Many of us sunk 8 years of our life into Game Of Thrones and were thanked with one of the worst conclusions of any TV series. But how did the fans really want it to end? This is our thoughts on the Game of Thrones ending.
If there’s one thing that managed to unite people more than the World Cup or another royal sprog, it was the unprecedented furore of Game of Thrones. No other series has triggered the same kind of buzz. The anticipation. The suspense. The office dramas about who was the biggest Thrones fan because they read all the fan theory pages… (we all know at least one of those psychopaths).
But it’s because of this unparalleled adoration that the concluding season /s hit so hard. To say it ended badly would be generous (cue the horse meme…).
But George R. R. Martin has yet to finish the series’ literary counterpart – and in an interview, he gave after Season 8’s finale aired, he confirmed that the books would have a different ending (probably because the backlash was heavier than one of Gregor Clegane’s thighs).
And it’s not necessarily the actual GOT conclusion that was so disappointing: it’s the speed with which
Benioff and Weiss rushed us there. Everything else in seasons 1-5 was a slow build. Scenarios were constructed carefully and precisely; character transitions were slow and believable. But trying to convince us that Daenerys – the people’s champion and defender of the downtrodden – went entirely mad and killed thousands of innocents in one season after no previous hints of insanity? I don’t think so.
So if we could have our time over with a director /s who didn’t halfheartedly rush the ending to go and film a Star Wars movie, what would be the ideal closure for true GoT fans?
The best script suggestion I’ve read is from longtime fan and screenwriter, Daniel Whidden. To check out his unedited version, head over to the ThinkStory YouTube channel where you can watch it in full.
Here though, I’ve taken his original concept but injected a few major alterations into the Game of Thrones ending. The result is arguably the best GoT conclusion I’ve ever read.
We begin our overhaul in episode 3 of season 8: The Long Night. Much of the action at
Winterfell remains the same, with the combined forces of the Unsullied, Dothraki, Northmen,
and wildlings warring against the Night King’s army of the undead. But despite Jon taking on the icy psycho himself in a sword battle to end all sword battles, it isn’t the living who come off victorious.
Instead of falling from Rhaegal, Jon dives from the sky to join the conflict, fighting alongside the men who chose him as their leader. He runs to the godswood just in time to see Theon stabbed by the Night King (cue aforementioned epic sword battle).
But when Jon stabs the Night King with dragonglass, it doesn’t kill him. Nor does Bran warging into Viserion (the undead dragon) and breathing fire onto him.
Instead, Whidden’s ending sees Viserion’s flames turn the Night King’s spear into dragonglass, which he uses to kill Viserion and trap Bran into his warg state.
This is where my first major Game of Thrones ending deviation with Whidden comes into play. Instead of the Night King killing Viserion with his dragonglass spear, his stabbing the dragon has another effect. Just as the Night King didn’t die when Jon stabbed him, nor does the dragon: instead, it turns Viserion into an ice dragon, the polar opposite of Drogon. Before Jon can escape, Viserion torches Jon with his new icy breath, and Jon falls lifelessly to the ground.
The undead win the battle of Winterfell, and a heartbroken Daenerys is forced to retreat to
King’s Landing with the rest of the survivors, where Cersei now holds all the cards. As they flee, Dany takes to the sky with Drogon, torching the earth and creating fiery walls to slow the march of the undead. Eventually, she allows herself one final look back. None of the undead remains in Winterfell. In fact, she sees only two things: the body of the man she loved, and Rhaegal.
As a distraught Daenerys disappears over the horizon, we cut to Jon’s icy body lying in the
snow. The camera pans out, and Rhaegal is now standing on his hind legs, wings outstretched. He sends a torrent of fire over Jon, and the last thing we see is a tower of flames where Jon’s body lies.
As the survivors finally reach King’s Landing, Cersei agrees to offer the refugees sanctuary in the capitol on one condition: Daenerys bends the knee and pledges fealty to her.
Fueled by the knowledge of the danger that’s hot on their heels, as well as her grief over losing Jon, Daenerys puts the lives of others before her own pride and agrees.
As her knee hits the ground and the people of King’s Landing cheer in relief (not knowing about the unkillable horror that’s soon to arrive), we cut back to Winterfell. With the cheers of King’s Landing still echoing in the background, Rhaegal rises up before the singed patch of earth that still smoulders from his fire. And there, sat on his back…Jon.
