Game of Thrones Season 7 Season Finale broke records with a whopping 16.5 million viewers (they obviously didn’t add us streaming it online or downloading torrents).
It also made new records when it came to beatific locations, spectacular production, and graphics too.
While I discussed every scene for the last seven weeks and spoke to you guys, my GoT family on Instagram, I had to dedicate this month’s entertainment roundup to the show that brings all of us together.
Here is a recap of Season 7, Game of Thrones.
The Stark Children
“That’s not me.”
After years of not being able to get rid of her name, Arya turns a new leaf by embracing her “Needle” and heading towards Riverrun where she avenges the Red Wedding. After a brief encounter with her friend Hot Pie and her wolf, Nymeria (who will later help with fighting the Night King), Arya is seen coming home.
Similar to Jon in many ways when it comes to loyalty, she is seen training with Lady Brienne and of course, confronting Sansa on the mistakes she made in the past that led to Robb Stark’s death.
Things come to a full circle when Arya not only believes Sansa over others but also plays the executioner to Lord Petyr Bailish.
I was pretty tired of seeing Arya being chased through Valeria in the past season. Maisie Williams did a brilliant job, she also got some of the best lines of the show.
“I’m a slow learner, it’s true. But I learn.”
Unlike most of you, I don’t see anything wrong in her ambitions to be the Queen or to be the Lady of Winterfell. It seems stupid to me that you crucify someone for what they want when they’ve been conditioned by their families to be in power–but that’s just me.
After a lack of better judgment, we’ve really seen Sansa come into her own in Season 6 in the Battle of Bastards. To some extent, she also exploited Littlefinger’s affection towards her whenever she could—ultimately using most of his wisdom against him this time.
She was also given the season’s most important narration about how LittleFinger was responsible for Ned Stark’s death and all that followed.
I never cared much for Sophie Turner, and I still don’t. I think she’s beautiful though.
“I can never be Lord of Winterfell. I can never be Lord of anything. I’m the Three-Eyed Raven.”
The boy who lived—or the Three Eyed Raven made his way back home and is seen as someone who’s no longer the little boy he used to be. We’ve seen him be cold to Mira or being creepy with Sansa, talking about her wedding/rape night and be distant in general.
A lot of you on Twitter were genuinely pissed off with him—but I wasn’t. Somehow, I saw this coming. He is no longer Bran and we have to deal with that. But if you think about it, he’s in the moments that count.
Thanks to his powers, he’s the information provider that helps Sister Starks to stop doubting each other and came together as a family. As the Three Eyed Raven, he was the one who could see how Petyr Baelish plotted with Cersei to kill John Arryn, sent a fabricated lie to Catelyn Stark through her sister, Lysa and then refer to Lord Bailish’ betrayal which ultimately led to Ned Stark’s execution back in Season 1.
Bran, The Three Eyed Raven
“I’m the only one who knows the truth about Jon. I need to tell him.”
He’s also the Sutradhar who ties up loose ends about Jon Snow’s lineage. It is through Bran’s visions and voice that we finally get to know Jon is the son of Lyanna Stark (Bran’s auntie) and Rhaegar Targarean. Robert’s rebellion was entirely misled since Lyanna was happily wedded to Rhaegar before she died in the Tower of Dorne.
At the end of the season, Sansa and Arya are seen re-assuring each other. While the sisters are missing Papa Stark, Bran watches the Night King bringing hell to the wall.
“We’re the only living Lannisters. I am the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.”
The original coupling is off to a disagreeable start if you ask me. Jaime doesn’t question her about Tommen’s death and it’s obvious that after losing all her three children, Cersei wants to cling very hard to her crown.
Making the most of her power, Cersei also realizes her father’s death has left them open for their enemies. Using the Mad King’s irreparable image against Danaerys, she gets support from the Southerners as well as the Iron Bank. In the meantime, an alliance between Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister grants her a new fleet and gold from the Iron Bank.
It also gets her a nasty revenge from the Sand Snakes and the end of Tyrells.
“Noone walks away from me.”
Cersei, my favourite character
As much as she loves Jaime, she doesn’t trust him because it’s not in her character to trust anyone completely. I never expected Cersei Lannister to come to a truce which is why her confrontation with Tyrion (in which she could have easily murdered him) or with Dany and her entourage didn’t make sense to me. She used Tyrion’s guilt and affection for the children against him in letting him think the Lannister army will help defeat The Night King.
She only saw an opportunity in lessening her enemies in Living vs Dead and is already summoned his husband-to-be Euron to buy an army is Essos.
From the beginning of the show, Cersei has represented as the survivor who first killed the King’s hand, her husband, King Robert Baratheon and waged at least three wars to hide her truth and see her heir on the throne. In a lot of ways, Cersei represents the cold, calculating nature of politicians in today’s world.
What really disappointed me was her lack of trust and love for Jaime. She really is alone. Even with the baby in her belly—which I think was a strategic move to keep Jaime.
Lena Headey has been one of the most hated characters on the show but not to me. She’s so many colours on a canvas and I’m in love with that character. I may be alone.
“You will be alone.”
As for Jaime, well, if you have a lover like that, then you really don’t need anyone in the world. Be it as a queen, his sister, a worried mother or his beloved—he does everything she says, even if he doesn’t agree with it. Back in glory, Kingslayer takes over The High Garden and makes a tactical move to leave Casterly Rock as a ploy to alienate the Unsullied. His camaraderie with Bron is what saves his life many times.
