Of all the things that have ever been or will ever be said about Game of Thrones, perhaps the most important was imparted to us by Leslie Jones:
I think [those who were disappointed] need to take a big glass of grow-the-f*ck-up because Game of Thrones is not real.
And listen, even as someone who decided she’d had enough of Game of Thrones because of how super disappointing it was, I can appreciate what she’s saying. The story itself might have left a lot of audience members cold, but the story wasn’t really the only part. There was the event that each episode became, there was the discussion, there was the opening of the entire new world that Westeros inhabited, and most importantly, there was Leslie Jones being a dragon and shouting “ARYA!” over and over again.
You know what, Seth? I’m going to miss you watching Game of Thrones with Leslie Jones, too. In the later seasons, it might have been my favorite part about watching the show, and I feel obligated to acknowledge the joy that the show indirectly brought me by allowing things like this clip to happen. We all got to join in on Jones’ pure joy at the show, and I feel grateful for that. Maybe I, personally, (but also collectively as an audience) need to stop nitpicking a story to death and just appreciate the work of art as it is. Maybe we can love stories without forcing them to fit every detail of what we wanted. Maybe I don’t have to ruin things. Because Leslie Jones reminded us being a fan is about finding joy in something, not in having an encyclopedic knowledge of it. Maybe we should all care a little more and care a little less.
Also, and I cannot stress this enough, in one episode, Leslie and Seth either actually got super stoned or convincingly played stoned well enough that I couldn’t tell the difference. It really was the show we all deserved.