Game of Thrones: Redeemed

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A Game of Thrones ending that is worth watching.
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Original Release Date:
2019
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872
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484
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388
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit takes the final two seasons and rearranges them to make the Night King and his army be the climax as it should have been. Tons of cuts and edits were made to try to save the characters from the awful writing and to keep their original arcs intact.

My main fixes were to:
- Remove the rushed Mad Daenerys arc
- Retain Jaime's character
- Give the Night King some substance
- Give Bran things to actually do
- Make Arya and Sansa not appear to be so stupid
- Remove the dumbing down of Tyrion and endless ball jokes
- Remove or tone down fast travel
- Remove all fakeout deaths, especially in the battle for Winterfell
And tons and tons of other small changes.
Intention:
Game of Thrones had one of the most disappointing finales I've ever seen. The story, the characters, the pacing, they got everything wrong. I wanted to be able to rewatch one of my favorite shows, but so much of it is meaningless with the original ending. While this edit isn't the Game of Thrones finale we deserve, I hope it satisfies anyone who wants to be able to rewatch the show without having such a disappointing end.
Special Thanks:
The VO artist (unnamed) who recorded the additional voiceover tracks.
All the viewers and editors who gave me so much feedback along the way.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I focused first and foremost on rearranging the seasons so that the Night King attack happens at the end. Then I tried to remove all character assassinations such as Jaime not caring about the innocent, Daenerys going mad all of a sudden, Jon reduced to only saying "she's muh queen". Then I worked at fixing smaller things like fast travel, fakeout deaths, and lots of poor character choices.
Cuts and Additions:
- Moved the Night King attack on Winterfell to the end, pushing the attack on King's Landing earlier
- Rearranged many, many scenes to make this main rearrangement work as well as to cut down on fast travel wherever I could
- Removed Dany going mad and burning everyone in King's Landing
- Jon and his army, and Arya and the Hound are never at King's Landing, and its destruction does not happen
- None of her army attacks the unarmed guards and civilians after they lay down their weapons
- Cersei no longer just sits around drinking wine and doing nothing. Her storyline is much better paced
- A lot less Euron. No finger in the bum!
- Euron does not shoot a dragon out of the sky and Dany does not forget about his fleet
- Cersei and Euron both die by dragonfire in the attack on King's Landing, rather than their original deaths
- Had to basically remove Varys and Littlefinger from the plotline sadly...
- Removed Arya and Sansa fighting and then tricking Littlefinger. He stays alive in this edit
- Took out all the dumb ball jokes from Tyrion
- Removed Arya finding her wolf again randomly
- Theon regaining his crew because he doesn't have a dick is removed. He now gets them back by willpower
- Removed the hunt for a wight beyond the Wall plotline. Repurposed it without that wight staying alive
- Bran now communicates with Jon via visions to have him go after the Night King beyond the Wall
- Everything that happens with the Night King now goes one after another very quickly
- The Night King lures Dany up to get her dragon
- The two episodes before the Battle for Winterfell are combined and removed a lot things like Arya sexing up Gendry
- Sansa is no longer fighting with Dany for no reason
- Removed all fakeout deaths at the Battle for Winterfell
- Less main characters on the frontline
- Rearranged the battle into two episodes to appear longer and for pacing
- Bran is revealed to be a part of the Night King. That's how the Night King can control the dead, using Bran's warging powers
- The Night King kills Arya and Bran warges into her body to deliver the final blow
- Removed basically everything that originally happened at the end. No Bran becoming king. No hitler Dany. No Jon killing Dany
- A lot more main character deaths to make the Night King feel like he was an actual threat
- New funeral scene with other characters' deaths added, and the unused song "Stay a Thousand Years" added
- Jon doesn't kill Dany. He now calls on the dragon to destroy the throne
- Ends with a montage of characters still alive, Sansa being crowned, and then Jon going beyond the Wall with Dany
- There are tons and tons of other minor changes to scenes for pacing, or to remove plotlines they are referring to because of the reordering,
or to remove characters from scenes that shouldn't be there, or to make small fixes for things I didn't like.

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First of all, thank you.
I enjoyed your fanedit a lot, I watched all the episodes in a week more or less.
And I highly recommend people to watch it, those that did not like the final 2 seasons, or those that like them OK but had a bad aftertaste.

How you built the story is amazing. The new ending is good!
A solid alternative to the official one.

All the episodes feel improved and somehow each improvement builts into the next.
For example, the fact that you fixed the Arya vs. Sansa storyline, lets us focus (nonstop) in the action and story North of the wall, which at the same time profits from this mission being set up by Bran, etc.

I only have one thing that threw me out of the experience. It was the flashback right before the Night Kings death. It somehow breakes up the climax for me... I understand that it is better for the explanation of the story and how Bran character is further developed in this edit (it is crazy how it has been improved! it works!).

And also some "epilogue moments" could be removed... the final moments feel a bit like a jigsaw, though I have to say, what a difficult job!

If I sum up all the characters that feel improved... Bran, Daenerys, Jaime, Tyrion but also The Hound, Sansa, Sam... and the epicity of the series is reinforced overall. It makes sense that Jon is more quiet, like his father did.

All in all, big thumbs up! highly recommended, and a big Thank you!

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OUTSTANDING!

I could leave it at that, but I won't.

A Reminder.

Do you recall when you used to watch GOT, that expectation and tension of not knowing what was coming next, revelling in the dialogue and intrigue? Do you recall as the final seasons progressed how tha mood and ambience gradually fell away as characters unravelled, plot lines went askew and modern idiom seem to excessively creep in?

