Game Of Thrones Finale Recap: A Starks Revenge, A Shocking Death, And The Wall’s End Changes Everything

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After seven crazy episodes, Game of Thrones is done for at least the next two years, if the rumors are true. So much happened in those episodes that it’s hard to wrap one’s head around it all.

The finale, which turned out to be the longest episode to date, set the tone for the show’s upcoming final season. The ultimate manipulator lost it all as one of the show’s couples ended while another finally consummated their season long passion. Oh and by the way, Westeros is officially screwed; the Wall is done!

Gather ’round and let’s discuss the finale “The Dragon And The Wolf”

What You Need To Know:

At Kings Landing: The Unsullied led by Grey Worm as well as the Dothraki horde are lined up outside of Kings Landing. Dany’s ship is approaching also with Jon, Davos, Theon and Tyrion on board along with the Hound, who’s monitoring the Wight they capture. Dany is noticeably absent. Tyrion, Jon, Davos, Varys, Missandei, Jorah and Theon arrive on land, the Hound bringing up the rear as Bronn along with Brienne and Pod and 25 Lannister guards greet them. Brienne tells Jon that she tried her best but Sansa wouldn’t listen and insisted that Brienne came alone. The Hound and Brienne share a few words about Arya as Brienne tells him she’s alive (which causes the Hound to smile).

In the Dragonpit:  “Where is she?” Cersei asks as everyone arrives minus Dany and Tyrion replies that Dany will be there soon. Cersei notices Brienne looking at Jaime who is trying to avoid looking at Brienne and failing. As for Dany, she arrives in style with her babies Drogon and Rhaegal. Dany is on Drogon’s back  and she climbs down his wing and into the Dragonpit. Cersei shows her disdain for the theatricality of the arrival (Not impressed). Tyrion attempts to start the convo but gets interrupted by Euron taunting Theon. Cersei manages to shut him up though so Tyrion can continue. Tyrion discusses how clearly none of them like one another, they’ve all suffered at each other’s hands or lost people they love at each other’s hands and they are also all entirely capable of waging war against each other without meeting face to face. Jon then jumps in to say the reason they are all there isn’t about living in harmony, it’s just about living. They all have one thing in common: a General you can’t negotiate with and an army that doesn’t leave corpses behind on the battlefield. Cersei scoffs at them and says if Jaime has informed her correctly, Jon and Dany are asking her for a truce, they tell her yes that’s all. Dany tells her that her Capital will be safe until the Northern threat is dealt with.

Show And Tell Time: Tyrion tells Cersei they have something to show her and the Hound brings the crate into the middle of the space, unlocks the padlocks, opens the top and steps back. The wight climbs out, a metal chain around his neck and Cersei stares in disbelief. The wight makes a beeline for Cersei, reaches for her and is then roughly jerked to the ground. The Hound, Davos and Jon then show how to kill the Wights. Jon burns the arm and then draws a dragonglass dagger and stabs the torso, shattering it to pieces. He tells Cersei if they don’t win this fight, then it ends the fate of everyone in this world. Dany supports Jon’s claim. Cersei is speechless while Euron asks if they can swim and when he hears that they cannot, he announces he’s taking his fleet back to the Iron Islands. As for Cersei, she acquiesces. The Crown will accept their truce but with a condition: the King in the North will extend the truce and remain in the North, never to take up arms against the Lannisters, he will not choose sides. Jon shoots this down because he cannot serve two Queens, he announces that he’s already pledged himself to Queen Daenerys of House Targaryen. Cersei then goes back  on her word and leaves. Brienne then seeks Jaime out as he is walking away and begs him to talk to her, which he doesn’t agree to. When Daenerys’ group is alone again, everyone (including khaleesi) is angry with Jon for being so brutally honest when a little lie might’ve served everyone better. Tyrion then tells everyone the only way to solve this problem is for him to go talk to his sister alone and he exits the Dragonpit.

In Cersei’s Office: Tyrion and Cersei finally have it out as Cersei says he’s gotten both Dany and Jon to commit to the same goal he’s been working towards his whole life: the destruction of their family. He tells her that this is the same accusation she’s been giving him for decades and he finds is exhausting. He informs her that he’s the one preventing that from happening – Dany didn’t want to debate or negotiate, she wanted to bring Cersei fire and blood until he advised her otherwise. She tells him that the only thing that matters to her is keeping her family safe and her hand discreetly goes to her belly, which Tyrion notices.  Tyrion asks her if she’s pregnant and her silence tells him that he’s right. After all of that, Cersei returns to the Dragonpit to announce that her armies will not stand down; they will fight alongside the North in the Great War and hopefully they will remember that she chose to help them without any promises or assurances in return.

In the North: Sansa reads Jon’s raven with Littlefinger, furious that he agreed to surrender the Northern crown, bent the knee and pledged to fight for Dany. Littlefinger tries to get her to turn against Jon as Sansa should let the North be what it’s always wanted to be: free. Sansa says Arya would never go for this; she loves Jon far more than she ever loved Sansa. She’d kill anyone who betrays her family. Littlefinger then starts asking Sansa why she thinks Arya is back at home and Sansa tells him that she’s there to murder her, and to become the Lady of Winterfell, which Littlefingers agrees with.

