The Game of Thrones Series Finale Ending Explained

  • Published: 21 May 2019
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    After an uneven final season comprised of only six episodes, fans were excited, concerned, and downright desperate to see how the Game of Thrones saga would finally end. From the Iron Throne to the fate of Westeros and the final showdown between Daenerys and Jon Snow, here's what the ending of Game of Thrones means not just for the final season, but for the entire series.

    Beware: spoilers are coming!

    After the burning of King's Landing in the previous episode, several main characters wander through the brutal aftermath, with Tyrion Lannister, the Hand of the Queen, looking stricken as he walks down ruined streets and sees the bodies of those Daenerys burned without mercy. As he and Jon Snow survey the destruction, Jon and Tyrion separately set off to meet the queen.

    Jon's journey finds him at odds with Grey Worm over the execution of Lannister soldiers. But soon after Tyrion sets off on his own, he makes a horrifying discovery. In a truly heartbreaking moment, Tyrion finds the bodies of his brother and sister and breaks down amid the rubble. With the rest of his house literally entombed, Tyrion finds himself suddenly alone, and in that moment, his resolve to defy his queen strengthens.

    Later, as the Dothraki and Unsullied celebrate their victory, Daenerys makes a grand entrance, riding atop Drogon and landing in a perfect shot with her silhouetted by his wings. While she gives a full-throated victory speech in which she praises her army for taking down a tyrant and claiming the city as their own, viewers know the truth: Dany is no better than the tyrant she aims to replace. In fact, she's probably a lot worse, as she announces her plans to prolong the war and conquer the rest of the world.

    Daenerys has always bent towards justice, but with this proclamation, it seems as if she's finally gone too far, and even her most trusted advisors seem frightened by her endless hunger for power.

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    Assessing the damage | 0:23
    Tyrion quits his job | 1:45
    Jon consults the Hand of the Queen | 2:39
    Drogon's final moments | 4:34
    A king is chosen | 6:07
    The North remembers | 8:10
    Stories are completed | 9:06
    Spring is coming | 10:29
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Comments • 3 817

  • Looper
    Looper   2 months back

    All in all how did you feel about the final episode?

    • Brad Headband
      Brad Headband  4 days back

      'as for the other characters,they were seen off properly'..hahahahaha

    • ahgase 7
      ahgase 7  2 weeks back

      @Mpamphs Kangourosaurous yeah you right. If watch from season 1 will definitely understand.

    • 54markl
      54markl  3 weeks back

      Benioff and Weiss are the Worst Writahs Evah!

    • King Gray
      King Gray  4 weeks back

      Ronnie Thompson real fans know it could have been better

    • V S
      V S  1 months back

      I didnt like the ending at all 😐 1. The dragon queen was killed too easily 😵2. John Snow ❄️ banished far north as punishment for killing Daenerys Targaryen! 😱Sansa and Bran agree to this exile when he did everyone a favor by killing the psycho queen yet he is punished. 3 Cersai died so stupid by falling rocks in the Castle and we dont even see her get killed 🗡, I wanted to see her die a vicious death ☠️ at the hands of the dragon queen🐉 or Arya Stark 🏹 for all of the evil she did but no we dont get that.👎😾👺😡👿🖕🤢😤😩😫😓😥😢😪😬💀⚰️

  • antigen4
    antigen4  2 days back

    'decimated'?? come on! she did TEN TIMES MORE than decimate ths city - by definition!! she destroyed it and everyone in it.

    • nunya bizniz
      nunya bizniz  3 days back

      daenerys did what she had to do and killed the people who have hurt thousands in the past

      • shilpa pankaj
        shilpa pankaj  3 days back

        I wish that there could be a reshoot of season 8 just to give the fans a different ending 😐

        • Christopher Moreland
          Christopher Moreland  4 days back

          I quite liked the ending

          • Nilo Rühlmann
            Nilo Rühlmann  6 days back

            They should unmake season 9

            • Candy Cat
              Candy Cat  7 days back

              You’re trying to explain nonsense that the writers themselves just put together just to rush to the end and be done with the show?🙄

              • Rapidest Archer
                Rapidest Archer  2 weeks back

                This explained nothing

                • Milantique Studios
                  Milantique Studios  3 weeks back

                  I never did like the dragon chick. From the start she seemed like a weak person given power she did not deserve. When the weak get power without earning it, they tend to misuse it. Not becoming something else but rather show their weakness even more on the outside.

