Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 recap details

After eight epic seasons, Game of Thrones is finally coming to an end on Sunday night with the highly-anticipated series finale that spans 80 minutes.

HBO has been less forthcoming than usual with the trailer and the photos for this epic finale, releasing just two photos instead of the usual 10 images with the trailer revealing very little as well.

After Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), unleashed her fire and fury on King’s Landing in The Bells last week, fans are wondering who will finally sit on the Iron Throne when all the dust has settled and all the smoke has cleared.

In ruins: After Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), unleashed her fire and fury on King's Landing in The Bells last week, fans are wondering who will finally sit on the Iron Throne when all the dust has settled and all the smoke has cleared

In ruins: After Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), unleashed her fire and fury on King's Landing in The Bells last week, fans are wondering who will finally sit on the Iron Throne when all the dust has settled and all the smoke has cleared

In ruins: After Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), unleashed her fire and fury on King’s Landing in The Bells last week, fans are wondering who will finally sit on the Iron Throne when all the dust has settled and all the smoke has cleared

The recap of last week’s episode begins with a reminder that Tyrion wanted Daenerys to give the people of King’s Landing a chance to escape, which she didn’t give them, leading into the iconic title sequence.

The episode begins with Tyrion Lannister walking around what’s left of King’s Landing, as small fires still burn around him.

He walks past a dead young girl, while a half naked man with charred flesh walks past him, saying nothing, as we see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) walking behind Tyrion.

They come to a stop, with Tyrion going off on his own, as Jon says it’s not safe, wanting to send some men with him, but a downtrodden Tyrion says, ‘I’m going alone. 

When Tyrion walks off, Jon and Davos find Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), about to execute a group of Lannister soldiers, when Jon tries to stop him, but Grey Worm says his queen has ordered anyone following Queen Cersei must die.

A tense showdown ensues, with several unsullied warriors aiming their spears at Jon, but cooler heads prevail as Jon and Davos go to speak with Daenerys.

Tyrion goes into the Red Keep, or what’s left of it, with rubble covering the floor where Cersei once had all of Westeros painted on it.

He goes into the basement with a torch, perhaps looking to see if his brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster Waldau) and Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) had survived, when he finds Jaime’s golden hand, not moving.

Tyrion starts breathing heavily, removing bricks one by one, when he sees the faces of his deceased siblings and breaks down and cries.

He finds Jaime had died holding his sister/lover close, as Tyrion starts smashing bricks together, crying for his lost siblings, as the last remaining Lannister.

Outside King’s Landing, Arya comes across a horde of Dothraki warriors, and her brother Jon Snow walking through the pack,leaind to a formation of unsullied warriors.

Draped across what’s left of the Red Keep is a large flag bearing the Targaryen family sigil, as Snow makes the long walk up the stairs of the Red Keep, where Grey Worm is waiting for him.

The screech of Drogon can be heard as the last dragon flies overhead, causing the Dothraki soldiers to cheer and raise their weapons.

While Daenerys’ forces were decimated by the Battle of Winterfell and the Last War, it’s clear she still is hundreds of soldiers ready to fight for her, Dothraki and unsullied alike. 

After Daenerys Targaryen and her Northern army lead by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) defeated The Night King and the white walkers, they took their fight south to King’s Landing, to usurp Cersei Lannister.

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) had begged Cersei to allow the people of King’s Landing to escape, with Tyrion enlisting his brother Jaime to ring the bells, signalling for the gates to be opened.

Cersei agreed to hold off her attack if the bells were rung, but she ended up going back on her word, destroying the city, including The Red Keep, where Cersei and her brother/lover Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) spent their final moments before being crushed to death under the weight of the crumbling castle. 

