Game Of Thrones season 7 is fast racing towards the finishing line with the 5th episode airing this Sunday. We now have just 2 episodes remaining, before the long wait for Game Of Thrones season 8 begins. The 7th season has just 7 episodes and considering the time crunch, all the events are happening at an accelerated pace, except those involving the White Walkers as they seem to be going in circles since the last 1-2 seasons.
The 5th episode was filled with reunions, though it would’ve been better if the showrunners had given them a proper treatment, rather than just finishing one quickly and moving over to the next one. The first interaction between Jon and Drogon was wonderful to watch and we got to see Gendry for the first time after season 3. Even Littlefinger showed us that he’s still good at manipulating people and he’s determined to isolate Sansa from her family.
1. A new addition to the opening credits scene
During the opening credits for the latest episode, we got to see a new addition and it was the Night’s Watch castle of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, which was also the name of the episode. So far in the series, we have hardly heard about Eastwatch and this was the first time we got to see the Night’s Watch castle and it was nice to see that the show also introduced it during the opening credits.
2. Daenerys refers to her Break the Wheel speech
After defeating the Lannisters and the Tarlys, the Dothraki round-up all the surviving people and she tells them that Cersei might’ve spoken many things about her but they aren’t true and she adds, “All I want to destroy is the wheel that has rolled over rich and poor to the benefit of no one but the Cersei Lannisters of the world.”
She has said something similar to Tyrion previously in the 5th season. During the scene, Daenerys asked Tyrion to advise her as she wanted to rule Westeros and Tyrion tried to convince her to stay in Essos as he knew that taking over Westeros was going to be difficult without the support of the powerful houses. That’s when she said:
“Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell — they’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top and that one’s on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.”Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell — they’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top and that one’s on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.”
3. Another reference to Jon being a Targaryen
After Daenerys returned to Dragonstone, she landed near Jon Snow and Drogon started charging towards Jon, but Jon stood firm and he took out a glove and patted Drogon and there seemed to be a connection between them. Even Daenerys seemed to be surprised, seeing how friendly Drogon was with Jon.
This seems to be another hint at Jon being a Targaryen. All the fans know that Jon is a Targaryen, but no one in Westeros has an idea about that, except for Bran Stark. We don’t know how exactly Jon is going to find out that he’s a Targaryen, but it’s possible that it might happen during an unexpected scene like this. Most fans would love to see Bran telling Jon about it but we really can’t say what might happen.
4. The Night’s Watch has already sent a Wight to King’s Landing in season 1
Jon received a letter from Bran, warning him about the White Walkers and Jon immediately informed everyone at Dragonstone about it and Tyrion told Jon that everyone would believe in White Walkers, if someone brought a Wight as a proof and Jon agreed to this.
However, it’s interesting to see that Jon didn’t remind Tyrion that the Night’s Watch had already done that in the first season. During the first season, a fought against a Wight and somehow managed to save the Lord Commander and before Jon burned the Wight, he managed to chop-off one hand. Later Jeor Mormont told Jon that he had sent Ser Alliser Thorne to King’s Landing with the hand, so that the King would realize that the White Walkers were real. However, it seems that the show forgot about it and Ser Alliser returned to Castle Black in the 4th season and there was no mention about what happened when he went to King’s Landing.
However, in the books, Thorne reached King’s Landing and he asked for an audience with Tyion Lannister, who was the acting Hand of the King. Tyrion made Thorne wait for a long time before meeting him and by that time, the hand of the Wight had decomposed. Tyrion mocked him and there was no one who believed Alliser Thorne. So it’s funny to see that Tyrion is the one who asked Jon to bring a Wight to King’s Landing as a proof.
5. Davos joked about Gendry rowing all these seasons
Once Tyrion went to meet Jaime, Ser Davos headed towards Flea Bottom, where he managed to find Gendry. “I wasn’t sure I’d find you,” he said. “Thought you might still be rowing.”
