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Monday, August 28, 2017

How About That Finale?

This Sunday was the finale of season 7 of Game of Thrones and it was the most watched episode ever. Not surprising, it was an epic buildup for what will be the final season of the hit tv show.

I am a die hard fan of the show. I have the books and am reading them and yes they ARE better as is almost always the case BUT the show is visually stunning and the cast is so amazing that you can almost forgive them for taking liberties with the plot. That said, I have a few observations/questions and one or two gripes about the finale.

If you haven’t watched the finale, The Dragon and the Wolf now is a good time to exit this post and enjoy something else on the blog. Because The Post is Dark and Full of Spoilers (Game of Thrones humor sorry).


That mini reunion when the Stark/Targaryen representatives are met by the Lannister forces was a long time coming. Bronn serves the Lannisters, while outcast Tyrion is the chief advisor to their enemy Daenerys. Brienne serves Sansa and Arya Stark who are also Lannister enemies and she has a certain affection for Jaime Lannister. Plus she meets up with The Hound who inquires after Arya. That was a good few seconds.

How awesome was Daenerys’ arrival in the dragon pit? It was bittersweet though, watching my queen (Yes, I’m Team Dany) ride in on Drogon with only Rhaegal following behind. Poor Viserion. The Dragon Queen made quite the entrance and it was impressive and a not-so-subtle poke at Cersei about just who has the more powerful force in the war for the Iron Throne.

But that’s not why the summit has been called. It’s been called so that Jon Snow can prove his point about how the war for a silly chair doesn’t mean squat if they don’t stop what’s really coming. Can I just say that I love seeing so many heavy hitters, well, the heavy hitters that have survived 7 seasons of betrayal and murder in one scene together? It was so freaking tense because everyone there has reason to hate everyone else! Jon hates the Lannisters for what they did to his family (Basically murdering all of them save for Bran, Arya, and Sansa), the Lannisters hate Daenerys because she’s a threat to their reign, Daenerys hates the Lannisters because they betrayed her father and murdered her brother Rhaegar and his children. Toss in The Hound, The Mountain, Brienne of Tarth, Ser Davos, The Unsullied, The Dothraki, Theon Greyjoy, Euron Greyjoy and you’re lucky they don’t all try to kill each other. Anyway, the whole cast did great in this scene and seeing characters interact with each other for the very first time (Jaime asking Daenerys how many undead in the Night King’s army, to which she replies a hundred thousand at least was a real treat.

However, who else kind of freaked out seeing Cersei terrified for the first time when she saw that walking dead man come screaming towards her? That was the first real time she’s ever been shaken up, even Jaime and The Zombie Mountain were shocked and they’re the ones supposed to protect her! If she's freaked out, we should be concerned.

Of course, I never expected Cersei to put her ego and lust for power aside to actually focus on the bigger picture. That woman is so short sighted that she won’t see that if the dead come for them, no amount of gold will save them. But I have to hand it to her, she puts on a good show of being a “good queen.” The finale also showed that Jaime has his limits when it comes to her. Jaime has been her whipping boy/lover/brother for so long I almost forgot that he wasn’t an extension of Cersei, just someone who was used to following orders. Well no more! After Cersei reveals privately to Jaime that she has no intention of honoring the truce with Daenerys OR sending men to help fight, Jaime draws the line. He leaves Cersei. He actually disobeys not only his queen but the only woman he’s ever loved in order to stand by his own word to help fight the dead. This has been a long time coming and I loved how much this character has grown.

I’m sure that decision will come back to bite him in the ass. It’s a noble one but that doesn’t matter on a show like Game of Thrones.

The Dragon and the Wolf also brought one major death to viewers: Littlefinger. It’s about damn time too. He’s the one who started the entire war for the Iron Throne. He cost the Stark girls their parents and TWO of their brothers. Sansa endured hell because of him and now he tried to turn her against her sister Arya. This scene was so well done and showed what a force the two girls were when they worked together. With a little help from their only surviving brother Bran, Sansa and Arya list Littlefinger’s charges against him and it was delicious watching his reaction when he realized he couldn’t talk his way out of this one. He showed his true colors right up until the end when he’s executed by little Arya. Bravo to Aiden Gillian who played the character so well that we all loved to hate him.

