Warning: this post contains spoilers about the season finale of Game of Thrones!
If you’re still reading, you must have watched the final episode of Game of Thrones, or you’re just bored and reading anything and everything you come across. Either way, hello, and welcome to the questions we, the audience, still have after the finale aired.
Okay, so we know that Jon Snow kills Daenerys Targaryen, and her one remaining dragon, Drogon, flies away with her lifeless body after he melts down the Iron Throne. Tyrion does not die but instead remains Hand of the King, this time for Bran Stark (Bran?! BRAN?!). Yes, Bran is chosen to be king and also given the nickname “Bran the Broken,” something I’m sure he’s very excited about. Sansa will rule the North and Arya goes exploring to find out what’s west of Westeros. But here’s what we don’t know:
1. Bran is the new king?! BRAN?!
Bran, who has absolutely no experience as a ruler, is chosen to be the new king. BUT WHY? IT MAKES NO SENSE. If it was about how has the best “story,” well, what about both Arya and Sansa Stark, both sitting right beside Bran as Tyrion makes his proclamation?
2. Is there actually still a Night’s Watch?
Jon is released from prison and sent way North to join the Night’s Watch again. But then, when he shows up, it doesn’t quite seem like there is one, as once he reaches Castle Black he’s met by Tormund, and then he, Jon, and the Wildlings all travel North past the wall. It’s totally not clear where they’re going.
3. Who was in charge of keeping Daenerys’ platinum blond hair braided after Missandei was beheaded?
Daenerys’ hair involves some pretty intricate braids, and we know Missandei used to do Dany’s hair for her. But now that there’s no Missandei, who is taking care of Dany’s hair? Because we know she isn’t doing it herself.
4. What was the point of Samwell Tarly suggesting democracy to the council if he was just going to be laughed at?
At one point, Sam suggests that the new leader be chosen by the people instead of the lords and ladies and everyone treated it as a big joke. But why? It’s not a bad suggestion at all.
5. How come no one knows what lies west of Westeros?
Arya wants to find out what lies beyond the mapped world. That’s all well and fine and makes sense, but we have to assume other people have tried this in the past. She can’t possibly be the first person curious about the rest of the world. Haven’t there been other explorers who’ve tried to cross the ocean she set out to cross? What happened to them? Did no one return?
6. Why did Drogon decide to melt the Iron Throne?
After Drogon found Dany’s dead body, he unleashed a barrage of fire onto the throne, turning it into liquid metal. We know that the fight for the throne was what ultimately led to Dany’s death, but how the hell does a dragon know that? Are dragons super in tune with what’s going on with the humans?
7. If Drogon knows what’s going on, why didn’t he kill Jon Snow after Snow stabbed Daenerys?
Drogon was obviously distraught to find his (his?) mother dead, lying right in front of Jon Snow. If the dragon could tell the moment that Dany was dead (because remember, before that he was just sleeping outside), did it also know who killed her? And if so, why did Jon Snow escape unscathed? Is it because Jon is a Targaryen?
8. Actually, how did anyone know what happened unless Jon straight-up confessed?
No one was there to see Jon Snow stab Daenerys. And after she was dead, Drogon flew away with her body in his talons. No body, no murder. But knowing Jon Snow, he probably felt guilty and confessed the whole thing. To whom, though? Grey Worm?
9. Why didn’t Grey Worm kill Jon Snow?
All right, Grey Worm was slicing the throats of all the soldiers in King’s Landing who fought for Cersei, but somehow Jon Snow MURDERS Daenerys and Grey Worm lets him live? Hmm.
10. How much did Bran know about how everything would turn out?
Bran AKA the Three-Eyed Raven sees things others can’t see. He has visions of the future. But how much did he know about how things would end? Did he have any idea that he’d be chosen to be king? Because wasn’t he JUST trying to convince Jon that he should be king?
11. What’s up with the Dothraki?
Are they leaving to go back to their homelands or are they staying in King’s Landing, even though Dany is dead? Also, did they and the Unsullied both somehow manage to repopulate, because weren’t a lot of them killed off in the Battle of Winterfell?
12. Again, BRAN? BRAN IS THE NEW KING?