HBO hit show Game of Thrones released its final episode of the series this week. George RR Martin’s epic HBO tale finally ended after nine years with season 8, episode 6. The final episode, named The Iron Throne, had a mixed reaction from fans, especially over who won the ‘Game of Thrones’ in the end.
In the end, it was Bran Stark (played by Isaac Hempstead Wright) who was named king of Westeros.
Throughout the final season, fans presumed the victor would be decided in a battle between Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), with many believing the latter would be crowned Queen.
However, Cersei died at the end of the penultimate episode of the show and Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) killed Daenerys in a shock twist in the finale, leaving many fans angered.
But Jon also had a right to claim the Iron Throne, being the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, the late Prince of Dragonstone.
Many thought Jon, whose real name in the series was actually Aegon Targaryan, would be the one to rule over Westeros.
Instead, Bran Stark, who received the regal title ‘Bran the Broken’ from Tyrion Lannister, was the one to claim the throne in the end.
The ending left fans furious and some have now come up with theories of their own as to how Game of Thrones should have ended.
Here is how Game of Thrones should have ended according to top fan theories.
Daenerys and Jon destroy the Iron Throne, ending the Game of Thrones
One fan said Daenerys and Jon should have destroyed the Iron Throne and by doing so “the wheel would be broken”.
The fan said: “In short, the story should have been the last two Targaryens in the world finding their way back to each other and destroying the Throne (which was ultimately the downfall of their house) and thus ending the ‘game’.
“Rheagal should have lived and Dany and Jon should have used their dragons to burn the throne. The wheel would be broken — the throne having been created by dragon fire (and the Targaryens), and then destroyed by dragon fire (and the Targaryens) – bringing the story full circle.
“It would have been clever if throughout the whole story we were made to believe that Dany wanted to sit on the Iron Throne when really all she wanted to do was destroy it.”
Bran Stark is actually the Night King
Another fan would have liked to see Bran warging into the Night King after being named king.
The theory read: “Everything stays the same. The credits roll then go to a cut scene of Bran warging out.
“The camera zooms in closer and closer until the shot is just Bran’s eyes.
“He blinks. His eyes flash to Night King blue. The end.”
Daenerys and Jon rule together
One fan said: “I’m such a sucker for happy endings that I really hoped Dany and Jon would just rule together, and because of that Sansa would still have the independent North.
“I understand the Mad Queen thing probably made for a more interesting plot, but I still hated watching Dany’s downfall considering everything she’d ever been through and coming out even stronger for it.
“I still hoped for them to rule together or at worst Jon giving up his right to the throne so she could rule on her own. But again, I’m just a sucker for happy endings, so to each their own.”