ZachariahGallos 13 hours ago

    All GoT seasons end on a sleeper. I thought that was a mistake in general, but it makes sense that the final episode was a plot wrap-up.

  • Clayon Gunzelle
    Clayon Gunzelle 13 hours ago

    I only binged got this year before they final season luckily for me but for those people who were in it from the start I feel for them

  • Xtra Crisp
    Xtra Crisp 17 hours ago

    Would've been satisfying to just have Cersei captured and force her before execution to watch Dany destroy the iron throne itself. Leave the city and the people alone.

  • BrokenSky
    BrokenSky Day ago

    There's a lot of worldbuilding complaints too. For a lot of nerds, battles need to make some kind of in-universe sense. And from the outset, a lot of rules were brought in from medieval warfare, but the last season threw a lot of that out.
    The thing that pissed me off the most were the cavalry charges against unbreakable units, the trebuchet, and the variable accuracy of the ballistae.

  • Kate D
    Kate D Day ago

    One note on your analysis @filmento, the progression of narrative tension across the final season is actually consistent with the narrative choices in the other seasons. For some reason, the GoT writers always made the penultimate episode super dramatic high tension while the finale was always a so-where-do-we-stand-now moment. This worked, I think, in previous seasons because it effectively undercut any sort of resolution you felt with the massive battle etc, setting up some threats that were still present and would dog the next season. In the series finale, there was no set up to do (and lets be honest, without GRRM's writing to base it on, there was no interest in writing dialogue at all), so we were left with an hour and a half of shots of people walking slowly.

  • Michael Fish
    Michael Fish Day ago

    Did you know that the government consults on most TV shows & movies that have amassed a decent following? This is factual information btw. Having a rebellious leader rise up and succesfully "break the wheel" isn't a message that the corporate establishment wants being portrayed to millions of people. It's much better for the message to say, "Rebellious leader rises up and murders all of her fellow peasants". No way to know for sure but the ending made absolutely no sense...just like many other shows.

  • K. K
    K. K Day ago

    me: has never seen a minute of GoT
    also me: watches 10 videos on why the last season is bad

  • sc128
    sc128 Day ago

    The finale you described would have been so perfect

  • Kahlia Rose
    Kahlia Rose Day ago

    I will never get over the ending of this show... and I will never trust again bc of it

  • sdziscool
    sdziscool 2 days ago

    Holy shit, your palpatine example is going to turn into reality with episode 9

  • averagejoe455
    averagejoe455 3 days ago

    "Filmento here! Let me tell you how to keep a shitty series ending still shitty, but written a bit better."

  • averagejoe455
    averagejoe455 3 days ago +1

    "Grandpa, what's your greatest accomplishment in life?"
    "Well Timmy, I can honestly say I didn't watch a single episode of Game of Thrones."
    "Woooow!"

  • Tiel Netel
    Tiel Netel 3 days ago

    you made a better ending than the writers now i can go on

  • Char-Lee Wiebe
    Char-Lee Wiebe 4 days ago

    Stop. trying. to do...the Shatner! ;) haha

  • Blood0cean
    Blood0cean 4 days ago

    Dude ur just a fairweather mary bowing to the direction of the social wind

  • keywearer76
    keywearer76 4 days ago +2

    Man you managed to predict the Emperor will come back.

  • Aerielle Saguil
    Aerielle Saguil 5 days ago

    D&D kinda forgot about the millions who watch Game of Thrones.

  • Frisbee
    Frisbee 5 days ago +3

    The downfall of the show happened when all of the color disappeared. In the earlier seasons, every outfit the characters wore and every backdrop was colorful despite the horrors that were going on in the story. In the later seasons they decided "Black and gray. Black and gray everything."

    It's something that's nitpicky, I know, but kinda ironic in a way. In the same way that the color left the story, the brightness of the writing also disappeared.

  • Brother Calvin
    Brother Calvin 5 days ago +12

    “It’s like Disney bringing back Palpatine and killing him off”
    -Disney then reveals The Rise of Skywalker Trailer

  • Gadiel Gonzalez
    Gadiel Gonzalez 5 days ago

    Word to the wise. Stay away from popular media.

