GAME of Thrones fans were left bitterly divided by the shocking final season of the hit show – some viewers actually petitioned for the last series to be remade!
But how did the game conclude and what happened to the likes Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Kit Harington’s character Jon Snow? Here’s all you need to know…
How does Game of Thrones end?
The plot of the final series was kept almost completely under wraps, meaning only a select few people knew the actual ending before it aired.
At the end of the season Jon Snow killed Daenerys Targaryen in a major plot twist.
Daenerys’ last dragon, Drogon, destroyed the Iron Throne and in a tear-jerking scene whisked Danys’ body off to mourn her death.
Meanwhile Bran Stark became the King of the six kingdoms, while his sister Sansa was granted her wish to become Queen of the independent North.
Arya Stark set sail to explore new lands in the West, while Jon Snow was exiled to Castle Black and instead chose to set off past the wall with the Wildlings and his beloved direwolf Ghost.
HBO president Casey Blows was confident fans would be satisfied with the ending – although his opinion may be a little biased.
“Everything I have seen makes me very, very confident that this is a [season] fans are going to be very happy with,” he told TVLine.
“It is a dramatically and emotionally thrilling way to end the series. I believe it will live up to the very high expectations.”
Meanwhile, the show’s co-creator, D.B. Weiss, told EW: “We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions.”
The Stark family had unexpected endings in the show’s finale[/caption]
What does it say in the Game Of Thrones book series?
Novelist George RR Martin has had the ending of the books mapped out in his head ever since he wrote the first sentence of his A Song of Ice and Fire series.
But it’s taking him longer than anticipated to finish the next installment of the epic book series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. The previous novel A Dance with Dragons was published in 2011.
The 70-year-old fantasy writer has admitted that even he has no idea how the HBO series will end. The show has already deviated from the books in key ways so George did not know exactly how the game would end on the small screen.
But he seemed pleased when he shared his thoughts in a blog post after the finale.
George wrote: “How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different? Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget.
“They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them.
He added: “Book or show, which will be the “real” ending? It’s a silly question. How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have? How about this? I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.”
Fans are still waiting for the final Game of Thrones book, The Winds of Winter, to be released[/caption]
Is George R. R. Martin happy with the Game of Thrones ending?
The writer previously revealed he planned the epic final showdown when the show was only half-way through – but admitted bosses have since added plots.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the author – who is yet to finish the Game of Thrones novels – said: “The major points of the ending will be things I told them five or six years ago. But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”
While he told EW: “I haven’t read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I’ve been working on Winds of Winter,” Martin reveals. “I know some of the things. But there’s a lot of minor-character [arcs] they’ll be coming up with on their own. And, of course, they passed me several years ago. There may be important discrepancies.”
And he’s since hinted that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss haven’t done things exactly how he would have liked it.
In a frank chat with Fast Company, he stated: “[The creative process] can also be… traumatic. Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing — that leads to a lot of conflict.”
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, he added: “I don’t think it should be the final season. But here we are. It seems to me we just started last week. Has it been longer than that? The time has passed by in a blur.”
He also said in one chat: “The series has been… not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons.”
The show is known to have deviated from the books in key ways[/caption]
Were Game of Thrones fans happy with the ending?
A lot of viewers were not happy that Bran had “won” the series by becoming ruler instead of show favourites Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark or Tyrion Lannister.
And while some were pleasantly surprised by the plot twist, others felt Bran was an undeserving ruler.
One tweeted: “Yeah, I don’t think Bran should’ve been king. I would’ve rather it have been Tyrion than anyone else!”
Many fans were pleased to see how the show wrapped up but others didn’t enjoy the flow of the final episodes.
One wrote: “Game of thrones you had me at first. Then disappointed. The entire last season was rushed and cut corners with the budget. Final episode was a disgrace.”
One fan tweeted: “We really waited 8 seasons for bran to be on the throne. Thanks for the laugh now give us the real ending please.”
Fans were also stunned to see Jon kill his beloved Daenerys to halt her deranged killing spree.
One fan wailed: “loved Game of Thrones so much but that last episode was so disappointing. gutted x.”
Another grumped: “Seriously. F*** Game of Thrones. That episode best be a joke.”
A third fumed: “Never investing into a TV show again how I did Game Of Thrones.”
Is there a Game of Thrones prequel in the works?
Yes – a prequel series is on the way and it will chronicle “the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”
The story is set thousands of years prior to Game of Thrones, meaning that actual cast members from the popular TV show won’t be part of the spin-off.
Details regarding the storyline are being kept under wraps, but what has been confirmed is that the prequel is based during the Age of Heroes, when winter reigned supreme.
The network did tease the show would touch on topics from: “The horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
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George RR Martin let slip that the prequel will be called Bloodmoon.
The prequel is being developed by British filmmaker Jane Goldman alongside George.
Josh Whitehouse, Jamie Campbell Bower, Naomi Ackie and Naomi Watts, are some of the names attached to the forthcoming project.
But that’s not the only project in the works as George recently revealed: “I know it’s an end, but it’s not much of an end for me. I’m still deep in writing the books. We saw five other sequel shows in development. I think I’m going to be hanging around Westeros while everyone else has left.”