5 Things We Learned After the Game of Thrones Finale

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in the series finale of Game of Thrones.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in the series finale of Game of Thrones.

It’s been more than a year since Game of Thrones fans tuned in to the series's finale—concluding both the eighth season of the HBO epic and the overall saga conceived by author George R.R. Martin. The final season, and the last episode in particular, answered many burning fan questions—including the fate of characters like Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)—and finally named a new ruler of Westeros.

As with many other hit properties with a long and complicated backstory (think Harry Potter), even though the show is over for now (a prequel series is coming—eventually), a few new details have trickled out since the series wrapped, which may inform a re-watch. Take a look at five things we’ve discovered, but beware: Spoilers are coming for anyone who hasn't watch the series in its entirety.

1. The poster for the first season of Game of Thrones revealed the ending.

The season 1 poster from Game of Thrones included an important clue about the finale.HBO

When Game of Thrones premiered back in 2011, it was considered a risky and expensive gamble for HBO. Based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, the series attempted to chronicle the sprawling land of Westeros and beyond as the rulers (and aspiring rules) of all Seven Kingdoms vied for control of the Iron Throne. In the series finale, we learned that Bran Stark, a.k.a. the Three-Eyed Raven, would be named king. The official poster for the first season depicts Ned Stark (Bran's father) sitting on the throne, but look closer and you'll see a raven perched off to his right.

2. Daenerys Targaryen's decision to destroy King’s Landing on Game of Thrones was probably spontaneous.

Daenerys Targaryen lays siege to the Red Keep in Game of Thrones.HBO

In "The Bells," the fifth episode of season 8, Daenerys rejects Cersei Lannister’s signal of surrender and continues to pummel a city of innocents with fire. While some have speculated her decision was planned, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss later confirmed that her appetite for destruction was sparked when she saw the Red Keep, the castle in King’s Landing built by her Targaryen ancestors. That, the duo said, made the entire battle very personal to Daenerys, causing her to abandon any thought of mercy.

3. Jon Snow didn’t commit premeditated murder when he killed Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in the series finale of Game of Thrones.Courtesy of HBO

Once it became clear that Daenerys couldn't be trusted to rule without inflicting mass murder, Jon Snow confronted her and ended up stabbing her. According to actor Kit Harington, Jon didn’t know he would stick the knife in until the two met up. “He doesn’t know he’s going to betray her until right at the end,” Harington said on the DVD commentary for the final episode, adding that with Daenerys likely to kill Jon’s sisters, “it becomes [my] family versus her.”

4. Drogon didn’t mean to burn down the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones.

After Jon Snow feels forced to kill his aunt/lover Daenerys Targaryen for being a homicidal maniac, her dragon, Drogon, is so anguished that he sends out a blast of fire, which destroys the Iron Throne. While it was a literal destruction of the thing that ultimately cost Daenerys her life, it wasn’t necessarily meant to be intentional on the dragon’s part. According to the script, the Throne was “not the target” of Drogon’s wrath but was “just a dumb bystander caught up in the conflagration.” In other words, Drogon melted the Throne by accident.

5. There were unspoken reasons Bran Stark was named king on Game of Thrones.

Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones.Helen Sloan, HBO

Game of Thrones concluded with Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) being named King of the Six Kingdoms of Westeros, with Tyrion and others voicing their support. The script for the episode also provides reasons why others in attendance were in agreement. Lord Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies), Bran’s uncle, believes he’ll be able to influence his nephew; Lord Gendry Baratheon (Joe Dempsie) wanted to follow what everyone else was doing; Ser Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) was loyal to the Starks; and Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) knew her brother Theon (Alfie Allen) had died protecting Bran. She thought Bran being named king would make Theon happy.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

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10 Words and Phrases That Came From TV Shows

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Television can be a hotbed of creativity (or mediocrity, depending on who you ask). But it's not just characters and storylines writers are coming up with—they also coin words. Here are 10 surprising words that were invented thanks to TV.

1. Poindexter

While this term for a studious nerd might seem very 1980s, it actually comes from a cartoon character introduced on TV in 1959. In the series Felix the Cat, Poindexter is the feline’s bespectacled, genius nephew, supposedly named for Emmet Poindexter, the series creator’s lawyer.

2. Eye Candy

This phrase meaning a thing or person that offers visual appeal but not much substance originally referred to such a feature of a TV program. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), it first appeared in 1978 issue of a Louisiana newspaper called The Hammond Daily Star: “Sex … is more blatant ... ‘Eye candy,' as one network executive calls it.” Ear candy is slightly earlier, from the title of a 1977 album by Helen Reddy, while arm candy is later, from 1992.

3. Ribbit

Think frogs have always been known to say “ribbit”? Think again: According to the OED, this onomatopoeia might have originated on a TV show in the late-1960s. While we can’t say for sure that absolutely no one was making this frog sound before then, the earliest recorded usage found so far (according to linguist Ben Zimmer) is from a 1965 episode of Gilligan’s Island, in which Mel Blanc voiced a character called Ribbit the Frog. This predates the OED’s earliest entry, which is from a 1968 episode of the Smother Brothers Comedy Hour: “That’s right. Ribit! .. I am a frog.”

4. Sorry About That

You've probably used this expression of regret more than once in your life, but did you know it was popularized by Get Smart? It's one of the many catchphrases from the late 1960s TV show. Others include “missed it by that much” and “the old (so-and-so) trick.”

5. Cromulent

Cromulent is a perfectly cromulent word, as far as the OED is concerned. This adjective invented on The Simpsons means “acceptable, adequate, satisfactory.” Other OED words the denizens of Springfield popularized are meh (perhaps influenced by the Yiddish “me,” meaning “be it as it may, so-so,” from 1928 or earlier), d’oh (the earliest recorded usage is from a 1945 British radio show), and embiggen, which first appeared in an 1884 publication by English publisher George Bell: “Are there not, however, barbarous verbs in all languages? … The people magnified them, to make great or embiggen, if we may invent an English parallel as ugly.”

6. Five-O

The OED’s earliest citation of this slang term for the police is from a 1983 article in The New York Times, although it was probably in use long before that. The moniker comes from Hawaii Five-O, which premiered in 1968. In the show, five-o refers to a particular police unit and apparently was named in honor of Hawaii being the 50th state.

7. Gomer

While the word gomer has been around since the year 1000 (referring to a Hebrew unit of measure), the sense of someone stupid or inept comes from the inept titular character in the 1960s show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. It’s also a derogatory name among medical professionals for a difficult patient, especially an elderly one.

8. Cowabunga

Sure, the 1960s surfing slang might have regained popularity in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s due to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series, but it originated way before then. Chief Thunderthud, a character on the 1950s children’s show Howdy Doody would use it as faux Native American language. After that, it somehow made its way into surfer slang, hence becoming a catchphrase of Michelangelo, the hard-partying, surfing ninja turtle.

9. Har De Har

The next time you want to laugh in a sarcastic, old-timey way, thank Jackie Gleason for popularizing har de har via his iconic 1950s show, The Honeymooners.

10. Spam

So how in the world did spam, originally the name of a canned ham, come to mean junk email or to inundate with junk emails or postings? Chalk it up to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The food Spam (which stands for either “spiced ham” or “shoulder of pork and ham”) was invented during the Great Depression in the late 1930s. Fast-forward 40-some-odd years and the British sketch comics were singing incessantly about it. This apparently was the inspiration for the computer slang that came about in the early 1990s.