After eight years, Game of Thrones has come to an end. This was a show I looked forward to tuning in to every week it was on. I read the books (ahem – still waiting on the rest George) so I was pretty picky throughout most of the series. Now that the finale has aired – was it everything I hoped for?
There were many things I had hoped we would see from the books that we did not (Catelyn Stark coming back, for example), but I still loved the way the series was going. Even with the major fumbles of last week Game of Thrones’ episode, I was optimistic it would end in a way that left me satisfied.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the finale of Game of Thrones.
As the finale neared, I started to get nervous. What if I wasn’t happy with the ending? Would I have to just live miserably for the rest of my life? If you don’t know, I have two dogs – and they are named Sansa and Khaleesi. So clearly these two characters have been my favorites since just about day one.
While Dany let me down last episode, Sansa has only made me happier and happier. Would she sit on the throne at the end? One could only hope.
— Tessa Smith – Mama's Geeky (@MamasGeeky) May 20, 2019
The Aftermath & The Lannisters
It opened with the aftermath of Dany’s destruction. And Tyrion looked PISSED. So many civilians were burned to death. Women, children… it was awful to look at. When Tyrion went off to confront her – alone – I figured it was the end of his life…
Tyrion was always my favorite Lannister (although that isn’t saying much), but I have grown to truly love him over the seasons. So if he was going to die, it was going to hurt my heart. But I honestly didn’t expect his reaction to finding Jaime and Cersei’s bodies to hurt me as much as it did. I felt for him. And yes, I even shed a tear.
Jon and Dany
When Jon first went and stood back by Dany’s side – I was appalled. He watched Tyrion be taken away and just stood there. I felt like he had no backbone because I knew he didn’t approve of what she did. He was blinded. When Arya told him that he would always be a threat to Dany, and tried to talk some sense in to him, I was like preach girl! Because it is so true. She would kill him in a heartbeat if he threatened her spot on the throne.
I wanted nothing more than for Jon to finally stand up against Dany…. despite how much I had loved her as a character. You can see in his eyes that he did not agree with how she was acting. And even though he loved her, she needed to be stopped.
The Iron Throne
I have to admit I was shocked the Iron Throne was still standing. Really happy, but shocked. Honestly, it needed to be for this finale to work. The way Dany looked at that throne – I only wish my husband looked at me like that. Ha ha, I kid – but man she was lusting over that throne.
Which was the perfect time for Jon to come in and actually confront her. I admit when he said you are my Queen – always – I was nervous. And upset. And very angry at Jon. Then he killed her and I was SO HAPPY! I realized that Dany never even sat on the Iron Throne. WOW. That was pretty great….
I stopped to think for a moment – something I had wanted to badly since the first season was never going to happen. And I was OK with it. That kind of threw me for a loop.
— Tessa Smith – Mama's Geeky (@MamasGeeky) May 20, 2019
Then a mourning Drogon legit burns the Iron Throne and we watch it melt. What a powerful scene. I kind of loved it. I felt for the dragon in that moment, and I was sad that we lost Dany. Did I think it was necessary? Yes. But did I still hate seeing it actually happen? Yes.
A Democracy? No, Not Really.
We jumped a few weeks into the future and Jon Snow is in prison, and the most powerful people in Westeros are meeting to discuss what to do next. When Sam brought up a democracy – asking the people who should rule – my heart jumped. I was so excited and thought maybe, just maybe, this would happen. But no, everyone laughed. Even Sansa smirked.
Tyrion was then asked who he thought should rule. He explains that nothing is more powerful than a good story. He claims that Bran has a fantastic story. And a good story can never be killed. He goes on to suggest that rulers will not be born, but chosen, by the Lords and Ladies.
Sansa states that the North will remain an independent kingdom – but Bran the Broken is the ruler of the 6 Kingdoms – and protector of the realm. If I didn’t admit I was completely shocked by this, I would be lying. Was I happy about it? Not one bit. Did Bran deserve it? NOPE. But I am glad this means rulers will no longer be born in to the crown.
Tyrion did, however, deserve to be Hand. And that had me happy.
The Kinght’s Watch. Ha. Jon Snow ends up back where he started. I laughed when Tyrion told him this. It just seemed – fitting. What a character arc. At least he can live out his days knowing what he did was right. Who knows how many more lives Dany would have taken.
When he arrived at Castle Black and I saw he was welcomed Tormund – I was THRILLED. I was so happy for those two. They are the best of friends and I love it. And then we saw Jon and Ghost reunited as well. My heart was bursting with happiness.
Arya the Explorer
While I really hoped Arya would go back to Gendry, I was pleased that she decided to venture off in to the unkown. That was truly fitting for her. I know there has been talk of some Game of Thrones spin-offs, and I really hope Arya’s adventures is one of them.
Ideally we would have had 10 episodes this season, which I have said time and time again. The whole season felt rushed. But in true Game of Thrones fashion the major action happened in the second to last episode, and we got something we were not expecting in the final one.
That being said, I was very happy with this finale. Sam got his chain and became a Maester. Brienne became a King’s guard and was Knighted. Arya gets to explore the unkown. Dany died, which I was mad about at first BUT it was the way it had to be. Of course I am still upset with how Cersei and Jaime died – but I am happy with Tyrion becoming the hand to the King.
I was annoyed when Jon was sent back to Castle Black – although it made sense. It also allowed him to go off with the Wildlings – which I assume he was doing for good. It really is where he belonged. I also was upset that Winterfell seceded – but I get it. It allowed Sansa to became the Queen of the North – and I had wanted to see her sit on a throne for a while now. She has changed – a lot – from when we first met her.
Bran didn’t deserve the throne. That is something I am really not happy about. But…if there is one person somewhere I don’t think they should be in a very long series with many, many characters – I guess that is an OK sacrifice to make.
Even though season eight was a very iffy season – I was satisfied with it, overall. Everyone (almost) ended up where they needed to be.
About Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic.
It’s the depiction of two powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne.
Martin is credited as a co-executive producer and one of the writers for the series, whose shooting locations include Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia and Spain.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Hollywood Critics Association and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.