                  • A A
                    A A  3 weeks back

                    Here’s a better ending if Dany had to die which I think shouldn’t have
                    Dany name Greyworm lead commander of forces which she did and 2nd to the queen if she falls.
                    Greyworm leads the unsullied and dothraki to war with the starks after Jon kills dany justice. Winners sit on the throne.

                    • 54markl
                      54markl  3 weeks back

                      Dany went Mad a little too quickly, she was killed implausibly, Jon Snow was spared implausibly, Bran was made king implausibly, Tyrion became Hand again implausibly, they all started blabbing about rebuilding brothels a few days after 100,000 people were brutally genocided, and, and, aaand .... Ah, what’s the use, The writing and pacing sucked, it didn’t make any sense, they ruined every single thing about Game of Thrones. But other than that ... well, at least he pet Ghost. Okay, and now it’s over. Yecch.

                      • 54markl
                        54markl  3 weeks back

                        I can explain it. As soon as the Night King died, the show turned into Pure Shite. It was almost like magic how all the goodness of that show was gone in a split second. Yes, remember the good old days when the biggest problem of the show was Too Many Weenies? R.I.P. Game of Thrones. And Benioff and Weiss? We gone find you.

                        • Lars Jensen
                          Lars Jensen  3 weeks back

                          Starting a New trend nevet watch anything that has some Thing to do with david benioff and d.b. weiss

                          • Ailynn Demadara
                            Ailynn Demadara  3 weeks back

                            Is there season 9😁?

                            • voiceMYopinion
                              voiceMYopinion  3 weeks back

                              i expected more. i'm sure i'm not alone. NEXT!

                              • Rated R
                                Rated R  3 weeks back

                                Dragon queen was on the right track to cleanse the world of all innocent or not it needs a fresh start
                                Even now in real life

                                • Basadict
                                  Basadict  3 weeks back

                                  There is always reference to world history, particularly the way how the west dominated the world. The whole GoT series is akin to how Europe was engulfed by plague, famines and war. In the end, they were able to found an alternative way to raise Kings/Queens. No longer a birthright and a divine one, but that which is chosen by the people who know best. Isn’t that like republicanism? And this ending, where Arya sets further westward feels a lot like Columbus founding the new world for Europe. Arya founding a new world for Westeros. Much like renaissance x French Revolution (bastille style). I can only imagine stories from Arya in her old age governing settlements in that part west of Westeros establishing ties as well with it, particularly with the North. Judging how UK’s history went by, the whole of Westeros probably won’t break up ever again. The North, in a sense is like Ireland, and whatever land Arya sees would be the Americas. Drogon, probably flies further east. Highly relevant to how Westeros achieved its enlightenment and break from tyrannical rule of families who drive by birthright. Dany is dead, but will be a forgotten figure only Drogon can live by. I think he will eventually end up in Ashai and where people surely know what happened. And I think Ashai is Asia. Far East, holds much history the world has yet to know. And Further into this story, Ashai is probably closest to west of Westeros than we might think, and could probably be, ironically the land further west coming full circle. And Arya sees it for herself.

                                  As for Jon, he’s welcome to go back and forth I think. With Bran and Sansa sitting on thrones. The North is compassionate with the wildlings now. And what about Eastwatch? The sprouting grass probably is a foreshadowing that the wall will be in ruins or no use as the ice melts away gradually. The black will relax and just be a gate for whatever relationship will be. Bran will write a constitution setting reliable laws for everyone, and could someday abolish the monarchies all together. They will look east to Bravos and other cities that have no kings & queens for inspiration but will probably have cold relationships with the bay of dragons for killing their heroine-Dany.

                                  • King Gray
                                    King Gray  4 weeks back

                                    There is no excuse for this ending I feel bad for Jon snow all the hype for nothing

                                    • Jonathan Ortega
                                      Jonathan Ortega  4 weeks back

                                      Jon snow becomes the new night king. Drogon takes Dany to the house of dying and Bran rebuild the wall that would be a koo new saga

                                      • John Smith
                                        John Smith  4 weeks back

                                        Winter is coming! For like 2 days.
                                        Arya is immune to the NK's power too! Terrible Garbage. Cannot believe how bad they ruined it!

