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Our Watch Has Ended

Following this, the Unsullied imprison Jon as the lords of the surviving Great Houses meet in the Dragonpit to pick a new monarch to decide Jon and Tyrion’s fates. And out of nowhere, Tyrion nominates the last person we’d expect: Bran Stark. Why? Because people believe in a good story more than anything, and he says Bran has the best one. And despite Bran saying he doesn’t want to rule, he agrees.

Following this, the Unsullied imprison Jon as the lords of the surviving Great Houses meet in the Dragonpit to pick a new monarch to decide Jon and Tyrion’s fates. And out of nowhere, Tyrion nominates the last person we’d expect: Bran Stark. Why? Because people believe in a good story more than anything, and he says Bran has the best one. And despite Bran saying he doesn’t want to rule, he agrees. They also decide to do away with hereditary rule. From now on, monarchs will be chosen by the Lords and Ladies of Westeros. Bran lets the North become an independent kingdom for good, Tyrion’s sentenced to be Hand for the rest of his life, and Jon gets sent to the Wall to rejoin the Night’s Watch.

Then, Grey Worm and the Unsullied leave Westeros behind to travel to Missandei’s home island of Naath to live in peace.

This is where I take issue with most of the finale. First, while interesting, Bran doesn’t have the best story in the show. Most people would say that would be Jon Snow, Arya, or someone else. Second, we know Jon would refuse it, but shouldn’t everyone else know that he’s the rightful King in the first place? Furthermore, why does the Night’s Watch exist anymore? The White Walkers are gone, and the North has made peace with the Free Folk. They can come and go south anyway, since theres a giant hole in the Wall.

The dumbest thing, though, is that Grey Worm and the Unsullied decide to just leave. With them gone, Jon wouldn’t have to go back to the Wall unless he wanted to.

The rest of the episode is an epilogue that went on longer than it needed to. The surviving characters begin the process of rebuilding Westeros with Tyrion and Bran leading them. Sansa’s crowned the Queen in the North while Arya, with her need for revenge gone, decides to fulfill her childhood dreams and sets sail in search of lands west of Westeros. As for Jon, he returns to Castle Black and is greeted by Tormund and Ghost. The final shot of the series mirrors the opening scene: the gates of Castle Black open, but instead of the Night’s Watch, it’s the Free Folk returning to their homeland, with Jon and Ghost joining them.

It’s a nice way to bookend the show, showing it’s come full circle. But what did I think of the episode itself? To be honest, I lost almost all interest after Daenerys died.

Even so, I don’t think the finale was terrible. Even the worst of Game of Thrones is still fun to watch, because its Game of Thrones. And like “The Bells”, this episode gave us some of the best acting and visuals in the entire show. That shot of Drogon unfolding his wings behind Daenerys to make her look like she had wings on her back. Drogon burning the Iron Throne, Tyrion’s grief at the death of his siblings, they were all amazing. So while this may not have been the finale we all wanted, it’s by no means bad. I only wish that they hadn’t rushed towards the ending in only six episodes.

For now, though, dwelling on the past won’t matter. While I intend to say more about it in my review of the show as a whole, this final season doesn’t change the fact that Game of Thrones is an amazing show. For now, though, dawn rises, and our watch has ended.

I Give “The Iron Throne” A 3/5. Also, I love the name for the in-universe book

One last thing. I couldn’t help but notice some similarities between this and the series finale of Star vs. The Forces of Evil, which has a GOT alumni on its cast. So check back in a day to see my comparison between the two, and how they each convey a message about power.

Click here to see my review of the series finale of Star vs. The Forces of Evil

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