Begging: Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) had begged Cersei to allow the people of King's Landing to escape, with Tyrion enlisting his brother Jaime to ring the bells, signalling for the gates to be opened

Begging: Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) had begged Cersei to allow the people of King's Landing to escape, with Tyrion enlisting his brother Jaime to ring the bells, signalling for the gates to be opened

Begging: Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) had begged Cersei to allow the people of King’s Landing to escape, with Tyrion enlisting his brother Jaime to ring the bells, signalling for the gates to be opened

The trailer released by HBO immediately after The Bells last Sunday only showed a handful of shots, in the aftermath of the destruction of King’s Landing.

Tyrion was seen walking among the rubble alone, while a bruised and battered Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was seen blending in among the remaining unsullied and Dothraki forces.

The trailer also features another shot of the unsullied forces in their formation, a horde of Dothraki soldiers raising their weapons and another shot of a troubled Tyrion.

Arya and Tyrion: Tyrion was seen walking among the rubble alone, while a bruised and battered Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was seen blending in among the remaining unsullied and Dothraki forces

Arya and Tyrion: Tyrion was seen walking among the rubble alone, while a bruised and battered Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was seen blending in among the remaining unsullied and Dothraki forces

Arya and Tyrion: Tyrion was seen walking among the rubble alone, while a bruised and battered Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was seen blending in among the remaining unsullied and Dothraki forces

Arya and Tyrion: Tyrion was seen walking among the rubble alone, while a bruised and battered Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was seen blending in among the remaining unsullied and Dothraki forces

Arya and Tyrion: Tyrion was seen walking among the rubble alone, while a bruised and battered Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was seen blending in among the remaining unsullied and Dothraki forces

The final shot of the trailer shows Daenerys Targaryen walking to address her people, as King’s Landing continues to burn around her thanks to her destructive ways.

Now that all of her enemies have been destroyed, some could assume that Daenerys will simply take the Iron Throne (provided there is still even a Throne left to sit on), but given the reactions from Tyrion and Jon to Daenerys destruction, it’s possible they could try to stop her.

As Daenerys herself pointed out earlier this season, when Jon Snow told her about his true heritage, Snow does indeed have the stronger claim to the Iron Throne, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and not the bastard son of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) as he had been told his entire life.

Final shot: The final shot of the trailer shows Daenerys Targaryen walking to address her people, as King's Landing continues to burn around her thanks to her destructive ways

Final shot: The final shot of the trailer shows Daenerys Targaryen walking to address her people, as King's Landing continues to burn around her thanks to her destructive ways

Final shot: The final shot of the trailer shows Daenerys Targaryen walking to address her people, as King’s Landing continues to burn around her thanks to her destructive ways

As for who will sit on the Iron Throne, oddsmakers have both Jon and Daenerys with 15/1 odds of ruling all of Westeros when all is said and done

Still, Daenerys has 1/2 odds of dying in the finale, and 6/4 odds of surviving, while Jon Snow has 13/8 odds of dying and 4/9 odds of surviving.

After the series finale on Sunday night, HBO will air a two-hour behind-the-scenes documentary, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, which airs Sunday, May 26 at 9 PM ET on HBO. 

Destruction: As for who will sit on the Iron Throne, oddsmakers have both Jon and Daenerys with 15/1 odds of ruling all of Westeros when all is said and done

Destruction: As for who will sit on the Iron Throne, oddsmakers have both Jon and Daenerys with 15/1 odds of ruling all of Westeros when all is said and done

Destruction: As for who will sit on the Iron Throne, oddsmakers have both Jon and Daenerys with 15/1 odds of ruling all of Westeros when all is said and done

Dothraki: Still, Daenerys has 1/2 odds of dying in the finale, and 6/4 odds of surviving, while Jon Snow has 13/8 odds of dying and 4/9 odds of surviving

Dothraki: Still, Daenerys has 1/2 odds of dying in the finale, and 6/4 odds of surviving, while Jon Snow has 13/8 odds of dying and 4/9 odds of surviving

Dothraki: Still, Daenerys has 1/2 odds of dying in the finale, and 6/4 odds of surviving, while Jon Snow has 13/8 odds of dying and 4/9 odds of surviving

WHO WILL CLAIM THE IRON THRONE?

