Game of Thrones Season 7: Breaking Down Episode 7 Game of Thrones season 7 ended with a 120-minute finale last night, it's longest episode ever. The finale was a redemption for fans who waited for seven seasons to see how Winter shall arrive, and in the name of old gods and new, it's chilling.
Needless to say, if you haven't watched the episode, do not proceed any further because this article will spoil all the fun and anticipation the showrunners have meticulously built.
So, without further ado, let's dive in. 1/6 The Big Parlay At Dragonpit
The big parlay that was orchestrated by Tyrion opened the finale. The venue was the same place where the Targaryen dragons were kept in chains, Dragonpit. The Unsullied and the Dothraki warriors surround King's Landing and everyone except Daenerys is welcomed by Bronn who takes them to Dragonpit. We witnessed some more reunions- Tyrion and Bronn, The Hound and Brienne. But the best of them was The Hound finally sizing up his zombie brother. But that was cut short by more pressing matters at hand and we missed out on Cleganebowl, again! Nevertheless, Jon and co. exhibited the wight they caught at the battle beyond the wall. Cersei was almost convinced about the threat till Jon decided to be honourable and stated he now answers to the only queen, that is Daenerys. Tyrion gets into a room with her and manages to convince her about the threat. Cersei, on the face of it, acknowledges the threat and pledges to support the northern army.
2/6 Sansa learns one last thing from Littlefinger
Littlefinger has been at his usual games so far this season and Sansa, and it reaches a crescendo when Baelish leads Sansa to work out the need to murder Arya because apparently, she intends to murder Sansa and become the Lady of Winterfell. Sansa agrees to Littlefinger’s suggestion and calls a meeting in the Great Hall where Arya would apparently be tried for her crimes. But it turns out, these two can play the game. Arya is made to stand in front of everyone and Sansa says, “You stand accused of murder. You stand accused of treason. How do you answer for your charges?” and looks at Littlefinger. The trial wasn’t meant for Arya at all. Littlefinger then begs and pleads and tries to “reason” with Sansa. Incidentally, Bran also chips in with the missing details of his cunningness. He suddenly seemed interested in the worldly affairs. But Arya, in one fluid movement hacks the throat of Lord Baelish and leaves gasping for breath.
3/6 Theon grows some balls
After the Dragonpit meeting, at Dragonstone, Theon asks for forgiveness from Jon and pleads to allow him to go rescue his sister. Jon allows him and he proceeds to reason with what is remaining of the Ironborn army. He is made fun of by the Harrag, the Ironborn raider who rescues Theon and Theon in a bloody fist fight beats the living daylights out of him and proceeds to free his sister.
4/6 Cersei shows her true colours
After the Dragonpit meeting, as Jaime was strategising for the battle, Cersei comes and pours cold water over his plans. She reveals that she never intended to support Jon and Dany in the Great War. Instead, she plans to wait out the whole of winter in the hopes that the White Walkers will defeat all her enemies after which she can rule in peace. Jaime is aghast at her betrayal and after much drama decides to leave for the North. Jaime finally comes to sense.
5/6 Samwell arrives at Winterfell
In another case of super fast travelling in Westeros, Samwell arrives at Winterfell all the way from Oldtown in a horse-cart and immediately meets with Bran. Bran is suddenly quite talkative in this episode and officially declares Jon as a Targaryen. Incidentally, Bran was still under the delusion that Jon is a bastard child but Samwell clears the air by saying Rhaegar’s marriage with Ellaria Sand was annulled by the High Septon Maynard and Rhaegar secretly married Lyanna Stark which means Jon isn’t a bastard at all. His real name is Aegon Targaryen and he has the rightful claim to the Iron Throne.
Also, notice the haunting recomposition of the Game of Thrones theme music. It’s chilling and ushers in Winter with all the foreshadowing of a harrowing battle.
6/6 The Wall crumbles
The closing moments of the finale is the most chilling of all. Tormund and Beric look over the wall in Eastwatch when the whole of Night King’s army of the dead marches in. The Night King himself swoops in riding the Viserion, now an Ice Dragon spewing icy blue flames. The flames manage to melt the wall leaving a significant part of the wall to crumble, making way for the white walkers to infiltrate Westeros.