The End of Game of Thrones

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The End of Game of Thrones

Rachel Nelson, Sports Editor

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

 

Alright. That’s the end of Game of Thrones. The show that so many of us have been hooked on for 8 years, has finally come to an end.

Season eight brought on many different opinions with the way it ended. Some didn’t like that Arya was the one to kill the Night King, others didn’t like the way that Cersei died- saying that they would have wanted Arya to kill her. Some thought it was controversial how Danaerys died. I can see how people think these things, but I love the way it ended.

The battle was one of my favorite episodes of the season, although there are some scenes that definitely beat it. It created so much suspense and you didn’t know who was going to live or die, but you could pretty much tell. The only thing I would have liked to change is that majority of the characters got swarmed with the army of the dead and were covered with them, but they somehow miraculously made it out alive. I did really like the way that Lady Mormont killed the giant though, she was one of my favorite characters.

I think it was a great way to end the series. Arya killing the Night King at the last second to save her brother, although I do admit it was a bit dramatic how she dropped the blade, Cersei dying in the arms of the only person besides her children she loved through everything. I love the way it finished. Bran being king made perfect sense to me, I like that he forced Tyrion into being his hand. I love that Sansa got to keep the North separate, that Arya got to go on her travels and see the world, that Jon didn’t have to die and he just gets sent back to Castle Black. Another thing I like about the ending is that Bran suggested that the new king of the six realms be elected by the lords and ladies of the most powerful houses. I like that in the end, Westeros became a Democracy to help not have another king like Joffrey.

Not going to lie though, at the end of the series I was starting to not like Danaerys. She was being too controlling and she burned a city full of innocent people who rang the bells to surrender. She slaughtered an entire city for the death of her herald, Messandei. I don’t think that it was the brightest thing to do, but I can see how it was necessary to bring the series to an end. I liked that Jon was the one to kill her in the end, I think it was fitting.

I am confused on the ending though. Jon heads north of the wall with Tormund and the rest of the Wildlings, but why? Is he going to stay with them? Is he only going to make sure they get there and then going back to the wall?

This brings me to my next point, I think there should be spinoffs for each of the Stark children. I would love to see how Sansa runs the North, what Arya sees on her travels and what she finds west of Westeros, how Bran runs the six kingdoms, and, obviously, what happens to Jon.

Some of my favorite scenes from this show are: when Tommen jumps off the balcony (it’s just so casual that it’s funny), Arya killing Walder Frey, Little Finger’s death, and so many more than I won’t be able to write them all.

Honestly, at the end, I thought it was going to be Jon and Danaerys ruling the six kingdoms, with Sansa and Tyrion ruling the North together, Arya was going to go off and do her own thing, Bran was going to stay in the North with Sansa, and then Brienne and Jaime were going to live together in Westeros. But I like the way this turned out a lot better.

It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to this show when it has been such a big part of our lives for so long. Fans have sat through 80 hours of their favorite show, and it will be hard to forget this series.

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