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Old 05-19-2019, 11:04 PM   #3901
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BAD. Up until Jon stabs Dany It was ok, but from the dragon flying off to who knows where it got just plain weird! It just shows you got to have good writing to have a great show! Man that was rough for such a great series.
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It went out with a wimper...

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With them always axing the viewers faves I’m really not surprised at this move.

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Oh lawd....

I did like the Hand meeting at the end though and where everyone was on it. Jon “kinda” got a bum deal but after killing Dany I think he’s back where he wants too be. I don’t think he’s freed too the wildlings but more the first ranger like Ned’s brother but with a better relationship with the wildlings.



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Everything past Jon becoming the Queenslayer was absurd.


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That last one reminds me of probably my favorite scenes of the whole series since they didn’t use the Lady in Grey storyline too kill the freys

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Old 05-20-2019, 02:14 AM   #3907
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Ditto! I enjoyed it on every level.... it wasnt perfect but I ain't whining and signing petitions either.....lol!!! Kongrats to all that made millions off this franchise........American Dream achieved.

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I agree Oscar, I enjoyed it.

i just wish they would have listened to Samwell, he had the best idea. Democracy.
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Old 05-20-2019, 03:36 AM   #3908
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one of the popular series right now. waiting for every new seasons
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The writers must have researched and nixed every plausible fan theory and this is all that was left...
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:25 AM   #3910
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Kind of a weak finale but I’m good with the outcomes..... except one thing. Jon got screwed and this should have happened.

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Old 05-20-2019, 06:28 AM   #3911
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Kind of a weak finale but I’m good with the outcomes..... except one thing. Jon got screwed and this should have happened.

I was kinda wondering the same thing myself, but all in all I think Jon is back doing what he wanted to do in the first place.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:37 AM   #3912
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Kind of a weak finale but I’m good with the outcomes..... except one thing. Jon got screwed and this should have happened.

Lol.... exactly but doesn’t it seem Jon went rogue at the end? Did he abandon his post?
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:47 AM   #3913
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Lol.... exactly but doesn’t it seem Jon went rogue at the end? Did he abandon his post?


I was thinking that because the looking back at the closing of the door seemed pretty symbolic . Maybe King North of the Wall...

I guess it could have this as well since he was in “crow clothes” and not wildling gear.


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Old 05-20-2019, 07:09 AM   #3914
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just lame...

King Bran the Broken..." Why do you think I have been creeping around here for"

Wasn't really a whole lot of Acme bricks that took down Jamie and Cersie....it sure looked like the entire castle collapsed on top of them...Glad Tyrion could walked right up to the spot they were standing in that huge castle
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:13 AM   #3915
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It would have been alot better if John and Greyworm fought and John won and sat on the throne. Then Daenrys would have flown away South with her dragon. Both of them preggo and the dragon laid more dragon eggs. The south would have been hot much of the same way the white walkers were cold.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:13 AM   #3916
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Super lame...I should have spent that hour and fifteen minutes cleaning me toilets.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:19 AM   #3917
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Lol.... exactly but doesn’t it seem Jon went rogue at the end? Did he abandon his post?
I took it as they intentionally set that up to set him free with the Wildings. It appeased Grey Worm and Jon got what he really wanted. The wall was to protect the north from “winter is coming” A.K.A. the Night King. No more Night King, no need for a Night’s Watch. The Wildings were waiting for him when he got there so it is likely that was the plan all along.
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I took it as they intentionally set that up to set him free with the Wildings. It appeased Grey Worm and Jon got what he really wanted. The wall was to protect the north from “winter is coming” A.K.A. the Night King. No more Night King, no need for a Night’s Watch. The Wildings were waiting for him when he got there so it is likely that was the plan all along.
Im thinking u are spot on! Jon probably looking for another Ygrette!!!

