Whether it was happening or not, here’s why it was unsatisfying: as soon as season 8 arrived you could see the manufacturing of it—from the very first. The Stark sisters, written much like they were the season before (with hard-lines that are over-the-top), the Northern Lords doing their usual thing, Jon being absolutely neutered in his discussions with both his sisters and with Danaerys, Danaerys hard-lining it (no realistic reaction to a relative—bullshit). These things, you could hand-wave as somewhat resembling logical reactions, in the beginning, if you enjoy heavy-lifting. After the Long Night(tm)? Those reactions were so manufactured they were spitting grease.
This season has made me hate the Starks—if they’re not sitting in wheelchairs being useless during battles, they’re either bitchy or impotent in every discussion. Honestly, Dany can blow up the whole of Westeros for all I care. If the narrative isn’t gonna bother with nuance, why the hell should I question the morality of the characters? Valar Morghulis and Dracarys away!