So I'll dive into this when the inevitable video drops, but for the most part if I ever felt disappointed with Game of Thrones, I tempered it with, hey, I have criticisms, but it is just a show, and I'm still glad the show exists.
And if there was a questionable narrative decision (i.e. Arya vs Night King), I'd take it with a grain of salt, like, well, let's see where they go with this. I'd been kind of taking that approach since S5.
Because for the longest time, even if I disagreed with creative decisions, I still had a lot of sympathy for D&D, especially once they got into adapting later books where by GRRM's own admission the narrative threads were getting out of hand.
The older I get the more loathe I've been to go full FUCK THIS GARBAGE unless it's shameless corporate cash grab (live action BatB) or easy target written by a Bad Dude (Bright) - with GoT I'd think, well, I may not like this, but I also can't say I'd have done any better.
This is doubly true now that I'm (technically) a professional writer of fiction now, and while that hasn't been tested by the public, I can attest that building up narrative threads and paying them off satisfactorily is unenviable, and you cannot please everybody.
Then Rhaegal got an arrow in the neck. And it was just the dumbest thing.

That was legitimately the moment that broke me. And I felt like such an idiot for ever having sympathy for these guys, for over the last five years making excuses for them.
and it isn't "oh no, my dragon" - it's that the creators were flagrantly ignoring believability to get the plot where it needed to be, and went about it in the dumbest way not because it worked narratively (or even made ANY SENSE) but because it was "shocking".
And that was where I had my moment of "holy shit, they've been doing this for years, and I keep giving them the benefit of the doubt, but they do not care."

Anyway, this will all be over soon and regrettably I will be part of the flood of post-mortems, but it merits discussion.
Much as the joking and bitterness is real, I think it is a useful study not only in writing mechanics, character development and narrative, but also in how expectations and fan culture can influence the above for long-running series in the worst possible way.
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