The Song of Ice and Fire; killable by neither. And just like a dragon is born in fire, so
half-Targaryen Jon was revived by Rhaegal.
When in our Game of Thrones ending we next return to King’s Landing, so too has the Night King and his army.
Instead of a lousy clash between Daenerys and Cersei, we get what all fans really wanted: an epic battle between the living and the sort-of-dead. Oh and not forgetting the showdown
between the Clegane brothers.
But as the fight rages on into the night and dawn is about to break, the Night King and his army overpower them again, and the castle falls.
However, just as all seems lost, Bran emerges from one of his warg-like trances and delivers
information that holds the key to their survival…The God’s Eye.
In George R. R. Martin’s novels, there’s a great lake in Westeros called the God’s Eye. It has a mysterious island in the centre known as the Isle of Faces. There, the magic of the Children of the Forest is strong, as this was where the pact between the Children of the Forest and the First Men was made. It’s hidden by mist and has such an ominous reputation that few people have ever been there. But one thing we do know is that it’s filled with Wierwood trees.
During Bran’s trance-like state, he saw that, on the island, stands a supreme Weirwood – like a ‘Grand Weirwood’ – that supplies Westeros with magic. If this tree were torched, the Night King would die. He suggests that Daenerys fly there with Drogon and set it alight.
This is where my second major Game of Thrones ending deviation occurs.
At this point, Whidden believes that burning the Weirwood would also kill Jon, as his
resurrection was as a result of magic. Daenerys continues with the plan to burn the tree,
sacrificing her beloved Jon in order to save mankind. This is how – in Whidden’s version – Jon dies.
But Melisandre resurrected Jon with powers from the Lord of Light – which seem to have no
correlation with the magic connected to the Children of the Forest.
Instead of Daenerys sacrificing her beloved Jon in order to save mankind (Whidden’s Game of Thrones ending proposal), here’s how I see the conclusion unfolding.
As Daenerys leaves to turn the Weirwood tree into one almighty bonfire, the Night King flies with Viserion to protect it. Meanwhile, Jon arrives at King’s Landing and, after tearful reunions with all who thought he was dead, Bran asks to speak to him alone.
Bran tells Jon about his vision and Dany’s mission to burn the tree. As Jon turns to leave and follow Dany, Bran has one final revelation:
Daenerys is pregnant with Jon’s child.
After Jon’s departure, we see Cersei go back on her word and demand the deaths of every
single person who had been loyal to Daenerys. Jaime hears this as an echo of the Mad King
Aerys. Trying to reason with her only fuels her madness, and Cersei screams that she’d never really been pregnant, but said she was to manipulate him. Jaime stabs Cersei, completing his arc as a Kingslayer and a Queenslayer.
Fast-forwarding to the God’s Eye, we see an echo of another aerial duel that took place in that very spot between two of the most powerful dragons, Vhagar and Caraxes, and their riders, Prince Aemond Targaryen and Prince Daemon Targaryen, during the civil war called the Dance of the Dragons. After a climactic battle between the three dragons and their riders, it’s Jon who winds up face-to-face with the Night King by the tree. While he distracts the Night King, Dany swoops down and unleashes a torrent of dragon fire onto the tree. As realisation hits, Jon drives his Valyrian steel sword, Longclaw, into the Night King’s chest, sealing his fate.
Dany drops to the ground and Jon turns to meet her. She runs to be reunited with him but, as she gets closer, his smile turns to a grimace, as the Night King throws his spear in one last act of defiance and pierces Jon through the heart. As she cradles his head on her lap, he places his hand on her stomach and with his last breath, whispers, “I love you both”. This concludes Jon’s arc as ‘The Prince That Was Promised’ and affirms that his resurrection was solely to fulfil his destiny of killing the Night King.
Daenerys returns to King’s Landing on Drogon, with Jon’s body secured in the gentle grip of
Rhaegal’s talons. After she mourns the death of the man she loved, she finally ascends the Iron Throne on shaky legs and assumes her place as ruler.
GoT Conclusion Epilogue
Ten years later, Sansa is the new Lady of Winterfell, which has been completely rebuilt. In an
echo back to the first series when King Robert makes the journey, we see another royal
carriage pulling into the courtyard – this time with Targaryen banners.
