Answering All Your Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale Questions
After eight grueling seasons and a total of 73 episodes, Game of Thrones has officially ended. Regardless of how the audience reacted to the final season, the finale was a bittersweet and fitting end to one of television's biggest and most highly anticipated shows.
But even as it came to a close, we're still left with a few question marks on what awaits the surviving characters.
Did Dany's vision come true?
One of the last remaining prophecies finally clarified in this episode was Daenerys' vision in the House of The Undying back in Season 2. While the showrunners had no idea how the show would end when the episode aired, it clearly served as an inspiration for the same scene in the final episode. It almost mirrored what actually happened in the devastated throne room of the Red Keep right at that moment that led to Dany's death at the hands of Jon Snow. But this time around, she got to touch the Iron Throne. The part of the vision where she saw Khal Drogo and her unborn son meant she had already reunited with them in the afterlife.
Where did Drogon go with Daenerys' body?
Later in the episode, Samwell Tarly mentioned Drogon was spotted flying east. It's possible he was headed toward Essos in Old Valyria, where the Targaryen line originally came from. But regardless of where Drogon was headed, Bran set out to find the last surviving dragon.
Where will Jon Snow Go?
Jon's story finally went full circle when he was sent back to Castle Black as punishment for his crime of murdering Daenerys. He was the obvious choice to be the next King of the Seven Kingdoms given his lineage, but he will now be sharing the same fate as his great-great uncle, maester Aemon Targaryen, who also refused the crown to take the black. It's a bittersweet ending to one of the show's main characters and fan favorite. We last see Jon walking further north, with his new family and people to lead, the Free Folk.
Who Wrote "A Song of Ice and Fire"?
One of the more popular theories that persisted is that Samwell Tarly is a stand-in for the books' author, George R.R. Martin, and is actually the one narrating all the events in the series. That theory is proven true, but only to some extent. In the closing minutes of the episode, Samwell presented a tome to Tyrion with the title "A Song of Ice and Fire," which also happens to be the actual name of the series of books the show is based on. It's an obvious wink to the audience. In the show, the primary author was Sam's mentor, archmaester Ebrose, with Sam proudly telling Tyrion he had helped with the title.
Who Won The Game of Thrones?
Two game winners took the mantle of King and Queen of Westeros. Brandon Stark was unanimously voted and proclaimed as King of the Six Kingdoms, while Sansa Stark independently ruled the North as its queen. It's a fitting end to the siblings' story arcs: Sansa started out as a damsel in distress, who eventually outlived all her tormentors to become a queen herself. Bran on the other hand, as Tyrion puts it, had a story that fits a king: He survived a terrible fall to learn to fly and braved the lands north of the Wall to become the Three Eyed Raven.
Where is the Unsullied Headed?
Grey Worm refused the offer of Westeros leaders to take control of Highgarden and The Reach in exchange for Jon's freedom. One of the final scenes showed the Unsullied boarding ships, preparing to leave King's Landing for the isle of Naath, Missandei's home. If it sounds familiar, it's because Missandei talked to Grey Worm about returning there after the fight against the Night King. It's a sad and tragic closure to the lovers' story. In the books, the isle of Naath is a peaceful island with a tropical climate, just south of the continent of Essos.
What's West of Westeros?
Back in Season 6, Arya asked Lady Crane (an actress in the Braavos theater group) the same question. Crane responded nobody knew and that it might be the edge of the world. This seem to have piqued Arya's interest, which led to her decision by the end of the episode to leave Westeros, and head west toward the Sunset Sea.
Why is there still a Night Watch?
With the White Walkers and their undead army already a thing of the past, what's the point of keeping The Night's Watch? As Tyrion puts it, "The world will always need a place for bastards and broken men." The Night Watch's primary purpose may have been fulfilled, but it will still continue to serve as the kingdom's quarantine for the banished, poor, and unfortunate.
Will there be a Game of Thrones sequel?
There are no planned sequels to A Song of Ice and Fire, but there are currently five planned spin-offs, with three currently in development. But only one has a story already, and it's set thousands of years in the past before the events of Game of Thrones, during the Age of Heroes. It will focus on the Children of the Forest, the First Men, and when the Andals first set foot on Westeros. The working title is "Bloodmoon," whose production and filming have reportedly already started in Belfast and Ireland.