Warning: Spoilers ahead.
You guys know the drill by now: We wait patiently for Sunday evenings to roll around, barely able to contain our excitement for the newest episode of Game of Thrones, and are promptly and viciously blown away by the intensity and unrelenting chaos we’re given. It’s a cycle of anticipation and incredulity we can’t seem to break, though we’re not sure we want to. This season’s penultimate episode was just another loop in the Thrones rollercoaster, and we’re here to spill our every thought and feeling.
Check out Boss Bomb Maude’s New Rockstars vid to catch her thoughts on “Beyond the Wall,” then discover how we felt about the episode. Make sure to let us know what you thought below!
Stop laggin’, fill up your flagon, and hop aboard the dragon draggin’ wagon because we’ve got a zombie Viserion on the loose.
Before I get into the events leading up to the living dead flying fire breathing ice reptile, I’d just like to point out that this season of Game of Thrones has felt the most like a “TV show” to me than it has in the past—especially this episode. This isn’t particularly a bad thing, it’s just very different. I’ve never really known how to categorize this show in previous seasons. To me, it’s more like a seven to ten-hour epic movie that’s cut into parts. However, given that the show is coming to a conclusion, and the need for deep exposition has pretty much ended; we have been treated with rapid answers and resolutions. As I’ve stated before, I’m enjoying this change of pace immensely.
This particular episode may have been the fastest-paced episode of Game of Thrones yet. One might nitpick and say that it was too fast-paced, or unrealistic, but then we have to remember that we have dragons turning into zombies and young ladies with bags full of real human faces. We also have to just be thankful that we get to see a really well-made conclusion to possibly one of the best stories ever told. My point is, I’m certainly not looking a gift horse in the mouth.
Leading up to the eye-opening episode conclusion, we followed our Wallstar team “Beyond the Wall” as they got to know each other and swapped conversation partners. It was cool to get some interesting dialogue from character combinations we’d never seen before. Some hit it off, and others… not so much. Give me Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) talking shit all day long. I love that grumpy douchebag’s dialogue.
We then briefly traveled back to Winterfell for a face-off between sisters Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams) Stark. This was a very tense interaction and it made me nervous, if I’m being honest. Like… Arya scares me. A lot. Sansa should now be 100 percent terrified of her sister. In fact, everybody in Westeros should be terrified of Arya.
Cut back to the Wallstars and we jumped right into a classic zom-bear attack. It was a grizzly scene, and I almost couldn’t bear to watch, but overall, I ended up really enjoying this battle. It was the perfect amuse bouche before the delicious main course that was to come.
The undead slowly trickled their way into the episode and the next thing we knew, we had our boys surrounded by White Walkers. Luckily, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), being the great leader that he is, delegated Gendry (Joe Dempsie) the task of marathon running all the way back to the Wall to send a raven. Through Boss Bomb Maude Garrett’s mind isn’t the only place Gendry has been running now!
Gendry > Wall
Raven < Dragonstone
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and dragons > North of the Wall
Right as the Walkers were about to close in on our dream team, Dany comes to the rescue atop Drogon, accompanied by her other two babies. We were then TREATED to an epic scene of ice and fire, as her and her dragons lit up these Walkers like a hot knife through butter.
Unfortunately, Gendry isn’t the only one trying out for the summer games, as the Night King asked his crispy cold comrades to hold his beer while he effortlessly flicked an ice javelin into Viserion’s chest. RIP Viserion?
Our team manages to narrowly escape on the remaining dragons, leaving fearless leader Jon Snow behind while he fought off walkers and subsequently fell into the icy waters.
Just as we are about to lose Jon Snow forever (again), and shortly after being saved by his (potential) aunt, he’s then rescued again by his uncle, Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle), out of nowhere.
Snow then makes it all the way back to The Wall while basically lifeless on Benjen’s horse in what seemed like only nine and a half minutes.
Insert incestuous, sexually tense Dany / Jon Snow scene
We then witness the biggest bomb Game of Thrones has dropped to date. White Walkers draggin’ dead Viserion out of the icy lake, only to be revived by the Night King, and the episode closes with a dramatic reawakening of Viserion, featuring an icy blue dragon eye.
Folks, this is not a drill: we’ve got zombie dragons.
This episode was so epic! Although as much as the action was amazing, I do have to put aside some time to really get into things that are bothering me. So many people are making dumb mistakes! Why is Arya being so stubborn? Where is Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright)? He’s in a wheelchair, isn’t he? Why can’t he just pop his head in and be like, “Hey sisters, you’re both being stupid. Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is up to his shenanigans again. If you need anything else, I’m going back to my magical face tree.” Is he just stuck by the tree? We would really eliminate so much drama if Arya just wasn’t so black-and-white about things, and if Sansa was much more communicative.
Why am I OK with Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow being together? It’s technically incest even if they don’t know it. I mean I’m really not OK with Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei (Lena Headey). It just doesn’t add up in my head, and I am comfortably concerned with my comfort. Did that even make any sense? And even then, as much as I’m rooting for Jonerys, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Friends episode where Rachel was sharing about her intense eye contact moment with Ross like that was a groundbreaking event. I suppose hand-holding and alone time eye contact is a general step forward in the right direction if you’ve just been bickering for the past couple episodes.
All right kids, let’s actually get into the parts that I was really giddy about! The Hound was hilarious the entire time. Did the writers give him some Game of Thrones-style sunglasses? Because that man is throwing so much shade! *cue unapologetic smirk*
Since we’re on the subject of our amazing GoT dream team, we’ve got some intense athletes here. Gendry with that run! Just how far were they to the Wall?! “You’re the fastest.” He runs as quickly as Euron’s (Pilou Asbæk) ships sail! Just… how?!
