Game of Thrones | Understand the end of each character in the last episode of the series

HBO broadcasted the latest episode of Game of Thrones , putting an end to the series that was one of the great cultural phenomena of recent years, and most likely last TV series in which we gather around the device and feel the need to watch the episode at the moment it is broadcast.

The end of Game of Thrones is a milestone not only for TV - as it is the end of the most expensive and expansive production ever produced for the media - as well as the end of a way of watching TV, in which we felt compelled to, in determined day and time, stop everything we were doing in our lives and spend the next hour looking closely at that screen. So over the next few weeks we'll do a series of specials here at Canaltech on Game of Thrones as a way to prepare for the end and understand the implications that the choices made by the series will have for the potential books that George RR Martin will still release .

SPOILER WARNING: This story contains spoilers of all seasons of Game of Thrones , including until the final episode of the series. So if you are not up to date with it, proceed with caution.

It seemed that this day would never come, but after eight years, HBO finally broadcast the latest episode of Game of Thrones , a series that was not only the most expensive production ever made for TV, but was still the first production based in a book in which production for TV is responsible for showing the end of the story before the books themselves. And so this season was long awaited, as it would not only end the story for those who knew Westeros for the HBO series, but also for those who have followed it since George RR Martin released A Game of Thrones - the first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire - in 1996. May 19th was a historic moment for TV - and, as with virtually every historical moment, it did not please everyone.

So let's talk a little about the ending that led each of the most important characters that came alive to the last episode, and what that end meant to their narrative arc

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen, The Born of the Storm, The Unburned, The Chain Breaker, The Mother of Dragons, The Dragon Queen, Queen of the Ndalos, Roynares and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, Queen of Mereen, Khaleesi of the Great Sea Grass and Lady of the Dragon Stone had an end that many people did not like - which shows they were not paying attention. After using his dragon Drogon to incinerate the entire Port Royal, practically destroying the whole city and making barbecue of women, old men and children who had nothing to do with the battles between armies, Daenerys' last command was so that his men would not take prisoners and kill any and every Lannister soldier they spotted - whether or not he surrendered.

Just as George RR Martin's writing style is, the arch of Daenerys puts her in the position she swore she would never be - a tyrant who enforces her idea of ​​justice and peace over her subjects, and who is blind to how clumsy she is this idea. During the eight seasons Daenerys addresses how rulers are unjust in requiring people to blindly follow them, making them suffer for an ideal of governance that is only fair in their own minds - and when it has the chance to be this different monarch, she ends up choosing to do the same as all the lords she criticized, and forces everyone to agree with what she believes to be just and right to be fulfilled - and who does not like it, to die. 

Daenerys has the same end as all the tyrants she has deposed in her trajectory so far - and is killed by Jon Snow, who stabs her with a knife in the chest. The death of Daenerys means the end of an era of conquerors in Westeros, and this is made clear when Drogon, upon feeling the death of his mistress, enters the throne room and melts the disputed Iron Throne, turning it into a cast iron pile before leaving for distant lands, carrying Daenerys' body with him. Her death also confirms Daenerys' vision for Season Two when she visited the House of the Immortals in Qarth, which showed her that she would achieve her goal of conquering the Iron Throne - but would die before she could sit in it.

Jon Snow

After seeing all the destruction and suffering caused by Daenerys in the conquest of Port Royal, Jon looks for Daenerys in the throne room to talk to her about some abuses being committed on her behalf - such as the execution of prisoners of war and soldiers who had already surrendered. On hearing from Dany that this had indeed been the order - that the death of these people was necessary for peace in the kingdom - and that she intended to do the same thing with all other kingdoms until she was not only Queen of Westeros but of the world everything. He then once again swears loyalty to her, and when she comes up to kiss him and lowers his guard, Jon stabs her in the chest, killing her before she can take over the throne she has battled for the rest of her life.

Like Daenerys, Jon's bow is also completed by placing him in a position where he would hate to be. One of the things that Jon most resents is the fact that when he decided that he would open the Wall to bring all the savages who were still alive to Westeros, he was betrayed by some patrolmen - some even considered him friends - who killed him on account of a decision she knew to be right. In Port Royal, Jon found himself in the same position as these patrolmen: having to obey an order from someone who was hierarchically superior and whom he believed was the only way to secure peace while he believed it to be a mortal sin. And just like Dany, he eventually assumed the position he had sworn he would never assume: that of someone who would use his emotional attachment to this leader to betray him and kill him. Just as Maester Aemon had already warned Jon, duty is the death of love, and he would be forced to choose one day - and in the face of that choice, Jon showed that he never failed to serve the ideals of the Night Watch, choosing to kill his love to fulfill should be the shield that protects the Kingdom of Men.

After killing Daenerys, Jon is condemned by the new King Bran to once again be exiled to the Wall and help rebuild the Night Patrol. But for the first time, Jon feels he has already done his duty and, along with the savages, leaves Black Castle and goes with them to live their lives beyond the Wall.

