The final of the Game of Thrones on Sunday, probably the biggest moment in episodic television of this century, is over. After eight years, eight seasons and several dozen hours, the epic fantasy drama is behind us.
The eighth season was controversial and is perhaps best rendered in the episode last week. It finished many of Game of Thrones' longest and most important plots, including the as well as the descent of Daenerys Targaryen into Mad Queendom.
But it also triggered a backlash that resulted in. So the finale not only has to end one of the most historic TV shows, but also make bitter Jiu Jitsu fans feel contented.
OK, let's do that. For the last time you are watching the throne now. (For the last time.)
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The Dragon and the Lion
The approximately 90-minute episode was divided into two parts. The highlight of the first part wasby Jon Snow.
Episode 6 titled "The Iron Throne" began with Tyrion and Jon walking through a ruined royal landing whose streets were adorned with burned and bloody bodies. They are not enthusiastic about what they see. Tyrion ventures into the dungeons of the Red Fortress, where he finds Cersei and Jaime. He crumbles in grief over the corpses of his siblings, who were killed by another kind of crumbling.
Jaime and Cersei died last week with a surprisingly low ceremony, but Tyrion's weeping gave her end an added heaviness.
Jon meets Gray Worm and his troop of unsheltered executing Lannister soldiers. The war is won, says Jon, and there is no reason to kill these men. Gray Worm, who now has a constant scowl and extremely hates, says he acts on Queen's orders. The two get into a testosterone-rich dispute before Jon decides to speak with Daenerys.
Before either Tyrion or Jon can penetrate to Daenerys, who has just returned from her descent into villainy, she delivers a victory speech for her forces through the steps of the fortress. Jon and Tyrion stand behind her. Someone, please call the ominous music.
"The war is not over until we liberate the world," she announces in the Eastern language, "from Winterfell to Dorne." This last line is Jon's first indication that something is wrong with this new Dany. She makes Gray Worm her master of war. I can not emphasize how powerful the Gray Worm has become.
The crowd of Unsullied and Dothraki cheers. Tyrion approaches Daenerys and she accuses him of releasing Jaime.
"I freed my brother and you slaughtered a city," he replies. He takes off his badge "Hand of the King" and throws it to the ground. You may recall the first action that Ned Stark protested in Season One against King Robert's request that innocent Daenerys in Essos should be killed without an army or dragons. Daenerys, who used her army and her dragon to loot the city, demands that he be taken away. Circle man, it's all about the circles.
Jon goes to him. (This is an island-like, linear episode where one scene follows the story of the previous one, which is strange for Game of Thrones.) Jon, who is now totally unable to read a person, is still in Daenerys' team , Her best friend and her dragon were both killed, he says. How could she not be a bit fiery?
"You love her," says Tyrion. "I love her too … not as successful as you." I think that explains this scene in Season 7, where Tyrion watches with great thirst as Jon enters Daenery's cabin. (This is not a gross euphemism, they were on a ship!)
"Love is the death of duty," says Jon, recalling his great-grandson Maester Aemon, who said he was executed in Season 1 after Jon's father Ned Stark had not been executed. "Sometimes duty is the death of love," replies Tyrion. "You are the shield guarding the realms of man."
Tyrion asks Jon to kill Daenerys, but Jon will not have it. Tyrion asks what Daenerys will do with Jon, the rightful heir to the throne, and his sisters, who know he is the rightful heir. Sansa will never bend his knee, he warns. "She can not decide," says Jon.
"No, but you," exclaims Tyrion, "and you must decide now."
People love talking about Game of Thrones, but this was an A + scene. HBO, if you're finishing the season at the end, please leave this scene in.
Jon goes to the Red Fortress to see Daenerys. Drogon is on guard. Drogon looks at Jon, but decides he's cool. Daenerys surveys the Red Castle in a scene that is almost identical. She grabs one of the swords of iron throne. Jon approaches.
Jon asks her to apologize to Tyrion. She says she can not. "We can not hide behind small graces," she says. This is a different Dany than in the last episode. She is sure of her actions, but not in a crazy way. Jon says they are trying to build a world of mercy. Trust me, Daenerys says, she knows what's good. They hug each other. She tells him that they will break the wheel together.
"You are my queen, now and forever," he whispers gravely. They kiss – and Jon stabs them. With a dagger. To her heart. What she had to live.
This was a profoundly affecting scene. Despite refusing to free Tyrion, Daenerys showed her warmer side as she tried to win the side of Jon. This made her petrified fraud ban all the more poignant. Jon puts her down crying. Our last vision of Daenerys is the mourning look she gives to her most trusted ally.
Daenery's death aroused more than my weak feelings, as he also aroused Drogon. He flies into the fortress, surveys the scene and completes his dragon breath. Jon prepares for his second death, but Drogon does not burn him. Instead, it melts the Iron Throne. Drogon picks up Daenerys with his claws and flees.
Brandon the Broken
The second part of the episode was essentially an epilogue, playing weeks after Daenery's death.
It begins with Gray Worm Tyrion leading to the Dragonpit of King's Landing, where Jon and co in Season 7 brought the White Walker to Cersei. There, Westeros & # 39; s great lords gather together: Bran, Arya and Sansa Stark are all there. Samwell Tarly is here. Robin Arryn and Yohn Royce from Vale are here. Also Ser Davos Seaworth and Ser Brienne.