We follow Jon’s direwolf, Ghost, down to the crypts, where Jon’s grave sits beside his father’s.
He stops at Jon’s statue, along with Daenerys and her ten-year-old son. After a while, she
kisses the statue, and they turn to leave.
“My father was a great man, wasn’t he ?”
“The greatest,” says Daenerys.
“Do you think I’ll be like him when I’m older?”
“You already are Jon,” she smiles. “You already are.”
“I’ll never be like him if I can’t swing a sword.”
“Well,” Daenerys says, realising they’re not alone. “I know someone who could teach you.”
As in the aired ending, Arya has been away exploring the unmapped world but has returned to commemorate the tenth anniversary of her brother’s death. She steps sheepishly out of the shadows, apologising for intruding on a private moment, but Dany waves her hand in the air and dismisses it. “You have nothing to apologise for. Unless you’re saying you won’t teach him. In which case, I have a hungry dragon outside.” They all smile.
“I’d love to,” Arya says.
“But I don’t even have a sword,” Jon sighs.
Arya kneels down in front of him and pulls out a small but familiar smallsword.
“A great man once gave me this weapon. A man who believed I could be anything I wanted to be,” Arya says, placing it gently in Jon’s hands. “I call it Needle. But it’s yours now. And you can call it anything you like.”
As they emerge from the crypts, the courtyard is brimming with people – spilling out all across the surrounding countryside. At the front are Sansa, Bran, Tyrion, Jaime, Tormund Giantsbane, Brienne of Tarth and Samwell Tarly.
“To Jon!” shouts Tormund. “A madman, and a King!”
As he takes the knee, ripples of “to Jon!” start echoing through the courtyard and beyond. One after the other, they all kneel.
“To Jon,” whispers Daenerys. And walking in front of her child, for the only meaningful time in
her life, she kneels and bows her head low to their son; future King of the Seven Kingdoms, and Jon’s heir.
Is this a Game of Thrones ending you would’ve liked to have seen, how would you improve on the GoT conclusion to the show, how do you think George R. R. Martin will wrap things up? Leave us a comment below.
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DC Fandome 2021 – Revelations, Trailers and the future
At the recent virtual DC Fandome 2021 over 66 million fans tuned in across 220 countries. They listened in 12 different languages. All to find out the scoop on what’s to come for the comic book franchise, new DC revelations and even watch trailers of soon to be released films and TV shows.
But, if you weren’t one of the millions to be watching from home, below is the Film, TV and Gaming announcements and revelations that would interest any DC fan.
DC Fandome 2021 started with a world exclusive trailer of Black Adam! The man himself Dwayne Johnson. Along with a host of the films other stars including Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Quintessa Swindell and Noah Centineo. They introduce themselves and the exclusive trailer.
During the 4-minute intro below, you see Johnson excitably launch his passion project. He explains how much the Black Adam universe means to him. We are also told that the film is currently in post-production with the film being released on the 29th of July 2022.
We don’t get much information or storyline from the trailer. But Dwayne’s enthusiasm for the character and the gritty darkness of what we do get in the trailer is enough, for now, to keep us excited about this Movie.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
During the day’s events, Jason Momoa was on hand to give fans an in-depth dive into the world of Aquaman. Firstly, apologising for the four-year wait. However, Momoa and director James Wan appeased fans with a host of behind-the-scenes clips. Plus a glimpse of some unusual conceptual art. Which included quirky looking desert creatures and giant grasshoppers.
We have also been promised by Wan that we are going to be getting a film that’s more mature, giving the audience something new, exciting and an experience we haven’t seen before. The 2-and-a-half-minute look into the sequel, below, was enough to make any fan excited for its theatrical release in December 2022.
DC’s League of Super-Pets
A fun animated adventure was also announced. DC’s League of Super-Pets will bring super-pets like Krypto and Ace the Bat-Hound to life for the first time.
In an exclusive trailer, fans were introduced to the two pups, voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, in a light-hearted look into the film. The full movie voice by the comedy pairing along with some other famous names such as Keanu Reeves and Vanessa Bayer is set to be released next November.
Another film trailer to hit the DC Fandome 2021 screens was The Flash. Portrayed once again by Ezra Miller and directed by Andy Muschietti. Fans were introduced to the trailer and the concept of the film, where the Flash unlocks the DC cinematic universe. He time hops back to the ’90s where Michael Keaton, reprises his role, he originated in 1989’s ‘Batman’ and 1992’s ‘Batman Returns’.