This is a reference to the joke that’s extremely popular among the fans. We had last seen Gendry in the 3rd season, whe he was seeing rowing away from Dragonstone and over the years, fans started wondering if he was still rowing somewhere around Dragonstone. Even Joe Dempsie joked about this few years ago.
— Joe Dempsie (@joedempsie) June 18, 2014
6. Gendry’s war hammer
In the latest episode we met Gendry and we also found out that he preferred using a War hammer and that’s an interesting choice of a weapon as Robert Baratheon was known for using a war hammer and he even killed Rhaegar Targaryen using his war hammer and we can see that he has already put the Baratheon sigil on his war hammer. The war hammer that Robert used was so huge that Ned Stark couldn’t even wield it.
Gendry showed us during the episode that he has his father’s strength as he killed two Gold Cloaks with his hammer with much ease. It will be interesting to see how helpful his war hammer will be once he faces the army of the dead.
7. Another guest appearance
While leaving King’s Landing, Davos came across two soldiers who asked him what he was doing over there and just when Davos had successfully managed to fool them, Tyrion appeared and it’s easy for anyone to identify the Imp. As a result, Gendry had to kill both of them. English actor and comedian, Kevin Eldon was one of the soldier and this wasn’t his first appearance on the show. We last saw him in the 6th season, in Braavos, where he was part of the theater group and he played the role of Ned Stark.
8. Cersei’s pregnancy
Cersei surprised Jaime and the fans by announcing that she was pregnant. Jaime was very happy to hear this news but he an Cersei should be really careful as things might not end well for them. In the 5th season, we were shown a prophecy by Maggy the witch, who told young Cersei that she would have 3 children. So far, everything that was mentioned in the prophecy turned out to be true and we know that Cersei’s 3 children are dead.
“You will never wed the Prince, you will wed the King…You’ll be Queen, for a time. Then comes another — younger, more beautiful — to cast you down and take all you hold dear…The King will have 20 children, and you will have three…Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
So it might happen that either Cersei dies before giving birth to her child or the child dies. Either way, it’s not going to be a happy ending for Cersei.
9. Bonding between Jon and Gendry
Davos made it clear to Gendry that he wasn’t going to reveal that he was Robert Baratheon’s bastard, as Davos didn’t want Jon to worry about harbouring a dead king’s Bastard. However, Gendry chose to ignore Ser Davos’ advice and introduced himself as Robert’s bastard and he said that they should trust each other just as their fathers trusted each other. They quickly bonded with each other and then Jon told Gendry that he was a lot leaner and Gendry replied by saying that Jon was shorter.
This interaction reminds us of Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon in the first season. During the first episode of the series, Robert reached Winterfell and when he met Ned, he said that Ned had become fat and Ned just looked at Robert, indicating that he should look at himself and then they had a nice laugh about it.
10. Good fortune in the wars to come
Before Jon left dragonstone, he Jon tells Daenerys “I wish you good fortune in the wars to come.”
This is not the first time someone has said this line in the show. We have heard it multiple times till now and it’s interesting to know that, it usually is followed by a death.
We saw Mance Rayder saying this to Stannis Baratheon, just before Stannis burned Mance. Mance was given the option to bend the knee or die and he chose the later option.
We then saw the line being said by Ser Arthur Dayne during the Tower of Joy scene. When Ned Stark reached the Tower, he met Ser Arthur and on asking where his sister was, Dayne replied, “I wish you good fortune in the wars to come.”
Even Benjen Stark used an incomplete version of the same quote when he dropped off Bran and Meera at the Wall. “I wish you both good fortune.”
11. Gilly accidentally revealed that Rhaegar had married Lyanna Stark
We had another reference to Jon Snow being a Targaryen in the latest episode, when Gilly asked Samwell about the meaning of the word “annulment.” Samwell who was already frustrated with the way the people at the Citadel were ignoring the threat from the White Walkers told Gilly that, “it’s when a man sets aside his lawful wife.”
