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    Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 recap: A fitting finale, just don't mention the water bottle

    RIP Game of Thrones. Nine years and eight seasons of television have come to a spectacular end. So who ends up on the throne? And was it worth it? SPOILER WARNING


    Game of Thrones is over.

    The final episode of the nine-year, eight-season pop culture juggernaut has aired.

    So who ended up on the Iron Throne in the end? And was it worth it? Did anyone see that Sweet Robin (Lino Facioli) glow-up coming?

    Join your Westerosi correspondents Pete Marsh and Dan Miller as they dig into the ending. (LIVE NOW: Join Dan and Pete to chat about the Game of Thrones finale and hug it out.)

    **SPOILER WARNING**

    These recaps are dark and full of spoilers, so only continue reading if you've caught up on the latest episode of the show.

    We won't be spoiling anything from any production leaks that may or may not have found their way onto the internet. Some deep book lore may feature.

    PETE: The ashes of King's Landing were a rather fitting place to begin the finale to Game of Thrones, in the end.

    I really dug this opening. It pulled on the threads that the last episode laid down, and it kept things extremely grounded as we watched the beginning of the end of Daenerys Targaryen.

    ICYMI last week, they built this incredible King's Landing set just so they could blow it all up, and I'm so glad we got more moments to appreciate that.

    This whole setup felt so very "Game of Thrones" to me, if that makes sense? The show built its name on subverting the expectations of viewers, and this was no different.

    How many of us cheered for Daenerys to win? How many of us pumped our fists when she made that original rallying cry about men in iron suits and stone houses? How many of us couldn't wait for the day Targaryen banners were draped over the Red Keep?

    This was the Game of Thrones saying: "Here you go. YOU wanted this, right? How's it taste?"

    Oh, and can we talk about THIS shot? Dany was feeling her oats something fierce.

    DAN: That was one of many great shots. I also loved guard dog Drogon shaking the ash from him and sniffing Jon as he enters the Red Keep. And don't think that we missed the shot of the destroyed bell as Jon, Tyrion and Davos entered the city.

    I definitely came into the episode expecting Tyrion to be killed like Varys was in the first 10 minutes, but I'm pleased with what we got.

    I was devastated when he found Jaime and Cersei's bodies. Peter Dinklage has been amazing throughout all the seasons. Even my mind thinking that Cersei and Jaime could have survived if they scooched over a few metres didn't totally suck me out of that scene. Dinklage stole it.

    And later when he was imprisoned and hashing out with Jon what just happened with Daenerys going berserk — that was a welcome addition after last week's snap spectacular.

    It didn't completely alleviate the issues I had with episode five, but it did lessen them.

    What I really enjoyed seeing though was a truly broken Jon, conflicted by his oaths and his honour. I was so dreading that Jon would just be his reluctant hero self and land on the throne. I'm so damn pleased with how things went in that regard.

    PETE: In our final episode Dan, we finally got the last vision that was left unresolved.

    Daenerys, in a shattered Great Hall, before an Iron Throne covered in ash.

    In the vision, she never sits on the Iron Throne. She becomes distracted, eventually meets with Khal Drogo and says:

    "Maybe I am dead and I just don't know it yet."

    Kudos to the showrunners for delivering on that seed they planted all the way back in season two.

    I loved the sneaky little reference to the kind of Iron Throne George R R Martin says he pictures in his head as he writes. You can see that version here. It rules.

    I also adored Emilia Clarke during this scene. She's honestly had such a standout season, but the way she played a fully realised, drunk-on-her-own-Kool-Aid Daenerys Targaryen helped sell the fact that she wasn't the right person to sit the Iron Throne. Certainly more than the writers room did in the lead-up to this point.

    I'd come to peace with the fact that this is how Daenerys' story ends already, but I think Clarke's performance will help so many others get there eventually as well.

    And of course, it was Jon who did the deed.

    I predicted Arya, but I'll get back to why I'm really happy to be wrong.

    It was a quiet, solemn moment and I'm so glad they broke the tension with that incredible cry of anguish from Drogon.

    That's the second time this season I've had my heart broken by a CGI dragon acting like a beloved pet. Seriously, go back and listen to that cry and turn it UP. We didn't get CGI elephants, but seven hells it was worth it for the stunning dragon work we've got all season.

    The big Iron Throne moment didn't quite land for me though.

    DAN: I didn't mind Drogon roasting the throne. It definitely felt like he wanted to kill Jon but couldn't bring himself to kill the sole remaining Targaryen or Daenerys' lover.

    We're not sure how extensive dragon intelligence is — Drogon never saw Daenerys die, just that her lover was crying over her body.

    Similarly, what's the reason for toasting the throne? Other than metaphorically, of course. It's likely Drogon channelling his anger into destroying what drove Daenerys to this point, but it could also be a warning to Jon that while Drogon won't kill him, he will never have the throne.

    So with Daenerys dead, what's next?

    PETE: Uhhhh...sort out the Westerosi tax policy?

    DAN: I mean, it's not far off it.

