Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 – finale live blog
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 – finale live blog
How will Game of Thrones end? As the series finale looms we’ll be asking – will Daenerys take the Throne? Will Jon take her out to save the world? And when is Bronn getting his castle? For once, all WILL be revealed…
05.17am: And now it’s time for me to sign off as well.
I’ve been doing these live blogs since season 6 in 2016, and I never knew what a rewarding experience it would be. Thanks for reading along, watching and enduring all my weird costumes, videos and memes – here’s a couple for the road.
(Look, I thought the Howland Reed stuff might play out).
I’ll really miss doing this, even all the light nights and furious typing, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading them. If nothing else, it’s proof how much better my mind works when I’m not actually spending time on what I write, which is a little unsettling.
But of course, the main thing to note here is that Game of Thrones is gone. We will never see its like again, and hopefully it can maintain a decent legacy even after some bum notes this year.
For now, and probably more permanently than Jon…
05.10am: It’s actually getting light outside, so I should begin to wrap up.
I’ve done the episode, and the season – but what about the series?
Well, it’s hard to see anything coming after Game of Thrones to match it. There’ll be big shows, sure, but the alchemy of this one worked just well enough to obsess the world and push people to watch live, together, so they didn’t get spoiled. I don’t know if, or when we’ll get a show like that again.
The last couple of series weren’t Thrones at its best. Personally, I think it peaked in season four but everyone has their own opinions. But in the end, at least we got some sort of ending for the characters. That means something.
I’ll be gutted to see Game of Thrones go, but hey – there’s always more from the books if George RR Martin ever finishes them, and that spin-off. And who knows? If the prequel does so well, maybe I’ll be back live-blogging again despite everything I’ve said tonight.
05.05am: Also, at least one of those pre-season posters did come true.
05.01am: Pretty sure this is the latest I’ve ever kept the blog going, but hey – it is a special occasion.
Latest thought occurred – Bronn did very well this season, and so did Jerome Flynn. Three scenes total! All indoors on set! He could have knocked that out in about a week then collected his cheque, and now he’s lord of Highgarden.
04.57am: There will be one thing to keep us going, though – the feature-length Game of Thrones documentary airing in the same slot this time next week.
And no, I won’t be live-blogging that. I have to draw the line somewhere.
04.55am: I can’t believe we’re not all going to be here next week bitching and moaning about the latest Game of Thrones. What will we do with ourselves??
I mean I’m going on holiday, like Arya but in a less Wolf-themed mode of transport, but generally speaking we’re all a bit stuck now.
Also, they seem to have decided to make Ghost direwolf-sized again after he was regular wolf-sized in episode four. Odd.
04.46am: I think this is a pretty good take on the whole thing.
My Weep points were Brienne writing in the white book and Tyrion making sure the chairs were perfect for his first council meeting. Solid, earned character moments. I wish the rest of the season had those for everyone else.
At some point you have to accept the limitations of weak writers and recognize that we have no control over how well the story is told. If that is in fact GRRM’s ending it makes sense to me, and the finale did enough to showcase the effects of that ending on its best characters.
When Game of Thrones finds the time for those smaller moments, it’s unbeatable.
That said, I just realised Davos was pretty chilled out about switching to team Bran after years with Jon, and decades with Stannis before that. Move over Varys! Got the real player here.
04.42am: Maybe I should talk about this series (or season if you’re American) as a whole.
I genuinely loved episode two – one of the best Thrones scripts in years, and really reminded me of the show I loved. So pleased I got to feel that way one more time, because the rest…was mixed.
Episode one was OK. I actually liked episode three a lot more than most people, it’s probably my second favourite of the year. But episode four is messy, and while episode five is technically brilliant and well-made, it just had such a weird turn in it it’s hard to appreciate it fully.
So for me, Game of Thrones season eight as a whole is like the finale – some bits I liked, one or two I loved, an awful lot that leaves me scratching my head. But I will say, it ended better than I expected given the last two episodes.
04.34am: Ha, this episode definitely seems to have inspired some debate online…
04.32am: On a lighter note, here’s the music that played at the end of the series – it’s called, appropriately enough, a Song of Ice and Fire, and it’s basically a juiced-up version of the theme tune.
04.31am: I want to say a big thanks to all of you who watched along with me tonight, and in episodes and series past.
