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Fan’s Viral Thread Explains Why ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Was Doomed From The Start

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We’ve only got one more episode of Game of Thrones to go and then the show is over forever (although HBO’s got spinoffs planned). But not everyone has been pleased with the writing this season (including, it seems, some of the actors).

Characters are doing things that seem contrary to their natures, and one fan, of the show and of the fantasy genre in general, has an idea why. Daniel Silvermint wrote a long thread on Twitter explaining why he thinks Game of Thrones feels different now than it did in the earlier seasons.

The whole thing, according to Silvermint, comes down to the different writing processes of the series’ creator, George R.R. Martin, and the writers/producers of the HBO show.

Martin, speaking about writing, has said:

I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects planeverything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up.

Martin continued:

The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.

The problem, Silvermint contends, isn’t that the HBO writers couldn’t generate new plots.

The difference is that the showrunners had certain outcomes in mind, and they had to use the characters like pawns to move them to their fates, rather than letting it all develop organically.

The characters on season eight of the show seem to lack depth because everything was so rushed (after all, the series had a set endpoint).

Silvermint isn’t saying that one type of writer (pantser/plotter or gardener/architect) is better than the other, just that their stories will inherently be different.

The thread ended with a cute picture of Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost.

Joanna Robinson, a senior writer at Vanity Fair, weighed in, saying she agreed with Silvermint and adding something about the show’s ending.

Silvermint’s analysis does make a lot of sense. Having a fixed endpoint, and having a lot of plot to squeeze in during that time leaves less room for character development. And while season eight may not be many people’s favorite, I think most people will agree that the show has still been amazing.

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h/t: Twitter: @DSilvermint, Bored Panda

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Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.