Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 Spoilers recap: A bittersweet farewell to Westeros, and a hope of new beginnings
A spoiler-filled summary of everything that happened in the Game of Thrones finale episode.
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SPOILERS AHEAD: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Spoilers
Tyrion, Jon, and Ser Davos pursue Tyrion through the ruins of King’s Landing. It’s a strange world of ash and death.
Tyrion travels to the Red Keep, where he descends into the dungeons and discovers Jaime and Cersei, both dead in each other’s arms, buried under a pile of rubble.
Grey Worm and the Unsullied are about to execute a few surviving Lannister soldiers, Jon and Davos see. They attempt to halt the executions, but Grey Worm claims to have received orders from the queen to execute anyone who followed Cersei Lannister. The Northmen and the Unsullied are on the verge of clashing, but Davos persuades Jon to stand down and recommend that he speak with Daenerys directly instead.
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Jon makes his way to what’s left of the Red Keep’s door. The Dothraki and Unsullied wait for their Queen to appear on Drogon’s back, cheering her on. Grey Worm is appointed Commander of Daenerys’ Armed Forces by Daenerys. “Killing (her) enemies in their iron suits and breaking down their stone buildings,” she thanks the Dothraki. She informs her men that they will not rest until all the people of the world have been freed from tyrants. Jon, who has now been joined by Tyrion, stands beside her, aghast.
Tyrion accuses Daenerys of betraying her by releasing Jaime, and she accuses him of slaughtering innocents. He throws away the Hand’s badge and is apprehended by Grey Worm’s guys. As Jon prepares to obey, Arya confronts him and informs him that his own life may be jeopardized; Daenerys would still treat Jon as a threat if she knew his true identity.
Jon pays a visit to Tyrion in prison, where they discuss Daenerys’ actions. Tyrion claims that Daenerys killed evil men everywhere she went and was applauded for it. And the more people thanked her for it, the more persuaded she was that she was doing the right thing. Tyrion expresses remorse for his part in bringing Daenerys to power and accepts that Varys was right. They discuss Jon’s responsibilities and what he must do, and Jon recalls Maester Aemon’s words: “Love is the death of duty.” “Sometimes duty is the death of love,” Tyrion responds.
Daenerys makes her way to the Iron Throne through the ruins of the Throne Room. When Jon comes in, she taps it and is about to take a seat. She tells Jon about Viserys’ tales about the Iron Throne and how it was built with Aegon’s enemies’ 1000 blades. She recalls as a young girl who could only count to 20 imagining what a throne made of 1000 swords would look like. She asks Jon to rule alongside her and assist in the liberation of the earth. He welcomes her and assures her that she is and always will be his Queen. After that, he stabs her.
Drogon rises into the air as Daenerys dies in Jon’s arms. Jon prepares to die in front of the dragon, but Drogon instead roars fire at the Iron Throne, melting it to nothing. He snatches Dany and flies away with her in his claws.
Some time elapses and Tyrion is taken from his prison by Grey Worm to face trial. At the Dragonpit, the lords and ladies of the last surviving noble houses await: Sansa, Arya and Bran, Edmure Tully, Robyn Arryn and Yohan Royce, Ser Davos, Yara Greyjoy, Samwell Tarly, Gendry Baratheon, Brienne of Tarth.
Before justice is pronounced for Tyrion (and Jon), however, there is the small matter of choosing a ruler. Edmure Tully proposes himself and is asked to sit back down by Sansa. Sam suggests a democracy — having the people choose who they wish to have as a king or queen. The others laugh at his recommendation. Tyrion then recommends that they choose a ruler with a story that will unite people: Bran the Broken — the boy who fell off a tower and lived, who learned to fly because he could not walk, who travelled beyond the Wall to become the Three-Eyed Raven. As a repository of the entire history of the Seven Kingdoms, its past, who better than Bran to guide the continent through the future? And because Bran cannot have children, the next ruler will be chosen once again by the noted personages of the land — this, Tyrion says, is the wheel Daenerys was trying to break.
Everyone assents to Bran as the King of Westeros, but for Sansa — who says the North will remain a free territory. Bran names Tyrion his Hand, which doesn’t please Grey Worm.
Tyrion visits Jon in his prison. Jon wonders if he did the right thing and Tyrion says he must ask the same question in 10 years. Jon must join the Night’s Watch (restart it) and never marry, never bear children as his punishment for assassinating Daenerys.
The Unsullied sail for Naath. Jon prepares to sail for the North. He says his goodbyes to Sansa, to Arya — who informs them that she won’t be going back to Winterfell, but to the west of Westeros, where the maps end, to Bran.
At King’s Landing, Tyrion presides over a small council meeting. Bronn is the new master of coin (and Lord of Highgarden), Brienne is the commander of the Kingsguard (she writes out Jaime’s story in the book that details all its members’ deeds), Davos is master of ships, and Sam is the maester and liaison for the Citadel. Bran tasks Tyrion with appointing a master of whisperers, and says he himself will try to find Drogon. Ser Podrick Payne then wheels him away as the others continue their meeting.
Arya sails west, the Stark sigil on her masts.
Sansa is crowned the Queen in the North.
Jon meets Tormund and Ghost at Castle Black. He rides out beyond the Wall with them and the Wildlings, and the gates close behind him. A blade of grass rises up from under the snow.
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