72 Hour Recap: Game of Thrones S7E7 FINALE "The Dragon and The Wolf"
I was really hoping this day would never come, but the season seven finale of GOT has gone and went, and 72 hours later, here we are. We've got a lot to cover, and a lot of predictions to make for the final GOT season. I'll save predictions for another post, so keep a look out for that, but for now, let's jump right into this recap:
Bronn and Jaime have a lighthearted man's chat about the "cockless," and Jaime ends this scene with a wise nugget of wisdom: "Maybe it really is all cocks in the end." Good thinking, Jaime. They're rightly anxious with thousands of Unsullied and Dothraki filing in to King's Landing.
Back on the Greyjoy ship, the Hound checks in on the Wight for us: he's still kicking.
The meeting between enemies and friends is altogether awkward, stirring, and personally, everything I wanted to see. The Hound and Brienne connect over Arya's strength; Pod and Tyrion get smoochy-eyed; Bronn and Tyrion get real; The Hound gets to tell the Mountain how ugly he's become and basically confirms the rumors that there will eventually be a Clegane-bowl.
The Dragonpit looks quite like an ancient Roman gladiator tournament ring, and everyone is a little on edge at the prospect of this meeting just being an opportunity for Cersei to burn them all alive... but then Cersei & Co. traipses in and the real fun is about to begin. Also, Lena Headey is SLAYING in that chainmail gown.
"Seems every bad idea has some Lannister cunt behind it."—The Hound
"And some Clegane cunt to see it through."—Tyrion
Not surprisingly, Dany shows up on a dragon, fashionably late. In fact, I don't think you can get any more fashionable than showing up on a dragon. *noted*
Can we also just appreciate the look of love and longing on Jon's face when she gets there? Like, seriously? #Jonerys
Euron is immature and annoying as per usual, and abandons ship as soon as the Wight comes out to play (or does he?), but not before giving his number to Dany on his way out.
Speaking of the Wight, it inspires the first true look of fear I think I may ever have seen on Cersei's face outside of season 1 when Bran looks in on her incest session.
Of course, Qyburn looks at the zombie arm like it's a new toy.
Cersei then decides to work together IF Jon agrees to stay out of the fighting once the White Walkers are defeated. Will Jon lie as "Ned Stark's son"? Nope. He openly states his loyalty to Queen Daenerys of House Targaryen *swoon*, making everyone 100% sure that Stark boys are honorable, but idiots. Cersei storms off saying, "the dead will come North first, enjoy dealing with them. We will deal with whatever is left of you," and they're all left standing wide-eyed in the Dragonpit and throwing insults at poor Jon.
"The dead will come North first, enjoy dealing with them. We will deal with whatever is left of you."—Cersei
Tyrion then decides to go chat it up with sis. What follows is by far one of the best cinematic scenes in GOT history; the tension alone could cut you in half. By the end of it, Tyrion calls her bluff and lives and learns she's pregnant, and Cersei makes it very clear that all she cares about is her family and appears changed, returning once again to the Dragonpit to declare a truce.
Meanwhile, at the Dragonpit, Jonerys has a nice scene together where they flirt about Dany's supposed inability to have children with Jon saying, "Has it occurred to you she might not have been a reliable source of information?" aka "Spend the night with me and we'll see who's a reliable source." Man, I love 'em. Hate me for it, but I do.