  • Robertzon Torrevillas

    Dnd are not good at writing from scratch they are good at copying from a book

  • sweet potato
    sweet potato 6 days ago

    why r u giving spoilers to breaking bad man i jusg started watching BB and I m on season 2 now in 1 week

  • Centurion
    Centurion 6 days ago

    i wish i never watched season 8

  • Tashawn Nicholas
    Tashawn Nicholas 8 days ago

    How do these writers spend 8 years making scripts based on G Martin's books and advice, then once he is gone have no clue how GMartin would develop characters or story, or conclusions?
    Its like watching Apple try to simulate Steve Job's kegacy and conpletely missing the mark.
    How does Denaris be so nuanced and compationate suddenly turn psycho murdering tyrant in less than 3 episodes?

  • INTROVERT OMEGA
    INTROVERT OMEGA 9 days ago

    As someone who didn't watch or care about Game of Thrones, I love this video

  • Michel van der Linden
    Michel van der Linden 9 days ago +1

    "a few key narrative decisions"

    You must be the kindest soul ever to be able to put it that mildly.

  • Lord Crane
    Lord Crane 9 days ago

    I've seen a few posts stating that the showrunners are bad at their jobs (at least in writing), and the thing is, they really are. One of them is even the same guy behind X-Men Origins Wolverine, aka that movie that was so reviled the studio decided to ignore that it existed. They're movie writers, not show writers, so they treated it like a movie. Just rush along to the next big WOW scene so they can show off their special effects and such and amaze.
    Everyone always wonders why they did so well with the first seasons, but the reason for that was that they weren't in charge of the storyline, they were just adapting the works of Mr. Martin who had done all the writing for them already, which let them tell his story but cut out bits they felt were too boring to keep it fast paced. Only then they ran out of books around season 5 or so and just started winging it from there, and the writing quality went way down. A simple way to spot it is seeing Tyrion suddenly be a dumb side character because they don't know what to do with him.
    In short, the original seasons were praised for being so great at subverting what you would expect from a fantasy story, and doing so in a way that set up the subversions if you could spot the hints. The showrunners just learned that they win awards for subverting expectations from this and so decided to set up as many subversions as they could with little to no hint or logic beforehand to set it up because they thought people just liked subverted expectations (on top of halving the episodes so they could spend more money on CGI instead of storytelling). They in a way became the M. Night Shyamalans of TV because everything had to have a twist. "We expected Jon to fight the Night King!" "Nope!" "We thought Jaime was redeeming himself!" "lol, Nope!" "We thought Dany loved the innocent people!" "She loves the smell of burning innocent people now." "Wasn't Cersei pregnant?" "Maybe! Now let's watch her drink more wine to confuse you more!"
    Honestly I feel really bad for everyone else involved, because the acting was pretty good, the music was great, the visual effects were awesome...but the core of any story is the writing, and if the core is awful there's not much anyone else can do to help. As the old saying goes, no matter how much you pretty up a shit, it's still a shit.
    They said after that they were tired of the show and wanted to finish it up so they could do other things, but really after all this buildup if thats the case, why not hand it off/subcontract someone else to finish for you while you just provide some oversight or something? Better than pissing off your whole fanbase with a half-assed ending no one liked. It's just...such a let down after all these years.
    It's like if in Harry Potter Voldemort got killed off by George Weasley out of nowhere in book 6, then the final book was about Harry vs Umbridge and then Harry retires to live as a muggle.

    • Lord Crane
      Lord Crane 9 days ago

      Apologies for the long post, but I ramble sometimes.

  • 8un3zz
    8un3zz 10 days ago

    What good is it being "well shot" when it's too fucking dark to see?

  • B Redfern
    B Redfern 10 days ago +1

    The water bottle and the starb's cup are interesting representations of the basically "we don't give a shit about this show anymore" attitude of the writers and directors.

  • ConspiracyKill Happens

    Im not really a fan of hate videos but I like this. Its well thought out and I feel like if this guy had been in the room at the writers table this might have come into effect. Sometimes the writers of a long show will get fatugued and its up to the rest of the team of writers to keep them honest and not rush an ending. you nailed it.

  • D Heuzen
    D Heuzen 13 days ago

    We don’t even get a real story for the night king, he is just empty evil when this whole story is all about humanness gray characters and story.
    And thank you for pointing out point 1. I can understand she kills the civilians if she has too much rage left after burning the castle.

