The List: A spoiler-filled ranking of 'Game of Thrones' sendoffs
With DJ Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor) hosting ‘Rave of Thrones' at Park Street Cantina on Thursday, May 23, we're taking time out to rank the major-character sendoffs on the recently wrapped HBO series from best to worst. (And, again, this List is essentially all spoilers, so STOP READING IF YOU DON'T WANT THE SERIES RUINED FOR YOU.)
After nearly eight full seasons of torment and torture, the eldest Stark daughter winds up in arguably the best position, refusing to bend the knee, asserting northern independence and ruling the region as queen.
I'm all in if HBO invests in a “West of Westeros” spin-off.
He finally got that long-overdue ear-scratch from the emotionally cold Jon Snow.
The Clegane Bowl didn't quite live up to expectations, but there was something poetic about the Hound getting revenge on his big (as in older and also massive) brother by plunging into the flames alongside him.
Brienne of Tarth
Heading up the King's Guard is the ideal landing spot for the show's most altruistic character.
Snow's true parentage and his rightful claim to the throne meant everything… right up until the moment it didn't, I guess? Still, Snow was never happier than the time he logged north of the wall, which is where he was headed as final credits rolled.
He died as he lived: locked firmly in the friend zone.
I'm on a boat.
Writers spent six seasons building up Tyrion as the smartest man in Westeros… and then two seasons completely undoing it as the character bungled one decision after another. Still, he ended up in the role to which he always seemed best suited: managing city planning under a new king.
The evil queen's death under a pile of loose bricks felt more like a product of circumstance than the result of past actions, which left this writer cold.
One of the best characters on the show, brilliantly acted by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, enjoyed a great, redemptive arc over the course of nearly eight seasons, which the writers completely undid with a single decision just episodes before his death.
The “mad queen” turn didn't have enough time to develop in the shortened season, making her destruction of King's Landing feel grossly out of character. Same goes with her reverting from Hitler-esque warlord to wide-eyed innocent just long enough to give Snow the opportunity to stab her in the finale.
All season, Bran denied his humanity: “Do you wish to be the Lord of Winterfell?” “No. I'm not even a man. I'm the Three-Eyed Raven,” or something to that effect. Or at least that was the case until he's offered the role of king, then it was all, “But of course. Why else would I be here?” Not a bad reward for your sole contribution to the season being warging into some crows that one time.