Daenerys Targaryen

Will she rule? (15/1)

Will she die? (1/2 die) (6/4 survive)

 

Daenerys went from flawed heroine to heel in the season’s penultimate episode, spawning Twitter outrage and a petition demanding a do-over.

She used to break chains, not burn innocents. Now the beloved queen seems to have turned into a mirror-image of her father.  

But many viewers, however, thought it a logical, even inevitable, turn of events. She had just seen her best friend beheaded for example. 

Alongside having seen her longest-serving retainer killed in battle, and her cherished birthright cast in doubt by the man she loves. 

Now, having conquered the capital, with a ruthless army still intact and her dragon seemingly unstoppable, she has everything she once wanted, except Westeros’ love.     

Having horrified her closest allies, will she hang on to it all? Fall to the sword of an angry Stark? Can her conscience return as quickly as it left?

All these questions remain, as fans wonder whether a Stark will now overthrow her terrifying rule. And of course, John is the actual male heir to the throne. 

Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryen

 

Will he rule? (15/1)

Will he die? (13/8 die) (4/9 survive)      

Is it possible that after eight seasons, Jon Snow still knows nothing? Even after everything he has been through over the years.    

He rose to become lord commander of the Night’s Watch, united enemies to fight the army of the dead and even came back from death himself.

The fan favourite has even learned he’s not a bastard but a Targaryen who should be heir to what’s left of the Iron Throne.

But despite all this, he appears to be as confused and aimless as when he began, refusing to force his birthright and yielding his power to a now murderous queen.   

Will he find a way to rise once more and fight back against this destroyer version of Dany?  Or will he use his newfound dragon-riding skills to somehow hijack Drogon into triumph? 

Such a heroic end would require more of him, but perhaps he may just surprise viewers and confront Daenerys – now revealed to be his aunt – over her murderous rage.

Although if he does so, as she has warned, he may face her wrath. Could he died once more? Especially now Melisandre won’t be around to revive him. 

Arya Stark  

Will she rule? (30/1)

Will she die? (2/1 die) (1/3 survive)

 

Arya could have wandered into the woods and disappeared halfway through the season and she would have retired a legend. 

She used her years of assassin training to kill the Night King when all seemed lost at the Battle of Winterfell, snatching the savior-of-humanity role from her big brother Jon Snow. 

She’s killed most of those responsible for her mother and brother’s slaughter at the Red Wedding. 

She even lost her virginity on her terms in a moment of mature empowerment rarely afforded to women in this world. But her role has become uncertain since. 

She turned away from her attempt to assassinate Queen Cersei in the last episode, and seemed to have sworn off a life of revenge. 

But then she became a firsthand witness to Daenerys’ atrocities. Is there one last name on her kill list? That may be, but such action could put her in grave danger.

Sansa Stark

Will she rule? (4/1)

Will she die? (N/A)

 

Sansa sat out the last episode, and she chose the right one to miss, staying safely in the flame-free North at her family home. 

As the show’s ultimate survivor – and the character who has grown and learned the most since she started as a prissy princess in waiting.

It is easy to imagine her as ruler of an independent Winterfell should the finale play out that way. But the major figures of Dany and Jon still stand above her – and in her way.

She has had her issues with both in the past, and most recently urged Daenerys to leave the north be when she finally sits on the Iron Throne. 

Likewise with Jon, she has warned him to not allow his feeling for Daenerys cloud his judgement. Although recent revelations that she is his aunt have made like difficult for him. 

For a Targaryen, it might not be that unusual to engage in relations with your relatives. But for the Starks in the north, it is a little more unusual. 

Bran Stark

Will he rule? (1/5)

Will he die? (N/A) 

 

In the show’s first episode, Bran was forced to behold a beheading. Since then, seeing things has become his specialty. 

