Now that HBO’s Game of Thrones has concluded, in a whirl of fire and blood and Bran the Broken, we can look back at which characters basically missing from the show – particularly given some well-known faces did turn up in the finale, in the Dragonpit, after having been gone from the story for quite a while, counting Edmure Tully and Robin Arryn.
But not everyone popped back into the picture. Some were left behind on entirely different continents while others just took their ball and went back to their barricaded keeps. And some… Well, they could have been concealed among the masses the whole time.
Here’s a list of some noteworthy Thrones-ers that were never seen again and stayed missing from Season 8 totally.
It’s predicted that one of the mystery lords in the series finale, in that Dragonpit — the one wearing green — could have been our first (and only) look at the current day Howland Reed. He’s the northern Lord of Greywater Watch, father of Meera and Jojen, and the man who aided a younger Ned Stark storm the Tower of Joy to “rescue” Lyanna Stark.
If true, it’s a cool callback, but it doesn’t exactly clarify or defense why his daughter Meera permanently went “poof” back in Season 7, after some long and hard-fought journeys with Bran across several seasons.
She opened up to Bran a bit, emotionally, and he reacted with one of his variations of “I am no longer capable of human emotions” so she packed up her swamp gear and went home. It would have been pleasant to see her come back for the battle against the Night King and beyond, but it seems her (greywater) watch had ended.
Daario was dumped by the Mother of Dragons back at the end of Season 6, directly before she made her trek to Westeros. She mainly left him accountable for Meereen, to “keep the peace,” as it were.
We’re not sure what type of leader Daario was, or whether or not the whole area just slipped back into the slave trade the second Daenerys left it in her rearview, but we do know his heart got broken into itty bitty bits. It definitely felt like Daario could have returned in these final few episodes, to further help Daenerys in her mission to collapse King’s Landing, but she never sent a raven.
Or a seagull. Or a whatever you’d send across an whole ocean to give someone a message. We would have loved to observe his response to what happened to Dany though, generally, in the end. Would he have been stunned or would he have been all “Haha, classic Khaleesi”?
We’re not here to argue whether or not the man known as “Jaqen H’ghar” even exists, just to reminder that we never saw that face again after Season 6. Or even Arya use the House of Black and White face-swapping murderer trick since the Season 7 premiere.
Obviously, this man, or any Faceless Man of Braavos, could have been anywhere at any time. Hiding in plain sight. He could have been running from the dead in Winterfell or getting torched alive in King’s Landing. Or perhaps he was “Random Dothraki Bloodrider 3.” Anyway, as far as we know, No One made quite the non-showing in this final season.
Like Meera, it’s not like we don’t know where Hot Pie was – at the Inn, browning his butter – but he sure didn’t show his pies, or pie hole, in the final season. Last we saw him, he was treating Arya to some fine baked goods upon her arrival to Westeros and informing her that Winterfell belonged to the Starks once again.
We’d like to think that he’d have been spared in whatever marauding Daenerys had intended for the Riverlands. Not only is he a self-professed survivor, but he’s got carbs in his corner.
Oberyn’s unforgiving partner was last seen in Season 7, confined to the Red Keep’s dungeons where she’d be forced by a revengeful Cersei to observe her enduring Sand Snake daughter, Tyene, succumb to poison and fade in front of her, while she was kept alive by her captors. most probably, she was wiped out along with most everyone else when Drogon set his blazing sights on the castle.
Ellaria wasn’t a loose end we expected to see again, actually, and it should noted that actress Indira Varna affirmed that she wouldn’t be returning to the show during interviews in 2017 following the character’s final episode, Season 7’s “The Queen’s Justice.” However, fans could also presume that Cersei’s sovereignty perhaps wasn’t going to last long enough for Ellaria to expire from old age in that oubliette.
Someone was going to replace the queen and that person would have to deal with Ellaria. Yes, we can now just envision her disappearing off screen with hundreds of thousands of others when King’s Landing fell. Even if she somehow survived, with all the turmoil and devastation around, it’s extremely unlikely anyone would find Ellaria and she’d either starve or smother soon after that.
The man who in fact killed Ned Stark, the tongueless King’s Landing slayer Ilyn Payne — boasting the most executioner-y name ever — was last seen way back in Season 2 when Cersei and Sansa were confined to Maegor’s Holdfast during the Battle of Blackwater and he was there to murder them before Stannis’ men could get to them.
The actor depicting Payne, Wilko Johnson, received a cancer diagnosis in 2013 that he luckily defeated, though his character never came back to the show, in spite of being mentioned once more in Season 4.
You could guess he died during the decimation of the city, but that’s only if he was in King’s Landing during the final season, which was never spoken of. He was on Arya’s list after all, and she may have had it in mind to murder him along with Queen Cersei, before the Hound persuaded her to discard that plan and save herself.
There are several characters who weren’t a huge part of the series in general, but were a huge deal for a few scenes here and there and then missing – somewhat like Ian McShane’s Brother Ray, except without the civility to fast die to conclude their story totally.
One is Lord Robett Glover, played by Blackadder’s Tim McInnerny, who was all over Winterfell in Seasons 6 and 7. Then when the Night King came calling in the final season, it was reported that House Glover were being total jerks and staying put in Deepwood Motte, never to be seen again.
So let’s hope the undead got Lord Glover. Or else, he’ll have to face the verdict of Queen Sansa and likely compensate a steep cost for his cowardice.
We never went back to the Citadel so we never saw the return of Jim Broadbent’s Archmaester Ebrose. Sam clearly got a promotion in the finale, to the Grand Maester for King Bran’s capital keep, and with that came the exposure that Ebrose and Sam had consulted on a huge tome together – titled A Song of Ice and Fire.
So unlike Lord Glover, this dude’s fine. He’s far away creating literature that completely excludes Tyrion from all accounts of historical record.