Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 6 “The Iron Throne” [Series Finale] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Daenerys announcing her victory after walking off of Drogon.
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Game of Thrones’ finale isn’t bad, it’s just disappointing. Even when you consider some of the fan service and one devious character.


Network
HBO
Director(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Writer(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Air Date 5/19/2019

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The Death Of A Queen: Daenerys, Jon, Tyrion, Grey Worm

With King’s Landing burnt to a crisp, littered with dead soldiers as much as women and children, Daenerys proclaims a proud victory. One which she says in a foreign tongue so only her men will know and so they can be made aware it is not over. And perhaps it is with hearing that which leads Tyrion, who has been studying Valyrian, to decide he’ll throw away the role of being the Queen’s Hand. Which comes at a good time for Daenerys as she knows Tyrion released his brother and for this treason she wants him to die.

And all things considered, with seeing his sister and brother die together in the crypt’s rubble, to die within a day of them wouldn’t be so bad. The Lannisters could end together only a day apart – especially considering Grey worm was executing their entire army. However, Jon, who has a soft spot for Tyrion, he comes to visit and Tyrion, showing he isn’t the fool Daenerys has taken him for, manipulates Jon. He pushes him to see past his love and loyalty and makes him realize what he has to do.

So, after passing Drogon, the only one, besides the promoted Greyworm, who Daenerys trusts, Jon looks for any chance Daenerys could be redeemed. He seeks some form of mercy, and when that doesn’t seem possible, he takes her into a kiss, one she asked for, and then kills her. Something Drogon senses, and while he can’t bring himself to kill Jon, he does melt the Iron Throne to a puddle of metal.

Daenerys after Jon assassinates her.

The Manipulation Of Fools: Greyworm, Sansa, Arya, Yara, Tyrion, Bran, Samwell, Jon

Weeks go by, and both Tyrion and Jon end up imprison but surprisingly not executed. For while the Dothraki and Unsullied own the city, it seems Greyworm had no desire to assume a role of leadership and kill those who killed someone barely queen for a day. So, instead, someone calls a council of the lords of the seven kingdoms and a few old friends. And curiously, when Greyworm approaches them, he only has Tyrion with him.

Thus leading to a conversation on what to do which will satisfy all parties. Sansa warns that killing Jon would mean war, Yara speaks of vengeance and Arya threatens to kill her. Then it is brought up they need a king or queen to decide, and while some nominate themselves, and Samwell dares to promote democracy, Tyrion shows he knows the game of thrones and nominates Bran. Someone who doesn’t want the throne but accepts it, as long as Tyrion becomes his hand. A job Greyworm doesn’t want him to have for he is a traitor, but Bran justifies it by noting he will repay his debts as hand. And strangely, everyone goes for Tyrion’s punishment and Bran becoming king.

However, all isn’t smooth as Sansa claims the north, at least Winterfell, no word on the Wildlings and what is beyond the wall, will be independent. Which, being that Bran is a Stark, he doesn’t care and with no objection to everyone else being ruled by Bran but Winterfell, it seems Bran has secured his homeland, the future, and Tyrion found a way to save his neck once again.

Tyrion as the king's hand - with the king being Bran the Broken.

A Dream of Spring: Jon, Arya, Sansa, Brienne, Bronn, Bran, Davos, Tormund, Greyworm, Samwell

As for Jon? Well, his punishment is rejoining the Night’s Watch which doesn’t really have a purpose anymore. So outside of being banished from Westeros civilization, his sentence isn’t that bad. I mean, yeah, Sansa doesn’t like it, but this leads the way for her being queen. Also, Arya isn’t fond of it but with her about to learn the world isn’t flat, by traveling west, where the map doesn’t go, she has grand discoveries to make. And really, considering Tormund seemingly was waiting for Jon at the wall, I’m sure he’ll do just fine. May find himself a new Ygritte and still find a good life in the north. After all, it isn’t like they castrate you when you take your vows.

In terms of Greyworm? He returns to Naath and Essos, but no word if he takes the Dothraki with him or not. Leaving Tyrion, Brienne, Bronn, Davos, Samwell, and Bran. Well, Tyrion takes on his old role, sits in his old chair, and preps for the usual meeting. We learn Bronn is the master of coin now, and is happy with Highgarden, Davos is master of ship, Samwell Archmaester and has finished, along with his peers, A Song of Ice & Fire. A book recounting the days from King Robert Baratheon to the fall of Daenerys Targaryen. Which, strangely, Tyrion is omitted from.

