Did I love it or hate it? I’m not sure.
Immediately after the show ended I wasn’t the least bit happy. Bran? Really? The most boring character with the most boring story is going to be king? Um, okay. So, I slept on what happened and am starting fresh today.
The first part of the episode was about everyone processing Daenerys’ destruction and how her absolutism about her rightness was going to lead to more death and destruction. (Dany really is Thanos, isn’t she?)
I don’t think anyone had more titles than Daenerys, and in the end she added Mad Queen and Queen of Ashes to the list.
Having Jon kill Daenerys made sense. Throughout the entire series Jon has been a moral compass. Duty has always mattered to him. And while he loved Daenerys it was obvious what had to be done.
“What would you have done?” Tyrion asks Jon, but we all knew the answer.
The death of Daenerys is also the death of the Iron Throne. Drogon melts it. There’s symbolism for ya!
The second part of the show was about who would rule the 7 Kingdoms. I enjoyed the scene, especially when Sansa tells Edmure to sit down. I was worried we would have to listen to everyone make their case for the throne.
Okay, choosing Bran makes some sense, but it just didn’t feel satisfying. (Honestly, I’m not sure what would have been more satisfying.) I guess that while Bran stores all the memories he hasn’t really demonstrated an ability for compassion or an ability to rule – because ruling means making decisions and changing outcomes, and for quite a while Bran has been okay with horrible things happening because that’s the way it was meant to happen. Not sure if that’s a good quality for a leader.
All that said, Legacy for the throne is dead.
Sansa ending up as Queen of the North was satisfying and richly deserved. Over the years we have watched her evolve from an annoying, shallow teenager to a force to be reckoned with.
While the show (from the very beginning) showed us how Daenerys was a good conqueror and a horrible ruler, we watched Sansa grow into a ruler with all the traits a good ruler should possess.
Kinda interesting how we start out liking and cheering for Daenerys while disliking Sansa only to have our opinions flipped.
Tyrion… I could watch Peter Dinklage forever. In his conversation with Jon he finally became the true Hand of the King. Because in that moment Jon was King.
Jon ending up with The Wildlings made sense. Is he now King of the Wildlings? I’ll admit I cheered when I saw Tormund and Ghost!
Arya takes off to undiscovered lands, while the rest of our characters become the King’s counsel. That was a bit anti-climatic. Maybe having Bran say something – for once! – would have been better.
Ending this show was always going to be difficult because we became so use to juggling so many moving parts and following so many characters. It was part of why we loved the show. And I did love the show!
As usual, I left out a lot. More than usual, due to having a house guests! Have at it!