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After an uneven final season comprised of only six episodes, fans were excited, concerned, and downright desperate to see how the Game of Thrones saga would finally end. From the Iron Throne to the fate of Westeros and the final showdown between Daenerys and Jon Snow, here’s what the ending of Game of Thrones means not just for the final season, but for the entire series.
Beware: spoilers are coming!
After the burning of King’s Landing in the previous episode, several main characters wander through the brutal aftermath, with Tyrion Lannister, the Hand of the Queen, looking stricken as he walks down ruined streets and sees the bodies of those Daenerys burned without mercy. As he and Jon Snow survey the destruction, Jon and Tyrion separately set off to meet the queen.
Jon’s journey finds him at odds with Grey Worm over the execution of Lannister soldiers. But soon after Tyrion sets off on his own, he makes a horrifying discovery. In a truly heartbreaking moment, Tyrion finds the bodies of his brother and sister and breaks down amid the rubble. With the rest of his house literally entombed, Tyrion finds himself suddenly alone, and in that moment, his resolve to defy his queen strengthens.
Later, as the Dothraki and Unsullied celebrate their victory, Daenerys makes a grand entrance, riding atop Drogon and landing in a perfect shot with her silhouetted by his wings. While she gives a full-throated victory speech in which she praises her army for taking down a tyrant and claiming the city as their own, viewers know the truth: Dany is no better than the tyrant she aims to replace. In fact, she’s probably a lot worse, as she announces her plans to prolong the war and conquer the rest of the world.
Daenerys has always bent towards justice, but with this proclamation, it seems as if she’s finally gone too far, and even her most trusted advisors seem frightened by her endless hunger for power.
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Assessing the damage | 0:23
Tyrion quits his job | 1:45
Jon consults the Hand of the Queen | 2:39
Drogon’s final moments | 4:34
A king is chosen | 6:07
The North remembers | 8:10
Stories are completed | 9:06
Spring is coming | 10:29