Bringing us to Brienne. She too has a seat at the table, but as what isn’t clear. It’s not head of war so we can only assume she has taken up a position heading the Kingsguard. But, in a bittersweet moment, one of her most notable parts in the finale is finishing Jamie’s story as Kingsguard so she can begin her own.

Brienne finishing Jamie's story in the book of the Kingsguard.

And so ends a Game of Thrones.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Do Wildings have an independent nation or are they considered under the rule of Winterfell and the North?
  2. What happened to the Dothraki after Daenerys’ death?
  3. When Bran and Tyrion spoke in Winterfell, was it to tell Tyrion what he is destined to do so Daenerys’ tyranny wouldn’t destroy the world?
  4. Is it wrong I wanted to see Gendry have one last goodbye with Arya?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Love is more powerful than reason.
— Tyrion

Love is the death to duty.
— Jon

Sometimes duty is the death of love.
— Tyrion

The world we need won’t be built by men loyal to the world we have.
— Daenerys

Highlights

Tyrion Playing The Long Game To Survive – 90

The corpses of Jamie and Cersei.

Recognize the game. Tyrion, since the beginning, has been about survival and finding key allies who could assure it. With that in mind, he befriended the future queen of the north, recognizing, early on, Sansa’s potential. Varys, master of whispers, was used for what he was good at and allowed to be a sacrificial lamb once his purpose was served. Hell, one could even argue Tyrion had the foresight to befriend Bran who, I’d argue, paid back Tyrion’s kindness when he was a child by saving his life.

That folks, is called playing the long game. Making friends with anyone and everyone, until it is time for them to die to save your ass. Making it so, truly – who won the Game of Thrones here? I mean, come on.

Low Point

Daenerys’ Death Was As Anti-Climatic As Cersei’s & The Night King – 65

A kiss and being stabbed was how Daenerys’ reign ended. Which seems kind of messed up doesn’t it? Her vulnerability, her sexuality, is what led to her dying. I mean, yeah, you could say it was burning down King’s Landing but, having a week to think about it, it makes sense. Everything she lost was because of the inaction or actions of what happened in King’s Landing. And really, how safe would she be in a city filled with those who feared her? People whose brothers, husbands, fathers, trained to keep her from the throne? Never mind may seek vengeance for those they lost in the battles?

Not to imply the violence wasn’t a bit much, but what mercy was her family shown? Including the women and children? So why in the world would she show the people mercy when they are all traitors?

On The Fence

Fan Service/ Leaving No One Happy – 70

One of Game of Thrones’ biggest things, since season 1, is the unpredictability of who can die. Yet, since Jon’s resurrection, that has been taken away. Arguably, since then, there have been very few notable deaths, and when someone did die, it was far and few between which seemed to be what that person deserved. Honestly, outside of Lyanna, no one got a death worthy of their character.

Yet, I guess the point was to give the fans what they wanted but avoid a happy ending. Meaning, yes, most of your favorite characters lived, but Jon is now banished beyond the wall, Bran, of all people, is king, yet due to that Sansa can be queen of the north, Tyrion is alive, and peace has come to the 6 kingdoms, as well as Winterfell.

