From Clara discovering he had a wife to his face as he tries to pretend he can’t see her to him finally facing an ending, this was an escalating game of bittersweet that ended in the perfect goodbye.
And of course you have to talk about his reaction to not being able to respond to River when she says his name. Normally he’d call her out on it - say something - he never holds back with her, but he can’t. And his face. He’s just… hurt. No anger or frustration. Because he can’t argue with her or even just shout “RIVER!” He can’t speak to her at all. He has to pretend she’s not even there and you can see his face fall before he just shakes his head and pushes all those thoughts away.
But in the end, she got to see her Doctor again after all and he finally faced her death after all these years.
Rhaegar Targaryen & Lyanna Stark. Everytime I read “Promise me, Ned” or “He sank to his knees in the water and with his last breath murmured a woman’s name ” I can’t help to crying. That’s so sad! In my mind is the most tragic love story in the saga. I think that with a strong, beautiful and willingful maiden, Rhaegar found the love and the peace he never knew in his strange and unhappy family. Lyanna instead, fell in love for his kindness and his polite manners, all qualities that his fiancee never had and probably make her feel sure. I’m only suggesting, of course, but still they had a very bitter ending. They’ll died young and unable to crowning their love, they won’t spent a long and happy life with sons and daughters, they won’t never be king and queen but the man who slew Rhaegar will be king and their only child will spend his early life overshadowed by his cousins, believing his the bastard son of his uncle, totally unaware of his true origins and his destiny. She was Ice and he was Fire. Their child is the Song of Ice and Fire.