He’s become desensitised to looking on such horrors, assuming a mystical role as the Three-Eyed Raven, timeless seer of all. 

He’s played a crucial role at various points in the story this season, luring the Night King for his sister Arya to kill, and dispensing some essential bits of wisdom. 

This included revealing to Jon that he was indeed a Targaryen and the true heir to the Iron Throne. The question also remains, where did Bran go during the battle of Winterfell? 

He used his warg ability to disappear for a large portion of the battle, and we are yet to find out what he was doing during this time. 

It’s hard to imagine him taking the Iron Throne in the final episode however, and he is an easy target for Daenerys and her dragon. 

Tyrion Lannister

Will he rule? (7/1)

Will he survive? (4/6 die) (11/10 survive)  

Tyrion has become an expert at survival and reinvention, but as Hand of the Queen he has failed miserably this season in trying to rein in Daenerys and steer her toward diplomacy over destruction. 

 

He was technically still in Daenerys’ service when the last episode ended, and in one of very few images revealed of the finale, he is shown walking through the ruins of the city. 

He could take one last stab at counseling the seemingly now-mad queen, or maybe use his proximity to her to attempt a literal last stab and sacrifice himself to save the realm.

But she has expressed frequent disappointment with his behaviour, especially after he remained convinced his sister Cersei would come and help defeat the White Walkers.

Perhaps he will be executed in the final episode, or perhaps one of his cunning schemes will come to fruition. We can only wait and see. 

Gendry

Will he rule? (30/1)

Will he survive? (N/A) 

 

Also considered a possible heir to the Iron Throne, Gendry is the bastard son of Robert Baratheon who was ruling over Westeros at the start of the series. 

He was even recently dubbed no longer a bastard, after Daenerys gave it the new title as a reward for his service during the battle of Winterfell. 

This could mean he has an even stronger claim to the Iron Throne, and this might be something Daenerys acts upon in the final episode. 

He has only been a minor character throughout the series however, and so his likelihood of sitting on the Iron Throne remains slim.

His hopes of forming a long-term romantic relationship with Arya were dashed earlier this season when she insisted she did not want to be ‘a lady’. 

So a partnership between the empowered young woman, and this possible heir remains unlikely as we head into the final episode. 

Samwell Tarley

Will he rule? (50/1)

Will he survive? (7/2 die) (1/6 survive)  

 

The best friend of Jon, the bumbling Samwell Tarley has miraculously survived all the way up until the final episode. 

Many did not think he would make it this far, having little to no fighting experience when he joined the Night’s Watch in season one. 

But he has been key to the future survival of others, after finding out Dragonglass can be used to kill White Walkers. 

And he spent some time at the Citadel in Oldtown learning to become a maester and figuring out where enough Dragonstone can be found to defeat the White Walkers. 

Other key players   

Bronn

Will he rule? (N/A)

Will he survive? (10/11 die) (10/11 survive)

 

We last saw Bronn haggling with Jamie and Tyrion Lannister for money should he not follow through with a promise made to Cersei to kill them. 

He did not fight in the Battle of Winterfell, but was in the area for a short while as he discussed the proposals.  

He may re-emerge in the final episode and rekindle his friendship with the two brothers. Or perhaps he will not get what he was promised, and seek revenge?   

 

Ser Davos

Will he rule? (80/1)

Will he die? (3/1 die) (2/9 survive) 

It’s very unlikely Ser Davos will take the Iron Throne, as he has no seeming desire to do so. He has been a fan favourite throughout the series, with a strong moral code.

It would be devastating for viewers should he perish, after he survived the battle of Blackwater bay, the battle of the bastards, and the battle of Winterfell. 

He has always been a comforting presence throughout the series. But he will no doubt be angry at Daenerys recent actions.  

Jamie Lannister    

A fan theory has claimed that Jamie Lannister is alive, and survived Daenerys Targaryen’s bloody siege of King’s Landing in season eight’s fifth episode.

