It’s virtually been a mind-blowing 4 months since Game of Thrones concluded on Sky Atlantic and HBO, however that hasn’t stopped followers debating the final result of the controversial finale.
Most weren’t comfortable to see a “rushed” and “obvious” ending, however others had been comfortable to see George R.R. Martin’s finish sport performed out. It was actually divisive, nevertheless it was all the time going to be.
Much has been made about the closing locations of our beloved characters we watched develop over eight years, and with everybody largely splitting up as the ominous closing tones performed out, there have been large debates about who emerged “victorious”.
By taking a look at the characters nonetheless alive at the finish of the series – primarily simply the Starks – it’s clear to see there’s most likely been one very apparent champion.
Sansa Stark (performed by Sophie Turner) went from being a infantile little princess in season one, to studying the harsh realities of life and turning into one of the hardest and fiercest females to ever hit the series.
Throughout her timeline, she was married to Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) – the least mentioned about that the higher – and noticed her father killed proper earlier than her eyes. She was persistently tortured and berated by her personal husband however her horror didn’t cease there.
Once Joffrey decides he doesn’t need her any extra, Sansa turns into a play-thing of types. She is utilized by Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) for tactical and political causes, earlier than ultimately being pressured to marry Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). Thankfully, he is a greater man and helps her again to her full power. Following Joffrey’s much-needed dying at the Purple Wedding, she flees King’s Landing, and tries to go again to the North, earlier than stopping to study the greatest methods of the commerce from Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen).
She marries a villain as soon as extra, after being tricked by Littlefinger in to marrying Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), and experiences the worst rape and abuse seen in the series. Thankfully, with the assist of Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), she escapes and heads to the real security of Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
After that, Sansa blossomed into the true queen she all the time ought to have been. She actually despatched Ramsay to the canine earlier than taking full management of Winterfell once more. Becoming a frontrunner of the folks, she undercut Jon whereas he was away combating the Night King (Vladimir Furdik), and ensured her folks had been fed, watered and wholesome.
At the finish of the season, she turned the Queen of the North, ruling over an impartial land. Not solely did she bodily acquire lots, however she additionally discovered lots. Perhaps of all the characters, Sansa was the character to indicate the most progress all through the series, and was mercifully rewarded for it.
On the different hand, Jon appeared to lose the most. He began with completely nothing, being the bastard son of Ned Stark (Sean Bean), and was preferred, however held no energy. He was despatched to Castle Black for all times in the Night’s Watch, the place he actually did fairly nicely for himself. Jon proved himself to be a noble warrior and a real man of the folks.
After a mission previous The Wall goes drastically fallacious, Jon meets the so-called love of his life, Ygritte (Rose Leslie), earlier than ultimately being captured by her Wildling friends. He turns into mates with them, regardless of being mortal enemies beforehand, and learns life from the different aspect.
Completely sympathetic to their trigger, Jon turns into a assured to them and can ultimately deliver them beneath his wing; however earlier than that, he has a battle as his Night’s Watch colleagues can’t recover from the reality the Wildlings are close to. Ygritte dies, Jon is branded a traitor and in a single of the most stunning scenes of Game of Thrones historical past, he is murdered in a treacherous act.
Red Priestess, Melisandre (Carice Van Houten), makes use of her powers and brings him again to life, and it appeared his destiny as the Azor Ahai – the Prince that was Promised – was confirmed.
He was considered the one who would save Westeros from The Long Night, stopping the Night King and his Army of the Dead from taking up. At an analogous time, it was additionally revealed he wasn’t truly a bastard, and was noble born, of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark; not solely was he reliable, however he was the reliable inheritor to the Iron Throne. However, when the finale got here, it was a very totally different story.
Much was made of Jon’s involvement in season eight, with followers primed and able to see him not solely take the Throne, but additionally save the day from the lifeless. But what occurred was nothing brief of, nicely, nothing. Our hero didn’t kill the Night King, in actual fact, he flapped round and struggled to even get close to him, inflicting maybe extra dying and devastation than he knew, whereas little Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) went on to land the killing blow. What’s extra, when he got here ever so near the Throne he admittedly didn’t need, he discovered himself killing Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), one other of his lovers, and was banished again to The Wall to be the Lord Commander for the relaxation of eternity.
For somebody who had the makings of a ruler, Jon actually didn’t reside as much as expectations and had the most to realize, however didn’t truly make any capital.
Two characters who virtually shared related journeys, are Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Arya. They had extraordinarily totally different experiences, however largely went throughout the identical theoretical journey. The pair had been each not at dwelling in Winterfell, believing that they had one other life ready for them.
Bran was all the time destined for a godly life, as he was tied to the Three Eyed Raven. He discovered tips on how to be an element of the historical past and the future of Westeros, understanding in a short time he was the one who could be deciding the final result of The Long Night.
Similarly, Arya went on her personal journey, believing she would turn into “No One” and could be a silent murderer who would sneak round killing folks off her checklist.
The pair of them reunited in the direction of the finish of the series as they joined forces and collectively, ended up fixing Westeros. Arya stabbed the Night King with her abilities she had discovered earlier than claiming she wished to go off and discover what was West of Westeros. Meanwhile, Bran turned the chief of the Seven Kingdoms, lastly bringing about unity as a result of of his comparatively impartial politics.
Perhaps fittingly, the two characters proved to be solely profitable, turning the little that they had been given in life in to their preferrred endings. Both had been comfortable and wholesome by the finish, proving journeys don’t need to bee epic and life-changing to be legitimate.
But who was the general champion? While all of the Starks did nicely, there’s one who clearly got here out on high.
Good outdated Sansa fully chanted her life round. Not solely did she go on a game-changing journey, however she additionally gained the most from her time. She wished to be a princess, however turned a queen, and in the finish, turned out to be most profitable.
Perhaps the real winner was HBO and everybody who was concerned with Game of Thrones. Yes, they’ve come beneath lots of criticism for the closing season, however look, we’re all nonetheless speaking about it… Maybe the ending wasn’t so unhealthy after all, huh?