HBO recently released the script from the Emmy-nominated final episode of Game of Thrones, giving fans a brand-new insight into the controversial ending.
The show ended on 19 May and it’s fair to say not all fans were bowled over by how it finished up.
The sharing of the script has answered one long-standing question about the finale, why did Drogon set fire to the Iron Throne?
Jon Snow killed Daenerys Targaryen in the finale. Credit: HBO
Fans have been sharing theories and their take on why they reckon the dragon set the throne alight – with a popular one being that he saw it as a corrupting influence on Daenerys Targaryen.
In the scene, which took place just after Jon Snow bumped off Daenerys, the dragon lashes out and sets fire to a bunch of stuff.
But now, the script has revealed a slightly less interesting reason – he burnt the throne purely because it was there.
“Drogon wants to burn the world,” the script for ‘The Iron Throne’ reads.
“But he will not kill Jon. He breathes fire on the back wall, blasting down what remains of the great red blocks of stone. We look over Jon’s shoulder as the fire sweeps toward the throne – not the target of Drogon’s wrath, just a dumb bystander caught up in the conflagration.”
So, the Iron Throne just got in the way.
Although the finale wasn’t to everyone’s taste, it impressed Emmy judges enough to earn writers David Benioff and DB Weiss a nomination for Outstanding Writer in a Drama Series.
In fact, the final season was nominated for a record-breaking 32 Emmys, including Outstanding Writer, Lead Actor and Actress, Supporting Actor and Actress and Outstanding Guest Actress.
And despite a petition to get HBO to re-do the ending with ‘competent writers‘ reaching 1.7 million, the show’s cast have defended the conclusion.
Jon Snow actor Kit Harrington told Esquire: “How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant.
“I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season – and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here – but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgement on it, in my head they can go f*** themselves.”
Well, that’s that then.