Gilly then told Sam that Maynard had issued an annulment for a Prince Ragger and re-married him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne! That’s when Samwell lost his patience and went on a rant about how Archmaester Ebrose gave him the task of recording the annulments and bowel movements of a septon, while the secrets to defeat the Night King lie somewhere in the Citadel.
This revelation has now confirmed that Jon Snow isn’t a bastard and he has the strongest claim to the Iron Throne! It also makes it clear that Rhaegar didn’t actually kidnap Lyanna Stark. We know that Robert’s Rebellion started because people thought Rhaegar had abducted Lyanna, which we now know wasn’t true. So the Targaryen rule came to an end because people didn’t know the truth.
12. I’m tired of reading about the achievements of better men
Samwell was frustrated with the way the Citadel was ignoring the White Walkers and he decided that he couldn’t stay there any longer. He visited the library and took away some books and scrolls and while leaving, Gilly asked him if he was sure about leaving the Citadel. Sam replied, “I’m tired of reading about the achievements of better men”
Samwell’s father had said the same thing in previous season, when Samwell reached Horn Hill and was having dinner with Randyll. “I thought the Night’s Watch might make a man of you,” Randyll told Samwell. “Something resembling a man at least. You’ve managed to stay soft and fat, your nose buried in books. Spending your life reading about the achievements of better men. I’d wager you still can’t sit a horse, or wield a sword.”
13. The letter that Littlefinger wanted Arya to read
We saw that Arya didn’t fully trust Sansa and she even started keeping a watch over Littlefinger to see if he was up to anything fishy and she found that Littlefinger had asked Maester Wolkan to search a letter. Lettlefinger hid the letter in his room and left and that’s when Arya entered his room secretly and searched for the letter. She didn’t look happy after reading the letter and here’s what was written in it:
“Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert’s brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne. The Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King’s Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.”
This letter was written by Sansa in the first season and was addressed to Robb Stark. In the first season, after Ned Stark was taken as a hostage, Cersei had urged Sansa to write a letter to Robb Stark telling her that Ned’s fate depended on Robb Stark’s response to the letter that she would send.
When the scroll reached Winterfell, Maester Luwin was able to see through it and he told Robb, “It’s your sister’s hand but the Queen’s words.” Sadly, Arya has no idea about any of this and she is going to think that Sansa had called her father a traitor and took Joffrey’s side.
14. Jorah and Thoros’ reunion
At the end of the episode, Jon Snow reached Eastwatch, where he was told by Tormund that there were other people who wanted to go North of the Wall. The scene resulted in a number of reunions. Jon met the Hound, Gendry met the Brotherhood without Banners and Ser Jorah met Thoros of Myr.
While Gendry was talking about what the Brotherhood did to him, Jorah interrupted by saying, “Thoros, I hardly recognized you.”
Many fans might’ve wondered how they knew each other, as we never saw the two meeting in the series. The book readers, however must’ve rememberd that the two of them fought together during the Greyjoy Rebellion.
The rebellion took place 9 years before the events in the first episode occured and it started because Balon Greyjoy declared himself the King of the Iron Islands. At the siege of Pyke, Jorah and Thoros were the first men through the breach when the walls came down.
In season 3, Jorah talked about the Greyjoy Rebellion and had said “Thoros of Myr went in alone waving that flaming sword of his”.
If you want to know more about the Greyjoy rebellion, take a look at the video below.
15. Jeor Mormont’s dying wish
This detail was noticed by reddit user Waxahachie_Phil, who talked about how Jorah voluntering to go beyond the Wall fulfilled Jeor Mormont’s last wish. In the books, while Lord Commander Jeor Mormont was dying, he told Samwell to find his son Jorah and ask him to take the Black. Things didn’t end the same way for Jeor Mormont in the show, as Sam took Gilly and her child and ran away before anyone could catch them.
