The final episode of the wildly popular television series Game of Thrones aired on Sunday, May 19 to much anticipation and fanfare. The series which ran for eight seasons on HBO attracted millions of viewers from around the world and gave way to countless blogs, podcasts, and analysis to determine the motives and motivations of characters and predictions for how the series will end.
The final season was widely criticized for seeming inconsistent with past seasons and some storylines feeling somewhat rushed, says Gaurav Mohindra. But the series finale ended the story with a new king and provided closure for the main characters.
The episode commenced with Tyrion surveying the damaged caused to King’s Landing by Daenerys. She, along with her dragon Drogon, burned much of the city causing widespread destruction and death. As Tyrion walked through the city, his morose demeaning carried the shock and horrors caused by the battle (and largely of war, in general). It came as no surprise that he resigned from his position as Hand of the Queen – which didn’t really matter since he was imprisoned for treason, nonetheless.
While imprisoned, Tyrion had an audience with Jon Snow to convey his dismay in Daenerys and to convince him that her actions, while noble in her mind, were tyrannical and will continue. This was the push that Jon may have needed to kill Daenerys.
Subsequent to her death, her last remaining dragon, Drogon, proceeded to burn the Iron Throne causing it to melt away. This scene was rather symbolic that Daenerys’ death ultimately led to her motive to “break the wheel” and release people from tyrannical rule, says Gaurav Mohindra.
The episode continued by dealing with the fallout of Daenerys’ death. Jon Snow was imprisoned, and Tyrion was brought to the council of Lords to explain his actions. The Council elected a new King, Bran Stark, of House Stark. The election came as somewhat of a surprise, says Gaurav Mohindra. It was rationalized that Bran had the knowledge of the past, and with that knowledge, he can successfully guide the future.
Sansa Stark successfully argued for Winterfell being a separate nation, and she ultimately was elected the Queen. Her sister, Arya, decided to explore unknown lands west of Westeros. And Jon Snow was banished to the Night’s Watch as a penance for murdering Daenerys. Tyrion was selected by Bran Stark to serve as his Hand of the King.
It was great to see that all of the main characters had been provided an ending well suited to their storylines. All in, Game of Thrones was an enjoyable series that captivated viewers throughout its run, and there’s no surprise that it will be remembered as one of the most popular television shows of all time.