Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 recap details47 min read

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After eight epic seasons, Game of Thrones is finally coming to an end on Sunday night with the highly-anticipated series finale that spans 80 minutes.

HBO has been less forthcoming than usual with the trailer and the photos for this epic finale, releasing just two photos instead of the usual 10 images with the trailer revealing very little as well.

After Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), unleashed her fire and fury on King’s Landing in The Bells last week, fans are wondering who will finally sit on the Iron Throne when all the dust has settled and all the smoke has cleared.

While fans expected a new ruler to take the Iron Throne in the series finale, the one who ultimately did take over as the new ruler of Westeros was not expected, with Bran Stark taking the crown.

Dany’s rule was over before it really began, after being struck down by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in a shocking turn of events.

New ruler: While fans expected a new ruler to take the Iron Throne in the series finale, the one who ultimately did take over as the new ruler of Westeros was not expected, with Bran Stark taking the crown.

New ruler: While fans expected a new ruler to take the Iron Throne in the series finale, the one who ultimately did take over as the new ruler of Westeros was not expected, with Bran Stark taking the crown.

Dany's done: Dany's rule was over before it really began, after being struck down by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in a shocking turn of events

Dany’s done: Dany’s rule was over before it really began, after being struck down by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in a shocking turn of events

The recap of last week’s episode begins with a reminder that Tyrion wanted Daenerys to give the people of King’s Landing a chance to escape, which she didn’t give them, leading into the iconic title sequence.

The episode begins with Tyrion Lannister walking around what’s left of King’s Landing, as small fires still burn around him.

He walks past a dead young girl, while a half naked man with charred flesh walks past him, saying nothing, as we see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) walking behind Tyrion.

Tyrion: The episode begins with Tyrion Lannister walking around what's left of King's Landing, as small fires still burn around him

Tyrion: The episode begins with Tyrion Lannister walking around what's left of King's Landing, as small fires still burn around him

Tyrion: The episode begins with Tyrion Lannister walking around what’s left of King’s Landing, as small fires still burn around him

Charred: He walks past a dead young girl, while a half naked man with charred flesh walks past him, saying nothing, as we see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) walking behind Tyrion

Charred: He walks past a dead young girl, while a half naked man with charred flesh walks past him, saying nothing, as we see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) walking behind Tyrion

Charred: He walks past a dead young girl, while a half naked man with charred flesh walks past him, saying nothing, as we see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) walking behind Tyrion

They come to a stop, with Tyrion going off on his own, as Jon says it’s not safe, wanting to send some men with him, but a downtrodden Tyrion says, ‘I’m going alone.’ 

When Tyrion walks off, Jon and Davos find Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), about to execute a group of Lannister soldiers, when Jon tries to stop him, but Grey Worm says his queen has ordered anyone following Queen Cersei must die.

A tense showdown ensues, with several unsullied warriors aiming their spears at Jon, but cooler heads prevail as Jon and Davos go to speak with Daenerys.

Tyrion alone: They come to a stop, with Tyrion going off on his own, as Jon says it's not safe, wanting to send some men with him, but a downtrodden Tyrion says, 'I'm going alone'

Tyrion alone: They come to a stop, with Tyrion going off on his own, as Jon says it’s not safe, wanting to send some men with him, but a downtrodden Tyrion says, ‘I’m going alone’

Showdown: A tense showdown ensues, with several unsullied warriors aiming their spears at Jon, but cooler heads prevail as Jon and Davos go to speak with Daenerys

Showdown: A tense showdown ensues, with several unsullied warriors aiming their spears at Jon, but cooler heads prevail as Jon and Davos go to speak with Daenerys

Standoff: When Tyrion walks off, Jon and Davos find Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), about to execute a group of Lannister soldiers, when Jon tries to stop him, but Grey Worm says his queen has ordered anyone following Queen Cersei must die

Standoff: When Tyrion walks off, Jon and Davos find Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), about to execute a group of Lannister soldiers, when Jon tries to stop him, but Grey Worm says his queen has ordered anyone following Queen Cersei must die

Tyrion goes into the Red Keep, or what’s left of it, with rubble covering the floor where Cersei once had all of Westeros painted on it.

He goes into the basement with a torch, perhaps looking to see if his brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster Waldau) and Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) had survived, when he finds Jaime’s golden hand, not moving.

Tyrion starts breathing heavily, removing bricks one by one, when he sees the faces of his deceased siblings and breaks down and cries.

Westeros in rubble: Tyrion goes into the Red Keep, or what's left of it, with rubble covering the floor where Cersei once had all of Westeros painted on it

Westeros in rubble: Tyrion goes into the Red Keep, or what’s left of it, with rubble covering the floor where Cersei once had all of Westeros painted on it

Discovery: He goes into the basement with a torch, perhaps looking to see if his brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster Waldau) and Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) had survived, when he finds Jaime's golden hand, not moving

Discovery: He goes into the basement with a torch, perhaps looking to see if his brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster Waldau) and Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) had survived, when he finds Jaime's golden hand, not moving

Discovery: He goes into the basement with a torch, perhaps looking to see if his brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster Waldau) and Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) had survived, when he finds Jaime’s golden hand, not moving

Breaking down: Tyrion starts breathing heavily, removing bricks one by one, when he sees the faces of his deceased siblings and breaks down and cries

Breaking down: Tyrion starts breathing heavily, removing bricks one by one, when he sees the faces of his deceased siblings and breaks down and cries

He finds Jaime had died holding his sister/lover close, as Tyrion starts smashing bricks together, crying for his lost siblings, as the last remaining Lannister.

Outside King’s Landing, Arya comes across a horde of Dothraki warriors, and her brother Jon Snow walking through the pack,leading to a formation of unsullied warriors.

Draped across what’s left of the Red Keep is a large flag bearing the Targaryen family sigil, as Snow makes the long walk up the stairs of the Red Keep, where Grey Worm is waiting for him.

Sigil: Draped across what's left of the Red Keep is a large flag bearing the Targaryen family sigil, as Snow makes the long walk up the stairs of the Red Keep, where Grey Worm is waiting for him

Sigil: Draped across what’s left of the Red Keep is a large flag bearing the Targaryen family sigil, as Snow makes the long walk up the stairs of the Red Keep, where Grey Worm is waiting for him

Siblings: He finds Jaime had died holding his sister/lover close, as Tyrion starts smashing bricks together, crying for his lost siblings, as the last remaining Lannister

Siblings: He finds Jaime had died holding his sister/lover close, as Tyrion starts smashing bricks together, crying for his lost siblings, as the last remaining Lannister

Formation: Outside King's Landing, Arya comes across a horde of Dothraki warriors, and her brother Jon Snow walking through the pack,leading to a formation of unsullied warriors

Formation: Outside King's Landing, Arya comes across a horde of Dothraki warriors, and her brother Jon Snow walking through the pack,leading to a formation of unsullied warriors

Formation: Outside King’s Landing, Arya comes across a horde of Dothraki warriors, and her brother Jon Snow walking through the pack,leading to a formation of unsullied warriors

Dany: Daenerys speaks to her forces, saying they gave her the Seven Kingdoms, as they cheer for her while she turns to Grey Worm, and names him her new Master of War, for his faithful service

Dany: Daenerys speaks to her forces, saying they gave her the Seven Kingdoms, as they cheer for her while she turns to Grey Worm, and names him her new Master of War, for his faithful service

The screech of Drogon can be heard as the last dragon flies overhead, causing the Dothraki soldiers to cheer and raise their weapons.

