I’ve given what I aspired to be my objective view. I gave my sarcastic view. And now I’ll give my personal view.
I’m okay with Daenerys going bad. I didn’t think that leap was *all* that much. I saw the foreshadowing, and I fully expected King’s Landing to be completely destroyed. I never anticipated her going “mad,” so much as I expected her to be justified in what she was doing.
I wish she had had that moment like Theon did in Season 2. You know where Dany clapped back at Sansa in episode 1 with “whatever they want,” about what dragons eat? Well, the Season 2 writers of this show would have made Dany eat those words. They would have had her beloved remaining two dragons burn a couple toddlers to a crisp, and have Sansa say, without shade and in sadness, “I thought I feared the worst, but I was wrong.” And have Dany stand there, like Theon after he was called out for his bravado, and have Dany make that choice to be hoighty about it instead of guilty or compassionate. I thought she was already there. I knew she was already here. So that’s why I saw virtually no disconnect with her burning subjects to the ground.
So there’s that. And I would have shown Jon actually being enamored with Dany so that his stabbing her didn’t seem obvious. Instead, Jon always seemed so indifferent, whether he was having sex with her or stabbing her.
And I would have switched which Lannister brother lived. Make Jaime live with his guilt. Not Tyrion.
Finally, I have to admit, I came to this show late. After the Sixth Season. And if the Sixth Season hadn’t been such a good rebound season, I would have cursed the friend who convinced me to finally give GoT a chance. And I *still* didn’t get invested into this show until the end of season 2, and Jaime’s “there’s no man like me, only me” speech. To me, and me (nearly) alone, this was always the Jaime Lannister Show. And it’s been a lonely, disappointing journey these last 3 years. So, if I could only change 3 minutes of footage these last two seasons, what would it have been? I full on love scene with Jaime and Brienne. Give me 60 to 90 seconds of a love scene, along with just a little conversation in the morning or days following. Show me the scene where Jaime asks Brienne if she wants him to stay. Or their awkwardness the next morning. I would have watched and re-watched that scene over and over and over again. Instead all I got was a fairly decent foreplay scene and a hard cut to Jon Snow. Thanks, but no thanks.
I’m a simple woman. Just that and I would have quietly slinked away in bliss.