It's fair to say that many Game of Thrones fans aren't happy with how Game of Thrones ended. You can understand their frustration after 8 seasons and 8 years. Season 8 has been rated the worst series of the franchise on Rotten Tomatoes, scoring just 70% as of the time of writing. That score has largely been brought down by the last three episodes.
Their main complaint? The last season seems rushed, and as many as one million fans signed a petition for the series to be remade. To illustrate their point, here are some of the questions and plots that the show left open.
1. Did Jaime and Cersei really need to die?
In Episode 5, it appeared as though the entirety of the Red Keep had fallen on Jaime and Cersei. But when Tyrion goes to see if the pair had managed to escape, there's a lot less destruction. So why didn't they just move slightly to the right or to the left?
2. How did Harry Strickland's horse make it to Arya?
Game of Thrones fans came up with some pretty creative theories after Harry Strickland's horse made it to Arya in the middle of King's Landing. After seeing the horse collapse, seemingly dead, when it was strafed by Daenerys on Drogon, fans were convinced that Arya was dead, or the horse was being controlled by Bran.
In Episode 6, the horse was nowhere to be seen.
3. What was the point of the Golden Company?
Cersei sacked High Garden to be able to repay the Iron Bank and secure another loan to pay for the Golden Company. She even went as far as to call them the "best army" in the world. But they all died in two seconds?
4. Where is Jon going?
Jon is banished to the Night's Watch and the show ends with Jon as the Lord Commander once again. However, the finale scene of the series shows Jon leading Tormund and a group of wildings north of the wall, prompting many viewers to wonder where Jon was leading the horde of wilding women, children, and men.
So, where is Jon going?!
5. Where is Drogon going?
Many of us are wondering what exactly happened to Drogon when he snatched Daenerys' lifeless body and flew off. And why didn't he light up Jon for killing Daenerys?
6. Can Bran see the future?
During the King's Council meeting, Bran says he "came all this way" to be named King. He also gave Arya the knife she'd use to kill the Night King back in Season 7. So if Bran could see the future this entire time, why didn't he warn everyone about Daenerys?!
7. Who are the Night King and Three-Eyed Raven?
The identities of both the Night King and Three-Eyed Raven are still unknown. We know that the Night King was created by the Children of the Forest as a weapon when they were losing their war with the First Men, but apart from that, we only know that he wants to wipe out Westeros. Why does he have such a big beef with everyone? And to top it all off, the White Walkers were hyped up for eight seasons and then stopped in one episode!
Hopefully we'll learn more in the Game of Thrones prequels code named Bloodmoon.
8. Is Sam narrating 'Game of Thrones'?
At the end of the season finale, it's revealed that the book Archmaester Ebrose was working on, initially titled the "history of the wars following the death of King Robert," was renamed A Song of Ice and Fire on Sam's recommendation. While this is mostly a nod to the book series, many fans believe that Sam has been narrating the show the entire time.
The theory was born when Sam first entered the Citadel, the capital of the Maesters. A large astrolabe can be seen hanging from the roof of the library, which looks a lot like the object that appears on the opening titles of every episode. So, was Sam our storyteller this entire time?
9. Where are the Dothraki going?
After the death of Daenerys, Grey Worm takes the Unsullied to Naath, the homeland of Missandei, to protect the pacifist locals from slavers and the likes. But what are the Dothraki going to do? We know they don't like getting on ships, so are the Dothraki just in Westeros to stay?
10. Where's Nymeria?
Nymeria was released into the wild by Arya after she bites Joffrey Baratheon. She is now leading a pack of wolves in the Riverlands, and was reunited with Arya in Season 7 while she treks back to Winterfell. As Arya approaches the direwolf she raised, she tells her that she's going home and asks her to come with her, but Nymeria refuses and leaves along with her pack.
We'd expected to hear from the wolf again, but we saw nothing this season.
