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A Game of Pwns

by M.G. Siegler


‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Avengers’: 2 Times Critics on the Power and Pain of Endings

Speaking of the ending of Game of Thrones, here's James Poniewozik and A.O. Scott before it actually ended:

Modern narrative is a different beast, of course, and what “Thrones,” which originated in a series of novels, shares with other canonical examples of the genre is a sense of multiple, branching possibilities, a thick and tangled middle full of intriguing loose ends. The tying up all that involves foreclosing some possibilities in favor of others. Solutions tend to be less exciting than mysteries.
“Avengers” works in the opposite way. Since nobody expected an ending — intellectual property never dies — the final gestures of “Infinity War” and “Endgame” had more impact, felt more consequential.

What's interesting post-GoT finale is that it almost did the same thing -- left plenty of possibilities for continuation. The difference, of course, is that people weren't expecting that -- everyone wanted a sense of completion. And now everyone is pissed. Avengers did indeed stick this landing. Which is mainly remarkable in how complex it was to pull off.


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