'Game of Thrones' Problems and Questions for Season 8 Finale
Unanswered Questions After Game of Thrones Finale
Why Game of Thrones' Ending Fell Flat
If you're a huge Game of Thrones fan like me, you're possibly one of the thousands of people who felt the ending to the show fell flat. It came off as rushed, with a lot of travel and time between episodes either lost or completely glossed over. Before you read further, be aware that this article contains MAJOR SPOILERS!!! If you aren't aware already, the books that provided the storyline for many seasons ended far before the ending we've seen. The Boltons hold Winterfell, Arya just regained her sight, and many of the major plot points we've seen transpire on TV haven't in the books, *cough cough* Jon's still dead *cough cough*. With that being said, we know that George RR Martin has had a large amount of input into how the show will end, so some things will come to pass while others may change. After all, there's no way he can cover 3000+ pages of information for the two writers to bring to life in just about 15 episodes. We've watched them speed through the recruitment of Daenerys to fight the White Walkers, the fall of the wall, the meeting of all characters to join forces, the Battle of Winterfell, the decimation of King's Landing, and the final death of Dany and wrap up of all the remaining characters. Because the final two seasons covered all of this in only thirteen episodes, they missed a lot of major plot points and failed to answer questions that had been building the anticipation of fans wanting answers for years. Below are just a few I wished for more clarification to personally after watching the finale.
What Happened to the Azor Ahai Prophecy?
The Biggest Problem with Game of Thrones' Ending
In my personal opinion, this is the biggest question left unanswered when the show ended. Seasons upon seasons have circled around the prophecy of Azor Ahai. He was a man who saved the world from destruction many years prior, and many believed that either Dany or Jon would end up being proven to be this person. Often times this reincarnation was referred to as The Prince who was Promised, but some fans believe these are two different prophecies. Regardless, the answer was never given! We're first introduced to Azor Ahai's story by Melisandre, who initially believes that Stannis is the man who will save everyone. When her visions fail and he finally is killed for good, we realize that he's not our man. When Jon is killed by the Night's Watch and Melisandre prays to the Lord of Light, leading to his revival, she then believes that he is the reincarnation of Azor Ahai.
The prophecy reads:
"There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour, a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him."
There are hints that Dany and Jon could be Azor Ahai. Dany was reborn from fire when she brought her dragons to life, and a red comet (bleeding star) is seen. She also "woke dragons from stone" which was referenced by Melisandre in reference to the prophecy. On the same front, Jon was brought to life by the Lord of Light for a purpose. The prophecy also speaks of Azor being reborn in "fire and salt". Unfortunately, we never see either Dany or Jon wield a flaming sword, and when the biggest moment of ending the Long Night came, Arya dealt the killing blow to the Night King and saved the planet, not Jon or Dany. In fact, Jon and Dany were useless against the Night King, being that Dany's fire didn't harm him and Jon could never even catch up to him.
Unfortunately, we may never find out who was the true Azor Ahai. The closest thing I think that fits is Beric Dondarrion, the guy with the flaming sword who keeps being brought back to life by the Lord of Light. Not only does he wield a flaming sword, but he sacrifices himself to ultimately save the person who kills the Night King. While this is even a stretch, he fits more than Dany or Jon does. Too bad the show never clearly answered this long-standing prophecy.
Why did the Lord of Light Bring Jon Back to Life?
What was the Lord of Light's Plan?
The last time we hear from the Lord of Light is when he lights the Dothraki swords aflame to aide in the Battle of Winterfell. After their victory Melisandre allows herself to die and he is never mentioned again. While his power comes into question, (why light the swords if they're not going to work, why not take a stronger approach against the Walkers if he wanted to truly stop them, why light the barricade if it won't stop the Wights?), we also have to wonder why he brought Jon back at all.
