‘Game of Thrones’ Review: A Fitting and Unlikely Finale Makes for a Season-Redeeming Ending

‘Game of Thrones’ Review: A Fitting and Unlikely Finale Makes for a Season-Redeeming Ending
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” finale: Season 8, Episode 6, “The Iron Throne.”]

Game of Thrones” was often about believing in the impossible. Accepting that heroes could return from the dead, that fire-breathing beasts could patrol the sky, that the fairy tale rhythms of old could be used for less-storybook ends. With its final stroke, “Game of Thrones” added something to that list. It delivered an ending that fit.

Its final episode, “The Iron Throne,” saw a conclusion that didn’t so much serve as a corrective for the narrative shortcomings of its preceding installments as much as it reframed the last few dozen hours spent in Westeros. A punctuation of sorts to one of TV’s most massive installments, it cut through the myriad expectations and offered up an impressive closing chapter, balancing a litany of character sendoffs with a parting thematic statement on the nature of power.

The dread that pervaded the
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