Fans have figured out why Drogon didn't kill Jon Snow in the 'Game of Thrones' finale
Warning: this article contains spoilers for the finale of Game of Thrones. Obviously.
Well, there you have it, folks.
After eight years, eight seasons, and plenty of spills and thrills, Game of Thrones is over. Our watch has ended. But before we go into exactly where the HBO fantasy epic stands in the pantheons of prestige TV drama, let's have a little think about the episode itself, shall we?
As the final credits went up and Ramin Djawadi's score started to play for the last time, my feeling was a pretty strong... meh. Plot threads got tied up, characters said their goodbyes, yadda yadda, but one scene that was definitely a positive (if not a surprise), was Daenerys' death scene. It was done well, I think.
It's a scene people are talking about quite a bit, as you might imagine, but everyone's got a kind of pertinent question about it: why is Jon Snow anything but a crispy bit of nothing on the King's Landing floor? Drogon must have known that the former bastard of Ned Stark killed his mother, but only melted the Iron Throne in a show of immense grief.
Here's the heartbreaking scene again for you:
Yeah, I'm not a dragon, but if I were Drogon in that situation, Jon Snow would have been introduced to all of my Dracarys - if you know what I'm saying. But fans seem to have worked out why Drogon didn't burn Jon Snow to a cinder in the finale of Game of Thrones, and it's an interesting theory, to say the least.
In a season (and indeed, a show) where revenge, justice, and retribution is often the order of the day, fans on Twitter are saying that, while Drogon could have murdered Jon, he instead chose to burn the throne that had inadvertently claimed so many lives - including that of his mother.
Good thinking, Twitter. I like that.
If you look back through the episodes of Game of Thrones and the horrible things people have done to sit on the Iron Throne, then perhaps it was always telegraphed that at the end of the day, nobody would get to sit on it - and Drogon helped to ensure that, carrying Daenerys away so he could grieve in private.
At least we finally got to see Jon and Ghost reunited. He is the bestest of boys:
Yes, he could have killed Jon Snow, but what would that have achieved? In a way, Drogon is smarter than a lot of the humans we've followed throughout the show.