Jorah hasn’t joined the Night’s Watch but he signed up for the work that’s usually done by the members of the Night’s Watch and in a way it fulfills his father’s last wish.
The best and worst moments from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6
After almost eight years of build-up, viewers’ emotional investment, unexpected character arcs, and a thousand questions, Game Of Thrones finally came to an end. Fans were sad that the series was getting over and many people thought that there should’ve been more seasons. But one can only wish. Here are some of the best and the worst moments from the final episode. One last time.
The Best Moments from Episode 6
Daenerys, the Dragon Queen
Madness, ruthlessness, cruelty be damned! When Daenerys walks out of the ruins of the Red Keep to address the Unsullied and the Dothraki, Drogon flies from behind her. And the frame makes it look as if the Dragon Queen herself has grown herself a pair of giant dragon wings. A simple moment made amazing by some outstanding camera work.
Tyrion calls it quits
As Tyrion moves brick after brick and sees for himself what he had long suspected – Jaime and Cersei, dead, in each other’s arms, the moment is heartbreaking. Having just witnessed the charred bodies and the ashes outside the Red Keep, Tyrion finally accepts what Daenerys has become. He goes out, confronts her, and tosses away the Hand’s pin. In this moment of ultimate defiance, the little man is taller than the others who are still living under the fear of the ruthless woman who calls herself the Queen.
Grey Worm executing Lannister soldiers
Grey Worm rounds up the surviving Lannister soldiers and sentences them to die. As Jon and Ser Davos oppose the execution of prisoners of war who have surrendered, Grey Worm tells them that it’s on the Queen’s orders. The moment further establishes how ruthless Daenerys has become and also that Grey Worm is following in her footsteps. At the moment that Grey Worm proceeds to personally slit the throats of the prisoners, Jon begins to accept that something is not quite right in the way things are shaping up.
Jon chooses to do the right thing
After watching pointless death and destruction around him and seeing for himself what Daenerys is becoming, Jon is torn between the woman he loves and what he knows to be right. Tyrion, now a prisoner, also tells Jon that he needs to put an end to this madness. But it is not until Jon meets Dany that he truly understands the magnitude of her madness and her obsession with power. As they kiss, Jon plunges a dagger deep into her belly. So one moment, they are kissing, and the next moment, Dany gasps and stops moving. As Jon supports her lifeless body, it is clear how difficult it was for him to choose between love and truth.
As Drogon realizes Daenerys is dead, his fury knows no bounds. For a moment it looks as if he is going to burn Jon down. But, instead, he chooses to turn his fury on the Iron Throne. The Throne which was made from a thousand swords of Ageon’s fallen enemies was forged from dragonfire. In a fitting end to the Throne, it is dragonfire that burns it down as the steel melts. The Throne for which wars were fought and lives were lost simply ceases to exist. It’s as if Drogon understands that it was the Throne and the Power that it symbolised that brought about Dany’s end.
The Worst Moments from Episode 6
Bran being annoying again
The whole premise of making Bran becoming the King was that he knows everything from the past and knows everything that is going to happen. Though Peter Dinklage delivered Tyrion’s lines with conviction, the whole build-up to naming Bran as the King seemed forced. There was no character development on the show ever which established Bran as a worthy ruler. His USP is rolling his eyes up into his head and time travelling, not exactly a trait to be sought after in rulers. But when Tyrion asks him to be the King, Bran doesn’t miss a beat before he responds, “Why do you think I came all this way?” So, he knew all this time that this was what it was going to come to. Okay, whatever.
Jon is in the Night’s Watch again
This one was plain stupid. Jon chose to do the difficult but right thing by killing Daenerys. The Unsullied, led by Grey Worm want him dead. Fine. For some reason, Yara Greyjoy, suddenly appearing in the final episode also refuses to see the logic behind Dany’s killing. And all the Lords and Ladies of the important Houses of Westeros decide that it’s best for Jon to take the black again? Why? For the love of God, the Unsullied are sailing back to Essos. So is this only to please Yara’s whim? But, poor Jon is sent back to Castle Black to guard the realms of men against what, now? The Night King is dead, the wildlings are friends. So is he going to guard the six and one kingdoms against gusts of wind from the North? After the entire build-up to Jon’s character and bringing him back from the dead, it was a huge letdown to see him simply go back into exile. You know nothing, and now you got nothing, too, Jon Snow!