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Old 05-20-2019, 07:34 AM   #3920
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Have you seen the video of him pulling the April Fool's Day prank on her? If I was to do that to my wife, a call to the funeral home would be made.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:39 AM   #3921
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Have you seen the video of him pulling the April Fool's Day prank on her? If I was to do that to my wife, a call to the funeral home would be made.
No....I had just learned they are married in real life. Video??

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Old 05-20-2019, 07:47 AM   #3922
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:05 AM   #3923
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Whatever you do, don't watch the series over again. They left so many unfinished stories and loose ends it's pathetic. Aria was supposed to have turned into a Bad MoFo but in the end was running like a scared child with the rest of the peasants. The death of Cerci and Jaime was just so bad...typical liberal justice of other liberals. "They have suffered enough"

If John Snow was the true king then how can he be punished for killing someone who didn't have a rightful claim? If someone is smart they'll have a spinoff series or two and make more sense of it all.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:07 AM   #3924
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Aria was supposed to have turned into a Bad MoFo but in the end was running like a scared child with the rest of the peasants. .

Arya*


You sure about that "running like a scared child"? Rumor is that they left that open for a spinoff..
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:14 AM   #3925
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Whatever you do, don't watch the series over again. They left so many unfinished stories and loose ends it's pathetic. Aria was supposed to have turned into a Bad MoFo but in the end was running like a scared child with the rest of the peasants. The death of Cerci and Jaime was just so bad...typical liberal justice of other liberals. "They have suffered enough"

If John Snow was the true king then how can he be punished for killing someone who didn't have a rightful claim? If someone is smart they'll have a spinoff series or two and make more sense of it all.
I agree! Bran had stated that he couldn’t be Lord of anything because he’s the three eyed raven, but now he’s king? Oh well, it’s over now and everybody involved in the making got paid handsomely. On to the next show when it comes out- Bloodmoon.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:15 AM   #3926
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It's really strange the way people feel they were "owed" something from this show.


Sometimes in war, people are crushed by falling buildings, and some stories just don't have great endings....
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:26 AM   #3927
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If John Snow was the true king then how can he be punished for killing someone who didn't have a rightful claim? If someone is smart they'll have a spinoff series or two and make more sense of it all.

I wondered about this too, but then realized that only like 6 people knew who Jon Snow really was. I also don't think he was punished, he got to go where he wanted to go and they disguised it to be punishment. He looked sad as **** I assume because he killed his Aunt/old lady.
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There will be spin offs to many of the characters.....
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:39 AM   #3929
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The pace of G.R.R. Martin’s writing is really frustrating. Takes years between the books. It obviously takes that long to make the story really work. HBO has butchered the storyline.

Last night’s episode was pure crap.

The north just walks away?Why not the other six kingdoms?

Jon killed the queen. He wins.

When do Unsullied seek justice? The are mercenaries.

Take the black? Why do the need to man the wall? There isn’t a Knight King, white walkers or anything else. Plus, it borders Winterfell- a now independent kingdom. Why go through the gate- the wall has a mile wide hole in it.

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:41 AM   #3930
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You sure about that "running like a scared child"? Rumor is that they left that open for a spinoff..
Not worth spelling correctly...lol

Did she EVER get revenge on anyone who was on her list? I'm sure there will be spin-offs and I'm sure we'll be disappointed once again.

I knew this was going to be a weak series when they killed of Ned Stark so soon. I had hope when Daenerys came into the picture. In the end her dragons were under underwhelming at best.

Don't get me started on the "leader" of the Unsullied. That guys is about as ominous as an angry liberal triggered by MAGA hat.

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Did she EVER get revenge on anyone who was on her list? I'm sure there will be spin-offs and I'm sure we'll be disappointed once again.

I knew this was going to be a weak series when they killed of Ned Stark so soon. I had hope when Daenerys came into the picture. In the end her dragons were under underwhelming at best.

Don't get me started on the "leader" of the Unsullied. That guys is about as ominous as an angry liberal triggered by MAGA hat.