Back in Winterfell, Sulky Sansa is complaining to Littlefinger about Jon bending the knee, in what becomes either the most annoying scene ever or the most clever, with Sansa apparently falling right into the Baelish trap, making both him and the audience truly believe she's dumb enough to think Arya would betray her. THANKFULLY, this scene and the scenes from the last episode that were super annoying, were all "a little game," meant to catch Littlefinger in his web of lies. This culminates in an epic execution scene, keeping Littlefinger out of the loop until Sansa literally calls his name after stating the charges; I don't think we've ever seen Littlefinger shocked before. Of course, I personally think we could've been given a couple more hints to know this was all a part of the Stark plan, but it makes sense— they have Bran, who can see all the bad Littlefinger has done, and that combined with what Sansa has already seen him do, it was only a matter of time. After several failed attempts to weazel his way out, Arya slices his throat before we have to hear any more of his lame excuses. #ByeFelicia
We also get a quick scene with Jonerys and their team, discussing how to get to Winterfell... Jon and Dany want to sail together (bow chicka wow wow), but Jorah is like, "no, Dany should fly by herself with Jon far away." Dany chooses to sail. Jorah looks pained. #Heartbroken
Theon finally gets his groove back, and Jon makes it very clear that he can be BOTH Stark and Greyjoy... hopefully he'll listen to his own advice when he finds out the truth about his own parentage... I mean, what? Anyway, Theon leaves to save Yara and he proves his bravery by fighting one of his men to the death so that they'll support him again. The Greyjoys are very simple people.
During all this, Samwell arrives in Winterfell and has the first not-so-creepy conversation with Bran anyone's had all season. It's even comical.
Here it is though, people. The moment we've all been waiting for (or maybe just me), GOT juxtaposes Bran's flashbacks of the truth behind Jon's parentage with Jon and Dany FINALLY getting it on. All I ever asked for was a kiss, but dang, they didn't disappoint. I thought this overlay was creative and poignant, with Bran narrating how Lyanna and Rheagar loved one another as Jon and Dany act on their own love. It's very bittersweet and I'm sure this scene is supposed to be foreshadowing... we now know that Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen, rightful heir to the throne and nephew to Daenerys, but also, we know that just as L + R's love was star-crossed (like Bran says, Robert's Rebellion was based on a lie) Jon and Dany's love will most likely come to ruin in the final season. Personally, I don't think it will cause them problems as much it will cause problems for everyone else... but hey, we've got like two years to stew over it so there's that! *cries forever* Before it's all over, though, we see Tyrion looking some type of way towards Dany's quarters, which opens a lot of questions to the floor: does he love Dany too? Or is he just worried that she'll get distracted and won't listen to him anymore? Or something darker?
We then have the also LONG-AWAITED scene of Jaime finally breaking ties with Cersei, realizing she's a crazy bitch after she lets him know that, "no, they aren't helping the North, and also, Euron went to go get an army, not run away." Just like Tyrion, he calls her bluff about her being able to kill him, and rides off into the now winter-fallen Westeros. We also get a beautiful scene between Arya and Sansa, wrapping things back around to the wise words of Ned Stark:
"In winter we must protect ourselves. Look after one another. When the snow falls, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives."
I think it's pretty clear that nothing is getting in between the Stark family again (except maybe Jon? No. I won't believe it.)
Finally, Bran wargs into a raven overlooking the wall getting torn down by none other than Viserion, flown by the Night King and spewing blue fire. Tormund appears to make it safely to the one part of the wall that isn't knocked down, but other than that... the Night King's army has officially made it past the wall. Winter has come. And my watch with season seven... has ended.
While I'm going to save my Season 8 predictions for a later time, I do have some questions:
1. Will Dany get pregnant?
2. Does Tyrion know that Cersei isn't going to keep her word?
3. Who will Brienne choose? The newly single Jaime? The Hound? Tormund? A girl has options.
4. Where did Pod and Bronn go?!?!
5. Will I ever get an Arya/Jon reunion?
6. Who's going to kill Cersei? Jaime? Arya?
7. What is the real end game for the White Walkers?
8. Who ends up on the Iron Throne? Even though I don't think Jon's true name will ruin his romance with Dany, will the people support the Queen when her King is the true heir? I'm pretty sure after this season that one will end up killing the other, not because they want to, but to save the Seven Kingdoms.
9. Was anyone else lowkey irritated that Sansa didn't do the executing since she passed the sentence? It's not the Stark way...
Whew! What a crazy seven weeks. My work with GOT isn't over yet, so be sure to subscribe for more theories, predictions, etc. And let me know in the comments what GOT topic you'd like me to cover next!
Until next time,