Lord of the Reach, Bronn
Granted that Bronn is an interesting and entertaining character. But honourable? No way! So why on earth would anybody in their right mind decide to give him lofty titles and carve a big piece of lordship for him in the form of the rich and fertile Highgarden? Just because he demanded it? What is it that made Tyrion and Bran choose Bronn as the new Master of Coin? Is it just because he likes the coin? The logic was thrown out of the highest window in the Red Keep and Lord Bronn is now a small council member whose mission is to build more brothels.
A Song of Ice and Fire
The book series on which the show is based is called A Song of Ice and Fire. It would have been okay to not mention anything about it in the finale. But, no. The makers had to go and ruin the finale further. So, Samwell shows everybody a book that chronicles the events that took place up to that point. It has been written by Archmaester Ebrose. But what exactly is the song of ice and fire in the context of the show’s rushed climax? With Daenerys dead and Jon sent away to Castle Black, what exactly is ‘Ice and Fire’? The mention seemed forced and not at all well thought-out.
So, the final episode was a rushed attempt to tie all loose ends. But viewers were not given the closure they were looking for. A few unanswered questions are left hanging. For example, what will happen to Drogon? A full-grown dragon is out there somewhere. Also, can we please have a separate series that follows Arya’s adventures? What will Jon do now as he rides north of the Wall with the wildlings?
Instead of an ending that did justice to all the wait and the hype, what we got was an ending that was convenient, but not convincing. It was a betrayal of sorts because many character arcs that were developed over the years were abruptly ended. Maybe if the makers had taken some more time to establish the subplots better and then had come to the climax, it wouldn’t have felt so hurried and forced.
19 details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6
Game Of Thrones series finale finally aired and it had many scenes that shocked and surprised the fans. As usual the episode was filled with a lot details and callbacks. So let’s take a look at the details that you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne
1. Changes in the opening credits
This season the opening credits have been changing to reflect the important events that have happened and we got to see that one last time in the series finale. In the previous episode the scorpions made an appearance on the gates and Daenerys destroyed them along with most of King’s Landing and that was reflected in the latest opening credits. The scorpions were gone and we could see a destroyed King’s Landing.
We saw the cracks on the map floor in the last episode floor and we could see the same in the opening credits and the best part was that the crack patterns were exactly the same.
In addition to that, the Lannister sigil was missing from the Throne Room as Daenerys successfully overthrew Cersei Lannister.
2. Daenerys made a reference to her season 6 speech to the Dothraki
After capturing King’s Landing, Daenerys spoke with her army and she told the Dothraki that they killed her enemies in iron suits, tore down their houses and gave her the Seven Kingdoms.
Back in season 6, she gave a speech to the Dothraki and here’s what she said:
“Every Khal who ever lived chose 3 blood riders to fight beside him and guard his way. But I am not a Khal. I will not choose three blood riders. I choose you all. I will ask more of you than any Khal has asked his Khalassar. Will you ride the wooden horses across the black salt sea? Will you kill my enemies in their Iron suits and tear down their stone houses? Will you give me the Seven Kingdoms, the gift Khal Drogo promised me before the Mother of Mountains?”
3. Break the Wheel
Daenerys asked her soldiers if they would break the wheel with her. This was a reference to her season 5 scene with Tyrion where she told him, “I am not going to stop the wheel. I am going to break the wheel.”
4. Did you bring any wine?
When Jon Snow came to visit Tyrion in his prison cell, his first question was, “Did you bring any wine?”
