Watch Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 leaks for Finale
Air Date: 2019-05-19
Game of Thrones episode (season 8, episode 6)
DescriptionThe depiction of two powerful families – kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men – playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne.
It could’ve been so easy. She sits there on her steed, her child, and her weapon of mass destruction. The battle Daenerys Targaryen believed she was destined to fight—and convinced an entire global audience to root for her in—ended before it barely begun. As it turns out, if one ignores the inexplicable ridiculousness of Rhaegal’s death last week, dragons are still the ultimate trump card in a game of thrones, and Daenerys used hers to vanquish King’s Landing’s defenses like it was nothing. But it wasn’t enough.
We can parse out the exact reason why she gave in to her father’s legacy, but at the end of the day she did and the Stormborn brought the storm to her ancestral home by raining hellfire down on the guilty and innocent alike. She thus murdered thousands. Maybe tens of thousands. This was the bitter ending to the climactic battle Game of Thrones has always been building toward, and it’s one that feels true to George R.R. Martin, if more so in concept than execution given the shortcomings of season 8. Still, that leaves one last episode—a finale to the whole series that must wrap up all the story threads we’ve been following for at least nine years. It seems an unenviable task that I’m already lowering my expectations for. However, there is no denying that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have successfully thwarted my early, rosier predictions for the Game of Thrones endgame.
Now, here at the end of all things, we figured that we would take one last shot at trying to anticipate what will come during the final ever episode of Game of Thrones…
A Queen, a King, and No One
When the dust and ash settle on King’s Landing, almost nothing will be left. The city that Daenerys Targaryen swore never to rule as a tyrant was taken with every ounce of the bloodthirstiness that Aegon Targaryen showed when he melted Harrenhal to ruin 300 years ago. She made good on her father’s dying request to burn them all, and it was a grimly illuminating juxtaposition when the remaining caches of Aerys II’s wildfire looked like tiny green sparklers next to the devastation wrought by Daenerys and Drogon’s dragonfire.
King’s Landing has fallen and Daenerys has succumbed to her family’s worst impulses. She is now technically Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, but it doesn’t seem destined to last for even a whole episode. Jon Snow, as has been well established to Daenerys’ anguish, has a better claim on the Iron Throne by his legal name of Aegon Targaryen. Arya Stark also barely survived Dany’s carnage only to be drenched in the blood of innocent children. She looks numbed and more bewildered than any time since she endured the spectacle of seeing her brother’s body sewn to the head of his murdered direwolf. Arya came to King’s Landing to kill a queen; it just worked out to be the one she didn’t expect.
All of which seems to portend that Arya is now on a mission to do to the genocidal dragon queen what she did to the Night King, shutting Daenerys Stormborn’s eyes forever. On a certain level, it would make sense and add extra irony to the fact that in Arya Stark’s early prayers of vengeance before going to the House of Black and White, she simply referred to Cersei as “the Queen.” Perhaps she didn’t understand how fittingly nondescript that was? But I do not think this is meant to be, if only because it would be too clean a resolution after Arya’s ninja skills were used for the surprise victory over the Night King just three episodes ago. Instead something more tragic is due.
When the finale begins, it is easy to imagine that Daenerys will step foot in the ruins of the Red Keep’s throne room which will probably eerily mirror the vision she had in the House of the Undying during season 2. Back then she and audiences assumed she was seeing snow fall on the Iron Throne (and maybe it still will in the form of one Jon Snow), but it could’ve just as easily been ash. It almost certainly will be when Dany walks through those doors and sees the roof has caved in and the ash of the thousands she burned drifts on the beloved seat of her forefathers. But after giving into her demons, it won’t be enough.
Likely a major aspect of the finale will be Daenerys trying to sew up her final support and dissent, and most likely debating whether to execute Jon Snow who will be disgusted that his queen turned out to be a hypocrite and mass murderer. It likely won’t help that Varys’ will will be done. We did not see how many raven letters he wrote revealing Jon Snow’s parentage before his death, but one imagines that in the days he had between episodes, it was more than the single piece of parchment he burned. And what was the significance of him taking off his rings before his execution? Perhaps a code for his remaining spies to carry out his last act?
No, it will be common knowledge early next week that Jon Snow is not really Ned Stark’s bastard. Daenerys will use this as excuse enough to summon Sansa Stark to King’s Landing where I suspect she is more likely to attempt to kill the Stark girl who betrayed her than the brother/cousin who keeps bending the knee. When the time comes for her to order Sansa’s execution, Arya (perhaps in the face of an advisor or guardian) might approach the Dragon Queen, but for maximum soap opera angst, we predict it will be Jon Snow who kills Dany to save the other Starks. His murder of the queen will mirror that of Jaime Lannister’s own monarch-killing from about 25 years prior, and Jon will hence be known as much as the Queenslayer as the Last Targaryen. And if it is also Arya who is on the chopping block, it won’t even be a difficult decision for the Bastard of Winterfell.
I would like to hope the show will delicately handle the potentially abhorrent image of the main male character being forced to kill the main female character… but given how many other aspects of season 8 have been rushed and unsatisfyingly conveyed, I would not count on it. Similarly, I expect Drogon to simply not be present for his mother’s death. Hopefully a clever reason would be established, but more likely something unsatisfactory, such as him flying off after Dany has died or (worse) Arya somehow sneaking up on him with a scorpion could easily occur. Both of those choices would be lazy, but so was how Rhaegal died.
With that said, if there was ever one moment for Bran’s warging abilities to matter in the final season this is it. What if he takes control of Drogon and forces the dragon to drown itself?
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