mirror: We’ve watched the noble House of Westeros battle for dominance of the Seven Kingdoms for eight seasons, but now their wars have finally drawn to a close.
Game of Thrones concluded its run with its final episode, appropriately entitled The Iron Throne.
Following on from the penultimate episode The Bells, which saw Daenerys Targaryen give in to her darkest impulses and decimate the city of King’s Landing atop her last-surviving dragon Drogon, the stage was set for the Dragon Queen to claim her prize: the Iron Throne.
Cersei and Jaime Lannister perished in each other’s arms as the Red Keep was obliterated and the innocent citizens of the city were brutally dispatched by the invading armies and Drogon.
However, Daenerys’ former allies Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow couldn’t accept the atrocities she has committed.
So what happened next and how did we say goodbye to our favourite characters forever?
But be wary, spoilers are coming!
Tyrion, Jon and Davos survey the wreckage and horrors of King’s Landing. Tyrion says he will venture into the Red Keep alone.
Jon and Davos come across Grey Worm and Unsullied slaughtering Lannister soldiers being held prisoner, prompting Jon to oppose this vocally. There is a tense stand off but ultimately Jon leaves and Grey Worm slashes their throats.
In a haunting sequence, Tyrion walks around the ruins of the Red Keep and eventually journeys down into the old Dragon skull chambers beneath. He finds piles of rubble and then spots Jaime’s golden hand amongst the stone. Tyrion pulls the rubble away and finds Cersei and Jaime’s dead bodies, lying clinging to each other. Tyrion breaks down in grief.
Outside the Red Keep, the armies of Unsullied and Dothraki gather, while Arya watches on. Jon walks up the stairs of the Keep to Grey Worm as Drogon flies in and Daenerys walks in front of him, briefly giving the image of having dragon wings.
Daenerys gves a long speech thanking the Dothraki for keeping their promise to obliterate her enemies and also thanks the Unsullied and names Grey Worm as commander of her armies. She proclaims how they will free countless slaves from across Westeros and around the world and lay waste to the old to usher in a new paradise. Tyrion arrives to witness her speech. Jon and Arya are disturbed by her further ambitions to conquer with huge violence.
Tyrion approaches Daenerys and she accuses him of treason and he resigns as Hand and throws his pin to the ground and accuses her of murdering thousands of innocents. She orders him to be taken away.
Jon looks on solemly as Daenerys leaves, before Arya silently appears beside Jon and warns him that he is a threat to her reign, as is Sansa, and they aren’t safe from a killer like Daenerys.
Jon visits Tyrion in his cell and the pair discuss their love for Daenerys and how Tyrion believed in her. He explains how she has laid waste to many evil men who threatened to harm her but gradually she became so convinced of her own righteousness she is now a tyrant hersef. Tyrion says she has now killed thousands more than his father or Cersei ever did and Jon must choose to be a guardian of the realm once more and protect the people from their biggest threat: Daenerys.
Jon comments that “Love is the death of duty”, an old teaching from Maester Aemon, but Tyrion tells him that “Duty is the death of love”.
Tyrion reminds Jon that his sisters won’t bow to Daenerys. Jon leaves.
Jon approaches the throne room of the Red Keep but is barred by Drogon who stares him down in the snow before letting him pass.
Inside, Daenerys enters the roofless throne room where snow falls just like her vision in the House of the Undying and she is overcome with emotion as she walks up to the Iron Throne to touch it.
Jon enters and Daenerys reminisces about her childhood stories of the Iron Throne. Jon questions her actions and killing innocents, but she states that she freed the people and Cersei gave her no choice. A new world will require such hard action if it is to break the wheel. She accuses Jon of also killing his enemies and traitors in his time as a commander too.
Jon pleads with Daenerys to forgive Tyrion – but she says she cannot show him mercy. She pleads for a good world that she and Jon can build together and “Break the Wheel”.
Jon says she is his Queen now and always and they kiss before he stabs her. She is horrified and dies in his arms.
Drogon arrives and screeches as he realises that Dany is dead. Drogon looms over Jon but doesn’t burn him but instead melts the Iron Throne.
Drogon flies away with Daenerys in his claws into the snow, Leaving behind a heartbroken Jon with a molten Iron Throne.
Tyrion languishes in his cell but is awakened by the sound of slamming spears. Grey Worm collects him and takes him to the Dragon Pit to be judged before a council of the likes of Arya, Sansa, Bran, Davos, Gendry, Brienne, Yara, Edmure Tully, Robin Arryn, Yohn Royce, Samwell Tarly, an unnamed Dornish prince and some unarmed lords.
