The final episode of Game of Thrones brought endings for some characters and new beginnings for others. Perhaps the most striking arc was Daenerys Targaryen’s story. As the Dragon Queen walked into the throne room, finally setting her eyes on the object of her desires for the last eight seasons, fans may have recalled her vision from Season 2, Episode 10.
Inside the House of the Undying, Daenerys entered a vision of King’s Landing, snow falling all around the Iron Throne. But in reality, the dream came at a much higher cost: In the final episode of the series, snow fell, but mixed with ash, and the iconic Great Hall was destroyed.
Tyrion Lannister meanwhile had his own “Valar Morghulis” episode throwback. Presented with Archmaester Ebrose’s book A Song of Ice and Fire, the imp asks new Grand Maester Samwell how he is depicted. The answer is: he’s not. It’s a clear callback to Tyrion’s old friend Varys’ statement after the Battle of Blackwater Bay, “The king won’t give you any honors, the histories won’t mention you, but we will not forget.”
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But what about Jon Snow? He wound up where he began. Jon makes his own callback to Maester Aemon’s Season 5, Episode 7 comment “Love is the death of duty” — a fitting one given Aemon was also a Targaryen who had no interest in the throne. But what about his sentence to return to the Night’s Watch? It may have seemed like a slap in the face for a man who was once a king (and arguably the rightful heir to the Iron Throne), but actually Season 8, Episode 4 hinted at what was to come. As Jon bids farewell to his closest friends, he asks Tormund to bring Ghost beyond the Wall with him:
Jon Snow: “He’ll be happier up there.”
Tormund: “So would you.”
Jon Snow: “I wish I was going with you.”
Tormund: “You’ve got the North in you. The real North.”
The scene is simple enough not to immediately remember while watching the final episode, but it bears repeating once you’ve seen Jon riding into the forest among the wildlings — where he always belonged.
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