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Who Died in the Game of Thrones Finale?

Game of Thrones Finale Who Died

Here is who died in the Game of Thrones finale. The final season of HBO's blockbuster series has resulted in the deaths of many major characters. Some perished in "The Long Night" defending Westeros from the White Walkers before Arya Stark killed the Night King and won the Battle of Winterfell. Others died as a result of the Last War for King's Landing, where Daenerys Targaryen became the Mad Queen and savagely burned the capital to the ground to win the Iron Throne from Cersei Lannister.

Despite the disappointment and fan backlash surrounding Game of Thrones season 8, the series finale settled the remaining major storylines; most significantly, the question of who would sit upon the Iron Throne at the end. Daenerys' attack on King's Landing turned her Hand, Tyrion Lannister, and her lover/nephew Jon Snow against her, and the question became whether Jon would press his claim as heir to the crown and try to take the Iron Throne from the Dragon Queen. In addition, fans needed to know if would Sansa Stark lead the North against Daenerys, and there was also the question of what Arya Stark would do after she witnessed the catastrophe Daenerys caused firsthand and barely survived. Now, we have the answers to these and other lingering questions surrounding the remaining characters still alive.

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The Game of Thrones series finale, "The Iron Throne", unleashed surprising answers as to the fate of the Seven Kingdoms and all of its characters. But Daenerys Targaryen set out to "break the wheel" and the series concluded with a novel way for a new version of Westeros to be forged from the ashes of war. But for that to happen, there had to be one more pivotal death to create the new world. Here are the final deaths in Game of Thrones:

Game of Thrones Daenerys Finale

Daenerys Targaryen was killed by Jon Snow after he was urged to by Tyrion Lannister. Jon stabbed Dany in the heart right after they both saw the Iron Throne for the first time to "save" the Seven Kingdoms from the Queen who he feared would "liberate" the rest of Westeros the way she did King's Landing.

Daenerys' story, which began in the first episode of Game of Thrones season 1 when she was an exile sold to Khal Drogo, lies at the very heart of the series. Daenerys became the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Dothraki, and the Breaker of Chains who liberated the slaves of Essos en route to becoming the ruler of Meereen. She was both loved by her loyal followers like Jorah Mormont, Grey Worm, and Missandei, but she was also feared for her ruthlessness - which many felt would turn her into a Mad Queen like her father King Aerys, who went insane. Daenerys believed her destiny was to change the world and "break the wheel"of Westeros, she never won the loyalty and affection of the people of Westeros like she did across the Narrow Sea. With her murder at the hands of Jon Snow, Daenerys becomes the last Targaryen to be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and, since she had no heirs, this marks the official end of House Targaryen.

The Iron Throne was also destroyed and could be counted as a "death", in a way. It was burned by dragonfire and melted into a puddle by Drogon after the great black dragon found Jon Snow standing over the dead body of his mother. The Iron Throne was forged by Balerion the Black Dread, who was the dragon of Daenerys' ancestor Aegon the Conqueror, the first King of the Seven Kingdoms. It's fitting that the Iron Throne, which was comprised of the swords of the conquered lords who offered Aegon fealty, was also destroyed by Daenerys' black dragon. The Iron Throne was a symbol of the "wheel" of old Westeros Daenerys wanted to conquer, and she never even sat in it before Jon killed her and Drogon melted the throne. Luckily, the new King of Westeros, Bran Stark, has no need of the Iron Throne.

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The final deaths in the Game of Thrones finale were the remaining Lannister soldiers, who were sentenced to die and executed by Grey Worm. The leader of the Unsullied was following Daenerys' orders that all who served Cersei Lannister had to die and Grey Worm fulfilled his duty.

Next: Why Jon Snow Killed Daenerys In The Game of Thrones Finale

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