Game of Thrones season 8 is probably one of the most controversial seasons in the history of the show. The six-episode season was filled with twists and turns which became a little hard to swallow even for the most diehard fans. Plotting and churning out dynamic plans—sometimes smart and sometimes not so smart is nothing new for the characters of Game of Thrones but the final season takes the cake for leaving fans with the feeling that there have been countless decisions that are questionable: why would Jon let go of Ghost? Why did the scheming for the Battle of Winterfell fail so miserably? Why is there any expectation of loyalty in Westeros?
Here we’ve gathered some of the objectively worst decisions made in the final season. Read with utmost caution and at your own risk as it contains spoilers!
1. Mother of Dragons’ Dumb Move
Daenerys seemed to be the sure winner for the Iron Throne with her three dragons. One would seriously think the mighty Mother of Dragons would use her fire-breathing children to her advantage and avoid many catastrophes. Losing Rhaegal to a snare by Euron Greyjoy along with the Golden Company? Totally avoidable! Plus, losing Viserion to the White Walkers in season 7 was painful enough!
2. Wrong Positioning
Jon Snow is famous for knowing nothing but after being saved by Sansa in the Battle of the Bastards, you’d imagine that he’d learn to draw up a decent battle plan. His schemes against the White Walkers was filled with shortcomings, but the most major mistake was probably placing the Unsullied and Dothraki on the correlative side of the army’s fiery troughs and the safeguarding of Winterfell’s walls on the diverging. Honestly, lighting the destructive flames instantly and allowing the armies to gather wights as they clambered through the fires would have been a more fruitful plan.
3. Bad Burn
Danaerys had spent a better part of the show–seven seasons to be exact—claiming she wouldn’t turn into her father, the Mad King. However, when the battles ended smoothly and King’s Landing was prepared to surrender, she decides to burn the city to the ground. One would simply imagine that she’d want to keep the throne after she cruised through the seven seas, but nope! The drastic change in her character was not something the fans were anticipating.
4. No Rest For The Wicked
A lot of the bad decisions on season 8 seemed to have been made by Danaerys. Does she let the Unsullied, Dothraki and Northerners rest just after they finish defeating the White Walkers? No! The queen orders them to immediately march south and the troops have no other options other than to oblige their queen.
5. Adamant Cersei
Game of Thrones fans expected a better death for Cersei, arguably the most hated and one of the most resilient characters on the show. Hence, seeing her crushed by the rubble of the Red Keep when Dany decides to burn the city to the ground? A little anti-climatic. Had she left instead of tearfully watching the city burn, she might have made it out alive.
6. Arya’s Exclusion
Considering Arya just single-handedly killed the Night King, it might have been a wiser decision to include her in the plan to take Cersei out who by the way was on her List. Moreover, watching these two face off would probably have been one of the most epic scenes of the show.
7. Terrible Hiding Place
This was another flaw in Jon’s battle plan. Tucking away the women and children in the crypt in Winterfell might not have been such a good idea given the Night King can raise the dead. The end result? Hundreds of deceased Starks rising from the dead to attack innocent people!
8. Qyburn’s Wrong Move
Qyburn ended up dying at the hand of his own version of Frankenstein. It might have been wiser on his part to not undermine a man who goes by “The Mountain.” Had he refrained from belittling him into dueling Sir Clegane, he might have been saved from getting his skull busted.
9. Jaime’s Infidelity
Fans have eagerly waited for Jamie and Brienne to seal the deal and its one of the few times the show-runners have served exactly that. Things, however, go downhill when he learns that his sister/lover Cersei is bond to burn when she orders to shoot down one of Dany’s dragon. Despite Brienne’s pleas, he leaves for the South, leaving behind the one person who swore by his honorability.
11. Jaime Being Utterly Foolish
All chances of redemption for Jamie Lannister disappears when he leaves Brienne to go the Red Keep to save Cersei. While the two do manage to go make it under the keep while Dany burns the city down, they find the way blocked. They perish in each others’ arms as the castle crumbles on top of them.
11. Jon Bidding Goodbye To His Friend
GoT fans were understandably outraged when Jon sends his direwolf Ghost North with Tormund, saying that they fare better in the North. Ghost, who had helped him out plenty of times would probably have been a treasure to Jon in the fight at King’s Landing, but instead, he was once again simply ignored. He wasn’t even awarded a pat for being a good boy!
12. Jon’s Ancestry Revelation
Secrets are impossible to keep in Game of Thrones and Jon probably should have known better than to reveal his true parentage to his Stark siblings. Despite Dany’s begging that he tells no one about his Targaryen-Stark parentage, he was adamant on bringing together Sansa, Arya and Bran and swearing them to secrecy before he instructs Bran to tell them the truth. Since secrets don’t stay as such in Westeros and everyone’s playing the game, Sansa tells Tyrion who tells Varys. Lord Varys has been known to be one of the most cunning while playing the Game of Thrones. The master of Whisperers knows how to use a secret and as he always claimed to serve the realm, sees Jon as a much better fit for the Iron Throne than Dany and betrays her.
13. Tyrion Making The Worst Suggestion
Bran becoming the King of Westeros was one of the biggest shocks of the show given Jon and Dany were such strong contenders. After Jon kills his aunt/lover and is imprisoned for it, what do the powerful lords and ladies of Westeros gather to do along with Tyrion? Elect a new king who happens to be the Three-Eyed Raven. He says that Bran’s unique position makes him totally fit for the position of king and when he dies, they can all vote for a new ruler!
14. Tyrion’s Betrayal
Tyrion, despite his questionable choices always had his soul in the honest place. Despite Dany telling him a few scenes earlier that he was one more mistake away from death, he decides to betray her and help Jamie escape. He tells Jaime that the life of one dwarf is a good trade to save everyone in King’s Landing Always the survivor, Tyrion returns helps Jamie the way he helped him when Tywin Lannister decides to execute his dwarf son. Despite being the Hand of the Queen, Tyrion thinks it’s a good idea to betray her which might not have been a great decision given the city burns to the ground anyway.
15. Melisandre’s Failing
Melisandre was also one of the most hated characters on the show. She, however, is able to redeem herself. Other than Arya, she might actually have been the true MVP of the show. She returned from Essos packing a lot of magical heat and when the battle ended, she got rid of her magic necklace, aged centuries and crumbled. True, she had a lot of enemies, and Sir Davos was prepared to kill her any moment, she and her magic might have been very useful against Cersei.