Game of Thrones has officially come to an end, but many fans aren’t ready to let it go. After all, the HBO fantasy drama has taken up years of our lives. Talk about dedication to a show – the first episode premiered all the way back in 2011. Did any of us expect to become this obsessed, to feel this emotionally connected to a show that has dragons and where the character names are impossible to remember?
But, alas, all good things must come to an end, and Game of Thrones had its series finale on May 19, 2019. It was the end of an era. Viewers finally found out who would sit on the Iron Throne, and how the epic, bloody story would finally come to an end.
With a show this massive and a ton of characters, Game of Thrones did a decent job wrapping it all up. Whether you agree with how it was done or not, there was an answer for pretty much all of the main characters. But there were some plot threads that simply weren’t resolved, and have us scratching our head asking, “But wait…what?”
Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in 2011.
Based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, the story follows a bunch of people vying for the rule of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
It’s bloody as can be.
Seriously, if you don’t like violence, it’s probably not the show for you.
It’s incredibly successful.
Game of Thrones fans are some of the most passionate TV fans out there.
Based on how they’ve reacted to the final season and their anger towards it, it’s clear that they have some feelings.
The show launched the careers of several young actors.
Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, and Kit Harrington are all bonafide stars.
Looking back on season one, it’s precious to see how young they all look.
Game of Thrones has given TV lovers some incredibly memorable characters.
Cersei Lannister may just be the most divisive character on the show. Some people love her, some people hate her.
Of course, Arya is a fan favorite.
And how could she not be? She kicks major butt in pretty much every episode. Not to mention, she got to get it on with the hot AF Gendry.
Brienne of Tarth is another fan fave.
It’s impossible to not root for the warrior. You just want everything to go her way, even though this is Game of Thrones and happiness is pretty rare.
Some people are Jon Snow stans.
Like I’ve already said, Game of Thrones fans are loyal as can be. If a character is their favorite, they’ll follow them to the ends of the earth.
Which is why people were so pissed with what happened to Missandei.
If you don’t want your heart broken and inevitably ripped out of your chest, it’s probably best to just watch something else.
Game of Thrones will continually destroy you.
They’ve certainly destroyed every person who shipped Jaimie Lannister and Brienne.
When they finally got it on, it was hot, sweet, moving, and painful all at the same time.
And then Jaimie showed his true colors. Because of course.
He’s a Lannister, after all.
There are just too many characters to name and highlight.
I haven’t even touched on The Hound, Tyrion, or Tormund.
Okay, seriously, there are so many!
Not only are there a ton of characters in Game of Thrones, but there are also a ton of plotlines.
So it totally makes sense that there are some plotlines that went unanswered with the series coming to an end.
I guess there are just some things that we’ll never know…
Like…what exactly is up with Bran’s powers?
They’re never fully explained. The Verge points out that it seems as if Bran might be able to see into the future, but it’s never explicitly defined.
The Three-Eyed Raven is obviously powerful, but it’d be nice to know exactly what he can do.
Where did Drogon go?
The dragon simply flies off with the body of Daenerys at the end, but where exactly is he headed? Will there ever be any more dragons in Westeros?
What is the fate of Ellaria Sand?
The series ended without letting the audience know what happened to Ellaria Sand. Is she dead or alive?
Do dragon eggs and direwolves come from the Stork?
Because it sure wasn’t explained in the TV show where either of these come from. We want answers, people! The six direwolves literally just show up in the first season.
Whatever happened to Dorne’s army?
After Yara Greyjoy and her crew were captured by Euron Greyjoy, they weren’t able to complete their mission and get Dorne’s army for Daenerys.
So…what happened to Dorne’s army? Are they still just waiting around, wondering what’s going on?
Why exactly were Jaqen H’Ghar and the Faceless Men in Westeros anyway?
Jaqen H’ghar is quite the enigma. Since Arya sails away in the series finale, the chances of getting any info about Jaqen’s origin or why he was in Westeros is never going to happen. Fitting, for such a mysterious character.
How come Howland Reed showed up at the very end?
We’re apparently not meant to know why Howland Reed is suddenly part of the council that voted Bran to be King. He’s never even officially introduced!
Why show the parts about the Valonqar prophecy if it wasn’t going to come true?
During a flashback scene in the show, we see a young Cersei receiving a prophecy from fortune teller Maggy the Frog. The fortune teller correctly predicts the future of Cersei’s three children. But the show left out the part about a “little brother” choking the life from Cersei.
Fans of this plotline weren’t happy when this wasn’t included in the show. What was the point, if other parts of the prophecy came true?
Bye, bye Daario.
Daario Naharis became yesterday’s news.
When Daenerys peaces out to Westeros and leaves her old flame, Daario, to oversee Meereen’s government transition, we never hear from Daario or the state of Meereen again.
How come Samwell Tarly wasn’t killed by the White Walkers?
Since it literally never comes up again, it’s safe to assume that we’ll never know why the White Walkers spared Sam’s life in the second season finale.
How come Melisandre didn’t give birth to more horrifying shadow babies?
Ranker points out that Melisandre uses her shadow baby ability more than once in the book series. You’d think she use it more in the show…
What is the state of Riverrun?
Arya kills Walter Frey and his peeps in the sixth season, leaving the folks of Riverrun without a ruler. Of course, Edmure Tully shows up in the season finale (despite previously being imprisoned)…but doesn’t talk at all about what happened to his home.
Will we ever know?
What’s up with Quaithe?
We’ll never know about the mysterious Quaithe’s origins, it seems. The apparition shows up in the second season for just two episodes but then is never heard from again.
What happened to Vale?
The state of the kingdom was not addressed in the series finale.
It’s never addressed how child ruler with tons of mommy issues, Robin Arryn, feels when his men abandon the Vale to bend the knee for Jon Snow, and the fate of the Vale is never explained.
Though, Robin Arryn’s glow-up was real.
Why did Jon Snow’s real lineage even matter?
Jon continues to refuse the Iron Throne, so what’s the big deal about his being a Targaryen? The council never brings up Jon’s parentage when they’re talking about who will rule the Seven Kingdoms.
Seems like a bit of a let-down…
What did the White Walkers want?
The White Walkers were horrifying, yes, but viewers never got a definitive answer on what they ultimately wanted. What did the Night King want? What was his endgame?
There was so much build up revolving around the White Walkers and the Night King, but nothing was really clear in the end.
Also, why did they make spirals out of their victims’ bodies?
Apparently just to be terrifying. Viewers never got a clear answer as to why the White Walkers arranged the dead in those horrifying spirals.
What happened to religion and the Faith of the Seven?
In season six, Cersei blows up the Great Sept. This results in the death of the High Sparrow and his followers – and after that moment, it was like the Faith of the Seven never existed at all. The Faith of the Seven was the most prominent religion in Westeros and it just…went away?
Despite all of these plotlines that went unanswered, there’s no denying the impact that Game of Thrones had on pop culture and television. It will be remembered for a long, long time.