The end is nigh. The final battle of King’s Landing, the battle for the throne, what seven preceding seasons have been about, is done with, and most of King’s Landing, infact the very throne that all of this has been for, are up in fumes and ashes. This, I feel is the great dichotomy with finales. No closing out of a story or saga that has spanned a little over a decade can fully satisfy fans with the closure. There are rare exceptions ofcourse, ‘Breaking Bad’ being one of them, but the sad news for fans is that what is currently the biggest show on the planet, in a golden age also one of its best, may not have the same fate, and its final season may very much be the reason.
Following the devastating final bits of last week’s episode, it was all but expected that Daenerys would be impacted: it was an emotional hit few of us could endure, leave alone Daenerys who has also had to deal with her loyal advisors turning on her. This gives way to a big, twisty revelation towards the end of this episode, but that shock and horror would hardly seemed earned. Moving forward, in the opening minutes, we see Varys quickly scribbling on parchments the truth about Jon Snow, as his treachery becomes known, and he is executed on the shores of Dragonstone.
The following day, the Northmen led by Jon, the remaining Dothraki, and the Unsullied led by a broken Grey Worm arrive at the gates of King’s Landing prepared for the final battle, when as many fans expected, Daenerys rained down hell upon the Lannister Army and the Golden Company, burning the entire Iron Fleet on her arrival, quite effortlessly so, efficiently avoiding any projectiles sent her way through Scorpion. The siege with Drogon gives a lot of strategic advantage to the advancing forces who are quickly able to fight their way through the dwindling forces, but it all comes undone when Daenerys accepts that she can’t rule through love, that it had to be fear that established her reign.