Abandoned Plot Threads From 'Game Of Thrones' That Will Never Be Resolved
The final season of Game of Thrones promised to wrap up the series’ many story arcs in a satisfying conclusion - but with a fictional world this big, there was no way the series was going to end without some remaining loose ends. There were simply too many characters, too many realms, and too many plot threads for there not to be some questions left unanswered when the song of ice and fire reached its end.
So many things happened on Game of Thrones that fans can be forgiven if they’ve forgotten entire plot points or character arcs. The events of Season 1 seem like a generation ago, and the show's creators somehow brought up more questions than answers about some fan favorite plots during the series finale.
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Did Jon Snow's True Identity Even Matter?Photo: Game of Thrones/HBO
In the penultimate episode of the series, Varys writes letters to unknown recipients revealing Jon Snow's true identity. Drogon burned Varys for his treason, but it felt like somehow, Jon's true lineage would come to light on a larger scale.
That doesn't happen. Jon repeatedly refuses the throne when Tyrion suggests he go for it. Even after Jon slays his lover/aunt Dany, he does not want to rule. As the counsel decides who will rule the Seven Kingdoms, Jon Snow's true parentage is never discussed. What was the point? Isn't the secret existence of a Targaryen who served as honorably as Jon a better story than, say, Bran the Broken's?
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What Exactly Did The White Walkers Want?Photo: Game of Thrones/HBO
Audiences discovered that the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers as a means to protect themselves from the First Men. Unfortunately, their magical experiment backfired on them, and the White Walkers turned into entities of destruction.
Given how greatly the mystery around the White Walkers was built throughout the series, it feels off that there was never any answer as to what they truly wanted. What was the Night King's goal? Where the wights simply looking out for Number One, or did they want to destroy man for more involved reasons?
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What Was The Significance Of The Spirals?Photo: Game of Thrones/HBO
Since the first episode of the series, audiences witnessed the White Walkers create disturbing spirals out of their victims' bodies. Theories abounded as to what the significance of these spirals were in the show, but as the series wrapped up, it turned out they were mostly just there to be creepy.
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What About All Those Wight Babies In The North?Photo: Game of Thrones/HBO
In the series, Craster gives his male sons to the Night King. These infants are turned into lil' baby wights, and that is all we learned about them. Did these baby wights grow up super fast and serve under the Night King during "The Long Night"? Did they instantly perish like the rest of the wight soldiers if they weren't fighting? Or are there still a bunch of prepubescent wights still wandering around the North?
Whatever their fate, it felt like a big element to introduce, and it had absolutely no payoff.
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What Was The Point Of The Valonqar Prophecy?Photo: HBO
In Season 5, we flashed-back to Cersei as a teenager and her encounter with fortune teller Maggy the Frog. Maggy correctly predicted that Cersei would have three children - and that all three of them would perish - and also said that a younger, more beautiful queen would take her place. There is another part of the prediction from the books that didn't make the series, but fans were still psyched about it: the prediction that Cersei would have someone "choke the life from" her. This person was said to be a "valonqar," which is High Valarian for "little brother."
After Daenarys burns down all of King's Landing in Season 8 episode 5 ("The Bells"), Cersei perishes in the Red Keep with her brother Jaime. Fans of prophecy were upset. What was the point of including all of the other aspects of the prophecy if this part wasn't going to come true? Sure, you could stretch it and say technically she does die in the arms of a younger brother, but he absolutely did not strangle her. It felt like a disservice to such a prominent character.
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What Were Jaqen H’Ghar And The Faceless Men Doing In Westeros?
The character arc of Jaqen H’ghar in Game of Thrones is one of the most difficult to track because it’s impossible to know how many Jaqens have played a role in the story. As a member of the Faceless Men, the original “Jaqen” that Arya Stark encounters in Season 1 is merely wearing one of his many faces, and there’s no telling if the Jaqen she encounters in Braavos is the same individual.
Such as it is, concrete answers about the character of Jaqen H’ghar - including what his purpose in Westeros was and what mission he may have been fulfilling for the Faceless Men - have been few and far between. Arya leaves the House of Black and White firmly in her past as she sails west of Westeros in the series finale, so Jaqen's origin story will forever remain a mystery.