It took us a while, but we've finally figured out why it was that Game of Thrones' series finale felt so oddly familiar, and it has zero to do with George R.R. Martin's effort to pay homage to The Lord of the Rings. The real reason Game of Thrones' final episodes had such a well-worn vibe is that we pretty much saw the same plot lines play out before in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Yes, that movie.

Comparing the major notes of Game of Thrones' ending with what happened over in Panem, there are so many similarities that one could even be forgiven for thinking the movie had some kind of subconscious influence upon the creative choices for the series' conclusion -- the ones that didn't come straight from Martin's mind, that is.

Let's dig into some of the many mirroring moments between Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games' final scenes then, shall we?

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For starters, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)'s cruel little trick of packing the Red Keep with innocent civilians came straight from the President Snow playbook. Like Cersei, Snow wanted to use his city's citizens as a human shield against the invasion from the District 13 troops. The point was not just to create a physical barrier, but to force his attackers to reveal their own darkness in the process of trying to liberate the oppressed masses from the Capitol's control. Sound familiar?

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Then the whole subplot of Arya (Maisie Williams) and The Hound (Rory McCann) trying to blend in with the crowd en route to the Red Keep also directly echoed Katniss and Gale's effort to get to the gate during the crowd rush -- hooded cloak disguise and all. Like Arya, Katniss had just one kill on her mind at the time, and she didn't care if she didn't get to go home afterward.

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When Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) broke mad and burned everyone with her air attack, she was partly spurred on by the sound of bells for some reason. That might not have made much sense, but it's worth noting that when the innocents of the Capitol had fire rained down on their heads by Alma Coin, that came by way of little packages that had a tiny ring-ting-ting sound before the explosions commenced.

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Cersei's booby traps might not have been as elaborate as Snow's, but those little bursts of wildfire we saw throughout the city proved she wanted her attackers' trek through the capital to be filled with some explosive surprises, like what Katniss' "Star Squad" encountered.

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Jon (Kit Harington) became appalled by the sight of destruction caused by his side, and Katniss was looking similarly wrecked by the devastation of the people of Panem. Jon and Katniss both came into the fight on one team and realized mid-battle that they may no longer be working for the side of right.

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Daenerys' speech to the Dothraki and Unsullied victors proved that she did not intend to stop "liberating" the people of Westeros any time soon, if ever, and Jon Snow had to face the reality that she herself was a tyrant in the making. The same was true for Katniss, who discovered the maniacal ambitions of the similarly silver-haired Alma Coin once she proposed restarting The Hunger Games to get even with the citizens of the Capitol.

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Jon was one of the few people who still had the confidence of the Mother of Dragons after the war was through, much the same way Katniss was the only person who could be trusted to wield a weapon around Coin. So, they both ended up being the only ones with the will or means to take out their dangerous new leaders. They each had to betray the women they'd been fighting for just as they began to take the power our heroes helped them win.

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We could also easily compare Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) becoming a monster in the process of carrying out his queen's orders to the way Gale Hawthorne was at least partially responsible for those terror bombs on civilians. (Note: They both flitted off to do more war things in the end, too.)

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Cersei's crushing death was surprisingly uneventful, considering how artful her own murders had been, and the same was true for President Snow. She was leveled by the rubble of the Red Keep, and he was left to the will of the trampling masses instead of going down with the kind of spectacle audiences anticipated. In both cases, they were also propped to be the Big Bads of their respective series until a greater threat emerged in the final acts.

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After Jon assassinated Daenerys, his life was spared as he was sent to the Night's Watch to live in exile for his crime. Katniss, too, had been relegated to the ruins of District 12 upon being pardoned after her last kill. In both cases, the punishment was a sort of mercy, since they'd each enjoyed some rare moments of freedom in those new-old stomping grounds.

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Interestingly enough, each of our heroes received their sentences from someone who'd been on both sides of the fight. For Jon, it was Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who'd been a Lannister but flip-flopped on Daenerys once she broke mad, and for Katniss, it was Haymitch, who'd spent plenty of time in the Capitol before joining the resistance. (Note: In the book version, it was Plutarch Heavensbee, and he had also been working for the resistance from inside the Capitol.)

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Ultimately, the people who came into power in the end of both stories were wholly unexpected but had shown an aptitude for getting key information to the right people at the right time. In Game of Thrones, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) helped ensure Jon and Daenerys would become at odds with one another by getting the truth of his heritage out; and in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Commander Paylor helped alert Katniss to Coin's bad deed by letting her talk to President Snow.

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Both new leaders were each duly elected by a council of sorts. In Game of Thrones, it was the Lords and Ladies of Westeros who chose Bran, and in The Hunger Games, it was the surviving victors who picked Commander Paylor. The wheel was also somewhat broken by their inaugurations because both blood rule and the Hunger Games were through, in theory at least.

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If all that wasn't enough to prove these stories were in sync, there was even an emotional pat session with a neglected pet to cap off both. Game of Thrones finally reunited Jon with his direwolf Ghost, and The Hunger Games finally saw Katniss warm up to Buttercup, the much-maligned cat that her sister had cared for before she died.

All told, there were so many moments from Game of Thrones' big conclusion that looked and felt an awful lot like the grand finale of The Hunger Games. So, if you too have spent the past two weeks trying to figure out where you'd seen all of this before, perhaps it was just the memory of Mockingjay - Part 2 lingering behind certain scenes.

It does kinda make sense that two sagas about women on fire and birds and men named Snow might share some common threads in the end, but this is a lot.



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