The Game of Thrones Series Finale Ending Explained

  • Published: 21 May 2019
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    After an uneven final season comprised of only six episodes, fans were excited, concerned, and downright desperate to see how the Game of Thrones saga would finally end. From the Iron Throne to the fate of Westeros and the final showdown between Daenerys and Jon Snow, here's what the ending of Game of Thrones means not just for the final season, but for the entire series.

    Beware: spoilers are coming!

    After the burning of King's Landing in the previous episode, several main characters wander through the brutal aftermath, with Tyrion Lannister, the Hand of the Queen, looking stricken as he walks down ruined streets and sees the bodies of those Daenerys burned without mercy. As he and Jon Snow survey the destruction, Jon and Tyrion separately set off to meet the queen.

    Jon's journey finds him at odds with Grey Worm over the execution of Lannister soldiers. But soon after Tyrion sets off on his own, he makes a horrifying discovery. In a truly heartbreaking moment, Tyrion finds the bodies of his brother and sister and breaks down amid the rubble. With the rest of his house literally entombed, Tyrion finds himself suddenly alone, and in that moment, his resolve to defy his queen strengthens.

    Later, as the Dothraki and Unsullied celebrate their victory, Daenerys makes a grand entrance, riding atop Drogon and landing in a perfect shot with her silhouetted by his wings. While she gives a full-throated victory speech in which she praises her army for taking down a tyrant and claiming the city as their own, viewers know the truth: Dany is no better than the tyrant she aims to replace. In fact, she's probably a lot worse, as she announces her plans to prolong the war and conquer the rest of the world.

    Daenerys has always bent towards justice, but with this proclamation, it seems as if she's finally gone too far, and even her most trusted advisors seem frightened by her endless hunger for power.

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    Assessing the damage | 0:23
    Tyrion quits his job | 1:45
    Jon consults the Hand of the Queen | 2:39
    Drogon's final moments | 4:34
    A king is chosen | 6:07
    The North remembers | 8:10
    Stories are completed | 9:06
    Spring is coming | 10:29
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Comments • 3 833

  • Looper
    Looper   5 months back

    All in all how did you feel about the final episode?

    • What ?
      What ?  2 months back

      @Leland Jung Not the writers fault.

    • What ?
      What ?  2 months back

      @Steban Lewansky The writers were the same. It is not their fault though.

    • What ?
      What ?  2 months back

      @Andy Irwin No shit. It took Martin DECADES to craft this. The show writers had 4 months. Martin himself said he would have done a worse job in 4 months.

    • What ?
      What ?  2 months back

      @Biophare Why are you blaiming D&D? Is it because you are stupid?

    • What ?
      What ?  2 months back

      @Vanessa Pearl It was not D&Ds nor Martins fault. What have you been smoking?

  • FrenchFryKayak
    FrenchFryKayak  4 hours back

    wow what a garbage video, you literally just state what happens and think its good... lmao

    • TechNStuff
      TechNStuff  3 weeks back

      The full season 6 is garbage

      • Todd Tamayo
        Todd Tamayo  3 weeks back

        You guys still don't know just about as clueless as Jon...... The whole show was about female nature esspecaly being a woman forced to be in her masculine aka Danny she was in her happiest during the Drogo saga why you ask it's cause Drogo is a real man a strong, rationale, brave man that was always in he's masculine. So naturally the women could relax in her femmine. It's a proven fact that when a woman is put in the role as leadership she's deeply sadden. Jon Snow is your classic example of a beta simp a true alpha would rise to the challenge and take the thrown and make the women your main bitch. Daenerys would of respected and loved Jon even more pathetic ofc it's just a show however this happens all the time her husband gets offered a CEO role he rejects to spend more time with he's wife, he's wife gets offered a higher role he encourages her to take it both options lead her to leave you. And to run off with Kevin from sales who doesn't put up with her bs and makes her in her femmine.

        • deborah hobbins
          deborah hobbins  4 weeks back

          what a stupid ending its ruined the whole thing

          • Jinn Mallik
            Jinn Mallik  4 weeks back

            Me I thought it a Brilliant Ending ..

            My personal desired End was Cersie bouncing on the Night Kings lap while sitting on a Throne of Ice, Night King being allergic to Iron.

            How can you All be upset to a Ending not a Happy Ever After like Every Fucking Tale Told
            Grow the Fuck Up Be Grateful having been Entertained for 8 Season.

            • S McC
              S McC  4 weeks back

              GOT Nerds, please help!
              Which answer is 'more correct' to the following question:
              Who holds the Iron Throne at the end of the series?
              A1 - There is no more Iron Throne
              A2 - Bran Stark
              I know the series ended ages ago, but the debate rages on...

              • M S
                M S  4 weeks back

                They didn’t explain anything this is just a summary. There’s a clear difference. Report!!

