Game of Thrones is airing its final ever episode – season 8, episode six – next week and it’s been a bit of bumpy ride for fans.
University professor and self-professed GoT fan, Daniel Silvermint, tweeted that like many others, he noticed that this final season was different to the others.
Some viewers have been so disappointed with the plotting, the writing and the characterisation that they’re campaigning for a do-over of the final season of the HBO show.
Silvermint, who is also a writer, created a Twitter thread in an attempt to explain why the show has veered off in a different direction by talking about the difference between writing styles of George RR Martin, the original writer of the GoT books, and the show writers.
In short, George RR Martin’s writing is style is that of a “pantser:” he tends to create rich, multi-dimensional characters with “flying by the seat of their pants” plotting. This style of writing means the creation of compelling characters, but it is prone to “meandering plots.”
Show writers on the other hand, are “ending-focused plotters by design,” due to the fact that Martin’s source material ran out, meaning they had to come up with a satisfying conclusion by planning the story from the end upwards.