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The Iron Throne: Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 – Khaleesi’s Review

I’m not good at goodbyes with people I care for,let alone a TV series I’ve loved … and with the way I have obsessively loved Game of Thrones for five years, the series finale was guaranteed to be torture for me.

Except… it wasn’t.

“The Iron Throne” left me feeling,to quote Generation Z, “meh!.

I didn’t completely hate it as I did Episode 5 but I sure as f*** didn’t love it either.

As I mentioned in both of House Wyrd’s Sunday Times and Cape Talk interviews,I was keeping my expectations for the series finale extremely low because Season 8’s writing as a whole has disappointed me bitterly.

I was, at the very least,expecting to sob into my glass of Johnnie Walker White Walker and I didn’t.

In fact, I cried my eyes out for The Big Bang Theory finale and still cannot watch gifs of that show’s final scene with an acoustic version of the theme song playing and yet,GOT got nothing from me so. This pretty much sums it up:

Recap:

The final episode of Game of Thrones EVER was directed by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and focused on first, the aftermath of Dany and Drogon burning down King’s Landing to Seven Hells and then the inevitable pissing contest over who will take the now non-existent Iron Throne ( melted by Drogon in his grief) after Jon predictably kills his lover, Queen and aunt.

Spoiler alert: it’s Bran the Broken, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Six Realms ( because Sansa refused to bend the knee).

I am still wholly convinced Bran will at some point still turn into the Night King and that this entire sequence of events is what he was actually doing when he zoned out during the Battle of Winterfell. That look that passed between him and my hot dead lover was a “Hey Bro, we’re gonna be King of the Dead AND the Seven Kingdoms. Just let my sister kill you real quick and I will see you in the future.”

A reminder of what that looked like:

Bran played the longest con in Westerosi history and I have to give him props for that.

Some 19 million viewers (at the time of writing this) tuned into the final episode of the TV adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and although not much happened in the way of all-out action, plenty happened emotionally to wrap up our beloved characters’ arcs… just not to every fan’s expectations.

I knew my Queen was destined to die … I have been expecting it for a while, as both a fan of the books and the series. The Azor Ahai prophecy in the books foretold it, the writers practically forced it on us since Episode 4 this season. While I still f***ing hate the Mad Queen turn, I am at peace with the beautiful and respectful way it was handled in the finale.

Emilia Clarke played crazy Dany who sounds utterly logical until the very end with such aplomb but it was Kit Harington’s conflicted Jon Snow, whose heart you can practically hear and see breaking in this scene that broke me:

With Tyrion named Hand of the King, Grey Worm sailing to the Isle of Naath to honour Missandei ( SOB!), Bronn finally getting his fokkin castle, Brienne, as Lady Commander of the Kingsguard completing Jaime’s entry in the book of Knights, Arya sailing off to find what’s west of Westeros, that left Sansa to FINALLY get what was hers – being crowned Queen of the North:

I have many issues with David and D.B, but I will compliment them on taking Book Sansa who was only ever a bit player in all of the other characters’ stories and turning Series Sansa into a heroine we could all fall in love with and root for.

Two things I need the guys to clarify, though, amongst others – like why is there still a Night’s Watch when the White Walkers are gone, how did they rebuild the Red Keep so quickly, who runs Casterly Rock now and was Ellaria still alive when the Keep fell? – are the following:

a) Who is the hot AF new Prince of Dorne? We know House Martell was decimated with the brutal deaths of Oberyn, Trystane and the Sand Snakes so who is this dark and handsome stranger:

b) Where have they been hiding Sweet Robin who is now Sexy Robin? I mean , just look at this delectable snack who was breastfed for far too long:

Game of Thrones the series ends with Jon being sent back to The Wall to rejoin the Night’s Watch, and most importantly, the reunion we’ve all been waiting for with the goodest boy in all of the Realms:

No, I didn’t cry as the iconic theme song played over the scene of Jon leading the Wildings back to the True North (a homage to the White Walkers and wights emerging from there to descend on The Wall in the series’ first episode) but I am at peace with this ending of my favourite series.

Thank you to the cast, the crew, the showrunners and George RR Martin for infusing my life and heart with magic these past few years. For now, my watch has ended.

Theory:

I have several around the characters and what they’ll get up to ( to be explored in coming blog posts) but my big one right now: the editors, directors and showrunners were purposefully f***ing with us with THAT plastic bottle saga:

It’s a nice up yours if they were being cheeky after the coffee cup incident… otherwise, guys, it’s time to give HBO their money back and retire from the industry. Being so lazy as to not do final checks of sets before filming or removing modern objects post-production is unacceptable!

MVP:

My last living dragon baby, Drogon – melter of the Iron Throne, mourner-in-chief for his momma and now all alone in the world at just six years old!

As my sister rightly said and other fans agreeing on Twitter, that heartbreaking scene where Drogon tries to wake Dany up was so reminiscent of Simba and Mufusa in The Lion King:

There’s a fan theory that Drogon took his mom’s body back to where she lived with Drogo so Dany’s Season Two vision of returning to the Khal and Rhaegal in death could be fulfilled

I hope it’s true and if so, well done, my sweet Drogon.

Quote of the episode:

” We break the wheel together.” – Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons

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