The character was last seen in The Bells clutching his twin sister, and main villain, Cersei in his arms as the walls of the Red Keep cellar fell on top them.

But some viewers are convinced the Kingslayer manages to get out of the ruins, and will make a surprise return in the show’s final episode.  

Perhaps his sometimes apparent good nature will shine through, and he leads King’s Landing to a peaceful future.  

 

 

GAME OF THRONES FANS ARE NOT READY FOR THE SHOW TO END AS THEY BRACE THEMSELVES FOR THE SERIES FINALE

With just hours left until HBO airs the Game of Thrones series finale on Sunday night, fans have been taking to social media to brace themselves for the end.

Some are sad that the show is coming to an end, while others are preparing to be let down already, ahead of the 80-minute finale.

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner hasn’t done much to ease fans’ fears either, admitting in a new interview that some fans will be disappointed.

Game Of Thrones finale: Fans are panicking the ending will be a massive letdown as plot details 'are leaked in a TEXT MESSAGE' and star Sophie Turner (pictured in character) admits 'a lot of people will be upset'

Game Of Thrones finale: Fans are panicking the ending will be a massive letdown as plot details 'are leaked in a TEXT MESSAGE' and star Sophie Turner (pictured in character) admits 'a lot of people will be upset'

Game Of Thrones finale: Fans are panicking the ending will be a massive letdown as plot details ‘are leaked in a TEXT MESSAGE’ and star Sophie Turner (pictured in character) admits ‘a lot of people will be upset’

‘It’s a great ending, from my perspective, it’s very satisfying. But I think a lot of people will be upset too,’ she told The Sunday Times magazine.

‘I’ve just told [her husband] Joe. But he’s so mad at me – he loves the show!’ she added.

While she didn’t add specifics about how some fans might be disappointed, some are already preparing for the worst.

Not happy: Ahead of the hotly-anticipated final, social media is awash with comments from fans sharing their nerves as followers claim they aren't ready to be disappointed

Not happy: Ahead of the hotly-anticipated final, social media is awash with comments from fans sharing their nerves as followers claim they aren't ready to be disappointed

Not happy: Ahead of the hotly-anticipated final, social media is awash with comments from fans sharing their nerves as followers claim they aren’t ready to be disappointed

‘I just know the Game of Thrones finale will be disappointing and I’m not ready,’ said @tarakilkennyy.

‘Preparing myself to be disappointed tonight with the @GameOfThrones finale,’ said @roCkerChick. 

‘Clutching pearls nervous as hell,’ she added along with an applicable avatar.

‘Game of thrones finale tonight! This is going to be nerve-racking!!’ said Twitter user @KarmahArts.

Another fan, @1D5sosCrazy shared an image of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), scarred and ready to break down into tears, stating that whatever happens tonight, ‘This will be me after it ends no matter what.

Another fans shared an image of Anthony Anderson crying from Black-ish, adding, ‘When you realize the series finale of @GameOfThrones is tonight #Bittersweet.’

The five episodes that have aired in the six-episode final season have averaged an astounding 43 million viewers per episode, through live viewings and the HBO Now and HBO Go streaming services, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That figure represents a jump of just over 10 million viewers per episode from last season, which averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode.

Last Sunday’s penultimate episode, The Bells, drew in a series record 18.4 million viewers from live viewings and steaming. 

GAME OF THRONES: A BREAKDOWN OF THE KEY PLAYERS

Here’s where the key Game Of Thrones characters stand after an action-packed season of zombie-mobbing, dragon-torching and secret-revealing. Will Daenerys end up ruling the Seven Kingdoms? Jon? Sansa? No one? And how many really want to anymore? 