She killed a few people on her list, including Meryn Trant and Walder Frey. You can somewhat add The Hound to the list as technically, she left him to die. Berri Dondarrion made peace with her by saving her life, and Melissandre died fighting on the same side. She was on her way to kill Cersei before being turned away by the Hound. Most everyone else died before she could get to them.

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The pace of G.R.R. Martin’s writing is really frustrating. Takes years between the books. It obviously takes that long to make the story really work. HBO has butchered the storyline.

Last night’s episode was pure crap.

The north just walks away?Why not the other six kingdoms?

Jon killed the queen. He wins.

When do Unsullied seek justice? The are mercenaries.

Take the black? Why do the need to man the wall? There isn’t a Knight King, white walkers or anything else. Plus, it borders Winterfell- a now independent kingdom. Why go through the gate- the wall has a mile wide hole in it.

Anyway. The early seasons were fantastic. Hope Martin finishes the books.




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Dorn is easily more independent than the north. That would have happened...

All the strife we saw for 8 seasons just goes away when they put Bran on the throne?

Did ambitious Lords just cease to exist after Daenerys died?

Looking forward to winds of winter and now I’m NOT looking forward to any of the spinoffs.

Their writing with no crib sheet is horrible.

Shame to waste such great performances.

One cool thing about Jon Going North of the wall is... with summer coming... and no white walkers.... he is going to rule a kingdom almost as big as the rest of Westeros.
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That was utter crap, but I did have a good laugh at the part where sansas uncle gave his pitch to be the king


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Pretty weak ending but an entertaining series overall. Time to cancel HBO again for a while lol.


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Ugh. The finale was a real letdown.
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I’m not gonna lie I wanted to smack the smirk right off of Brans face when he said “why do think I came all this way” summa*****!!!




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Now we have a water bottle show up in the Finale. This season was comical to say the least. Loved the series but a little disappointing in how everything turned out. Oh well. Hope the spinoffs are good.
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I know right!

I thought the pacing and timing of this season was off... it was too sped up. I blame the writers for that, because they chose to cut it down to 6 episodes. But..... the way it ended was good, and if you paid attention to THE SHOW, especially seasons 6-8, it all made sense.

To all the people saying that Jon should be on the throne, or Jon got screwed.... HE NEVER WANTED THE THRONE. How many times did he have to say it? Also, he LITERALLY said the words (to Tormund) this season "I wish I was going North of the wall with you..I really do." Jon got what he wanted in the end. If he seemed sad in some of those last scenes, it is because he was clearly still dealing with the emotions of killing Dany (the scene when Tyrion visits him in chains and Jon asks if he did the right thing explains this).

To the people saying "why did Jon come back from the dead for that??" Well.... he did save the realm from a murderous crazy woman. Kind of important?

To the people saying "why did they reveal Jon was a Targaryn with a rightful claim to the throne, only to have him never sit on the throne. Well.... without his Targ blood, he would've never gained Dany or Drogons trust and would've never been able to get alone with her in the end. Everything happened for a reason (think Bran), and again... he did not want the throne!

I would say most all the loose ends were tied up. Brans entire storyline makes sense now (Hodor, 3ER). Arya's and Jon each had their purposes and destiny (Lord of Light). Sansa got to learn from Cersei, and then slowly plot her way to being a Queen (something she has talked about since S1). Sam/Davos/Tyrion are wise men that have good intentions for the masses, they are now in charge. Bronn finally gets HighGarden (he deserved it). Brienne and Pod are in their rightful spots, they deserved that. Cersei and Jamie died together... which was always fitting. They were passionate fools, and they died that way. Am I forgetting anything?
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I thought the pacing and timing of this season was off... it was too sped up. I blame the writers for that, because they chose to cut it down to 6 episodes. But..... the way it ended was good, and if you paid attention to THE SHOW, especially seasons 6-8, it all made sense.



To all the people saying that Jon should be on the throne, or Jon got screwed.... HE NEVER WANTED THE THRONE. How many times did he have to say it? Also, he LITERALLY said the words (to Tormund) this season "I wish I was going North of the wall with you..I really do." Jon got what he wanted in the end. If he seemed sad in some of those last scenes, it is because he was clearly still dealing with the emotions of killing Dany (the scene when Tyrion visits him in chains and Jon asks if he did the right thing explains this).



