Everything That Happened In The 'Game Of Thrones' Series Finale
Game of Thrones went through a gauntlet of criticism in its final season. It had a lot of ground to cover in the series finale, and a lot of threads to tie, and for the most part, it succeeded. After the previous episode, with Dany burning King's Landing to the ground, it was clear that the rest of the leaders weren't as keen on the dragon queen as they had been a few days ago. The final episode managed to deal with the fallout of the battle while providing fitting goodbyes to the show's vast swath of characters.
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Tyrion Throws Away His Title As Hand Of The QueenPhoto: HBO
After Dany's speech, Tyrion approaches Dany. She knows that he freed Jaime before the battle, and he doesn't deny it. "I freed my brother, and you slaughtered a city," he tells her as he rips off his Hand of the Queen badge and throws it down the stairs. She has him taken into custody by the Unsullied as her and Jon share an ominous look.
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Drogon Melts The Iron ThronePhoto: HBO
After Dany's death, Drogon lands in the throne room. He sniffs his mother's body with Jon watching and in a fit of rage lets out a bale of fire. Instead of killing Jon though, the dragon melts the throne that was the cause of eight seasons of drama. Then the last of Dany's dragons lifts her body and flies away with it.
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Jon Kills Dany In The Throne RoomPhoto: HBO
After Dany finds herself in front of the Iron Throne, Jon confronts her. She tries to tell a story, but Jon says her soldiers are slaughtering people in the streets. He asks her to forgive Tyrion and show her people some forgiveness for making a mistake. She says they can't hide behind small mercies. She says they're making a new world, a better world and Jon asks how she knows it'll be good. "I know what's good," she says.
She wants him to help her build the new world together, to break the wheel together. He says she'll be her queen always and the two kiss as Jon drives a blade through her. She dies in his arms.
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Jon Talks With An Imprisoned TyrionPhoto: HBO
Jon visits Tyrion after he is imprisoned. The former Hand says he deserves it and it's ironic that Varys' ashes can tell his ashes that he was right. He also asks Jon what happens after death before deciding it's just oblivion for him. Jon says he can't justify what happened but that the fighting is over. Tyrion doesn't think that's likely after hearing her speech about liberating the world. Jon continues to try to not betray Dany, but Tyrion asks – as the only other person who's been on a dragon – if he would have used the beast's power to burn down innocents. Jon said it's not the same and it wouldn't matter – but Tyrion says the difference is all that matters.
Tyrion says he knows Jon loves her – and that he himself still does too – and that "love is more powerful than reason." Jon quotes Maester Aemon back to Tyrion, "love is the death of duty" to which Tyrion responds "sometimes duty is the death of love."
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Bran Makes Tyrion Hand Of The KingPhoto: HBO
Bran tells Tyrion to be his hand. Tyrion says he doesn't want it and that he should pick someone like Davos. And Grey Worm says he is a criminal before Bran says he is absolved and will work off his crimes by serving the kingdom.
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Tyrion Finds Jaime And Cersei's BodiesPhoto: HBO
In the Red Keep, Tyrion heads below the castle hoping to find clues that his brother and sister got out. Instead he finds the cave-in and notices Jaime's golden hand buried under the rubble. As he tearfully pulls away the bricks, he finds the last of his family dead in each other's arms.