As I sat down to watch the Game of Thrones finale on Monday night, the overwhelming feeling I had was relief.

After a whole season of insipid television, I don't think I could stand another moment of whinging — my own included — about the direction the show had taken.

The complaining was inevitable though. When a TV series racks up the kind of feverish following Game of Thrones has enjoyed, it's almost impossible to meet fans' expectations of how it should all end.

However, their writers were not the first to face this crippling pressure. So, while we collectively

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