Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

The Complete Eighth Season

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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An adaptation of author George R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire,' a medieval fantasy about power struggles among the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. This set contains the eighth and final season of the HBO hit series.
"With the Army of the Dead--led by the Night King, his White Walkers and an undead dragon--bearing down on Jon and Dany and their combined forces, a denouement eight seasons in the making will be reached, answering a myriad of questions surrounding the fate of the series' protagonists. Meanwhile, Jon's true identity promises to undermine Dany's claim to the Iron Throne...and, or course, Cersei has a devious strategy of her own."--Container.
Publisher: New York, NY : Home Box Office, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (425 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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1_old_BookWyrm
Sep 26, 2020

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I enjoyed being surprised by the ending.
I had read all the books, and as much as I loved the entire show because they did such an excellent job at sticking to the storyline and creating the entire world including dragons, there were no surprises for me except for how well it was done and little things I had forgotten.
Peter Dinklage being the most pleasant surprise of all. He just nailed it. They were all great, but when I heard it was going to be produced, his was the one character I could not imagine being well fitted. Then along came Peter.
So I didn't need it to all happen the way my happily-ever-after would have it, I loved being surprised. I think it took a lot of guts to attempt to give an ending to an epic saga by the great GRR Martin. Kudos to HBO! Job well done.
I'd bet even Mr. Martin enjoyed it.

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ninanna
Sep 12, 2020

I have to admit that I liked the previous seasons more than this conclusion to the series. But, after reading up on how George Martin wrote his books over 20 years and is not yet finished, and how the HBO series were produced, I understood the increasingly problematic cooperation between the author and the series creators. While a book author can take all the time he/she needs to write the sequels, the time frame is much more pressing for the visual media. The production costs, the actors' growing up and aging in "real time" push the creators and producers to end the series within that period of time, or we would be watching the characters getting quite decrepit and dying of the natural causes, so to speak.

What I really disliked in the Eighth season was watching the War of Thrones instead of the Game of Thrones. A game goes according to certain rules and, of course, the characters' breaking those rules to much of the viewers' enjoyment and satisfaction. If it is a war, however, it introduces ideological and political spin on everything, the main characters suddenly expressing views more suitable to Trotskys, Stalins, Hitlers and today's political leaders than to the characters we came to love (or hate) in all the previous seasons. That approach pretty much killed the escapist fantasy world I came to know and love and disappointed me.

(Spoiler alert!)

I only hope that my favored character Aria will be spinned off into a new series - there was a hint of that in the end where she goes to explore the lands that are yet to be discovered.

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Reyhaneh
Aug 10, 2020

spoiler alert
I'm a bit disappointed by the ending for what happened to my favorite characters
all Dany and Jon built up in previous seasons were destroyed here. What Dany ended up doing was totally against her character. She cherished every innocent life, and here she killed/ burned the whole city. why?
and Jon ended up where he started in the night watch. so what was the point of him being a true Targarean, and coming back from death,... and riding Dragons?

sjpl_javier Apr 01, 2020

The biggest letdown of the series. This season single-handedly removed Game of Thrones from pop-culture. When was the last time you heard someone say "Winter is coming" or "You know nothing, Jon Snow." It wasn't because the series ended, it was because this season was so bad. It was rushed, characters changed their belief systems as if they were suddenly manic-depressive, whole armies are destroyed but the same people (popular extras and side-characters) that you saw dead on the floor, or zombified, were alive and well in the next episode. Whole regiments of the main force were destroyed to the last man, but still appeared on the next episode. Plot armor was thick. Overpowered beings were killed instantly in more than one case, then become extremely unkillable and unhittable by ballistae/arrows in the next episode.

It would probably be better to watch Season 1-7 and forget about this.

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Biblitz
Mar 18, 2020

Some effort at editing would have improved the Longest Ever Finale as would have several Doc Martin "Stop talking!" interventions. The intrusion of magic is always a dangerous game in fiction and that army of the dead smelled from the outset of season one as did Jon Snow's man bun. Best features: theme song and opening model springing up magically. Best characters: Hateful Cersei and the dragons. Just make it go away: Bran the boring.

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Semiconscious
Mar 13, 2020

I adore GOT and believe it is the most exceptional TV series ever produced. Even so, the ending felt a bit precipitous and unfulfilling. But I soon realized ANY ending would probably seem that way, bcuz I was resenting the fact that it had to end.

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Mike5678
Feb 28, 2020

Why is the episode four, The Last of the Starks, obviously not the last of the Stark?

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willpell
Feb 24, 2020

The last season of Game of Thrones is definitely its weakest; though still pretty good, it's nowhere near the depth or complexity of its earlier versions. Only one new character of any significance at all is introduced, several of our previously-surviving favorites are killed off in thoroughly perfunctory and ill-considered ways, and the whole story wraps up in a far from satisfying way (though admittedly the task of properly completing such an epic was near-impossible, so failing at it carries relatively little shame; it's arguably a more noble effort than we've gotten from GRRM himself over in Bookland, where he seems to have basically abandoned the effort rather than risk similarly underwhelming results). Of the six episodes, #5 is the only one I'd call actually "good", and "#3" the only one I would term "bad" (mostly because it's all happening in the dark and you can't really see anything). The others are just a mixture of decent character exchanges, long pauses that are probably meant to mean something but which I found entirely pointless, and a lot of general busy work answering some of the more obvious questions about the resolution. And I seriously question the producers' decision to spend a fairly decent chunk of their budget for the season on a brand-new title sequence, with a different orrery around the sun after we've had the same one for all seven previous seasons, and entirely abandoning the habit of changing which map locations are shown based on the episode's events (instead, it shows Last Hearth because of a single scene that happens in a basement there, and then entirely omits Dragonstone despite that locale being used in at least two episodes). While the detailed look at the basements and outer walls of Winterfell and King's Landing are impressive, I still found the intro lacking compared to the traditional one, much as the show itself is lacking compared to past seasons.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 07, 2020

While many fans do not like the way Season 8 ends, I find the ending, despite the elements of surprise, to be within the realm of reason. I enjoyed it. In fact, with so many interesting characters still around, and with several issues with unknown outcomes, perhaps HBO should consider another add-on to the series to tell fans what happen in the next 5-10 years. No need to be a long one. But 2 to 3 episodes with a good script to close out some loose ends. I personally would like to know if Bran turns out to be a capable king.

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publicenemy48
Jan 25, 2020

The Game of Thrones ran its course nothing that dramatic or heart felt moments. It was time to end the series.

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jimg2000
Dec 19, 2019

Extensive full context quotes in wikiquote for all GOT seasons, including S8:

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Game_of_Thrones/Season_8

Funny that this wildly quoted on dragon diet is not include:

May I ask, how are we meant to feed the greatest army the world has ever seen? While I ensured our stores would last through winter, I didn't account for Dothraki, Unsullied and two full-grown dragons. What do dragons eat, anyway?

-Whatever they want.

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