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Review – Game of Thrones S8E06: “The Iron Throne”

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Summary

The final episode of Game of Thrones shows us what terrible writing feels like. 

 

Game of Thrones Ends Not With a Bang but Rather a Whimper

 

If you’re expecting some long review about how everything is wonderful you’re not going to get it. Game of Thrones has officially had one of the worst finales I’ve seen (and I watched The Originals). I can’t believe I invested 10 years in this and this is the ending we get. It’s a badly-written nonsensical terror. I’ve read terrible fan fiction that is better than this finale.

The Daenerys Issue

Review - Game of Thrones S8E06: "The Iron Throne"
Drogon mourns and everyone gets the feels.

No offense to Emilia Clarke but her character is the worst thing to come out of Game of Thrones. Sure, she pulled off incredible performances this season, but it was because they focused it all on her. No one else gets a POV or anything that isn’t dedicated to Dany.

Despite what her loud fans say, the white savior was always going to go dark. The foreshadowing is there in both the books and the show. Is the execution terrible? Yes, but that’s because they wanted to shock the audience.

The biggest crime to her name is that they destroyed Jon Snow to do it. You’re telling me Jon would fall in love with a mass-murdering megalomaniac? Yeah, not my Jon. Jon Snow’s POV was cut off from us in season 7, which was the last time he was in character. You can’t say the character is terrified of Dany in one episode and then try to justify her mass-murdering innocents in the next. Jon never acted like he actually loved her. Kit Harington is a good actor and we’ve seen Jon act in love; this was not it.

Review – Game of Thrones S8E06: “The Iron Throne”
The final fate of Cersei and Jaime Lannister

I still can’t believe they want me to believe that the Jon who was raised by Ned Stark, the Jon who killed Mance because he thought fire was a cruel way to die, would do this. Jon justifying mass murder? it’s not him. The fact that they made him love his abuser? Terrible. 

His parentage? They made it all about Dany’s reaction to it. Nothing about how his entire life is a lie or how he felt about Ned not being his father. All Jon ever wanted was to be a Stark, and they took that from him. We don’t even get to see the Stark’s reaction to it.  

Terrible Council

Why is it that Tyrion did a world of evil and is considered a villain in the books and gets rewarded? He’s the one that brought a tyrant to Westeros, he’s the one that betrayed Varys, and yet he gets off scot-free while Jon has to go to the North.

Why are the Unsullied in charge when they just murdered thousands—if not millions—of innocents in cold blood? Why does Grey Worm get to decide anything? They were killing prisoners of war even after the war.

I love Sam but how is he a Grand Maester when he left the Citadel? Why is there a Night’s Watch when there are no more White Walkers? Why is Bronn on the council at all? Does he even know how to read? Why is Tyrion rewarded after all the terrible things he did?

I don’t agree with King Bran The Broken in any fiber of my being; it makes no narrative sense. But if you’re going to make him a king why would you give him that title? We would have understood Bran the Rebuilder, Bran the Memory, Bran the Raven, but no, we got Bran the Broken.

Does no one realize how incredibly ableist that is? How did that pass through all the channels?

The Pack Survives?

Review - Game of Thrones S8E06: "The Iron Throne"
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

This is the part of the episode that makes even less sense than Bronn being on the small council. The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives. It’s a phrase we’ve heard a lot. It means that the Starks are stronger together than they are apart.

Sure, the Starks are all alive in the end, but they’re all separated. Why did we wait 10 years for them to reunite only for them to go off alone? Arya never wanted to travel, she just wanted to get back to her family—her pack.

Sansa was raised to be queen but all she wanted was to be loved and to have her family with her. All Jon wanted was to be a Stark. The writers haven’t cared about Bran for seasons and they clearly don’t care now either.

There were two good things about this episode: Queen of the North Sansa Stark & Ghost. Having Jon reunite with Ghost and showing him in his actual size? That’s beautiful. Sansa Stark making sure her people are independent, being beloved, and wearing an incredible, jaw-dropping dress when she’s being crowned? Iconic.

Sansa Stark ending up alone because all her family is away and even Brienne (her sworn-sword) is gone? That’s tragic. Because Sansa deserves love and she deserves to be with her family. She should have everything she’s ever wanted. All my Starks deserved to be happy and together and I’m gutted we didn’t get that.

The moment at the end where Sansa, Arya, and Jon are all walking to their respective paths while a version of the Game of Thrones theme plays in the background? Cinematic Masterpiece.

It is a poetic scene that makes you feel triumphant. 

Quotes

Tyrion Lannister: I freed my brother, and you slaughtered a city.

Sansa Stark: Uncle, please sit.

Jon Snow: Ned Stark’s daughter will speak for them. She’s the best they could ask for.

Sansa Stark: I love you, little brother. I always will. You’ll be a good king. But tens of thousands of Northmen fell in the Great War defending all of Westeros. And those who survived have seen too much and fought too hard ever to kneel again. The North will remain an independent kingdom, as it was for thousands of years.

Northerners: Queen in the North!

Additional

  • Sansa Stark is going to go down in history as the Queen who finally freed the North, and that makes me very proud of my girl. Sansa completed the mission that Robb started. Long may she reign.  
  • I want to believe she’ll just pardon Jon and get him to come back home; after all, it is her kingdom now. 
  • Ghost’s appearance made me emotional. I love that puppy.
  • So it turns out that episode 2 “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” was the last mostly-good episode. 
  • I can’t believe this is how Game of Thrones ends.
  • Help us, George RR Martin, you’re our only hope.
  • No, but for real, there’s no way this is how the books are ending, right?
  • Jon did the continent a solid by killing Dany—just saying.
  • Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau getting a paycheck for just lying under the rubble? Iconic. 
  • Sansa Stark as Queen in the North brings me a lot of pleasure. Her coronation dress is honestly gorgeous. I love her direwolf crown, and the Tully scales on her dress combined with the Weirwood leaves. It’s her way of paying tribute to all sides of her. 
  • They didn’t even give the prince of Dorne a name. Why was Yara on Dany’s side when Dany left her to rot?
  • The shot of Drogon behind Dany though? Amazing cinematography.
  • Drogon should have never survived, but I’m glad he destroyed the throne.


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Maii Trueba

Maii is a 27 year old writer, who can get emotional and protective over certain characters and their stories, also pandas. And don't get her started on A Song of Ice and Fire because you'll never hear the end of it. She graduated in film and has a certificate in Art History so the nerdiness comes out from time to time.

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