This is a callback to the scene in season 4 where Tyrion was thrown in the dungeon after being accused of poisoning King Joffrey. When Podrick came to visit him, he said that he had brought wine for Tyrion, but the soldiers took it from him. However, he managed to smuggle in some candles, quills, parchment, Duck sausage and some hard cheese.
It appears that he expected Jon to smuggle some food and wine for him.
5. Love is the death of duty
While speaking with Jon, Tyrion mentioned that love is more powerful than reason, while giving the example of his brother and Jon responded by saying, “Love is the death of duty.” A visibly impressed Tyrion Lannister asked Jon if he came up with those lines on his own and Jon clarified that it was Maester Aemon who had said this a long time ago.
Tyrion then said, “Duty is the death of love,” and it’s an important statement as Jon went on and killed Daenerys later in the episode and he had done the same thing with Ygritte, when he abandoned her so that he could reach Castle Black and inform everyone what the Wildlings were planning.
6. The parallel between Jon Snow and Ned Stark
Tyrion tried his best to explain why it was important for Jon to eliminate the biggest threat to the people. However, Jon wasn’t in the mood to listen as he was loyal to his queen and he started leaving. That’s when Tyrion mentioned Jon’s sisters. He told Jon that his sisters didn’t bend the knee and Daenerys would execute them in the future and that’s when Jon had a change of heart. That’s when he realized that he would have to kill Daenerys if he wanted to see his sisters alive.
This scene was similar to the scene between Varys and Ned Stark. Ned was rotting in the dungeons and he didn’t care about his life. Varys suggested that if he kept the information about Joffrey’s parentage a secret, he would be given a chance to take the Black and join the Night’s Watch but the honourable Ned Stark said no. That’s when Varys asked Ned, “What of your daughters’ life my lord?”
Both Ned and Jon took tough decisions to make sure that their family survived.
7. Daenerys’ vision
Back in season 2, Daenerys had a vision where she was inside the destroyed Throne Room in the Red Keep and she started walking towards the Iron Throne and before she could touch it, she turned away after hearing the sounds made by her Dragons.
In the latest episode we finally saw it happening and the scene was framed exactly in the same way as it was framed in her vision. However, there was one small change as she did touch the Iron Throne but at that moment Jon Snow entered the room and she walked away from the Iron Throne.
8. Daenerys made a reference to George R. R. Martin’s version of the Iron Throne
While speaking with Jon in the Throne Room, Daenerys spoke with Jon about the Iron Throne and how she imagined it to be when she was a kid. “I imagined a mountain of swords too high to climb.”
This was a reference to George R. R. Martin’s Iron Throne as he had a completely different image of it while writing the books. He even wrote a blog post about this topic, which was titled, The Real Iron Throne.
“It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books… HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court… my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric…”
Take a look at Martin’s version of the Iron Throne that was painted by Marc Simonetti.
9. The Azor Ahai prophecy
According to legends, Azor Ahai drove his sword through his wife, Nissa Nissa’s heart to create the Lightbringer, which was the Red Sword of Heroes. Many fans were expecting this to happen as they considered Jon Snow to be Azor Ahai and that would make Daenerys Targaryen Nissa Nissa.
However, the scene didn’t perfectly match the prophecy as Nissa Nissa’s death resulted in the creation of Lightbringer, which was used to defeat the darkness, while Daenerys’ death ended the darkness that would’ve spread across the world if Daenerys continued doing what she did in King’s Landing.
10. Howland Reed?
Tyrion’s trial was attended by lords and ladies from all over Westeros and there were a few unknown faces that we got to see. There’s speculation that one of those people might be Howland Reed.
We saw Howland Reed for the first time in Bran Stark’s vision at the Tower of Joy. Since then we haven’t seen him in in the show. Howland Reed is Jojen and Meera’s father and also the head of House Reed and he was one of the few people who knew the truth of Jon Snow’s parentage.