While Daenerys’ forces were decimated by the Battle of Winterfell and the Last War, it’s clear she still is hundreds of soldiers ready to fight for her, Dothraki and unsullied alike. 

Daenerys speaks to her forces, saying they gave her the Seven Kingdoms, as they cheer for her while she turns to Grey Worm, and names him her new Master of War, for his faithful service.

Forces: The screech of Drogon can be heard as the last dragon flies overhead, causing the Dothraki soldiers to cheer and raise their weapons

Forces: The screech of Drogon can be heard as the last dragon flies overhead, causing the Dothraki soldiers to cheer and raise their weapons

Speech: While Daenerys' forces were decimated by the Battle of Winterfell and the Last War, it's clear she still is hundreds of soldiers ready to fight for her, Dothraki and unsullied alike

Speech: While Daenerys’ forces were decimated by the Battle of Winterfell and the Last War, it’s clear she still is hundreds of soldiers ready to fight for her, Dothraki and unsullied alike

New master: Daenerys speaks to her forces, saying they gave her the Seven Kingdoms, as they cheer for her while she turns to Grey Worm, and names him her new Master of War, for his faithful service

New master: Daenerys speaks to her forces, saying they gave her the Seven Kingdoms, as they cheer for her while she turns to Grey Worm, and names him her new Master of War, for his faithful service

She then addresses the unsullied warriors, saying, surprisingly, that the war is not over, and she plans to ‘liberate’ everyone in the entire world, from Dorne to Qarth, as Tyrion and Jon look on, extremely worried.

‘Will you break the wheel with me?’ Daenerys asks her followers, as the Dothraki cheer and the unsullied stomp their spears into the ground. 

After her speech, Tyrion joins Dany, who tells him, ‘You freed your brother. You committed treason.’

‘I freed my brother. And you slaughtered a city,’ Tyrion responds, before taking off his Hand of the King emblem and tossing it down the stairs.

Break the wheel: 'Will you break the wheel with me?' Daenerys asks her followers, as the Dothraki cheer and the unsullied stomp their spears into the ground

Break the wheel: 'Will you break the wheel with me?' Daenerys asks her followers, as the Dothraki cheer and the unsullied stomp their spears into the ground

Break the wheel: ‘Will you break the wheel with me?’ Daenerys asks her followers, as the Dothraki cheer and the unsullied stomp their spears into the ground

Worried: Liberator: She then addresses the unsullied warriors, saying, surprisingly, that the war is not over, and she plans to 'liberate' everyone in the entire world, from Dorne to Qarth, as Tyrion and Jon look on, extremely worried

Worried: Liberator: She then addresses the unsullied warriors, saying, surprisingly, that the war is not over, and she plans to ‘liberate’ everyone in the entire world, from Dorne to Qarth, as Tyrion and Jon look on, extremely worried

Treason: After her speech, Tyrion joins Dany, who tells him, 'You freed your brother. You committed treason'

Treason: After her speech, Tyrion joins Dany, who tells him, ‘You freed your brother. You committed treason’

Done: 'I freed my brother. And you slaughtered a city,' Tyrion responds, before taking off his Hand of the King emblem and tossing it down the stairs

Done: 'I freed my brother. And you slaughtered a city,' Tyrion responds, before taking off his Hand of the King emblem and tossing it down the stairs

Done: ‘I freed my brother. And you slaughtered a city,’ Tyrion responds, before taking off his Hand of the King emblem and tossing it down the stairs

Daenerys tells the unsullied soldiers to take him, as he’s lead away, giving Jon Snow a very stern look while he leaves.

Daenerys and Jon exchange an icy glare before she walks away without Jon, but when she leaves, Arya joins Jon, who asks what she’s doing there. 

Arya says she came to kill Cersei but ‘your queen got to her first.’ 

‘She’s everyone’s queen now,’ he tells Arya, who says that Dany knows Jon will always be a threat to her, adding that she knows a killer when she sees one.

Arya and Jon: Daenerys and Jon exchange an icy glare before she walks away without Jon, but when she leaves, Arya joins Jon, who asks what she's doing there

Arya and Jon: Daenerys and Jon exchange an icy glare before she walks away without Jon, but when she leaves, Arya joins Jon, who asks what she’s doing there

Knows a killer: 'She's everyone's queen now,' he tells Arya, who says that Dany knows Jon will always be a threat to her, adding that she knows a killer when she sees one

Knows a killer: ‘She’s everyone’s queen now,’ he tells Arya, who says that Dany knows Jon will always be a threat to her, adding that she knows a killer when she sees one

Jon goes back inside to see Tyrion, who asks if he has brought any wine, which he hasn’t, but Tyrion thanks him for seeing him anyway.

‘Now Varys’ ashes can tell my ashes, “See, I told you so,’ Tyrion jokes.

Tyrion asks Jon if there is life after death, due to his resurrection, but he says he saw none. Tyrion says that he chose his fate, but the people of King’s Landing did not.

Jon says he wont’ justify what she did, but he thinks the war is over, but Tyrion says, ‘Does she sound like someone who has stopped fighting?’

No wine: Jon goes back inside to see Tyrion, who asks if he has brought any wine, which he hasn't, but Tyrion thanks him for seeing him anyway

No wine: Jon goes back inside to see Tyrion, who asks if he has brought any wine, which he hasn’t, but Tyrion thanks him for seeing him anyway

Varys: 'Now Varys' ashes can tell my ashes, "See, I told you so,' Tyrion jokes

Varys: ‘Now Varys’ ashes can tell my ashes, “See, I told you so,’ Tyrion jokes

Life after death: Tyrion asks Jon if there is life after death, due to his resurrection, but he says he saw none. Tyrion says that he chose his fate, but the people of King's Landing did not

Life after death: Tyrion asks Jon if there is life after death, due to his resurrection, but he says he saw none. Tyrion says that he chose his fate, but the people of King’s Landing did not

Not justified: Jon says he wont' justify what she did, but he thinks the war is over, but Tyrion says, 'Does she sound like someone who has stopped fighting?'

Not justified: Jon says he wont’ justify what she did, but he thinks the war is over, but Tyrion says, ‘Does she sound like someone who has stopped fighting?’

Tyrion thinks Varys was right, before they argue about what Daenerys did, when Tyrion asks Jon if he would have burned the city down, but Jon says he doesn’t know.

‘You won’t say because you don’t want to betray her, but you know,’ Tyrion says. 

Tyrion then breaks down all of the men she slaughtered, saying, ‘Everywhere she goes, evil men die and we cheer her for it.’