An awful lot of you got in touch tonight to say some very sweet things, and while it may make me look a bit self-obsessed here are a few of your messages – I did promise I’d include them, and I pay my debts.
Your memes are great! Acts like a divider, makes it easy for me to go back to where i left off after refreshing the page!
Thank you for live blogging! I don’t have access to the show right now, your live blog is the closest thing i can get to watching this season finale!
@HuwieMcChewie also I would like to make these following arguments in support of King Bran: – he won't want for power or sex or money – closest to a kind of Westerosi democracy – Greensight therefore great at long-term planning – no need for a new throne, he's got his own chair
— not handsome but jack nonetheless (@jackalexrayns) May 20, 2019
@HuwieMcChewie Thanks for the live blog! Can't wait to watch the episode later! So basically the Stark kids have taken over the entire continent. The next letter from Arya to home might be like 'Yo guys, you all enjoying the spring? Oh & btw just been made Queen in the West. Luv'
You guys might actually make me tear up more than the finale. I never knew we had such a community of people reading this, it’s lovely.
That said – so many of you read this instead of just watching the show! Please watch the show, it has better graphics.
04.21am: Apparently that final episode was called The Iron Throne, by the way. I was hoping for A Dream of Spring but hey, we can’t have everything.
It is, to be fair, a pretty appropriate title.
04.19am: It is wild that Edmure, Robin Arryn, Bronze Yohn Royce and about four random extras were part of one of the pivotal scenes in the series. This show is VERY concerned with picking up some loose ends, but not others.
Speaking of which, what happened to the Dothraki? Are they headed to Naath too? Or is Essos about to get some VERY unwelcome returning foes?
04.17am: The Westeros Wing! I like that.
Good things about the finale: – bringing back Edmure Tully just to laugh at him – Sansa's coronation ensemble – them literally doing the West Wing with Tyrion as Leo, Davos as Toby, Bronn as Josh, Brienne as CJ, and Sam as Sam – bringing back Ghost so you can shut up about Ghost
I actually think this episode did a decent job, all things considered. Dany was dealt with a BIT abruptly and early on, but the scenes were genuinely pretty emotional and interesting. Poor Drogon!
I loved the sort of post-apocalyptic King’s Landing look (though they seemed to have ironed that out pretty early on) and I also quite liked the bespoke endings everyone got. It was all pretty appropriate (except, arguably, Dany’s).
But then there’s King Bran. King Bran! I would have been more convinced by almost any other character, to be honest. I just don’t see why anyone would want him to rule them! He’s so weird!
I don’t know, maybe I need to let it sit with me a little.
04.10am: Now, I guess I should probably try and give a full reaction to that episode, and Game of Thrones (plus its legacy) as a whole.
Er…I might need some time to process this.
04.07am: Also, should we talk about how well Robin Arryn is turning himself out nowadays?
04.05am: I’m really happy that Jon and Tormund reunited by the way. I honestly think their relationship is one of the purest in the show. Tormund is one of the few people who doesn’t want anything from Jon, and just enjoys being around him because they get on. It’s nice for Jon to have a friend like that, and yes I know I sound ridiculous, it has been a VERY long night (unintentional joke there).
04.02am: Haha, a lot of people dispute Tyrion’s claim about Bran having the best story.
TYRION: People love stories. And no one has a better story than Bran
ARYA, WHO LEARNED SHAPE-SHIFTING AND MURDERED THE INVINCIBLE ICE KING OF DEATH: Bran has what now
03.43am: Pretty brutal that a fictional TV character managed to finish A Song of Ice and Fire before George RR Martin, incidentally.
03.39am: I feel bad for the series going all in on Bran, just before we all decided how weird and awful Bran was.
I know I said this already but why does he need a Master of Whisperers?? He knows everything!
03.35am: In the end, that finale was a mixed bag for me. I’m not sure how much it made ACTUAL SENSE in terms of how we’ve seen this world to work, but Jon ending up back at the Wall with Ghost actually felt to me like one of the best endings for his character. Same with Sansa as Queen in the North, Podrick in the Kingsguard. All that.
But then…King Bran. I can only imagine the devastation of the online reaction will put Daenerys’ visit to King’s Landing to shame. Yet another…
…you could say.
03.33am: In the end, maybe the REAL Game of Thrones was the friends we made along the way.
