Is Game of Thrones' The Bells really as divisive as The Last Jedi?

Game Of Thrones V The Last Jedi

The most recent episode of Game of Thrones has been earning some unwanted comparisons

Since airing on Sunday night, Game of Thrones' most recent episode, The Bells, has found itself under criticism from certain areas of the HBO show's fanbase. 

Of course, there are obviously those who absolutely loved the episode and have been enjoying the season in general but the backlash against the show's penultimate episode has been widespread enough that many have deemed it to be the new Last Jedi. Not an ideal comparison considering that the film tore the Star Wars fanbase in half in 2017.

Just like The Last Jedi, fans have taken to social media, nitpicking about this and that but most prominently have been complaining about how the show has betrayed its characters, namely Daenerys Targaryen. The Dragon Queen has always preached about leading through kindness but abandoned that mentality in place of ruling through fear in the last episode with fiery conclusions.

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The complaints about Daenerys's seemingly sudden shift have become so great that a petition has been set up requesting that Season 8 of Game of Thrones get remade from scratch. Funnily enough, a similar petition made the rounds back in 2017 in the wake of The Last Jedi's controversial release.

There are indeed comparisons to draw between Star Wars' handling of Luke Skywalker and Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen. In both cases however, viewers have totally missed the point of the characters. The audience seemingly haven't been able to connect the dots set out by the show's writers detailing how the characters turned out the way they did. 

Sure, the execution of Dany's turn to the dark side was a little jarring thanks to the final season's lack of episodes but the signs have been there from Season 1 that she possessed a streak of madness passed down from her father, the Mad King.

Dany's turn to villainy is perfectly justified in the context of the show, just like Luke Skywalker's depressed state in The Last Jedi but both instances have faced similarly toxic reactions from a disgruntled fanbase.

Game Of Thrones V The Last Jedi

While Game of Thrones' The Bells or Star Wars' The Last Jedi are both far from perfect, each of them is far better than viewer backlash has led many to believe. The problem in both cases stems from an audience unwilling to accept any minor flaw who'll then completely overreact when the film or series doesn't quite go the way they planned.

With that in mind, you can be sure to see similar reactions to Game of Thrones' final episode this weekend and Star Wars: Episode IX when that releases in December.

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