The season finale did not disappoint, and within this review there are spoilers. So if you haven’t watched it yet, do not delve any further. You have been properly warned.
All the important players have gathered at the dragon pit in Kings Landing, hoping to unite their forces and fight the common enemy. You can’t help but be paranoid that something sinister is going to happen. Cersei (Lena Heady) has not held back her hate and discontent for those who gather peacefully, and after some of the destruction she has caused it’s hard not to think something more is going on. She could easily kill her competition, but then where is the fun in that?
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) makes one hell of an entrance on Drogon, showing her power and fearlessness. She is not one to be intimidated, but neither is Cersei. They are two strong women, and it’s interesting to see their different dynamics. Words do nothing to convince Cersei of the Northern threat, surely they are just fairy tales. But when the Hound (Rory McCann) introduces their new little friend to the world, it changes everything. Cersei went from an unshakable ruler to a petrified child. The threat was real, and it would consume every single one of them if they don’t band together.
Although a truce was put in danger when Jon (Kit Harington) refuses to lie about his alliance with Daenerys, if he’s going to be fighting with these people, they all need to trust one another. Thankfully Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is able to smooth things over with his sister, brining the realm together for the first time. Even without the Iron Island inhabitants, due to Euron (Pilou Asbæk) being terrified and tucking his tail to run, they just may have a chance in the great war to come.
Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) has been filling Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) head with nonsense, trying to cause a rift between her and Arya (Maisie Williams). He has always been good at manipulating people and weaving his words through their minds, he is a threat to all of them. A summoning of Arya in the great hall at Winterfell has us fearing the worst. Would Sansa really confront her sister? As Sansa talks of treason and murder, we learn that she has been paying attention, as she redirects the claims on to Littlefinger. Even when he denies them, Bran (Isaac Wright) puts him in his place with his all-seeing power. Pleading will not work for him this time and as Arya slits his throat, it’s as though a tension has been released.
There is trouble in paradise when Cersei reveals to Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldu) that she has no intentions of sending her troops to aid in the Northern cause. She will take what is hers. She is lost in her own delusional world, there won’t be a realm to rule once the dead descend upon them. Even with the help of The Golden Company, it is a pointless endeavour. At least Jaime has some sense do defy her, he will not stand idly by as the real threat resides in the North. No one will make it out alive.
Sam (John Bradley) has made it back to Winterfell. He is right where they need to be. It seems as though Winterfell will become the hub of the great battle. The winter is cold and treacherous, but so are the enemies that threaten to demolish everything and everyone in their path.
As Bran regale’s Sam in a tale of Rhaegar and Lyanna, confirming suspicions we have had for a while now about Jon’s true heritage. Not only is he a Targaryen, but he is the rightful one to sit on the iron throne. While Bran’s words echo and continue the history lesson to Sam, the wolf and the dragon are becoming one. What should be a triumph is littered in an unknown incest, it will be interesting to see what their reactions may be when they find out the truth. Although the Targaryen’s are notorious for “keeping it in the family”.
Where is the army of the dead in all this? Rest assured, they are coming. They have reached Eastwatch, even with the wall in their path the wight’s numbers are large and ominous, but surely they are safe. The unmistakable sound of dragon wings on the horizon snaps the false sense of security right from their grasps, as an icy ray of death disintegrates the unbreakable wall.
The dead are here.
We are left waiting and wondering what is to come. The next season will surely bring death and mayhem.
This was the season finale of Game of Thrones. It will be back for it’s 8th and final season in 2018.