Is it something to be joyous about? No. Yet, it pushes you to feel just as the characters have this season. Fear over the possibility of dying, shock over Daenerys’ actions, an almost air of indifference once the latest threat is over, like it was a sudden migraine, and ultimately feeling life is more about survival than thriving. For, after all negotiations are done, the books are written, the songs sang, no one is truly happy. They are just dealing with the cards handed to them.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 8, Episode 6 “The Iron Throne” [Series Finale]Game of Thrones’ finale isn’t bad, it’s just disappointing. Even when you consider some of the fan service and one devious character.
Director(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Writer(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Air Date 5/19/2019
  • The Death Of A Queen: Daenerys, Jon, Tyrion, Grey Worm
  • The Manipulation Of Fools: Greyworm, Sansa, Arya, Yara, Tyrion, Bran, Samwell, Jon
  • A Dream of Spring: Jon, Arya, Sansa, Brienne, Bronn, Bran, Davos, Tormund, Greyworm, Samwell
Season 8, Episode 5 "The Bells"Daenerys gets her war against Cersei, and in the process, she comes off far more dangerous than the Night King and his army ever were.
Director(s) Miguel Sapochnik
Writer(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Air Date 5/12/2019
  • One Last Chance: Tyrion, Varys, Daenerys, Ser Davos, Jamie, Jon
  • The Massacre At King’s Landing: Daenerys, Cersei, The Hound, Jon, Euron, Jamie
  • The Reign Of The Mad Queen: Daenerys, Arya, Jon, Greyworm
Season 8, Episode 4 “The Last of the Starks”Like many episodes of Game of Thrones, more time is spent on the build than combat. However, after what Cersei did… I just… I want her dead.
Director(s) David Nutter
Writer(s) David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Air Date 5/5/2019
  • What To Do When One Of The Greatest Threats Are Killed?: Gendry, Arya, Daenerys, Jon, Sansa, Bron, Bran, Jamie, Tyrion, Varys, Clegene
  • Prepping For What’s Next: Daenerys, Sansa, Tyrion, Varys, Jon, Tormund, Samwell, Gilly, Euron
  • One Last Chance To Avoid War: Cersei, Missandei, Daenerys, Qyburn, Tyrion, Greyworm
Season 8, Episode 3 “The Long Night”While nearly every major character lives (depending on how you define major), that doesn’t take away from how epic The Battle of Winterfell was.
Director(s) Miguel Sapochnik
Writer(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Air Date 4/28/2019
  • When All Seemed Lost
  • The Boss B****
Season 8, Episode 2 “The Rightful Queen”The reunions continue as Jamie reunited with friends, families, and former foes before the white walkers attack – in the next episode.
Director(s) David Nutter
Writer(s) Bryan Cogman
Air Date 4/21/2019
  • Hello Friends, Family, Those Who’d Want Me Killed: Jamie, Daenerys, Brienne, Sansa, Bran, Jon
  • Trust Is Earned & Easily Lost: Daenerys, Jon, Sansa, Tyrion, Jamie, Bran, Theonn
  • As We Wait: Arya, Gendry, Brienne, Jamie, Lyanna. Jorah, Samwell, Jon, Daenerys, Tormund
Season 8, Episode 1 "Winterfell"A part of the new intro featuring the Iron Throne.

It’s a large reunion episode which seemingly will precede the heartbreak you expect from Game of Thrones.
Director(s) David Nutter
Writer(s) Dave Hill
Air Date 4/14/2019
  • Meanwhile In King’s Landing: Cersei, Yara, Theonn, Euron, Qyburn, Bronn
  • The North Remembers & Distrusts All Outsiders: Sansa, Tyrion, Jon, Daenerys, Arya, Bran, Lyanna
  • The Night King Is Coming, So We Have To Come Together:Jon, Sam, Daenerys, Tormund
Season 4/ Episode 1 “Two Swords”The show returns with many having distrust in each other, with most of it naturally warranted.
Season 4/ Episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose”With the war for King’s Landing, seemingly, over, all eyes are on the wedding.
Season 4/ Episode 3 “Breaker of Chains”With Joffrey’s death, and many on their way to claim the throne, there becomes a question of whether peace will ever enter Westeros and stay?
Season 4/ Episode 4 “Oathkeeper”As things cool down after Joffrey’s wedding, many are ready to build up to the next big event.
Season 4/ Episode 6 “The Laws of Gods and Men”After two or three somber episodes, we get a taste of what made this show popular, and promises of resurgence.
Season 4/ Episode 7 “Mockingbird”New alliances are formed, others strengthened, but being this is Game of Thrones there is always someone willing, and ready, to backstab.
Season 4/ Episode 8 “The Mountain and the Viper”In another emotionally draining episode, we get quite a performance from many of the actors, as we mark another character’s death.
Season 4/ Episode 9 “The Watchers on the Wall”The Wildlings, and allies, have made it to the wall and for the entire episode we are left wondering who is going to die.
Season 4/ Episode 10 “The Children”Welcome to the end of an era, and the start of something likely less stable.
Season 5/ Episode 1 “The Wars to Come”Game of Thrones makes its return and, as always, while men scramble for position, women look toward the future for their place and power.Director: Michael Slovis
Writer:
 David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Topic 1: It’s All Show And Politics – Cersei, Margaery, and Sansa

Topic 2: The Future Of Our World – Tyrion, Lord Varys & Daenerys

Topic 3: Bend the Knee – Jon Snow & Stannis Baratheon (Featuring Mance Rayder)