‘She believes her destiny is to build a better world for everyone. If you truly believed that, wouldn’t you kill everyone who stood between you and paradise?’ Tyrion says to Jon, who is trying to come to grips with who Daenerys really is.

Distraught: Tyrion thinks Varys was right, before they argue about what Daenerys did, when Tyrion asks Jon if he would have burned the city down, but Jon says he doesn't know

Distraught: Tyrion thinks Varys was right, before they argue about what Daenerys did, when Tyrion asks Jon if he would have burned the city down, but Jon says he doesn’t know

He takes a seat, as Tyrion approaches and says, ‘I know you love her. I love her too. Not as successfully as you, but I believed in her, with all my heart. Love is more powerful than reason, we all know that, look at my brother.’

‘Love is the death of duty,’ Jon responds, which Tyrion adds, ‘You just came up with that?’ Jon responds that Maester Aemon came up with that a long time ago.

‘You are the shield that guards the realms of men. You’ve always tried to do the right thing no matter the cost. Who’s the greatest threat to the people now?’ Tyrion says.

‘Who is more dangerous than the rightful heir to the Iron Throne?’ Tyrion adds, but Jon says, ‘That’s her decision. She is the queen. I’m sorry it came to this,’ before leaving Tyrion, refusing to fulfill his destiny.

Before he leaves, Tyrion asks if his sisters will bend the knee, and he says they will obey the queen, but Tyrion disagrees, and says Jon has to choose, and he has to choose right now, before a guard comes and leads him out of Tyrion’s cell.

Love duty: ‘Love is the death of duty,’ Jon responds, which Tyrion adds, ‘You just came up with that?’ Jon responds that Maester Aemon came up with that a long time ago

Love: He takes a seat, as Tyrion approaches and says, ‘I know you love her. I love her too. Not as successfully as you, but I believed in her, with all my heart. Love is more powerful than reason, we all know that, look at my brother’

Decision: Before he leaves, Tyrion asks if his sisters will bend the knee, and he says they will obey the queen, but Tyrion disagrees, and says Jon has to choose, and he has to choose right now, before a guard comes and leads him out of Tyrion's cell

Decision: Before he leaves, Tyrion asks if his sisters will bend the knee, and he says they will obey the queen, but Tyrion disagrees, and says Jon has to choose, and he has to choose right now, before a guard comes and leads him out of Tyrion’s cell

When Jon gets outside, it’s snowing in the ruined King’s Landing, when the dragon Drogon emerges from a pile of snow, getting very close to Jon before stepping aside as Jon goes in to see Daenerys.

Daenerys goes further into the Red Keep, and see that the Iron Throne is in fact still standing and intact, though the walls around it are gone.

She slowly makes her way to the Iron Throne, amid all of the rubble that surrounds it, thanks to her destruction, with a layer of snow coating the ground.

Dany smiles, full of pride, as she gets to the Iron Throne, reaching out to touch it for the first time, the throne made of the swords of the Kingdom’s enemies, as she turns and finds Jon Snow approaching.

Dany and the Throne: Daenerys goes further into the Red Keep, and see that the Iron Throne is in fact still standing and intact, though the walls around it are gone

Dany and the Throne: Daenerys goes further into the Red Keep, and see that the Iron Throne is in fact still standing and intact, though the walls around it are gone

Snowy throne: She slowly makes her way to the Iron Throne, amid all of the rubble that surrounds it, thanks to her destruction, with a layer of snow coating the ground

Snowy throne: She slowly makes her way to the Iron Throne, amid all of the rubble that surrounds it, thanks to her destruction, with a layer of snow coating the ground

‘When I was a girl, my brother told me it was made from a thousand swords made of Aegon’s enemies,’ but Jon challenges her about killing the Lannister men.

Jon gets angry, saying there are children burning in the street, and Jon asks about Tyrion, saying he would forgive him, but Cersei says she cannot.

‘We can’t hide behind small mercies. The world we need won’t be made by men loyal to the world we have,’ Dany says.

Jon says this world needs to be made of mercy, and Dany insists it will be, but Jon has doubts about the other people who know what’s good.

‘Be with me. Build a new world with me,’ Dany says. ‘We do it together. We break the wheel together.’

‘You are my queen, now and always,’ Jon says, before they start passionately kissing…. until Jon drives a dagger into his Queen, killing her on the steps of the Iron Throne, as he breaks down and cries.

Throne talk: 'When I was a girl, my brother told me it was made from a thousand swords made of Aegon's enemies,' but Jon challenges her about killing the Lannister men

Throne talk: ‘When I was a girl, my brother told me it was made from a thousand swords made of Aegon’s enemies,’ but Jon challenges her about killing the Lannister men

Angry: Jon gets angry, saying there are children burning in the street, and Jon asks about Tyrion, saying he would forgive him, but Cersei says she cannot

Angry: Jon gets angry, saying there are children burning in the street, and Jon asks about Tyrion, saying he would forgive him, but Cersei says she cannot

New world: Jon says this world needs to be made of mercy, and Dany insists it will be, but Jon has doubts about the other people who know what's good

New world: Jon says this world needs to be made of mercy, and Dany insists it will be, but Jon has doubts about the other people who know what’s good

Dany's death: 'You are my queen, now and always,' Jon says, before they start passionately kissing.... until Jon drives a dagger into his Queen, killing her on the steps of the Iron Throne, as he breaks down and cries

Dany's death: 'You are my queen, now and always,' Jon says, before they start passionately kissing.... until Jon drives a dagger into his Queen, killing her on the steps of the Iron Throne, as he breaks down and cries

Dany’s death: ‘You are my queen, now and always,’ Jon says, before they start passionately kissing…. until Jon drives a dagger into his Queen, killing her on the steps of the Iron Throne, as he breaks down and cries

As he holds Daenerys’ corpse, Drogon is heard screeching outside, flying around the Red Keep, as the Mother of Dragons lays dead in Jon Snow’s arms.

Drogon walks up to Jon, getting very close to him, as Jon sets her down in the snow, looking at her corpse, before turning to face Drogon.

Drogon sniffs Dany’s corpse, nudging it, with the dagger still stuck in her chest, as he screeches ans spreads his wings, while Jon stands his ground.

While fire comes out of his mouth, he does not direct it at Jon Snow, instead setting fire to the Iron Throne, melting these thousands of swords into molten lava that drips down the stairs. 

Drogon picks up Daenerys’ body and flies out of the Red Keep, clutching her corpse in its talons, as it flies away, perhaps towards Daenerys’ ancestral home of Dragonstone.

