After 8 years of Game of Thrones, 2019 meant the final season of the popular TV show, which is based on the book series (beginning with ‘A song of fire and ice’) by George R.R. Martin. Seasons 7 and 8 were not based off the book series, as it is currently incomplete, and is still being written.
This meant that Season 8 was unpredictable from the start, as while tensions had been building in the North with the Night King and the army of the dead beyond the wall, nobody could really tell what was going to happen. Season 8 Episode 3 brought the Battle of Winterfell, where we get to see old and favoured characters re-unite with one another, and one of the greatest battles in Game of Thrones take place.
This was one of the best episodes that Season 8 gave us, even with a few favourite characters dying.
As the series progressed, many fans felt that final season became too rushed, and it seemed as though characters were being killed off simply to leave a bigger impact. Episode 5 brought us the downfall of King’s Landing and Cersei Lannister, as well as many anticipated interactions. Daenerys Targaryen destroyed a whole civilisation upon growing mad, fulfilling a statement spoke in earlier seasons: “A Targaryen all alone in the world is a terrible thing”.
Many fans were displeased to say the least at how her character arc was broken; the same could be said for many of our favourite characters. Many fan-favourites were killed, and many fans disapproved of their endings – but I won’t give away too many spoilers! This only opened up one doorway for the finale, where Jon Snow ends up killing Danaerys Targaryen. It seems that Jon being a Targaryen was only to aid the idea that Danaerys went mad in the end, as he was eventually sent back to the Night’s Watch where everything began.
Of course, the Stark family got the endings that they deserved. Sansa became the Queen of the North, Arya, after killing the Night King, went off to explore what was West of Westeros, and, perhaps one of the most surprising plot twists of all, Bran became the King of six kingdoms in King’s Landing.