Spoiler warning: this article is for people who have watched the Game of Thrones finale. Do not read on unless you have watched season eight, episode six: The Iron Throne.
And so, at last, after 73 episodes, untold millions of dollars and an estimated 200,000 slayings, it is all over – bar the shouting on the internet. Death came to Game of Thrones and everyone involved in its making threw up their hands and shouted “Yes! Finally! Today!”
We began the finale with Tyrion wandering the ash-strewn ruins of King’s Landing, scene of Daenerys’ handbrake turn into full-blown lunacy last week, lifting fallen bricks and confirming for himself, and viewers still clinging to hope, that the Lannister twins were indeed deceased beneath them. Having the Imp cry “This is an ex-Lannister! If it wasn’t buried under rubble it would be pushing up daisies!” would have been only fractionally less subtle a way to confirm what we all needed confirming before we could get on with the true business of the day; deciding who gets the Iron Throne, who gets to die and who gets a spin-off series.
Daenerys was looking confident about her position, with a jaunty speech to her followers (“Blood of my blood! You have given me the Seven Kingdoms!”) and the speedy arrest of Tyrion for treason. Jon looks pained. Possibly because of the mindless destruction and mass murder carried out by his lover-aunt. Possibly because he’s trying to do a sum involving odd numbers in his head. Dear, sweet, useless Jon. People have berated the writers for many things over the show’s run, but they surely deserve some recognition for managing to sell Kit Harington as a convincing candidate for kingship.
Jon visits Tyrion in prison, where the Last Lannister tries – as Arya does just before – to convince Jon that as a fellow Targaryen with a claim to the throne, the woman atop the dragon might just attempt to do him harm in the near-future. “That’s her decision,” says Dumbo. “She is the queen.” Tyrion adds that she’ll probably go after Sansa and Arya, too, which seems to cause scales to fall from Jon’s eyes, and prompts just about the only bit of action in the finale.
In this generation’s Buffy/Angel moment, Jon kills Daenerys for the greater good. Drogon makes his feelings about this development clear by melting the Iron Throne with dragon fire and flying off with her corpse. “That’s no good!” shouts Jon after him. “T’throne’s just a symbol. Tha’s got a lot more work to do before tha can usher in an age of representative democracy!” No, he doesn’t. But the actual script doesn’t try much harder. After Jon is arrested offscreen by the Unsullied, the lords and ladies of Westeros convene to decide what must be done. They decide to … choose a ruler from among them. Just like that. Grey Worm, made Dany’s Commander of All War Things in the wake of her dragon nuking King’s Landing, makes no objection. No word on who gets to tell the Dothraki. Bagsy not me.
Samwell wonders whether the people should have a say in who gets to govern them. Oh, but the guffaws can be heard across the Narrow Sea! So that’s that possibility as dead as a White Walker run through with Valyrian steel.
Tyrion nominates –
Bran. Or Bran the Broken, as he is dubbed. Westeros is very ableist, as you might have suspected after the six seasons it took for anyone to cobble together a wheelchair for him. It’s a callback to the ancient figure of Bran the Builder, who raised The Wall, founded Winterfell and was the first King of the North, but still. Bran. Bloody Bran. He will rule over only six kingdoms, because Sansa declares the North will become independent once more. Which again, everyone seems fine with. Tyrion becomes Bran’s Hand but Grey Worm insists that Jon be punished by returning to the Night’s Watch. Fair does. Might as well look permanently pained somewhere; it makes sense. And he’ll never realise there’s no reason for the Night’s Watch to exist any more.
Arya is taking a gap year to go travelling “west of Westeros”, an unmapped region rumoured to contain the Mountains of Spin-Off Potential. Our last sight of the whole shebang is Jon setting off into the super-north with the Free Folk.