Dead Dany: As he holds Daenerys' corpse, Drogon is heard screeching outside, flying around the Red Keep, as the Mother of Dragons lays dead in Jon Snow's arms

Dead Dany: As he holds Daenerys' corpse, Drogon is heard screeching outside, flying around the Red Keep, as the Mother of Dragons lays dead in Jon Snow's arms

Dead Dany: As he holds Daenerys’ corpse, Drogon is heard screeching outside, flying around the Red Keep, as the Mother of Dragons lays dead in Jon Snow’s arms

Snowy death: Drogon walks up to Jon, getting very close to him, as Jon sets her down in the snow, looking at her corpse, before turning to face Drogon

Snowy death: Drogon walks up to Jon, getting very close to him, as Jon sets her down in the snow, looking at her corpse, before turning to face Drogon

Dead mother: Drogon sniffs Dany's corpse, nudging it, with the dagger still stuck in her chest, as he screeches ans spreads his wings, while Jon stands his ground

Dead mother: Drogon sniffs Dany’s corpse, nudging it, with the dagger still stuck in her chest, as he screeches ans spreads his wings, while Jon stands his ground

Flying home: Drogon picks up Daenerys' body and flies out of the Red Keep, clutching her corpse in its talons, as it flies away, perhaps towards Daenerys' ancestral home of Dragonstone

Flying home: Drogon picks up Daenerys’ body and flies out of the Red Keep, clutching her corpse in its talons, as it flies away, perhaps towards Daenerys’ ancestral home of Dragonstone

The next scene finds Tyrion lying on the floor, when footsteps approach and the door is opened and Grey Worm arrives, taking Tyrion out in shackles.

Tyrion has seemingly been there for some time, since his beard has grown fuller, as he’s lead outside, where he’s met by a number of characters who represent all of the Seven Kingdoms.

Sansa and argue about why Jon Snow wasn’t brought out, while Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) argues that Jon Snow should be killed for killing Daenerys 

Davos (Liam Cunningham) asks Grey Worm to take The Reach as his land, but Grey Worm disagrees, while Tyrion asks the assembled leaders to choose who will be the new king or queen of Westeros.

Angry Yara: Sansa and argue about why Jon Snow wasn't brought out, while Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) argues that Jon Snow should be killed for killing Daenerys

Angry Yara: Sansa and argue about why Jon Snow wasn’t brought out, while Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) argues that Jon Snow should be killed for killing Daenerys

Tyrion and Grey Worm: Tyrion has seemingly been there for some time, since his beard has grown fuller, as he's lead outside, where he's met by a number of characters who represent all of the Seven Kingdoms

Tyrion and Grey Worm: Tyrion has seemingly been there for some time, since his beard has grown fuller, as he’s lead outside, where he’s met by a number of characters who represent all of the Seven Kingdoms

Laughing matter: Yohn Royce says they have to choose someone, but Samwell says the decision should be left to everyone, not just the leaders of the houses, which causes everyone to laugh

Laughing matter: Yohn Royce says they have to choose someone, but Samwell says the decision should be left to everyone, not just the leaders of the houses, which causes everyone to laugh

Yohn Royce says they have to choose someone, but Samwell says the decision should be left to everyone, not just the leaders of the houses, which causes everyone to laugh.

Tyrion is asked if he thinks it should be him, but he says he can’t think of a worse choice, and when Davos asks him who he thinks should be queen, and he’s been thinking for weeks about the future of Westeros.

‘There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story, nothing can stop it,’ Tyrion begins. ‘Who has a better story than Bran the Broken. The boy who fell from a high tower and lived.’

‘He crawled beyond the wall and became the Three-Eyed Raven,’ Tyrion continues. ‘Who better to lead us into the future.

Sansa says Bran has no interest in ruling and cannot father children, but Tyrion thinks that’s what makes him perfect. He lays out a plan that from now on, the lords and ladies will come to this very place to choose a new ruler.

Worst choice: Tyrion is asked if he thinks it should be him, but he says he can't think of a worse choice, and when Davos asks him who he thinks should be queen, and he's been thinking for weeks about the future of Westeros

Worst choice: Tyrion is asked if he thinks it should be him, but he says he can’t think of a worse choice, and when Davos asks him who he thinks should be queen, and he’s been thinking for weeks about the future of Westeros

Good story: 'There's nothing in the world more powerful than a good story, nothing can stop it,' Tyrion begins. 'Who has a better story than Bran the Broken. The boy who fell from a high tower and lived'

Good story: ‘There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story, nothing can stop it,’ Tyrion begins. ‘Who has a better story than Bran the Broken. The boy who fell from a high tower and lived’

Bran the Broken: Sansa says Bran has no interest in ruling and cannot father children, but Tyrion thinks that's what makes him perfect. He lays out a plan that from now on, the lords and ladies will come to this very place to choose a new ruler

Bran the Broken: Sansa says Bran has no interest in ruling and cannot father children, but Tyrion thinks that’s what makes him perfect. He lays out a plan that from now on, the lords and ladies will come to this very place to choose a new ruler

Tyrion asks Bran if he is chosen, would he rule to the best of his abilities, to which Bran answers, ‘Why do you think I came all this way?’

Tyrion casts his vote, as does Samwell, and every other lord and lady assembled, as Sansa turns to him, proclaiming that the North will remain an independent kingdom, as it’s been for thousands of years.

Bran gives his sister a nod, as Tyrion proclaims Bran the Broken as the new leader of the Six Kingdoms.

As Tyrion walks away, Bran names him Hand of the King, but he says he doesn’t want it.

Grey Worm is not pleased, saying he is a criminal, but Bran thinks he will get justice by trying to fix all of the mistakes he’s made. Grey Worm thinks it’s not enough, which leads to Jon Snow going back to where he started – The Night’s Watch.

All this way: Tyrion asks Bran if he is chosen, would he rule to the best of his abilities, to which Bran answers, 'Why do you think I came all this way?'

All this way: Tyrion asks Bran if he is chosen, would he rule to the best of his abilities, to which Bran answers, ‘Why do you think I came all this way?’

New ruler: Bran gives his sister a nod, as Tyrion proclaims Bran the Broken as the new leader of the Six Kingdoms

New ruler: Bran gives his sister a nod, as Tyrion proclaims Bran the Broken as the new leader of the Six Kingdoms

He will hold no lands, have no wife and bear no children, as as traditional for The Night’s Watch, even if there are no white walkers to defend Westeros from.

Tyrion says there will always be a place for bastards and broken men. 

Jon asks Tyrion if it was right what he did, saying it doesn’t feel right, but Tyrion responds, ‘Ask me again in 10 years,’ but Jon thinks he won’t see him again.

‘A few years as hand of the king would make anyone want to piss off the edge of the world,’ Tyrion responds.

Jon Snow is lead outside where ships are sailing away, as he exchanges a nasty look with Grey Worm atop a ship, who tells another soldier that they will sail to the Isle of Naarth, where his beloved (and deceased) Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) hailed from.

Back north: He will hold no lands, have no wife and bear no children, as as traditional for The Night's Watch, even if there are no white walkers to defend Westeros from

Back north: He will hold no lands, have no wife and bear no children, as as traditional for The Night’s Watch, even if there are no white walkers to defend Westeros from

Heading home: Jon asks Tyrion if it was right what he did, saying it doesn't feel right, but Tyrion responds, 'Ask me again in 10 years,' but Jon thinks he won't see him again

Heading home: Jon asks Tyrion if it was right what he did, saying it doesn’t feel right, but Tyrion responds, ‘Ask me again in 10 years,’ but Jon thinks he won’t see him again

Jon Snow walks up to meet Sansa, who says she wishes there could be another way, asking him to forgive her. He tells her the North is now free because of her.

