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The eighth and final season of popular HBO series Game of Thrones (GoT) has drawn to an end after running for eight years (2011-2019). Fans from as many as 170 countries counted down the days until the last screening, even the teachers at RMHS show excitement for it. 

 Resource teacher Julia McNamara showed enthusiasm for the last episode of the show.

I am really sad to see the series come to an end, and to be honest, I’m not sure what I’m going to do on Sunday evenings,” McNamara said. “I have been a pretty strong Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) fan throughout the series and since [season eight, episode five] I have completely turned against her; I want to see someone else on the Iron Throne, maybe Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) or Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).”.

In anticipation of the second-to-last episode, I made a list of predictions for the conclusion of GoT. 

I guessed everything from character deaths to the overall ruler of the seven kingdoms. I saved predictions to reflect on after I viewed the last episode. Looking back on them, I realize how truly wrong I was. 

 I hoped that Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) fate would be death and that Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory Mccann) would engage in one last fight with his brother, Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Conan Stevens and Ian Whyte). I theorized that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) would return to Winterfell and marry Gendry Baratheon (Joe Dempsie), newly appointed Lord. I also anticipated Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark’s reunion which would result in newfound affection for one another only for Sansa to die of childbirth in an epilogue.

The question lingered though; Who would end up on the Iron Throne? The answer pointed to one obvious choice. None other than Daenerys “Dany” of the House Targaryen, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. 

She was unbreakable as she had the Unsullied army, Drogon and support of Jon Snow. 

After Dany burned most of King’s Landing, I began to worry that her mental state may be turning towards that of her father, the Mad King (David Rintoul). 

Despite the obvious setup for viewers to side with Jon Snow, her rule would have most definitely “broken the wheel” of Westerosi politics. 

I was only right about two theories, the brother battle and Cersei’s (Lena Headey) death.

On May 19th, I sat down to watch the last episode. It was bittersweet to hear the GoT theme song before a new episode for the last time.

After the title sequence,Tyrion roamed through King’s Landing. He stared helplessly at disfigured bodies covered in ashes around him. He entered the crypts only to find his only remaining family members encased in debris. 

Peter Dinklage seldom took part in emotional scenes but his portrayal of Tyrion’s reaction to the death of his twin siblings brought me into the mind of the character. I sympathized with Tyrion’s feelings of betrayal and hurt through Dinklage’s body language alone. This alone describes the versatility and talent of each GoT actor. 

Jaime’s (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) death symbolized his true love for Cersei. He died in the arms of the woman he loved, yikes! 

After his scene in the crypts, Tyrion quit his position of hand of the queen. He asked Jon Snow to put an end to Dany’s rule as he is the true heir to the throne after being taken captive for treasonous acts. 

Viewers learned of his true parentage in the earlier episodes that proved him a legitimate Targaryen which topped Dany’s claim to the throne. 

Jon Snow put a sword through Dany’s side after they shared one last passionate kiss. 

I felt extremely betrayed by Jon Snow during the scene because I had been a Daenerys Targaryen fan since the character’s debut. 

The death of such an impactful character showed me that GoT had a merciless plot line even for the main characters.

After Dany drew her last breath, Drogon (Dany’s dragon) melted the Iron Throne until it was unrecognizable. This foreshadowed the decision to change the way that kings would be chosen later in the episode. 

At Tyrion’s sentencing for treason towards Dany, Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) proposed a type of government for the seven kingdoms which would allow the lords of each kingdom to elect a king or queen. 

His idea was smart but it made no sense. How can one be elected into power for life

The lords and ladies laughed at the thought until Tyrion nominated Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and he was named king of six kingdoms. Sansa, now queen of the North, declared the North as an independent kingdom.

 Bran Stark truly didn’t belong on the throne but not because he was cruel or unwise. He didn’t want to be king and he is a mysterious person who wouldn’t be able to rule properly since everyone would interpret his cryptic messages in different ways. 

The episode ended with Arya, Jon and Sansa splitting paths to rule, fight or find what is “west of Westeros”. Jon Snow and Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) set out to venture into the North with the Free Folk. This scene seems like the type to start a spin-off about Tormund and Jon Snow’s adventures north of the wall. 

I was happy with Jon’s sentence to the Night’s Watch because it shows that he was never meant to be a king. A truly just king wouldn’t slaughter the woman he loved at the request of her treasonous advisor. 

This episode seemed like a rushed end to the series. I would have liked to see a progression of Dany’s deteriorating mental health instead of two episodes diving right into the plot exposition. GoT was a wild ride and I enjoyed every second of it. 

I am so impressed with the time and effort each actor put into the show. While I’m sad to see the series end, I have free time on Sunday nights now! 

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