It already seems like an eternity since we wrapped our time in the winter wonderland of Westeros and Game of Thrones came to its cataclysmic conclusion. Fans were already disappointed that the final run of episodes had been reduced to just six, but nothing prepared us for the dumpster fire that made up Game of Thrones Season 8.
While highlights included the long-awaited Cleganebowl, the Battle of Winterfell, and any scenes involving Tyrion or Brienne, that didn’t make up for the show’s MANY flaws.
Alongside lacklustre deaths for Jaime and Cersei, there was Daenerys Targaryen’s villainous turn in the blink of an eye and disappointment that Bran Stark emerged as the new ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Thankfully, the Season 8 scripts give at least one of our favourites a bit of a happier ending.
Up there with Game of Thrones‘ biggest losers was Kit Harington’s Jon Snow. After years of being the Stark bastard, Jon finally learned his Targaryen heritage and that he was was the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. It could’ve all ended so well, but instead, things went from bad to worse for the long-haired lothario.
As Arya Stark denounced her heritage and set off west of Westeros, it left Bran and Sansa ruling over their own kingdoms. However, the Emmy-nominated script for May 19’s “The Iron Throne” confirms Jon is still a king in his own right.
The script from David Benioff and D. B. Weiss’s episode reads: “CASTLE BLACK MAIN COURTYARD – DAY. Jon walks down the last few stairs to the ground level, where the last of the Free Folk await him… Jon steps forward into the sea of waiting faces.
“There is no suspicion in those faces, no awe. Only trust. The Night’s Watch used to hunt them, but they will follow this Night’s Watchman.”
Those up on their Thrones history will know this echoes the Free Folk following previous ‘king’ Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds). It’s a (slightly) more cheerful swansong for Snow following his run of bad luck.
In Season 8, not only did Jon lose his chance to lead, but he was also forced to slay his beloved in THAT shocking Throne room scene. To be honest, I don’t blame him for heading off beyond the Wall for a quieter life.
No matter what you thought about Game of Thrones Season 8, we’re stuck with what we’ve been given. Despite uproar from fans for HBO to reshoot the final six episodes with new directors, the network confirmed it will never happen. Oh well, can’t win ’em all!
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