03.31am: A swelling version of the Game of Thrones theme plays as Jon leads the wildlings back North of the Wall, the opposite to the series’ very first scene as the White Walkers started to drive them out.
And…that’s the episode! AND the series. It’s over, you guys!
03.30am: This scene of Jon and co heading north of the Wall pretty closely mirrors the first ever Thrones scene. But now, a bit of green is growing out of the ground…
03.28am: I take back everything I’ve said about this episode – Jon properly reunited with Ghost! He gave him a hug! Jon actually smiled!
Oh and Sansa got crowned etc etc.
I don’t know why they always feel the need to just shout that stuff over and over again. Does that make it official?
03.27am: Jon somehow seems to be back in charge at the Wall. Must be annoyed that Sam got out of duty.
03.26am: Back at the Wall, Jon reunites with Tormund, while Arya kits herself out for a grand voyage.
And Sansa kits herself out for high fashion northern politics!
03.25am: As they squabble over whether to rebuild ships or brothels, Tyrion recalls is old joke – “I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel…”
Those were the days.
03.24am: Bronn is now a very high Lord. It’s also nice to see Davos’ sailing experience, and STANNIS grammar experience coming into play.
Sam seems to be more of a maester envoy than Grand Maester.
03.22am: Tyrion being left out of the history is pretty funny.
Bran is missing a Master of Whisperers, Master of Laws and Master of War. Why does Bran need spies if he can see literally everything?
Hey, Podrick is a Knight! And he’s in the Kingsguard! I like that.
03.21am: Tyrion gets ready for a council meeting, mainly by fiddling around with all the chairs.
The council enters…and we have Bronn! Davos, Sam (who is now a maester, somewhere)? And Sam has “A Song of Ice and Fire”, Archmaester Ebrose’s account of the wars after the death of King Robert.
This just Lord of the Ringsed so hard.
03.19am: She finishes that he “died protecting his Queen” which is definitely one way to put it. Still, nice that Jaime sort of kept to his vows in the end.
03.18am: Brienne is officially in the Kingsguard tower, in the old gold armour…place held up well under the dragonfire.
She’s adding to Jaime Lannister’s entry in the White Book, which was nice – how short and ignominious his entry was is a bigg-ish point in the books.
03.16am: Jon is having an emotional farewell with his sisters and brother. He gives his blessing to Sansa as Queen, Arya decides to find out “what’s west of Westeros” (something she’s mentioned in the past), and Jon gives her a big hug.
Jon kneels to…sigh…King Bran.
Bran sort of smiles for the first time in QUITE a while.
Looks like this story was secretly…
03.14am: Grey Worm’s moral highground is a little shaky considering he killed a LOT of unarmed prisoners lately.
Anyway the Unsullied are off to Missandei’s home town now, which is nice. I’m sure they’ll love having 4,000 traumatised soldiers turn up.
03.13am: Jon is the actual King though…why doesn’t he just pardon himself?
No, instead he’s putting his flowy Night’s Watch cloak back on.
Does he get to be Lord Commander again? No? Who are these two dudes? How did they survive all the White Walkers etc?
03.11am: Jon now also has a nice beard. And he’s being sent to the Night’s Watch…again! What will they even do?
Apparently just march about on an icy wall for no reason.
“Was it right, what I did?” Jon asks.
“What we did,” Tyrion replies. You’re still swanning around in King’s Landing for life, pal! Don’t try and claim the credit here!
03.09am: Can’t believe Sam invented democracy and they all laughed, but then they thought “Hmm yes, this insane teenager who stares at us all the time…my liege.”
03.08am: I mean, I really did try to cover every base ahead of the episode, but even I didn’t predict this one.
Still all more plausible monarchs than Bran, imo.
03.07am: Sarah makes a good point here – I can only apologise for my lack of foresight.
@HuwieMcChewie Thanks for the lovely live blog, but I think there should have been a RIP graphic for the Iron Throne itself!
01.43am: Nice bit of positivity from Stephen King here.
Before tonight's episode of GoT, big thanks to George R.R. Martin, David Benioff, and Dan Weiss for creating 8 seasons of enthralling fantasy (and human) drama. Few shows can truly be called groundbreaking. This is one of them. You guys rock!
Weird to think that this is the last 15 minutes before the Game of Thrones finale, eh?
01.39am: Have flicked on Sky Atlantic where they’re showing last week’s episode, and the Arya/Sandor stuff really hits home – and worth mentioning that, no matter how much we criticise it, the meat of that relationship was built in the Tv series.