He tells Arya that she can come see him at Castle Black, but she says she’s not going back North. When asked where she’s going, she asks ‘What’s West of Westeros?’

No one knows, and she says that’s where all the maps stop, and that’s where she’s going, as Jon asks if she has her needle.

He then bows before King Bran the Broken, saying, ‘I’m sorry I wasn’t there where you needed me,’ but Bran says, ‘You were exactly where you were supposed to be.’ 

Jon gives his family a final look as he head to the small boat with the rest of his Night’s Watch brothers.

Sansa: Jon Snow walks up to meet Sansa, who says she wishes there could be another way, asking him to forgive her. He tells her the North is now free because of her

Sansa: Jon Snow walks up to meet Sansa, who says she wishes there could be another way, asking him to forgive her. He tells her the North is now free because of her

Arya: He tells Arya that she can come see him at Castle Black, but she says she's not going back North. When asked where she's going, she asks 'What's West of Westeros?'

Arya: He tells Arya that she can come see him at Castle Black, but she says she’s not going back North. When asked where she’s going, she asks ‘What’s West of Westeros?’

Bowing: He then bows before King Bran the Broken, saying, 'I'm sorry I wasn't there where you needed me,' but Bran says, 'You were exactly where you were supposed to be'

Bowing: He then bows before King Bran the Broken, saying, ‘I’m sorry I wasn’t there where you needed me,’ but Bran says, ‘You were exactly where you were supposed to be’

Back north: Jon gives his family a final look as he head to the small boat with the rest of his Night's Watch brothers

Back north: Jon gives his family a final look as he head to the small boat with the rest of his Night’s Watch brothers

Inside, Brienne of Tarth is flipping through the pages of a large book, coming to a stop at Ser Jaime Lannister. She decides to add to his entry in the book, continuing his story where it left off in the book, with him being the Kingslayer.

‘Died protecting his queen,’ the final entry reads, as a conflicted Brienne puts the pen down and closes the book on Jaime Lannister.

Tyrion walks up to the room where the Small Council meetings were held, in less tumultuous times, and starts arranging the chairs, with his new Hand of the King emblem on his chest.

The door opens as Bronn (Jerome Flynn) enters with Davos and Samwell, who presents him with a large book, entitled A Song of Ice and Fire. 

They all stand when Bran is wheeled into the room by Brienne, when Bran says they’re missing a master of whisperers, master of war and another master.

Brienne: Inside, Brienne of Tarth is flipping through the pages of a large book, coming to a stop at Ser Jaime Lannister. She decides to add to his entry in the book, continuing his story where it left off in the book, with him being the Kingslayer

Brienne: Inside, Brienne of Tarth is flipping through the pages of a large book, coming to a stop at Ser Jaime Lannister. She decides to add to his entry in the book, continuing his story where it left off in the book, with him being the Kingslayer

Jaime's story: 'Died protecting his queen,' the final entry reads, as a conflicted Brienne puts the pen down and closes the book on Jaime Lannister

Jaime’s story: ‘Died protecting his queen,’ the final entry reads, as a conflicted Brienne puts the pen down and closes the book on Jaime Lannister

Bran says he will try to find Drogon, who was last seen flying East, before leaving abruptly.

Bronn is now Master of Coin, with Davos as Master of Ships and Samwell as the Archmaester, as they get on about the business of rebuilding King’s Landing and the rest of Westeros.  

Jon Snow arrives back at Castle Black, where he’s met by Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), as the gates are closed.

Arya is seen getting dressed for her long journey, bringing maps, telescope, her valyrian steel dagger, and, of course, needle, as Sansa is seen walking through the great hall in Winterfell, men bowing at her feet as the new Lady of Winterfell, as Jon Snow greets the wildlings in the north and Arya walks through various men on her ship west.

New hand: Tyrion walks up to the room where the Small Council meetings were held, in less tumultuous times, and starts arranging the chairs, with his new Hand of the King emblem on his chest

New hand: Tyrion walks up to the room where the Small Council meetings were held, in less tumultuous times, and starts arranging the chairs, with his new Hand of the King emblem on his chest

New small council: The door opens as Bronn (Jerome Flynn) enters with Davos and Samwell, who presents him with a large book, entitled A Song of Ice and Fire

New small council: The door opens as Bronn (Jerome Flynn) enters with Davos and Samwell, who presents him with a large book, entitled A Song of Ice and Fire

New book: The door opens as Bronn (Jerome Flynn) enters with Davos and Samwell, who presents him with a large book, entitled A Song of Ice and Fire

New book: The door opens as Bronn (Jerome Flynn) enters with Davos and Samwell, who presents him with a large book, entitled A Song of Ice and Fire

Jon finally is reunited with his direwolf Ghost, as Arya looks out to the horizon while setting sail and Sansa has the crown of the North places on her head as she sits on her throne as her men chant ‘Queen in the North.’

Jon goes outside the wall with Tormund on horseback as his dierwolf Ghost is out in front of them, with scores of wildlings following, as a small green sprout is seen growing up through the snow.  

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Jon looks back as the gate to Castle Black is shut, leading the wildlings back home, as the series comes to a close.  

Fans will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the final season of Game of Thrones with the two-hour documentary, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, airing Sunday, May 26 at 9 PM ET on HBO. 

Jon and the Wildlings: Jon goes outside the wall with Tormund on horseback as his dierwolf Ghost is out in front of them, with scores of wildlings following, as a small green sprout is seen growing up through the snow

Jon and the Wildlings: Jon goes outside the wall with Tormund on horseback as his dierwolf Ghost is out in front of them, with scores of wildlings following, as a small green sprout is seen growing up through the snow

Leading the wildlings: Jon looks back as the gate to Castle Black is shut, leading the wildlings back home, as the series comes to a close

Leading the wildlings: Jon looks back as the gate to Castle Black is shut, leading the wildlings back home, as the series comes to a close

WHO WILL CLAIM THE IRON THRONE?

Daenerys Targaryen

Will she rule? (15/1)

Will she die? (1/2 die) (6/4 survive)

 

Daenerys went from flawed heroine to heel in the season’s penultimate episode, spawning Twitter outrage and a petition demanding a do-over.

She used to break chains, not burn innocents. Now the beloved queen seems to have turned into a mirror-image of her father.  

But many viewers, however, thought it a logical, even inevitable, turn of events. She had just seen her best friend beheaded for example. 

Alongside having seen her longest-serving retainer killed in battle, and her cherished birthright cast in doubt by the man she loves. 

Now, having conquered the capital, with a ruthless army still intact and her dragon seemingly unstoppable, she has everything she once wanted, except Westeros’ love.     

