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The day we never wished to come finally came last Sunday night when the last of the last episodes of the phenomenal Game of Thrones hit our TV screens and divided the land of men.

Screengrab from HBO
Screengrab from HBO

The Iron Throne finally wraps up the series starring Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead Wright. However, the episode and the totality of the last season itself received mixed reviews not only from the critics but from the fans as well. Some are happy about it, some are disappointed, and some are going extreme by petitioning through to remake the whole thing with more “competent writers.”

While the show can’t please everyone, one thing’s for sure, we all have the same passion for its story and its characters whatever reaction we have about its conclusion. We’re reacting the way we do because of this passion and we have nothing else to thank for other than the whole show and the people behind it.

For a TV show that spanned 9 years, 8 seasons and 73 episodes, we genuinely have a list of things to be thankful for to this David Benioff and D. B. Weiss series.

1. Thank you for the best entertainment ever

We laughed. We cried. We screamed. We fell in love and we fell out of love. No one saw a show as grand as Game of Thrones in the history of TV and that’s thanks to its cinematic cinematography, epic music (from Ramin Djawadi), massive and brilliant cast and crew, and moving script based on George R. R. Martin’s story, A Song of Ice and Fire.

We’ve given you so much shit and yet you still chose to miss a lot of time with your family and friends just to deliver us the best entertainment you could give us!

2. Thank you for constantly reminding us that anyone can change, grow or the other way around

We used to not care about Theon Greyjoy until we started to hate him. But for some magical reason, we learned how to understand him and love him eventually. That was phenomenal.

The same goes for Sansa. Who wouldn’t want to strangle her in season 1? But then she went through the harshest transition to becoming a woman and it’s hard not to sympathize with her. She grew with us and we grew with her.

Then there’s our Queen, Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains, who was our main heroine until she turned mad and became the evil one. She had the most beautiful intentions until the reality of the mad world got the best of her. We will forever remember the person you used to be, darling Dany!

3. Thank you for showing us that life is not a straight path and for tossing us around when we least expect it

The books’ avid readers would’ve known these things already but common dude…..

What normal person would expect Ned Stark’s beheading in season 1? Who knew Tyrion would kill the woman he loved? Who won’t cry after knowing Hodor’s back story just before his death? Who was ever ready to see Jon Snow die and resurrect like Christ? Who didn’t cheer when Arya jumped out of nowhere and killed the Night King?

These are just some of the most shocking moments in the series and we know better now than to expect the expected in a show like Game of Thrones. Well, maybe in life as well!

4. Thank you for uniting the world

Hell yeah, with record viewership on HBO and a broad international fanbase, one can’t deny the impact of the show to the world. Viewing parties and online conversations and trends around the world have made the Game of Thrones the most talked about television show in recent history. You can’t talk about pop culture without any reference to it and that definitely connects people. For a time, the world and the people in it have seemed like to be living in one nation, with one culture and one favourite TV show and I think that’s beautiful.

Even those who don’t watch GOT came together and rallied behind one question: “Am I the only one who doesn’t watch Game of Thrones?”


5. Lastly, thank you for telling us that whatever game we get into, winning is much less important than your intentions and purpose in the end

Dany had a strong fight to get the Iron Throne and yet the man he loves had to kill her to stop more bloodshed. Bran didn’t want the throne, but because he knew what needs to be done for peace, he accepted the responsibility. Sansa has shown so much care for her own people and earned the title, Queen of the North. Jon wanted nothing and really did get nothing in the end. But to each is his or her own person and whatever they have become is a culmination of what they have experienced in life and that’s what we should take into consideration. The journey indeed has the biggest impact on the end game.

Games are tricky. But one’s things for sure, the good always prevails.

Thank you Game of Thrones!

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