Does it pain? Does it suck when you realize that you have to wait for more than a year for this story to end? Do you feel your heart breaking into a million pieces? You’re not alone. This is every Game Of Thrones fan right now. What a ride it has been! Right from when Arya was just a little girl to now, when she’s a merciless assassin, it’s been quite a journey. Not just for the characters, for us fans who have grown to loved the show more than life. Season 7 was the premise. It’s all about to go down in Season 8. The stage is set for all the characters to finally come to a conclusion. We’ll give it to Game Of Thrones for hardening us as human beings. We survived the Red Wedding, we can survive anything. That’s still a year away though. Let’s talk about what is right in front of us. The Season 7 Finale, titled The Dragon And The Wolf is out. And man, what a finale! Giving the fans everything they wanted, let’s get right to it with The Dragon And The Wolf review –
1. The alliance
We all know about Tyrion Lannister’s plan where he believed that maybe seeing a wight in front of her eyes would convince Cersei to send her troops North to fight the Army of the Dead. It sounded absurd, because everybody knows how Cersei is, but they still took a chance, captured a wight and reached King’s Landing, hoping for a miracle. You can see on everybody’s face that this is a really bad idea but also they’re only chance at standing against the common enemy. Gathered at Dragon’s Pit, Jon, Tyrion, Jorah, Sandor Clegane among others sans Daenerys await Cersei and her gang. Cersei alongside Qyburn, Ser Gregor, Jaime and Euron, asks about Dany. As expected, Daenerys arrives, riding on Drogon, in style, apologizing for being late. Without wasting anymore time, Tyrion gets right to explaining why they should all get along and fight that enemy. Clegane Jr. frees the wight who charges at Cersei, scaring everybody, including Jaime. Cersei agrees for truce only if Jon agrees to not choose sides until the Great War is over. Jon, the honourable man that he is, says he’s already sworn allegiance to Dany. Furious, Cersei leaves Dragon Pit, and nobody knows what to do now.
2. The treacherous
Unable to fathom the fact that Jon has already bend the knee to Dany, Cersei arrives at Red Keep. Tyrion, still at Dragon Pit, tells Dany that he’s going to try and talk some sense into Cersei, which again seems like a stupid plan because Cersei and Tyrion haven’t been the best of siblings. She hates him, he knows that. But he’s willing to risk it all for this. He meets Jaime outside Cersei’s chambers, where they discuss what a terrible idea this is, but Tyrion knows this is the only way. Cersei meets Tyrion and as expected, she lists down everything Tyrion has done to ruin her life. Tyrion tells her to ask Ser Gregor to kill him, if that’s how she’s going to find her peace, but Cersei can’t do that. Murdering Dany’s Hand will have consequences. When she doesn’t drink wine and holds her belly, Tyrion knows that she’s pregnant, and he somehow convinces her to send troops North to fight for the living.
3. The reunions
This episode was a series of reunions. Some were bitter, some were sweet. Tyrion and Podrick reunited where we could see that Podrick was very happy to see his lord. Bronn joined this sweet reunion, bringing to it a little humour, but also accepting in the end that he was indeed happy to see Tyrion after all. Brienne and The Hound met again after she left him to die. This reunion was sweet as well, where the too discussed how Arya has become someone who needs no protection. Another reunion was of the Clegane siblings. Zombie Mountain doesn’t say a word but Sandor tells him how his end is near. Jaime and Brienne meet once again, where Brienne tries to talk some sense into Jaime, but he still doesn’t know what to do and continues walking with Cersei. Euron and Theon meet as well where Euron tells him that he has Yara in captivity. He also gives him an offer to change forces and he would leave Yara, but Theon knows of Euron’s treacherous ways.
4. The brave
In the same episode, Daenerys and her people head back to Dragonstone to discuss how they’ll be traveling back North. It is finally decided that Dany and Jon will leave in a ship, much to Jorah’s dismay as he suggested Dany fly there on Drogon. Theon shares words with Jon where he tells him that he’s going to rescue Yara from Euron, because that was exactly what she did when Ramsay held him captive. Theon goes to his men to tell them they’re going to save Yara, when one of the men refuse to go anywhere telling Theon that he was the one who abandoned her and for all they know, she might be dead. He hits Theon, and for the first time after becoming Reek, we see Theon fight back with all his might. He eventually defeats that man, and convinces the others to come along with him and save Yara Greyjoy. It was amazing to see Theon take charge for a change. You go, Greyjoy!
