The 'Game Of Thrones' Series Finale Ending Saw The Starks At Peace

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When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones. In the Game of Thrones series finale ending, no one really won the Iron Throne. But more people lived than you probably expected with all of the remaining Starks siblings making it out alive — and working to make the world a better place. Jon murdered Daenerys after she destroyed King's Landing and a time jump meant that Westeros had to learn how to live without a monarch for a time. But in the end, it was Tyrion Lannister, Samwell Tarly, and the Starks who ensured that people of Westeros and beyond got their peaceful ending.

Bran the Broken is serving as the King of the Six Kingdoms with Tyrion as his Hand. Sansa kept the North independent and became Queen in the North. Arya went to explore what's west of Westeros. And Jon Snow reunited with Ghost to go live the rest of his life beyond the Wall. As for the other characters, Grey Worm took the Unsullied to Missandei's home of the Isle of Naath while Westeros got a new small council with Bronn as Master of Coin, Davos as Master of Ships, Sam as the Grand Maester, and Brienne as the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.

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Besides the whole Daenerys getting murdered just as she achieved her goal of securing the Iron Throne, the Game of Thrones ending was uncharacteristically happy. And the death of Daenerys is actually what led to this happy ending. Jon Snow had to put aside all of his loyalty to stop Daenerys from continuing to conquer lands. And while Grey Worm was less than happy about it, he allowed Tyrion and Jon to survive. Tyrion then secured the lords and ladies of Westeros to elect Bran as the new leader of Westeros (because god forbid the common people get a say). And then he made it so that Jon could live the rest of his days at the Wall as a member of the Night's Watch.

But Jon had other plans. Along with Tormund and his dear direwolf Ghost, he went with the Wildlings beyond the Wall. There was a moment where it almost seemed that there would be a White Walker still somehow lurking in that Northern territory, but all was calm as Jon went back with the Wildlings to their home. And really, even ignoring where Jon was at the start of the finale, this was the best possible outcome for this Targaryen/Stark.

But it's not just Jon who managed to achieve peace. While Sansa probably should have been the one to rule Westeros, she got the next best thing by ruling over an independent North. And Arya will be sailing the seas as an explorer in her new Stark-themed ship. As for Bran, he made it so that Tyrion would make up for his past sins by serving as Hand of the King once again. And while Tyrion can't escape, Bran surely can since he indicated he would still be using his Three-Eyed Raven and warging skills to find the last dragon — Drogon.

While it was far from a happy ending for Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones did manage to wrap everything up and leave the majority of the fan-favorite characters in a good spot. It even went so far as to write its own A Song of Ice and Fire, courtesy of Sam and another maester. And fans will be able to rewatch this history over and over again even if the last page has been written.