Season 5/ Episode 2 “The House of Black and White”The major female characters of the show are featured this episode, and we see their frustrations when it comes to either seeking vengeance, or ruling their empires.Director: Michael Slovis
Writer:
 David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Topic 1: The Rise of Jon Stark – Jon Snow

Topic 2: Vengence and Loyalty – Arya, Brienne, and Ellaria

Topic 3: The Crown Is Heavy, Especially When Women Rule – Cersei & Daenerys

Season 5/ Episode 3 “High Sparrow”The episode contains our first noteworthy death, though with the situation Sansa, Arya and Cersei face, perhaps 3 deaths happen. Though their deaths are not of the physical.
Season 5/ Episode 4 “Sons of Harpy”As some speak of war, and others prep for angered family members, two more possible deaths lead you to question if one character may ever stand a chance to ascend to the Iron Throne.
Season 5/ Episode 5 “Kill the Boy”With Daenerys dealing with the mass rebellion, and the various leaders within the north prepping for the future of the region, it truly seems like everyone is prepping for the worse and beginning negotiations with fate through concessions.
Season 5/ Episode 6 “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”As Arya progresses, and Sansa and Tyrion regress, Cersei seemingly has all but started a war with House Tyrell.
Season 5/ Episode 7 “The Gift”The things people will do for love is an ongoing theme. Though, as always with Game of Thrones, mentions of love never solely deal with the love of another person. No, love and this show is almost always about power and for many it is the continued pursuit of it, or the longing for the power they once had.
Season 5/ Episode 8 “Hardhome”If most of the season has been building to something, it must have been this episode. For once more Jon Snow brings the action to the series, as he meets up with the free folk on their turf. Though, I should note, it isn’t them he squares off with, but the dreaded White Walkers. Meanwhile, Arya continues to grow under the darkness of the many faced god, Cersei becomes quite humbled by her situation, and Tyrion has many conversations with Daenerys about their future together.
Season 5/ Episode 9 “The Dance of Dragons”When it comes to being saved, often the first ones spoken on are the women and the children. In the world of Game of Thrones however, they usually are last. And while we have seen many a woman suffer rape and other moments in which their autonomy and dignity have been destroyed, it seems to be the children’s turn. Well, with a few exceptions.
Season 5/ Episode 10 “Mother’s Mercy”As the season comes to a close, a few things have become apparent. The first, and most glaring, is that the way woman suffer will always be more graphic and degrading, in comparison to the men; the second being, to invest too much in heroes maybe a waste for, as said in The Dark Knight, “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain;” and lastly, while there is always a need to differentiate, or make something your own, arguably the decisions of the Game of Thrones writers surely help push the idea that HBO might be better producing soft-core porn, with a side of gratuitous violence, than anything else really.
Season 6/ Episode 1 “The Red Woman”Game of Thrones returns in all its brutally violent glory with one battle and betrayal after another.
Season 6/ Episode 2 “Home”It is believed that when a plant is dying you must prune off the dead clippings in order to get new life. Well, it seems with a handful of more deaths Game of Thrones is preparing to bring new life to the show. Though, of course, what is death without renewed life?
Season 6/ Episode 3 “Oathbreaker”A few steps forward and a few steps back. Progress in the world of Westeros is a tricky thing. Some use power and unsavory means to push their agendas, others try diplomacy, and yet no matter the strategy there is never a guarantee for you never know how someone may react. Much less, what card, though often times body, they have standing behind a locked door.
Season 6/ Episode 4 “Book of the Stranger”While one could complain about the massive amount of characters killed off more so on whim than with fervor, what else can you do with a show which holds a lot of fat. So with an episode presenting a more tighter, a more focused storyline, perhaps all the past complaints came without vision. Well, if you want to be an optimistic that is.
Season 6/ Episode 5 “The Door”With us reaching the halfway point of the season, comes the beginning of everyone revealing their plans and leaving us wondering who will have their major battle showcased likely between episode 7 and 9. Though while many are planning, one finds themselves retreating.
Season 6/ Episode 6 “Blood of My Blood”After a rather action-packed and traumatic episode, Game of Thrones decides to premiere a rather mundane episode with little in the way of shocks and surprises, even when it comes to Arya and Margaery.
Season 6/ Episode 7 “The Broken Man”With a tease of death, the return of a familiar face, and the buildup to the remaining Starks taking Winterfell back, Cersei and the High Sparrow, and Jamie against the Blackfish, the episode rebounds from the mundane nature of the last one.