Having horrified her closest allies, will she hang on to it all? Fall to the sword of an angry Stark? Can her conscience return as quickly as it left?

All these questions remain, as fans wonder whether a Stark will now overthrow her terrifying rule. And of course, John is the actual male heir to the throne. 

Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryen

 

Will he rule? (15/1)

Will he die? (13/8 die) (4/9 survive)      

Is it possible that after eight seasons, Jon Snow still knows nothing? Even after everything he has been through over the years.    

He rose to become lord commander of the Night’s Watch, united enemies to fight the army of the dead and even came back from death himself.

The fan favourite has even learned he’s not a bastard but a Targaryen who should be heir to what’s left of the Iron Throne.

But despite all this, he appears to be as confused and aimless as when he began, refusing to force his birthright and yielding his power to a now murderous queen.   

Will he find a way to rise once more and fight back against this destroyer version of Dany?  Or will he use his newfound dragon-riding skills to somehow hijack Drogon into triumph? 

Such a heroic end would require more of him, but perhaps he may just surprise viewers and confront Daenerys – now revealed to be his aunt – over her murderous rage.

Although if he does so, as she has warned, he may face her wrath. Could he died once more? Especially now Melisandre won’t be around to revive him. 

Arya Stark  

Will she rule? (30/1)

Will she die? (2/1 die) (1/3 survive)

 

Arya could have wandered into the woods and disappeared halfway through the season and she would have retired a legend. 

She used her years of assassin training to kill the Night King when all seemed lost at the Battle of Winterfell, snatching the savior-of-humanity role from her big brother Jon Snow. 

She’s killed most of those responsible for her mother and brother’s slaughter at the Red Wedding. 

She even lost her virginity on her terms in a moment of mature empowerment rarely afforded to women in this world. But her role has become uncertain since. 

She turned away from her attempt to assassinate Queen Cersei in the last episode, and seemed to have sworn off a life of revenge. 

But then she became a firsthand witness to Daenerys’ atrocities. Is there one last name on her kill list? That may be, but such action could put her in grave danger.

Sansa Stark

Will she rule? (4/1)

Will she die? (N/A)

 

Sansa sat out the last episode, and she chose the right one to miss, staying safely in the flame-free North at her family home. 

As the show’s ultimate survivor – and the character who has grown and learned the most since she started as a prissy princess in waiting.

It is easy to imagine her as ruler of an independent Winterfell should the finale play out that way. But the major figures of Dany and Jon still stand above her – and in her way.

She has had her issues with both in the past, and most recently urged Daenerys to leave the north be when she finally sits on the Iron Throne. 

Likewise with Jon, she has warned him to not allow his feeling for Daenerys cloud his judgement. Although recent revelations that she is his aunt have made like difficult for him. 

For a Targaryen, it might not be that unusual to engage in relations with your relatives. But for the Starks in the north, it is a little more unusual. 

Bran Stark

Will he rule? (1/5)

Will he die? (N/A) 

 

In the show’s first episode, Bran was forced to behold a beheading. Since then, seeing things has become his specialty. 

He’s become desensitised to looking on such horrors, assuming a mystical role as the Three-Eyed Raven, timeless seer of all. 

He’s played a crucial role at various points in the story this season, luring the Night King for his sister Arya to kill, and dispensing some essential bits of wisdom. 

This included revealing to Jon that he was indeed a Targaryen and the true heir to the Iron Throne. The question also remains, where did Bran go during the battle of Winterfell? 

He used his warg ability to disappear for a large portion of the battle, and we are yet to find out what he was doing during this time. 

It’s hard to imagine him taking the Iron Throne in the final episode however, and he is an easy target for Daenerys and her dragon. 

Tyrion Lannister

Will he rule? (7/1)

Will he survive? (4/6 die) (11/10 survive)  

Tyrion has become an expert at survival and reinvention, but as Hand of the Queen he has failed miserably this season in trying to rein in Daenerys and steer her toward diplomacy over destruction. 

 

He was technically still in Daenerys’ service when the last episode ended, and in one of very few images revealed of the finale, he is shown walking through the ruins of the city. 

He could take one last stab at counseling the seemingly now-mad queen, or maybe use his proximity to her to attempt a literal last stab and sacrifice himself to save the realm.

But she has expressed frequent disappointment with his behaviour, especially after he remained convinced his sister Cersei would come and help defeat the White Walkers.

Perhaps he will be executed in the final episode, or perhaps one of his cunning schemes will come to fruition. We can only wait and see. 

Gendry

Will he rule? (30/1)

Will he survive? (N/A) 

 

Also considered a possible heir to the Iron Throne, Gendry is the bastard son of Robert Baratheon who was ruling over Westeros at the start of the series. 

He was even recently dubbed no longer a bastard, after Daenerys gave it the new title as a reward for his service during the battle of Winterfell. 

This could mean he has an even stronger claim to the Iron Throne, and this might be something Daenerys acts upon in the final episode. 

He has only been a minor character throughout the series however, and so his likelihood of sitting on the Iron Throne remains slim.

His hopes of forming a long-term romantic relationship with Arya were dashed earlier this season when she insisted she did not want to be ‘a lady’. 

So a partnership between the empowered young woman, and this possible heir remains unlikely as we head into the final episode. 

Samwell Tarley

Will he rule? (50/1)

Will he survive? (7/2 die) (1/6 survive)  

 

The best friend of Jon, the bumbling Samwell Tarley has miraculously survived all the way up until the final episode. 

Many did not think he would make it this far, having little to no fighting experience when he joined the Night’s Watch in season one. 

But he has been key to the future survival of others, after finding out Dragonglass can be used to kill White Walkers. 

And he spent some time at the Citadel in Oldtown learning to become a maester and figuring out where enough Dragonstone can be found to defeat the White Walkers. 

Other key players   

Bronn

Will he rule? (N/A)

Will he survive? (10/11 die) (10/11 survive)

 

We last saw Bronn haggling with Jamie and Tyrion Lannister for money should he not follow through with a promise made to Cersei to kill them. 

He did not fight in the Battle of Winterfell, but was in the area for a short while as he discussed the proposals.  

He may re-emerge in the final episode and rekindle his friendship with the two brothers. Or perhaps he will not get what he was promised, and seek revenge?   

 

Ser Davos

Will he rule? (80/1)

Will he die? (3/1 die) (2/9 survive) 

It’s very unlikely Ser Davos will take the Iron Throne, as he has no seeming desire to do so. He has been a fan favourite throughout the series, with a strong moral code.

It would be devastating for viewers should he perish, after he survived the battle of Blackwater bay, the battle of the bastards, and the battle of Winterfell. 

He has always been a comforting presence throughout the series. But he will no doubt be angry at Daenerys recent actions.  

Jamie Lannister    

A fan theory has claimed that Jamie Lannister is alive, and survived Daenerys Targaryen’s bloody siege of King’s Landing in season eight’s fifth episode.

The character was last seen in The Bells clutching his twin sister, and main villain, Cersei in his arms as the walls of the Red Keep cellar fell on top them.

