Lord of the Rings – The best fantasy books turned movie trilogy ever and for good reason. Game of Thrones, on the other hand, let all of us fans down with its last two seasons.
Despite taking extra time, D&D
D&D took upon themselves a task bigger than themselves and failed, terribly.
What exactly did The Lord of The Rings do right that GOT lagged in?
Game of Thrones has characters that go from being pure and sweet kids to being gothic serial killers wearing the face of their kill and screaming at a dead Dragon. You would think, “That sounds like a good series to watch.” but hold your horses.
Jon Snow’s dumbness and ignorance of the facts he realised in the final season does not hold any ground whatsoever.
What did Jon say?
“She is my queen.”
Comparing this to character development in the Lord of The Rings Trilogy would destroy GOT. Even compared to how Merry and Pippin, the 4 Feet tall hobbits went from fighting over pipe-weed and ale to fighting to save the world, D&D just couldn’t do it right.
Merry, Pippin, Frodo and Sam Gamgee saved the world from Eternal Darkness, i.e. Sauron. They consequently earn a place for themselves as the saviours of the Third Age and in Valinor, the heaven of Middle Earth.
Game of Thrones is one show that has been known to kill off the main characters on a whim, taking the world and all the fans by storm. The season one finale with Ned Stark’s death was heartbreaking for all of us. But D&D couldn’t live up to the expectations of fans.
Nobody liked the Dragon Queen burning down king’s landing.
You and I alike had been expecting a crazy and twisted bittersweet ending.
Lord of The Rings trilogy killed off the fan-favourite Gandalf before you could see it coming.
Sir Ian McKellen does an arduously wonderful work performing Gandalf the grey wizard aka Mithrandir.
The Starks in Game of Thrones are guarded by a writing shield in season 8, surviving conditions none of the other characters would have if they faced it.
Jon snow survives a fight against a dead dragon, Arya kills the night king, Bran survives, Jon Snow survives even though he killed his Queen Dany.
The route that Game of Thrones took by suddenly blowing Dany’s craziness out of proportion. Killing her to put a stop on her killing was speculated.
Suspense build up…only to fall
Game of Thrones built up the suspense throughout season 7 and 8. The enemy of the world of men did not matter at the end of the day. Cersei did not matter.
Although both the enemies took away a dragon each from the show, neither of them lived up to the expectation as D&D had built up. The fall of the Night King turns into a strategically planned kill instead of a fight against evil.
The Night King did not have any clear motives and while Cersei did, she had no way to fulfil it because Dany has
The Lord of The Rings keeps hidden Frodo’s final climb to Mount Doom until the last moment. The last of Middle Earth’s army is surrounded by tens of thousands of Orcs and Uruk-hai. The epic battle builds up for an amazing end.
The final hope of Frodo destroying the ring is taken away, leaving you holding your breath
It does not get any better.
Meaninglessness vs Hope
The effortless way in which Lord of the Rings establishes hope in a hopeless situation connects immediately with most of us.
Gandalf had us screaming when he articulated the movie’s theme in this one scene.
“Gandalf put his hand on Pippin’s head. “There never was much hope,” he answered. “Just a fool’s hope, as I have been told.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
The gods of Lord of the Rings have been present in the world and Gandalf is a worker of those gods, tying all ends together pretty neatly.
Game of Thrones suffers in this department as well, the gods of Westeros are either ignorant of suffering or don’t exist.
GOT tries very hard to make convincing but fail to do it, consequentially leaving many loopholes in the show.
Fans and critiques alike are pissed off when the red lady turns up and makes fires whenever needed. The fact that Azor Ahai remains unnamed, even by the end of the show is another touchy nerve for us all.
The gods hold no importance against the impending doom of Westerosis.
The end of it all
Lord of the rings ended on a high note for everyone. All the turmoil gave way to goodness that was referred to throughout the trilogy.
“There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”-J.R.R. Tolkein
The scene in ‘Return of The King’ when Aragorn says, “For Frodo!!” before dashing on his horse right into a horde of orcs is always a goosebumps moment, no matter how many times you see it.
Game of Thrones on the other hand doesn’t seem fitting for the journey that it takes you on. As a GOT fan, I was expecting at least one more of the Starks to die.
The end of Game of Thrones is perhaps the most boring ending it could have had. Arya sailing to west of Westeros, Jon living with the wildlings and Sansa ruling the North. It is all too obvious and could have easily been made so much better.