WARNING: Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 are ahead.
- The Game of Thrones Season 8 finale script was released on the Emmys website.
- The stage direction reveals that Drogon didn't burn down the Iron Throne on purpose, instead it was a "dumb bystander" to the dragonfire.
- GoT fans seem even more upset about the revelation.
The script for Game of Thrones' finale episode, "The Iron Throne," was shared on the Emmys website this week after the series earned a whopping 32 nominations for its final season, Huffington Post reported.
The 45-page conclusion to the epic HBO show, written by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, contains some of Season 8's biggest (and most bewildering) moments, from Daenerys Targaryen's death to Bran the Broken's pseudo-coronation. But the real revelations are found in the stage direction and screenplay notes.
GoT fans are particularly focused on the scene in which Drogon burns down the Iron Throne with his own dragonfire, seemingly in an emotional rage after finding his mother, Daenerys, stabbed to death on the floor of the throne room. At the time of the finale, viewers half-joked, half-theorized about the symbolic significance of Drogon's fiery siege. Did he know that the throne was a symbol for power, and that Dany's irrational craving for power ultimately led to her demise? Or did he associate the dagger in his mother's body with the piles of swords melded into the massive chair?
Professor Drogon ftw— 라라 🐼💚 (@Lalitabridges) May 20, 2019
Credits to r/freefolk pic.twitter.com/HiS2U3cehk
The answer is neither. According to the script, the throne is "not the target of Drogon's wrath," but "a dumb bystander caught up in the conflagration." The screenplay also emphasizes that the dragon did not want to kill Jon Snow, who was present during the throne-burning and is actually the one who murdered Daenerys.
Read an excerpt of the scene below.
The dragon rises up on his hind legs, towering over Jon.
In a beautiful, terrifying tableaux, he roars to the sky, the embodiment of rage.
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.
We look through the blades of the throne as the flames engulf it, and blast the wall behind it.
We see the throne in the flames, turning red, then white, then beginning to lose its form.
We get tight shots of the details melting in silhouette: the armrests, the iconic fan of swords on the backrest.
The fire stops. The smoke clears revealing a puddle of smouldering slag where the throne once stood.
Who will sit on the Iron Throne? No one.
GoT viewers were disappointed with the finale to begin with, and the clarification on Drogon's throne destruction did not help at all. Disgruntled fans reacted on Twitter.
dumb scene gets even dumber— Lindsay Ellis | ~ * ~ Her Satanic Majesty ~ * ~ (@thelindsayellis) July 31, 2019
as writ Drogon didn't even mean to melt the iron throne, it was just an innocent bystander pic.twitter.com/XTeTDgAVyI
It is possible this is just a poorly constructed sentence and Jon is the "dumb bystander," although I don't see how because the script already— Beth of the Elder Kin (@BethElderkin) July 31, 2019
established Drogon wasn't aiming for Jon.
If that's the case, this script is grammatically wrong and shouldn't win an Emmy. pic.twitter.com/fo82BGlnnG
#GameofThrones fans: "Drogon was burning the true enemy, the thing that *really* killed his mother."— Beth of the Elder Kin (@BethElderkin) July 31, 2019
Actual show: "LOL the throne was a bystander Drogon was just throwing shit at a wall."
So the script confirmed that Drogon burned the throne by accident, because it was on his way. The people who were saying that he burned the throne because he realized that it was what really killed Dany had a better idea than D&D. At least it could have been a logical explanation— all hail to her satanic majesty ✨ (@daenerystale) July 31, 2019
It turns out Drogon WASN’T a Rhodes Scholar pic.twitter.com/DwzKfJ2NYn— the weird new king (@whyangelinawhy) July 31, 2019
the Iron Throne "was not the target of Drogon’s wrath, just a dumb bystander caught up in the conflagration"— aciredef (@fefefede) August 1, 2019
A DUMB BYSTANDER CAUGHT UP IN THE CONFLAGRATION
All the best bits from GOT S8E6 "The Iron Throne" Script - a thread— clkrmct (@clkrmct) July 31, 2019
1- Who's the dumb bystander? You decide pic.twitter.com/TOre0bPbfq
Would now be a bad time to bring up the fact that Game of Thrones Season 8 was nominated for an Outstanding Writing Emmy?
Read the full GoT Season 8, episode 6, script here.
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