DAENERYS TARGARYEN

Is there anything more powerful than the Mother of Dragons aboard her favorite son firebombing the city of King’s Landing into oblivion? Maybe the fan backlash. Daenerys went from flawed heroine to heel in the season’s penultimate episode. That spawned Twitter outrage, a petition demanding a do-over, and perhaps regret among the hundreds of American parents who, according to the Social Security Administration, named their daughters Daenerys or Khaleesi back when she was breaking chains instead of burning innocents. Many viewers, however, thought it a logical, even inevitable, turn of events. The daughter of the Mad King had just seen her best friend beheaded, her longest-serving retainer killed in battle, and her cherished birthright cast in doubt by the man she loves. Now, having conquered the capital, with a ruthless army still intact and her dragon seemingly unstoppable, she has everything she once wanted, except Westeros’ love. Having horrified her closest allies, will she hang on to it all? Fall to the sword of an angry Stark? Can her conscience return as quickly as it left?

Emilia Clarke portraying Daenerys Targaryen

Emilia Clarke portraying Daenerys Targaryen

Emilia Clarke portraying Daenerys Targaryen 

JON SNOW

Is it possible that after eight seasons, Jon Snow still knows nothing? Even after he rose to become lord commander of the Night’s Watch, united enemies to fight the army of the dead, came back from death himself, and learned he’s not a bastard but a Targaryen who should be heir to what’s left of the Iron Throne, Jon appears to be as confused and aimless as when he began. He refused to force his birthright, yielding power to his queen, aunt and apparent ex-girlfriend Daenerys, and then watched helplessly as she burned King’s Landing and most of its inhabitants. Will he find a way to rise once more and fight back against this destroyer version of Dany? Will he use his newfound dragon-riding skills to somehow hijack Drogon into triumph? Such a heroic end would require more of him, but the narrative of the show has never given up on Jon.

This combination photo of images released by HBO show Kit Harington portraying Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO show Kit Harington portraying Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO show Kit Harington portraying Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones.” The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

ARYA STARK

Arya could have wandered into the woods and disappeared halfway through the season and she would have retired a legend. She used her years of assassin training to kill the Night King when all seemed lost at the Battle of Winterfell, snatching the savior-of-humanity role from her big brother Jon Snow. She’s killed most of those responsible for her mother and brother’s slaughter at the Red Wedding. She even lost her virginity on her terms in a moment of mature empowerment rarely afforded to women in this world. (The thousands of parents who named their daughter Arya are feeling just fine.) But her role has become uncertain since. She turned away from her attempt to assassinate Queen Cersei in the last episode, and seemed to have sworn off a life of revenge. But then she became a firsthand witness to Daenerys’ atrocities. Is there one last name on her kill list?

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Maisie Williams portraying Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Maisie Williams portraying Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Maisie Williams portraying Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones.” The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

SANSA STARK

Sansa sat out the last episode, and she chose the right one to miss, staying safely in the flame-free North at her family home. As the show’s ultimate survivor – and the character who has grown and learned the most since she started as a prissy princess in waiting – it is easy to imagine her as ruler of an independent Winterfell should the finale play out that way. But the major figures of Dany and Jon still stand above her – and in her way.

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Sophie Turner portraying Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Sophie Turner portraying Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Sophie Turner portraying Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones.” The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

BRAN STARK

In the show’s first episode, Bran was forced to behold a beheading. Since then, seeing things has become his specialty. He’s become desensitized to looking on such horrors, assuming a mystical role as the Three-Eyed Raven, timeless seer of all. He’s played a crucial role at various points in the story this season, revealing to his Jon his true identity, luring the Night King for his sister Arya to kill, and dispensing some essential bits of wisdom. But it’s hard to imagine him doing anything other than meditating into snowy eternity as the series ends.