And Jon with his climbing out of ice water after his swim — how did he survive that? Where did Uncle Benjen come from? Was he just watching from the sidelines? Why did he say there wasn’t enough time? I mean as epic of a sacrifice that really is, was it really necessary? He could’ve just slowed down the horse a bit and pulled Jon up. I’ve seen it done in Hollywood! *awkward pause* I have a lot of questions people!
At this point, it’s already a given that we’re excited for ice dragon against fire dragons. It’s like Game of Thrones combined with Pokemon, and I am all for it. Poor Dany, though. She’s going to have to see her baby being used as a puppet. I’m glad that the show is able to outdo itself every time by really setting the boundaries of just how much danger there is. Arya with her bag of faces and serial killer confrontation and the Night King with his athletic spear-throwing skills are just two examples of how the show really sets the tone. Can’t wait for the season finale!
At the risk of repeating everyone’s sentiments, HOLY SHIT.
We start this episode with an undead polar bear, spotted at a distance through blinding ice winds by everyone’s favourite secret prince, Gendry. Apparently, the bloke’s got outstanding sight as well as machine legs that carry him over hundreds of miles back to Eastwatch!
The bloody show holds out on handing over Dany and her dragons too quickly; they use our already-quivering trust to make us believe that they’re just going to let all our favourite sword swingers die on that frozen rock in the middle of the North surrounded by a frozen body of water and an army of frozen bodies. This whole arc in the series is everything we’ve been waiting for; the last seven seasons have been absolutely worth the wait. Winter is here and it’s absolutely terrifying.
Back in Winterfell, the Stark sisters are at each other’s throats. We have typical shit-stirring from Littlefinger who is in there ruining all our hopes and dreams with a swish of his stupid expertly tailored velour coat. Arya is testing her sisters loyalty; she’s doing it brutally and mostly unfairly, but no one has any time mess around with trust and blind faith in the slowly freezing North. We get absolutely none of the South this episode, and honestly, I didn’t miss it. There was far far too much going on elsewhere.
WE ALMOST LOST TORMUND.
WE ALMOST LOST TORMUND RIGHT AFTER HE ADMITTED HIS LOVE FOR BRIENNE.
WE ALMOST LOST HIM.
My heart stopped, I swear. He’s in my top five favourite characters and I absolutely need him to stick around.
The episodes this season get better and better. Last week, I asked the universe what the heck Game of Thrones has in store for us next, I could ask the same question again because, honestly, I’m desperately interested. But, instead I’m going to humbly request (beg) that Tormund survives, makes big monster babies with Brienne, and lives happily ever after. Everything else I can deal with, but if that doesn’t happen, I’ll implode.
Afterthought: Which member of the army of undead had to carry those big frozen chains thousands of miles? Also, Brad called it — We’re getting a White Walker dragon!
As soon as the wounded dragon began to fall from the sky and I knew he was dying, I silently begged that his brothers would burn the body. Nope.
As soon as his body slipped beneath the icy water, I prayed that he would sink deep and out of reach. Nope.
Holy shit, there’s a zombie dragon on the loose. The balance of power has shifted drastically and the fighting between Westeros’ different factions suddenly seems like petty squabbles next to the Night King. I imagine that zombie!dragon will breathe ice, and we will truly see a battle of ice and fire.
Season 7 is well and truly bringing the epic moments as the series hurtles toward its end, yet more and more it demands that I suspend disbelief even more so than I already do for this world of magic and undead. Everyone has learned how to fast travel. Where did the white walkers get those giant chains from? And how exactly is Jon Snow still alive? He should have died at least twice this episode. The Uncle Benjen ex machina was one thing, but escaping the icy water? Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want Jon to die. But I had to admit it was pretty ridiculous.
I was, however, far more scared that we were about to lose Tormund. Right after he admitted that he has a thing for Brienne. So now that he’s back from beyond the wall, I want them to hook up and live happily ever after. The banter between Tormund and the Hound was brilliant too. More Tormund in every scene, please.
Daenerys has been knocked down a bit with the loss of one of her dragons (was it Viserion or Rhaegar?). Up until now, and even earlier this episode, they seemed almost unstoppable, but I had a feeling that this was going to happen. I had thought it might happen two weeks ago with the giant crossbow. I went into this episode feeling that it was hard to imagine anything else bringing them down unless Cersei had time to manufacture dozens more giant crossbows. But then again, we hadn’t (and probably still haven’t) seen the full extent of the Night King’s power. Someone better start making javelins out of dragonglass and building up their throwing arm because zombie!dragon’s not going to go down easily.
And just as Daenerys finally moved on from her stubborn “bend the knee” phase after realizing who her true enemy is, Jon agreed to bend, telling her that the only thing stopping him was his injuries. But when he offered to call her Queen instead of Dany, I wondered if he meant more than just bending the knee? There were certainly a lot of references to both Daenerys and Jon’s succession this episode. Maybe Daenerys is not barren. And even if/when they find out that they’re related, well, they’re Targaryens after all.
The growing tension between Arya and Sansa has been really frustrating to watch this season, and it only got more bitter this episode. Can’t they tell that they’re being played by Littlefinger? Where’s creepy Bran to give them a reality check? I really, really, really hope that Arya ends up wearing Littlefinger’s face while also setting things right.
With everything that’s been building up, and a captured white walker headed down south, I can’t wait to see what Cersei’s next move will be. Bring on the finale!
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