In the books the pair of them spent significantly less time together, and the show invented all sorts of extra scenes and adventures for them. Credit where credit’s due.
You can read more about it in the article linked above, but basically it revolves around the fact that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hasn’t done any of the usual press about leaving. I’m not convinced, but I’m not NOT convinced, if you follow.
01.26am: I’m feeling pretty tense about this episode now. Ooooh. I really do hope it’s good. I have to be frank, I’m not convinced they can tie everything up. But just like Varys last week, I’m hoping I’m wrong.
01.25am: Look, all I’m saying is if LANCEL is getting all nostalgic, why shouldn’t we?
01.20am: Even the guy who created the fictional Game of Thrones languages is doing an emotional look back at his time on the show now.
Tonight's the last episode of #GameOfThrones, and if you'll allow, I'd like to reflect. The whole things started for me ten years ago on September 9th—the first day of the Dothraki competition. But the real story starts before that. (Longish thread.) #conlang
Whatever happens tonight Game of Thrones has genuinely been an amazing production, and you have to hand it to all the behind-the-scenes team for creating such a vibrant, lived in quasi-medieval world. Fingers crossed this isn’t the last we see of Westeros on TV.
01.06am: My money would go to neither Daenerys OR Jon sitting on the Throne, Jon possibly even killing his aunt for her actions and then either dying himself or heading into exile. Maybe he could hang out with Tormund and Ghost again, even.
Hopefully the Iron Throne would be destroyed, and Westeros could be ruled by some sort of ruling council instead of just one fallible person, and everything would be a bit nicer.
Alternatively, Drogon goes nuts and barbecues everyone. I’ll take either.
01.03am: And with very little time to go, it only remains to wonder – what will actually happen in this episode?
All we’ve seen from the trailer is a scene of Daenerys emerging to her troops, Emperor Palptine-like amid the ashy ruins of King’s Landing, while various other characters (basically Tyrion and Arya) look at her with concern.
It seems fair to assume that SLIGHTLY more will happen than that, but what exactly?
01.00am: One hour to go! I have to say, this countdown is flying by compared to usual. And weird to think this is the last time I’ll ever do it!
What would the Game of Thrones finale be without a shoehorned-in Trump joke, eh?
00.56am: For once, I don’t think we’re the only Game of Thrones live blog in town. It is a pretty big episode, to be fair. But will they have rambling, unplanned critiques, bad meme jokes and oddly unsettling pictures of their author in children’s costumes? I think not!
…it’s sort of up to you whether that inclines or disinclines you towards them. I can at least promise you some REALLY bad puns later tonight.
00.54am: No, I’m not sure what happened to Daenerys’ leg in the interim between season 7 and now. An omen? You decide!!!
00.51am: Now, dear readers, I have a question for you – how are you watching the finale tonight. At home? With friends? Alone? As you can see I’ve invited a few close friends over…
Last week’s episode has been criticised for Dany’s abrupt heel-turn into mass murder and megalomania, sparking conversations about whether this series as a whole has been disappointing and even inspiring a petition to “remake” the last series that currently has around a million digital signatures.
Obviously this last action is a little extreme – based on comments on reddit they don’t actually think this would happen, they’re just trying to sabotage the post-Thrones career of the writers with the bad PR – but are they right to be angry?
Well, no – it’s a TV show, chill out – but I do sort of know where they’re coming from. Divorced from context the Bells was a brilliantly directed and acted episode with some stand-out moments, but Dany’s arc has been really rushed and it made the whole thing ring false (pun not intended but appreciated).
Frankly, a lot of this series has felt a bit…off, especially the last two episodes, and I’m really hoping David Benioff and DB Weiss can pull off an ending that will at least partially stick the (King’s) landing.
If not, well, we’ll always have the next book from George RR Martin when it comes out in 2030.
00.40am: Meanwhile, to avoid dealing with the fact that some of my favourite characters could die this week I’m just digging out bad old vines I made for the 2016 series. Starting with…
00.37am: Also last week! We finally saw Cleganebowl happen as the Hound took on the Mountain, with the whole thing making a world wonder why on Earth Qyburn didn’t make more indestructible zombies for Cersei’s army. I mean, he was a lot harder to kill than the Night King! He got stabbed in the head and kept on truckin’!