Season 6/ Episode 9 “Battle of the Bastards”The Battle of Bastards certainly doesn’t disappoint, but neither does Daenerys’ retaliation against the masters. Overall, just prepare for blood, guts, and gore.Daenerys | Jon Snow | Sansa | Tyrion | Theon | Yara
Season 6/ Episode 8 “No One”With such a long history between many characters, and backstabbing happening as is seen fit, it is sometimes hard to know who is on whose side. Something which gets the slightest bit more complicated as some go, return, and sometimes even say goodbye.Arya | Daenerys | Tyrion | Blackfish | Edmure | The Hound | Cersei
Season 6/ Episode 10 “The Winds of Winter”There is just so much that happens here. Most of which is jaw drop worthy in both beautiful and horrible ways.
Season 1/ Episode 1 "Iron From Ice" (TellTale Games' Game of Thrones)TellTale Games acquires a new property, and it is the ever great Game of Thrones. One which they treat with more vigor than past titles, but seemingly the same amount of respect for its creators by maintaining the tone and expectations.
Season 1/ Episode 2 "The Lost Lords" (TellTale Games' Game of Thrones)“The Lost Lords” continues to deliver an experience which highlights why TellTale Games is deserving of its recognition and why you can only hope your favorite program will one day become a game made by them.
Season 1/ Episode 3 "The Sword in the Darkness" (TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones)The focus of the episode is the Forrester family humbling itself, each character learning when to submit to another’s authority, and not burning any bridges for it may impede the willingness of potential allies.
Season 1/ Episode 4 "Sons of Winter" (TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones)While the show may be a mixed bag, TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones reminds you of how much the series could lead to stiffen necks as you lean toward your screen and with more quick time events than before, perhaps you should expect a cramp in your fingers.
Season 1/ Episode 5 "A Nest of Vipers" (TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones)All has been setup for the finale: Your attempts at politics with Mira; you trying to find some secret grove with Gared; Asher trying to convince newly freed slaves to join him, and those at Ironrath trying to buy time. It isn’t the end of the journey, but it doesn’t seem many decisions are left to be made. Something which becomes increasingly worrisome as the episode ends with one less ally, which may mean more than you might initially realize.
Season 1/ Episode 6 "The Ice Dragon" (TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones)And so the journey ends with either your nobility or your survival. It’s all your decision. Will you be aggressive or political, betray others or face a possible ill fate, and how far will you go for the survival of what Lord Gregor held dear?
Season 7/ Episode 1 “Dragonstone”Game of Thrones remains perhaps the only show which can be more than 3 seasons in and still entertain its audience.
Season 7/ Episode 2 “Stormborn”As everyone tries to gather allies, we are reminded it is not the number of allies but the quality of generals and soldiers that win battles.
Season 7/ Episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice”A long time coming reunion, another unfortunate death, and two of the biggest characters on the show coming face to face. We’re coming toward the end of the series and they are finding ways to up the ante. Leaving this fan to wonder, how epic could the series finale be?
Season 7/ Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”The Stark reunion is nearly complete and with growing closer to Daenerys comes Jon Snow having his first opportunity to influence her decisions. Leading to her making herself known to Jamie personally.
Season 7/ Episode 5 “Eastwatch”A slew of reunions come about and only three lead to smiling faces. The rest lead you to believe someone is going to die.
Season 7/ Episode 6 “Beyond the Wall”All I can say is, considering what happens this episode, I don’t think Daenerys nor Cersei will have time to battle for the Iron Throne. Especially with the Night King now having a trump card.
Season 7/ Episode 7 “The Dragon and the Wolf”While there are no epic battles and only one significant death, the 7th season finale of Game of Thrones finds a way to make things business as usual in some areas and up the ante in others.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Tyrion Playing The Long Game To Survive
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Daenerys’ Death Was As Anti-Climatic As Cersei’s & The Night King
65 %
Fan Service/ Leaving No One Happy
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New Jersey native Amari Allah has been writing reviews, in a "Media Advisor" capacity since 2011 and has been touching upon television, movies, books, live performances, video games, and more ever since. Using a fusion of his varied knowledge of entertainment, partly gained from being a Communications major in college, his love for visual and written media, as well an ever-evolving respect for both creators and the consumers they sell to.