We’re elated that we get another film with Michael Keaton as Batman. Even if the storyline does sound a little farfetched. We’re sure Muschietti will get the narrative across perfectly and the film will be an instant hit. The film is due to hit cinemas in November 2022.
The DC Fandome 2021 team knew exactly what they were doing when they left the release of the second Batman trailer to the very end of the day. Like fans around the world, we also couldn’t wait to see more of Patterson, fully suited up, showcasing his gritty take on the hero. Director Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson (Batman) and Zoe Kravitz (Selina Kyle/ cat woman) were there to lead the trailers release.
Granted the jury is still out if Patterson can pull of the dark knight or not but we have to admit we are excited to see him in action. We also have a sneaky suspicion that for the first time in a film setting since Michelle Pfeifferthey may have nailed the casting for Selina Kyle with Zoe Kravitz. We don’t have long left to find all this out though, as after a few Covid related interruptions Batman is now set to be released in theatres on March 4th, 2022.
Injustice and Catwoman: Hunted
If some of these DC film releases seem a little far away, fear not because we were also made aware that two animated films will be released quite soon. With Injustice’s release this October and an anime-inspired animated DC offering in the form of Catwoman on February the 8th 2022, both the feature-length animations will be available on digital, 4K and Blu-ray. To take a sneak peak of Catwoman: Hunted you can watch the trailer below.
When it came to the TV side of the DC world there were a lot of announcements and trailers mainly around continuing shows such as, Titans, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Stargirl along with the more anticipated trailers for:
Has been renewed for another season, despite the departure of Ruby Rose. The new trailer showcased its new Batwoman – Ryan Wilder played by Javicia Leslie.
Is set to be returning for a fourth season. During the announcement followers of the show were treated to a wonderfully odd and endearing mid-season trailer.
Is set for yet another inter-universe team up as The Flash team takes on a deadly mission against the ‘Armageddon’ villains. Which could decide the fate of humankind. The villainous gang is headed up by Tony Cuttan as Despero, Arrowverse’s Tom Cavanagh as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk.
First seen in this summer’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ Movie, John Cena’s comedic take of the Peacemaker is set to have its own HBO Max show. The fun and quirky trailer to the first series premiered at the event. Along with a behind the scenes look at the making of the series. It shows that director James Gunn is staying true to his unique, comedic style. The Trailer also shows the other great actors involved in the series including the hilarious ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Danielle Brooks, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robert Patrick and Jennifer Holland. This eight-episode series is set to be released on 13 January.
Viewers of the event didn’t find out much about this Netflix offering. But we did get glimpses of Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar. Wwhich let’s be honest along with the announcement that this is actually happening, is enough to get most of us DC fans excited about its release. There is no release date yet but I’m sure over the coming months there will be more announcements about this extraordinarily dark and forbidding series.
Based on the comic book series of the same name created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell. The TV adaptation of the story was announced with a one-minute ten-second trailer. This superhero drama is based around a comic book-loving teenager who discovers she has superpowers. Her curiosity leads her onto a journey into the Multiverse in search of answers. We haven’t got a definitive release date yet, but we have been promised it will be in 2022.
Suicide squad: Kill the Justice League
Since the announcement of this game at last year’s Fandome we haven’t had much information or even any gameplay footage. However, at this year’s event, we did get quite an in-depth trailer and a little look at the storyline. In this game, the player gets a choice of playing Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Boomerang or Deadshot. As they take on a new mission against an alien threat that has brainwashed the Justice League. There is still no hint to a release date or even a gameplay trailer, but we have been assured 2022 will be full of hints about the game and hopefully a conclusive release date.
Another game trailer that was released at the Fandome, that excited fans across the world was Gotham Knights. Continuing its Arkham-style adventures, Games Montreal has been working hard on the narrative and gameplay functions of this game. This game, in particular, was supposed to be released sometime in 2021 but it was delayed and we have now got a 2022 release time frame.
In this game you get to play a number of characters including Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, and Red Hood in an open-world action online RPG in order to uncover secrets and take down the Court of Owls.
So there you have it, some of the top DC new from the Fandome 2021. What do you think about all the new announcements? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below..
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