So I was reading a Vox article [https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/9/1/16225980/game-of-thrones-finale-ending-impossible] that talked about the potential ending of the show. I was impressed with the author's knowledge of the show, but frustrated by the assertion that a satisfying ending is impossible. While the three tropes that the author focused on certainly are accurate, any true fan of Game of Thrones knows that simple will not be GRRM's ending. It discussed how no matter what the ending will be disappointing because the show could not possibly achieve a heroic, subversive, and history based ending, and laid out the three possible ways that it could end:
1. Jon and Dany win and live happily ever after. (heroic)
2. Someone else is on the throne. (subversive)
3. Gendry, Phillip Plumm, or some other person of in-universe historical legitimacy ascending to the throne. (historical)
But I thought that these were all far too simple. (Plus, if D&D were searching for a subversive ending, wouldn't they just have the Night King wipe out all of humanity?)
Why can't all three of these goals be achieved? The author made some valid points about how the universe building of ASOIAF is one of the reasons that people have become so obsessed with it. Why can't that history be tied in together with a heroic yet genre-subverting ending?
I've long thought that the ending would be quite straightforward, and nothing that happened this season has changed my view on that.
The Night King must be defeated, and Dany must ascend to power and eventually "break the wheel". This is like the heroic ending that wouldn't be subversive at all, except the show has been spoon feeding us the Jon-Dany happily ever after ending. By continuing to push this, anything other than these two on the throne together will be seen as something subversive. For the heroic part, that could be Jon sacrificing himself for Dany and the realm to kill the NK. And historical? The rules of succession that Tyrion pointed out in episode 6 and the tomes of information on Targ lineages and family history that GRRM has created would come into play as Dany re-institutes a Targaryen dynasty on the throne. I don't think the "breaking the wheel" will lead to a democracy, I think it will be restoring the Targaryen wheel.
So after all this rambling, I guess what I'm asking:
Wouldn't Jon jumping off Rhaegal and killing the Viserion-riding-Night King in a last minute way to save Dany (who is carrying his heir) but Jon actually dying in the process be an ending that successfully satisfies all three of the different types of endings? And, isn't this the type of bittersweet ending that GRRM wants?
I'm imagining a dramatic scene where Dany/Drogon dive in a last minute attempt to catch Jon, but they'll be unsuccessful. Seems right up his alley, and it's an ending that won't be cheesy or too unpredictable.