Meanwhile, Jaime failed to get served at the bar at the Red Keep:
“Three sambucas please mate!”
And instead ended up with his childhood crush in a real-life crush, getting flattened by the falling rubble of King’s Landing faster than anyone who had hopes of him returning to Brienne.
So Cersei and Jaime were dead. The Hound was dead. The Mountain was dead. Qyburn was dead, murdered by his own creation (we stein a literary legend). And even poor old Varys ended up barbecued after sending mean tweets about Daenerys to all the Lords in Westeros.
Frankly, I’m starting to get worried about Hot Pie’s chances of survival.
00.31am: Ha, even Pod has heard about the petition.
Thank you for the overwhelming love over the last few years. It’s been the most wonderful thing to be even a small part of something truly monumental. I hope you love it but if you don’t…they can’t change it now anyway ? #GamesOfThrones#TheFinalEpisode@hbo@GameOfThrones
00.30am: Anyway, enough navel-gazing. Where are we left in the actual story after last week’s The Bells?
Well, things aren’t exactly peachy in the state of Westeros. While finally, FINALLY invading King’s Landing with her surprisingly large army (didn’t all the Dothraki die??) Daenerys snapped, deciding that the smallfolk of the capitol were surrendering pretty ungratefully so decided to teach them a lesson.
The lesson? Well, don’t get burned by dragons because you will die instantly and cinematically. Unless you’re a main character, in which case falling stone will get you (BRICKARYS!)
00.24am: Weirdly, the very first live blog we did here and the last have a VERY similar photo.
Clearly, Tyrion has had a tough few years. And picked up some beard oil somewhere.
00.17am: Fact: this is EXACTLY how young we all were when this series began, and I will brook no discussions on this matter.
00.14am: Meanwhile, BBC One has decided to mark the occasion by playing Spooks: The Greater Good, one of Kit Harington’s only non-Thrones roles in recent years.
I guess you work with what you have! Still not quite as obscure as Sodastream’s recent campaign to use the end of Game of Thrones to…reduce our single-use plastic usage? Hmm.
00.12am: Here we all are anyway, waiting for Game of Thrones to zoom off to the big “angry reddit forum” in the sky – and is it me, or does it all feel a bit unreal?
I’ve been watching this series pretty much since the beginning and became a huge fan in the years since, and it’s been a large part of my life. I love this show, and so do so many other people around the world, and frankly tonight just doesn’t seem…momentous enough to be the night we say goodbye to the whole thing.
00.08am: If you’re new here, hello! My name’s Huw Fullerton, and I’ll be your live blogger this evening.
I’ve been blogging this series since 2016, aka when they ran out of books and it all went wrong (depending on which internet petitions you read), and all hacky intros aside I am actually a teensy bit emotional that this will be my last one ever. Well, at least until that spin-off.
00.05am: I kid, I kid.
Tonight OF COURSE marks the end of Game of Thrones, the multi-million dollar adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that….actually, you know what, you probably know all that by now.
After eight series, around eight years and thousands of (pretty grisly) deaths it all comes down to one hour and 20 minutes-ish episode that has to wrap up every single character’s storyline, every dangling plot thread and every dangling question, while also providing an exciting enough story to end things on a high.
Easy peasy, right?
00.01am: Hello and welcome to this – a sad and auspicious day in the history of popular entertainment.
You see, today we must wave farewell to a critically acclaimed work of art, a cultural artefact whose legacy will reverberate throughout the generations, and whose absence this time next week will leave a hole in our very being.
Yep, that’s right – this is my last live blog. Stop, please, hold back those tears. Just think of the good times we’ve had. All those socks, those bad Vines I made in 2016, the tatty Jon Snow cloak I stopped bothering to wear, the terrible puns, the off-brand figurines…they’re not GONE, just in a different place. A better place.
We’ll always have the blogs that came before, even if there aren’t new ones coming ever again. They will live on as a testimony to the power of “some guy typing surprisingly slowly while missing key plot points and making ill-timed jokes” (at least until RadioTimes.com purge the archives in a desperate bid for credibility), and maybe that’s enough.
Still, I can’t deny it’s a sad day for you, the readers or (more importantly) me, the brave person who watches a TV show for work.
What’s that? What’s the blog actually about? Oh, some dragon show. The guy from Pompeii is in it, I think. Now, back to me…