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7:22pm, 20th May, 2019

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Game Of Thrones IS OVER. The world’s most watched show has aired its last episode.
It was satisfying as well as disappointing. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrapped up a show that’s spanned eight seasons, two continents, seven Houses and hundreds of thousands of corpses, and they did a decent job at it, but the last two seasons. In no way, the show was going to give us the perfect conclusion, not after it began rushing toward the conclusion.
 
It’s all over, with so much story left untold. If left to me, Season 7 should have been 10 episodes setting up the conflict with the Night King. Season 8 should have been another 10 episodes resolving that conflict and setting up the showdown with Cersei, as well as further establishing Daenerys as a dangerous, mentally unhinged conqueror. And Season 9 should have been the end of Cersei and King’s Landing and the fight against this new Queen, out to liberate all of humankind, through blood and fire. The first ten minutes of tonight’s series finale should have been the last ten minutes of this season’s finale, with another season in the offing detailing the fight of Jon Snow and the other rebel Lords and Ladies against Mad Queen. But this is not a perfect world… Trump is still the president…
 
“What about all the other people,” Jon Snow asks his queen, “Who think they know what’s good?” 
“They don’t get a choice,” Dany responds. 
A conversation that should have happened two episodes back to lead to the Mad Queen and her assassination. 
 
“Love is the death of duty”: ” Duty is the death of Love”
This episode would have been truly great if we’d just gotten here more naturally. If Jon and Dany’s relationship had been even half as convincing as Jon and Ygritte’s, If he’d truly loved her, I would understand his unwillingness to hear Tyrion’s sermon of sense. But there’s nothing about Jon Snow’s character that would defend Daenerys in this situation. He clearly believed that what she did was wrong, that her speech to the Unsullied and Dothraki was distasteful, the words of a deluded megalomaniac. If the show had convinced me that he truly loved her with an undying passion, that his love would truly overshadow his reason, his duty, then okay. This scene would have felt earned. 
Because Aegon Targaryen is Jon Snow, he does the right thing and kills Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains and “Liberator of King’s Landing” before she can liberate another population.
 
Drogon had the best Character Arc!
The scene between Jon and Drogon was pretty intense. I thought for sure that Drogon would try to burn Jon and that the fire would have no effect and Jon would very obviously be a Targaryen that Drogon would defer to. I’m glad that didn’t happen. Instead, Drogon melted the Iron Throne, as if even he acknowledged that it was the symbol of power and the very source of evil. in extreme anger and grief, drogon chooses to mourn in peace. He protests to Jon, bowing before he flies away, clutching Daenerys in his talons, perhaps to Valyria.
Jon is imprisoned for killing Khaleesi and then there is a time-jump. Grey Worm and the Unsullied have kept the Imp and Jon Snow in chains ever since. The fate of the Seven Kingdoms must be decided, as well as the fate of Tyrion and Jon Snow.
Farewell Speech by the writers!
Tyrion comes before nobles from the archives and the present — the Starks, Davos and Ser Brienne of Tarth and a grown smug looking Robin Arryn, Edmure Tully and Sam Tarly and various others, including a new Dornish Prince.
Tyrion monologues about the game of thrones conclusion, sounding like a farewell speech by Martin, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, talks about “Breaking the wheel” which they all wanted. The nobles decide, at Tyrion’s speech, that Bran is made king and that from now on kings are chosen by the noble Houses rather than by birth because kings’ sons are monsters more often than not. Everyone agrees, including Bran, and Bran The Broken is named king. “Why do you think I came all this way?” Bran says. This takes me back to episode 2 of this season when Tyrion spoke to Bran, the Job interview for the king. 
Grey Worm Certainly is No Leader!
Bran names Tyrion Hand, plotted much in episode 2?. This seems to convince Grey Worm, weirdly. Grey Worm also agrees to Jon Snow being sent to the Night’s Watch, and for some reason everyone aagrees to this plan, even though Grey Worm and the invading armies all leave and they could just have Jon come back to Winterfell a few months later.
 
Queen in the North
Much Deserved. Sansa doesn’t bend the knee to her brother. She insists on the North maintaining its independence and Bran agrees (why though ??) and Sansa ultimately becomes Queen in the North.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 806
(L to R) Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
– Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Girl is No One after Killing the Night King!
Literally no one after episode 3. Arya heads out West of Westeros on a crazy exploration adventure. She will eventually find the New World and Kill more people ??
 
Council of the Three-Eyed Raven 
In King’s Landing, a new council is formed with Tyrion as Hand, Sam as Grand Maester, Bronn as master of coin ( high garden is his clearly) and Brienne as commander of the King’s Guard.
Brienne’s  Love
She does write down nice things about the previous commander, Jaime Lannister, who “Died protecting his Queen”.  She makes sure the world remembers Jaime as a good man.
Jon and the North In Him.
Jon was sent North to the Wall, We get a great moment between Jon and Ghost, who’s missing an ear but still makes Jon smile. Jon goes north of the Wall and lives with Tormund and Ghost, 
probably Tormund reminded him again “You have the north in you, the real north.”   
 
And we see a sprig of wild green grass coming up from beneath the snow. 
Summer Is Coming!
 
Big Shout Out to Ramin Djawadi what an amazing Music to the one thing that did not disappoint at all.
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