The biggest show in the world has ended, but who actually won the Game of Thrones?
But first, only read on if you want spoilers.
To make a long story short – no one won the Game of Thrones. But, you could argue the dragon kind of won and shared that victory with Bran Stark.
Yes, seriously Bran Stark.
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It turns out that deleted Reddit leak was correct.
To begin, Drogon effectively ended the fight for the Iron Throne by melting it down to scrap metal in the first half of the episode.
He does this out of grief for his fallen mother Daenerys Targaryen, stabbed through the heart by her nephew-lover Jon Snow.
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Daenerys’ ultimate goal throughout the series was to break the wheel and break the wheel she did – without even getting a chance to sit on the throne.
Goaded on by a heartbroken and imprisoned Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow finally grows some balls and takes out the mad Queen with a dagger to the heart.
This brings a touch of democracy to bloody Westeros when Bran Stark – the Three-Eyed Raven – is elected king by a council made up of nobles.
This ends all games and political intrigue because the Three-Eyed Raven knows all.
But what about the rest of our favourite characters?
Jon is sent to the wall as punishment for killing Daenerys and gallops off into the great north with his wildlings.
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Ghost and Jon are finally reunited – thank the Lord of Light!
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Tyrion is named hand of the king…. again.
Sansa declares that the North will remain free and is crowned queen.
Arya decides to see what’s west of Westeros and sails into the horizon.
Grey Worm sails to the beaches of Naath (where his dead lover Missandei wanted to retire once the Game of Thrones ended).
Drogon flies off with his dead mother in his claws.
Yara Greyjoy returns to the Iron Islands as it’s Lady.
Brienne of Tarth is named Lord Commander of King’s Landing and remembers Jaime Lannister’s great deeds in the book of knights.
Bronn is made Master of Coin.
Samwell Tarley is made Grand Maester and presents a book called a Song of Ice and Fire (which is also the name of the first book in George RR Martin’s novel series that the show is based on) to the council about the great wars following the death of Robert Baratheon.
But was it a satisfying ending?
Well, it was a sensible ending. We don’t get to see our Mother of Dragons on the throne and fan favourite Jon Snow doesn’t have to grapple with taking on a kingship that he never wanted.
If you believe the Game of Thrones series is essentially the tale of the Starks then Bran ruling Westeros makes logical sense.
Especially when you realise the Three-Eyed Raven has been influencing events to finish as ruler of Westeros all along.
It also makes sense at a moral level. All the leaders of Westeros had major failings – the Targaryens are either mad or bad, Baratheon was a whoring drunk, Joffrey used his people as target practice and Tommen was too kind, while Circe was too concerned with preserving the Lannister name and her own bloodline.
Bran, however, knows all and isn’t really human, making him a just ruler and wise King Solomon type figure.
It also ends the dynastic scrambling following the death of a ruler – all Bran has to do is pass on his powers to a suitable candidate once he foresees his death.
I always suspected that Game of Thrones would end with no throne and some sort of democracy – which it kind of did – albeit a “mystical” one.
Would I have been happier seeing Jon and Daenerys married with children and baby dragons at their feet? Of course, but as we’ve learned with Game of Thrones there is no happy ending.
So with that in mind, this ending was actually perfect.