To the people saying "why did Jon come back from the dead for that??" Well.... he did save the realm from a murderous crazy woman. Kind of important?



To the people saying "why did they reveal Jon was a Targaryn with a rightful claim to the throne, only to have him never sit on the throne. Well.... without his Targ blood, he would've never gained Dany or Drogons trust and would've never been able to get alone with her in the end. Everything happened for a reason (think Bran), and again... he did not want the throne!



I would say most all the loose ends were tied up. Brans entire storyline makes sense now (Hodor, 3ER). Arya's and Jon each had their purposes and destiny (Lord of Light). Sansa got to learn from Cersei, and then slowly plot her way to being a Queen (something she has talked about since S1). Sam/Davos/Tyrion are wise men that have good intentions for the masses, they are now in charge. Bronn finally gets HighGarden (he deserved it). Brienne and Pod are in their rightful spots, they deserved that. Cersei and Jamie died together... which was always fitting. They were passionate fools, and they died that way. Am I forgetting anything?


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Old 05-20-2019, 09:50 AM   #3940
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In a show that is called "Game of Thrones," the person that wins the throne is the one who sees all the moves, and all the moving pieces. And that was Bran. He repeatedly told people that they were exactly where they were supposed to be, or did exactly what they were supposed to do. He saw the past, and apparently the future. Tyrion was right. Who better to appoint as king than the one person who could see, the now 6 kingdoms, and all of their needs, and temperaments. He didn't want the throne, but knew it had to be him, and he knew it all the way back at the tree behind the wall. The only way to break the wheel was have him get the kingdoms going in uniform direction.
Jon looking back at the closing door was symbolic of him knowing that he might not ever go back through it, because he was returning to where he felt free. Us knowing that Ghost and Jon are connected, the symbolism of their freedom is shown with Ghost running through the snow, finally returning home.
Arya seeming dazed in episode 5 did not show a weakness in her, she was an up close tactical assassin who was not prepared for the wrath of a dragon, so she was just reacting. But it allowed her to survive the attack. You can bet that we can expect more from her.
As far as ordering Jon to the wall, and them actually sending him, was more on the times and of honor, just as Ned chopped off the guys head in the first episode. Ned told his boys it had to be done because he deserted the wall, and it had to him to do it since it was his rule. The Knight's Watch was not established to keep the White Walker's at bay, it was to keep the Wildlings at bay. No one south of the wall believed in Walkers , and Walker's were just myth until Jon and Dani brought one to King's Landing, so that was never the reason for sending men to the wall.
I agree that Season 8 was rushed, and that more episodes were needed. Too many prophesies and agendas were left incomplete, but that is t.v. for you.
Just some random thoughts and overall, the best series of my short 40 years. Looking forward to the spin-offs.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:06 AM   #3941
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Well, it was better than I expected, however I had conditioned myself for a total letdown i.e. Dexter, Soprano's, etc. At least they gave us some closure with the main characters and tied a lot of things together. All and all, great series of entertainment.

My biggest complaint is the rush of S7-8 and leaving several story lines on cruise control. If Bran was going to end up on the Iron Throne, how about having him do some coll stuff in S7-8?? If Dany was going to turn Mad Queen how about showing us a little more of the transition instead of saving the realm and losing 50% of her army in one show and 2 shows later burning cities and innocent women/children. They should have pushed for 1 more season and given themselves time, the fans weren't going anywhere.

All in all, I think HBO did a good job adapting ASOIAF to a show, even after they past the books in S5-S6. But, I think they struggled wrapping it up and having to do so in such a hurry. I'm not surprised with this, nobody should be.

