*Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers Ahead!*
Sunday night marked the final episode of Game of Thrones ever. That’s right, after eight sexy and violent seasons of television, the show is officially done. Episode 6, “The Iron Throne,” wrapped things up quite nicely, killing off even more of our favorite characters and exiling others. As we’ve come to expect from season finales, the big action sequences were all used up in the penultimate episode with this last installment being a bit more calm and devoted to heartfelt moments and connections between characters rather than endless dragonfire and destruction.
It still featured a pretty heart wrenching moment: Jon Snow plunging a dagger through the chest of his queen, Daenerys. You could tell he really didn’t want to do it, but after what she did to King’s Landing he had no choice. If that scene early into the episode left you feeling numb and out of sorts, you may have missed some of the fine details, Easter eggs, and straight up gaffes that were hidden in the background of the series finale. So we’ve compiled ten of our favorite examples.
As usual, the opening credits sequence was tweaked to show the effects of Daenerys’ dragon rampage through King’s Landing. The city isn’t shown as razed to the ground because HBO’s extremely tight leak prevention process kept extreme changes like that from the credits VFX team, but you can see some damage to the stairs leading up to the Red Keep. The map room also has a big crack running through it.
That same crack can be seen when Tyrion is crossing the map room courtyard.
At the very end, the stained glass Lannister lion above the Iron Throne is now gone, marking the end of Cersei’s short reign.
When Dany talks to her Dothraki army, she mirrors a speech given by her former sun and stars Khal Drogo in season one. “You killed my enemies in their iron suits,” she declared. “You tore down their stone houses. You gave me the Seven Kingdoms.” Above you can watch Drogo hype up his khalasar with similar talk. And then in season six, Dany once again brings up the “iron suits” and “stone houses” line. Hey, it’s pretty hype. Makes me wanna go pillage.
When Daenerys enters the throne room in the Red Keep, the shots used mirror those used during her vision of the throne room from the House of the Undying at the end of season 2.
In that vision she walks up to the Iron Throne and puts her hand out to touch it but can’t bring herself to actually make contact. In this final episode, she once again holds out her hand and hesitates before laying her hand on the pommel of a sword making up an armrest.
And that’s as close as she gets to sitting in the damn thing she’s been working hard to win for years!
Daenerys’ comments to Jon Snow about how she thought the Iron Throne would look actually mirror comments made by George R.R. Martin as to how the Iron Throne is presented in the books. “When I was a girl my brother told me it was made with one thousand swords from Aegon’s fallen enemies,” she said. “What do one thousand swords look like to a little girl who can’t even count to twenty? I imagined a mountain of swords too high to climb. So many fallen enemies you could only see the soles of Aegon’s feet.”