The final episode for Game of Thrones has now come and gone, and no matter what, the end is here and now. It has been a season filled with rushed storylines and questionable content. There will always be differing opinions when it comes to these final seasons, it’s a show that fans have been involved with for all these years. It has been one hell of a ride, and I’m glad to have gone on this journey in the realm of Westeros and beyond.
Beyond this point there are spoilers. Do not read if you haven’t watched the episode.
Madness rises from the ashes
The great war has ended, and the aftermath is filled with ashes and death. It’s difficult to grasp on to some piece of normality when a whole city has been reduced to silent chaos. An eerie quiet seeps into the viewer’s perceptions, as Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), goes to discover the fate of his brother. There is no coming back from the collapse of the Red Keep, the corpses of Jaime and Cersei confirm that not everyone can be saved.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) has crossed a line, but in her mind, she is the hero of this story. There have been so many evil and deluded conquests that have crumbled at her feet, those ones needed to fall. They brought pain into this world, and those people needed to be liberated. Whether it be in life or in death, unfortunately, Cersei didn’t do herself any favors when she took the last bit of good from Dany’s life. Some things cannot be forgotten or forgiven. But we know that Dany has never been one to forgive, so it comes as no surprise when Tyrion is put into chains.
A choice must be made
Jon (Kit Harington) knows that what has happened isn’t right. The conflict has always been alive and well inside of him, he’s forever a tortured soul. Torn between his queen, a woman he loves, and what is best for the people of Westeros. A condemned Tyrion pleads with Jon, he is the only one who can make a choice, before there are no more choices to be made. In a twist of fate, I think many saw coming, caught in an embrace, Jon makes his choice. Ending Dany’s life, and reign.
Drogon is connected to his mother, on an otherworldly level. Instead of burning Jon, reducing him to a pile of ashes, he turns his attention to the Iron Throne. This is what has consumed Dany for her entire life. It’s what has brought her here, to the very moment of her demise. It was inevitable, but it doesn’t make it easy seeing a strong character like that slip away in a mere moment. Lifting her lifeless body to the sky, Drogon takes her away. (Thanks to Game of Thrones creators for making me care so much about a non-existent dragon, he broke my heart)
What is the reason?
No matter the power one welds, no one is safe from death. Now, who will rule the Seven Kingdoms? That is up to the remaining houses to decide. Not knowing how much time has passed, there is a gathering of great minds and houses at Kings Landing. A decision needs to be made, and a powerful speech by Tyrion stirs something within them all. What outlasts even death? Stories and the memories behind those past experiences. Who better to rule them all, than the three-eyed-raven himself? He is the keeper of the secrets, and all that has ever been. In a slow succession, the agreement is unanimous. King Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) the Broken, protector of the six realms. Yeah, that’s not a typo, The North is now an independent kingdom and Sansa (Sophie Turner) is their queen.
There is no happy ending for everyone though, someone must pay for his crime. Jon must pay his price for killing Dany, otherwise, Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) will not retreat. Tyrion, as his first act as Hand of the King, must be the bearer of bad news. Instead of being executed, Jon is to join the black watch. It’s like coming full circle after everything he has gone through. The North has always called to him.
This is truly the end of an era
Each goodbye in this episode is truly bittersweet. Everyone is on their own journey, just like they always have been. One of the more heartwarming scenes was seeing such a ragtag group of survivors serving Bran in his “court”. Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Bronn (Jerome Flynn), Davos (Liam Cunningham), Sam (John Bradley), and Tyrion. They have been through hell and back, yet here they are, ready to usher in a new dawn for the realm. Their work is certainly cut out for them, but if anyone can do it, they can.
We do get a sense of closure, it may not be exactly what fans wanted, but it was something. What’s that they say? You can’t please everyone. I think they ended it in such a way where it shows that the journey is just beginning. Arya (Maisie Williams) is heading to where maps end and the world begins. Sansa is ready to rule The North. Bran will come into his new power, eventually. Then there is Jon, he’s always been exactly where he was meant to be.
Tormund, Ghost and the Wildlings welcome him with open arms at Castle Black. He knows that north is the only place for him, he will be free, it has been a very long journey.
This season of Game of Thrones boasted some rather visually striking scenes. The dragons seem to get more and more impressive with each passing season, it’s so hard to say goodbye to those loyal creatures.
There is something profoundly upsetting when a series of this caliber ends, no matter the outcome. People invest their emotions and time into such a spectacle, immersing themselves in such a vast world to escape reality. We connect with these characters, it’s bittersweet when it all comes to an end. I have mixed feelings about how it all ended, but I will keep some of those thoughts to myself. The ride has been long and tumultuous, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. In a way, it ended as it should, all these beloved characters open to the world and heading out on their own paths once more.
I wish there was more to this last season, I think the fans needed that, but I’m okay with how things turned out. I will never forget the moments I shared with countless others because of this show. It has brought people together, whether in anger or in agreement. The realm has been rallied for the last time, and my heart aches because of it.
Thanks for the memories Game of Thrones, good and bad.
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