Watch Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Online: The Iron Throne


The over of our trò chơi of Thrones watch has come, và the series of our era finds some of that old grace in its final moments.

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The rest of it falls lớn Jon Snow and Tyrion in the other weak spot of the finale. While Clarke overcomes the shortcomings of season 8 here, Kit Harington fares not so easily in portraying the conflict of a man reduced khổng lồ whine, “She’s my queen” one or six too many times. He sees Grey Worm exexinh đẹp Lannister survivors in the street &, realizing if he attempted to lớn stop it he’d only be adding his toàn thân to lớn the pile, quietly sulks off. One would hope this would be the last straw, or Arya pointing out that he và especially Sansa will be next on the chopping blochồng, but Jon continues khổng lồ drag his feet to lớn the inevitable conclusion of this passion play. It is left up lớn Tyrion to lớn act as a mouthpiece for Benioff và Weiss, walking Jon & the audience khổng lồ the inevitable outcome.

Dinklage is fine in this scene, and perhaps his words need to be said since so many viewers apparently forgot about Daenerys’ penchant for torture và terror, but it is still a rather heavy-handed moment when Tyrion’s lips move, & out comes the showrunners’ words, giving their closest to an “Inside the Episode” this week. As Tyrion says, “Everywhere she goes, evil men die & we cheer her for it,” Tyrion sums up the complicity viewers và readers have sầu been set-up khổng lồ have signed on for with Dany. She conquered with ease, but her rule in seasons 5 và 6 was shaky at best. She might’ve sầu locked up her dragons, but she still used them to lớn threaten and frighten her enemies in Meereen, even if they really were evil men. It’s easy lớn overlook your very flawed hero isn’t becoming a superhero but a leader with a messiah complex when the only ones suffering at her whims are people we think have sầu it coming.

Still, it’s a neat triông xã that Tyrion could articulate all those warning bells we ignored when he wasn’t there khổng lồ cheer for any of them.

… Anyway, Tyrion’s pep talk is probably the most successful political machination he coordinates in the whole final season, as it forces Jon Snow to lớn stop brooding và start facing hard truths. I would’ve sầu preferred the ambiguity of Daenerys not being mad at all, but the episode at least does not forget she is still the Daenerys we’d come to love over nine to 23 years (depending when you jumped on). She is still the young woman who dreamed of one day seeing the Iron Throne her brother always spoke longingly of, và who reverts khổng lồ something adjacent of that girlhood when finally standing before it. In a visual remake of her vision in the House of the Undying from season 2 when she approaches a throne covered in snow & ash alượt thích. Her family’s dragonfire is responsible for the ungainly chair she now worships, and her personal Long has charred the throne to a brittle husk, but it still stands. That và everything it represents.

It’s this woman who Jon Snow must approach and, yes, murder. And I’m not going lớn lie when I say it is a chilling scene in which a man kills his lover as an act of heroism on television. Derived from a story that predates our current và ongoing conversation about how we depict women and violence in truyền thông media, the scene is most obviously politically incorrect. This is worthy of discussion, but it can also become a narrow prism to view the entire breadth of the series with. Evaluating Dany’s journey solely by how heroic & godlike she appears as a savior misses the point of what this says about a feudal system of governance—& our still persistent need lớn be “rescued” by a svào leader, even as they encroach on our rights to enrich their own power & self-purported mythology. Likewise evaluating her death solely by the fact a man kills her can miss the melancholy point of the scene.

Daenerys has what she dreamed about but it isn’t enough. Dragons vày not plant, & she’s had her fill of ruling ungrateful people after Meereen. She wants lớn move sầu on và continue what she does best, unable lớn accept she has enough. What she at last does accept though is that she is no longer alone. Ever since Viserys died, the knowledge that she is the Last Targaryen has festered as a birthright và an added pressure on Dany. Discovering Jon was her nephew was neither welcome news of kinship or even unwelcome news of romance; it was just one more obstacle on her quest for power… perhaps the biggest one. In this moment though, she offers Jon Snow something she never had from Viserys, much less the parents didn’t know: acceptance of family.

Jon Snow, poor fool that he is, loves her too, as a queen, a lover, & mayhaps even a final connection to lớn a heritage he didn’t know was his until a few months ago. And he still is compelled to lớn betray her. I’m sure some fans will squint to see if there is any meaning in his stabbing Daenerys like the prophecy of Azor Anhị stabbing his wife lớn allegedly forge a sword that would defeat the White Walkers in millennia past. And there is probably something to unpack there, considering even if they already saved the world from ending in Ice, he is doing this khổng lồ save it from ending in Fire (poet Robert Frost would be pleased). But the greater tragedy is that a man is killing a woman he loves as well as the last bit of Targaryen family they both have in this world because of an earthlier detháng within us all.

