5 Questions From Game Of Thrones Finale We Need Answers To

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2011-04-17
Game Of Thrones
The Game Of Thrones has ended and yet it did not manage to address questions fans need answers to. HBO

Without a doubt, Game of Thrones is one of the best shows out there. It managed to entice fans and keep viewers talking about what could happen next, from silly rumors to plausible theories. Unfortunately, the show’s finale (or, to some, the entire Season 8) seemed to have stained the show's near-perfect reputation.

The penultimate episode, The Bells, introduced fans to the Mad Queen Daenerys Targaryen. This alone has left fans wondering what kind of character development the writers had in mind all along. Then there is the finale – an episode that only resulted in questions rather than answers.

So, without further ado, here are five questions the finale left unanswered.

#1. What Happened To Dany’s Elephant-Like Memory?

In past seasons, Daenerys can be seen using her sharp memory to battle death. She remembers the very people who wanted her dead, not to mention the fact that she continuously claims to be the rightful heir to the throne. Let’s skip the memory lane and fast forward to the time she meets Jaime Lannister.

When Cersei betrayed the living by conjuring a plan with Euron Greyjoy to build an army (thank you, the Golden Company), Jaime decided to honor his word and fight for the living. He goes to Winterfell and is brought to the leaders (i.e. Jon Snow, Daenerys, and Sansa Stark). During the “court hearing” (for the lack of a better term, I guess), Jaime insists that he wants to honor his word and that Cersei betrayed humanity. He also says that Euron has hundreds of thousands of troops ready to take down Dany’s dragons anytime. What happens later? Euron takes down Rhaegal.

How come Dany could not remember Jaime’s claims that Euron is equipped and ready to take her down when she seems to have an elephant-like memory? She remembers what her enemies did to her and who exactly their names are, not to mention the loyalty they owe her. She remembers every detail of her suffering and the experiences she has to go through to overcome them. Now, here is Jaime telling her exactly what is bound to happen and yet she continues to merrily fly with her dragons. This is completely inconsistent of who her character is. And if it is not, then I don’t what to call it.

#2. Who Was The Prince That Was Promised?

The Prince That Was Promised, according to the prophecy, will be the person to save the world from “impending darkness.” Obviously, the darkness here is the Long Night, although fans have continuously debated about who this Prince is. In Game of Thrones, it is Melisandre who can be seen carrying this idea. But like everyone, she also cannot tell who this person is. Some of the most noteworthy candidates are Jon, Daenerys, Arya Stark, and Tyrion.

Well, we all know what happened. Arya did stick the pointy end to the Night King. The only catch, however, is that the show did not elaborate on the prophecy. Sure, it rides on it and keeps fans afloat, but the finale showed us that prophecies do not really hold water. Or maybe they do and the writers just could not find a way to do it. Either way, the question remains: Who really is The Prince That Was Promised?

#3. Where Did That White Horse Go?

In the penultimate episode, when Dany went full on Mad Queen-mode, Arya tries to escape death and help others. In her attempt to bring people to safety, she forces a mother and daughter to flee and run. But as they try to do so, they are caught by Dracarys’ fire and ultimately die, except Arya manages to survive. Later on, a white horse appears out of nowhere. I actually loved this scene, as I felt like this is what Game of Thrones is all about. I thought there was a huge meaning behind it and that Arya could finally be unleashing her true self: The God of Death.

But much to my dismay, the show’s finale did not really bother telling us what that horse is all about or why it was even there in the first place. In fact, in the entirety of The Iron Throne episode, Arya is just sidelined. I personally waited for her to, you know, kill Dany or maybe do something big. I guess when your show is rushed, you tend to miss some of the most important elements.

#4. Why Did Melisandre Bring Jon Snow Back From The Dead?

Fans can agree that seeing Jon Snow stabbed to death is one of the best scenes in Game of Thrones. And I could not even blame those Night Watch boys. They were led to believe that Castle Black is a fortress stranger to the wildings. So when Jon decides to bring these strangers in, these men think their Lord Commander is violating the essence of their brotherhood, or what have you. But hey, Jon is literally wearing plot armor; hence, he has to live. Kidding aside, bringing Jon back from the dead is something that speaks of greater purpose. He is the person to lead humanity in a fight against the dead. And, like me, you also expected him to kill the Night King.

Melisandre herself believes that Jon is The Prince That Was Promised, simply due to the fact that she is able to resurrect him. Whether there is divine intervention or not, one can say that Ned Stark’s supposed bastard son was brought back for a reason. And with the way the finale ended, it is almost funny to think that he just had some good luck.

#5. What Is The Point Of The Night King?

The Night King’s existence in Game of Thrones is one of the many reasons fans love the show. After all, his existence was hyped since the start of the first episode. Even Ned himself keeps talking about “winter is here.” A common complaint you can hear is how little the lord of the dead amounted to after years of buildup. The show always boasts how massive the undead army and its king are and why they are supposed to be the greatest threat in Westerosi history.

It is the kind of threat that forced characters to team up and do the silliest of things like capturing an undead just to make people believe about their existence. But ever since Arya stuck the pointy end, The Long Night – one that refers to countless dark, cold nights – ended in a single episode. The Night King was literally dead in a single long night. So what was the purpose of his existence, anyway? Why build him up only to be killed in a single episode? And isn't the army of the dead supposed to be the greatest threat in Westorosi history? I guess not.

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