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Once again, I’d like to take one of these articles to talk about something that isn’t movie related, and that’s what I consider to be my favorite TV show, Game of Thrones. You’ve all heard of Game of Thrones. People are literally always talking about it, and chances are, if you’re reading this article, you watch the show yourself. The reason I wanted to talk about it today is that the finale for season seven aired last night, and there’s a lot to discuss as a result of it. So here are my thoughts regarding the season seven finale of Game of Thrones.
Spoiler Alert for those not caught up through Season Seven, Episode Seven, “The Dragon and the Wolf”
At the end of last season, I had an idea in my head as to how the rest of the show was going to play out. At the time, there were only two seasons left in the show, and two major storylines (Daenerys invading Westeros, and the White Walkers attacking) to finish up. So naturally, I assumed they would tie up one of these this season, and the other next season. In my head, I figured that they would have this season be all about Dany taking Westeros, and it would end with the death of Cersei Lannister. That would leave the entirety of season eight to deal with the White Walkers.
As we saw in last night’s episode, and this season as a whole, that’s not what's happening. The White Walkers aren’t patiently waiting for the wars in the South to finish up until they invade. They have their own agenda, and they’re not going to just sit around until it’s a convenient time for them to attack Westeros. So, over the course of this season, we saw the White Walkers coming closer and closer to the Wall. Last week they scored a major victory when they killed and resurrected Viserion, one of Dany’s three dragons. Last night, we glimpsed the result of that. The Night King riding a dragon is something I never thought I’d actually see on this show, but I’m so glad I did. Also, seeing that dragon destroy part of the Wall to let the army of the dead through was incredible. I was at a loss for words when that happened, and it’s still so crazy to think about how far this show has come.
There was a lot that happened in this season finale, but there were two things that surprised me the most. The first of which was the death of Petyr Baelish, better known as Littlefinger. They handled that scene very well when it came on. I legitimately thought that Arya and Sansa were about to go at it, but then the focus turned towards Littlefinger. Suddenly you realize that they had both been playing him the whole time, instead of the opposite way around for once. As much as it was fun to have Littlefinger in the show, I think they were right in killing him off now. He had run his course, and I don’t think there would’ve been room for him in the final season. Petyr Baelish was one of the most interesting characters to watch in this show, but it was time for him to go.
The other big surprise, to me, was the turn that Jaime and Cersei’s relationship took. When Jaime approached Cersei in an attempt to make her change her mind about how to deal with the White Walkers, and Cersei threatened to kill Jaime, I legitimately believed her. They had the Mountain there ready to do it, and he even began taking his sword out. I was freaking out. They really made it look like Jaime was going to die. Jaime, however, called her bluff and just walked right past the Mountain and out of the room. We then see him leaving King’s Landing. I’m assuming he is going to head North to help with the war against the White Walkers, so I’m really curious to see how that’ll play out for him. Maybe that “Jaime is Azor Ahai” theory has some weight to it after all?
Even though it was basically confirmed during last season’s finale, last night we got the official confirmation that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Not only is he their son, but he’s their legitimate son, as they were secretly married before he was born, which makes Jon the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This was all pretty heavily hinted at and speculated about throughout the season, but now we have official confirmation. The one thing I didn’t see coming was the reveal that Jon’s actual name is Aegon Targaryen. While it doesn’t really change a whole lot, that’s still a really cool thing to throw in there. It is a bit confusing though because Rhaegar already had two children with his first wife Elia Martell, one of which was already named Aegon. Elia, Rhaegar's first son Aegon, and his daughter Rhaenys were all killed during Robert’s Rebellion. If I’m looking at the timelines correctly, Jon was born shortly after the death of Aegon, Rhaegar’s first son. So Rhaegar had another son (Jon), and also named him Aegon right after the first one died? That seems kind of weird to me.
I’ve never really been rooting for Jon and Daenerys to get together. The idea always felt like something out of a Game of Thrones fan-fiction, rather than the actual story. However, that is the direction they are going with the show, and admittedly, they are handling it quite well. I’ve found Jon and Dany’s relationship and how it has progressed to be extremely believable. Now that we know that Jon has a more legitimate claim to the Iron Throne than Dany, I’m really curious to see how that is going to affect their relationship moving forward.
So what did you think of the season seven finale of Game of Thrones? What are your predictions for season eight? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this article, share it on Facebook and Twitter! It really helps! Don’t forget, I post every Monday and Friday, so check back then for more movie reviews and other miscellaneous movie thoughts!
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