Well, THIS is the final season of GOT we all deserved (with a few personal caveats at the end).

Almightycutie not only achieves his stated objectives, IMO he surpasses them...considerably.

I watched the first few epsisodes with the hangover of dissapointment from their original airings and frankly had low expectations. "As long as it's not shit, I'll be happy". As things progressed though I had that old GOT Viewer vibe back...and I was not dissapointed. I was entralled ALL THE WAY.

The biggest improvements for me were the elimination of "fast travel", removal of modern idiom and the the revised character arcs and fates. I literally can't fault this albeit I did notice some mid scene costume changes a couple of times (but I edit as well so I'm primed for that)...but on both occasions it was only coz I recal the scenes being different and when I rewound to see the scene again THEN I noticed....masterfully executed.

The technical standard here is superlative and with circa 10 hours of material, the one or two audio segues which might be smoother are frankly so minor, no points dedcuted on the 3 technical categories.

Enjoyment: I score a 9 here, reluctantly and that is mainly due how this winds up...There is nothing wrong with the ending per-se, but the choices here did remind me a tad of what the original problems were. Let me be clear though, it is a far more satisfying conclusion and frankly had it been the one that aired, we all would have been ok with it...

Narrative: Again, this is outstanding and I completely agree and understand the choices made to accomplish this outstanding edit. I do however believe that with a little more work, one or two of the "intrigue" plot lines could have been retained/modified/ incorporated in order to keep the threat of the unexpected in regards to character threads, alive. The streamlining of this is a tad too much for my taste, and though it was necessary in order to deliver new outcomes and fates overall, It would be nice if a V2 were to drop back in 10-20 mins overall of a few of those destabilising interactions (even if they do not pay off and the new outcomes are retained). I also fully expected the titles to roll after "the melting" (avoiding spoliers), and the sequence of scenes which followed gave me a Return of the King vibe, with one or two too many scenes. Nothing wrong, just a personal choice. In fact, I think just a reordering of the last 10 minutes might benefit this outstanding edit (with some excision of Jon's reaction shots while on the dragons; he's expert now).

Again, let me be clear, this is outstanding, and is my go to version and anyone who would like to have a satiusfying journey on GOT should absolutely watch this, burn to disc, and slip into your box sets!

REMARKABLE!



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To stitch together a scene using footage taken from various episodes and, aside from obvious errors an editor can't fix, making it look like it was always that one scene - is an impressive feat.

I was lucky enough to stumble on the thread for this edit in the forum when it was just submitted. Reading through I liked the narrative idea the editor presented, so I decided to check it out even in that unapproved stage. And I was quite impressed. almightycutie managed to turn the story around, forcing it to serve his predefined vision using clever editing techniques and visual effects.

Now that I watched the released version, I was happy to see that some of my suggestions came through here. And other changes that improve upon that initial version I saw. And it works! The edit works! Yes, there are goofs and plot holes and a few places where character motivations become questionable. However, none of it kept me from enjoying the presentation. Especially since it was leagues better than what we got in the original show.

The quality of the edit is absolutely stunning for a fanedit (10/10)

The one thing I don't agree with from a narrative perspective is Jon and Dany staying lovers: I don't think they should remain lovers in the end. It just doesn't suit their characters, being in the position they are in. I would have enjoyed more to see them flying the dragons together, accepting each other as members of the Targaryen family, but not going back to being involved romantically. Maybe a plan for v2 ;)

Well Done!
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As soon as I saw this I knew I had to give it a shot as anything is better than the original and I wasn’t disappointed. Many characters are seemingly redeemed and seem to be more themselves which was more than refreshing. As a newer viewer I don’t know if I view as critically as others but if I don’t notice any flaws the edit is solid to me and I noticed zero. My only complaint is that they didn’t give enough to work with as the story is semi flawed and a little inconsistent. Overall I thought the edit was great and far beyond the original! Thank you!

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almightycutie attempts to take Seasons 7 + 8 of GoT and turn it into one solid ending season by jettisoning all the material that didn't work. This means that much of S7 is left intact while much of S8 is cut, in particular all the bits that made previously clever and resourceful characters into plot devices. Tyrion is still smart, Sansa isn't so relentlessly bitchy, and Dany doesn't betray her core principles because she's not getting that Jon Snow D.
The key change is amazing in how well it works, so much so that it almost seems like it would be better if GRR Martin wrote it this way. AC flips the order of events to that Dany deals with her fight with Cersei first, then comes to aid the North in a final battle against the Night King. This reframing allows many characters who met certain fates to have different ones now that the Battle of Winterfell is the culmination of the story. AC does an impressive amount of additional effects-work to try to weave the structure of this together and to refocus the narrative in a believable way, and I think the majority of it works very well. I left in-depth comments on the edit's actual page: https://forums.fanedit.org/threads/game-of-thrones-complete-seasons-7-8-edit.19047/post-385712

Overall, there's nothing in this that screams "I Am a FaNEdit nOT thE ReAL thINg", so it's definitely a workable replacement for S7 and S8 of the actual show, if you're a fan. The narrative runs into some structural issues in the last few episodes though, and I think it needs a Version 2.0 to really give a satisfying ending to fans. Perhaps like the many Hobbit edits, this first GOT one will show the way and provide a platform to build off of and just get even better. It's an incredibly ambitious accomplishment, and I look forward to what AC does next!

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