  • Neko Chan
    Neko Chan 13 days ago

    Omg why the fuck did I get a Game of Thrones ad? (game ad) COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT
    Btw I don't even watch this, so can someone kindly give context about what the show is about, what was great about it, and why it went wrong? Thanks

  • Jay Tealstone
    Jay Tealstone 14 days ago

    I actually really liked Kylo killing Snoke (except for the lack of Snoke's influence in the plot, the scene was good though)

  • Lola Twinkle
    Lola Twinkle 14 days ago

    Show me exactly how Daenerys(who planned to break the wheel and make everything better and to NOT be ANYTHING like her father) is in character. You have zero evidence. There is far more evidence to show its OUT of character.

  • Frankenstec
    Frankenstec 15 days ago

    if you want to know why the white walker finale was so disappointing, go back to season one and listen to Old Nan tell Bran the story of the walkers

  • MOMO
    MOMO 15 days ago +1

    your points scratched the surface, the show began to die with season 7's time skips and the rushing.

  • beatz04
    beatz04 15 days ago

    One of my theories is that Dany got mad because she realized there was nothing she could take over, because afterall she knows she's not the rightful heir to the throne, but Jon is. So all her dreams and purpose in life falls apart. But even if that should have been the initial motivation, it's not built up in any way for anyone to understand. Poor writing at its worst.

  • iNEXISter
    iNEXISter 15 days ago +1

    Oh sweet summer child. There is SO much more wrong with season 8 than you know. Even everything you suggest wouldn't fix it in any meaningful way.

  • Cringy Wamen
    Cringy Wamen 15 days ago

    Honestly, no civilians had to die. If you think about Cercei's naked walk through the city, she went literally through the whole place and every single person wanted to shame her, rape her or even kill her. I doubt that even when facing something as scary as a dragon, the civilians would turn to Cercei's side. They hate her to their death. That's something a dragon would not change in my opinion. Therefore it would make more sense if Daenerys showed up, told the people she only wants Cercei and that she knows what she's been doing to the Kingdom. People would immediately storm the castle and pull Cercei out to give her to Daenerys.
    Imagine this:
    About a few thousands of people run into the castle. The guards would literally have no chance to stop them so the only choice Cercei has left is to stay as high as possible behind locked door.
    Then she'd realize that she's helpless, that even the Mountain and Jaime cannot protect her as she hears the civilians screaming and banging behind the door. In that moment she absolutely looses faith in everything and steps on the balcony wall to commit suicide and jump down.
    But as soon as she leans forward to fall, Drogon's giant head suddenly appears right in front of her as he landed on the roof and snapped at her.
    Cercei is startled, falls backwards on the floor and that's when Daenerys commands Drogon to climb down and drop Daeny onto the balcony to Cercei.
    ..someone gotta think up the rest but in my mind this is a good idea. 😂🤷

  • Antonio Santamaria
    Antonio Santamaria 15 days ago

    the funny part is that they said that the battle of Winterfell would surpass the LOTR battle of Helm's Deep...i can't even say "nice try"

  • Jakovasaur
    Jakovasaur 15 days ago

    Love your accent! Are you a Finn? :P Best regards!

  • plushdogg124
    plushdogg124 15 days ago

    To summarize:

    David and Dan were two journeymen writers who had no experience writing, directing or running a Television show and simply had to adapt the genius work of George R.R. Martin.

    David and Dan ran out of source material and were exposed as two journeymen writers who had no idea how to conclude one of the most popular television shows in history - thus botching the finale.


    Keep in mind D&D literally said their only goal was to make it to the Red Wedding. And if you go back and re-watch, the quality began dipping after that episode as a result of them taking more and more creative liberties without the talent or experience to justify those choices (or to execute them).

  • Yash Pandey
    Yash Pandey 16 days ago

    Give ur views on other seasons of Game of Thrones

  • ylham eresov
    ylham eresov 16 days ago

    Hope NFL players and soccer moms are happy now

  • override367
    override367 16 days ago

    I was expecting Cersei to fill the red keep with thousands of people and having Daeny say "lol fuck you" and burn all of them with Cersei. That would be coherent and make sense. As it stands she goes out of her way to massacre a significant percentage of the 7 kingdoms' population. She doesn't even kill Cersei directly, for all she knows, Cersei escaped the city - she isnt even the one who sends people to confirm she's dead!