Tyrion Lannister

After seeing the destruction of Port Royal by the forces of Daenerys, Tyrion gives up to continue following like Hand of the Queen and is arrested by treason. But, before the dwarf is tried to die burned alive, he manages to convince Jon that the best for all would be to kill Daenerys. It is also his idea to crown Bran as the new King of Westeros, with a speech that is based on the idea that only by knowing our history can we avoid the mistakes that will lead us to repeat it - and, by his wisdom, it is again chosen to be the King's Hand.

Throughout his life, Tyrion had been treated as a heretic and the "black sheep" of Westeros' most powerful family, and now he is not only her boss, but also the sole responsible for its continuity. As the King's Hand, Tyrion fulfills his promise to Bronn - turning him into the new Lord of the Top Garden and Master of the Coins of Port Royal -, names Davos as Master of Ships and Sam as the new Maester of the City. And as the chief defender of Daenerys's destruction of the city during his conquest, it is fitting that he should be responsible for overseeing the entire reconstruction of it. And his latest participation - a discussion about what would be most important to rebuild first, a fleet of boats or the whores - makes it clear that Tyrion remains the same old person who cares about important things, 

Sansa Stark 

The role of Sansa is quite small in the episode: after the death of Daenerys, Sansa is part of the council that will define who will be the new King and the fate of Tyrion and his brother Jon. When everything is decided, Sansa tells Bran that, after everything they've been through, it would be too much to ask that the Northerners once again serve a king from the south, and that even if they respect Bran as King of the Seven Kingdoms, the north will continue as an independent kingdom - with Sansa as its Queen.

As we have explained elsewhere, the story of Game of Thrones was inspired by the War of the Roses , a historic conflict between two families on the throne of England. Sansa's decision also emulates a moment in the history of England, when King James VI of history became King of England, but the country north of London remained as an independent nation. The same is true here: as the only male Stark who is still alive or free, Bran would be Winterfell's natural heir - but when he took the throne of the Seven Kingdoms (which was always an allegory for the throne of England), the Sansa's choice of keeping the independent north is the same as that of Scotland when Jaime became the King of England.

So the political division of Westeros resembles what we know today as the United Kingdom: we have the Seven Kingdoms (which would be England) which has a King who was chosen by the most powerful members of the continent (something like the British Parliament), the a kingdom to the north that is allied but independent (Scotland) and an island (the Isle of Greyjoy) that will maintain the position of ally but also have the independence so that its rulers can decide what is best for the bunch of drunks and thugs who live there and who do not follow the same religion of the Crown (which would be a parallel with Ireland).

Arya Stark 

Contrary to what the previous episode implies, Arya's role in the last of the whole series is quite small, and she has no influence on Daenerys's death. After defining what Westeros's political future will look like, Arya decides that she is not someone made to live in castles in times of peace, and the story ends with her aboard a boat, going after new adventures west of Westeros - place of the world that is totally unknown to all. The greatest killer of the Seven Kingdoms ends the same way that the journey of any character from a fantasy JRPG begins - who knows not to let it be for a game of the genre based on the adventures of Arya? I sure would be the first in line to buy one of those. 

Bran Stark 

After becoming the Three-Eyed Crow, something that transcends human understanding and can see the whole past and present of the world, Bran is unanimously crowned as the new King of the Seven Kingdoms, becoming King Bran, O Broke.

Although it makes sense to choose Bran - after all, Game of Thrones always told us that the best ruler is the one who does not want the power, and we do not even know if Bran wants to eat something for breakfast at his current position - ending as the King of Westeros is perhaps one of the most inexplicable events of the last episode of the series. 

Samwell Tarly 

Sam is also present in Porto Real and is responsible for choosing the new King - he even suggests the idea of ​​a democratic regime where people must choose their own ruler, but the idea is greeted with laughter by the others. He assumes the role of Maester in the new government and, as a last resort, gives Tyrion the book his instructor in the Citadel was writing about the wars that plague the kingdom after the rebellion of Robert Baratheon - a book to which Sam gave the name of A Song of Ice & Fire. Thus, it is confirmed the theory that Sam has always been a character based on Martin himself, in addition to creating a final very similar to that of The Lord of the Rings, in which the story is finished with the writing of the book that is the very history that we have just witnessed - confirming that metalanguage has always been an important element of the narrative. 
And, if Daenerys spent all his time talking about "breaking the wheel" -that is, breaking with traditions and creating something new-in the end it was Sam who destroyed the wheel by sledgehammering. As Night Patrol, Sam had vowed to abandon his family and not beget heirs, and like Maester he should also give up any family ties. But in the end, Sam ends up as Maester of Port Royal and Lord Protector of the Tarly's Residence, married and with two children - and showing the two middle fingers to the tradition. 

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