    We went into a second meeting in the Dragon Pit to talk about how Westeros is ruled... AND EVERYONE IS HERE.

    All remaining lords and ladies of the seven kingdoms. Sansa, Sam (House Tarly!), Edmure Tully.

    Even a grown-up Sweet Robin is there.

    PETE: Can we just pause to chat about that Sweet Robin glow-up from actor Lino Facioli though? Best I've seen since Neville Longbottom.

    DAN: Instead of another battle for Westeros between the united great houses (Lord Varys did end up sending those Ravens about Jon's real identity, right?) vs Daenerys, we got a sensible roundtable discussion.

    And you know what? I'm actually OK with that.

    When Sam became the watching audience and suggested the lords do something sensible like create a real democracy, everyone laughed. Even Bran had a smirk. Thank god for that!

    It'd never work. I'm glad this was only a wink and nod and Game of Thrones didn't actually go this *unbelievable* direction.

    The end result of a monarch's successor being picked in a vote by the lords is a nice compromise, although we should all expect some legendary backstabbing and vote-rigging among future generations of lords.

    The choice of Bran The Broken is a curious one.

    Storywise, I love the idea and Tyrion's reasoning that he could learn from history and be the wisest of kings. But Bran's characterisation on the show to this point has been pretty flat. He frequently reminds us that he's not actually Bran. He's the Three-Eyed Raven. And he hasn't shown a lot of (or any) compassion for characters, like Meera.

    Unfeeling Robo-Bran may not be a sensible choice guys. Perhaps as an adviser? Like much of the season, I love the idea, just not the shoddy execution.

    The show writers should have gone easy on Bran being a robot earlier in the past few seasons so that he actually looked like a proper kingly candidate.

    PETE: This episode got a little too meta at times for me. Tyrion reminding us all of Dany's horrible acts in the cells and Sam dropping the first-edition copy of A Song of Ice and Fire.

    But I can absolutely get on board with Bran becoming the King of the Sev...Six Kingdoms.

    Bran's been the human embodiment of a plot hole for a while now, and this was a neat way to retroactively make his entire journey make sense. I actually rather liked how he became a little less robot-like this episode.

    It's long been said that Bran essentially had the entire history of the world downloaded into his brain by the Three-Eyed Raven in an instant, and it's been a struggle to try and make sense if it.

    His "why do you think I came all this way?" line read to me that he'd finally figured his stuff out and could finally be a little more Bran once again.

    I think we can all agree that it was an *extremely good thing* that Jon didn't end up on the Iron Throne.

    DAN: This episode was meant to wrap up eight massive seasons and wave goodbye to any of our favourites who still survived. As far as that MO goes, I think they did a pretty great job.

    I remember watching all those seasons ago and wondering who would actually sit the throne in the end and who else would be alive to govern the kingdoms. Well now I know. It's this lot:

    I wouldn't have picked it. Davos, Brienne, Bronn — I expected them to be long gone. Lord Bronn of Highgarden was an amusing, if ridiculous, surprise, Sam is grand maester (I think the other maesters might be annoyed at that) and Brienne now leads the Kingsguard — Jaime's old job. That part slayed me.

    PETE: I'm going to get real with you all. I sobbed the ENTIRE time Brienne wrote in the Book of Brothers.

    The chapter of the books where Jaime Lannister reads about the storied history of Lord Commanders of the Kingsguard and decides his future is still unwritten has stuck with me for a very long time.

    The next chapter he sets Brienne on her quest to save Sansa and gives her Oathkeeper.

    It was executed a little less artfully on the show, but it's one of the pivotal moments in his journey away from being the Kingslayer to becoming something more.

    Having Lord Commander Ser Brienne of Tarth be the one to finish the story of Jaime Lannister is so perfect to me.

    Out of all of the complicated arcs that we've seen play out on the show, I think the tale of Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister is now my absolute favourite. It was that good.

    Ser Podrick, who honestly I thought wouldn't make it out of the Battle of Winterfell, got a just ending too.

    Given Pod's … appetites … maybe they had the bit about Kingsguard not taking wives rewritten?

    And Grey Worm has some issues to work through, but there are few more beautiful places than the Isle of Naarth to do it.

    DAN: I was so worried I was going to hate the finale based on how things went last episode. Jon will unite the great houses, kill Daenerys and reluctantly be gang-pressed onto the Iron Throne. Trumpets sing 'Long live King Aegon Targaryen'.

    Instead we got something SOOOO much better.

    I cheered and pumped my fists at the ending. Jon, having grown up a bastard and always been the honourable underdog that you root for, doesn't get that fairytale ending.

    He was conflicted and undone by Daenerys and killing her has destroyed him. For the second time he's held a dead lover and it's been a road reached because of honour.

    He's broken.

    I also think part of him felt his punishment to once again head to the Night's Watch was mightily unfair. He's been through so much. He was a king! He's no bastard anymore but rightful ruler Aegon Targaryen. He's sacrificed so much selflessly, and yet he's still banished — by his Stark family members no less.

