18 Small But Powerful Details You Definitely Missed In The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Series Finale

Your excitement for the Game of Thrones series finale coupled with your shock over the deaths, betrayals, and exiles that took place during the episode means you weren’t paying as close attention as you might’ve been.

Here are 18 details from Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6 (‘The Iron Throne’) that you probably missed.

1. Changes to the opening sequence.

As is tradition, the opening credits sequence was ever-so-slightly tweaked to reflect the destruction of King’s Landing in Episode 5, ‘The Bells.’ While the city isn’t shown entirely razed to the ground (HBO keeps drastic plot points like this far away from the VFX team to prevent leaks), there are three small changes—so small, in fact, that they were nearly impossible to catch.

The first is some damage to the set of stairs leading up to the Red Keep.


You can also see a big crack running through the Map Room—where Cersei and Jaime reunited at the end of Episode 5.

At the very end of the opening sequence, the Lannister lion sigil in the stained glass window behind the Iron Throne is now gone, marking the end of Cersei’s reign.

2. Two plastic water bottles made it into the final edit.

Fans spotted the water bottles underneath the chairs during the Kingmaker scene in the Dragonpit.

3. Dany’s hair is at its most elaborate, as she is at her most powerful, victorious, and Targaryen.


4. Dany’s victory speech to her Dothraki army mirrors a speech given by Khal Drogo in the first season.

“You killed my enemies in their iron suits,” Dany said. “You tore down their stone houses. You gave me the Seven Kingdoms.”

You can watch Khal Drogo give a similar pep talk to his khalasar below:

5. We saw Maester Aemon telling Jon Snow that “love is the death of duty.”

This happened in Season 4, Episode 9, when Jon lost Ygritte. Jon recalled this to an imprisoned Tyrion, who replied, “sometimes, duty is the death of love”—the last words Jon heard before making the decision to kill Daenerys.

6. Arya has mentioned going west of Westeros before.

Back in Season 6, Arya was hiding from the Waif and recovering from her injuries within a theatre group. Actress Lady Crane let her crash in her room and fed her soup, and at one point in Episode 8 offered Arya a spot with the group.


When Arya turned down her offer, Lady Crane asked, “where will you go?” and Arya replied, “Essos is east, and Westeros is west. But what’s west of Westeros? Nobody knows. It’s where all the maps stop.”

7. Daenerys entering the throne room in the Red Keep mirrors her vision of entering the throne room from the House of the Undying at the end of Season 2.

When Dany wakes up from this dream/nightmare, she walks up towards the Iron Throne and reaches her hand to touch it—but doesn’t make contact. In the season finale, she once again hesitates before reaching out and touching the throne.

But she never actually gets to sit in it.

8. Daenerys is killed the same way, and in the same spot, as her father the Mad King Aerys II.

However, Jon Snow stabs Dany in the chest whereas Jaime stabbed King Aerys in the back.

9. Dany’s comments to Jon Snow about how she envisioned the Iron Throne as a little girl mirrors George R.R. Martin‘s written descriptions of said throne.

How George R.R. Martin himself pictured the Iron Throne. Illustrated by Douglas Wheatley—via reddit

“When I was a girl my brother told me it was made with one thousand swords from Aegon’s fallen enemies,” said Dany. “What do one thousand swords look like to a little girl who can’t even count to twenty? I imagined a mountain of swords too high to climb. So many fallen enemies you could only see the soles of Aegon’s feet.”

10. The way Jon holds Dany’s dead body mirrors his final moments with Ygritte in Season 4.


11. Brienne of Tarth is seen wearing a new sigil as she sits down to add to Jaime Lannister’s story in the big book of kingsguard records.

King Bran the Broken’s chosen sigil is visible on Brienne’s breastplate: A raven.

12. She’s also fulfilling Jaime’s desire to have more of his good deeds recorded.


13. And, she knighted Podrick!


14. Grey Worm honored his promise to Missandei to sail to Naath after the war ended.


15. The book Samwell Tarly presents to Tyrion at the end of the series finale references the book Archmaester Ebrose was writing in Season 7.


Ebrose’s A Song of Ice and Fire by Archmaester Ebrose was originally called A Chronicle of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert I. It was Sam who suggested Ebrose choose a more “poetic” name for the tome.

16. Sansa always wanted to be a queen. And she finally became one.


17. Tyrion Lannister’s last line is a callback to a joke he’s tried, and failed, to finish many times throughout many seasons.


“I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel,” starts the joke—one that Tyrion has tried to tell during his trial at the Eyrie, and again while drinking with Grey Worm and Missandei in Meereen in Season Six.

He never finishes the joke, but here it is in full:

“I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel. The Madame said ‘What can we do for you?’ I said ‘I need a woman to lay with, for mine has left me.’ ‘Whatever for?’ the Madam asks. ‘And what’s with the honeycomb and the mule?’”

“I said ‘My woman found a genie in a bottle, and he granted her three wishes. The first was for a house fit for a queen, so he gave her this damn honeycomb. The second wish was that she have the nicest ass in all the land, so he gave her this damn donkey.’ The Madame says ‘So what about the third wish?’ And I reply ‘Well… she asked the genie to make my cock hang down past my knee.’ The Madame says ‘Well that’s not so bad eh?’ Not so bad!? ‘I used to be six foot three!’”

18. We started, and ended, North of the Wall.