There is supernatural meaning aplenty to be gleaned—Jon Snow’s betrayal of love sầu also echoes a prophecy from season 2 where Daenerys was told she’d be betrayed first for gold (Jorah), then for blood (Mirri Maz Durr), and finally for love sầu (Jon)—but the potency is in the human scale. In Daenerys’ thirst for “breaking the wheel” she ended up becoming as ruthless a driver of it as any this world has seen. She became consumed by her own human failings instead of living up to the divine ones she imagined. Whatever prophetic meaning in Jon’s betrayal that’s hidden becomes immaterial lớn the human và psychological cost of what he does. It’s been noted that Martin’s favorite part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is the “Scouring of the Shire,” an epilogue so long-winded even Peter Jackson did not adapt it in Return of the King. Aye, even after defeating Sauron, the problems of the world continued when a civil war broke out in the Shire due to lớn reasons too convoluted lớn menu here.

The point, however, is that the kết thúc of Game of Thrones mirrors the over of the literary Lord of the Rings, save the scouring of the Shire becomes more paramount khổng lồ the story than destroying the Great Evil (Sauron or the White Walkers). Humanity’s gross pettiness lives on, và the woman who made defeating the Evil possible still succumbs khổng lồ her own much less fantastic demons, & it leaves the last person left in the world she loves almost as much in total ruin.

Martin is also prone khổng lồ quote William Faulkner when he says, “The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself,” and that conflict is in Daenerys giving inlớn her worst impulses & also in Jon Snow killing a woman he loves. It breaks both of them. Similarly, Jon once had to consider whether he would kill Ygritte (it is ambiguous on the page if he does, even lớn himself, and on the show he clearly does not), but with Daenerys he plunges the knife in. He stops her heart & destroys his own.

It’s as ashen as the debris beneath their feet, but the quiet acceptance of it is represented by neither character—that honor belongs to Drogon. Admittedly, I suspect the reason he does not roast Jon Snow is he knows Jon is a Targaryen, but the Long which is said to lớn have sầu the intelligence of a human does not kill the murderer of his mother or really consider the sight beyond his despair at losing Mhysa. He instead makes the choice we all want to: Drogon roasts the damnable Iron Throne she so coveted và that has driven many mad with ambition. He returns the monument of Targaryen power khổng lồ the dust & with a surprising amount of dignity, and to lớn my chagrin, takes Dany’s body & flies off baông xã khổng lồ where they were both happier. I dreaded how the series would handle Drogon, not least of all because there didn’t seem khổng lồ be a satisfying way khổng lồ defeat the beast, and it instead became one of the most tasteful moment of the finale.

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The events following Daenerys’ death could’ve sầu easily been their own episode, but instead here make for a satisfying if somewhat quick-footed epilogue. Like much of season 8, I could’ve spent another hour with the lords and ladies of Westeros deciding their fates and growing accustomed to the new status quo, but unlượt thích a good chunk of this final season, the plotting & intelligence with which it is presented feels true.

After a decent amount of time has passed, và the snow và ash have sầu been wiped away, Tyrion Lannister is summoned from his cell khổng lồ where what at first appears to lớn be a trial; it instead turns into the most festive sầu war council the show has seen in years. To know the true devastation this series has had on the gentry class of Westeros, one need only consider that there are so few families left that Samwell Tarly, Edmure Tully, and Robin freaking Arryn are aý muốn the most powerful & influential on the continent! The Seven help us all. There’s even a Dornish prince there whose name no one knows!

It is apparent that these lords & ladies have sầu gathered for a détente lớn kết thúc all the squabbling. Like the viewers, they’re rightly weary after drinking deeply from the well of apocalypse. The Unsullied & Dothraki have sầu apparently turned King’s Landing’s crispy shell into lớn a defensive sầu stronghold, but without Daenerys they laông xã the leadership or the will to really fight another war. They simply want a way off the cursed lvà and lớn return home—and they’re using Jon Snow & Tyrion Lannister as their bargaining chips. Perhaps unsurprisingly they also reserve sầu a greater cấp độ of animosity for the man who plunged the knife into their queen than the betrayer who talked hyên into lớn it.