                • R. K.
                  R. K.  1 months back

                  GOT series all season's are best. Even 8th season is best till last 6th final episode. Ending is poor and disappointing. There can be a different ending to a series which give justice to its populiriaty. They build John Snow such a solid character through out seasons and at last made him stupid character. Till the Night King deafited the 8th season was at its best. But final episode is poorest of them in all seasons.

                  • moofymoo
                    moofymoo  1 months back

                    so, it have totally naive ending..
                    I'm glad I didn't invest much time in this show, just watched some episodes for boobs and eel jokes.

                    • Thomas Coursey
                      Thomas Coursey  1 months back

                      No one can explain this ending lol

                      • RetroKnight
                        RetroKnight  1 months back

                        Bran: I'm the Three Eyed Raven now, oh wait, F'yall I'm the King now, Shut your pie hole Sansa!!!, I said I'm the ruler of the 7 kingdoms not 6!!!

                        • Pede Meyer
                          Pede Meyer  1 months back

                          I liked the ending.., no problem!

                          • David Lariscy
                            David Lariscy  2 months back

                            I can explain season 8 in three words..........WE GOT FUCKED!!!!!

                            • suhe cheng
                              suhe cheng  2 months back

                              in one interview with george rr martin and main cast, george said he told the story ending to D&D., that the character who will sit on the throne is one person in the room with them now, one of them:sansa,arya,john,cerci,tyrion,jamie and cathryn,that is season 2 or 3 maybe. so who will be on the throne in books as planned by george,it is obvious.

                              • David Petrescu
                                David Petrescu  2 months back

                                I deserve a super healing potion I found the hack

                                • tom jens
                                  tom jens  2 months back

                                  it was narration not explanation. I came here to understand where did John go? Did he abandon his post and decided to become a wildling?

                                  • Rabiul Haque
                                    Rabiul Haque  2 months back

                                    Probably GOT come back again in his name or a new name!

                                    • Stylish-Ex ShahJi
                                      Stylish-Ex ShahJi  2 months back

                                      so at the end of this legendary series all the legends died or pointed idiots .and a handful of cunts got the power. if this was the end then we are idiots for spending years to wait and watch this shit....

                                      • Little Traveller
                                        Little Traveller  2 months back

                                        It’s amazing how a show can be so good yet end so bad

                                        • Darrell Richmond
                                          Darrell Richmond  2 months back

                                          When he said unlike Martins stories this book is finished😭🤣 I felt that

                                          • Miles Bradshaw
                                            Miles Bradshaw  2 months back

                                            This ending was rushed and poorly executed, what a disappointment

                                            • Connie Williams
                                              Connie Williams  2 months back

                                              The final is ok, Aria is the best))

                                              • Sahaj Shetty
                                                Sahaj Shetty  3 months back

                                                Crap coated in caramel is still crap not an eclair..

                                                • Anthony Harness
                                                  Anthony Harness  3 months back

                                                  Loved every bit of the series. Every single thing was fine with me. Amazing show.

                                                  • Lasheba Winston
                                                    Lasheba Winston  3 months back

                                                    Ok, now that GOT is over, they should bring back The Sarah Connor Chronicles.....Lena Heady is free!!

                                                    • DirtyBird760
                                                      DirtyBird760  3 months back

                                                      I read the real leaked storyline.. and was like haha good troll..then everything happens exactly as the leak said.. tf?

                                                      • Shelly Augustin
                                                        Shelly Augustin  3 months back

                                                        Bullshit season! All of it

                                                        • Alexander Shirmohammadi
                                                          Alexander Shirmohammadi  3 months back

                                                          Plot twist. Winds of winter ends just like the show does. BUT what if when the Dreams of Spring Novel comes out we find out Danny was resurrected and we get a whole new season from HBO.

                                                          • Johnnie Jordan
                                                            Johnnie Jordan  3 months back

                                                            Queen Slayer!!!!!! 😠😠😠

                                                            • antigen4
                                                              antigen4  3 months back

                                                              'decimated'?? come on! she did TEN TIMES MORE than decimate ths city - by definition!! she destroyed it and everyone in it.

                                                              • keenan
                                                                keenan  3 months back

                                                                daenerys did what she had to do and killed the people who have hurt thousands in the past

                                                                • shilpa pankaj
                                                                  shilpa pankaj  3 months back

                                                                  I wish that there could be a reshoot of season 8 just to give the fans a different ending 😐

                                                                  • Christopher Moreland
                                                                    Christopher Moreland  3 months back

                                                                    I quite liked the ending

                                                                    • DofBaner
                                                                      DofBaner  3 months back

                                                                      They should unmake season 9

                                                                      • Candy Cat
                                                                        Candy Cat  3 months back

                                                                        You’re trying to explain nonsense that the writers themselves just put together just to rush to the end and be done with the show?🙄

                                                                        • Rapidest Archer
                                                                          Rapidest Archer  3 months back

                                                                          This explained nothing

                                                                          • Milantique Studios
                                                                            Milantique Studios  4 months back

                                                                            I never did like the dragon chick. From the start she seemed like a weak person given power she did not deserve. When the weak get power without earning it, they tend to misuse it. Not becoming something else but rather show their weakness even more on the outside.

