Why the End of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Perfect

Archetypal paths of four major characters: Bran, Jon, Sansa, and Daenerys

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What is an archetype, and how can it help?

Bran the Sage

Bran Stark. Property of HBO

The Innocent or the Child is one of 12 Jungian archetypes which represents a pure, naive, kind soul whose main strength is — yes, their innocence.

The things I do for love.
Mufasa and Simba

The main task of the Ruler is to keep the order within his kingdom and bring fertility.

Bran’s lack of action in Season 8 is justified. He’s a Sage, and Sages don’t act. Saving the world is a task for the Warrior (hi Jon!). Sages watch and learn.

Bran’s path

Sansa the Fool

Sansa the Fool. Property of HBO
Sansa Stark and Margaery Tyrell. Property of HBO

Sansa never becomes a Hero. That’s not a path for a lady. After all, her Mentor is Littlefinger.

Sansa’s Path

Jon the Warrior

Jon the Warrior. Property of HBO

Jon Snow is never motivated by love. If he were, the series ending would be different.

Jon Snow is Warrior, a traditional, old-school, St. George-ish Warrior. He only can slay dragons.

Jon’s Path

Daenerys the Mother

Daenerys Targaryen. Property of HBO

The Caregiver, or the Mother, is moved by a genuine desire to help others through generosity or dedicated assistance.


Love becomes Dany’s driving force when she decides to go to the North and to help Jon’s people out.

When Dany burns King’s Landing, she acts as a Shadow Mother, a Shadow Caregiver.

By the end of the series, Daenerys united six archetypes: Lover, Caregiver, Warrior, Magician, Queen, Orphan. Four of them became Shadows.

Daenerys is a Lover till the end. Property of HBO

Daenerys’ Path

Daenerys’ downfall is the third unexpected, weird, specific plot turns which we the fans had to survive.

Simply killing the main character wasn’t enough.

If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.

They corrupted and killed the show’s true heroine.

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