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Warning: spoiler upon spoiler for the Game Of Thrones season 8 finale await below.
It’s over. The 73rd Game Of Thrones episode, first of its name, has aired. The show’s chess pieces (the few that didn’t end up chargrilled or crushed to dust) have all reached their final square. But were the survivors punished or rewarded?
Clearly, there are major spoilers ahead. Last warning…
All hail Bran the Broken, first of his name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm. With a warging, all-seeing Three-Eyed Raven for a ruler, that realm is protected all right.
Hand to King Bran the Broken, leader of the Small Council. Finally the finder of an audience for his long-promised joke about the jackass and the honeycomb, but still a long way from his dream of living out his days in a southern vineyard.
Queen in the North, wearer of a new crown and occupier of a Direwolf-carved wooden throne. Queen Sansa made the North once again an independent state, as it was before the Targaryen conquest. Her father would have been proud (also: surprised).
Jon was sent back where he (sort of) started, at Castle Black, in the Night’s Watch. He was last seen venturing North with Tormund and the Wildlings, to resettle their villages now that there’s no threat from the Night King, and roam the land.
Sailing the seas to find what’s west of Westeros, armed with her Needle, the dagger she used to kill the Night King, plenty of skill and one hell of a reputation.
Ser Davos Seaworth
The Onion Knight is now master of ships in King Bran’s small council. Not bad for a smuggler.
Judging by his chain, Grand Maester to King Bran’s small council (Sam’s dream!) and expectant father to a child with Gilly.
Ser Brienne Of Tarth
Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, member of King Bran’s small council, and biographer of Ser Jaime Lannister.
Ser Bronn of the Blackwater
Lord of Highgarden and master of coin on King Bran’s small council. Not bad for a sellsword.
Wildling leader, back in his heartland leading his people beyond the Wall in the North.
Ser Gendry of Storm’s End
Lord of Storm’s End and legitimate son of House Baratheon, but not husband to Arya Stark.
Leader of the Unsullied, taking them on an expedition to the Island of Naath, the birthplace of his beloved Missandei.
Mother-to-be of her second child, fathered by Grand Maester Samwell Tarly. (Maesters are traditionally celibate and don’t have families but we can’t imagine that rule would be enforced for Sam and Gilly.)
Ser Podrick Payne
A member of the Kingsguard, serving under Ser Brienne of Tarth, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Yes.
Head of House Greyjoy and ruler of the Iron Islands.
Still Lord of Runestone, bannerman to House Stark, loyal to the Queen in the North, with Robin Arryn as his ward.
Still Lord of the Vale, and ward to Lord Royce.
Still Lord of Riverrun, head of House Tully.
Flying to the East, with Daenerys’ corpse in tow/toe.
With his master Jon, roaming the North, fighting his enemies and nuzzling by the fire of an evening.
And here’s a quick list of season eight’s dead and how they met their ends…
Stabbed in the heart by her nephew/lover/subject Jon.
Cersei & Jaime Lannister
Crushed by falling debris in the crypt under the Red Keep.
Decapitated by The Mountain to wind up Daenerys, on Cersei’s orders.
Stabbed by the Night King, running towards him full tilt in a suicide mission.
Burned to death by Drogon for treason, on Dany’s orders.
Aged centuries in seconds, withered and died after willingly removing her enchanted ruby following the Battle of Winterfell.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
Jumped out of the Red Keep in order to kill his brother, The Mountain.
Neck broken by The Mountain during Dany’s attack on King’s Landing.
Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
Killed by his brother sacrificing them both by jumping off the Red Keep into Drogon’s flames.
The Night King
Stabbed in the heart with Valyrian steel by Arya Stark in the Battle of Winterfell.
Fell in the Battle of Winterfell, saving Arya Stark’s life.
Eddision “Dolorous Edd” Tollett
Fell in the Battle of Winterfell.
Crushed by a giant wight, but brought it down with her, the wee dynamo.
Killed by the Night King and used to make expressionist art on the wall of his former home.
In a sword fight with Jaime Lannister. He just couldn’t leave well enough alone.
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