But some viewers are convinced the Kingslayer manages to get out of the ruins, and will make a surprise return in the show’s final episode.  

Perhaps his sometimes apparent good nature will shine through, and he leads King’s Landing to a peaceful future.  

 

 

GAME OF THRONES FANS ARE NOT READY FOR THE SHOW TO END AS THEY BRACE THEMSELVES FOR THE SERIES FINALE

With just hours left until HBO airs the Game of Thrones series finale on Sunday night, fans have been taking to social media to brace themselves for the end.

Some are sad that the show is coming to an end, while others are preparing to be let down already, ahead of the 80-minute finale.

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner hasn’t done much to ease fans’ fears either, admitting in a new interview that some fans will be disappointed.

Game Of Thrones finale: Fans are panicking the ending will be a massive letdown as plot details 'are leaked in a TEXT MESSAGE' and star Sophie Turner (pictured in character) admits 'a lot of people will be upset'

Game Of Thrones finale: Fans are panicking the ending will be a massive letdown as plot details ‘are leaked in a TEXT MESSAGE’ and star Sophie Turner (pictured in character) admits ‘a lot of people will be upset’

‘It’s a great ending, from my perspective, it’s very satisfying. But I think a lot of people will be upset too,’ she told The Sunday Times magazine.

‘I’ve just told [her husband] Joe. But he’s so mad at me – he loves the show!’ she added.

While she didn’t add specifics about how some fans might be disappointed, some are already preparing for the worst.

Not happy: Ahead of the hotly-anticipated final, social media is awash with comments from fans sharing their nerves as followers claim they aren't ready to be disappointed

Not happy: Ahead of the hotly-anticipated final, social media is awash with comments from fans sharing their nerves as followers claim they aren’t ready to be disappointed

‘I just know the Game of Thrones finale will be disappointing and I’m not ready,’ said @tarakilkennyy.

‘Preparing myself to be disappointed tonight with the @GameOfThrones finale,’ said @roCkerChick. 

‘Clutching pearls nervous as hell,’ she added along with an applicable avatar.

‘Game of thrones finale tonight! This is going to be nerve-racking!!’ said Twitter user @KarmahArts.

Another fan, @1D5sosCrazy shared an image of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), scarred and ready to break down into tears, stating that whatever happens tonight, ‘This will be me after it ends no matter what.

Another fans shared an image of Anthony Anderson crying from Black-ish, adding, ‘When you realize the series finale of @GameOfThrones is tonight #Bittersweet.’

The five episodes that have aired in the six-episode final season have averaged an astounding 43 million viewers per episode, through live viewings and the HBO Now and HBO Go streaming services, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That figure represents a jump of just over 10 million viewers per episode from last season, which averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode.

Last Sunday’s penultimate episode, The Bells, drew in a series record 18.4 million viewers from live viewings and steaming. 

GAME OF THRONES: A BREAKDOWN OF THE KEY PLAYERS

Here’s where the key Game Of Thrones characters stand after an action-packed season of zombie-mobbing, dragon-torching and secret-revealing. Will Daenerys end up ruling the Seven Kingdoms? Jon? Sansa? No one? And how many really want to anymore? 

DAENERYS TARGARYEN

Is there anything more powerful than the Mother of Dragons aboard her favorite son firebombing the city of King’s Landing into oblivion? Maybe the fan backlash. Daenerys went from flawed heroine to heel in the season’s penultimate episode. That spawned Twitter outrage, a petition demanding a do-over, and perhaps regret among the hundreds of American parents who, according to the Social Security Administration, named their daughters Daenerys or Khaleesi back when she was breaking chains instead of burning innocents. Many viewers, however, thought it a logical, even inevitable, turn of events. The daughter of the Mad King had just seen her best friend beheaded, her longest-serving retainer killed in battle, and her cherished birthright cast in doubt by the man she loves. Now, having conquered the capital, with a ruthless army still intact and her dragon seemingly unstoppable, she has everything she once wanted, except Westeros’ love. Having horrified her closest allies, will she hang on to it all? Fall to the sword of an angry Stark? Can her conscience return as quickly as it left?

JON SNOW

Is it possible that after eight seasons, Jon Snow still knows nothing? Even after he rose to become lord commander of the Night’s Watch, united enemies to fight the army of the dead, came back from death himself, and learned he’s not a bastard but a Targaryen who should be heir to what’s left of the Iron Throne, Jon appears to be as confused and aimless as when he began. He refused to force his birthright, yielding power to his queen, aunt and apparent ex-girlfriend Daenerys, and then watched helplessly as she burned King’s Landing and most of its inhabitants. Will he find a way to rise once more and fight back against this destroyer version of Dany? Will he use his newfound dragon-riding skills to somehow hijack Drogon into triumph? Such a heroic end would require more of him, but the narrative of the show has never given up on Jon.

This combination photo of images released by HBO show Kit Harington portraying Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO show Kit Harington portraying Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones.” The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

ARYA STARK

Arya could have wandered into the woods and disappeared halfway through the season and she would have retired a legend. She used her years of assassin training to kill the Night King when all seemed lost at the Battle of Winterfell, snatching the savior-of-humanity role from her big brother Jon Snow. She’s killed most of those responsible for her mother and brother’s slaughter at the Red Wedding. She even lost her virginity on her terms in a moment of mature empowerment rarely afforded to women in this world. (The thousands of parents who named their daughter Arya are feeling just fine.) But her role has become uncertain since. She turned away from her attempt to assassinate Queen Cersei in the last episode, and seemed to have sworn off a life of revenge. But then she became a firsthand witness to Daenerys’ atrocities. Is there one last name on her kill list?

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Maisie Williams portraying Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Maisie Williams portraying Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones.” The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

SANSA STARK

Sansa sat out the last episode, and she chose the right one to miss, staying safely in the flame-free North at her family home. As the show’s ultimate survivor – and the character who has grown and learned the most since she started as a prissy princess in waiting – it is easy to imagine her as ruler of an independent Winterfell should the finale play out that way. But the major figures of Dany and Jon still stand above her – and in her way.

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Sophie Turner portraying Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Sophie Turner portraying Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones.” The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

BRAN STARK

In the show’s first episode, Bran was forced to behold a beheading. Since then, seeing things has become his specialty. He’s become desensitized to looking on such horrors, assuming a mystical role as the Three-Eyed Raven, timeless seer of all. He’s played a crucial role at various points in the story this season, revealing to his Jon his true identity, luring the Night King for his sister Arya to kill, and dispensing some essential bits of wisdom. But it’s hard to imagine him doing anything other than meditating into snowy eternity as the series ends.

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Isaac Hempstead Wright portraying Bran Stark in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Isaac Hempstead Wright portraying Bran Stark in “Game of Thrones.” The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

TYRION LANNISTER

Tyrion has become an expert at survival and reinvention, but as Hand of the Queen he has failed miserably this season in trying to rein in Daenerys and steer her toward diplomacy over destruction. He was technically still in Daenerys’ service when the last episode ended, and in one of very few images revealed of the finale, he is shown walking through the ruins of the city. He could take one last stab at counseling the seemingly now-mad queen, or maybe use his proximity to her to attempt a literal last stab and sacrifice himself to save the realm.