Before the sad state of Westeros’ ruling class, Tyrion states the obvious about what they should bởi vì next for leadership & guidance: “You’re the most powerful people in Westeros. Choose one.” There is plenty of humor khổng lồ be gained by a gladly welcomed Tobias Menzies as Edmure attempting, with not-so-much-welcome, to make himself King of the Seven Kingdoms. Of even greater humor still is Samwell Tarly, always the good boy, suggesting essentially a form of democracy… something more radical than even the most optimistic “A Song of Ice và Fire” fan’s predictions. The guffawing và mocking laughter is also a nice palate cleanser after all the dour despair of the first 45 minutes. (Not that this scene still isn’t a baby step towards Westeros’ magna carta!)

Eventually they settle on something cthảm bại lớn what I had expected, but not quite. Like many, I had come to lớn see Sansa Stark as the best choice for queen or king. Her entire character arc has been a trial by fire in political leadership—and no I’m not referring lớn her wedding night with Ramsay. Rather she has sat by the hand of terrible kings và queens (Joffrey & Cersei), good queens (Margaery), excellent administrators (Tyrion), & masterful schemers (Littlefinger và Roose Bolton). That’s worthy of an advanced apprenticeship in governance, and she was by far the most regal when she told her hapless Tully uncle to sit down and shut up. She’s even framed at the center of this war council.

However, it wasn’t quite lớn be. The real answer for the future ruler of the Six Kingdoms is… Bran Stark?! I bởi vì not believe anyone saw this coming, myself included. I certainly have not read a single fan theory predicting the Three-Eyed Raven as king, but there is a small amount of elegance in it. Tyrion Lannister again takes on the cadence of his showrunners when he asserts a story has the greakiểm tra value in attaining political power. And while that’s true to lớn a point, many a campaign manager will tell you how all stories can be massaged, & Sansa or Arya’s is just as (or frankly more) compelling than Bran’s. Yet Bran is like his namesake, Bran the Builder, a crippled man who still wields a great power.

Thematically, he continues the narrative sầu of “Bastards, Cripples, và Broken Things” having greater value than a regressive feudal & patriarchal society gives them credit for—và his inability to lớn father children allows monarchs lớn be elected amongst the highborn, which is something of a fusion between monarchy & the rudimentary rule of what became Britain’s Parliament (which was, again, initally controlled by the highborn). Again, baby steps!

For my money, however, its greater value is in the fact that Sansa can rule in the North. My final episode 6 predictions were that Sansa would rule as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in a relocated capital at Winterfell, as she would never be comfortable in the south again. The second best thing is she achieves something both Robb and Jon failed lớn vày at the edge of a sword—she earns the North their freedom. And she does this with nary a single life being taken, albeit it helps when the new King of the Six Kingdoms is your brother.

It all has the makings of a happy ending… even for Jon Snow. While Bran Stark can talk Grey Worm inkhổng lồ accepting Tyrion Lannister becoming once more the Hvà of the King—much as how Tyrion’s father comfortably slid from being a Targaryen’s H& to eventually being Hand to lớn the son of that dynasty’s usurper—Jon Snow is punished by being sent baông chồng to the Night’s Watch by the war council. A longer episode could’ve belabored Arya và Sansa’s efforts lớn prsự kiện this fate, but the truth is it is probably a happier ending for everyone involved not named “Stark.”

What would’ve sầu been fascinating to lớn see is if the unspoken agreement between the other lords và ladies of Westeros is if they simply did not want another Targaryen as king, or even able to father lawful children. Rhaegar, Jon’s father, started a civil war by choosing Lyanmãng cầu Stark over his current wife during a time of political unrest due to lớn his father’s growing insanity, and Daenerys proved khổng lồ sadly be her father’s daughter. Jon might have sầu more Rhaegar in hyên than Aerys, but the Targaryen’s dynasty really should over with that blasted Iron Throne. And frankly, he would’ve sầu been as ill-equipped as Ned Stark even before likely deadening a piece of his soul with Daenerys.

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Hence Jon Snow was probably ecstatic that he’d no longer have sầu to lớn play a single part in politics & the games of thrones, be it in the North or the south. Tyrion, Arya, and Sansa treat losing Jon khổng lồ the Wall as if it’s some kind of punishment, but the truth is they granted hyên his greatest wish… lớn get the hell away from these crazy people and leave sầu hyên alone to lớn play with his doggie & chill with the bros.

Nevertheless, it’s the definition of a bittersweet scene when the Stark children are forced khổng lồ break up on the edge of King’s Landing impressively still functional port. They came together lượt thích a wolf paông chồng lớn fight the Winds of Winter, but now that spring is imminent, the children who couldn’t grow up together appear doomed lớn grow old apart.

