This, perhaps, has been the most controversial season of Game of Thrones, criticized for its many plot holes and adherence to shock tactics rather than logical exposition. Whatever one may think of this season, it has been a wild and unrelenting ride from start to finish, and the wait for the next one will be long and painful.
The final episode, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” was a subdued and quiet end to an otherwise explosive season. If you still haven’t realized it, this review will contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the episode, it might be wise to come back when you have.
How do you solve a problem like Cersei Lannister?
While Cersei, Jon, and Daenerys joining forces to fight the army of the dead together, forgiving each other for all the ways they’ve hurt each other, then singing songs and drinking at the local pub seems like a wondrous idea, we all know that this is not how things work in George R. R. Martin’s universe.
Who is even surprised, really, that Cersei Lannister had absolutely no plans of cooperating with the rest of the human race? Tywin was absolutely right all those years ago when he said that Cersei was never as smart as she thought she was. I mean, did we expect her to do anything less than gamble the fate of the human race in order to have a small chance at keeping the Iron Throne?
Jon was almost the winner of the Dumbest Political Decision Award when he confessed that he had already bent the knee to Daenerys, but Cersei Lannister might just wrest that award away from his hands soon enough with her unnecessarily fierce dedication to treachery. The silver lining was that we finally got to see Jaime Lannister’s true nature play out. Maybe fans can even hope for that Tormund-Brienne-Jaime love triangle—if Tormund’s alive, that is.
Baelish gets Littlefingered
Perhaps one of the most annoying things about this season was the schism within House Stark, caused in large part by the whisperings of Lord Petyr Baelish. Arya acting so vicious to her sister Sansa didn't make sense, and Sansa listening to Littlefinger was about as logical as drinking Wildfire.
Turns out, the show writers have been teasing viewers all along, making us all believe that Sansa had a desire to betray Jon. Littlefinger begging, crying, and choking to death on his own blood destroyed these notions.
The best part about this was that it finally healed grudges or doubts the Stark sisters might have had against each other. Sansa’s loyalty to Jon was finally solidified. Hell, even Bran got a word in, proving he wasn’t just there to creep his family out.
Aegon Targaryen the Sixth or Seventh bangs Aunt Dany
GOT fanatics have been waiting for this union. Hell, the books are called “A Song of Ice and Fire.” At the start of the season, it seemed as though the pair didn’t have enough chemistry and the possibility of a romance seemed forced. Over time, however, the palpable sexual tension onscreen between Dany and Jon was undeniable.
Many who have seen it wished that more than 30 seconds was dedicated to the first consummation of their love story, given that it was the highlighted pairing of the season. Missandei and Grey Worm got over 10 minutes. Why did two integral characters have just half a minute? They’ve been teasing us for weeks. We deserve more than that.
It was a strange choice to have Jon and Daenerys’ first night together voiced over by Bran and Sam talking about how Jon was actually Aegon the Sixth or Seventh (Rhaegar’s first son by his first wife, Elia Martell, was also named Aegon), and therefore Daenerys’ nephew. Most have been thoroughly grossed out by Jaime and Cersei’s relationship, but why is it that we worship Daenerys Stormborn and Jon Snow, Cousin of Dragons, so much?
Viserion - 1, Wall - 0
This was a good end to an immensely imperfect season, and it was quite obvious it was coming—both from HBO spoiling themselves with the ridiculous ice dragon poster they had for season 7, and the conclusion of last week’s episode. I think we all agreed with Tormund when he said, “RUN! RUUUUN!”
It's only right to expect that, with the breaking of the Wall and the march of the army of the dead into Westeros, many more action-packed Game of Thrones episodes come in 2018 or 2019. Given the glossing over of many plot holes, and the tendency of the writers to leave a lot of questions in the air, this hurried pace may prove problematic for hardcore fans. In the end, we can only hope that the triumphs outweigh the flaws in final season of one of TV's greatest television shows.