Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Actually, today it wouldn't be moviegoers, it'd be Game of Thrones fans! Game of Thrones is considered by many to be the most popular show on TV, perhaps ever. Considering it has been the most viewed show on HBO ever, and it plays in 170 countries around the world, it's not that hard to believe.
Last night, the show finished up its sixth season on the air, and everybody is already anxious for the seventh. So, this article is going to mainly focus on discussing the ending of the season, particularly episodes nine (The Battle of the Bastards) and ten (The Winds of Winter). As a forewarning, there will be SPOILERS in this article. If you are not caught up on the show, don't read this article. You won't want to be spoiled, believe me.
Let's start with episode nine, The Battle of the Bastards. In my opinion, this was one of the best episodes that Thrones has given us throughout any of its seasons. The odd thing about that is, not much actually happened, yet so much happened at the same time. Game of Thrones is known for having many different storylines with many different characters. The Battle of the Bastards only focused on two of those stories, Jon Snow's reclamation of Winterfell and Daenerys Targaryen's defense of Meereen. However, it doesn't really switch between the two of them. It starts with Dany, then switches to Jon. It's pretty straightforward.
Dany's defense of Meereen featured some of the best CGI Game of Thrones has ever had. All three of her dragons, Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal, looked so realistic! The GOT team did such a great job making these fictional creatures become something that you believed existed. In addition to that, it was nice to see more than just Drogon actually doing anything. Seeing Viserion and Rhaegal finally break out of their chamber beneath the pyramid was such a good sight to see. However, it was a little convenient that they broke out at the exact moment Meereen was under attack.
Also, after the battle, the conversation between Daenerys and the Greyjoy sibling was a very intriguing one. It's always interesting when Game of Thrones crosses its storylines. Plus, as we saw in the finale, this lead up to something we've been waiting for since season one.
The actual Battle of the Bastards was the best battle sequence Game of Thrones has ever had. They did not hold anything back when it came time for the Starks to reclaim Winterfell. The battle was at least half-an-hour long, and it never got repetitive or boring. The direction by Miguel Sapochnik, who also directed last year's Hardhome and this year's season finale, definitely helped make this episode what it was. He was able to create such an uncomfortable aura in the air before and during the fight. It got the audiences' hearts pounding, and we honestly had no idea who would survive and who wouldn't.
It was a little disappointing not to see Jon's Dire Wolf, Ghost, not join the battle. However, upon further research, I discovered that it was a purely budgetary choice. They ended up having to pick between Ghost or the Giant Wun Wun. They went with Wun Wun for obvious reasons.
Now, let's talk about the finale, The Winds of Winter. There was so much that happened in this finale, and there is no way that I'll be able to mention all of it. So, let's just talk about the three major things, the happenings in King's Landing, Daenerys setting sail, and the reveal of Jon's parentage.
Almost everything that happened in King's Landing this episode was unexpected. Some people had speculated as to whether or not Cersei Lannister would become "The Mad Queen" and burn everything to the ground. While she may not have blown up the entirety of King's Landing, she did settle for the Sept of Baelor, and everyone inside of it. So many major characters died as a result of this! The High Sparrow, Lancel Lannister, Loras Tyrell, Margaery Tyrell, all victims of Cersei's revenge.
The biggest casualty was one that wasn't even in the Sept, but rather watching from a distance. Of course, I'm talking about King Tommen Baratheon. While Tommen may not have been the best king, he brought a sense of innocence to the show, which made his suicide by direct result of his mother's actions so powerful. This lead to the crowning of Cersei as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Without the love for her children keeping her at bay, it's scary to think what Cersei will be capable of in the seasons to come. She's definitely not making it out alive. Personally, I believe she'll die at the hands of her brother, Jaime Lannister, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Now onto Dany. It was such a fulfilling scene, seeing her finally setting sail for Westeros. This is something that she's been talking about doing since season one, and now it's actually happening! Not only that, but she has the Dothraki, the Unsullied, the Martells, and the Tyrells all backing her, thanks to Varys. Also, her anointing Tyrion as the Hand of the Queen was fantastic! I am so excited to see where she goes first and what she does first in her conquest of Westeros. Whatever it is, she should do it fast, as there are only 13 episodes left in the entire series.
By far, the most exciting thing to come out of the season finale was the reveal of Jon Snow's true parentage. This has been a topic of so much speculation since the very beginning of Game of Thrones. But let's be honest, did any of us really believe that he was Ned Stark's bastard? The Winds of Winter finally confirmed long-time fan theory R+L=J, or Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark = Jon Snow. Some casual watchers might not understand why this is such a big deal. R=L=J means that Jon Snow is half Targaryen. In fact, he's the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, who was the rightful heir to the throne before Robert Baratheon's rebellion. Because of this, Jon has a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne, even more so than Daenerys! Plus, this gives even more meaning to the title A Song of Ice and Fire. Since Jon is half Stark and half Targaryen, his tale is just that!
Right now on the show, Bran Stark is the only one that knows about Jon's true parentage. As we saw last night, Bran is getting ready to head south of The Wall. He'll probably head straight for Winterfell, where he will be able to relay the message onto Jon. I'm curious to see what his reaction to this will be. However, I might be even more so to see Dany's reaction when she catches wind of this!
With only two very short seasons left, season seven being only seven episodes and season eight being only six, Game of Thrones is going to start moving very quickly through its storylines. Personally, I believe that season seven will focus on Dany's conquest of Westeros and Jon's rise to power as King in the North. The season will end with Jon sitting on the Iron Throne with Dany at his side. Then, season eight will be all about the White Walkers and the War for the Dawn. Sadly, at the end, Jon will die heroically (perhaps fighting the Night King) and Daenerys will end up sitting on the Iron Throne at the conclusion of the series. However, this is all just speculation.
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