  • Death Maze Challenge
    Death Maze Challenge 17 days ago

    The problems with this show have started in season 4. The character arcs have been broken. And there can be no satisfying ending if the story is fake and unsatisfying anyway.
    About endings that don't have some big-fight-finale tho.. I think that's nonsense. A big fight at the end of some story, where some hero barely manages to defeat evil, is only the biggest cliche ever and deeply unsatisfying. You can't just remove evil at the push of a button, either with or without big-fight-finales. You weave things carefully all throughout, and twist and surprise the audience at every turn, and hopefully you have something meaningful for the end. But the end should be something built, not dropped like a crapload. What they've done was make a big mess and then fix everything all of a sudden at the end, just like in awful Hollywood action movies.

  • Leah Dede
    Leah Dede 18 days ago

    Your "fix it by rearranging the broken pieces" method solves about maybe 11% of the major issues with the season, but I have been invested in this show and these caricatures since I was in seventh grade so I tend to be picky, also a major issue that you didn't mention was the ruined caricature arcs

  • Ironwolf 95
    Ironwolf 95 18 days ago

    Um does this video not have audio?

    • Filmento
      Filmento  18 days ago

      fixing it atm, from copyright

  • Odin
    Odin 19 days ago

    Your ending would be wayyy better. Especially with the whole mad king burning everyone repeating itself story line. And also!! The mad king gets killed by a sibling lover (John in this case but still, I think they are siblings no?).

  • Jay B
    Jay B 19 days ago

    Dark ? You obviously did not have a good television.....
    And besides, she burnt King's Landing because of Missandei.
    Maybe you did not understand DRACARYS from Missandei. Am quite puzzled by your reflection. Really weird....
    "They should know whom to blame when the sky falls down upon them" ,🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Smiddy Wesson
    Smiddy Wesson 20 days ago

    I stopped watching when she first rode the dragon. Loved the show, I had a great time. What we need to understand is it's diminishing returns in these matters, and it's best to walk away early with a win. Sorry, but there you go, or maybe we can discuss the last episode of LOST.

  • Peter Tromp
    Peter Tromp 20 days ago

    Months later, I'm still in disbelief at the way D&D ended this show - in the worst way possible: not giving a flying fuck.

  • Lx Sin
    Lx Sin 21 day ago

    GoT fans before: U gotta watch it please. Its reaaaallllyyy good.
    GoT fans later: Do not even think about watching that fucking show.

  • 1981Mog
    1981Mog 22 days ago

    "Daenerys isn't evil!" translate - "I really want to bang/be Daenerys"

  • Nick Lab
    Nick Lab 24 days ago

    I would have been happy if it had been presented like this

  • 3rdEYE Jedi
    3rdEYE Jedi 24 days ago

    For the 1st time i agree with everything you said.

  • Stephen Holtom
    Stephen Holtom 25 days ago

    I think you're normally on the money with your analyses, but dropped the ball in several ways on this one. Probably because you binge-watched 8 seasons all in one go, and just heard the complaints about the last season.
    In fact, there were plenty of problems with the previous seasons, and they progressively got worse. Seasons 1-4 had enough brilliant characters, political intrigue, surprising (but logical) twists that we overlooked the small issues. After that we get Jon resurrecting, terminator Arya, faceless men being pointless, insta-travel, dumb decisions etc etc and over several series the number of complaints just grew. Just an analysis of the last episode(s) kinda misses what progressively went wrong.
    It should also be noted the show writers gave the story some fundamental issues. For example, you mention that the Night King could never be the main antagonist as he doesn't talk. But apparently in the books, the white walkers talk, and have actual motivations. The decision to just make them mincing snowmen on the TV show meant that the war, set up in the very first scene of the first episode, was only ever going to be about f-off CG battles. There's nothing else to do with those characters.

  • Danlin Zhou
    Danlin Zhou 25 days ago

    The editing between 6:18 and 6:27 really got me lmaooo

  • Drahcir Nomlas
    Drahcir Nomlas 26 days ago

    Fuck game of thrones I do not even watch anything from HBO anymore fuck it all I burned all my targaryen merch and rage quit all that shit......