Goodbye, Game of Thrones, and, this isn’t to say good riddance, but it’s probably for the best we spend some time apart. I’m got my own things going on, you have approximately 11 billion spinoffs on the way and, frankly, I’m exhausted. Let’s see how the land lies in a couple years or so.
Of course, we were thrown a good few curveballs at the end of the series, but on the whole, did we think the show would wrap up any way other than how it did? Here’s what we learned during the last ever episode of the series, along with a few things I guess we’ll… never know.
What We Learned
Jon Snow Was Never a Hero
The majority of Thrones fans would have put money on it being Jon who ended the story on the Iron Throne. He’s arguably our main main character, and he does have a strong claim via bloodline. Still, if we’ve learned anything this season, it’s that Jon’s moral fortitude is maybe a little too “lawful good,” and ultimately his two defining traits of indecision and self-pity do not best lend themselves to being a king. He instead heads back up North in a state of semi-exile, pretty much where he started.
We Don’t Get to Tell Our Own Stories
Tyrion’s exclusion from the in-world A Song of Ice and Fire book is a cute gag, but if there was a unifying theme across the finale, it’s that we will so rarely ever be the ones to decide how we are remembered. First off, I’m sure the king totally loves everyone calling him “Bran the Broken,” and for that matter, Davos, you’re a lord now, maybe find a better nickname than “onion knight.
There were moments when this message landed with a dull thud, though. Brienne of Tarth’s character was mangled ever since her knighting, and last night’s finale was nearly insulting. Leafing through a book in the Red Keep about the kingdom’s most valued knights, I thought perhaps she’d come across her own name in the final pages; an unspoken parting gift from her friend Jaime. Instead, she stops at his entry and takes it upon herself to add pages and pages about Jaime’s accomplishments. Nothin’ more badass to close out a woman’s story than having her blog about a dude who pulled a fuck-and-run on her to go die with his hot ex who is also his sister.
The North Secedes
In an act of tyrannical nepotism, Bran allows his sister to form her own state in the North and govern the people of Winterfell et cetera to her liking. The North always had its own ways and customs, but did Bran extend that offer to the other six kingdoms?
What We’ll Never Know
Of course, you can’t fit everything into a six-episode mad dash to the finish line. Here are some burning questions I still have about Westeros:
How Long Can Everything Stay Cool?
Evil is defeated, Cersei is lying under a pile of rubble, and everyone’s where they should be. How long will this period of unbroken peace last in the new age? For a show as gleefully brutal as Game of Thrones showed us it could be, it’s kind of weird that there wasn’t even a hint of conflict on the horizon, right?
Bran as the “true neutral” candidate has everything everyone wants from a “safe” king, besides the fact he seems like he’d rather blast his brain into a dragon and fly about rather than think about feeding his people. We’ve seen emotionally-stunted teenagers on the throne before, and none of those worked out so well. Hell, he never even reached out to Meera Reed to apologize for being such a dick to her.
The Robin Arryn Diet
So does breastfeeding long into your young adult years make you… hot? Hats off, Robin Arryn, you now-gorgeous weirdo.
Are They Just Doing This Shit on Purpose Now?
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