No matter how you felt about Sunday night’s series finale of Game of Thrones, there’s no denying that they ended things in a surprising way. Seriously, of all the characters fans have been predicting would end up on the Iron Throne by the closing moments, very few had Bran Stark (excuse us—Bran the Broken, first of his name) as the ultimate winner.
If you want to call being ruler of the Seven Kingdoms a winner.
Yet here we are at the end of A Song of Ice and Fire, and Bran is actually the most logical choice as ruler. Jon killed Dany so he could never rule. Sansa didn’t actually want the title. Arya has bigger things in mind. That guy from Outlander is just too creepy. And so forth and so on. At the end of the day, naming Bran Stark the ruler made perfect sense. It just wasn’t the choice that most fans were rooting for.
We suppose when you have a show as popular and beloved as Game of Thrones, you’re never going to please everyone though, and what we walked away with was this: the show began and ended with the Starks, which we’re down with. And, more importantly, we left things as business as usual. We had a sense that Tyrion (as Hand) would spend the rest of his life rectifying his mistakes, and that most of the terrible people who would mess that up are now dead.
Sunshine and rainbows for everyone.
Once we got over the actual ending though we couldn’t help but stop and think about some of the positive vibes the finale gave us. In that vein, here are five moments from the Game of Thrones finale worth celebrating, no matter how you felt about the way the show actually ended for good.
Did they just set up an Arya Stark spinoff?
As the characters all went their separate ways, there were two potential spinoffs that caught our attention. One was the Dothraki sailing off to conquer new lands, and the other—the more exciting one if we’re being honest—was Arya Stark heading West under the Stark banner to see what else is out there.
Could the faceless girl be getting her own series? Maisie Williams fans can only hope…
There was at least one major character death
Some of us may have still been holding out hope for Daenerys to make it as the ultimate ruler, but as the episode went on we knew that she was too far gone. So the show gave us one more giant death before wrapping things up with a bow, and that was Jon sticking it (literally) to Dany. TBH we were a little underwhelmed only because we saw it coming, but Drogon obliterating the Iron Throne for his dead mother was perfect. Besides, it wasn’t like Drogon could have actually killed Jon with that fire breath of his. Targaryens can’t burn, y’all.
Oh yes, Tyrion. An eternal fan favourite, Peter Dinklage performed the heck out of the finale. It would have been heartbreaking to see him actually die in this last episode, so we were quite content when he was a) spared thanks to Jon’s moves but b) finally managed to win people over with one of his speeches. Seriously, that guy really needed a win.
We think he’ll be an excellent Hand, and he’s obviously taking his new duties seriously too. The old Tyrion would have totally led that last meeting with ALL the wine, but this Tyrion let his OCD of chair-arranging take over instead.
Jon Snow and Ghost, together again
Remember that time Jon just ghosted Ghost? Yup, we were pretty upset about it too. But as soon as we learned that Jon’s punishment for killing Dany was that he’d be sent North to live and preside over The Wall and Castle Black, well… our saving thought was that he and Ghost could be together again. Sure enough that’s exactly what happened, and the two outcasts headed North together as free men.
As far as appropriate endings go, that one felt totally fair. Jon chose his freedom, and no one south of that wall will give a crap what he does as a Wilding anyhow.
Someone had a glorious crowning moment
It wasn’t Queen of the Seven Realms, but Sansa Stark being named Queen of the North was probably the biggest fan service paid during the entire series finale. (There’s a reason the writers paid much more attention to her crowning than Bran’s.) Seeing her transform from the meek girl who dreamed of marrying a prince into a smart and sassy woman who actually knows shit and can detect it from a mile away was satisfying as hell. Yes, you can argue about the tactics the writers used to get her there, but at the end of the day Queen Sansa has a really nice ring to it. And more importantly she’ll do the North justice, which is all Ned and Catelyn really ever wanted for their pups.
So what could be more appropriate than that?
Who the heck knows. Not us… Our watch has ended.
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