It is here that I và every other viewer’s theory is confirmed that Arya is going khổng lồ sail west và chasing the setting sun across an endless sea. I’ve sầu long anticipated this as her fate, one filled with adventure and wonderment. She spoke briefly of this fantasy in season 6, & if you know your Westerođam mê history, you know she bears a striking resemblance to Elissa Farman, a young woman who attempted lớn discover a New World by captaining the Sun Chaser past the horizon (she also just so happened khổng lồ steal from her lesbian Targaryen lover three rồng eggs khổng lồ pay for the ship… three eggs that fortuitously found their way to lớn Daenerys several hundred years later).

Granted Elissa never returned from her adventures, but just as Vikings reached the Americas before Christopher Columbus and died there, this does not mean there aren’t new worlds to lớn discover. And Arya being able to find them while forsaking the shackles of her society is almost as rewarding as Sansa’s fate. Strangely, Sansa’s farewell to Jon Snow packed a greater emotional punch than Arya’s. Then again, Kit Harington and Sophie Turner have had more scenes together over the years, and there’s also the fact that both Jon & Sansa most resemble her parents: Ned & Catelyn. That give-and-take is echoed when they stvà on a doông xã. Although… I wish there was more resolution with Arya and Jon, or Arya & Sansa for that matter.

As it stands, they all go in their different directions. Arya sails west, Jon embarks towards the true North, and Sansa accepts her place ruling the North. I might add that for those wishing khổng lồ examine the complicated and sometimes contradictory gender politics of Game of Thrones, there is nothing sweeter in this bittersweet finale than the little girl who left the North anxious to lớn live sầu in the south now proving lớn be the Starkest of all of Ned Stark’s children. Neither Dany or Jon Snow get the Iron Throne (thank the gods), but Sansa achieves something perhaps more impressive sầu than either doing so while on the baông chồng of a rồng.

Of all the sights during the montage of endings, Sansa Stark taking her rightful seat as Queen in the North is easily the most delightful because it is also the most revelatory. From naïve young girl to lớn wise và politically astute young woman, she played the game of thrones better than anyone in the later seasons and won independence by diplomacy instead of war. She outdid Robb and Jon, và finally did away with the last vestige of Targaryen rule in her homeland. Right down khổng lồ her ginger hair, there is something vaguely Elizabethan about it all, which is ironic since so many of us predicted Dany would be the Westerosi Elizabeth.

Another welcome relief during the closing montages is the fate of Grey Worm và Daenerys’ army. It would’ve been too glib to lớn have sầu Jon Snow exedễ thương Grey Worm for his war crimes, nor any more satisfying than seeing Daenerys die. The Breaker of Chains might’ve sầu been doomed, but at least Grey Worm can live with the sins he committed. It might be years, decades, or never when he can admit he needlessly sipped from the cup of nihilism, but he can take that unshakable sense of failure & put it to good use in Naath. Last week, Daenerys attempted to lớn make Grey Worm rethành viên Missandei by the slave collar that only remarked on her bondage. Instead he’ll honor her life by protecting a homelvà she loved và never got lớn see again.

It’s a small step toward penance, but a significant one. He và the Unsullied are also wise lớn get the Seven Hells out of Westeros. They’re offered space khổng lồ live sầu there, but these trắng devils would be terrible neighbors for at least several more centuries và they, like their queen, knew only despair and heartabịt on this continent. Still, I suspect even if the Unsullied took no payment, much gold was put in the Dothraki’s pockets khổng lồ get them on those ships headed bachồng to Essos—which is also a happier ending for those who survived to keep the flame of their nearly extinguished culture alive. Go forth và multiply.

We also learn that Bran will apparently succeed as a king much in the same way he succeeded in becoming king—sit in the background và bởi nothing while he lets everyone else figure things out! (Hey, if a strategy ain’t broke, don’t fix it.) So he leaves the first Small Council meeting to lớn Tyrion, Brienne, Davos, Sam, và Ser Bronn of Highgarden. The sequence recalls how Tywin Lannister formed his Small Councils in season 3, with Tyrion making sure everyone has equal seating (as opposed to lớn letting them scramble for literal position), & it reveals that Sam let the arch-maester steal his thunder và write the definitive history book on their lifetimes (with Sam offering a Tolkien-esque title suggestion). It’s a number of funny moments, including Tyrion learning that his accomplishments will be minimized by history (much like his historic personage of Richard III) và a reminder that we’ll never hear the end of Tyrion’s brothel/jackass joke, but the greachạy thử aspect of this sequence for me is seeing that Brienne has earned her place as Captain of the Kingsguard và likely soon-to-be one of the most respected and sung about knights of her generation.


