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Game Of Thrones Finale Recap: Season 8 Breaks The Wheel

Автор: MelodeeYro от 11-01-2020, 18:09
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Sunday's Game of Thrones finale, arguably the biggest moment in episodic TV this century, is over. After eight years, eight seasons and several dozens of hours, the epic-fantasy drama is behind us.

Season 8 has been controversial, and is perhaps encapsulated best by last week's episode, The Bells. It ended many of Game of Thrones' longest running and most important plots, including the deaths of Cersei and Jaime Lannister as well as Daenerys Targaryen's descent into Mad Queendom. 

But it also sparked a backlash, which led to more than a million fans signing a petition to have the season remade. So not only does the finale have to end one of TV's most historic shows, it also has to jiu-jitsu bitter fans into feeling satisfied. 

OK, let's do this. For the final time, you are now watching the throne. (For the final time until the prequel, that is.) 

Here's your official warning: The full recap below features spoilers. 
The Dragon and the Lion
The roughly 90-minute episode was split into two parts. The climax of part one was the death of Daenerys Targaryen at the hands of Jon Snow. 

Episode 6, titled The Iron Throne, started with Tyrion and Jon walking through a destroyed King's Landing, the streets of which were decorated by burned and bloodied bodies. They're not stoked by what they see. They split up, with Tyrion venturing into the Red Keep dungeons, where he finds Cersei and Jaime. He crumbles with grief over the bodies of his siblings, who were killed by a different type of crumbling.

Jaime and Cersei died with surprisingly little ceremony last week, but Tyrion's weeping gave their endings a little extra gravitas. 

Jon chances upon Grey Worm and his squad of Unsullied executing Lannister soldiers. The war is won, Jon says, and there's no reason to kill these men. Grey Worm, who now wears a permanent scowl and is extremely hateable, says he's acting on the orders of the Queen. The two get into a testosterone-fueled confrontation before Jon decides he needs to speak to Daenerys.

Before either Tyrion or Jon can make their way to Daenerys, who's fresh off her descent into villainy, she gives a victory speech to her forces by the steps of the Keep. Jon and Tyrion stand behind her. Somebody please cue the ominous music.

Enlarge ImageSweet... victory?

HBO "War is not over until we liberate the world," she announces in eastern tongue, "from Winterfell to Dorne." That last line is Jon's first clue that there's something not quite right about this new Dany. She proceeds to make Grey Worm her Master of War. I cannot stress how punchable Grey Worm has become. 

The crowd of Unsullied and Dothraki cheer. Tyrion approaches Daenerys, and she accuses him of freeing Jaime.

"I freed my brother and you slaughtered a city," he replies. He takes off his Hand of the King badge and throws it to the ground. You may recall the first "take off my badge and throw it away" move was pulled by Ned Stark in season 1, protesting King Robert's demand that an innocent Daenerys, then in Essos with no army nor dragons, be killed. Daenerys, who used her army and dragon to pillage the city, demands he be taken away. Circles man, it's all about the circles.

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"You love her," Tyrion says. "I love her too... not as successfully as you." I guess that explains that scene in season 7 when Tyrion looks on with tremendous thirst as Jon enters Daenerys' cabin. (That's not a gross euphemism, they were on a ship!) 

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Tyrion is asking Jon to kill Daenerys, but Jon won't have it. Tyrion asks what Daenerys will do to Jon, the rightful heir to the throne, and his sisters, who know he's the rightful heir. Sansa will never bend the knee, he warns. "She doesn't get to choose," Jon says. 

"No, but you do," Tyrion exclaims, "and you have to choose now."

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Jon walks over to the Red Keep to see Daenerys. Drogon is standing guard. Drogon eyes down Jon, but decides he's cool. Daenerys, in a scene almost identical to her Qarth vision in season 2, surveys the Red Keep. She grabs hold of one of the Iron Throne's swords. Jon approaches.

Jon pleads with her to pardon Tyrion. She says she can't. "We can't hide behind small mercies," she says. This is a different Dany from last episode; she's assured of her actions, but not in a crazy way. Jon says they're trying to build a world of mercy. Trust me, Daenerys reckons, she knows what is good. They embrace. She tells him they'll break the wheel together.

"You are my queen, now and forever," he whispers solemnly. They kiss -- and Jon stabs her. With a dagger. To her heart. Which she needed to live. 

This was actually a deeply affecting scene. Though she refused to free Tyrion, Daenerys showed off her warmer side as she tried to bask in victory alongside Jon. This made her petrified rictus of betrayal all the more poignant. Jon, crying, lays her down. Our last vision of Daenerys is the grieving look she gives her most trusted ally.  

Daenerys' death roused more than my feeble emotions, as it also awoke Drogon. He flies into the Keep, surveys the scene and gets his dragonbreath ready. Jon prepares for his second death, but Drogon doesn't burn him. Instead he melts the Iron Throne. Drogon picks Daenerys up with his claws and flees.

Game over. 

Enlarge ImageDrogon breaks the wheel.

HBO Brandon the Broken
The second part of the episode was essentially epilogue, and takes place weeks after Daenerys' death. 

It begins with Grey Worm leading Tyrion to King's Landing's Dragonpit, where Jon and Co. brought the White Walker to Cersei in season 7. There we see a gathering of Westeros' great lords: Bran, Arya and Sansa Stark are all there. Samwell Tarly is there. Robin Arryn and Yohn Royce of the Vale are there. Ser Davos Seaworth and Ser Brienne too.

We even reunite with Ser Edmure Tully, (Catelyn Stark's brother) who was taken hostage and used as a Lannister pawn after his infamously crimson wedding ceremony back season 3. All the faces you know and love.

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