There’s no doubt this season has been a rushed business. It has wasted opportunities, squandered goodwill and failed to do justice to its characters or its actors. But the finale just about delivered. It was true to the series’ overall subject – war, and the pity of war – and, after doing a lot of wrong to several protagonists last week, did right by those left standing. Whether the million signatories to the petition to remake the entire final season, or the majority of the estimated 45 million around the world due to watch the last episode, will agree – who knows. When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. Overall, I think, it won.
Game of Thrones’ finale left us with a lot to talk about.
We all curios about the things are happening in Game of Thrones season 8. This will be a short Q&A. You can find an answer for your questions in this post. Enjoy!
1-Is Cercei and Jaime dead?
Yes, Cercei and Jamie died by rock under the Red Keep in dungeons.
2-Why did Daenerys burn King Landing?
Writers decided to make Daenerys “the mad queen” after she lost her best friend Missandei and Jorah. Jon said she is his queen not lover. After that, for Daenerys destroying just the enemy was not enough so she raged.
3-Who will kill Daenerys?
4-What color are Daenerys eyes?
5-What did Missandei say?
She said Dracarys, means fire and blood in Valerian.
6-Is Rhaegal really dead?
Yes, it is. By euron greyjoy with a scorpion.
7-What does dracarys mean?
Dracarys, means fire and blood in Valerian.
8-Is Arya Azor Ahai?
No she is not. For become Azor Ahai you should sacrifice your lover with a stab in the hearth.
9-Which dragon is a White Walker?
Viserion is the ice dragon.
10-What gonna happen to JON SNOW?
In Leaked scripts Jon Snow take blacks again means he will be a brother of Night Watch again.
11- Does Arya kill Cersei?
Nope, Arya leaves to save herself when the Red Keep is going down because The Hound forces her to get out.
12-Is Jon still on Dany’s side after she burned down King’s Landing?
He looked pretty shellshocked by her decisions to ignore the bells, but he had sworn his allegiance to her many times over now and watched her burn Varys for treason.
13- Will Daenerys become pregnant with Jon’s child/is she already?
Probably not. But there is always a chance she got pregnant earlier.
14- What happens to Hot Pie?
The most important question! Really, if Hot Pie doesn’t live, what has this all even been about?
15- Who will be King
Bran will be King by counselors from all around seven kingdoms according to leak scripts (%100 true so far).
After watching episode 5, I can tell you “Mad Queen” was everything but foreshadowed. Daenerys’ story took a complete 180 degree turn in a span of two episodes and I will gladly explain how I feel about it.
Let’s begin with a simple fact: Daenerys Targaryen murdered thousands of innocent women and children in King’s Landing after ignoring the sound of surrender bells.
Can we justify her actions? No.Was it a wrong thing to do? Yes.Is it forgivable? No.Does she deserve to die? Yes, because there’s no other way to finish her story.
But to explain why her actions were out-of-character, let’s go back to season 1. While with the khalasar, Daenerys witnesses several women about to be raped and immediately requests Drogo’s men to stop. They don’t want to listen to her, so she claims them all.
“I have claimed many daughters this day… so they cannot be mounted.””It pleases me to keep them safe.”
This is one of the first scenes of Daenerys where she truly puts the innocent lives first. She pays the ultimate price for her actions, and loses her husband and unborn son.
In season three, we see Daenerys breaking a rule once again. She asks Jorah to give her his water.
“Khaleesi, this man has been sentenced to death.” She ignores him and offers a crucified, dying slave some water.
While she’s negotiating the price of the Unsullied with Kraznys mo Nakloz, Daenerys keeps looking up at the slaves and flashes a slight smile at a young girl, ignoring what he’s saying because she understands him and doesn’t need Missandei’s help.
“I offered water to one of the slaves dying on the walk of punishment, do you know what he said to me? Let me die.”
“Slay the masters, slay the soldiers, slay every man who holds a whip, but harm no child. Strike the chains off every slave you see.” Drogon burns Kraznys mo Nakloz, and Astapor is free.
