Popular TV series, and massive fan favourite, Game of Thrones has long ended, and we are left fantasizing over what could have been – particularly in the final season 8. While we are busy dreaming up scenarios in our head, artist and ardent fan of the show, Benjamin Dewey has gone a step further. He put his thoughts in a paintbrush, and the results are a series of paintings which illustrate how he feels the series should have ended.
His work is suitably titled: ‘The Scenes I Wish We GoT’, and we couldn’t agree more with his ideas on how the show should have ended.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Benjamin reveals that his love story with the show began over ten years ago. “In 2008, a friend of mine, Wendy, now late, worked at Powell’s (a local bookstore). When I told her that I liked dragons, monsters, and knights, she said, ‘You’ve got to read this series of books; they’re amazingly detailed fantasy’, and she gave me a ‘Game of Thrones’ book. I will admit I didn’t understand it at first, but by the end of that book, I found myself wanting more. Now I’m a super-fan, and I’ve read as much of the supplemental material as I can lay my hands on, and like most people, I can’t wait for Winds of Winter.”
“I am a sucker for fantasy in general, but I love it even better when stories build their momentum from the behaviour of their characters,” the artist continued. “I like a spectacle as much as anyone; however, if it doesn’t tie in to events, then it’s utterly pointless. George R.R. Martin realizes this, and ensures the fantastical helps in exposing the tragedies and victories of everyday life.”
“Daenerys rides a dragon, but at the end of the day, she seeks comfort and ironically, safety at the house with the red door. We fall in love with her because we understand her motivations. That amalgamation of the ordinary and the phenomenal is in perfect equilibrium in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’”
One major factor that contributes to the decline of the GoT series, according to Benjamin, is trying to squeeze the story into one. “This is not a new occurrence. Actors age, budgets are set, contracts run out, and shooting locations become unavailable. George R.R. Martin wants to write two more books that have fifteen hundred-page manuscripts and he takes his time doing it because it is tough to spin such a complicated web of characters.”
“The showrunners went ahead of themselves, and put themselves in an unenviable position trying to fit in two large novels into six T.V episodes. Revamping great books with a new cast produces far better results than trying to hastily wrap things up on an unfinished phenomenon.”
“Game of Thrones is a show that has to live up to lofty standards set by its previous seasons. What is good for the gander is not necessarily good for the geese; There are things in the show that viewers don’t want, and there are various reasons for that.
I don’t know whether to feel sorry for the writers of the series, or to show frustration at the shoddy decision making, which weakens the plot of the show. However, as my wife taught me, it is possible to enjoy the aspects of a cultural artifact you like, and not write off the entire thing because you feel its imperfect. That’s one very good life lesson. Everything, and everyone has faults.”
Benjamin expresses his disappointment that GoT producers overlooked important parts of the story to end the show, before it all came to a head. However, he claims to understand why that was necessary, but further opines this situation is avoidable.
“Not everyone has creative jobs, and they certainly don’t understand the struggles associated with creating art for public consumption. I, as an artist can only imagine what it feels like to be part of the production crew. Game of Thrones is a global phenomenon”.
“Lots of people have opinions, but sadly, they do not possess a deep understanding of the processes involved. Majority of people are uninformed, and unproductive when it comes to creative writing, film or art. Audiences have a strong connection with media they engage with, and their love for a thing doesn’t necessarily translate to positive relationships”.
“However, it is pleasing that more and more people are starting to take an interest in the storyline, plot, and character development. Consequently, I’d love to encourage anyone who feels he or she could have done a better job to go produce their own stories. I hope people learn to enjoy and explore things, and events, rather than offering an endless barrage of criticism. I am definitely inspired to make the best things I can, and will certainly apply lessons I’ve learnt from this series to develop myself.”
Benjamin’s refreshing perspective on an alternative Game of Thrones ending is as a result of his experience working as a creative. “I have been drawing objects for as long as I can remember and I still get thrills anytime I have to draw.”
“I’ve been working as a pro comic artist for the past eleven years, and my employers include almost every major publisher you can think off. I also have a lot of personal projects, interior design, and web comics. I’m currently illustrating a Dark Horse Comics magical mystery series titled: Beasts of Burden.”
Benjamin takes care to avoid using a particular style for an extended period of time, and he tries to combine various art styles to create drawings that are neither too serious nor too goofy. “I change my art style depending on the message I’m trying to pass across. I created this Game of Thrones series for my web comic, Meowskertown; hence, why it is more abstract.”
Predictably, fans of the Game of Thrones series had a lot to say after seeing Ben’s work: