As ever, none of it holds up to even the slightest scrutiny but at least they tied it up. Feels very hollow though. I think mostly because it was an ending for the sake of an ending rather than an actual culmination of years of storytelling. Comparing it with the endings of other great television series it is a million miles away.
I would say it was a well made episode of TV, but I have to say that abrupt bounce on from Dany's death scene (which was fantastic, if a little cliche), sort of ruined it for me as a dramatic episode. Reminded me exactly of the transition between the ending of Read Dead 2 and the epilogue. The way the tone shifts so jarringly. After all that, 8 seasons, she is gone and then forgotten about completely. We get one or two lines of Jon asking if he did the right thing, that's it. From saviour to genocide to forgotten in the span of 2 episodes.
I also feel like the way this season has gone, and in particular the ending, is a thematic void. This story had nothing to say, in the end. What was the message here, that if people are evil you should kill them and then everything will be OK? List off the evil characters, have them all murdered, and then everything will turn out fine?
I'm so intrigued by people who loved it, singing its praises as an amazing conclusion. I guess if you take things completely at face value then it's very rewarding and successful.