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Isaac Hempstead Wright portraying Bran Stark in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Isaac Hempstead Wright portraying Bran Stark in "Game of Thrones." The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

This combination photo of images released by HBO shows Isaac Hempstead Wright portraying Bran Stark in “Game of Thrones.” The final episode of the popular series airs on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

TYRION LANNISTER

Tyrion has become an expert at survival and reinvention, but as Hand of the Queen he has failed miserably this season in trying to rein in Daenerys and steer her toward diplomacy over destruction. He was technically still in Daenerys’ service when the last episode ended, and in one of very few images revealed of the finale, he is shown walking through the ruins of the city. He could take one last stab at counseling the seemingly now-mad queen, or maybe use his proximity to her to attempt a literal last stab and sacrifice himself to save the realm.

Peter Dinklage portraying Tyrion Lannister

Peter Dinklage portraying Tyrion Lannister

Peter Dinklage portraying Tyrion Lannister

CERSEI LANNISTER

Cersei stayed at the center of the action for the first seven seasons but had nearly nothing to do in the eighth, watching from a window and drinking wine as her fate played out. Part of this was by her own design – she and her army sat out the Battle of Winterfell with hopes her rivals would be so weakened by the army of the dead that she could hang on to her kingdom. Never a leader who inspired loyalty, she tried to use human shields to hang on to her throne. But Daenerys turned out to be just as ruthless, and that meant Cersei’s end.

Lena Headey portraying Cersei Lannister

Lena Headey portraying Cersei Lannister

Lena Headey portraying Cersei Lannister  

JAIME LANNISTER

Jaime found his redemption this season, then decided he didn’t want it. He defied his twin sister Cersei and fought gallantly with his former enemies the Starks against the army of the dead. He used his own knighthood to bestow knight status on Brienne of Tarth in one of the most tear-jerking moments in the entire series. Then he and Brienne, who always brought out the best in him, became unlikely lovers. But only briefly. In the end, he wanted what he had declared to be his only need all along, the incestuous love of Cersei. The two of them were crushed under the wreckage of the Red Keep as they embraced, leaving the world touching each other, just as they had entered it.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau portraying Jaime Lannister

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau portraying Jaime Lannister

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau portraying Jaime Lannister 

With AP reporting  

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HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones is coming to a close with Season 8, which has truly become a global phenomenon in more ways than one.

The series, which is set in the magical world of Westeros and Essos, has filmed all around the globe, shooting in a whopping 10 countries – Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Morocco, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, United States, Canada and Scotland.

The main production hub is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, home of Titanic Studios, which has six shooting stages that houses the sets used for iconic Westeros locations such as Winterfell, Castle Black, High Hall of the Eyrie, Sky Cells in teh Eyrie, House of Black and White, the Great Sept of Baelor, the Great Pyramid of Meereen Throne Room and perhaps the most iconic set of all, the King’s Landing Throne Room.

Another primary location is Seville, Spain, which was used to film Sunspear in Dorne, the seat of House Martell’s power, and Highgarden, home of House Tyrell.

Several locations in Croatia were used for King’s Landing exteriors, primarily utilizing the city of Dubrovnik’s medieval walls, and for other locations in the Essos port city of Meereen, along with Gradac Park, the site of the Purple Wedding.

Malta was used as one of the primary locations in the first season, with portions of King’s Landing and the free city of Pentos filmed there, though the production did not return to Malta after Season 1.

The last primary location is Iceland, where they film a lot of locations set north of The Wall.

The eighth and final season filmed in Northern Ireland, Spain, Iceland and Canada.

GAME OF THRONES CAST SAY FAREWELL TO THE HIT SERIES

With Game of Thrones coming to an end on Sunday night, several members of the cast took to social media to give the series a fond farewell.

Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character.

‘Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is. Thank you teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. I grew up with you. I fell in love with you at 13 and now 10 years on.. at 23 I leave you behind, but I will never leave behind what you’ve taught me,’ she began.

Sophie's farewell: Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character

Sophie's farewell: Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character

Sophie's farewell: Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character

Sophie's farewell: Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character

Sophie’s farewell: Sophie Turner shared two behind the scenes pics with her cast mates on Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her Sansa character

‘To the show and the incredible people who make it, thank you for giving me the best life and drama lessons I could have ever asked for,’ she continued.

