The ending of Game of Thrones was met with an Iron Fleet boatload of criticism and outrage from fans, one million of whom were so adamant about their beliefs they demanded a “new ending” crafted by “competent writers” in the form of a petition.
Everybody’s got something to say. Some, including AOC and Elizabeth Warren, were upset Dany’s sudden and arguably unprovoked transformation into a Mad Queen. Others were similarly outraged by Jaime’s return to Cersei, and Bran’s somewhat baseless ascent to the throne, and Jon Snow’s “suffering” face while murdering his aunt/Queen/lover. Others still had beef with the way Brienne didn’t let the ink dry after finishing Jaime’s story in the encyclopedia of Knights.
But while all those millions of fans did nothing but tweet about their frustrations, YouTuber Dan Olson took it upon himself to craft an alternate ending to the series that laid out the future for each surviving character, complete with a John Hughes style treatment and the very appropriate and very ’80s Tears for Fears track “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
(John Hughes, for the millennials and Gen-Zers, is the American filmmaker responsible for classic hits such as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.)
That’s how fans find out that Arya founded Westereros and “only baked one more person into a pie.”
And that Bronn died three days after getting grammar-checked by Ser Davos during King Bran’s first small counsel meeting.
And that (thank—and I cannot stress this enough—the old gods and the new) Ghost “stayed a good boy and got many more pats.”
Here’s the full video:
Unsurprisingly, Thrones fans enjoyed Olson’s alternative ending better than the original.
Brienne deserved one too, though.