Warning: Spoilers ahead. 

IT’S FINALLY HERE. The episode we’ve been awaiting with bated breath, the closing chapter, the wrapping up of storylines and the revealing of a handful of “secrets” we all already knew. Filled with stock twists and even a few hair-raising surprises, “The Dragon and the Wolf” absolutely slayed us — in the best way possible, of course.

Let’s cut the chit-chat and get down to brass tacks here. Dive into Boss Bomb Maude’s “Westeros Weekly” vid to catch her thoughts on the finale, then discover how we felt about the episode. Make sure to let us know what you thought below!

Maude

NINETY-ONE MINUTES OF FINALE. That should have felt like a lot, but for me it all went so fast!

This season has been described by many as “fan-service,” but I disagree. It’s because we’ve seen so many plot arcs and separated characters finally in the same scenes having highly anticipated conversations — or more — with one another. So far we’ve got three Starks under the same roof for the first time in six seasons, Denaerys (Emilia Clarke) and her counsel finally in Westeros, Jon Snow (or should I say Aegon Targaryen) coming down to the South, and in this episode even the Hound having a brief and bitter reuniting with his “brother,” the Mountain.

The writers have had to dissect what these characters would actually do and say, and how they would react without the book as guidance, and I feel they’re pretty spot-on.

The demise of Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) was done with such secrecy and stealth, a betrayal so fitting for everything he stood for. I was wary of his storyline; he claimed the Vale but sought even more — likely in the form of Sansa — so opted to stir trouble in Winterfell. Having told Sansa to constantly plan for every scenario only for him to be so blindsided was incredible to watch. It’s likely not the last time we see Gillen, since Arya’s now got the perfect face to wear to infiltrate and cause damage, especially with a few names still on her kill list.

I have joked all season about wanting to see Ghost riding Drogon — which, alas, hasn’t happened — but there WAS a Wolf riding a dragon. The unfolding of events where Jon/Aegon’s true lineage is revealed by the empty Bran while they get it on was not quite the pay off you were hoping for… you couldn’t quite be happy for the two. Without this key piece of information, you have the perfect answer for all their problems. Once this is revealed, who knows how Dany will take the news that everything she’s been fighting for is for nothing?

Cersei’s blind desire for power has left me wanting to shake her. She’ll soon have nothing left and no one will feel sorry for her. I guess we take suggestions on how she dies! Because… it’s inevitable, right?

Brad

OK, there is a lot to process here, but the finale pretty much wrapped up everything I thought this season would touch up on, including the Blue Eyes White Dragon the Night King managed to pull from his deck.

I am so happy the Hound got the chance to look his brother in his dead, rotting eyes before telling him he will be the one to finally put him in the ground when the time comes.

Perhaps one of the most understated scenes in this episode was Theon finally receiving the forgiveness he’s sought for so many seasons. There was always a beautiful symbolic moment when he washed his face in the salt water, truly becoming an Ironborn on his terms. It was easy for this scene to get lost, especially with scenes like the trial of Lord Baelish.

I, for one, actually liked Littlefinger. He was a man born from nothing, and yet he achieved so much. But alas, his actions finally caught up with him after Sansa mastered his game and used his lessons against him. Also, this season really showed off the skills that each Stark child has been learning since the first season. Jon, or should I say Aegon, has become a tremendous commander, leader, and warrior — all things he has inherited from men like Eddard and Lord Commander Mormont. Arya embraced her wolf blood, learning not only the art of death from Jaqen H’ghar and Sandor Clegane, but the weight that comes with revenge. Brandon is no longer Brandon, but the Three Eyed Raven, mastering his green sight from the previous master and warging from Jojen Reed. Each child has become a product of their environment and the figures they followed, and once united, make the perfect combination to rule the seven kingdoms.

Besides the pace of this season, I can’t really hate on it totally. There were a lot of payoffs here for me, not only as a watcher but as a reader. I just look forward to seeing more of my favourites fight side by side in the inevitable wars to come. Winter is here.

Ryan 

I enjoyed every minute of the season seven finale of Game of Thrones. So many things happened and I have no idea where to begin. So I will begin with my favorite part: watching that piece of human trash Littlefinger struggle to talk his way out of his inevitable execution. That lying, cheating, abusive, manipulative, back-stabbing, weasel-faced piece of shit’s death may have been my favorite moment of the entire series.

Seeing the horror in his dumbfounded face when the attention quickly shifted from Arya to himself was a moment I will cherish forever. I’m going to keep it in the back of my mind and reflect on it when I’m having a bad day. My great grandchildren will know about this. It’s amazing to think that seven seasons of developing this slimy “mastermind” character was all so we could experience the greatest possible satisfaction of his surprise death at the hands of two smarter individuals and two true Starks. Name a more iconic TV sibling duo than Arya and Sansa Stark. I’ll wait.