We even meet again with Ser Edmure Tully (Catelyn Stark's brother), who was taken hostage and used as a Lannister farmer after his crimson wedding ceremony in Season 3.
Sansa asks where Jon is. Gray Worm says Jon has to pay for his crimes and wants to execute Tyrion as well. What happens to Jon and Tyrion is up to the king or queen, they decide, but there is no king or queen.
Welp, all the Westeros Lords are here, so Tyrion asks why they do not just talk and pick a ruler? The exceedingly mediocre Edmure stands up and begins to list his references, but his niece Sansa asks him to sit down. Sansa is great and in a fair world it would be the one who leaps, hops, leaps on the throne. Samwell suggests that the people of Westeros vote, but he quickly laughs out of the discussion.
What connects people? Tyrion raises this question to the bunch. Yes, armies, gold and flags are cool, but have you tried stories ? As he deals with stories and folk songs or whatever, the camera pans through the group. You can bet whoever stops being the new lord of the seven kingdoms. (I crossed my fingers for Sansa, who, as mentioned, is great.)
Who has a better story, asks Tyrion, than Bran Stark?
Bran was pushed out of the top floor of a tower and lived. He was paralyzed but learned to fly. He went over the wall and became the Three-Eyed Raven. Now he knows all the stories of man. He is perfect .
Tyrion asks Bran to think about it. "Why do you think I've come all the way?" Says Bran with all the warmth and excitement we've come to love. The Lords and Ladies are all in favor of Bran Stark – with the exception of Sansa. She loves him, but the north will remain an independent kingdom, she proclaims. Today, no strong knees are bent. Bran agrees and does his first act as a naked nepotist.
It is agreed. Bran Stark is now Brandon the Broken, Lord of the Six Kingdoms and Protector of the Empire.
I saw this episode with five people and it was about this time when I heard all their hearts break in rapid succession. It was a symphony of cardiovascular failure. I can not imagine that this will work out well with the audience of "Remake this season", but hey, we had worse kings.
Bran can not have children, so his rule can not be shared. Tyrion tells Gray Worm that this is the wheel-breaker her queen would have wanted.
Bran's second task is to make Tyrion his own. Tyrion says he does not deserve that he's not as wise as he thought. (Nice to hear he admits that because he was a jerk all season.) Bran says Tyrion does not want to be a hand, but he does not want a king, so it's a perfect combination. Gray Worm is angry and demands justice.
"He just has it," commands Bran. "He has made many terrible mistakes and will spend the rest of his life fixing them."
A Spring Dream
After the scene in which Bran the Broken is anointed, Tyrion, now the hand, goes to Jon, now the prisoner. I could not help believing that their dialogue was as focused on the audience as it was on the progress of the story.
Jon learns that he's being sent to the wall to fetch the black. In the absence of Wildlings and White Walkers, the Night's Watch is now a home for "bastards and broken men". The Immaculate wanted him dead while Arya and Sansa wanted him free.
"Nobody is very happy, which means that it's a good compromise, I suppose," says Tyrion. This line reminded me of Inglorious Basterds, who ended up with Brad Pitt's character with Quentin Tarantino and said to the audience, "This could be my masterpiece." The next exchange between Tyrion and Jon hit me as Showrunner DB Weiss and David Benioff, who spoke directly to their audience and their elements are hostile to them.
Jon: "Was it right? What did I do?"
Tyrion: "What we did ."
Jon: "It did not feel right."
Tyrion: "Ask me in 10 years."
From here, the rest of the episode was like an extended credits scene, where we could see the characters' happy moments.
Jon says goodbye to the Starks. He tells Sansa that the people of Winterfell could not have a better ruler than Ned Stark's daughter. He asks Arya to visit him at the wall. She says she will not – because she sails "west of Westeros" where the Known World ends. Jon apologizes to Bran for not being there for him in his distress. "They were right where you should be," says Bran. Classic Bran.
We then see Ser Brienne reading the Book of the Brothers, in which the deeds of the great knights of the Kingsguard are recorded. Jaime was in the fourth season for his scant entry into the book owned by Joffrey, butensures that Jaime's deeds were known. She records his exploits over the years and ends them with: "Died to protect his queen."
Next up is a small council meeting led by Tyrion. It all starts when Grand Maester presents Samwell Tyrion with a band, a written story from The Great War and The Last War. The name of this band? A song of fire and ice. Bronn, who threatened Tyrion with two death episodes, is now the Master of Coin. Ser Davos is a master of ships. They talk with Ser Brienne and Ser Podrick about rebuilding the city and arguing over whether to prioritize ships or brothels. Maybe we do not deserve peace.
The show ends when we follow the Stark children on their new adventures.
Sansa adorns the colors of her mother and wears the crown of Winterfell, while a crowd calls her the Queen of the North. Arya sails with a Direwolf ship west of Westeros.
Jon is greeted by Tormund Giantsbane on the wall and reunited with Ghost to rest one of the. This is not an exercise: Jon is here to kill his queen and pat his wolf – and he's all but Queens to kill.
In the first scene of Game of Thrones, Brothers of the Night Watch stormed north of the Wall, where they were murdered by White Walkers. The last shot of Game of Thrones was that Jon rode into the same forest with a bunch of wildlings north of Castle Black.
Were you satisfied with the result? If not, do not fret. George RR Martin was due to finish the final books over the next two or three decades.
Originally published on May 19th.