The Game of Thrones final episode ended in May of 2019. The response to the eighth season has been mixed: Over a million fans signed a petition for it to be remade, but it also scored 32 Emmy nominations. One of those Emmy nominations is specifically for the season finale, The Iron Throne, which was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, as part of that process, the script to the series finale has been made publicly available online.
After giving the script a read, we found the answer to one of the more perplexing questions that came out of the finale: why did Drogon melt the Iron Throne?
You'll recall that Drogon, the last of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons, was enraged by Daenery' death, and in a fit of rage he melted the Iron Throne, melting it away to nothing. Why did he do that? It's been demonstrated that dragons are of high intelligence, so he was probably protesting against the symbol of the power-lust that led to Daenerys' death right?
Wrong! the official reason, according to the script, is simply because Drogons fire wasn't really aimed at anything, and the Iron Throne just happened to be where Drogon unleashed his flames.
The script, penned by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
He looks down at Jon. We see the fire build up in his throat.
Jon sees it as well. He prepares to die.
But the blast is not for him. Drogon wants to burn the world but he will not kill Jon.
He breathes fire on the back wall, blasting down what remains of the great red blocks of stone.
We look over Jon's shoulder as the fire sweeps toward the throne-- not the target of Drogon's wrath, just a dumb bystander caught up in the conflagration.
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So there we have it. It seems Drogon just wanted to vent his rage and the chair just happened to be in the way. while Drogon didn't mean to destroy the Throne, the showrunners clearly wanted to find a dramatic way of eliminating the object of power to symbolize the end of "Game of Thrones".
The criticism heaped against HBO for the final season mainly had to do with lack of plot and character development. Plot twists like Daenerys becoming the Mad Queen could have been successful, the argument runs, but it wasn't built up to in any meaningful way. The reveal that Drogon melted the Iron Thron for no real reason will probably do little to sway the criticism.
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