And now we come to one of two big things fans have been waiting for: The confirmation of Jon Snow’s identity.

We all knew it back in season 6 that Jon Snow wasn’t Ned Stark’s bastard son. He was the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, making him Ned’s nephew and cousin to the Stark children. However, the show dropped another major revelation this season: Jon is NOT and never has been a bastard. Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia Martel annulled in order to marry Lyanna Stark. So Jon is legitimate. He is also a Targaryen, in fact his mother named him Aegon Targaryen (Foreshadowing perhaps since Aegon is the name of the Targaryen who conquered Westeros many thousands of years ago and became the first king of the seven kingdoms). This means that Daenerys, whom he’s been making eyes at all season is his aunt. Only he doesn’t know this when he knocks on her door and the two have sex.

But this is Game of Thrones people, incest is widely accepted. Plus, Targaryens almost always married into their own family, brother and sister would marry, uncle and niece would marry, so they’re not technically doing anything shocking. Though when Jon and Daenerys find out they might have something to say about it.

And now for the closing scene that kicked up my anxiety in anticipation for the 8th and final season.

The Wall that has protected the Seven Kingdoms from the Night King and his undead army falls. Brought down by an undead Viserion (For those who don’t know, Viserion was the third of Daenerys’ dragons and was killed by the Night King only to be brought back as his undead mount).

Here are my observations/gripes:

I actually DO have a problem with the faster pace of this season and the eighth season. I am not feeling the Jon/Daenerys thing mostly because they didn’t spend enough time in each other’s company to build that lust that leads up to the boat scene. The boat scene itself was a little lackluster for what we’ve come to expect from the show. I felt that Daenerys showed more passion when she was lovers with Daario who she never loved than with Jon whom she’s supposed to be falling in love with. WTH?

Also, I felt short changed by that scene AND by the flashback to Rhaegar and Lyanna’s wedding. They mixed it with scenes of Jon and Dany having sex. What??? Couldn’t we get a nice flashback of Rhaegar (And of an actor that was NOT wearing Viserys’ recycled wig) and Lyanna like we did of the Tower of Joy in season 6? It’s almost certain that the Thrones spinoff shows won’t be one of Robert’s Rebellion so why not show us more of these two who inadvertently started a war with their forbidden romance? This show is all about making us mourn for characters, about dragging our emotions throw the ringer and I wanted to see more of Rhaegar Targaryen who was wrongly painted as a kidnapper, a rapist, and a dangerous man when in fact it was revealed Rhaegar didn’t like killing, he liked to sing, and he was kind.


Questions now though. Let’s go back to that epic and scary ending with the Wall falling and the Night King on Viserion. Is it my imagination or is Viserion now FASTER as an undead dragon? Also, his roar is different than when he was alive. Perhaps because when the Night King killed him he did so by throwing an ice spear into his throat? And, since Viserion is technically dead does that mean he doesn’t have to take a breath before firing the next round of blue fire? I noticed he held out a lot longer than he did when he was alive and fighting the undead army. If that’s true, we’re looking at a possibility that he may have the upper hand on his living brothers Rhaegal and Drogon even though Drogon is bigger and meaner.

And how long was Viserion dead because he has holes in his wings! Or does his body continue to decompose?

Morbid questions I know. But what are you expecting from season 8? I think:

More characters will start dropping like flies due to the faster pace, and the fact that the army of the dead is now past the wall and into the land of the living.
My prediction is that Tormund and Beric will be among the first deaths of the final season.

I also sadly think that another dragon will die and I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end there are no more dragons left. Prepare the tissues.

I think Bran will die.

I think Grey Worm, Missandei, Jaime, and Bronn will die.

I think Ghost, Jon’s missing Direwolf will die.

I also remember that prediction about Dany, that she will be betrayed three times, once for gold, once for blood, and once for love. Well she’s already been betrayed for gold, and for blood but what about love? Will that one cost her her life? I sadly think Dany will die by the end and her dragons with her. With Jon now being revealed as a legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen, that means he is the true heir to the Iron Throne, not Dany.

Since the ending of the story has been described as “bittersweet” then I have to assume that the majority of the characters left will die and Jon will end up being the reluctant king of the Seven Kingdoms all while mourning all that he lost as a result.

What did you guys think of the finale? What do you think will happen in the final season?

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