You don’t need me to remind you that the final season of Game of Thrones was bad. Very bad! While most fans have likely calmed down after the disappointing conclusion to one of the biggest TV shows of all time, there are still some lingering questions that have not been answered. We don’t know where Arya went, we don’t know what the hell happened to Jon, we don’t know if Bran become something of a Big Brother-type leader with his all-seeing Patriot Act powers.
But another question that’s remained is, why did Drogon burn the Iron Throne when he found Jon holding Dany’s dead body? One would imagine Drogon would kill, out of instinct, the man who killed his mother and torch the hell out of Jon. But he doesn’t. Instead he turns and burns an inanimate object, the Iron Throne. Now, there are two theories here: One is that Drogon, a smart dragon, recognized what the Iron Throne symbolized and burned it, rebuking the desire for power that ultimately killed his mother. The other is that Drogon mistakenly thought that the pointy sword chair stabbed and killed Daenerys.
As it turns out, the answer is neither. A script from the episode released on the Emmy awards website this week reveals what Drogon’s motives actually were:
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.
So there you go, the Iron Throne just kind of got in the way of Drogon randomly breathing fire. It was an accident! It is actually fitting for the depth of thought that went into this final season, that there was really no intention behind one of the most powerful images of the series.
Oh and if you thought that maybe, just maybe, the writers also had an idea of where Drogon flew with Daenerys’s body, you’re wrong! As the script reads:
We follow Drogon over the ruined city with Dany’s lifeless body clutched in his claw. He heads out toward the eastern sky, flying over Blackwater Bay. It’s not a dusky beauty shot; it’s gray and lifeless, as befits a funeral. We fade to black.
Cool. More reason to wait for the books.