                                        • The Gibbs Guy
                                          The Gibbs Guy  4 weeks back

                                          you're watching "Looper"
                                          Don't expect them to know the difference between explanation and just narrating

                                          • jaye simond
                                            jaye simond  4 weeks back

                                            The only thing that didn’t make sense 2 me is for Grey Worm not to rip Snow’s head clear off soon as he knew that (Snow) killed his Queen.

                                            • jarmadax
                                              jarmadax  4 weeks back

                                              Does anyone know if Benioff&Weiss are still hiding in some cave? Because if would be interesting to see their reaction to all this (very justified) backlash on how rushing the story to the end was clearly a huge mistake.

                                              • V S
                                                V S  1 months back

                                                I didnt like the ending at all 😐 1. The dragon queen was killed too easily 😵2. John Snow ❄️ banished far north as punishment for killing Daenerys Targaryen! 😱Sansa and Bran agree to this exile when he did everyone a favor by killing the psycho queen yet he is punished. 3 Cersai died so stupid by falling rocks in the Castle and we dont even see her get killed 🗡, I wanted to see her die a vicious death ☠️ at the hands of the dragon queen🐉 or Arya Stark 🏹 for all of the evil she did but no we dont get that.👎😾👺😡👿🖕🤢😤😩😫😓😥😢😪😬💀⚰️

                                                • mc menace 1 ARIZONA
                                                  mc menace 1 ARIZONA  1 months back

                                                  They should've had Jon snow throw down with the night king instead Maisy Williams you bullllll

                                                  • don juan
                                                    don juan  1 months back

                                                    Lol, you did not explain anything...just sumarized?

                                                    • S truther
                                                      S truther  1 months back

                                                      Sad it's all over. The war with the white walkers was very gripping, the music built up the tension perfectly. I was disappointed that Jon Snow didn't become King. I would imagine working together for so many years, these actors will miss the work and company of each other. Great entertainment and well acted throughout. Goodbye Jon Snow, so beautifully acted.

                                                      • lauren leroux
                                                        lauren leroux  1 months back

                                                        Am I the only one who was okay with the ending?

                                                        • Shri Pashupatinaath
                                                          Shri Pashupatinaath  1 months back

                                                          It is such a PERFECT conclusion to GoT. D&D have done a brilliant job.
                                                          The conclusion laid a foundation to the the end of an era of royals & royalty & beginning of another era - democracy & the rule of law.
                                                          And who best to usher this in - Bran - the philosopher king & a broken one, who has neither the desire nor the capability to further his royal ambition through biological perpetuation.
                                                          And so begins the new world order.
                                                          My compliments to the writers.

                                                          • glockwise
                                                            glockwise  3 weeks back

                                                            What are you talking about, the ending was awful.

                                                        • Aatreyee Bhattacharya
                                                          Aatreyee Bhattacharya  1 months back

                                                          Tbh I didn’t really hate the last season

                                                          • M L4
                                                            M L4  1 months back

                                                            Just finished.. The ending ACTUALLY made sense.. LOVED IT!

                                                            • kizztoff
                                                              kizztoff  1 months back

                                                              You built a strong character that everyone would love and you know people will follow but soon destroy this character int the end to deviate from peoples expectation. You made millions of people cry because they didnt feel justice in it. Was it good? No. But of course you already made millions of dollars why the hell you care?

                                                              • ArcanicFire
                                                                ArcanicFire  1 months back

                                                                Not an ending explained as much as highlights given. Waste of time.

                                                                • mohammed junaid
                                                                  mohammed junaid  1 months back

                                                                  Its good ending every one got something what they deserve.. Jon snow got some peace from this political shit.. great decision by brother bran the king of 6 kingdom..sansa queen of the north....stark family power ruling the world...
                                                                  .. Hats off to the maker of the show...👏👏👏👏✌

                                                                  • t3hdude
                                                                    t3hdude  1 months back

                                                                    Am I the only one that actually thought the ending was pretty good?

                                                                    • Varion Bodhi
                                                                      Varion Bodhi  1 months back

                                                                      Jon Snow is an absolutely disgusting character, he is a backstabber, he betrayed the nightswatch, his first love and then finally Daenerys in a two-faced, intrigant and manipulating manner. He used her love for him against her. He has no consistent morals. He is a coward.
                                                                      And he is full of self-pity with is almost constantly miserable look on his face. He has never processed being (treated as) a bastard.

