Game Of Thrones finale: Betrayal, democracy and a pat on the head for loyalty

A television still from Season 8, Episode 4 of Game Of Thrones, starring (from left) Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark).
A television still from Season 8, Episode 4 of Game Of Thrones, starring (from left) Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark). PHOTO: HBO/HELEN SLOAN

The finale of Game Of Thrones gave fans a compromise victory - the person on the Iron Throne is the least worst choice, a form of selection which ensures fairness by making everyone equally miserable.

The episode opens with winning forces looking around the ashen heap of King's Landing and the bones of women and children - evidence of the Mad Queen's genocidal break. Tyrion, Arya and Jon are angry, but they cannot do anything while Grey Worm and the Unsullied army are there, along with an oddly large number of Dothraki - were more of them shipped over?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2019, with the headline 'Betrayal, democracy and a pat on the head for loyalty'. Print Edition | Subscribe