The Game of Good-byes
This is the end of a decade-long love affair with one of the most influential television shows to ever air. Game of Thrones has proved that a fantasy show based on an uncompleted series of books written by an old white guy can slay the mainstream media with ice and fire. No matter how dark an episode is or how many coffee cups they leave in the final shot or how many incestuous sex scenes grace my screen, I will always be in love with this show. Game of Thrones h as provided us with interesting story lines, relatable characters, hate-able villains, cuddly dragons, fluffy direwolf puppies, and, most of all, an intense and amazing new nerd culture. This show has brought people together from so many walks of life to both create and watch this series. Any ordinary person would say, “It’s just a TV show, Kat. Quit talking about it already.” But I won’t stop talking about it because of how much it has affected my life since the beginning. I’ve been watching Arya silently murder people, Daenerys do whatever it takes to achieve her goals, Sansa survive all of the disgusting things she’s seen and had to do, Brienne of Tarth finally become a knight, and Cersei destroy anyone who hurts her children. Whether or not you like any of these characters, they are all incredibly strong women that would’ve never been seen by the world except in the books. George R.R. Martin is a genius for creating this stunning world and characters to put in it. Since this is the final episode of the series, I’m going to leave it up to you to go watch it. I won’t be recapping this one, but I will be reviewing and making references to the episode and series as a whole, so there will still be spoilers. We’ve got a lot to talk about, so let’s get into it.
If you read my recap for “The Bells” last week, I predicted four things that I wanted to happen in the finale. Only one of my predictions came true. Sansa became Queen in the North and seceded from the Seven Kingdoms. This whole series has been building on this conclusion for the North since Ned Stark was beheaded back in season one. The only just started setting up that Sansa would be Queen in the North last season when it was revealed that Jon was Aegon Targaryen. Before that bombshell, I had my money on Jon staying King in the North, but when you’re the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, you can only rule from one fancy chair.
One of my other predictions was that Arya would be the one to kill Daenerys, but they had to give that kill to Jon considering he missed out on the Night King and had to have one major character death under his belt by the end. The whole scene between Jon and Dany in the destroyed throne room was rather poetic, but cliche because there would be no other reason for Jon to be alone with Dany other than to murder her. Realistically, Drogon should have killed Jon as soon as he saw his dead mother, but considering Jon is a Targaryen, it’s against the rules or something like that. But the burning of the Iron Throne by dragon fire was a form of rebirth for Westeros, leaving the bloody past behind to make way for a new leader.
Considering that Jon murdered Dany in cold blood, it is only fair that the Unsullied take him prisoner and demand his execution. This makes punishment mandatory for Jon, leaving him out of the potential leader pool. In contrast, Tyrion merely freed his brother to somehow save an unborn Lannister child, which should’ve had him executed on the spot as soon as he faced
Dany on the steps to the Red Keep, but he was held prisoner instead as well. This eliminates another one of my predictions that Tyrion was supposed to die at the hands of Daenerys, but, instead, our favorite imp lives to serve the Realm until his natural death.
My final prediction of Jon taking the Iron Throne was also squashed. Instead we see Bran Stark voted on by the leading lords and ladies of each major house to lead the people into an era of change. Bran names Tyrion as his hand and allows Sansa to become Queen in the North. Out of all of the Starks, Sansa is the only one that wanted any sort of major power, but also wants to do what is best for the Northern people. Bran is the unlikely but best candidate for Westeros since he knows everything that has been and will be, and can ensure the Realm is able to rebuild and reshape how it governs itself in the new age. Because of his knowledge, he names a fitting Small Council to aid him in ruling the Six Kingdoms. Tyrion as Hand to the King, Bronn as Master of Coin, Ser Daavos as Master of Ships, Sam Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the King’s Guard. We get to see the beginning of the first meeting of the new High Council which is already kind of a cluster.
But what about Jon? Well, as “punishment” Bran sends him to the Night’s Watch knowing that there is no longer any need for the wall since the Night King and Army of Undead have all been killed. When Jon arrives he reconnects with Tormund and Ghost. JON ACTUALLY PETS GHOST, and I could not have been more emotional about it. Knowing there is no reason to stay in Castle Black, Jon escorts the Freefolk north of the wall back to the wintery wilds where he will remain until his death. This is a respectable end for Jon, but death would have evoked more emotion and finality for his story.
The final character we say goodbye to is Arya. Since mentioning it a few seasons ago, Arya has wanted to travel west of Westeros to find what could be outside of the known world. Sometimes a girl needs to retire from her life of ninja assassin to follow her true dreams of traveling. For me, Arya’s story gets wrapped up with a nice bow in comparison to everyone else’s stories. This has been what she has truly strived for since she was a little girl, and as much traveling as she did as No One, she was never fulfilled until getting on that boat headed west. Who knows what she’ll find out there. She could end up finding a new world full of magic and more dragons or something else. For those of you wanting a spin off based around Arya’s travels, I would watch it for sure, but it would eliminate the sense of mystery that was meant to be felt at the end of her story.
As a huge fan of the Game of Thrones, I would like to thank the cast and crew for putting together such an amazing series. I also want to thank HBO for choosing to air it. A huge thank you to George R.R. Martin for deciding to create this wonderful land full of stories and mysteries for us all to enjoy. Finally, I thank the nerds and geeks for creating such a vibrant culture surrounding this franchise. Thank you.
I end it all by saying this: All hail King Brandon the Broken of the House Stark, the First of His Name, the Three-eyed Raven, King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.
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P.S. They can end a show, but they can never end the memes.
P.P.S. I will be taking a small break from posting reviews and articles. I have to get caught up on other new and exciting content, but I will be back soon. Stay weird.