This thread has been a lot of fun and has quite of bit of history. I'm sure it will get pumped up again with new shows and books.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:11 AM   #3942
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In a show that is called "Game of Thrones," the person that wins the throne is the one who sees all the moves, and all the moving pieces. And that was Bran. He repeatedly told people that they were exactly where they were supposed to be, or did exactly what they were supposed to do. He saw the past, and apparently the future. Tyrion was right. Who better to appoint as king than the one person who could see, the now 6 kingdoms, and all of their needs, and temperaments. He didn't want the throne, but knew it had to be him, and he knew it all the way back at the tree behind the wall. The only way to break the wheel was have him get the kingdoms going in uniform direction.
Jon looking back at the closing door was symbolic of him knowing that he might not ever go back through it, because he was returning to where he felt free. Us knowing that Ghost and Jon are connected, the symbolism of their freedom is shown with Ghost running through the snow, finally returning home.
Arya seeming dazed in episode 5 did not show a weakness in her, she was an up close tactical assassin who was not prepared for the wrath of a dragon, so she was just reacting. But it allowed her to survive the attack. You can bet that we can expect more from her.
As far as ordering Jon to the wall, and them actually sending him, was more on the times and of honor, just as Ned chopped off the guys head in the first episode. Ned told his boys it had to be done because he deserted the wall, and it had to him to do it since it was his rule. The Knight's Watch was not established to keep the White Walker's at bay, it was to keep the Wildlings at bay. No one south of the wall believed in Walkers , and Walker's were just myth until Jon and Dani brought one to King's Landing, so that was never the reason for sending men to the wall.
I agree that Season 8 was rushed, and that more episodes were needed. Too many prophesies and agendas were left incomplete, but that is t.v. for you.
Just some random thoughts and overall, the best series of my short 40 years. Looking forward to the spin-offs.
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In a show that is called "Game of Thrones," the person that wins the throne is the one who sees all the moves, and all the moving pieces. And that was Bran. He repeatedly told people that they were exactly where they were supposed to be, or did exactly what they were supposed to do. He saw the past, and apparently the future. Tyrion was right. Who better to appoint as king than the one person who could see, the now 6 kingdoms, and all of their needs, and temperaments. He didn't want the throne, but knew it had to be him, and he knew it all the way back at the tree behind the wall. The only way to break the wheel was have him get the kingdoms going in uniform direction.
Jon looking back at the closing door was symbolic of him knowing that he might not ever go back through it, because he was returning to where he felt free. Us knowing that Ghost and Jon are connected, the symbolism of their freedom is shown with Ghost running through the snow, finally returning home.
Arya seeming dazed in episode 5 did not show a weakness in her, she was an up close tactical assassin who was not prepared for the wrath of a dragon, so she was just reacting. But it allowed her to survive the attack. You can bet that we can expect more from her.
As far as ordering Jon to the wall, and them actually sending him, was more on the times and of honor, just as Ned chopped off the guys head in the first episode. Ned told his boys it had to be done because he deserted the wall, and it had to him to do it since it was his rule. The Knight's Watch was not established to keep the White Walker's at bay, it was to keep the Wildlings at bay. No one south of the wall believed in Walkers , and Walker's were just myth until Jon and Dani brought one to King's Landing, so that was never the reason for sending men to the wall.
I agree that Season 8 was rushed, and that more episodes were needed. Too many prophesies and agendas were left incomplete, but that is t.v. for you.
Just some random thoughts and overall, the best series of my short 40 years. Looking forward to the spin-offs.

The wall was built and knights watch established at the end of the long night by Bran the builder with the help of the children of the forrest with the explicit purpose of keeping the white walkers at bay.

They may not have believed in them during the time if Robert’s Rebellion but the builders did.
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Since we didn't see the remaining Dothrakis on boats, is it safe to assume that they are free to ravage Westeros (raping their horses and riding off on their women) much like they had done in Asia and West Texas for centuries? Doesn't seem right to just put them on a reservation and tell them to farm.

Perhaps they were told they could have Dorne if they could take it. That would be interesting.
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I was thinking that because the looking back at the closing of the door seemed pretty symbolic . Maybe King North of the Wall...