Back at Dragonstone: , Tyrion, Jon, Dany, Davos, Jorah, Grey Worm, Missandei, Varys and Theon discuss strategy. Dany and Jon will sail to Winterfell together, which makes Jorah uneasy. After the meeting, Theon approaches Jon, who gives him one hell of a speech about being both a Stark and a Greyjoy. Theon then shares how when he was Ramsay’s prisoner, Yara was the only one who tried to save him. And she needs him now. Jon asks him why is he still there talking to him? Theon then goes to find Harrag and the men on the beach about to set sail. He tells them they are going to go and save Yara. Harrag says she’s already dead and then he and Theon get in an all-out brawl. Theon actually ends up winning and says to the men, “Not for me, for Yara”. All the Ironborn men shout “For Yara”!

Back at Kings Landing: Cersei shows her true colors to Jaime as she tells him she lied about wanting to help. She tells Jaime the monsters are real, White Walkers are real, dragons, the Dothraki – all the things they heard about when they were young, are real. She tells Jaime to let the monsters kill each other and while they all battle in the North, they’ll take back the lands that belong to them. Their child will rule Westeros. Jaime says their child won’t even be born. He says when the fight in the North is over, someone wins. If the dead win, they’ll march south and kill them all and if the living win, they’ll march south and kill them all. Then Cersei reveals to him that Euron is actually heading to the Iron Bank for money and they’ll be able to beat everyone. They argue since Cersei plotted without telling him but she says Jaime conspired with Tyrion without telling her. He says he pledged to ride North and he intends to keep that pledge, to which she tells him that will be considered treason. He turns to walk away but the Mountain stands in his way. Jaime turns to Cersei and asks if she’s going to order The Mountain to kill him. He tells her, give the order then. She gives the smallest possible nod and the Mountain draws his sword. Jaime knows there’s no point fighting. He just stares at his sister for a long beat and says very quietly, “I don’t believe you” and leaves Cersei. Jaime is then later seen covering his gold hand as he leaves Kings Landing to head towards the North.

At Winterfell:  Arya is brought into the Great Hall by two guards as Sansa is sitting at the high table with Bran at her side.  Arya is surrounded on all sides. Sansa tells her she is there because it’s what honor demands, honor demands that she defends her family from those who would harm them. She must defend the North from those who would betray them. Arya tells her to get on with it then. Sansa says, “You stand accused of murder. You stand accused of treason. How do you answer these charges, Lord Baelish?”

For once, Littlefinger is the man on the outside. Sansa says he murdered their aunt, Lysa Arryn, earlier he conspired to murder Jon Arryn. The conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters, it was him who started it. He conspired with Cersei and Joffrey to betray their father. Littlefinger is shocked, how does she possibly know all of this information? Thanks to him, Ned was imprisoned and later executed on false charges of treason. Littlefinger denies it but then Bran speaks: “You held a knife to his throat. You said, I did warn you not to trust me.” Littlefinger is stunned and speechless as Arya pulls out the Valyrian steel dagger, Littlefinger makes him drop to his knees and start begging to be spared. Sansa thanks him for teaching her things and then nods to Arya who walks toward him, dagger in hand. She swipes the dagger so fast across his throat he doesn’t even see it happening until it’s over (YASS).

The True Heir Revealed: Sam has arrived and goes to Bran to talk. Bran weirds him out at first by telling him that he’s the Three-Eyed Raven.

He tells Sam this means he knows everything that’s happened and he can see things happening now, all over the world. Bran tells Sam that Jon is headed back to Winterfell right now with Daenerys Targaryen and  they need to tell Jon the truth about himself, something that no one knows except Bran. Jon isn’t Ned’s son, he is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and his aunt, Lyanna Stark (R + L = J CONFIRMED). Bran then shares that Jon was born in a tower in Dorne, his last name isn’t really Snow, it’s Sand. Sam tells him no it’s not. Sam says that when he was at the Citadel, he transcribed the diaries of High Septon Maynard – he annulled Rhaegar’s marriage to Elia (you better thank Gilly for this!). Septon Maynard married Rhaegar and Lyanna in a secret ceremony, which causes Bran to start having visions about the past. Bran sees Rhaegar and Lyanna being married by High Septon Maynard.  “Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie. Rhaegar didn’t kidnap my Aunt or rape her,” shares Bran. “He loved her and she loved him.” Bran then is taken to the Tower of Joy with Lyanna in bed, bleeding with Young Ned beside her. Lyanna whispers to Ned, “his name is Aegon Targaryen. You have to protect him. Promise me, Ned.” Bran then drops an even bigger truth about Jon: “He’s never been a bastard. He’s the heir to the Iron Throne.”

When Two Become One: Oh and by the way, while Bran was reliving the past, Jon knocks at Dany’s door and she lets him in her room. Moments later, Jon and Dany end up making love. Standing near by Dany’s cabin, Tyrion looks troubled as he witnesses Jon entering Dany’s cabin.

A House Unites As A Barrier falls:  Baelish’s death brings Sansa and Arya together. “I never could have survived what you survived,” Arya says. “You could have. You’re the strongest person I know,” Sansa replies. Then they quote Ned — “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives” — and bond over how they miss their dad. As for the other Stark in Winterfell, out in the godswood, Bran has a vision of The Wall. Tormund and Beric Dondarrion stand at the top and start to freak out when they notice the Night King’s army slowly but deliberately advancing on Eastwatch. The army stops just shy of the structure when Ice Viserion flies in, with the Night King on board, to obliteratethe Wall with his icy blue flame fire. The beast destroys a significant chunk of The Wall, and then the army of the undead, including Zombie Giant, marches through.

Quote of the Night:

“Seems like every bad idea there’s some Lannister cunt behind it.” The Hound

That’s all for Game of Thrones for season 7!

Erika Negrón Rivera
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