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13 facts about "Mad King" from Game of Thrones that you might not have known

Back in January, Game of Thrones fans finally received the news we’ve been waiting to hear for so long, as HBO Programming President Casey Bloys stated that bosses would ‘be foolish not to look at‘ a Prequel series. Discussions around a Prequel/Spin Off have been taking place for the past few years now. It looks like HBO are keen to put pen to paper and delve further into the world George R.R. Martin has created. Westeros and Essos have a rich history and now our prayers have been answered and it has been made official that HBO is developing 4 Game of Thrones spinoffs!

The world of Game of Thrones is very extensive and there are so many options for a spinoff series. However, this article will focus on one particular prequel: the Reign of the Mad King and Robert’s Rebellion. Of course, there are many other potential ideas that HBO could explore; The Age of Heroes and the invasion of the White Walkers, the Andal Invasion, The Rise and Fall of Valyria, The Targaryen Conquest of Westeros. Yet, Robert’s Rebellion is more likely, considering the fact that we’ve already seen a young Ned and Lyanna Stark. So here are a list of ten things we want to see from a prequel series on Robert’s Rebellion.

#1 : The Great Tourney at Harrenhal 

10 things we want to see in the Game of Thrones prequel series

The event that started it all. The Great Tourney at Harrenhal was held by Lord Whent in honour of his daughter’s name day. It was said to be the greatest Tourney of its time, drawing the great lords of Westeros. Prince Rhaegar Targaryen won the tournament, beating four members of the King’s Guard. However, after winning, Rhaegar snubbed his own wife and chose Lyanna Stark as the Queen of Love and Beauty. This move led to Rhaegar’s supposed kidnap of Lyanna a year later.

#2 : How the Mad King earned his reputation

13 facts about "Mad King" from Game of Thrones that you might not have known

Throughout Game of Thrones we’ve heard a lot about the Mad King. But how was his reputation earned? After Lyanna is kidnapped by Rhaegar, Ned’s elder brother, Brandon Stark, rides to King’s Landing to ask for her release. The Mad King has him arrested for treason and summons Lord Rickard Stark to ransom his son. However, Rickard is also arrested. Lord Rickard demands a trial by combat, yet the Mad King names fire his champion. Lord Rickard is burned alive, as Brandon (wearing a strangulation device around his neck) is strangled in an attempt to free his father. The Mad King laughs throughout.

#3 : Jon Arryn in the flesh

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From the first series of Game of Thrones, Jon Arryn is shown to be a man of great importance, particularly to Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon. If a prequel were to be made, it would be brilliant to see this supposedly great man in the flesh. After the murder of Lord Rickard Stark and his son Brandon, the Mad King demands Jon Arryn hand Ned and Robert (fostered at the Eyrie) over to him. Jon refuses and calls his banners in rebellion. Ned and Robert follow his lead and so the war begins.

#4 : The Raising of the Banners10 things we want to see in the Game of Thrones prequel series - Stark_standard_bearer

When Rob raised his banners after Ned Stark’s execution in Game of Thrones Season 1, it was a highly emotive moment. After the evil deeds of the Mad King, particularly toward the Starks, we can say with certainty that this moment would have just as much power in a prequel series. We want to see the Lords of the North come together behind a young Ned Stark, the way they did for his son years later. We also want to see Robert Baratheon march his men North from the Stormlands and join forces with the Lords of the North and the Vale. Of course, we’re one Kingdom short of the rebellion total at this point.

#5 : Marriage Ceremony at Riverrun

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This moment will be very significant, as it is a pivotal event in Robert’s Rebellion. With Ned’s marriage to Catelyn and Jon Arryn’s marriage to her sister Lysa, Hoster Tully joins the rebellion. However, it will also be interesting to witness the first meeting between Ned and Catelyn with the knowledge of what is to come for both characters. We also might get a glimpse of a young Littlefinger. Littlefinger was not in Riverrun for this event, but HBO could change this for dramatic effect.

#6 : Battle of the Trident

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The Battle of the Trident is the deciding moment in Robert’s Rebellion, as both sides met for a final showdown. Both armies were of a similar strength, with the rebels army only smaller than that of the Royalists by a slight margin. Many died in the battle, yet the deciding moment came when Robert Baratheon slew Prince Rhaegar in single combat. After the death of their leader, the Royalist forces broke and retreated back toward King’s Landing. The rebels won the battle.

#7 : Flashback to Destruction of House Reyne

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Prior to Robert’s Rebellion, there was the destruction of House Reyne, an event that lead to Tywin Lannister’s ruthless reputation. House Reyne were a wealthy house that rebelled against the Lannisters, along with House Tarbeck. In response to their rebellion, Tywin destroyed both houses. He slaughtered men, women and children. This event might be an effective flashback/story to tell in the build up to the Sack of King’s Landing, as it will prelude the Lannister’s actions in the capital.

#8 : The Sack of Kings Landing & Death of Mad King

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Just how bad were the Lannisters? Pretty bad is the answer. After the Battle of the Trident, Tywin Lannister leads his army to King’s Landing, pledging to defend the city against the oncoming rebels. However, once inside, the Lannister army slaughters the city’s defenders and puts its inhabitants to the sword. During the sack of the city, the Mad King orders Jaime Lannister to bring him Tywin’s head. Jaime refuses and kills the Mad King, an act that gives him the name Kingslayer.

#9 : Robert Baratheon’s Coronation 

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After the Sack of King’s Landing, Robert Baratheon becomes King of the Seven Kingdoms. As Prince Rhaegar’s second cousin, Robert’s claim to the throne is strongest of all the rebels. Yet it will be interesting to see how becoming King changes Robert, from the hardened Battle commander to the drunken, whore loving King we see in Season 1. We also might get a chance to witness the infamous moment when Robert lost Cersei, as he whispered Lyanna in her ear on their wedding night.

#10 : Viserys and Daenerys’s escape from Dragonstone

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With Robert Baratheon ruling in King’s Landing and the rest of Westeros now loyal to their new King, the remaining Targaryen loyalists gather at their ancestral seat of Dragonstone. It takes time to launch an assault, as the rebels have to construct a new fleet. However, a storm destroys the Targaryen loyalists’ fleet before Stannis arrives. Knowing that defeat is certain, Ser Willem Darry smuggles Viserys and Daenerys off of Dragonstone and across the Narrow Sea. Dragonstone falls soon after and with it the last Targaryen foothold in Westeros. The War is over.

Note* One notable moment missing from the list is The Tower of Joy. This is because we see it in Game of Thrones Season 6 and it might be somewhat reductive to show it twice. However, that’s just my opinion. What would you like to see from this prequel, or others?






Michael Smith is an entertainment writer and short story writer from Portsmouth, UK. After finishing a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, Michael started his own entertainment blog, ‘Subterranean Homesick Blog’, which he is in the process of developing into an official site. Michael’s interests lie in Television, Film and Music. His favorite Game of Thrones character is Ser Davos Seaworth, mainly because of his Geordie accent.

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The best and worst moments from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6

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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

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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.

 

Drogon’s fury

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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

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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

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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.






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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.

20 details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6

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.

20 details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6

In addition to that, the Lannister sigil was missing from the Throne Room as Daenerys successfully overthrew Cersei Lannister.

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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.

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9. The Azor Ahai prophecy

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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.

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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.

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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 details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6

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.

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details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6

 

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.

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details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6

Even the part where they went past the Wall was filmed in the same way.

details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6

details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6

 

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

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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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