15 minor details you probably missed in the 'Game of Thrones' finale
Warning: This article will contain spoilers about the final episode of Game of Thrones (duh!)
While it's safe to say that this final season of Game of Thrones thoroughly divided fans, the last episode was littered with many poignant details and callbacks which could have even the most dissatisfied of fans viewing it in a new light.
While some people may not be happy about Bran claiming the Iron Throne, it's somewhat amazing that the little boy who ended up being shoved out of a window and paralysed in the very first episode, actually went on to win the Game of Thrones.
This is the moment Bran was named King of the Six Kingdoms:
But the final episode was also full of many small but significant moments that many fans probably didn't notice. Perhaps your opinion on the final episode will change once you see just how much detail actually went into the final episode. Did you notice any of these?
1. The Lannister Lion is gone
In the opening sequence, unlike every other episode before, the Lannister Lion no longer appears behind the Iron Throne, showing that their reign is finally over. However, there is no symbol in its place, demonstrating that a new leading house has yet to be found. In addition to this, parts of King's Landing have been destroyed to reflect what happened in the penultimate episode.
See the altered opening credits for yourself:
2. Daenery's speech to the Dothraki
In this speech, she mirrors what Khal Drogo said to their son in the first season - that he would kill his enemies in iron suits, and later, the rallying speech she gave to the Dothraki in season six when she made them her blood riders. Now, they have fulfilled their promise to her, and she, at this point in the episode, Queen.
Watch the speech again in the video below:
"You killed my enemies in their iron suits," Daenerys says. "You tore down their stone houses. You gave me the Seven Kingdoms."
3. This throwback to season two
The ending of Game of Thrones was foreshadowed back in season two with a vision Daenerys had of her entering the Throne Room at Kings' Landing. In it, she doesn't quite touch the throne, but in the last episode, she does.
4. Jon held Daenery's dead body in the same way he held Ygritte's
A tragic throwback to Jon losing his second love - making her death all the more poignant through repetition.
5. Arya revealed what she wanted to do with her future back in season six
While many people might have expected Arya to rule in some way, her plan to explore what's not on the map has actually been in the works for some time, and she revealed it to Jon in season six.
"What's west of Westeros?" she asked.
6. Brienne's armor
In an ideal world, Brienne would have got to live out her days with Jaime Lannister (I mean, why didn't he stay with Cersei in the first place?), but alas, it wasn't meant to be. Instead, she's Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and eagle-eyed fans noticed that her armor was emblazoned with a raven - the sigil of Bran the Broken.
7. Samwell presented Tyrion with A Song of Ice and Fire
Once again, this was a call back to an earlier scene in the Citadel when Samwelll suggests that he would call Ebrose's book something "more poetic" instead of "A Chronicle of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert I".
8. We know where Drogon went... Sort of
During the small council's meeting, the location of Drogon (and Daenery's body) was breached when Sam says he was "last spotted flying east, towards-" before he is cut off, but it sounds like he was about to say "Volantis."
9. Tryion tried to tell his brothel joke and failed again
For many, third time is the charm, but despite trying to tell this joke two times already and getting interrupted, it happens again. "I once walked into a brothel with a honeycomb and a jacka-," Tyrion says before the scene ends.
10. Arya's last scene was a recreation of the season four finale
Yes, it looked familiar for a reason - the only difference is that back then, Arya was escaping the horrors of the war raging in Westeros. Basically, this is setting things up perfectly for a sequel as she wails toward the unknown.
11. Sansa's crown
This is another little detail which looked familiar for a reason. Sansa's crown is incredibly similar to the one worn by Cersei, suggesting that on her journey to this point, she has absorbed her (admittedly few) good qualities.
Relive Sansa's coronation below:
12. The weirwood leaves on Sansa's coronation gown
The weirwood tree is sacred to those in the North so it only stands to reason that it would adorn Sansa's gown.
13. The parallels between Jon Snow and Frodo Baggins
As any Lord of the Rings fan will know, at the end of the Return of the King, Frodo leaves his loyal companions behind to sail off with Bilbo Baggins and this is similar to what Jon does by going back beyond the wall.
14. The last scene
The show begins and ends in exactly the same place.
15. That stray water bottle
By now, you'll know that a Starbuck's cup (which later turned out to be from a little-known Belfast coffee chain) was left in a shot of episode four of this season, and while no one thought a similar incident would happen again, unbelievably, it did, and a water bottle managed to make its way into the final episode.
Is there anything on the list we missed? If so, leave us a comment!