'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Finale: What Lies Beyond West Of Westeros?
Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale revealed Arya's (Maisie Williams) plans to sail to the west of Westeros made fans worried fans for her future. As HBO programming president Casey Bloys earlier shut down the possibility of a spinoff about her journey, there are questions what lies beyond the west of Westeros and what would happen to the trained Faceless Man.
In George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the show is based, he clearly noted: "nothing lies beyond Westeros." Westeros is said to be the furthest point, so there is nothing Arya could see in her destination.
The novel series also cleared some explorers tried their luck to discover what was beyond the west of Westeros, but no one succeeded. No one even returned, including Arya's ancestor - Brandon the Shipwright. So, did Arya sail for her death in Game of Thrones Season 8 finale?
According to Express.co.uk, the future of Arya's journey is maybe lying on Martin's favorite novel and great inspiration, The Lord of the Rings. The famed author didn't deny he is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's work, so Arya's expedition might be derived from the classic 1950s book series.
Arya might be coming to the new lands, or she might end up circling the far Eastern edge of Essos. However, Arya is also rooting for an archetypal hero's journey so that she might be sailing for her reward and death, and she perfectly knows it.
Basing on Lord of the Rings, Arya might be like Frodo, who destroyed the ring and save the world just like when he killed the Night King (Vladimir Furdik). But, Frodo couldn't find peace and didn't enjoy his victory, which was also like Arya when she was nowhere to be found when Winterfell celebrated their greatest villain's death.
Arya is known for having an intimate relationship with death. She even knew she would not see her family again. So, she might already see what was coming and saw peace as she sailed to the west of Westeros in Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale.
Meanwhile, as Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale received a lot of complaints, and even a petition for a remake, there were a lot of takes as to how it could have ended. According to Gizmodo, the YouTube channel College Humor revealed their version of the show's ending with the title The Game of Thrones Finale Rewritten with AI.
Here, Sansa (Sophie Skelton) faced Jon Snow (Kit Harington), took out a huge spear, and pushed it into his brother's stomach. "He looks concerned," the note said. It was not revealed how College Humor ended up with this narrative, but it was said to be entertaining for some fans.