In the latest episode, one of the lords who was present at the meeting, wore a distinctive piece of cloth over his shoulder and it’s similar to the one that was worn by Howland Reed in Bran’s vision and even their swords seemed to be similar. However, there’s no confirmation about this and we can just hope that a cast or crew member from the Game Of Thrones team talks about this.
11. Piss off the edge of the World
Bran was chosen as the new King of Westeros and he decided that it would be best for Jon Snow to join the Night’s Watch. Tyrion, who was now the new Hand of the King, came to give this news to Jon and while he was leaving the prison cell, Jon said, “I don’t expect we’ll ever see each other again.”
“I wouldn’t be so sure. A few years as Hand of the King would make anyone want to piss off the edge of the world,” replied Tyrion.
In the second episode of season 1, a cheerful Tyrion told Cersei and Jaime that he wanted to stand on top of the Wall and piss off the edge of the World.
After he reached the Wall, he did piss from the top, while Jon was standing behind him.
12. What’s West of Westeros?
When Jon was saying goodbye to Sansa, Arya and Bran, he told Arya that she could come and visit him at Castle Black but Arya revealed that she wasn’t going back North. When Sansa asked her about her plans, she asked them, “What’s West of Westeros?”
When Jon said that he didn’t know, Arya replied, “No one knows. It’s where all the maps stop. That’s where I am going.”
In season 6 Arya was recovering at Lady Crane’s house after being stabbed by the Waif. When Lady Crane asked her where would she go next, she replied, “Essos is East and Westeros is West but what’s West of Westeros?” When Lady Crane said she didn’t know, Arya responded by saying, “Nobody does. It’s where all the maps stop.”
13. Ser Brienne of Tarth becomes the Lord Commander of the King’s Guard just like her ancestor Ser Duncan the Tall
Towards the end, we saw that Brienne had become the Lord Commander of the King’s Guard. A few years back George R. R. Martin had revealed that Ser Duncan the Tall was Brienne’s ancestor and it’s wonderful to see that just like her ancestor even she became the Lord Commander.
Another interesting thing is that Ser Duncan was the Lord Commander during the reign of King Aegon V Targaryen and Ser Brienne became the Lord Commander during the reign of Bran Stark, who’s related to another Aegon Targaryen.
14. A Song of Ice and Fire
Samwell presented Tyrion with a book on the War of the Five Kings and it was titled, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which is the name of book series on which Game Of Thrones is based. Archmaester Ebrose wrote the book and we first found out about it in season 7, when the Archmaester told Samwell that he was working on a book that was titled, “A Chronicle of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert I”
When Ebrose asked Samwell, what name would he have given to the book, Sam replied by saying, “Possibly something a bit more poetic.”
It turns out the Archmaester listened to Sam and gave the book a poetic title or maybe it was Samwell who suggested the title.
15. Jackass and Honeycomb
Over the years Tyrion has tried to complete his Jackass and Honeycomb joke a number of times and not once did he get a chance to finish it. He first mentioned it in season 1, when he was in the Vale.
He was in Meereen when he mentioned it the 2nd time.
In the latest episode, he started the joke for the third time and the scene cut away immediately and now we will never find out about the joke.
16. Arya sailing West mirrors her scene from season 4
Towards the end, we saw Arya sailing West and the scene perfectly mirrors her scene from season 4 finale, where she’s sailing to the East.
17. Sansa’s crown
Throughout the series we have seen Sansa trying to replicate Cersei’s style and it represented how she was learning from Cersei and we got one last example of it as the crown that was placed on Sansa’s head was similar to the crown we saw after Cersei became the Queen.
18. Parallels between the first and last scene of the series
The show ends with Jon going North of the Wall with Tormund and other Wildlings. The scene was shot in the same way the pilot episode was shot.
Even the part where they went past the Wall was filmed in the same way.
