This post consists of frank discussion of various plot points from Season eight, Episode six of Game of Thrones named “The Iron Throne.” If you are not all caught up, or would choose not to be spoiled, now is the time to leave. Seriously: this is your final possibility, and you will not have a different so, get out even though the receiving is fantastic.
Involving dispatching with a hero gone poor and entirely re-writing the way government performs in Westeros, the Game of Thrones series finale had a lot of story to plow by way of in its 80-minute runtime. But if the transformation of Westeros from monarchy to, shall we say, oligarchy felt at all abrupt or sudden, the show smoothed more than some of the bumps by packing the episode’s Terrific Council scene with each humor and familiar faces. Some eagle-eyed fans assume they may well have even spotted a lengthy-awaited book favourite. Right here are all the representatives of the Terrific Homes who decided the fate of the
seven six kingdoms.
Okay, yes, you know all 3 of these faces by now, do not you? Probably a improved query when it comes to Sansa, Arya, and Bran Stark is not “who are these kids?” but, rather, how did Home Stark wind up with 3 tickets to this celebration when all other Terrific Homes had to make do with 1—if they had been fortunate.
Seated proper subsequent to the Stark youngsters was Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies) who was Catelyn’s brother and uncle to Sansa, Bran, and Arya. He was the groom at the Red Wedding and was final noticed in Season six assisting Jaime Lannister and Walder Frey re-take Riverrun from his uncle Brynden Tully. Some fans had been worried we may well under no circumstances see Edmure once more. Possibly the character would be left languishing, off-screen, in the Twins dungeons. But right here he was, producing an idiot of himself, embarrassing his nieces and nephew, and giving some a great deal-necessary comic relief.
Sandwiched among Edmure and Samwell Tarly was a mysterious new face. The show wisely didn’t fill just about every seat at this meeting with a character viewers currently know. This new figure conspicuously does not have any sigils on clothes but he’s dressed as neither a Northerner nor a Southerner which leads some to wonder if this may well be the lengthy-awaited character of Howland Reed— Jojen and Meera Reed’s father. Home Reed sits in the Neck of the Westerosi map, proper among the north and south. In each the book and the show, the character of Howland Reed fought alongside Ned Stark at the Tower of Joy when Jon Snow was born and, as the only living individual in Westeros to know Jon’s accurate parentage, appears like he has a larger function to play in the book.
So is this individual right here in the greenish leather truly supposed to be the strange, little crannogman from the books? Let’s just say it is if that tends to make you satisfied. But also we need to note that the individual who need to actually be honored in this scene is the individual who actually dragged King Bran all about Westeros to get him back household: Meera Reed. Justice, as ever, for Meera.
Subsequent we see Yara Greyjoy representing the Iron Islands seated among an unknown Northern lord on her left (you can inform by his Starkish cloak) and an unnamed Dornish prince on the proper (you can inform by his all the things). The Dornishman may well not get an official name but his mere presence is the writers demonstrating that even though, hey, issues may well not have gone really nicely with the Dornish plotlines on the show, at least the area hasn’t been forgotten completely.
You know these two as nicely, proper? Okay fantastic. Brienne of Tarth and Ser Davos Seaworth showed up and, a great deal to Davos’s surprise, got a vote in electing King Bran.
Gendry showed up in some flash new clothes to make it clear that even though Queen Daenerys may well not have survived the series, her choice to appoint Gendry Lord of Storm’s Finish did. Seated to the proper of Gendry was a different anonymous face filling out the ranks.
Then we have the representatives from the Vale. That lanky, handsome young man on the left there is Sansa’s whiny young cousin Robin Arryn (Lino Facioli) who, you may well try to remember, publicly drank from his mother Lysa Arryn’s breasts till nicely previous the affordable age. We final saw him in Season six telling Littlegfinger they need to send the Knights of the Vale to assistance Sansa in her efforts to reclaim the North. To Robin’s left is Yohn Royce (Rupert Vansittart), a different Vale lord who has been a fixture by Sansa’s side at Winterfell all season lengthy. And, lastly, 1 final anonymous lordly face to fill out the ranks. Rumor is this final lord may well be a representative from the Reach—where each Highgarden and the Tarly household sit—but after once more there are no defining characteristics or sigils to assistance recognize this man.
So there you have it, a really Stark- and Stark-adjacent-heavy Terrific Council that, surprise surprise, voted to have a Stark rule King’s Landing, a Stark to rule Winterfell, and Jon—a half-Stark—to lead the people beyond the Wall.