Remember that time Emilia Clarke told us that the second-to-last episode of Game of Thrones (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Crave) was “mental” and we should all find the biggest TVs we could to watch the episode?
Yes, well… she failed to mention that if we were anywhere in her vicinity she would also burn us and our giant screens to the ground.
If you’re anything like us you’re still processing what happened on Sunday night, because, even though we totally saw Daenerys’ actions coming from far, far away, we were hoping that she would surprise us in the end. Sadly, that was also far, far away from the case.
From the beginning of the episode, when Varys attempted to convince Jon to take the throne and Dany used him as dragon barbecue instead, we knew there was no talking Dany down from the ledge. Jon tried, Tyrion tried. Heck even Varys tried before he was burnt like a marshmallow for his efforts. That old adage about Targaryens and coins proved true though when Dany went back on her word to Tyrion and burned King’s Landing to a crisp despite hearing the peace bells chime.
— Yash (@imyash19) May 13, 2019
And we have a serious problem with that.
Look, before we dig into this, let’s get a few things straight. That was one of the most epic and haunting episodes of Game of Thrones that we’ve ever seen. The amazing effects and production values were… well let’s just say lit. (Yes, pun intended.)
We also want to give credit to the writers, because Game of Thrones was never intended to be a show that pandered to fans (let’s not forget they killed Ned Stark off in season one, mkay?) and even though things like Arya killing the Night King or Ramsay Bolton being fed to his own dogs were freaking bleacher-shouting moments, this show isn’t supposed to make us happy.
In that respect Thrones did the hell out of its job on Sunday night.
So now here’s the problem—why did they have to make Dany go that way? For eight seasons we’ve been following her quest to take back the throne that was stolen away from her family. Khaleesi has been a just ruler, she has freed slaves, and she has kept a level head while outsmarting everyone. WHERE was that character on Sunday night?
— 𝙿𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝙼𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝙿𝚒𝚌𝚜 (@PostMalone28) May 13, 2019
Is there something in the King’s Landing air that just made her rage out and live up to the family title of Mad King? Was there gin in that coffee cup of Emilia’s? Or are the writers that intent on having a man sit on the throne while using a “crazy woman” as his excuse to get it? Seriously, this is why we need more women behind-the-scenes in this industry, people.
But we digress. In the end, maybe having Dany sit on the throne would have been too obvious, and with all of the big losses Dany has suffered this season (Rhaegal, Jorah, Missandei) the powers-that-be felt this twist was more interesting.
— James Hibberd (@JamesHibberd) May 13, 2019
Well, we’ll give them that. Because even though the episode wasn’t nearly as intense as “The Long Night,” there were quite a few moments when we actually forgot to breathe. It was just that hard to process what was happening onscreen.
Let’s look at the deaths, for example. There was Varys, of course. But in terms of characters we really care about, Cersei got to die in the arms of Jaime, her true love (yeah, we’d need a lot more space to vent about that one), and both the Mountain and the Hound perished in the #Cleganebowl fans have been wanting for years.
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Meanwhile Arya escaped injured but mostly intact (thank goodness), while Jon, Tyrion and Davos seem to be okay for now. That’s more than we can say for basically all the rest of King’s Landing, which doesn’t seem to have many survivors. Remind us, who was Dany fighting to save here? It certainly wasn’t the children or the innocents.
And now the Starks are onto her, that’s for sure. Jon Snow definitely doesn’t want the throne, but there’s also no way he can sit back and let her rule now. Now that he finally knows things. Real, horrible, fiery things.
— Shivansh Aashat (@Shivansh_aashat) May 13, 2019
But does that mean he has to be the one to actually sit on the throne?
So happy you asked. In honour of eight seasons of speculation, let’s add one more theory into the mix. How appropriate would it be for fans and the overall story alike if Jon turned around and did kill Dany, the Mad Queen, but instead of taking up the throne himself, he returned it to the rightful current heir, a.k.a. Gendry Baratheon?
Then, Arya and Gendry could be married, Arya would be a Queen (NOT A LADY BECAUSE THAT’S NOT HER), Sansa would own the North, and Jon could be the King’s Hand. It would be poetic, really, and bring us right back to where this whole story started. With a Baratheon on the throne, needing a Stark’s help as Hand of the King.
Okay, okay. Maybe Tyrion could keep his Handship and then Jon could go back North and reunite with Ghost and the wildlings. That seems to be more his jam anyhow.
We like it. It’s not likely, given everything we just saw go down on Sunday night, but at this point we need to hold onto some hope here. So let’s just roll with something for one more week. Now excuse us, we have some fires to put out.
— Lady Fancyface (@auntiem1977) May 13, 2019
Game of Thrones ends for real next Sunday, May 19 at 9 p.m. ET on Crave.