19. The parallel between Jon Snow and Frodo Baggins
George R. R. Martin has said many times that he has been influenced by The Lord of the Rings and we can those influences in the show as well. In The Lord of the Rings, Frodo, who’s the main character decides to sail away to the Undying Lands in the end and we saw Jon Snow doing something similar when he went past the Wall, leaving his home behind.
What are your thoughts about these details? Please let me know in the comments section if I have missed anything.
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Game of Thrones finally gave us a ‘bittersweet’ ending in the series finale
Game of Thrones finally ended amid a number of tears and fan theories. We all definitely didn’t see this episode like a total ‘bittersweet’ ending coming through. Though many fans complained about the last episode especially with the sudden turn of the character arc of many of their favourite characters, we couldn’t have expected Game of Thrones to end in a different fashion.
In this post, we talk about the ending of Game of Thrones and how the showrunners managed to uphold the ‘sweet’ amid the ‘bittersweet’ ending and a major death in this episode. What follows is a bunch of spoilers from the latest episode, so you’ve been warned before you proceed!
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 6 opens up with the aftermath of the battle of King’s Landing in the previous episode ‘The Bells’. As we see Jon, Davos, and Tyrion taking a walk through the ruins of the capital, we also witness Unsullied execute the prisoners of war. This leads us to Daenerys who is showing the true Targaryen traits of ‘Fire and Blood’ and is still willing to liberate other kingdoms in Westeros in her speech to her armies. Tyrion – who has now been taken prisoner requests Jon Snow to do what is in the best interest of the realm and suggests ending the terror.
Though we initially think, Jon will be firm on his decision of following his queen yet his honour demands him to execute Daenerys, ensuring the safety of Westeros. Though one may find Daenerys’ death challenging to watch, the best part here was the melting of the Iron Throne by dragon-fire. The Iron Throne as the chronicles suggested was forged with dragon-fire, yet watching it melt away in flames was truly poetic. After Drogon flies away with Daenerys Targaryen’s corpse, we see a time jump, leading to the meeting in the Dragonpit and discussing the future of the realm after the last war.
The council decides to vote for ‘Bran the Broken’ as its one true ruler, however, the North is declared as an independent kingdom. Jon Snow is sent to the Wall, ensuring his safety where he reunites with Ghost and Tormund Giantsbane. Another time jump shows us Ser Brienne of Tarth – the new Lord Commander of the King’s Guard filling up the pages of the White Book with the last honourable deeds of Ser Jaime Lannister. A small council meeting is held where Sam who now is the Grand Maester presents the work of Archmaester Ebrose, which is titled, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and King Bran decides to find Drogon’s location. He then leaves the room for the council members.
In the end, we see Arya Stark sailing West of Westeros, Jon leading the Wildlings back to their homeland and Sansa Stark being declared the ‘Queen in the North’.
Yet, the series finale manages to uphold the sweet part in the bittersweet ending by showing us how the terrors of every war need to come to an end. Maybe most of us expected Jon or Daenerys or both as the ruler(s) of the Seven Kingdoms yet ‘the wheel’ needed to be broken in the end with the events that followed Robert’s Rebellion. Westeros deserved a much-awaited peace and prosperity from all the horrors of wars and the monarchy of one king after the other. Westeros, in the end, gets a democratic rule – where lords and ladies get to decide who rules over them. This, in my view, is the best possible ending for Game of Thrones at this point in the series when we’ve seen how the common folks suffer the spoils of war.
Lastly, talking about Jon and Daenerys and their love never coming to terms, this wasn’t going to be the case after Dany underwent such a bend in her character that there was no turning back. She had to die in order to ensure the fulfilment of her dream of breaking the wheel. Jon Snow, on the other hand, was meant to remain in the North – either by being King in the North or by joining the Night’s Watch. But, he being the King would again force him into the dilemma of choosing sides and taking even tougher decisions – which would again be something he would never want.
So, this was my take on the ‘bittersweet’ ending of Game of Thrones. What about you? How satisfying was the final episode of Game of Thrones for you? Tell us in the comments.
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