On Sunday evening, the sixth and final episode in the eighth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones aired, and by final episode, I mean final.
There is no more Game of Thrones, which is a concept I’m still struggling to wrap my head around.
If you haven’t yet seen the final episode, abandon this post now. Spoilers are coming.
The episode opens with Tyrion walking through what’s left of King’s Landing after Daenerys and Drogon went h a m. We see women and children laying scorched in the streets, with Tyrion in a sort of daze. He eventually wanders down into the Red Keep to see if Jamie and Cersei survived the attack, but he finds them buried beneath the rubble.
This scene was so damn emotional; don’t even try to tell me your eyes didn’t well up a wee bit.
Shortly after we see Jon once again dealing with inner turmoil; does he remain loyal to his Queen, despite her rash actions, or does he rightfully claim the Iron Throne?
Well, it’s Jon, so he does neither. He does stab Dany while they’re locked in a passionate embrace, though, which was a bit of a relief, as he realizes the extent she’s willing to go to for power. Drogon carries her off into the distance and we’re not quite sure what he does with her, but he does melt the Iron Throne, paying homage to Dany’s quest to break the wheel.
Sansa ends up being Queen of Winterfell; Arya sets of to explore where the maps end; Bran becomes King of the six kingdoms (slightly random); Tyrion is named his hand; Sam becomes grand maester; Jon is sent back to the Wall for betraying the Queen; and Bronn finally gets his fookin’ castle.
If you’re a fan of the show, you’ve likely been hearing a lot of disapproval from viewers regarding how the final season was portrayed. Some believe it was rushed (which I agree with to some extent), and many are asking for the entire season to be redone.
Personally, I thought the final season was pretty good, aside from how Jon’s story closes. Why was he resurrected, and his true identity revealed, if not for the Throne?
Who knows, but all in all, Game of Thrones is such a masterpiece of a series, and no amount of hidden coffee cups or water bottles will change that.
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