Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) has come a long way from Season 1. After being pushed out of a window and ending up in a wheelchair, he became “something else,” in his own words. He was the Three-Eyed Raven, and it was because of that the Night King targeted him during the Battle of Winterfell.
Yet, when the series ended, he was the one on the Iron Throne, and he was once again Bran the Broken — and suddenly there went all his declarations that he was no longer Bran.
Considering she was someone who set out to free people and had done so in the past, as Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) pointed out, it was completely out of character for her to ignore the bells of surrender at King’s Landing and burn innocent people to death instead of heading straight for Cersei (Lena Headey) in the Red Keep.
Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) managed to stand up to his sister and leave her. He fought for the living against the army of the dead. But then for some inexplicable reason, he decided to forget about all of the progress he’d made and left Winterfell (and Brienne) to return to his sister’s side.
In the end, he became someone who would not be remembered for the good he’d done but for always going back to Cersei.
Cersei might have been a villain, but that didn’t mean that she didn’t deserve a better death. In her final moments, she declared she wanted her and Jaime’s baby to live and pleaded with Jaime to not let her die. Why was she reduced to that, especially considering there was nothing he could do?
Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) is easily one of the strongest female characters on the show. She fought in the Battle of Winterfell and survived. She was the first woman to be knighted. Despite all of that, she begged Jaime to stay with her and cried as she watched him leave, something that never should have happened.
By the final season, Sansa (Sophie Turner) had been through so much that she could never be called “little bird” again. When the Hound (Rory McCann) said that none of the horrible things would have happened to her if she’d left King’s Landing with him, she said that without everything, she would’ve stayed a “little bird” all her life. That could have been handled much better, for the series and for Sansa’s character.
[Warning: The below and gallery above contain MAJOR spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones.]
Game of Thrones has ended, and the final season received quite the backlash from some fans.
Some of the complaints had to do with characters acting in ways that didn't line up with their past behavior. In some cases, all it took was one decision or one moment to leave us questioning what had happened to a character we'd gotten to know over the years or seen change for the better.