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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.
* AuthorFilibuster
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."]]
* ComedyAsAWeapon: [[spoiler:Dandelo]] tries this with Roland.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Used by the in-universe version of King to save everyone from Dandelo]]
* DiabolusExMachina
* [[spoiler:DwindlingParty]]: [[spoiler: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:[[spoiler:"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.
* 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.
* 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.
* [[spoiler:NewGamePlus]]: [[spoiler:In the next Dark Tower cycle Roland gets to keep the Horn of Eld.]] This might be meaningful in itself, as Roland is drawn to the tune of the Dark Tower. Now that Roland has an instrument of his own he can make his own music and [[spoiler:be free from the Tower forever.]] The series is based in part on Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", which ends "Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set, and blew "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", a further inferrable suggestion that [[spoiler: having the horn will make the difference]]. It may also be a nod to Roland's almost inhuman nature near the start of the books -- he has no emotions, only the Tower. Following [[spoiler:this version of his quest, he learns some of the values of family and love and therefore spares the time to take the Horn of Eld from his dead friend's body.]]
* 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 human in his [[TrueCompanions ka-tet]] to survive, decides to leave Roland citing his obsession with the tower and the quest over the health of his friends. Notable in that 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.
* [[spoiler:ResetButton]]: Roland is forced to [[spoiler: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.
* 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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