The show's title, Game of Thrones, indicates exactly what the show really is: a game. There will be a victor. But victory might look different than what we first envisioned in season one, which was entirely concerned with power grabs between mere mortals. Now, Westeros faces an existential threat — and that threat is officially marching South in the form of a massive White Walker and wight army led by the Night King.
Clearly, the show's conclusion won't be as simple as: "So and so sat in the Iron Throne, and all was well." At the very least, we know Game of Thrones' conclusion will not bring us joy. "I don't think anyone is going to be satisfied [when it ends]," Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, told Sky News.