I guess it could have this as well since he was in “crow clothes” and not wildling gear.
This is exactly what I thought. Bran the Broken - King of the 6 Kingdoms, Sansa Stark - Queen of the North, Aegon Targaryen - King of the REAL North
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You would think a death of a character as big as Dani would take longer than 3 mins to play out......

crap writing, crap editing.... crap season...it took 1.5 years and this is what we got...

pffffffttttt
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I thought the pacing and timing of this season was off... it was too sped up. I blame the writers for that, because they chose to cut it down to 6 episodes. But..... the way it ended was good, and if you paid attention to THE SHOW, especially seasons 6-8, it all made sense.



To all the people saying that Jon should be on the throne, or Jon got screwed.... HE NEVER WANTED THE THRONE. How many times did he have to say it? Also, he LITERALLY said the words (to Tormund) this season "I wish I was going North of the wall with you..I really do." Jon got what he wanted in the end. If he seemed sad in some of those last scenes, it is because he was clearly still dealing with the emotions of killing Dany (the scene when Tyrion visits him in chains and Jon asks if he did the right thing explains this).



To the people saying "why did Jon come back from the dead for that??" Well.... he did save the realm from a murderous crazy woman. Kind of important?



To the people saying "why did they reveal Jon was a Targaryn with a rightful claim to the throne, only to have him never sit on the throne. Well.... without his Targ blood, he would've never gained Dany or Drogons trust and would've never been able to get alone with her in the end. Everything happened for a reason (think Bran), and again... he did not want the throne!



I would say most all the loose ends were tied up. Brans entire storyline makes sense now (Hodor, 3ER). Arya's and Jon each had their purposes and destiny (Lord of Light). Sansa got to learn from Cersei, and then slowly plot her way to being a Queen (something she has talked about since S1). Sam/Davos/Tyrion are wise men that have good intentions for the masses, they are now in charge. Bronn finally gets HighGarden (he deserved it). Brienne and Pod are in their rightful spots, they deserved that. Cersei and Jamie died together... which was always fitting. They were passionate fools, and they died that way. Am I forgetting anything?
In for the HUGE win......thanks for posting!!! Not sure if some folks actually watched the series with intent or just glazed over episodes waiting on what they liked....or what they expected.

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In a show that is called "Game of Thrones," the person that wins the throne is the one who sees all the moves, and all the moving pieces. And that was Bran. He repeatedly told people that they were exactly where they were supposed to be, or did exactly what they were supposed to do. He saw the past, and apparently the future. Tyrion was right. Who better to appoint as king than the one person who could see, the now 6 kingdoms, and all of their needs, and temperaments. He didn't want the throne, but knew it had to be him, and he knew it all the way back at the tree behind the wall. The only way to break the wheel was have him get the kingdoms going in uniform direction.
Jon looking back at the closing door was symbolic of him knowing that he might not ever go back through it, because he was returning to where he felt free. Us knowing that Ghost and Jon are connected, the symbolism of their freedom is shown with Ghost running through the snow, finally returning home.
Arya seeming dazed in episode 5 did not show a weakness in her, she was an up close tactical assassin who was not prepared for the wrath of a dragon, so she was just reacting. But it allowed her to survive the attack. You can bet that we can expect more from her.
As far as ordering Jon to the wall, and them actually sending him, was more on the times and of honor, just as Ned chopped off the guys head in the first episode. Ned told his boys it had to be done because he deserted the wall, and it had to him to do it since it was his rule. The Knight's Watch was not established to keep the White Walker's at bay, it was to keep the Wildlings at bay. No one south of the wall believed in Walkers , and Walker's were just myth until Jon and Dani brought one to King's Landing, so that was never the reason for sending men to the wall.
I agree that Season 8 was rushed, and that more episodes were needed. Too many prophesies and agendas were left incomplete, but that is t.v. for you.
Just some random thoughts and overall, the best series of my short 40 years. Looking forward to the spin-offs.
Bingeaux......well played sir!

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