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->''Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came.''
-->--'''Robert Browning'''

Preceded by ''Literature/SongOfSusannah''.

'''''The Dark Tower''''' is the last book of Creator/StephenKing's [[DoorStopper Epic]] {{Fantasy}} series ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''. It marks the end of the series (at least in novel form). Mia forces Susannah to birth a demon baby and AnyoneCanDie as Roland takes his final steps toward [[MacGuffin The Tower]].

Followed by the {{interquel}} novel ''Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole''.
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!!''The Dark Tower'' provides examples of the following tropes:


* AffablyEvil: Some of the Devar-Toi guards, especially Trampas, are pretty nice and seem like good guys, it's easy to forget that their job is to essentially ''destroy the universe''.
* AlasPoorVillain: After Mordred kills Flagg/Walter/Marten, finally eliminating one of King's great villains, the narration briefly runs through Flagg's life. It gives him a FreudianExcuse (he was raped as a teenager) and manages to wring some small amount of sympathy from Flagg's death.
** The death of Trampas, one of the {{Mooks}} guarding the Devar-Toi, is rather sad. He works for the BigBad, but he's actually a pretty decent guy once you get to know him. It's made pretty clear that Ted really doesn't want to kill him and even yells at him to get out of their way, although he is forced to eventually resort to throwing a mind-spear at him, killing Trampas in the process.
* {{Angrish}}: The Crimson King keeps screaming "EEEEEEE!" in wordless rage.
* AuthorAvatar: Like in ''Literature/SongOfSusannah'', King himself appears again.
* BookEnds: "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
* ComedyAsAWeapon: [[spoiler:Dandelo]] tries this with Roland.
* DeusExMachina: Used by the in-universe version of King to save everyone from [[spoiler:Dandelo]]
* DwindlingParty: Only Roland is left to climb the tower at the end.
* EatTheDog: When crossing a frozen wasteland, Susannah is so cold that she eventually considers killing Oy for his fur.
* EnfanteTerrible: Mordred, until he turns into a teenager about 2 thirds into the story anyway.
* HappilyEverAfter: Played with. "Will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live."
* HellIsThatNoise: [[invoked]] The chewing sounds made by ''something'' behind a door with an undecipherable symbol. Also, the todash chimes.
* ImpossibleTask: Suddenly subverted. In the first four volumes, The Tower is an impossibly distant, probably mythical location that not even Roland is sure really exists. It is also implied that he has been questing for it for ''over a hundred years''. It takes the Ka-Tet until the third volume to find a path which could potentially lead them in the right direction and even then, it is suggested that it will take many years of dangerous WalkTheEarth travel to get there, if they make it at all. From ''The Wolves of Calla'' onwards, Roland and co. are at least hinted to be getting nearer to The Tower, but it still retains its near-mythical status. Towards the end of volume VII, they reach Odd's Lane, where an occupant invites them into his home; He has a picture of The Tower on his wall, drawn on a visit to the field where it stands, which is more or less ''just up the road''. Even Roland is shocked by how casually this is mentioned by the character in question.
* LastBreathBullet: [[spoiler:Eddie]] is killed by the Devar-Toi's warden, Pimli Prentiss, doing this.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The ending is highly talked about, which may prove unfortunate for many prospective readers.
* MacGuffinLocation: Invoked with The titular Tower towards the end of the book. By the time he reaches it, Roland has completed his actual objective. There's no need for him to carry on, but he does so anyway, prompting [[spoiler: Susannah]] to leave him alone to complete the quest.
* NeverMyFault: Ted is livid when he sees a Breaker child dying during the attack on the Devar-Toi and it's implied that this is part of the reason why he kills Trampas. Nevermind that the child wouldn't have died if he and Roland's group didn't decide to set some buildings on fire to cause a stir.
* NewGamePlus: At the end of the book, Roland begins a journey across the desert carrying the Horn of Eld (which he had not bothered to retreive from [[spoiler:Cuthbert's body]] previously). The presence of the horn is symbolic; over the course of the series, Roland learns some of the values of family, love and loss. This carries over to his new journey, where he spares the time to go back and retrieve the Horn. This also suggests that, with each new quest he undertakes, Roland grows as a person. And considering that the series is based in part on Robert Browning's poem, which ends "Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set, and blew "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", the Horn is probably one of the most important PlotCoupons for him to be carrying.
* NothingIsScarier
** A lot of this inside the Dogan.
** Many of the things behind the doors.
** The Tunnel Demon that goes after Roland, Susannah, and Oy down "Main Street". While they can't see it, the mere ''thump'' noises are enough to convince them to run. [[spoiler:It is equally terrifying when they ''do'' see it.]]
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: A few chapters before TheClimax, right before Roland is to meet up with [[BigBad The Crimson King]] and end his [[TheQuest quest]] to find The Dark Tower, [[spoiler:Susannah,]] the last of his [[TrueCompanions ka-tet]] still with him by this point, decides to leave Roland, citing his obsession with the tower and the quest over the health of his friends. Notable in that [[spoiler:she]] doesn't [[ChangedMyMindKid come back to assist him at the last moment]] to help him defeat the BigBad.
* PragmaticVillainy: Prentiss treats the Breakers well and wants his subordinates to do the same. Not because he particulary cares about them (though to be fair, he ''is'' shown to be sympathetic towards them in a few occasions), but because they're less likely to revolt or try to escape if they're happy and well.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: The villains want King dead. And while the heroes have to protect him, they're not happy about it at all.
* ResetButton: [[spoiler:Roland is forced to restart his quest.]] The reasons for this are unclear, but it's implied that his willingness to abandon his friends to reach the Tower is part of the reason why. That he didn't have the Horn of Eld with him could be a reason as well. It's implied that he's had to do this many times before because he never got it right. The afterword by King implies that he might get it right the next time.
* ShooOutTheClowns: [[spoiler:Eddie,]] the jokester of the group, is the first to die.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Mordred is occasionally described with sympathy as his situation becomes increasingly pathetic. A few times he's described as an abandoned child.
-->Look, if you would. Here sits a baby with blood streaking his fair skin. Here sits a baby weeping his silent, eerie tears. Here sits a baby that knows both too much and too little, and although we must keep our fingers away from his mouth (he snaps, this one; snaps like a baby crocodile), we are allowed to pity him a little.
* SnicketWarningLabel: Right before [[spoiler: Eddie's death.]]
-->: I'd have you see them like this; I'd have you see them very well. Will you? They are clustered around Suzie's Cruisin Trike, embracing in the aftermath of their victory. I'd have you see them this way not because they have won a great battle- they know better than that, every one of them- but because now they are ka-tet for the last time. The story of their friendship ends here, on this make-believe street and beneath this artificial sun; the rest of the tale will be short and brutal compared to all that's gone before. Because when ka-tet breaks, the end always comes quickly.
** And in the penultimate chapter of the book, after the HappilyEverAfter mentioned above, the narration explicitly warns the reader to close the book there and then, and let that be the end of the tale.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Brautigan and Nozz-a-la.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Prentiss genuinely believes that ending the universe is the right thing to do, as he thinks a new improved universe will take the old one's place. Some of the other Devar-Toi guards are implied to think so as well.
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