We're led to believe that Jon is brought back to life for a greater purpose that will aid in stopping the Long Night, but he never truly does. While Jon plays a big part in bringing together an army to fight the Night King, he never deals a key blow that effects any of the outcomes. It could be argued that his actions bring together the forces necessary to stop the Night King, but Bran has the powers to see what's happening and could have easily done the same. In fact, he could show his powers and convince others even easier than Jon by just demonstrating what he knew. Dany supplies the most forces for the fight, Arya kills the Night King, and Jon gets pinned down time and time again. Are we supposed to believe the Lord of Light brought Jon back to be a glorified messenger boy? It makes no sense.
Why Wasn't Cersei's Prophecy Fulfilled?
Why Wasn't Cersei Killed?
When Cersei was a child she had a prophecy spoken over her life. She was told she would marry the king, he would have illegitimate children and she would have three of her own, she would lose her power, survive her children, and that her "little brother" would strangle her to death. Throughout the show, all parts of her prophecy came true, except for her death. She did marry the King, King Robert Baratheon. She had three children, while Robert had many bastards. Margaery takes her power from her when she empowers the religious fanatics and marries Tommen. All three of her children die; Joffrey is poisoned, Tommen commits suicide, and Mycella is poisoned. So when she was killed by a falling ceiling I was pretty upset. Many people are saying that it was fulfilled because she does cry just beforehand, and Jaime is technically a few minutes younger so when he put his hands near her throat to comfort her in their dying moments people said that counts as "choking the life" out of her. This simply isn't the case. Some are saying it was her paranoia of the prophecy that led to things happening to her, but paranoia doesn't cause two of your children to be murdered and one to commit suicide. The fact is Cersei wasn't choked to death and I don't know why. All of her prophecies came to pass except for the death she was promised and, to be honest, that we all wanted to see.
Why did the Golden Company Even Show Up?
The Golden Company Sucks
On the topic of Cersei, let's talk about why the time was even spent on the Golden Company. Once the Lannisters paid their debt to the Iron Bank Cersei was able to fortify her armies with the Golden Company. They were hyped up as this insanely strong, well-trained, and formidable force. We heard rumors that they rode elephants into battle, which we unfortunately didn't get to see, and never met defeat. Cersei felt they would easily bring her victory until Drogon melted them all within a three-minute clip.
There are two problems with the Golden Company; they never felt as strong as we were told they were and they were destroyed without a fight. There were two possible ways the show should have gone. If they wanted to destroy the whole company within minutes, they should have shown us the Golden Company in action first to demonstrate their threat level. Had we felt they could actually stand a chance it would have shown Drogon's incredible power and give us a real "holy cow" moment when Dany dispatched them so easily. The other way they could have done it was to follow up the Battle of Winterfell with a true battle and allow for us to enjoy Cersei's downfall instead of feeling like it was just a dragon ex-machina. The dragons were shown to be vulnerable for two seasons, with Viserion being killed by the Night King and Rhaegal easily dying from the Scorpion harpoons. So to see Drogon destroy all of Dany's enemies in a few moments felt a bit shocking and convenient when we only had two episodes to go. The whole thing was handled poorly, but why did we hype the Golden Company so much without any true weight being bestowed to the claims?
What Happened to the Warlocks of Quarth?
Why the Warlocks Stopped Pursuing Dany
This isn't directly tied to the finale or season 8, but it's been a pressing question I've had for a while now. The House of the Undying attempted to steal Dany's dragons because they claimed their arrival made their magic more powerful. Dany went after them and had her baby dragons burn a Warlock, resulting in her escape. Later in the show, we see a young girl lead Dany on the chase, only to have her release a poisonous bug to kill her. Ser Barriston arrives just in time to kill the bug and save her life, pledging his allegiance. The little girl jumps into the water and disappears, which leads to Barriston telling her they're still after her. To have assassins follow her to Astapor and try to kill her you would think they're pretty invested. Unfortunately, the Warlocks are never mentioned again and never make another appearance in the show. They just dropped it entirely and hoped no one would notice, but I did.
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