    It's a rough life for poor Jon. But I just LOVED it.

    I'm sure Jon will feel at home in the true north with his wildlings and Ghost. But I think there's some small twinges of bitterness and regret in Jon now after the massive journey his character has taken.

    And with Jon supposedly fathering no children, so ends the Targaryen line.

    PETE: BUT HE PET GHOST, DAN. THE BEST BOY GOT HIS PAT.

    It'd be cold, but a life north of the Wall featuring the occasional drinking sesh with Tormund Giantsbane probably grows on you I reckon. BYO horn of course.

    It was also a fitting send-off for the remaining Stark children.

    Sansa stayed true to the North all along and got the crown that she richly deserved (did you see that STUNNING gown to go with the crown? Category is — Winter Queen Extravaganza).

    Having two Starks in charge of Westeros did cut a little against the grain of that new world order chat in the Dragon Pit, but having anyone else in charge of the North would have been a travesty.

    Now, I've stanned Arya since I picked up A Game of Thrones over a decade ago.

    And this ending felt right to me.

    Last week I said Cleganebowl worked because of how it tied in Arya's story. I'm so glad this episode didn't walk back on that by having her kill Daenerys.

    We watched Arya Stark become Arry, then No One, then a murderous kill-bot who lived only for revenge.

    But thanks to the Hound, sailing off on that boat with the direwolf sigil flying proudly on those sails, she was free to become Arya Starkagain.

    Inevitable Arya swashbuckling pirate spin-off when?

    DAN: I know there will be people out there disappointed with the rushed road to that ending and some generally poor writing at points, but I genuinely adored the ending we got.

    Where each character landed was perfect to me. It's a bittersweet ending that enhances rather than detracts from how I feel about the entire series.

    Knowing how it all ends, I now have a lot of strong feelings thinking back to some of the big moments and characters in the other seven seasons.

    I have a problem with the pacing and some suss writing decisions along the way, as most people do. But if this is how the books also end, I'm totally satisfied.

    PETE: I think if you'd told me before season seven started that this is how Game of Thrones ended, I would have been pretty satisfied.

    My biggest criticism of the show comes down to the decision that showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss made to really crank up the pace ever since we've been off book.

    That choice was made for a lot of reasons that we'll never really be privy to. But in the end it was still a choice.

    I can't tell you how many conversations I've had with people the past month that started with "it all feels so rushed!". And it did.

    I'll always think about what we could have had if these final seasons would have been 10 episodes long each. That would have been seven extra episodes to really set up some of the crucial moments of this story that ended up being so divisive.

    Speaking beyond his audience in the Dragon Pit, in this episode Tyrion pondered what unites people:

    "There's nothing in the world more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it."

    Game of Thrones is a show that united millions of us in worldwide community of fans for almost a decade. Nothing could stop it, no enemy could defeat it (there's still time to convert those holdouts).

    It rewrote the rules of what was supposed to be possible in television and it redefined what it meant to consume it as a viewer.

    Long may it reign.

    PETE:

    "I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel." - with his last line of the series, Tyrion starts another story.

    DAN:

    You are my queen. Now, and always." - Jon to Daenerys

    PETE: Show-Edmure never really got much love, but goodness me he probably wishes he was still locked up in a dungeon at The Twins after that withering look from Sansa in the Dragon Pit.

    The future Queen of the North didn't need much to remind her uncle *exactly* where his place was.

    DAN: Jon embraces his "now and always" queen... and then stabs her in the chest. Brutal.


    Remember the stray coffee cup earlier in the season? Oh boy, it happened again. In the Dragon Pit meeting there's a curious water bottle near one of the chair legs.

    The other thing you missed was that Tyrion has tried to tell his little brothel joke THREE TIMES throughout the series, but he keeps getting interrupted.

    The first is in season one while he is in chains in the court of the Vale. He launches into it:

    "I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel...", but Lysa Arryn cuts him off.

    The second is in season six while he drinks with Grey Worm and Missandei.

    We hear that the next line starts:

    "The madam says..." but an attack on the city interrupts him.

    The final scene with the Small Council was the third and final time. People have tried to figure out the ending to the joke, and some are quite good!

    This is the most popular ending to the joke. It's been reposted many times and is at least two years old, but we haven't found the original author.

    Here it goes...

    I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel. The madame says "what can we do for you?". "I need a woman to lay with, for mine has left me," I say. "Whatever for?" the madame says. "And what's with the honeycomb and the mule?"

    "My woman found a genie in a bottle, and he granted her three wishes," I explain. "The first was for a house fit for a queen, so he gave her this damn honeycomb. The second wish was that she have the nicest ass in all the land, so he gave her this damn donkey."

    The madame asks: "And what about the third wish?" "Well... she asked the genie to make my cock hang down past my knee," I say.

    "Well that one's not so bad eh?" the madame replies.

    "Not so bad!? I used to be six foot three!"

    Just the one. And we'll use her full title here, out of respect:

    • Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, Lady of Dragonstone, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons

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