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Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 gave us a long-awaited reunion

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Game of Thrones has always been about character conflicts. Man versus nature, man versus himself, and man versus man. In the latest episode of the show, “The Bells“, we saw one of the show’s long-anticipated man versus man conflict reach its conclusion, as two long-time characters finally faced off. Before we go any further — SPOILER ALERT! Proceed with caution!

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Game of Thrones on the surface appears to be about the Starks, the Lannisters and the Targaryens, but we have seen others get quite a lot of screentime. In the last episode, the most prominent sub-plot belonged to the Mormonts, and in this one, it was the Cleganes. We had a long-awaited reunion and we finally got Cleganebowl!

In the last episode, we saw Sandor Clegane, A.K.A. The Hound, leave for King’s Landing, and Arya joining him. Both of them had their missions to kill. The Hound has wanted to face off against his brother, The Mountain, A.K.A. Gregor Clegane, for a long time now, and we finally saw him make his way to him. The Mountain, who is on Queen protection duty, was faced by the Hound as the Red Keep collapsed. We saw Cersei ask the Mountain to stay next to her, but he refused and killed Qyburn when he ordered him to stop. Cersei left, and the two brothers faced off.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, "The Bells" gives us a long awaited brawl

It was a brutal fight. The Mountain with his heavy hits, and the Hound with his vengeance. We saw the Hound try hurting the Mountain multiple times, as the Mountain took the attack with no apparent damage. His helmet came off, too, revealing the monster Qyburn had made him. In the end, in what was a great callback, we saw Mountain try to gouge out the Hound’s eyes, quite like he did with Oberyn Martell. The Hound then put a knife through the Mountain’s skull. As he was pulling the knife out, The Hound decided it was time to end Cleganebowl in a tie, as he charged at him, plunging both of them off the tower, into the dragon fire below.

The most anticipated face-off in Game of Thrones, and it ended in a draw. What did you guys think of Cleganebowl? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Cleganebowl was about the only decent thing in this episode.

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Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream

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Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.

This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).

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“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.

She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.

Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.

Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!






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In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council

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By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.

This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!

In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.

Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.

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Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.

In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.

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With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not,  interesting times ahead for Westeros!






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Drogon broke the wheel in the Game Of Thrones series finale

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The last episode to the Game of Thrones series dropped today and things went up in flames courtesy Drogon. Tons of spoilers coming up ahead so watch out.

With a little cajoling from Tyrion and yeah, also the fact that Daenerys barbecued thousands of innocent civilians in King’s Landing, Jon FINALLY came to the conclusion that Dany probably wasn’t the best option for Westeros. After a final bout of reasoning where he tried to make her see the light and she refused, Jon finally decided he had had enough and stabbed her in the gut.

Why did Drogon do THAT in the series finale

Drogon then arrived on the scene and upon realising his mom was dead, went on a fiery rampage that didn’t char grill Jon Snow as you would have expected. Instead, he turned on the Iron Throne and melted it to the ground. If you think about it, this was kind of poetic. Daenerys has been talking about breaking the wheel for as long as anyone can remember. The Iron Throne through the often questionable people who sat on it has been the site of injustice and atrocity, and in melting it down, Drogon paid a final tribute to his mother by breaking the final wheel. In addition to this, it was her ancestor who built the Iron Throne using Dragon fire and now Dragon fire was used to destroy it.

The series really did come full circle because the object that everyone’s been fighting over since the very beginning, is now no more.

What did you think of the finale?






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