Peter Dinklage portraying Tyrion Lannister

Peter Dinklage portraying Tyrion Lannister

CERSEI LANNISTER

Cersei stayed at the center of the action for the first seven seasons but had nearly nothing to do in the eighth, watching from a window and drinking wine as her fate played out. Part of this was by her own design – she and her army sat out the Battle of Winterfell with hopes her rivals would be so weakened by the army of the dead that she could hang on to her kingdom. Never a leader who inspired loyalty, she tried to use human shields to hang on to her throne. But Daenerys turned out to be just as ruthless, and that meant Cersei’s end.

Lena Headey portraying Cersei Lannister

Lena Headey portraying Cersei Lannister  

JAIME LANNISTER

Jaime found his redemption this season, then decided he didn’t want it. He defied his twin sister Cersei and fought gallantly with his former enemies the Starks against the army of the dead. He used his own knighthood to bestow knight status on Brienne of Tarth in one of the most tear-jerking moments in the entire series. Then he and Brienne, who always brought out the best in him, became unlikely lovers. But only briefly. In the end, he wanted what he had declared to be his only need all along, the incestuous love of Cersei. The two of them were crushed under the wreckage of the Red Keep as they embraced, leaving the world touching each other, just as they had entered it.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau portraying Jaime Lannister

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau portraying Jaime Lannister 

With AP reporting  

GAME OF THRONES MAP: A guide to all the cities and ruling families in the realm

From Westros to Essos, a visual guide to the Game of Thrones realm

From Westros to Essos, a visual guide to the Game of Thrones realm 

HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones is coming to a close with Season 8, which has truly become a global phenomenon in more ways than one.

The series, which is set in the magical world of Westeros and Essos, has filmed all around the globe, shooting in a whopping 10 countries – Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Morocco, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, United States, Canada and Scotland.

The main production hub is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, home of Titanic Studios, which has six shooting stages that houses the sets used for iconic Westeros locations such as Winterfell, Castle Black, High Hall of the Eyrie, Sky Cells in teh Eyrie, House of Black and White, the Great Sept of Baelor, the Great Pyramid of Meereen Throne Room and perhaps the most iconic set of all, the King’s Landing Throne Room.

Another primary location is Seville, Spain, which was used to film Sunspear in Dorne, the seat of House Martell’s power, and Highgarden, home of House Tyrell.

Several locations in Croatia were used for King’s Landing exteriors, primarily utilizing the city of Dubrovnik’s medieval walls, and for other locations in the Essos port city of Meereen, along with Gradac Park, the site of the Purple Wedding.

Malta was used as one of the primary locations in the first season, with portions of King’s Landing and the free city of Pentos filmed there, though the production did not return to Malta after Season 1.

The last primary location is Iceland, where they film a lot of locations set north of The Wall.

The eighth and final season filmed in Northern Ireland, Spain, Iceland and Canada.

GAME OF THRONES CAST SAY FAREWELL TO THE HIT SERIES

With Game of Thrones coming to an end on Sunday night, several members of the cast took to social media to give the series a fond farewell.

Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character.

‘Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is. Thank you teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. I grew up with you. I fell in love with you at 13 and now 10 years on.. at 23 I leave you behind, but I will never leave behind what you’ve taught me,’ she began.

Sophie's farewell: Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character

Sophie's farewell: Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character

Sophie’s farewell: Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character

‘To the show and the incredible people who make it, thank you for giving me the best life and drama lessons I could have ever asked for,’ she continued.

‘Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Thank you for giving me this chance all those years ago. And finally to the fans. Thank you for falling in love with these characters and supporting this show right through till the end. I’ll miss this more than anything,’ she concluded. 

Emilia Clarke also took to her Instagram to share more behind the scenes snaps, along with a heartfelt message of her own.

Emilia says goodbye: Emilia Clarke also took to her Instagram to share more behind the scenes snaps, along with a heartfelt message of her own

Emilia says goodbye: Emilia Clarke also took to her Instagram to share more behind the scenes snaps, along with a heartfelt message of her own

‘Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,’ the actress began.

‘The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice,’ she added.

‘Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown,’ she continued.

Overwhelmed: 'Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,' the actress began

Overwhelmed: ‘Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,’ the actress began

‘But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended,’ she concluded.

John Bradley, who has played Samwell Tarly since the first season, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the first ‘rehearsal and prep schedule’ for the first season, which he recently unearthed.

‘So tonight we have our very last episode. It’s the final step of a long and wonderful journey. A journey that, for me, started at 10am on Monday 19th of July 2010,’ Bradley began. 

Dear fans: 'But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we've made and what I've done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended,' she concluded

Dear fans: ‘But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended,’ she concluded

‘I know this because recently I found my rehearsal and prep schedule for season 1, week 1. This was given to me when I landed in Belfast for the first time, weeks before we even started shooting. Listed here is the rehearsal where I first met Kit, and the first time I wore the costume that’s seen me through 8 seasons,’ Bradley continued.

‘I’m glad I kept this. I met so many people that week who have come to mean so much to me. Back then we couldn’t have known the journey we’d go on together. I wouldn’t swap that experience, or those people, for the world. Enjoy the episode and thanks for everything,’ he concluded, along with three heart emojis.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau decided to post a video to his Instagram, where he shared his thoughts about the series finale episode. 

Early schedule: John Bradley, who has played Samwell Tarly since the first season, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the first 'rehearsal and prep schedule' for the first season, which he recently unearthed

Early schedule: John Bradley, who has played Samwell Tarly since the first season, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the first ‘rehearsal and prep schedule’ for the first season, which he recently unearthed

Several cast members also sat down with People, to share their thoughts about their final day on the set, filming Game of Thrones.

‘It was exciting and sad and overwhelming,’ she said. ‘Being a part of Thrones has undoubtedly brought more opportunity than I’d ever dreamt of and for that I am eternally grateful.’

Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, said she tried to hold off on crying for as long as possible.

”I remember thinking that I wasn’t going to humiliate myself by crying,’ she said. ‘Because they filmed it for the behind-the-scenes documentary.’ 

Sophie Turner said she remembered crying quite a bit on her final day, after her final take of the series.

‘I remember just crying and crying and crying,’ said Turner. ‘I think the most memorable thing was that I knew that [the end] was coming so I was waiting for them to say, ‘Cut.’ They would say ‘Cut!’ and I would think, ‘Oh my God this is it,’ and I’d start crying. And then they’d say, ‘Moving on to the next setup.’ And then I’d have to be like, ‘Okay. Keep it together. Keep it together.’ I just remember just being on the edge of tears all day.’ 

Happier times: Sophie Turner said she remembered crying quite a bit on her final day, after her final take of the series

Happier times: Sophie Turner said she remembered crying quite a bit on her final day, after her final take of the series