‘Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Thank you for giving me this chance all those years ago. And finally to the fans. Thank you for falling in love with these characters and supporting this show right through till the end. I’ll miss this more than anything,’ she concluded. 

Emilia Clarke also took to her Instagram to share more behind the scenes snaps, along with a heartfelt message of her own.

Emilia says goodbye: Emilia Clarke also took to her Instagram to share more behind the scenes snaps, along with a heartfelt message of her own

Emilia says goodbye: Emilia Clarke also took to her Instagram to share more behind the scenes snaps, along with a heartfelt message of her own

Emilia says goodbye: Emilia Clarke also took to her Instagram to share more behind the scenes snaps, along with a heartfelt message of her own

‘Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,’ the actress began.

‘The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice,’ she added.

‘Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown,’ she continued.

Overwhelmed: 'Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,' the actress began

Overwhelmed: 'Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,' the actress began

Overwhelmed: ‘Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,’ the actress began

‘But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended,’ she concluded.

John Bradley, who has played Samwell Tarly since the first season, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the first ‘rehearsal and prep schedule’ for the first season, which he recently unearthed.

‘So tonight we have our very last episode. It’s the final step of a long and wonderful journey. A journey that, for me, started at 10am on Monday 19th of July 2010,’ Bradley began. 

Dear fans: 'But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we've made and what I've done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended,' she concluded

Dear fans: 'But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we've made and what I've done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended,' she concluded

Dear fans: ‘But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended,’ she concluded

‘I know this because recently I found my rehearsal and prep schedule for season 1, week 1. This was given to me when I landed in Belfast for the first time, weeks before we even started shooting. Listed here is the rehearsal where I first met Kit, and the first time I wore the costume that’s seen me through 8 seasons,’ Bradley continued.

‘I’m glad I kept this. I met so many people that week who have come to mean so much to me. Back then we couldn’t have known the journey we’d go on together. I wouldn’t swap that experience, or those people, for the world. Enjoy the episode and thanks for everything,’ he concluded, along with three heart emojis.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau decided to post a video to his Instagram, where he shared his thoughts about the series finale episode. 








Early schedule: John Bradley, who has played Samwell Tarly since the first season, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the first 'rehearsal and prep schedule' for the first season, which he recently unearthed

Early schedule: John Bradley, who has played Samwell Tarly since the first season, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the first 'rehearsal and prep schedule' for the first season, which he recently unearthed

Early schedule: John Bradley, who has played Samwell Tarly since the first season, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to share the first ‘rehearsal and prep schedule’ for the first season, which he recently unearthed

Several cast members also sat down with People, to share their thoughts about their final day on the set, filming Game of Thrones.

‘It was exciting and sad and overwhelming,’ she said. ‘Being a part of Thrones has undoubtedly brought more opportunity than I’d ever dreamt of and for that I am eternally grateful.’

Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, said she tried to hold off on crying for as long as possible.

”I remember thinking that I wasn’t going to humiliate myself by crying,’ she said. ‘Because they filmed it for the behind-the-scenes documentary.’ 

Sophie Turner said she remembered crying quite a bit on her final day, after her final take of the series.

‘I remember just crying and crying and crying,’ said Turner. ‘I think the most memorable thing was that I knew that [the end] was coming so I was waiting for them to say, ‘Cut.’ They would say ‘Cut!’ and I would think, ‘Oh my God this is it,’ and I’d start crying. And then they’d say, ‘Moving on to the next setup.’ And then I’d have to be like, ‘Okay. Keep it together. Keep it together.’ I just remember just being on the edge of tears all day.’ 

Happier times: Sophie Turner said she remembered crying quite a bit on her final day, after her final take of the series

Happier times: Sophie Turner said she remembered crying quite a bit on her final day, after her final take of the series

Happier times: Sophie Turner said she remembered crying quite a bit on her final day, after her final take of the series

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