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The latest episode of Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 4 has been named "The Last of the Starks". Why was it named so? I couldn't fathom the reason behind this intriguing episode title.

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    That's a much better title than I saw. On HBO Now last night, it was just titled Game of Thrones 71. All the other episodes had titles, though. – Geobits May 6 at 16:17
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    @Geobits They hide the episode titles for at least the first day to avoid spoilers. All of the episodes this season have received the same treatment. – kuhl May 6 at 17:13
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It's related to the scene below when Jon is talking to Sansa, Arya and Bran, those are the last of the starks. Arya even says those words:

Arya: We are family, the four of us, The last of the Starks.

last of the starks

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    This doesn't answer why the episode was titled the Last of the Starks though. It doesn't explaining any thematic meaning if at all – KharoBangdo May 6 at 15:40
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    @KharoBangdo I mean, it's pretty obvious by the scene, no? It's the last of the starks alive, they are family... – Gustavo Gabriel May 6 at 16:51
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    Also because as few as they are, their numbers keep dwindling further. Jon is not really a Stark. Bran is now the Three-Eyed Raven, has stopped calling himself a Stark. Arya cares deeply about her family, but the Stark lordship is something she wants no part of. And Sansa's stuck in the North, away from pivotal events. The role of "House Stark" in the story has, in its capacities as a house, come to a low. – detuur May 6 at 19:45
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    @detuur Jon's mom is a Stark. He's just as much of a Stark as before, only it's via his mom's side, not dad's. – BruceWayne May 7 at 7:06
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    @BruceWayne: Patrilinearity for the "win". As / if Jon's heritage becomes common knowledge (I don't watch GoT, I don't know how many know his real name yet), he's effectively the last of the Targaryen... – DevSolar May 7 at 9:03
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Sansa, Arya and Bran find out that they are the last of the Starks in this episode, because Jon is not actually Eddard Stark's son. He is a Targaryen, and his children would be Targaryens.

Sansa and Arya are women, so would take their husband's names and their children would not be called Stark. Bran doesn't consider himself to be Bran Stark anymore, having become the Three-Eyed Raven, and seems unlikely to have children.

Therefore there will not be another generation of Stark children, and the house will cease to exist. Eddard Stark's remaining children are the last of their name.

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    very good answer!, not only the last remaining starks today, but assumable the last starks ever... – Allerleirauh May 7 at 10:43
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    Well, inside the GoT universe (just like in the middle ages) it's possible for a woman of a high house to marry a lord of a smaller house as to keep the lineage alive. Sansa can do this but I don't think it will be covered in the show – Giacomo Tecya Pigani May 7 at 12:15
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    In the books it is mentioned that current Stark lineage is not paternally connected to the founder. There were at least one time when it's linked only via woman of Stark line (unnamed daughter of Brandon the Daughterless, which had a son with Bael the Bard). – user28434 May 7 at 14:06
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    @TabAlleman: Rickon was killed by Ramsay Bolton. – Benjamin Lindley May 7 at 20:27
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    @user28434 Also, by precedent, Sansa and Arya's children can take the name Stark legally. Similarly, any man they marry can take the name Stark as well. People however usually change names only when they are about to inherit something. Like King Joffrey Lydden became King Joffrey Lannister when his father-in-law King Gerold III Lannister died. – Aegon May 8 at 9:56
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Someone actually answers this in the episode when they say that Bran is now rightful Lord of Winterfell but he doesn't want it. Inheritance goes through the male line only.

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