11. Who is Azor Ahai?
Throughout the GOT series, fans have learned the prophecy of Azor Ahai, which states an individual warrior will "lead the people against darkness." Thousands of years ago, the legendary figure forged the sword Lightbringer to defeat the White Walkers. A prophecy from the Lord of the Light foretells that he will be reborn as The Prince That Was Promised.
He never showed up.
12. What happened to Arya's 'eyes' prophecy?
During the siege of Winterfell, Melisandre reminded Arya of a prophecy she had told her way back in Season 3. “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me: brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever.”
The brown eyes are believed to have belonged to Walder Frey, the Night King being blue, but fans had thought the green eyes would be either Cersei or Daenerys. Arya didn't end up killing either, so does she still have to kill someone?
13. What happened to Maggy the Frog's prophecy?
At the age of 10, Cersei and a friend visited a fortune teller in Lannisport named Maggy the Frog. She told Cersei three prophecies.
- Cersei asks if she will wed the prince. Maggy responds, “You will never wed the prince. You will wed the king.”
- Cersei asks if she will be queen. Maggy responds, “Oh, yes. You’ll be queen. For a time. Then comes another, younger, more beautiful, to cast you down and take all you hold dear.”
- Cersei asks if she and the king will have children. Maggy responds, “No. The king will have 20 children and you will have three. Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
In the book series, the prophecy contains one more predicion.
“When your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Valonqar is the High Valyrian word for “little brother.”
While the first three predictions came true in the show, Cersei didn't die at the hands of one of her brothers.
14. Is Ellaria Sand still alive?
At the end of Season 7, Euron Greyjoy captures Ellaria and Tyene. Cersei then locks the mother and daughter in a dungeon, poising Tyene and letting Ellaria live to watch her daughter slowly and painfully die.
Ellaria is presumably still alive during teh siege of King's Landing, but is she killed by debris or is she still locked away somewhere?
15. What happened to Daario?
Daario Naharis, leader of the Second Sons and Daenerys' former lover, is left behind in Meereen to keep the peace while a provisional government transfers power to the people in Season 6. What's he been up to since? And won't he want vengeance when he learns Daenerys has been killed?
16. What happened to Meera Reed?
In Season 7, Meera safely delivers Bran to Winterfell after taking him to the Three Eyed Raven and back. Meera, who lost her brother on the way, leaves Winterfell and returns to her home. But she's never seen again. House Reed is the southern-most house of the North, so she presumably survived the Night King's invasion.
It's strange that she didn't make a cameo in the finale when we saw far more minor characters like Edmure Tully.
17. Where is Arya Stark going?
Arya is finally going to see what is west of Westeros, after hinting that was her plan in Season 6. But according to the books, no one who has attempted to sail west has actually succeeded. Some simply believe that the ocean is endless, while others suggest that ships that sail west will fall off the edge of the world.
An ancient Brandon Stark once set sail in a westerly direction, taking lots of Northmen with him, but none of them ever came back to tell the tale. Could Arya meet the same fate?
18. Why did Arya learn to swap faces and then only do it once?
Arya spent two seasons with the Faceless Men learning their tricks. The coolest trick clearly being face swapping, but she only uses it against the Freys?
19. What happened to House Glover?
In Season 8, Robett Glover sends a raven stating that the Glovers will remain in Deepwood Motte during the Night King's invasion. The Deepwood Motte is further north than Winterfell, so did they meet a similar fate to that of House Umber?
20. What's up with Melisandre's necklace.
In Episode 3, Melisandre takes off her necklace and dies as an old woman. But back in Season 4, she took the necklace off to take a bath and nothing happened?!
21. Why did the White Walkers let Will live?
If you'd forgotten, Will was the young Night's Watch recruit who was executed for deserting when he encountered the White Walkers. Buy why did they let him live in the first place?
22. How did Euron build all those ships?
After Yara and Theon stole his best ships in Season 7, Euron told the Iron Islanders to build him a fleet of 1,000 ships. Somehow they managed to put together an armada in no time at all, even when the Iron Islands are known for being completely barren when it comes to trees.
It's safe to say many things left unfinished and fans aren't happy. We'll see if we get any more details in extended features and supporting media.