Now, you know, as a big fan of Daenerys, just from these two scenes I would say she’s ruthless when it comes to her enemies. She might have behaved irrationally sometimes, but one thing she never did, was harm an innocent.
Moving forward, we have a situation with Yunkai. Daenerys again postpones her mission because she hears innocent people are suffering.
Jorah: We don’t need Yunkai, Khaleesi. Taking the city will not bring you any closer to Westeros or the Iron Throne.
Dany: How many slaves are there in Yunkai?
Jorah: 200,000. If not more.
Dany: Then we have 200,000 reasons to take the city.
Because of her decision, Dany gains a new name. Mhysa. A mother.
Again, no innocents harmed. Her journey continues and she is met with quite an unbearable sight. A crucified child.
Ser Barristan: I’ll tell our men to ride ahead and bury them. You don’t need to see this.
Dany: You will not do such thing. I will see each and every one of their faces. Remove her collar before you bury her.
While in Meereen, Drogon steals some sheep and the poor shepherd talks to Daenerys. She thanks the man for his hardship, and offers to pay him three times more the value. The man is thankful, and Dany smiles. Then she talks to Jorah, and explains why she ordered every master executed.
“The Masters tear babies from their mother’s arms, they mutilate little boys by the thousands, they train little girls in the art of pleasuring old men, they treat men like beasts.”
Then we have a scene which hurts me the most, because what Daenerys did in episode 5, casts a big, ugly shadow on her actions in this episode. Drogon burned an innocent child alive, and Daenerys completely lost it. One innocent child, and she put her own children in chains.
“I don’t want another child’s bones dropped at my feet.”
Does anyone see where I’m going with this? Daenerys has been losing people since season 1. But she never aimed her anger towards the innocents. Children, especially. She was executing people left and right, no one’s denying that. But children? Women? And her conversation with her new allies in season 7. Mind you, just a few episodes before she massacred people of King’s Landing.
Yara: We have an army, a fleet and three dragons. We should hit King’s Landing now. Hard. With everything we have. The city will fall within a day.
Dany: I am not here to be queen of the ashes.
Dany: I am grateful to all of you. But you have chosen to follow me. I will not attack King’s Landing. We will not attack King’s Landing.
You can tell me Daenerys is ruthless. You can tell me that sometimes she does something without thinking. Hell, you can even tell me that she was slowly going down the “mad queen” path. But this? She was on a fucking dragon. She destroyed the scorpions. The surrender bells were ringing. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing was stopping her from flying straight to the Red Keep. But the writers needed more material to work with on their story. Why have her fly to the red keep, when she can jump from a building to building and burn everything on her way? Do you see how easily a character’s arc is destroyed for the sake of a shock value? This is why people are pissed.
We would accept her burning the Lannister army and the Golden Company after they surrendered. Cersei was her target, her army was the target. Instead, they erased the only characteristic Daenerys has kept since season 1, and that’s protecting the innocent people. One life, or 200,000. She would always stand up for them. And the only explanation D&D gave was that she saw the Red Keep, and it reminded her of everything she had lost. While the man who was directly responsible for that loss, was pardoned. By her. She has a flying dragon, but for some reason the common people on the ground were in her way. That’s how you know the writers were running out of material, and started writing impossible and unnecessary scenes just to further push the mad queen agenda and finish the story.
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“The Bells” features the final battle for control of the Iron Throne, with Daenerys Targaryen’s forces commencing their assault on Cersei Lannister’s forces at King’s Landing.
The episode received criticism from critics and audiences, and it is the lowest-rated episode of the series on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praised the episode as visually impressive and commended the acting, but criticized the pacing and logic of the story, as well as its handling of the character arcs of Tyrion, Jaime, Cersei, Grey Worm, Varys, and particularly Daenerys.Continue reading “Game of Thrones | Season 8 Episode 5 | Watch Online Stream Now”