We also finally got confirmation from a combination of Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly  that Jon Snow is not bastard boy Jon Snow at all, but is really Aegon Targaryen, the true heir to the Iron Throne and not a bastard. This is really awkward because literally during this discovery, he was having sex with his now aunt, Daenerys Targaryen, who thinks she is the heir to the Iron Throne. Maybe ignorance is bliss at this point?

A large-scale meeting was held between everyone involved in the battle for the iron throne in an attempt to settle a truce and band together to fight the Night King’s army of the dead. I’d like to give all of the credit in the world to Dany and Cersei for their party planning skills. I can barely organize a get-together with four local friends and they managed to get everyone in Westeros to show up to King’s Landing on time (except for Dany herself, of course, you GOTTA make a fashionably late grand dragon entrance if you have dragon children).

So the meeting went great, and then it suddenly went poorly, and then it went great again and then poorly again. It reminded me of every Thanksgiving ever. Cersei either knows exactly what she’s doing or has no idea what she’s doing at all. Or both. Listen, the Lannisters are a very complicated family. When you’ve lost all three of your children, your brother is also your boyfriend, your other brother killed your dad, and are expecting a new child with the same aforementioned uncle-daddy, running the world isn’t going to be easy. Especially when an army of murderous zombie people and zombie giants and a zombie dragon are coming to kill everyone. She’s not doing that bad. Sure, she’s well on her way to single-handedly being fully responsible for the end of the world, but cut her some slack. Also single-handedly, Jaime failed a hail mary attempt to change Cersei’s mind and left King’s Landing for (presumably) good.

Another key moment of this episode was Theon Greyjoy finally growing some balls (haha) and standing up for himself and his sister. Prior to Theon’s uprising, he had a talk with Aegon Targaryen who forgave him and showed him the respect and confidence he needed to go get his sister Yara back. He then approached the Greyjoy men on the beach, stood up to Harrag, and got the shit kicked out of himself. Then, when it wasn’t looking good for Theon, he received a burst of energy from being kneed in the crotch nub by Harrag. See? Everything does happen for a reason. Theon then killed Harrag with his bare hands and gained the respect of his men, who joined him on a quest to rescue Yara. Theon’s jumping for GreyJOY now!

Side note: I always thought it was just the meat, not the potatoes that Theon had excised. Huh. This episode is just FULL of big reveals.

So anyways, the Night King, joined by his stupidly huge army of White Walkers and giants, flew a zombie dragon to The Wall and completely destroyed it within minutes, and all the Night’s Watch could do was… Watch. This scene was visually stunning, especially for a television show. The accompanying music was also an excellent choice for the pure doom that was unfolding.

The army of the dead is the biggest and scariest thing of all time and everyone’s totally fucked.

Shona

For a season that was full of fast-paced, big moments, the finale felt somewhat restrained and rather predictable. Yes, a major character died, but we all knew he had it coming. Yes, it ended on a major cliffhanger, but it’s what the entire series has been building up to. The big reveal about Jon Snow wasn’t such a big reveal if you’d already pieced together the clues that weren’t particularly well-hidden. It was ironic that it came just as he was hooking up with Daenerys, but that wasn’t a surprise either. Instead, a lot of this episode was spent setting things up for the final season, and the wait for that final season is possibly going to be more torture (especially with whispers that it might not drop until 2019) than waiting for The Winds of Winter.

The finale had an opening scene where Bronn and Jamie surmise that everything in life is “all about cocks”. We then had a reminder about lucky dwarf cocks, and later Jon’s, sorry, Aegon’s, cock got busy and may have just made his own bastard. Theon, however, proved them wrong when not having a cock saved his life. Ironically, he finally grew a proverbial pair to replace the ones Ramsay took, and stood up for himself and his sister. I’ve never found Theon a particularly likeable character, but I can’t help but pity him for all that he’s done and been through. For many of the Game of Thrones characters that I don’t like, I steeple my fingers and cackle with glee while imagining suitably horrible deaths for them (a la Ramsay, Joffrey, Littlefinger…). But for Theon, I want him to find redemption. I want to see Theon and Yara ruling over the Iron Islands and making them a better place.

So let’s talk about the character who actually met a deserved death. Littlefinger’s plots and schemes finally unraveled completely, and he met his end via Sansa as judge and Arya as executioner. He was backed into a corner, tried to talk his way out of it in true Littlefinger style, and the look on his face when he realized that it was all over was glorious. It was a sad end for the man who masterminded some of the most wicked schemes and deaths in the show, yet his obsession with Catelyn and Sansa combined with his lust for power was his undoing. (By the way, whatever became of Robyn Arryn?)

I’m still really surprised that there were no “shock” deaths. There were a few tense moments where I expected one of the Lannister brothers to meet their end at a nod from the increasingly deranged Cersei and a sword from the Mountain. I’m slightly concerned about Tormund. Did he survive the wall’s collapse? He better have!

