It's obviously no secret that fans feel Game of Thrones dropped the ball on this final season. And by "most," I mean the nearly 1.4 million people who have signed the Change.org petition to have the final season re-done with different (read: "competent") writers.
And what is everyone so upset about? Well, it's not just a Starbucks cup or a water bottle. According to fans, there are dozens of plot holes and unanswered questions that they hoped would be addressed in this final season. Instead these points were completely ignored.
So, without further ado, here is everything wrong with the final episode of Game of Thrones along with some Reddit posts that clearly demonstrate each point.
Let's start with the series finale. Recall that Cersei and Jaime died when the crypts of the Red Keep collapsed on top of them. Yet Tyrion was able to walk through the crypts to find the bodies of his siblings (which were remarkably intact). I guess we'll just ignore the penultimate episode in order to stage this dramatic moment.
We learned at the end of season seven that Jon is not a bastard, but the legitimate son and heir to Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark and, thus, the person in Westeros with the best claim to the throne. This truth had little effect on the series finale, however. Though he killed Daenerys, Jon never took up the mantle of king.
Instead he retreated to the domain of the Free Folk after the Unullied and Westerosi lords sentenced him to serve for life in the Night's Watch. So, what was the point of making him a Targaryen?
Remember how Arya spent an entire season learning the skills of the faceless men in Bravos? Well that advantage didn't help her much in the final season, where she didn't even steal a single face.
Sure she murdered the Freys, the family responsible for the death of her mother and brother, in a previous season, but why spend so much time developing this expertise if she was not going to apply it to kill anyone else on her list?
At the beginning of the series finale, Jon finds the Unsullied executing Lannister soldiers who had already surrendered to Daenerys' forces. Yet after Jon kills the Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains, we're supposed to believe that the Unsullied suddenly have respect for justice?
Also we know that the Unsullied are right outside the throne room when Jon kills Daenerys and Drogon throws a tantrum as a result. They didn't think to check on their queen in the midst of all this ruckus?
The young woman that protected Bran and ensured that he lived to become the new Three-Eyed Raven? Yeah she just disappeared. Now that Bran is king you'd think he owes her something — a title, a home, anything.
The last time we see Gilly and young Sam, they were bidding Sam farewell as he rode with Jon to conquer King's Landing for Daenerys. We never see them again. At the end of the series finale, he's grandmeister for King Bran but Gilly and little Sam are not there.
Things got meta at the end of Game of Thrones when Sam presented Tyrion the Song of Ice and Fire, which just so happens to be the name of the book series by George R.R. Martin that inspired the HBO series.
This mirrors exactly the ending to the Lord of the Rings, where a Hobbit also named Sam chronicles the adventures that the film had taken from the eponymous novels.
The Reddit post above also points out some strikingly similar visuals in the series finale of Game of Thrones and the finale scenes of the Lord of the Kings. Suspicious.
In the early seasons of Game of Thrones, we hear the refrain that "there must always be a Stark at Winterfell." This Reddit posts points out that, for several scenes in the series finale, the Stark children were all gathered in King's Landing. So... why did the Starks need to occupy Winterfell?
After Jon kills Daenerys, neither the furious Unsullied, nor the bloodthirsty Dothraki, nor her fiery dragon kill him in retribution. These thousands of individuals collectively agreed not to murder Jon?
Some of the lords were a little quick to accept Bran as their new king. The Lord of Riverrun even presented himself as a candidate for monarch but he was willing to accept the rule of his nephew?
Who is Robert "Bara?"
Viewers spotted a water bottle on the set of the Dragonpit meeting where the lords chose their new king.
The Valonqar? Forget it. The "Prince that was Promised?" Who?
Three-Eyed? More like two-faced.
Because it's a good idea to trust the opportunistic, promiscuous Bronn to handle the Crown's funds.
The Starks learn repeatedly that they are strong together and vulnerable when apart. Yet the series ends as the Stark children (including Jon Snow) go their separate ways in the world, unlikely to see each other much, if ever again.
Grey Worm and the Unsullied ditched Westeros after Bran became king. So what is keeping Jon from living with his sister in the North?
Bran notes at his first meeting of the small council that he still needs a Master of Whispers, better described as a spymaster. But Bran's whole Three-Eyed Raven shtick includes the ability to see everything past and present. So why would King Bran need a network of spies?
Bran need not ask where Drogon is if he can just throw his eyeballs back and find the dragon himself.
Thankfully, George R.R. Martin has indicated that the conclusion to his book series will be different from the the HBO show.
So at least fans have that to look forward to.