‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season, Episode 6: What to Expect From the Series Finale
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The end is coming.
The final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones has finally reached the end. Ahead, The Hollywood Reporter’s resident Westeros expert Josh Wigler offers up a guide to the must-see moments of the series finale. What should you expect from the latest adventure of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and anyone else who is still lucky enough to be alive? Who will die this week? What monstrous twists have creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss cooked up as Thrones rushes toward the end of the line? Chew on those questions and more in the story ahead.
Where we left off: Fire and blood. Daenerys Targaryen long warned about taking back the Iron Throne using such means, but nobody ever imagined how thoroughly she would live up to the brand. After executing Varys (Conleth Hill) and weathering way too many other recent losses, Dany finally broke bad. She singlehandedly destroyed the Iron Fleet, the Golden Company and all of the scorpion crossbows, but even after the city’s surrender via the bells at the heart of “The Bells,” it wasn’t enough. Daenerys went into burn-everything-that-moves mode, resulting in thousands of lives lost, including both Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei (Lena Headey). Also, the Clegane Bowl happened, both brothers died, and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) found a horse.
What we expect to see: The Iron Throne’s fate, resolved. Daenerys crushed Cersei as well as so many in the city who may or may not have supported the Lannister queen, and now, she has the throne she’s coveted for so many years. Will she keep it? Almost certainly not. Will the throne even exist when all is said and done? I don’t think so, either. Heading into the final season, HBO pushed forward with an eye-catching hashtag: #ForTheThrone. We now know the depths to which a powerful, self-styled hero will sink in order to get the thing. Now, there’s nowhere left for the throne to go except all the way down to its metal parts.
What we won’t see: The Lord of Light breathe new life into folks like Jaime, Cersei or the Brothers Clegane. All dead. We won’t see Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) revealed as the true identity of Arya’s horse, either, though perhaps he will warg into a dragon. (Unlikely, but keep hope alive!) We also probably won’t see a whole mess of deaths — main character deaths, that is. There should be plenty of fatal fallout from Dany’s rampage, but it feels like the bloodbath is over, with only a few critical demises still waiting to unfold.
What we’re hoping to see: A dream of spring, both the book from George R.R. Martin, as well as a guiding light for the series finale’s tone. The defeat of the Night King was indeed sweet. The fall of King’s Landing? Immensely bitter. Balance must be restored, and in some way, that involves shining a light on the survivors of Thrones who can instill some hope for the future — whether that’s by finding out what’s west of Westeros with Arya, by Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) finally publicizing some of the late Jaime Lannister’s good deeds, or anything along those lines. Also, hoping to see Hot Pie.