I can not tell you how Game of Thrones ends, but I'm pretty sure I can tell you how it does not work. From the beginning, the series has portrayed a world in which the attempt to turn to the feeling of a higher goal is the quickest way to kill oneself. (Just ask Ned Stark's severed head.) Viewers have known from the beginning that humanity is exposed to an existential threat from the White Walkers Army of the Undead. However, the characters of the series have only gradually discovered the looming crisis and are slowly reckoning with the few they know. Now that the Night King's masses are marching south from the severed wall, there is no doubt that the threat is real. And although only five episodes of Game of Thrones are left, humanity can not decide this event. The attempt by Jon Snow to form an alliance with Daenerys Targaryen has led to disunity rather than unity, with some houses in the north abandoning the cause and others, like poor little Lord Umber, unprepared and underserved. Although Cersei has pledged her troops, she lies only in wait, hoping that the rival armies weaken each other so much that they can defeat the rest.
There is only one plausible conclusion to this saga, and humanity does not survive. Westero's various factions either never come together or realize too late that even the divisions between them that last for centuries fade alongside the gap between the living and the dead. In the first season, Cersei declared the struggle for power Ned Stark – who still had his head at the time – as one in which "you win or you die" and in the following years, little evidence was given of a third option. Nobody negotiates peace with the Night King.
The facts on the ground in Westeros are different from those in our world, but man's nature is constant in all universes, and what we have seen of Game of Thrones is relentlessly pessimistic. and completely guaranteed. The usefulness of the series as an allegory of climate change can be exaggerated, but as it reflects our ability to band together in the face of impending disaster, it is all too accurate. Last year, a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that irreversible changes could begin as early as 2030 and that preventing these changes would require a massive and unprecedented transformation of the world economy. Given a clear deadline and an overwhelming scientific consensus, we have done … "Nothing" does not seem to be too strong a word. There is nothing close to an unwavering public determination that would cause politics and industry to take decisive action. Some of us are quite upset about this, but others are either too frugal with fossil fuels or too busy drinking Liberal Tears cups to acknowledge the problem. (Now that I'm writing on a popular television program instead of chaining myself to the doors of the Environmental Protection Agency, I can not do much more globally.)
What little is known about the final season of Game of Thrones suggests that the series flirts at least with the possibility of mass extinction. The episode Battle of Winterfell is expected to fall in the third episode of the season, directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the series' previous outbreaks. (Considering that the troops are already assembled, it seems unlikely that the series will wait until the fifth episode, which is also led by Sapochnik to play this card, meaning that the human armies in Winterfell have a doubts. If the series does not intend to spend three full episodes on the comparatively unimportant question of who rises to the Iron King's throne after the Night King's defeat, I would guess that humanity will lose this fight, and everyone killed man is not just a loss for one side, but an undead addition for the other, this should be the ballgame.As a spectator, I entrench Jon Snow and Co. But if I was an Essos player placing a bet, I know to whom I invested my money.
There is only one problem. The show, which became famous for its willingness to kill seemingly important figures, became increasingly unlikely. Even before Jon Snow returned from the dead, viewers began to understand which characters are essential to the series' final and are therefore impossible to kill. They did not need Ramsay Bolton or Littlefinger to tie the loose ends of the story, but it's impossible to imagine Dany or Jon convicted of shock. There was no chance that the High Sparrow would definitively dethrone Cersei or that Arya would fail the faceless men's tests. The main characters of the show had acquired what fans call "Plot armor," which meant that every time they were propped up against a wall, the odds were truly hopeless and there was no way out. We knew it was not the question of whether they were going to escape but just how.
Now that the series is almost over, individual characters lose their invulnerability. (As far as we know, one of these essential characters could buy it in episode 2.) But there is still armor, and it's the biggest and most clumsy of them all. I do not know which people will survive until the end of Game of Thrones but I'm sure that humanity wants – that the series will end in a Westeros, where the Night King is at least beaten back, if not completely defeated. The Logical Endgame to the Commandments Game of Thrones campaigned for the Night King grinning on the Iron Throne, surrounded by his army of the dead, but HBO has not invested nearly a billion dollars to make a story Whose morality is that mankind is screwed. Victory comes at a cost, but these costs are paid; life of one kind or another will continue. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in our world. We could lose our fight and there will be no one who appreciates the turn of the plot.
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