Some viewers might question why Brienne is a Kingsguard to lớn Bran instead of Queensguard to Sansa. If I had lớn guess, it is because she is of Tarth & the Seven Kingdoms split up. Narratively, I know it was so she could literally turn the page on Jaime in a touching scene (she gave sầu hlặng more credit than he probably deserved), but I can accept she’d stay in the south & be a true heir to Ser Barrischảy Selmy & Ser Arthur Dayne. Unlike the Lannisters’ corrupt rule, good people are finally being put in positions of authority again—seeing Pod as a knight is also a joy, even if he probably is the shoddiest swordsman to lớn ever don the trắng cloak.

The final sendoff though is of course Jon Snow. He ends up where he started at the Wall, just as the series ended where it began on—a brother of the Night’s Watch wandering beyond the Wall. Yet rather than going out to lớn hunt & kill wildlings (và possibly face the threat of White Walkers), Jon walks freely & safely with the Free Folk to a new world left unmade. The truth is Tyrion is just using the Night’s Watch as a saving grace for Jon’s nechồng & claims it’ll be a dumping ground for more broken men và bastards. But honestly, the Wall serves no point. It’s literally broken, the Free Folk are now allies lớn the Night’s Watch, and the White Walkers are gone.

Jon could even go south again & visit Winterfell in a few years after the Unsullied are truly gone. But that isn’t Jon Snow’s style. He took an oath to spkết thúc his second life at the Wall & beyond it, và I think he means to keep it. His kneeling to finally pet Ghost and tell him he is the goodest boy is the show at last giving viewers và Jon alike what they want. It seems I too hastily condemned Ghost’s apparent fate in the fourth episode of the season, but it would appear the point of the scene was to admit Jon was ignoring his true nature when he walked past Ghost.

Now at the Wall, he is finally giving Ghost all the pets he deserves and with people who didn’t need him lớn be a King or Targaryen lớn be of value. Leading the Free Folk inlớn the trees, it is very much even open for interpretation if Jon Snow will become yet another a King-Beyond-the-Wall lượt thích Mance Rayder before hyên. Part of me hopes so, and that’s definitely up for interpretation. But the other part of me thinks he is done with titles, be they of royalty, lineage, or Snow. Hopefully, the Queen in the North visits hyên ổn one day (she’d even have the power to lớn commute his sentence), but that assumes he’s anywhere near the defunct Wall. By then Jon could find a wildling kissed by fire, và maybe some semblance of peace.

It’s a fitting end khổng lồ Jon Snow and a fair ending to the series.

trò chơi of Thrones’ final season has definitely had its fair giới thiệu of bumps và bruises. Too many at times. Nine or 10 episodes worth of story was crammed into six chapters, & rushed moments of epiphany or resignation mar the ending of the series… but not the ending unto itself. I was unsure a week ago but am now confident that the final two episodes will age far more gracefully than initial online whining would lead you lớn believe. Likely by returning to lớn Martin’s narrative sầu outline for these last two chapters, the show returned to lớn its bitterest snows & fiercest fires… và also a mournful optimism as delicate as the first flower lớn bloom in a thawing winter. The show did not end in nihilism, even if one of our favorite characters’ fates did. The Starks thrive, Jon has peace, và from the Wall khổng lồ Dorne, it is A Time for Wolves.

If this is but a taste of a spring we’ll never fully know, it is a sweet one that sends the show off with a fair amount of satisfaction that seemed nearly impossible two weeks ago—và hopefully portends a more satisfying ending on the page (assuming Martin ever gets there). trò chơi of Thrones was not a perfect show, but it is unquestionably a great one that has been unlike any other we’ve sầu seen. Through heartabít and triumph, devastation and hilarity, and even disappointment và joy, it has carried us through an expansive journey that in its best moments acted as a mirror khổng lồ our world, & even at its weakest was still a narrative sầu told with timeless unique and unparalleled craft. Even when it was “bad,” it was still a remarkable achievement that flew high above anything else we’ve sầu seen on television.

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We will not see its like again. And now our watch is ended.

David Crow is the Film Section Editor at Den of Geek. He’s also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. Read more of his work here. You can follow hyên ổn on Twitter