Game Of Thrones is back with it’s last ever episode and the finale has a hell of a lot to unpack from it. This is 8 seasons of plot building and storytelling coming to a head and whether you hate it or love it we finally know who has become the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
Throughout this video, I’ll be breaking down everything that you need to know about the final episode as well as what it’s ending means.
This is full spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen the finale and don’t want anything ruined then I highly recommend that you turn off now.
With that out the way, I just wanna give a huge thank you for clicking this video, I hope you enjoy it, now sit back, relax and let’s get into my Game Of Thrones Finale Breakdown.
Game Of Thrones Season 8 Recap
We’ll start with a quick recap just to get everyone up to speed with what’s happened so far. The forces of Westeros formed an alliance in order to take down The White Walkers, and after defeating the Night King they stormed King’s Landing together, besting the beaurecrats and Golden Company easily. But we weren’t given the happy ending that everyone was expecting and the bloodlust and power has sent Dany off the deep end. No matter how many times Tyrion said ‘won’t somebody please think of the children’ she still ended up in a rage that destroyed the majority of the city.
It seems like no one, not even a petition to remake this season can stop her and we head into the final episode wondering what will happen to the uneasy alliance between her forces and Jon Snows.
Game Of Thrones Finale Breakdown
Episode 6 picks up in the aftermath of the devastation with the opinions of who was right completely divided. Those who’ve seen my leaked plot video will know that was 100% accurate and that had fans pretty divided so I can imagine this will carry over.
The first half of the episode culminated in the death of Daenerys at the hands of Jon Snow and from the off it was clear this was the only way that the plot could go. We opened with Tyrion discovering Cersei and Jaime under the rubble. He realises this has been caused by his failure to convince Dany but make no mistake about it, he blames no one else but her.
It’s clear that she’s had a huge influence over Grey worm too, who’s squad can be found murdering Lannister soldiers under the apparent orders of the queen. Darth Vader Dany is here and she announces to the world that the war is not over until she liberates the world. Dany knows what Tyrion has been up to as well and after the way she swiftly dealt with Varys, things don’t look good for him.
Ever the hero though he takes off his hand badge and throws it at her. Those who’ve been here since the start will remember that Ned Stark did this to King Robert when he wished to kill Daenerys so it’s a great call back.
The crowd of Unsullied and Dothraki cheer. Tyrion approaches Daenerys, and she accuses him of freeing Jaime that too sees Tyrion accosted in a smilar way.
The Death Of Daenerys
Jon seems to be the only one that’s still team Dany but even he is having his doubts. He utters the words ‘love is the death of duty’ which is a call back to Maester Aemon saying that to him in season one after the death of Ned.
Tyrion asks Jon to kill Dany before we get another Mad King saga and as he’s the rightful heir he feels this is the only way to do it. Deep down he knows that Sansa will never bend the knee and this is a choice between his real family and adopted one.
He goes to the Red Keep and sees Daenerys guarded by Drogon. This entire section is a huge call back to her vision in season 2 and it’s nice that the writers remembered this as it was much needed. Jon pleads for Tyrions life but it’s clear that she isn’t budging. Jon says “You are my queen, now and forever,” and the two kiss but unfortunately it was all a ruse and Jon has made his choice. He stabs Daenerys and he kills her.
The End Of The Throne
Drogon approaches but instead of burning Jon he only burns the throne. Now this segment was a big point of contention in my plot leak video as there’s no real reason why a dragon would know the politics enough to do this. It also annoyed people that the thing that has been sought after for so long was stripped away and after 8 seasons of seeing who would sit on the throne, nobody did. Whilst I can see how this could be a bit of a cop-out, in the moment I do think it works and it’s a good send off for Daenerys. Yes I said it. Let me rephrase it, from the way the plots been building this is the best send-off we could’ve got, it’s not like Cersei being crushed by rocks, at least this had some really dramatic weight to it which I appreciate.
Choosing A Ruler
The second part of the episode deals with the aftermath of her death. There is a gathering of the great lords with Jon pretty much being put on trial for murdering the queen. Tyrion isn’t out of the woods yet either and whilst normally these decisions would be at the hands of the king or queen, there currently isn’t one.
Together they decide that Bran should be the one as he is pretty much the wisest.
Ok so this is another thing that people went wild over in the spoiler video and I can’t really disagree with them. The choice of Bran makes little sense to me and Ive had a week to get used to it. He’s not really the kinda person who would quest after power, he’s sort of above the whole appointed positions thing so this doesn’t really seem like the correct narrative choice to make here.
Looks like that remake the 8th season petition is about to get A LOT more signatures.
Sansa seems to agree too and whilst she loves him she doesn’t bend the knee and remains the leader of the north which will stand indepenedent.
Bran decides that Tyrion should be his hand and together they go to see Jon who we learn is being sent to the wall. No one is happy Bran says which is a good compromise.
From here on out we get a good epilogue.
Sansa sits atop the throne, Arya says shes saying west of Westeros because no one has been there, Brienne records the deeds of Jaime, Grand Maester Samwell has been appointed and he has written a history of the Great War named A Song Of Ice and fire. This moment killed me a bit because I tweeted before the episode last night that if Sam didn’t end the season writing a book and looking up at the camera and saying ‘it truly was a game of thrones’ then we riot so yeah….this was hilarious to me.
And the finale ends with Jon meeting Tormund at the wall and finally patting Ghost. The story ends how it began with the nights watch venturing into the woods, the same woods from season one.
And thus the circle is complete, the night watch will forever protect the north and they have finally managed to go forth once more instead of retreating like we saw in the first season. The world is finally safe and we can hopefully trust bran not to mess it all up.
It truly was A Game Of Thrones…
Obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on the game of thrones finale and what you’ve thought of Season 8 as a whole. Whether you hate it or love it, the controversy surrouding it has been highly interesting so make sure that you comment below and let me know and if you enjoyed this video then please like it and make sure you check out my entire playlist of videos on the season so far. This contains all the plot leaks, predictions and even an 11 minute video of all of the cast being disappointed with the outcome of Season 8 so it’s definitely worth checking out it you want a bit of fun now that this is all over.
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