OK, fair enough if you’re not into Game of Thrones, but I spotted this in the parking lot of Tienda Inglesa shortly after the final episode aired, and it struck me as oddly appropriate.
Years ago, I was maybe a hundred pages into the first book of George R R R R Martin’s (I may have a couple too many Rs there) Song of Ice and Fire series, when a British friend revealed it was an HBO television series. Thus ended the reading.
For all its gratuitous gore, the show was fascinating and complex for several years. However, when Season 7 ended, with Season 8 not slated to appear for two years, it had become silly enough that I wasn’t sure I’d watch any more. But I did, and it’s over, and good riddance: its descent into silliness (and stupidity) charged forward, oblivious to a large audience that was apparently more intelligent than the series’ writers.
Or perhaps the series’ writers were simply under the gun to wrap things up, come hell or high water. Which they did, as if from plot-device to-do list. Check. Check. Check.
Anyway, a single meme for Season 8: the coffee cup.
You spend $15-20 million on an episode that included 55 nights of battle scene shooting, and leave a Starbucks cup on a banquet table?
It kind of sums things up.