5. The betrayal
Poor Jaime, he should by now know that his sister isn’t interested in anyone except herself. Jaime thought that Cersei was serious when she said she was going to send troops North to fight against the dead but Cersei reveals that she has no such plan. She sent Euron to Essos to the Golden Company who are a group of sell-swords. They will protect Cersei and everything she loves against the enemies. Jaime is astounded by the fact that she made this deal with Euron without his knowledge and tells her he’s going to go North and fight alone, if that’s the only thing he can do. As he leaves, Cersei truly has nobody by her side except Ser Gregor, for everyone she loved or loves has left her. On his horse, Jaime sees the first snowfall in King’s Landing, where we know that winter has definitely come. Jaime Lannister has finally come to his senses.
6. The justice
With all this drama happening down South, things aren’t going too well at Winterfell. Petyr Baelish is poisoning Sansa’s brain, telling her how Arya is really against her and she must do something about it. Sansa agrees to his theory and asks Arya to come to the Great Hall where it seems like she’s going to take Arya’s case. But nobody was really worried about Arya because we know she’s pretty capable of dealing with things on her own. But Sansa totally turns the tables when she calls forth Littlefinger and lists everything he’s done, right from killing Lysa Arryn to conspiring against Ned Stark. Baelish begs for his life, but Sansa was the one playing him along all this while. She passes the sentence and our beloved executioner, Arya Stark slits his throat with the same dagger Littlefinger gave to Bran. Justice is served, indeed.
7. The revelation
If you thought this was all they were going to show in the Season Finale of the biggest show in history, you were wrong. Sam arrives at Winterfell where he meets Bran, telling him how he has so many things to tell to Jon, to which Bran replies he has to tell Jon about something too. He confirms that Jon is not Ned Stark’s bastard but Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark’s son, and his name should be Jon Sand as that’s what bastards in Dorne are called. Sam suddenly realizes what Gilly was talking about and he tells Bran that Jon is not a bastard. Both Rhaegar and Lyanna legally wed in Dorne, so he’s the trueborn son. Bran then travels back to the Targaryen and Stark wedding, revealing that all of Rebert’s Rebellion was based on a lie. Both Rhaegar and Lyanna loved each other, and Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen, which makes him the rightful heir to the throne. HOW DO YOU EVEN CONTROL SO MANY EMOTIONS TOGETHER?
8. Jon/Aegon + Daenerys = Ice and Fire
Just as Bran was providing more insight on Jon’s parentage, Jon and Dany were making love to each other in the ship. Yes, it finally happened! All that sexual tension finally resulted into something, although it is still incest. But Targaryen’s are known to marrying in the family, so it’s cool in Westeros. Tyrion watches Jon entering Dany’s room, and he looks a little sad/worried because they’re obviously not discussing plans inside. Maybe he’s worried as the Queen’s Hand wondering whether Jon is going to take advantage of Daenerys or his intentions are true. That’s all something for him to figure out the next season. Right now, everyone who shipped the two of them together are happy. Jon and Dany should have cute babies and rule the world together.
9. The ice dragon
And just when we thought this is where they would end the episode, they had an even bigger plan. The Army of the Dead approaches Eastwatch where we see Tormund and Berric Dandarrion clueless about what they should do now. The Night King is however not seen. Until, HE RIDES ON ZOMBIE VISERION WHO BREATHES BLUE FIRE. WHAT EVEN! I KNOW RIGHT? The Wall at Eastwatch is taken down by Viserion who is breathing blue fire now, and everyone is terrified. Tormund, Berric and others eventually flee with the Army finally entering the real world now. But boy, was it good to see the Night King savagely riding the Dragon and taking things down! Everything is set for the next season. Just as they got right to the storyline without wasting any time, Season 8 with six episodes is going to decide what will happen to our favourite characters.
Until next time, Game Of Thrones. We’ll miss you.