Yara and Grey Worm want Jon Snow dead but Arya threatens Yara and Sansa warns Grey Worm that he risks war. Tyrion says the Great Houses should decide on a King to make the final calls of judgement on him and Jon.
Sam suggests a democratic vote put to the people but this is scoffed at by the Lords. Edmure suggests Tyrion has the crown and he denies it.
Tyrion then says he’s thought hard on the bloody history that has gone before and the mistakes that have been made. Tyrion says it is stories that unite people and nothing can stop them – and none have a better story than Bran the Broken: the one who fell from the high tower and lived but while he could not walk, he learnt to fly and became the Three-Eyed Raven and remembers every detail of what came before. Sansa reminds him that Bran has no interest in ruling and cannot father children. Tyrion says it breaks the wheel if all future kings should be voted for by the Lords of Westeros in a council.
Tyrion says he knows he doesn’t want it but asks Bran if he will and he agrees. A vote is cast and they unanimously agree to Bran as the King apart from one. Sansa approves of Bran as King but she asks that the North remains an independent Kingdom as it did previously for thousands of years before and Bran agrees. They hail Bran as the King of the Six Kingdoms.
Bran asks for Tyrion to be his Hand of the King, but Tyrion doesn’t want it and says he is not wise enough for it. Bran chooses Tyrion regardless, and says he’s made many mistakes that he will spend the rest of his life fixing. Grey Worm isn’t satisfied that justice has been served, however, and leaves.
Tyrion then visits Jon in his cell and says that freeing Jon can’t happen as Grey Worm will start a war, but Sansa and Arya want him free. Bran decides on a compromise: to send Jon to join the still-existing Night’s Watch for life – no titles, lands, wife or children. Jon says to Tyrion that he doesn’t expect they’ll see each other again but Tyrion jokes that he may want to “piss off the edge of the world” in a few years again.
Jon is freed and greeted by new men of the Night’s Watch and taken to a ship for the Wall. Grey Worm and Jon share a cold glance in the harbour before Grey Worm departs with the Unsullied for a new life of on Missandei’s home of Naath.
Jon says a final farewell to Sansa, Arya and Bran on the docks of King’s Landing. Sansa asks Jon to forgive her for telling his secret to Tyrion but he thanks her for freeing the North and says she’ll look after it. Jon asks Arya to see him at Castle Black, but she says she can’t as she’s not heading back North and wants to explore what’s West of Westeros and go beyond where the maps stop. Arya and Jon share a tearful embrace. Jon bows to King Bran and apologises for not being there for him but Bran tells him that he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The Stark siblings watch Jon depart.
Now Commander of the Kingsguard, Brienne of Tarth finishes filling in the White Book with the history of the Kingsguard and writes the end of the entry for Ser Jaime Lannister and writes through tears that he died serving his Queen.
Tyrion returns to the repaired Small Council room and sits in the chair of the Hand once more before rearranging the seats. He is joined on the Small Council by Davos as Master of Ships, Bronn as Lord of Highgarden and Lord Paramount of the Reach and Master of Coin, Brienne for the Kingsguard and Grand Maester Samwell Tarly. They’re missing a Master of Whispers and War but they’ll find them.
Sam reveals that he and Archmaester Ebrose have written a chronicle called A Song of Ice and Fire – the tale of the wars after King Robert’s death.
Kinsguard Podrick wheels King Bran into the room. Bran asks after Drogon’s location to no reply, but says he will find him himself. The sloppiness of the council’s proclamation “Long May He Reign” will be improved according to Tyrion.
The new Small Council then discuss the business at hand.
At Castle Black
At Castle Black, Jon arrives with two members of the Night’s Watch. Jon enters the castle and sees Tormund Giantsbane staring down at him with a smile. The series ends on an emotional final montage for the Starks.
Arya sets sail on a crewed ship for her voyage West of Westeros with a Stark flag.
In Winterfell, he Northmen bow before Sansa as she is crowned and proclaim her as Queen in the North.
At Castle Black, Jon walks in his old black furs amongst the Wildlings as Lord Commander and is happily reunited with Ghost.
The Wildlings led by Jon and Tormund then set off beyond the Wall for a new life in the Far North. He looks back as the gates of the Wall close before setting off on his way through the forests.
Source: Published by mirror