/me hastily starts tidying up primmage clutter in Mont Saint Bruno.
Binged them all, Seasons 7 and 8, from Monday to Sunday night. I understand why not everyone appreciated the outcome, but I really believe it's one that makes better narrative sense than the one that the "shippers" hoped for, as well as one that respects the world's creator: George R.R. Martin is not one for taking the easy road to a traditional sentimental ending, and I am glad the television writers kept faith with that ethos.
Personally I think Tyrion is the character who best understands the demands of true rulership (as opposed to mere despotism) - but as he pointed out, too many people hated him, not only in response to choices he made but also because of deep-seated prejudice against what he is physically. Hand is a role well-made for him, and the King who was chosen has the mythic and practical advantages (much in tune with what I would expect from Martin) that Tyrion pointed out.
I was "shipping" a bit myself at one point; I hoped Tyrion and Sansa might get together for real, now that she is able to be honest about the genuine worth of the man! It wasn't much of a hope, though. And I think that her decision to keep the North apart is in keeping with the weave of the whole story.
And Danaerys and Jon: no, neither was the right person to rule. I agree that Dany's "cracks" were too deep from the start, and although there's something to be said for the notion that the person who doesn't want to rule is the one who can be trusted to do it, Jon did not have the heart for it. And I believe the dragon was right. The last relic of that deeply flawed, ego-driven Targaryen power needed to melt and pass away.
We will have to have a tea-party soon, with a good deal of ACS brandy in the cups, or perhaps a whist-party, where brandy can be consumed with more honesty by the bystanders. I will discuss it with Lady Conyngham, whose Bath drawing-room would be suitable for the purpose (her breakables are both less plentiful and less valuable than those of Lord Rochfort next door, and I have it on excellent authority that her Canalettos are mere inexpensive copies of some in the Palace.)
I have also had some frustrations with novel-writers - and more often, with co-players distracted in the middle of play by RL needs or private SL side conversations. However, in general I love para-RP. I love plotlines; I love responsive character development; I love responding in character to events dumped into the storyboard by creative team leads. It appeals to me far more than casual social time enforced by HUD-driven eating needs. Those contexts seem to be getting harder to find, though, and to schedule when I do find an interesting one.
Working on The Attenbury Emeralds, in the hope that Jill Paton Walsh, who's taken up Dorothy Sayers' pen, proves able to do justice to Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane in the postwar years. So far, I am pleasantly surprised - the more so after being not quite satisfied by PD James' attempt at the Darcys of Pemberley (good as a novel, but I was not entirely comfortable with her translation of the characters.)
Apparently Paton Walsh has written two others; if I am still content at the current novel's end, I will have to find them.