                                                                            • Google User
                                                                              Google User  4 months back

                                                                              Here’s a better ending if Dany had to die which I think shouldn’t have
                                                                              Dany name Greyworm lead commander of forces which she did and 2nd to the queen if she falls.
                                                                              Greyworm leads the unsullied and dothraki to war with the starks after Jon kills dany justice. Winners sit on the throne.

                                                                              • 54markl
                                                                                54markl  4 months back

                                                                                Dany went Mad a little too quickly, she was killed implausibly, Jon Snow was spared implausibly, Bran was made king implausibly, Tyrion became Hand again implausibly, they all started blabbing about rebuilding brothels a few days after 100,000 people were brutally genocided, and, and, aaand .... Ah, what’s the use, The writing and pacing sucked, it didn’t make any sense, they ruined every single thing about Game of Thrones. But other than that ... well, at least he pet Ghost. Okay, and now it’s over. Yecch.

                                                                                • 54markl
                                                                                  54markl  4 months back

                                                                                  I can explain it. As soon as the Night King died, the show turned into Pure Shite. It was almost like magic how all the goodness of that show was gone in a split second. Yes, remember the good old days when the biggest problem of the show was Too Many Weenies? R.I.P. Game of Thrones. And Benioff and Weiss? We gone find you.

                                                                                  • Lars Jensen
                                                                                    Lars Jensen  4 months back

                                                                                    Starting a New trend nevet watch anything that has some Thing to do with david benioff and d.b. weiss

                                                                                    • Ailynn Demadara
                                                                                      Ailynn Demadara  4 months back

                                                                                      Is there season 9😁?

                                                                                      • voiceMYopinion
                                                                                        voiceMYopinion  4 months back

                                                                                        i expected more. i'm sure i'm not alone. NEXT!

                                                                                        • Rated R
                                                                                          Rated R  4 months back

                                                                                          Dragon queen was on the right track to cleanse the world of all innocent or not it needs a fresh start
                                                                                          Even now in real life

                                                                                          • Basadict
                                                                                            Basadict  4 months back

                                                                                            There is always reference to world history, particularly the way how the west dominated the world. The whole GoT series is akin to how Europe was engulfed by plague, famines and war. In the end, they were able to found an alternative way to raise Kings/Queens. No longer a birthright and a divine one, but that which is chosen by the people who know best. Isn’t that like republicanism? And this ending, where Arya sets further westward feels a lot like Columbus founding the new world for Europe. Arya founding a new world for Westeros. Much like renaissance x French Revolution (bastille style). I can only imagine stories from Arya in her old age governing settlements in that part west of Westeros establishing ties as well with it, particularly with the North. Judging how UK’s history went by, the whole of Westeros probably won’t break up ever again. The North, in a sense is like Ireland, and whatever land Arya sees would be the Americas. Drogon, probably flies further east. Highly relevant to how Westeros achieved its enlightenment and break from tyrannical rule of families who drive by birthright. Dany is dead, but will be a forgotten figure only Drogon can live by. I think he will eventually end up in Ashai and where people surely know what happened. And I think Ashai is Asia. Far East, holds much history the world has yet to know. And Further into this story, Ashai is probably closest to west of Westeros than we might think, and could probably be, ironically the land further west coming full circle. And Arya sees it for herself.

                                                                                            As for Jon, he’s welcome to go back and forth I think. With Bran and Sansa sitting on thrones. The North is compassionate with the wildlings now. And what about Eastwatch? The sprouting grass probably is a foreshadowing that the wall will be in ruins or no use as the ice melts away gradually. The black will relax and just be a gate for whatever relationship will be. Bran will write a constitution setting reliable laws for everyone, and could someday abolish the monarchies all together. They will look east to Bravos and other cities that have no kings & queens for inspiration but will probably have cold relationships with the bay of dragons for killing their heroine-Dany.

                                                                                            • King Gray
                                                                                              King Gray  4 months back

                                                                                              There is no excuse for this ending I feel bad for Jon snow all the hype for nothing

                                                                                              • Jonathan Ortega
                                                                                                Jonathan Ortega  4 months back

                                                                                                Jon snow becomes the new night king. Drogon takes Dany to the house of dying and Bran rebuild the wall that would be a koo new saga