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Since Bran’s fall from the tower, nothing has been the same. Neither Bran himself, nor the man who made him fall from the broken tower for the sin of witnessing the incestuous love. The end of the first episode was perhaps cruel and most of the viewers must have decided the standing of each character, with Starks in their minds as hero, while the Lannisters as villains. But after the 8 years and the same number of seasons, it turned out that Game of Thrones transcended the usual bounds of stories or plots where there is a clearly drawn line between the heroes and villains. Probably, that was the most beautiful part of the drama that captivated the world with record shattering viewership in the TV history.

From zombies, murders, burning corpses, beheaded torsos, deceits, conspiracies to sudden plot twists and regicide, what was not there in GOT, (except for stability), that kept mesmerized and captivated the fans, who continued to swell to an unprecedented level in every season that followed. Yet, another most significant characteristic of it was the fallibility of the characters.

The season one starts from the Winterfell where House Stark is in charge, with Ned Stark as its patriarch. The man who helped Robert Baratheon achieve the Iron Throne, the ultimate pursuit for each of the noble families to attain. The rebellion of Robert Baratheon culminates in the regicide at the hands of Jamie Lannister, the member of the kings-guard, a man who was from now to be known, for good or bad reasons, as the king-slayer.

With Jaime’s sword in Targaryen king, whose madness could be matched with that of Roman Emperor Nero, the Baratheon-Lannister alliance follows which puts Robert on the Iron Trhone, with Cersei Lannister as his queen.

Arguably, the most fascinating aspect of the whole drama is that no one is indispensable and that no character, howsoever important, is infallible. For instance, it takes the viewers 9 episodes to build up the character of Ned Stark, now the hand of the king (an equivalent to prime minister of the king). And when he becomes the most significant man of the show, he is beheaded suddenly by the wink of Joffrey Baratheon, the successor to Robert as his heir-apparent, but actually the love child from the queen with her twin brother, Jaime.

How Jaime’s character has evolved through the 72 episodes in which he lived, and the last one in which he was discovered in the rubble along with his sister and his lover for whom, ‘things he did for love’.

The man who is known throughout the seasons as the king-slayer certainly deserves more than this. While as the member of the king’s guards, he kills the mad king and becomes the object of scorn for others who look down upon him as an oath-breaker, until he reveals it to Brienne of Tarth, his captivator, with whom he develops a special relation over the period of time that defines his character in the later episodes.

Jaime reveals it to his captivator, justifying the infamous act of killing the mad king and explains that stabbing in his back was hardly justified by his own guard who had been under oath to protect him until the king’s madness had sadistically gone too far in which he began to find pleasure in burning the entire city, the wish however was fulfilled by his own daughter Daenerys Targaryen eventually.

In the last season, when he meets Bran after 67 episodes, it mattered least between him and the man who had crippled him for life. But, certainly here is another thing about the king-slayer who knows how to fulfill the promise by coming all the way from the Kingslanding to the Winterfell, to fight against the dead army of the White Walkers. In doing so, he incurs the wrath of two queens, one his own, while the other whose father he had stabbed.

The Game of Thrones earned millions, or perhaps billions, of viewers including me. The end of the greatest drama series of all time has left a wide gap and raised the level of future drama seasons that seems challenging to cope with.