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Here’s what happened in the Game of Thrones finale (Contains spoilers!)

Next, we get a painfully long scene where Tyrion, now a prisoner, tries to convince Jon that he can’t keep following Daenerys. What’s problematic about this scene, besides its length, is that it’s the only time we get any “insight” into Daenerys’ mindset. The show wants us to believe that Tyrion is right about her and that everything he says is truth, but what about Daenerys? The dragon queen is so disconnected from the rest of the show that she gets almost no point of view. The moment where she walks up to the Iron Throne, runs her hands over it, and tells Jon about how she dreamed about it as a child is the only bit we get from her this episode. Everything else is from Tyrion. Like Cersei last week, she’s been tossed aside, her narrative given to somebody else, which only makes the next scene tougher to watch.

When Jon approaches Daenerys at the Iron Throne, we can guess what’s going to happen. At this point, Daenerys needs to die, and she does. They kiss, but Jon stabs her, which I think we’re supposed to see as an ultimate betrayal. Drogon flies up and finds his mother’s body and just starts roasting the place. However, instead of burning Jon, he burns the Iron Throne, melting it away before picking up Daenerys’ body and flying away. I didn’t know that dragons had a great sense of narrative irony, but apparently, they’ve been following the series closely and are really into the symbolism.

I didn’t know that dragons had a great sense of narrative irony, but apparently they’ve been following the series closely and are really into the symbolism.

Things jump into conclusion territory after this. Tyrion is led out to the pit where he sees a council of familiar faces. All the heads of the houses left in Westeros — and main characters that aren’t actually important but are here anyway — are deciding what to do with Tyrion and Jon, but also what to do about government. Grey Worm is still vengeful and wants them both dead. Obviously, the Starks don’t want Jon dead, but they decide that it’ll be up to whoever is the new king (not queen, of course) to put out the punishments. At one point Edmure Tully, who’s been a Frey prisoner for seasons now, speaks up and Sansa tells him to sit down, which might be the highlight of the episode (more on Sansa being the only winner here later). However, Tyrion, who I will remind you is a prisoner, decides that he’ll nominate Bran and constitute what is essentially an electoral college for monarchs and everybody agrees. Jon will be sent back to the Night’s Watch and everybody else gets to live their lives. Bran’s council gathers for a meeting, Arya goes sailing to the west to see what’s there, Brienne writes down Jamie’s legacy in the Kingsguard book, and Jon goes beyond the Wall with the Freefolk. Happily ever after, right?

A lot of the conclusions make sense in theory. Bran is one of the few people left that has no need for power or vanity, so him becoming king is a logical choice. Jon being sent back to the Night’s Watch is a full circle, sending him back to where he had felt the most welcome and out of the way of the Westerosi politics that were above him. It being revealed that the “Song of Ice and Fire” from the book series’ title was actually a book that will chronicle the war for generations to come harkens back to the idea that stories are what tie people together. It ties in with the idea that the series’ (more the book than the show) emphasis on myths and legends as actual history that we should learn from and work to not repeat.

The North becomes an independent kingdom and Sansa becomes Queen in the North, in what is definitely the only earned moment in the show’s finale. The North has always done its own thing and Sansa’s sense of loyalty to her home and her dedication to keeping it safe means that she deserves the title. Arya decides she’s going to sail west of Westeros to see what’s there, echoing a query she had in Season 6.

Article source: https://www.technobuffalo.com/game-of-thrones-finale-recap

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