Well, Game of Thrones is over — did it end the way you had hoped?
There were plenty of loose ends to tie up on Sunday night's GoT series finale, including finding out who would live, who would die as well, and what the future would hold for the surviving characters after a season that was filled with brutal wars and political battles. One of the biggest questions, though, was who would get the Iron Throne. The most surprising reveal during that sequence wasn't who got the Iron Throne (OK, OK, it actually was a huge surprise, but that's not the point), it was seeing one the major glow-up of one character from past seasons: Robin Arryn, played by Lino Facioli.
In case y'all forgot, Robin Arryn is Sansa, Arya, and Bran Stark's cousin, and he is also Lord of the Vale. When we first met Robin in season four, he was basically the worst: entitled, spoiled, and rude to Sansa after she'd escaped the evil clutches of the Lannisters. It was hard to find any redeeming qualities in his character — not to mention, he seemed to exist entirely on his mother's breastmilk, even as he approached his teen years.
Cut to the GoT series finale and, crucially, the scene where the lords and ladies of the Seven Kingdoms gather to decide on the future of Westeros. As the camera panned the council, some viewers did double-takes as grown-up Robin was revealed to us, and gone was his whiny, childish demeanor.
In a Neville Longbottom-esque twist of fate, Robin got hot, and apparently got his leadership skills together to take on a position of power. Viewers quickly took notice, too, celebrating just how good puberty had been to the once irritating character. The powerful stare, the perfectly coiffed hair, the clothes, the swagger: Robin is now officially hot and the GoT fandom is taking it as a consolation prize for the way the rest of the series finale did us all kinda dirty.
Eighteen-year-old Lino Facioli, who refers to himself as "that weird kid on 'Game of Thrones'" in his Instagram bio, took a moment to celebrate his GoT return with some before-and-after pics of his character. "9 years ago I had the honour of being invited to work in this incredible series," Lino wrote. "It’s been a wonderful adventure and I’m so, so thankful for having been able to be a part of it!"
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