The newest episode of Rage Cage is coming! The premiere nerdy debate series on the Illuminerdi’s Youtube channel brings the most hotly contested geeky conversations on the internet. Bridging subjects across all of pop culture, Rage Cage pits two passionate members of the Illuminerdi against each other in a quick-paced debate. Two contestants enter, two contestants leave – but with one as the intellectual superior, as decided by the viewers.
In this upcoming episode, Samuel Locke and Brandon Zachary of the Illumierdi celebrate the one-year anniversary of the series finale of Game of Thrones by arguing whether or not the last season of the HBO fantasy epic was good but flawed, or if it’s one of the worst endings in television history. Obviously, there are massive spoilers for the final season ahead.
WELCOME TO THE RAGE CAGE: GOT EDITION
Game of Thrones, based on the fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, was a global smash. The wide-spanning series centered on the various denizens of the fantasy world of Westeros, and the kingdoms that vie for power in the land. The cast is absolutely massive but largely focuses on three core families: the Starks (an honorable but overwhelmed family of warriors), the Lannisters (the morally conflicted wealthiest family in the land), and the Targaryens (the former rulers of Westeros, the last of whom seeks to take back the throne).
Going into the final season, expectations were high. With Daenerys Targaryen finally allied with Jon Snow of the Stark family, the heroic figures in Westeros found themselves confronted with two massive threats: to the south, Cersei Lannister rules over a massive empire, prepared to try and claim the rest of the known world. Meanwhile, the undead army led by the mysterious and supernatural White Walkers descend from the far north, intent on wiping out all natural life in the world.
However, the reception to the season was incredibly mixed. Certain episodes were praised for their character development, effects, and ambition. However, the rushed nature of the season (which was shortened from the traditional 10 episodes to 6) left many story-lines and pieces of character development under-served. Coupled with sequences that were filmed in controversial form (including the infamous “Battle of Winterfell,” which managed to be both epic in scale and muddled in execution), the season was quickly met with a massive mixed reception.
This was only exacerbated by the final episode of the series, “The Iron Throne,” which resulted in the controversial end of Daenerys at the hands of a grief-stricken Jon, and Bran taking the throne of Westeros. Some even came out of the finale claiming the final season was among the worst endings in television history.
But was the season really that bad? Especially when comparing the highlights of the season against other “worst final seasons of all time” like Lost, Dexter, and How I Met Your Mother, does Game of Thrones really deserve as much ire as it received? Find out which side of the argument you fall on after the newest Rage Cage, as our combatants go to the mat to determine once and for all if the last season of Game of Thrones should be better remembered than it is.
Find out which argument proves stronger in the next episode of Rage Cage! And remember – the IllumiNerdi is always watching.