“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”
I have no idea of the origin of that quote. I’ve heard it used in motivational speeches for businesses and in sermons and eulogies at funerals. I’ve used it myself.
I thought of it when I watched the final episode of “Game of Thrones.”
I think I’m in the minority but I think “GOT” ended well. I have seen a lot of final episodes of TV shows. Here they are in the order in which they popped into my head, not from worst to best or best to worse – just the order in which I thought of them:
“Big Bang Theory”
“The Fugitive” Most readers will have to Google that one! The final episode of “The Fugitive” was really good. Maybe the best.
The final episode of Game of Thrones didn’t get much love.
Here are a few of the comments:
“I wish I never owned a TV.”
“That’ll teach you people to look forward to things.”
“Tyrion: ‘No one is really happy.’ All of us watching, ‘No kidding.’”
From William Shatner, a.k.a. Captain Kirk, “Craycray incestuous family rules 7 kingdoms. Baddies from the north invade so must put away their differences to fight together. After winning the go after the craycray Queen who didn’t help them fight and everything ends up in a hot mess and a big disappointment. The end.”
I liked the ending. It wasn’t “The Fugitive” good, but it was close. Here’s why I liked it.
Bram the Broken was named king of the 6 Kingdoms.
“All hail the King that no one expected.”
“All hail the King that was broken.”
“All hail the King who was the least.”
Some may remember the “Red Wedding.”
Some may remember the Coffee Cup or the Water Bottle.
I remember the final speech by Tyrion:
“What unites people? Armies? Gold? Flags?” Tyrion asks. Most of culture would say “Yes.” Those are the things around which people commonly rally. But it’s not so in the new Kingdom established after the melting of the Iron Throne. This new Kingdom would be different than the kingdoms of old. In this kingdom the King was broken. Crippled. Wounded. Humble.
Instead of sitting on an Iron Throne made from the swords of vanquished enemies, the King in this Kingdom sits in a wheelchair.
This Kingdom would be led not by one who is strong in the world’s eyes, measured by the bodies slain but by one who is weak in the world’s eyes.
I don’t know the spiritual leanings of George R.R. Martin, the author of “Game of Thrones,” or the spirituality of David Friedman, the screenwriter of the HBO adaptation, but I see, hear, and feel a picture of Jesus and the Kingdom of God in this final episode.
You don’t look for a King in a wheel-chair. You don’t look for a King washing dirty feet, riding on a donkey or hanging on a cross.
In Jesus’ Kingdom the first shall be last. Those who have been pushed aside (out of a window) are elevated.
In Jesus’ Kingdom it is about restoration, not retribution. When Bran picked Tyrion to be his “hand,” Grey Worm protested, appealing to the need for a justice of retribution. The newly announced King outlined a new approach, “He’s made many terrible mistakes. He’s going to spend the rest of his life fixing them.” Restoration replaces retribution.
There may be plenty of things to not like about GOT. I get that. I didn’t like all of the blood and sex. But this, I liked.
The finale presented another way for a King to lead, another way for people to live.
Denise and I turned off the TV Sunday night, said “Goodbye” to GOT, but were challenged and encouraged to live that new way.