Recreation of Thrones season Eight finale: Refined particulars you could have missed



Bran considering laborious as regular.


Warning: Spoilers aplenty beneath. 

It is throughout. The sport has been performed. On Sunday HBO aired The Iron Throne, the final ever episode of Recreation of Thrones. 

For those who’ve seen it, you most likely have robust emotions about it. It noticed the demise of Daenerys Targaryen and the ascent of Bran the Damaged. It noticed Sansa Stark turn into the Queen of the North and Tyrion Lannister the Hand of the brand new King. It noticed Jon Snow pat Ghost.

Over one million individuals have signed a petition to have the final season be remade, though such petitions are all the fashion nowadays, so it’s totally a lot a “like it or hate it” affair. However with practically 20 million viewers, it was among the many greatest occasions in episodic TV historical past. Listed here are a few of the particulars and callbacks to earlier seasons you could have missed.

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Targaryens within the Maintain

One of many two huge moments of the episode was the demise of Daenerys. Tyrion, imprisoned by Daenerys, convinces Jon that she’s formally mad, and that Jon and his sisters are certain to incur her wrath sooner fairly than later. Jon confronts Daenerys and, gauging her to be insufficiently repentant about massacring a whole metropolis, stabs her proper within the coronary heart.

This scene, aside from being top-of-the-line in season Eight and arguably the entire present, featured many callbacks to moments in earlier seasons.

Earlier than Jon confronts her, we see Daenerys ascending the steps to the Iron Throne. She gazes upon it covetously and grasps a hilt of one of many many blades that comprise it. It is a direct throwback to the imaginative and prescient she sees in Qarth again in season 2. The imaginative and prescient, additionally referenced in The Bells, exhibits Daenerys wandering right into a snow-blanketed, ransacked Pink Maintain. In it, she walks to the Throne and begins to succeed in for it, however on the final second she shies away from touching it.

It after all seems that the Pink Maintain would not be blanketed in snow, however fairly ash. Daenerys did make her grasp for energy, grabbing onto the Throne, so I suppose the Targaryen coin had but to land in her imaginative and prescient. 

In her imaginative and prescient she’s distracted by the cries of a dragon. In episode 6, her consideration goes to Jon Snow, who enters The Nice Corridor.

Daenerys is notably much less crazed right here than in The Bells, however she will not free Tyrion and she or he mentioned she had to kill all of these harmless civilians to show Cersei fallacious. Or… one thing. Jon candy talks her, says she’s his queen eternally, after which stabs her proper within the coronary heart.

The final Targaryen to rule, Aerys II, was famously stabbed in the identical spot by Jaime Lannister throughout Robert’s Riot. There was comparable treachery afoot there: Aerys’ Hand of the King was Tywin Lannister, who requested King’s Touchdown’s gates open in order that his military may defend the crown. Aerys opened the gates however Tywin’s military turned on Aerys and sacked town, just like Daenerys razing town even after the bells rang in give up. 

Aerys died in entrance of the Iron Throne when Kingsguard head Jaime Lannister, appalled by the Mad King’s calls for that the entire metropolis be engulfed in wildfire, impaled him from behind. Daenerys died when her most trusted ally, appalled by her engulfing town in dragonfire, impaled her from the entrance.

Jaime informed Brienne again in season 3 about how little he loved killing the person he was sworn to guard. Jon was naturally much more conflicted about what he needed to do. He cried as he lowered Daenery’s physique to the ground. She is the second associate to die in his palms; Ygritte, his wildling lover, would additionally die whereas wanting into the eyes of Jon Snow.

Daenerys died within the arms of Jon, her alleged lover. 



Ygritte, Jon’s alleged past love, additionally died in his arms. Tough go, this man’s had. 


And at last, Daenerys’ demise roused Drogon, who flew into the Nice Corridor. Drogon, presumably in a rage towards the image of the facility that corrupted his mom, burned down the Iron Throne. Fittingly, the Throne was solid by Balerion, the primary dragon the Targaryens used to overcome the Seven Kingdoms, and melted by Drogon, the ultimate (?) dragon utilized by a Targaryen to overcome, properly, something.

Ser Jaime Lannister

Throughout The Iron Throne’s prolonged epilogue, we see Ser Brienne of Tarth detailing the complete story of Jaime’s exploits in a ebook. That is The Guide of Brothers, which information the deeds of all of the Knights to have ever served within the Kingsguard.

The Guide of Brothers beforehand appeared twice, each occasions in season 4. Within the first episode of that season — one of the best season within the collection, may I add — Jaime is being reprimanded by his son/nephew, Jofrrey Lannister/Baratheon. Joffrey dunks on Jaime fairly laborious, perusing the ebook and noting that Ser Duncan the Tall was adorned sufficient to take up 4 pages, but Jaime does not also have a full web page to his identify.


Ser Brienne is each a knight and a author.


Jaime says there’s nonetheless time, however Joffrey questions that. “Is there?” asks a bemused Joffrey. “For a 40-year-old knight with one hand?” Rattling, roasted. 

Three episodes later, Brienne reads out Jaime’s underwhelming entry. “It is the responsibility of the Lord Commander to fill out these pages. And there is nonetheless room left in mine.”

