Between 2011 and 2019, “Game of Thrones” fascinated an entire generation while revolutionizing the world of television. But if you haven’t followed everything well or if your memory suddenly challenges you, we tell you the end of the series.
Warning, spoilers. The following article reveals key plot points of “Game of Thrones” as well as its ending.
During his reign, Game Of Thrones has been one of the most adored, watched and theorized series, one of the most talked about, a visual masterpiece who changed the world of TV production forever.
And her end… We can say that she made more than one talk! It was on May 19, 2019 that its last episode, the 6th of its season 8 soberly titled “The Iron Throne”, was broadcast. A real international drama ensued. If some fans are finally satisfied, most are crying foul – but all are already regretting the end of the legendary show.
However, if you miss the universe of the series, you will soon be served with the very next release of its prequel, House of the Dragon. In the meantime, we remind you of this famous end, the one that broke the hearts of (too) many viewers.
It all starts with the crackling HBO logo and it’s the most perfect of credits, composed of the sublime notes of Ramin Djawadiwhich parades before your eyes for the last time: this one will remain etched in our memories forever.
THE QUEEN IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!
Daenerys reduced King’s Landing to ashes. Ver Gris, following in his queen’s footsteps, has become a remorseless killing machine who executes prisoners despite Jon’s protests. For his part, Tyrion, devastated, finds the bodies of Jaime and Cersei in the rubble of the red keep.
As a great conqueror, Dany addresses her subjects for the first time as a queen. She thanks the Dothraki for keeping all their promises and giving her the Seven Kingdoms. Drogon emphasizes his words with a mighty roar. She then names Gray Worm her warmaster, calls the Unsullied the liberators of King’s Landing, and promises to “liberate” the lands from Winterfell to Dorne, from Lannisport to Qarth to the Summer Islands. Jon and Tyrion are worried, and Arya, in the crowd, is angry.
Tyrion interrupts the speech of the queen who is not happy to see him. She accuses him of treason for freeing Jaime but Tyrion retorts that‘she has massacred a city, then he tears off his King’s Hand brooch and throws it away: he is taken prisoner. Arya appears alongside Jon and warns him about Daenerys.
Later, Jon visits Tyrion in his cell. He can’t justify Daenerys’ actions but he hopes she will change now that the war is over. Tyrion disagrees: “His nature is fire and blood”, he declares. Jon tries to defend his beloved who has just lost Jorah, Missandei and a second dragon, but Tyrion tries to steer him towards a certain decision: stop Daenerys at all costs. Jon still refuses to accept this solution. Tyrion explains to her that he will not be the last she will execute: what about her sisters? Will they kneel before Daenerys?
Among the rubble of the throne room of King’s Landing, Dany admires the Iron Throne in question, puts her hand on it and thinks she is dreaming: it is the accomplishment of her journey. Jon joins her. She beams and reminisces about childhood stories about the Throne but he interrupts her trip down memory lane by confronting her with the ongoing murders taking place in the city. He also asks her to forgive Tyrion, but she refuses.
Her love for Jon seems sincere, and she wants him to break the wheel – this repeating cycle of tyranny – with her. “You are my queen”, he told her before kissing her passionately and then stabbing her in the heart. Daenerys will have no last words: she dies in the arms of her lover/nephew/murderer who begins to cry.
Thus Jon ended his long-awaited reign before it really began: Daenerys will not have had the chance to take her place on the throne as she so desired. And like a true Stark, he chose the sentence and carried it out himself.
Jon must now face the consequences of his actions, which make themselves known in the form of a huge, devastated dragon. Drogon’s attempts to wake Dany are unsuccessful and he lets out a loud roar: Jon thinks this is his end but Drogon’s target is the Iron Throne itself, which he melts entirely. Thus, no one will sit on the royal seat forged by a dragon and destroyed by a dragon.
The beast then stares at Jon before simply picking up Daenerys and flying away with her. And it’s our farewell to Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys of Typhoon, the Unburnt, Mhysa, the Breaker of Chains – a lifeless body caught in the clutches of a dragon.
BRAN THE BROKEN
A few weeks later, it’s now time to choose a new ruler. From Robert Baratheon to Joffrey Baratheon, to Tommen Baratheon, to Cersei Lannister, to Daenerys Targaryen and finally to… Bran Stark. This is what the council assembled in the dragon pit and led by Tyrion has decided – strongly encouraged by the latter.
Among those present, we find Sansa, Arya and Bran but also Edmure Tully, Robin Arryn, Yohn Royce, Yara Greyjoy or even Samwell Tarly, who has the audacity to suggest an election to appoint the next leader, a proposal that arouses splinters to laugh: obviously Westeros is not ready for a democracy!
Although he has no desire to rule, Bran is nominated. And the fact that he can’t have children also seems to be a good point for Tyrion, who sees this as a blessing: no stupid offspring to inherit the throne and torment the people, as was the case before. It will now be the lords of Westeros who will choose the next rulers.
Bran therefore wins unanimously. Yes, Game of Thrones will end with the start of Bran the Broken’s reign over the Kingdom of the Seven Kingdoms – or rather the Six. Indeed, Sansa asks for the North to be emancipated and obtains her title of Queen in the North while Bran chooses Tyrion to be her hand.
In addition to Tyrion, the new King’s Council is made up of, among others, Bronn (Grand Argentier), Davos (Master of the Ships), Brienne (Royal Guard), Samwell (Grand Maester). The fate of Westeros is now in their hands.
Later in the episode, Brienne will conclude her stint in the series by taking it upon herself to restore the legacy of Jaime Lannister in the White Book, writing there her acts of bravery for posterity and ending with the mention “Died protecting his queen”, eyes full of tears.
THE STARK, STILL SEPARATE
And yes, the time has come for the Starks to part ways…again! Jon is first freed from the cell where he was locked up after his regicide. As he sets off to meet his siblings, he passes Gray Worm’s ship, who gives him a hateful look. The latter is about to bring the Unsullied back to Naath, where he and Missandei had planned to go…
The surviving Starks therefore say goodbye on the docks of King’s Landing and Jon moves away from his beloved old siblings. While Bran remains to rule, Sansa returns to the North to be crowned. As for Arya, she goes exploring. She wants to find out what lies west of Westeros and so sets sail.
For the crime he committed, Jon himself was sentenced to return to Castle Black and rejoin the Night’s Watch. Back at the Wall, he is greeted by two of his best friends: Tormund and Ghost. But if Jon is a Targaryen (more by blood than anything else) and a Stark (by blood but mostly by upbringing), he was ultimately always part of the free people and that’s how he ends up.
As the trio and the rest of the free people go to live beyond the Wall, the mythical theme of the series is heard, gaining more and more momentum – chills and emotion guaranteed. End of Game of Thrones.