Cersei is well and truly at the top of my “needs to meet a horribly satisfying death” list now. Her cold and calculating ways appear to have completely given way to delusion. I mean, even Jaime finally had enough of her and rode north presumably to help in the war against the Night King. Had they not been lovers, and had she not been pregnant, I’d almost expect Jaime to add “Queenslayer” to his list of unofficial titles and dispatch her before she hinders the battle against the undead. He won’t know the full force of what they are facing until he sees it in person, but Westeros is going to need every last soldier they can get.

The final scenes of the Night King taking down the wall while riding zombie!dragon were simply spectacular. I’ve especially enjoyed the depiction of the dragons this season (how great was Dany’s entrance to the meeting with Cersei, too?). And I was wrong last week: zombie!dragon doesn’t breathe ice, but what appears to be a blue fire that is way more destructive than the regular fire he breathed when he was alive.

Season 8 can’t come soon enough.

Julia

My oh my, were there so many HUGE moments in this season finale. I just want to dance excitedly for the death of Littlefinger, and in the most perfect way. That man was such a creep and horrible person that it was so satisfying to see the Stark children working together and executing justice, because apparently Bran was done spending time with his tree in the snow. I still wonder about that, by the way. Can he work that wheelchair by himself, or does he have to have someone get him for the most convenient truth reveals?

On top of the huge moments, there were so many reunions! The Houndand Brienne talking about Arya like they’re divorced and updating each other on their talented killer child made me giddy. Speaking of the Hound, that reunion of him and the Mountain was amusing to me, like the writers understood the pressure of their face-to-face and just got it out of the way first before really coming down to the nitty gritty.

Watching Cersei get terrified by the wight was fantastic. She had been on her insane high hors-lion? High lion? I’m rolling with it. Cersei had just been on her insane high lion for the longest time that she pushed away the last person who actually loved her. Props to Jaime for leaving her, though, because she’s so miserable and angry. Now, we can see him and Tyrion have their bromance properly bloom.

Also in the spirit of reunions, that one-on-one talk between Tyrion  and Cersei was really emotional. I just wish it was actually real, but apparently Cersei has evolved as a plotting individual and tricked Tyrion. (Sidenote: Tyrion’s familiar grab for that King’s Landing wine was amazing. It absolutely sent me into a fit of giggles.)

I really don’t care about Theon, but I do care about Yara because WHERE HAS SHE BEEN?! She’s not the most amazing role model, but she’s pretty darn badass, and I was at least interested in Theon when he tried to prove himself to be a leader for his sister. Hopefully we’ll see him redeem himself somehow when he’s saved her. I understand that he has his panic attacks, but if he’s going to really try to redeem himself, I really hope that he’s able to grow from feeling sorry for himself.

Another big moment that I really wanted to talk about was the fact that we got confirmation that Jon and Daenerys were related, over their supposedly tender sex scene. I mean, imagine this wondrous moment of you meeting this fantastic, ambitious, beautiful person, and the moment that you and this individual have sex for the first time, Morgan Freeman layered over some narration, “And it was incest.” Even though I’m aware that Targaryens usually marry within the family tree, Jon didn’t grow up with that. He’s so morally good that he couldn’t even lie to Cersei during the face-to-face meeting. There are so many ways that this could go for the future. Dany might reject him completely, since her entire journey has been on the belief that she was the rightful heir to the throne. I’m not entirely sure just how in love these two are right now, so I couldn’t possibly know what’s going to happen.

And then the last moment was seeing the wight-dragon completely burn a hold with blue fire into the Northern Wall. Science-wise, does this mean that the fire is blue because temperature-wise, it’s hotter? Or is it blue because it’s a dead dragon and it just burns differently because of some fantasy magic universe stuff? I’ve got to know! Please someone try to science it for me because I know I won’t be able to.

And now we have to wait two years for the next season. Two years! I’m going to have to dive back into constant animes and Netflix shows to really cover up the show hole.

Zhiana

Wow, what can I say. Some of my favourite moments in this episode were actually the smaller interactions, like the conversations between Tyrion/Bronn and the Hound/Brienne, and that final talk between Jaime/Cersei. There were a couple of moments where I thought everything was going to go to crap, but I’m glad everything turned out right in the end.

For the most part, I was a little disappointed that nothing really new was revealed. We already knew about Jon’s heritage, and we already knew that he would have a stronger claim than Daenerys to the Iron Throne due to his birth being legitimate, but I still found the final revelation and confirmation to be powerful. I’ll admit, I didn’t see the whole Littlefinger thing coming — I thought for sure that he had successfully bamboozled Sansa yet again — and I found that scene to be so perfect; he was so pathetic that it was beautiful to see.

A couple of questions remain: did the breaking of the Wall destroy the magical ward that is supposed to keep White Walkers out, or was it already destroyed previously, and if so, when/how? How quickly are the dead going to reach Winterfell? Are Jon and Dany going to get married? How will she react to realising his true heritage? Her entire state of being is based on her belief that she is the rightful ruler of Westeros; but she isn’t. Will she turn on Jon? And most importantly… HOW ARE THEY GOING TO WRAP EVERYTHING UP IN FEWER EPISODES?


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