                                                                      • fouad ouamane
                                                                        fouad ouamane  1 months back

                                                                        worste episode ever

                                                                        • IEatSand22890
                                                                          IEatSand22890  1 months back

                                                                          Finale Explained: Terrible writing. Saved everyone 11 and a half minutes.

                                                                          • Aiglos
                                                                            Aiglos  1 months back

                                                                            If you have to explain it like this, then Dumb and Dumber failed more than I thought...

                                                                            • Katrina K
                                                                              Katrina K  1 months back

                                                                              Dany burnt the King's landing..
                                                                              D&D burnt the whole series

                                                                              • A Real Human
                                                                                A Real Human  1 months back

                                                                                The series finale rendered the Iron Throne itself, the inspiration for most of the terrible things we’ve seen over eight seasons, was grief-torched by Drogon after Jon Snow killed its mom. That same show had given us King's Landing, so now King's Landing had been destroyed. This whole moment was reminiscent and painful to feel but also deeply relatable.

                                                                                For all its flaws, Game of Thrones had a lot going for it, and those are why my family, who grew up in a time when the best shows were terrible, were so enchanted by both the series and the characters. If you liked me, you hated me; if you didn't, good, and not so much. And then suddenly, after nine long months, Game of Throne's final season's finale's ending, you can see this:

                                                                                "Do you have any more questions for Daenerys?"

                                                                                "What does she have with Daario?"

                                                                                "How does she come to be the Lady of the Eyrie?"

                                                                                That's, of course, what makes an episode like this great. Game of Thrones's finale's premiere's premiere's finale's finale's premiere's finales.

                                                                                • Uddipta Khataniar
                                                                                  Uddipta Khataniar  1 months back

                                                                                  11:01 it should be far south, not far north

                                                                                  • Broken Smiles
                                                                                    Broken Smiles  1 months back

                                                                                    ofc it's the end of game of thrones but what if they make another series that would be called something else and new storyline idk i just want a new ENDING

                                                                                    • Stank Dankin
                                                                                      Stank Dankin  1 months back

                                                                                      11 min video. 4...30sec ads. Sell out.

                                                                                      • Antonio Martinez
                                                                                        Antonio Martinez  1 months back

                                                                                        Fuck Sansa and Bran, Jon could of had a better ending. I thought Tyrion would choose Jon or "Aegon Targareon", as the king... This was a depressing and disappointing ending for Jon.

                                                                                        • Peter Assante
                                                                                          Peter Assante  1 months back

                                                                                          Night King: “Guys look, I know you know I know I could handle Theon, but I think it’s poor practice to let people run at me with a spear unchallenged”
                                                                                          Undead: “Sir trust us, we would have totally stepped in If we needed to”
                                                                                          King: “You’re sure, because I’m pretty sure a man running at me yelling with a spear, may or may not qualify as a...”
                                                                                          Undead: “Sir we got you”
                                                                                          King: “Ok, I’m just saying if we start neglecting the fundamentals of force protection we may...”
                                                                                          Undead: “Sir, with all do respect, we ran a check on Theon, knew this was a mismatch, it was a hammer against glass, this isn’t our first rodeo..”
                                                                                          King: “Alright, because I’m about to go and erase the memory of all mankind and stuff, and I reheaaally need to know if...”
                                                                                          Undead: “Sir we get it, next time a lunatic comes charging at you with a spear we’ll cut him down - we just didn’t know you wanted us to”
                                                                                          King: “Ok well I do”
                                                                                          Undead: “ok”
                                                                                          King: “ok”
                                                                                          Undead: “ok!”
                                                                                          King: “Thank you...alright let’s do this”
                                                                                          Arya: “Ahhhhhhhhhhh!”

                                                                                          • Aditya vJ
                                                                                            Aditya vJ  2 months back

                                                                                            Yeah we all are dumb and we needed a narration. Bring down the video with maximum dislikes.

                                                                                            • OmerM92
                                                                                              OmerM92  2 months back

                                                                                              Felt really bad for Jon.. But I think that is the right way to end the show. GoT has never sugarcoated anything, and always told the more realistic story, even when it hurts. The ending was exactly that. So well written ending, though sad for Jon...