'Game of Thrones' season 8 Episode 6: Everything you need to know about the much-anticipated GoT finale
The last ever episode of 'Game of Thrones' will premiere May 19, and fans will finally get their answer on who gets to sit on the 'Iron Throne,' after years of chasing the question. It all boils down to the 80-minute finale, and with what we have seen so far, we can definitely expect the unexpected.
Theories and speculations abound on what may happen in the end, but fans are universally disappointed with the penultimate episode. To ensure we stay alert on what's to come next, here's everything you need to know about the show's finale (insert Game of Thrones music here).
The finale airs May 19, 9 p.m. EST on HBO
The episode will witness the aftermath of 'The Last War' and it can be expected that we will finally find out who will rule from the Iron Throne.
With major deaths witnessed this season, the finale includes only a handful of players. As seen on the trailer, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister walks through the ruins of King's Landing. Maisie Williams as Arya Stark escaped the crumbling city and rose from the ashes and set sail on a white horse. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen has conquered the Iron Throne as she emerges victorious after a Mad Queen session.
Kit Harington as Jon Snow may contest as the rightful heir to the Iron Throne while in the north, strong contenders include Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. Gwendoline Christie who plays, Brienne Of Tarth is also in the North with the Starks.
If you did not know it yet, 'Game of Thrones' is an adaptation of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' by George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, the first of which is 'A Game of Thrones.' George R. R. Martin wrote one episode in each of the first four seasons but did not write an episode for the later seasons, since he wanted to focus on completing the sixth novel 'The Winds of Winter.'
As for TV, series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the showrunners, write most of the episodes each season, and now, are being heavily blamed for the "worst" episode the penultimate one. Each ten-episode season of 'Game of Thrones' had four to six directors, who usually direct back-to-back episodes. Alan Taylor has directed the most episodes in the series - seven.
The latest news on the coming episode is a petition fans are signing to remake season 8 with "competent" writers.
HBO dropped the trailer for the final episode of season 8 soon after the end of Sunday’s penultimate episode, titled 'The Bells,' where we see Tyrion walk through a ruined King’s Landing as ashes fall like snow and the city is destroyed. Arya is seen lurking amidst the Dothraki soldiers who hail their Queen Daenerys as she walks looking over what’s left of her new kingdom with the Unsullied lined up in front of her.
HBO released two first-look pictures of the finale.
The first picture shows Daenerys standing to address the Unsullied army while King's Landing continues to burn, engulfing the capital of Westeros in a thick cloud of black smoke. The sunny city of King's Landing suddenly looks more like Winterfell, not because of the cold but because of the ashes, smolders and cement in the air. Along with the Unsullied, there's the Dothraki looking up at her.
Tyrion Lannister looks certainly upset at the consequences of trusting his queen. Standing amidst the wreckage, he looks extremely disappointed and worried but wears his Hand of the Queen badge. The reason he looks upset is apparent. He carried the same look on his face from when he saw Daenerys going all mad unleashing Dracarys (dragonfire). Tyrion knows he made a terrible mistake by not believing Lord Varys, his trusted friend, who only wanted the right ruler to rule.
Where to watch:
You can watch the season finale on HBO
Season 8 episode 5 recap:
The penultimate episode witnessed Daenerys transform into a full-fledged Mad Queen and unleash fiery terror and destroy King's Landing even after the bell rang in surrender. Jon and Tyrion were struck with horror on seeing the irony of the queen who called herself the breaker of chains and those who believed in freeing the innocents.
As for Cersei, she saw her downfall as people who were by her side started dying one by one, until she was left all alone, having a breakdown while the Red Keep crumbled. But Tyrion had helped his brother Jamie escape, who appeared in front of Cersei after killing Euron Greyjoy in combat.
Despite being badly wounded, the King Slayer tried his best to help Cersei escape the crumbling city until they couldn't and both the siblings-turned-lovers died in each others' arms as the castle came crashing down.
Meanwhile, the Hound was able to persuade Arya to suspend her quest to kill Cersei, whereas he went ahead to combat his brother, the Mountain, and when it was evident that no stabs would kill the Mountain, the Hound tackled his big brother off the Red Keep tower and both fell to their deaths in the burning city.
As for Arya Stark, who tried to save the innocent civilians of King's Landing rather unsuccessfully, she could save herself from the critical situation, as she rose from the ashes and escaped the capital city on a white horse.
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