Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7 "The Dragon and the Wolf"

As is the norm will all posts of this kind, spoilers lay ahead, but to be honest I'm writing this almost a week after the finale so if you still haven't caught up then what the hell is wrong with you? Go and watch it now...go on.

Right, so you've made it this far which means you are either a normal person who watched it last week or you've quickly caught up just to read my random thoughts on this episode. Either way, let's get on with it.

Being the last episode a lot of the story lines that have been building up over the last 6 weeks come to a close and a few fucking sensational story lines get set up for the final season. A lot of the main characters finally arrive at Kings Landing, many of whom have not seen each other for multiple seasons and some who have never met before (we also get conformation that Grey Worm and the Unsullied are still alive, which is nice). Fans get their wish with the reunions of Bronn/Tyrion/Pod, the Hound/Brienne and Jaime/Brienne...but disappointingly we don't get the long awaited hyped Cleganebowl despite the two bothers coming face to face (but the Hound does suggest that it's coming). Daenerys, Jon and company provide evidence of the white walkers to Cersei and plead with her to put the war for the throne aside in order to deal with the threat they pose, the sight of the wight proves too much for Euron Greyjoy who flees back to Pyke. Cersei agrees to help, but only if Jon declares himself neutral and will not take up arms in the eventual battle of the queens. Much to everyone's annoyance Jon confirms that he has already bent the knee to Daenerys, which results in Cersei storming off. Tyrion goes to speak with Cersei in order to try and persuade her and during their discussion he deducts that she is pregnant. Tyrion returns to the group, followed closely by Cersei who commits to sending troops north to help fight off the others. Later Jaime is preparing to go north when Cersei confides in him that she has no intentions of allowing men to go north, she claims that Euron Greyjoy has travelled to Essos to hire a sellsword army to help the Lannister's against Daenerys. Jaime is confilicted by this and abandons Cersei and heads north. While all this is happening we also see the resolution to the storyline in Winterfell, with Littlefinger continuing to drive a wedge between Sansa and Arya. Sansa confronts her sister only to at the last minute turn on Littlefinger and call him out for all the crimes he has committed over the years, with Arya cutting his throat. Sam returns to Winterfell to help with the fight against the dead, he meets Bran who tells him that they must reveal to Jon that he is not the bastard son of Ned Stark but actually the bastard of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark which means his name would be Jon Sand not Jon Snow (as bastards born in Dorne have the name Sand). Upon hearing this Sam reveals to Bran that he found out that Rhaegar and Lyanna were married in secret which means that Jon is not a Sand at all he is in fact a Targaryen and the rightful heir to the iron throne. Meanwhile Jon and Daenerys have sex on their way north. The finale ends with the army of the dead marching on the wall, and after a brief (albeit very tense) wait the Night King arrives riding on his wight dragon which attacks the wall and causes a catastrophic collapse allowing the army of the dead to march on towards the living.

Well there you go, season 7 wrapped up. So what is coming next (apart from a long year of waiting)? I honestly believed that the war for the iron throne may have been resolved in this season to allow next years helping to focus mainly on zombie/dragon/Jon Snow action...but I'm pretty much always wrong so there you go. Season 8 is nicely set up with this episode, we know what the main action will be (obviously) and we have a rough idea about where each character will be, at least at the beginning.

I've put it on long enough, we need to talk about Jon/Aegon Snow/Stark/Sand/Targaryen. This episode slaps a big CONFIRMED stamp onto the old "R+L=J" theory that has been doing the rounds for many a year. We've always known that he is a main player in this whole song of ice and fire but now his importance not only rivals Daenerys but pretty much eclipses her. With Jon/Aegon being a legitimate child of Rhaegar and Lyanna he has the strongest claim to the iron throne using the traditional succession rules. His budding romance with Daenerys (if you find it disgusting, you are doing Game of Thrones wrong) could be in jeopardy if he decides to try and claim the throne for himself when he finds out. But what if (and I'm stretching a bit here) upon finding out, Jon gets Daenerys to legitimise him as a Stark and they bring the houses together in order to bring peace to the kingdoms and avoid any of the shame that was cast on Cersei and Jaime for their incestuous relationship (even though Targayens did it for centuries). Or will Bran and Sam even tell Jon about his true parentage? Could it be more beneficial for the world to not know that there are two Targaryens left in the world? Maybe.

Now for the other thing we need to discuss, the white walkers. As an enemy they have been pretty slow, it's been more than 6 years and they haven't really got fact they have got nowhere. But oh shit, they have definitely made some progress now. Through the wall and marching on the north with a lot more pace than they have shown so far. Tyrion may have been right when he said"we're fucked", but he didn't know. The silver lining to this is that we know that the vast majority of the main characters are heading straight towards the oncoming dead, even though they are unaware. The living will be armed with the freshly mined dragonglass, at least 5 valyrian blades (Longclaw, Oathkeeper, Widows Wail, Heartsbane and Arya's dagger) and Dany's 2 remaining dragons. Not to mention Ghost, who I'm pretty sure will be able to fuck up some undead monsters. The Night King brings with him his undead army (filled with humans as well and giants), the ability to bring the fallen from the living back to life and of course the other dragon (Dany is going to be pissed). All together this should make for one hell of a fight. The main question is, if the undead are now just through the wall, how long will it take them (or word of them) to reach Winterfell? With any luck, just before Jon and company arrive back so that shit will hit the fan early on in season 8.

This episode, much like many others in this season have used the influence of the dearly departed Ned Stark as a major plot point. So many of the main characters reference Ned when describing their own or others actions. Jon constantly refers to his non father and his characteristics are very much influenced by him. Sansa and Arya have also reminisced a lot about him and seem to be living in his shadow, although it could be said that their killing of Littlefinger brings them out of the shadow and into their own spotlight. Even Theon references Ned during this episode in a face to face with Jon, who build Theon back up by claiming that Theon is as much Ned's son as he is Balon Greyjoy's, which could parallel Jon's own situation when he finds out that his father is actually Rhaegar. Obviously Game of Thrones can throw anything at us, and the return of Ned Stark in any form would be well received but more than any other character that has been mentioned his influence has stretched the furthest.

So that's that, season 7 is over and now we have to sit patiently and wait for season 8 (or Winds of Winter, which might come first if George RR Martin decides to put us out our collective misery). Overall the season had a faster pace than we are used to, obviously due to the fact that there has been less episodes, a change that I think has been to the shows detriment but hey ho we will make do with whatever they give us and be happy.