Nicely, that is the place Brienne is available in. Within the finale, Brienne, now the Lord Commander, jots down the next tales underneath Jaime’s identify:

“Captured within the area on the Whispering Wooden: Let out by Girl Catelyn Stark in return for an oath to seek out and return her two daughters.” (Seasons 1-3)

“Took Riverrun from the Tully rebels, with out lack of life.” (Season 6) 

“Lured the Unsullied into attacking Casterly Rock, sacrificing his childhood house in service to a larger technique. Outwitted the Targaryen forces to grab Highgarden.” (Season 7)

“Fought on the Battle of the Goldroad bravely, narrowly escaping demise by dragonfire. Pledged himself to the forces of males and rode north to affix them at Winterfell, alone.” (Season 7)

“Confronted the Military of the Useless, and defended the fort towards unimaginable odds till the defeat of the Night time King. Escaped imprisonment and rode south in an try to save lots of the capital from destruction.” (Season 8)

Died defending his Queen.” (Season 8)

So it was Jaime who knighted Brienne in season Eight episode 2, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, but it surely was Brienne who finally gave Jaime a dignified legacy. (Additionally word that the sigil on Brienne’s chestplate is that of a raven, for Bran the Damaged.) 


A smart man.


Flashbacks and foreshadows

Love and responsibility: There was one other substantial throwback earlier within the episode, when Jon goes to see an imprisoned Tyrion. Tyrion, within the technique of convincing Jon to place an finish to Daenerys, says he loves her identical to Jon does. “Love is the demise of responsibility,” Jon says. He mentions that it was one thing Maester Aemon informed him. 

Maester Aemon did certainly inform him this, again in episode 9 of the primary season after Ned Stark’s head had been chopped off. (Aemon additionally mentioned it to Sam in season 4.) “All of us do our responsibility when there is no value to it,” he mentioned. “Honor comes simple then. In the end, in each man’s life, there comes a day when it isn’t simple, a day when he should select.”

This sentiment was echoed by Tyrion moments later. Tyrion tells Jon that Sansa informed him about Jon’s true id as a result of she does not need Daenerys to be Queen. “She does not get to decide on,” Jon says.

“No, however you do, and it’s a must to select now,” Tyrion powerfully replies. 

Aemon did not understand how prescient he was, and the way Jon’s hardest choice wouldn’t be whether or not to bail from The Night time’s Watch to affix his brother Robb Stark, however whether or not or not he ought to betray his Queen — who occurred to be Aemon’s nice niece. 

Intro tidbits: Every episode of season Eight has aired with barely tweaked opening credit. This week, for the finale, the Lannister Lion didn’t seem above the Iron Throne and the Map Room of the Pink Maintain had a fission line by way of it, the previous representing the autumn of Queen Cersei and the latter the destruction of town. (Plus, the precise Map Room had a fission by way of it.) 


This week.



Final week.


A throne of a thousand swords: Earlier than Jon brutally betrays her, the ultimate story Daenerys spins is of how her brother Viserys informed her of the Iron Throne when she was younger; how he mentioned it was 1,00zero blades-tall. The true factor, it seems, is way much less formidable. However George R.R. Martin has written about how the Iron Throne he envisions in his books is definitely nearer to what Viserys informed Daenerys about.

“The best way the throne is described within the books,” Martin wrote in 2013 on his Not a Weblog, in reference to HBO’s depiction, “HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in entrance, the excessive seat from which the king appears DOWN on everybody within the courtroom… my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and uneven.”

West of west, north of north: When bidding Jon farewell, Arya says she will’t go to him up at The Wall. Not due to any guidelines, however as a result of she’s headed out to discover The Recognized World. She needs to seek out out what’s west of Westeros. This was foreshadowed in season 6. Girl Crane, a Braavosi actress, asks Arya the place she’ll go subsequent.

“Essos is east and Westeros is west, however what’s west of Westeros?”

“The sting of the world, possibly,” Girl Crane replies.

“I need to see it,” Arya says. 

Jon’s banishment to the Night time’s Watch was additionally foreshadowed, however not as way back as season 6. In episode 4, The Final of the Starks, the one the place Jon did not pat Ghost, Tormound says he does not like “the south,” in reference to Fortress Black and Winterfell. He says he is going up north — and provides that the north, “the true north,” is the place Jon belongs. 

Queen within the North: Bran received the Recreation of Thrones, however a detailed second could also be Sansa Stark. Sansa refused to bend the knee to her brother, declaring the North a free kingdom. Shortly thereafter, we see Sansa topped the Queen within the North in a scene just like those loved by Robb Stark and Jon.

Firstly, that is after all an arc-capping second, as in season 1 Sansa fantasized about being a beloved queen.

Secondly, Sansa’s coronation costume is definitely insanely symbolic. There are particulars on it that characterize every of her relations, as Pinterest member purplefloofs famous, like a one-arm cloak for Arya, a Weirwood sample for Bran, the type of her tiara for Robb, and extra. Try BuzzFeed’s intensive breakdown of it right here.

TL;DR, Sansa Stark is so nice.

Because it begins, so it ends: The very first scene in Recreation of Thrones was a trio of Night time’s Watchmen venturing north of the wall, the place they’re killed by White Walkers. The final scene in Recreation of Thrones sees Jon, Tormund and all the brand new Night time’s Watchmen venturing north of the wall, Wildlings and Crows residing in peace and White Walker menace eradicated.


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