The massive fan base of GoT was quiet for almost 2 years as they were patiently waiting for Game of Thrones Season 8. The final season came and very swiftly ended while we kept talking about it constantly. Every season managed to shock fans in different ways but this one spawned an outcry that people did not actually see coming. Yes, the show had a poor fan reception right before it ended, but the final episode was more of damage control which kind of made things okay!
It is very difficult to give a thing of beauty a justifiable ending especially when it lasts for almost a decade! Well, Avengers: Endgame was able to achieve this feat, but unfortunately, Game of Thrones wasn’t quite able to do the same. Yes, we can admit that the final episode did make things kinda Okay, but it surely wasn’t the same as the previous seasons. Most fans are blaming the show writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for the lower quality of the season but we have to appreciate them for even attempting to give the show a suitable ending considering the fact that they weren’t following the source material anymore.
Yes, the season was rushed and it would have helped it we at least got 1 or 2 more episodes of it. But what’s done is done, and now let’s get into how things have ultimately ended. The good thing about this season is that the opening and the finale was full off fan service! It would be safe to say that the show had a sensible Ending!
Tyrion convinces Jon that Dany has been corrupted by her power. She is not the queen that they meant to follow, and Jon did realize that. The result of that was a heartbreaking moment where Jon had to make a choice between Duty and love. In the end, duty turned out to be the end of love. Having seen what Dany had turned into after the traumatizing loss of everyone around her, he saved the world by taking it all on his head. He killed Dany and left us all weeping over it. What followed was Drogon mourning his mother.
Drogon burnt the Iron Throne and ended the big argument of who will sit on it. But things obviously did not end there. There was still a need of a ruler in Westeros, and it actually got the perfect one. This was the only little twist that very few people actually anticipated. Theories were fighting over Jon, Dany, Cersei or even Sansa finally ending off on the Iron Throne, but as it turned out, it was “Bran the Broken” who ended up becoming the New King of Westeros.
Drogon burnt the Iron Throne because the new ruler of the Six Kingdoms already had his own fancy throne!
The Three-Eyed Raven, who is the only memory of the entire world ended up the Ruler of the 6 Kingdoms while The North became an Independent territory altogether left under the leadership of Sansa, the Queen in the North. Brandon Stark appointed Tyrion as the Hand of the King, and he is now supposed to make up for all the mistakes that he has made in the past. He started off by paying his debts and making Ser Bronn the Master of Coin. He also got what he’s always wanted, and i.e. a big Castle!
Samwell Tarly becomes the new Grand Master and he delivers a book called “A Song of Ice and Fire,” paying homage to the existence of the show itself. Ser Brienne of Tarth became the Commander of the Kingsguard and Ser Davos Seaworth is the new Master of Ships. Together these individuals formed the Small Council.
Then we see Ser Podrick, who has apparently been turned into a Knight for showing his magic in the brothel! Talking about Brothels, the moments at Kings Landing ended with teases of fan service as Tyrion tells his story about how he once entered a brothel with a Honeycomb and a Jackass. And then the second tease was for “Bran the Broken” morphing into a Dragon in order to control it!
As far as the Starks are concerned, Arya carries the House Stark Banner to explore the West of Westeros. And it turns out to be a bittersweet ending for Jon Snow, who is exiled to the Nights watch as a means of atonement coming from him. Apparently, any other solution for him would have started a war between the Unsullied (who’ve now set sail for Naath) and House Stark.
So, Jon ends up at the Nights watch which is now a home for Basters and Broken. But as he reaches the great wall, he reunites with his best friend Tormund, and his loyal direwolf Ghost. He finally pets Ghost and that should make the fans happy now. But the show ends with setting March beyond the wall with the Wildling Folk.
While all of it was a competent ending, to say the least, the show still did leave a few story threads dangling for our wild imaginations to explore. For instance, we don’t really know the whole significance of Arya’s horse. Moreover, the prophecy of Melisandre was still left complete as Arya did not necessarily shut the Green Eyes as it was Jon who killed Dany. So, perhaps that becomes a thing of the future.
All in all, the final season was quite unsatisfying just because it felt so rushed. The plot was kinda okay but the execution of it all wasn’t really top notch. Although there were a few amazing visuals that we all got to witness throughout the 6 episodes, all those got overshadowed by a hurried story told by the writers.
But now we can say that Our watch has ended!