If you haven’t watched the GOT finale, there are spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned!
It’s been 2 and a half weeks since the last episode of Game of Thrones aired. Man… I cannot believe that the journey of 10 years has finally ended. As a loyal, diehard fan, it hit me very hard. But I must say that at the same time I felt this sweet relief after the finale.
Because contrary to popular opinion, I loved it. In fact, it’s my belief that it was pitch perfect. Say what you will, but there couldn’t have been a more suitable end for the series.
First things first, after 8 seasons of slaughter, death, destruction, all for the Iron Throne, we finally get what we deserved. We see the meaninglessness of the throne itself and we finally see for ourselves that absolute power in the hands of one human being is the darkest possible scenario that this world can experience, even if it’s in the hands of our favorite character. Drogon destroying the throne that was once forged by the swords of all the slain enemies and created by the fire of Balerion the Black Dread shows the death of Targaryen dynasty in a just and poetical way.
Ultimately, we witness the destroying of the wheel and the replacing of the tyrannical, bloodied and corrupted ruling with wise, peaceful, reasoned and democratic service. And I won’t lie if I tell you that the sweet rhetoric of breaking the wheel by replacing it with Bran’s wheels touched a part of me. It really did.
It was a bittersweet ending indeed. I cannot describe to you how I felt when I watched Dany’s death. Even though we can all agree that we kind of stopped following her after the 4th episode, she was our favorite heroine. I loved her until the very end, however, I personally think that her death was one of the most beautiful things about the finale.
She dies in the arms of the man she loves. And it is her death that triggers Drogon to melt the Iron Throne which eventually signifies the destruction of the wheel of corruption.
Jon Snow being Aegon Targaryen is not for nothing. This man was once stabbed to death but brought back to life by The Lord of Light for a reason. However, as it turned out his resurrection was for a far more important cause. In fact, everything that this man had done in his life has eventually led him to kill the woman he loves and with that to finally open the doors to Bran.
There was a theory that popped on Reddit just before the last two episodes aired that explained why Bran will most likely be the ruler of the 7 kingdoms. It associated the most famous quote from Usual Suspects, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist” with the purpose of Bran’s existence.
And after reading some parts of it, I couldn’t agree more. Everything was exactly the way it supposed to be. Every character played a different role, all in favor of the Three-Eyed Raven. They didn’t know that at the time, but every action they took helped the ending of Three-Eyed Raven on the throne come to fruition. The chain of disastrous events, Dany fighting against the whites, losing her Dragons, Melisandre fulfilling her last task before dying, Cersei beheading Missandei, Dany going completely mad and burning King’s Landing to the ground were all meant to happen for him to take over.
After endless bloodshed and inexplicably extreme greed for power, the world finally got a leader that is fit to truly lead them. The North ended up an autonomous kingdom and they’ve crowned their rightful queen. Tyrion, the last of the Lannister’s and the wisest man alive ended up as the hand of the new king (or shall we say the effective ruler of all kingdoms?). Arya finally got her freedom. Jon Snow went back to where he and his pal (Ghost) always belonged – North of the Wall. Remember, he never wanted to be the man that he was forced to become throughout his life. Bran cannot reproduce which eventually means that the people will continue choosing their leaders by voting. And ultimately, we see culture mixing on the streets of King’s Landing.
The king is finally someone who possesses stories, memories, and histories of the world. Someone who is wise enough to rule and lead people to a brighter future. We see sharing of the power, helping, compromising and listening to one another – something that has never been characteristic about these people. But also, something that we all deserved after such a long and a thrilling journey. A truly, just and happy ending.
An ending that gives hope to the ones that were down in the gutter. An ending that tells a story about the struggle of all the victims that found a way to rise up from the ashes.
You will never walk again, but you will fly.
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