Jaime being Jaime manages to arrange a truce meeting with Cersei and Daenerys which means he actually believes what Tyrion has to say. He stays true to his word and actually sees Whitewalkers as an immediate, imminent threat.
While a part of me thought that Jaime will kill Cersei this season, watching him ride away from his home, his army, and the person he waged a war against the world was gut wrenching.
So many men have tried to kill me. I don’t remember all their names. I’ve been sold like a broodmare. Chained and betrayed. Raped and defiled. Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods. Not in myths and legends. In myself. ”
Let me start by saying she likes to make an entrance.
It took six seasons, three dragons, a few betrayals and two ship rides for her to even reach back home—Dragonstone.
This season had serious allusions to Dragonstone, the night she was born (that’s why she’s called Stormborn), her brothers and of course, Aegon The Conqueror. Having NOT read the books, I heavily rely on Youtube’s Emergency Awesome for having to understand the history.
Despite having an army, we see her lose three alliances with Dorne, High Garden, and the Iron Borne. After realizing her lack of strategy, she makes the most of her instincts when she attacks the Lannister army and their loot from Highgarden. She also makes an impulsive yet heroic decision to help the Suicide Squad and loses her son (named after her brother), Viserys.
I’ve always found that Emilia Clarke does better through her emotions. Her performance invokes so many emotions through the show. Some of my favourites were her entry in Dragonstone, her meeting with Jon and of course, her fury at Train Loot. Coming to the last episode, I personally thought she acted like an idiot and didn’t really say much to Cersei Lannister. To me, she really seemed like a little girl in front of Cersei, when she could have shown a lot more power in front of her enemy.
The end of Season 7 sees Danaerys sailing to the North and, how should I put this delicately, uniting with Jon Snow. Keep reading!
Jon Snow, King of the North
“When enough ppl make false promises words stop meaning anything and then there are no more answers only better and better lies.”
In every season, I see Jon fighting a battle that’s not his battle in the first place. But he does it anyway. Despite crossing a few lines, he’s the true epitome of morality.
A character who was never hungry for power, Jon Snow is seen as the King of the North who goes to Dragonstone to get dragon glass, the ultimate weapon against the Night of the Dead. Refusing to bend the knee to Khaleesi, he takes it upon himself to get a Wight and is, as usual, the head of the squad going north with an entourage that includes characters we’ve loved through seasons.
Giving us great war sequences, Jon is also seen falling for Danaerys who not only sees his cause but also rescues him.
The main point for me is how, the man who was ignored through the seasons has risen so high without knowing his patronage—without knowing he is the both the wolf and the dragon, and the heir to the throne.
Kit Harrington’s acting, along with his airbrushed butt is loved–no questions asked. Just don’t die again.
A song of ice and fire: Danaerys Targarean and Jon Snow
They meet in episode 3 not knowing what each of them has gone through. Both Danaerys and Jon are strong-willed in their own way. Season 7 is littered with moments of glory when Jon sees her on a dragon or when she saves him from the Army of the Dead. Their relationship blossoms, so much so that Jon swears allegiance to Danaerys in front of Cersei Lannister in Episode 7, which is also the Season Finale.
Danaerys’ fertility has been a topic many times this season and it’s obvious that the producers are hinting that another possible addition to the bloodline. After four episodes of foreplay and getting to know each other, they fall into bed. The truth out about Jon Snow’s real lineage could raise problems in time to come.
I realized I was quite disappointed with their acting skills in their lovemaking scene: a friend pointed out how we got a lot more passion from Robb Stark and his late wife. Or Khal Drogo and Khaleesi. Maybe they’re not that good together.
The Night King & Army of The Dead
From Crusters’ Keep to Hardhome, the night army has come a long way and has been a key component in getting many characters together. In fact, they were also responsible for Jon Snow’s death after he saved a part of wildlings.
We find out a few more things about Wights: they can strategize and attack according to plan. We also figured The Night King probably had a bigger plan to get a dragon onto his side.
I did notice how the actor playing Night King changed during season 4/5 but I am in love with Vladimir Furik. Not just because he challenges and spares Jon Snow in every season. Not just because he’s so good at playing out terrifying truths, but because Lily Singh made him into a teenager.
Things That Were Not Good
Truthfully speaking, the man who started this George RR Martin should have been writing the scripts or finishing the books. Not because David Benioff and Ben Weiss are doing a terrible job (some say so!) but because it’s so big, glorious and it’s so important to all of us!
Time lapses and fast forwards did not work for me--if they knew that had to cover they should have sped up the narrative. Robb Stark never reached King’s Landing for god’s sake!
Another thing that irks me is poor scripting from time to time. The same show that has Arya Stark saying “Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe,” also has Jon Snow say “OK, can I call you Dany?“
Come on, dude! This ain’t a status update.
This show is not just about the primary characters. Season 7 did a fabulous job of putting some of our favourite characters together.
Earlier this season, we actually saw MissAnnDei and Greyworm take their relationship to the next level.
Episode 6 saw The Hound, Beric Dondarrion, Tormund and Jon Snow enjoy a few scenes of brotherhood.
Some of my favourite moments included Euron Greyjoy’s psychotic laugh, Braun shooting Drogon as well as Gendry’s and Jorah’s homecomings.
I have mention two great performances: Indira Varma who evoked tears as she is left for the dead playing Ellaria Sand. The second would be Olena Tyrell’s (played by Diana rig) final scene and admission of Joffree’s murder.
That’s it for me (2.736 words later). I’d love to hear from you on the storyline, actors and season 7 in general.