The ‘Game’ Has Ended

'Game of Thrones' ended on a quiet yet ultimately successful note.

Review by J.T. Johnson

“Game of Thrones”, after eight seasons on the air, has finally ended. We’ve seen our characters go through quite a bit before Queen Daenerys went crazy and almost screwed up the entire thing by destroying a good chunk of King’s Landing. Thankfully, the finale was not anywhere near as bad as last week’s episode even though it had to deal with the surprising turns that the episode generated.

Also, the series ended on a quieter note than some may have been expecting. Now, I’m about to get into spoiler territory here, so if you haven’t seen the episode yet, then you’ve been fully warned. Okay, here we go.

The last episode of “Game of Thrones” begins with Dany taking over. Unfortunately, her actions have caused Tyrion and Jon to question her rule in addition to her sanity. Tyrion is more straightforward when Dany tells him that he committed treason by freeing his brother Jaime. Tyrion simply states, “I freed my brother… You slaughtered an entire city.”

After Tyrion is taken prisoner, he has a chat with Jon and tells him that she’ll never stop causing war. Apparently, this gets through to Jon because he then confronts his queen. When he sees that she’ll never stop and that she truly is crazy, he kills her and Dany’s short rule is ended before she even gets a chance to sit on the Iron Throne.

Drogon then burns the Iron Throne until it is nothing more than molten metal. After he takes his mother away, we get a bit of a time jump. The Lords of Westeros have convened and Tyrion makes a surprising choice about who should rule when he suggests that Bran rule due to his special abilities.

Bran makes Tyrion his Hand, Arya heads off to even more unknown adventures, Sansa is made the Queen of a newly independent North and Jon is allowed to head Beyond the Wall with the Wildlings. Overall, I’m not mad with how things ultimately played out and, again, the episode makes up for last week’s weak episode.

Bran becoming the King was completely unexpected, but I was honestly very okay with that outcome. I also like that Bronn returned to become the new Master of Coin and Sam became the Grand Maester. Also, Davos lived and that just makes me happy overall.

Yes, I’m sure fans will debate this finale for years to come. After all, we’ve been playing this game for a long time now and I know everyone will not be happy with who won. For me, though, I’ve seen worse finales and I’ve seen better. Still, the game is over and the journey that got us here was always more important than the outcome, but I’m glad to report that, despite its flaws, the show mostly stuck the landing with this finale.

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