Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7 Review: The Dragon and the Wolf

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The wall is no more. 

For seven seasons, the wall has kept the villains who matter at bay, and in a thrilling turn of events, Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7 took that obstacle away. 

That means the Night King, his army, and Viserion (and his eye watering blue flame) are free to venture to the likes of Winterfell and King's Landing, and that means the war is officially a go. 

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The Night King having Viserion at his disposal was predictable when you consider the fact that he brought him back as one of his own in the closing moments of Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6

The new and bluer Viserion seemed a lot faster than your standard dragon, and that could give it the upper hand when it comes to the inevitable fight with Rhaegal and Drogon. 

God, the sheer look of despair on Tormund's face when he realized what was going on was just too much. The chances he survived the wall being obliterated are pretty much slim to none. 

All of that drama came on the heels of Daenerys and Jon having hot boat sex as the cold air made its way to the South. It was obvious from their first meeting that they had a lot of chemistry going for them. 

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It was only a matter of when they would get together, not if. Surprisingly, I'm quite alright with them being a couple. They definitely take the term power couple to a whole new level. 

With the revelation that Jon is not a bastard set to become common knowledge, that would make his claim to the throne more worthy. Daenerys will surely be happy she and Jon are fighting on the same side. 

For a split second, I was fooled by Cersei's sudden change in demeanor in the hopes of saving herself and the tainted name of her family. She has always been a difficult character to read, and part of the reason for it is she carries so much hate around with her. 

Tyrion meeting her without people there to protect him was a risky move, and it seemed like we got to see a humanizing moment for Cersei as Tyrion revealed how really felt about them being on opposing sides. 

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A part of me even thought that Tyrion was going to ditch Daenerys in favor of his family name, and while that would have been an awesome twist, I am glad it didn't come to fruition. 

Instead, Cersei's plan to talk smack and claim she was helping worked like a charm. It will allow her to fly under the radar for a while longer, and while Qyburn is there to create crazy things, we can never really rule her out. 

I thought she was lying about the pregnancy, but this episode seemed to confirm she is, indeed, with child. Jaime, however, will not be around to witness the birth. Thank God. 

He finally came to the realization that his sister/lover was never going to change and would continue to seek power at every turn. It seemed like she was really planning to have him killed. 

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It would have been a shocking way for him to go, and it would have been the complete opposite of what I expect to happen. I'm now sure more than ever that Jaime will be the one to take Cersei down. 

He will need to strike soon because she's getting a little too reliant on the Iron Bank for all over her wicked desires. Considering Cersei generally does her own thing, I could see the paranoia getting to her eventually. 

Daenerys has a solid team of confidants, and Cersei proved by lying to Jaime that she does not have that luxury. Working with Euron is certainly a new low for her, but there was a glaring omission during the scene with Euron putting on his big show. 

He asked whether the wights could swim and his question was shot down. If that really is the case, who went down to put the chains on Viserion when he was retrieved from the water?

It's hard to imagine the night king going for a swim with the chains to do it himself. On top of that, it would have taken ages. 

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All of the drama at Winterfell was tense as hell, but it was phenomenal seeing Littlefinger finally face up to his crimes. All the character wanted to do was have the Starks against each other, so he had more power. 

Power is what makes the world go round on this show. It was about time someone took him out, and Sansa and Arya teaming up to dole out some good old fashioned karma was the best way to go about it. 

I thought possibly Arya had already killed him and was using his face to communicate with Sansa to find out the real reason for the way she was acting. 

Forging a strong bond with each other this time around was refreshing. They both nailed the plan to take down Littlefinger, and I cannot wait to see how Jon reacts to the changes since he's been gone. 

"The Dragon and the Wolf" was a breathtaking episode that set the wheels in motion for what is sure to be a solid final season of this epic HBO series.

Other tidbits from the episode:

  • What the hell was Tyrion doing lingering around the ship when babies were being made? Yes, Daenerys is definitely going to end up pregnant, and it will help her get closer to Jon. 
  • Bronn has always gone for the gold, so it was a shock that he was offered double and still did not ditch the Lannisters. Maybe he knows more about all of it than he's letting on. 
  • Theon finally finding a purpose and moving on from all of the crazy stuff that's gone on over the years was exciting. For so long, he has essentially been the laughing stock of the Seven Kingdoms. 
  • Did anyone else want Gilly to barge in the room with Bran and Samwell to yell, "I told you so!" to them? It would have made my night. 
  • Brienne finally meeting up with The Hound again was worth the wait. They could have continued their fight, but they care so much about the Starks that they will put their beef aside. 
  • Jaime needs to become a thing with Brienne to get back at Cersei. Could you imagine Cersei's face if she found out Jaime moved on?
  • Jon is too honest for his own good, and that's what I love about him. He is a man of his word. When should we start calling him Aegon? He's been the bastard of Winterfell for so long that it will be difficult to change the name. 
  • Rhaegar and Lyanna sure wanted their life to be shrouded in secrecy. Some people are private, but they just take the cake and eat it. 
  • Is there any plausible scenario in which Yara somehow survives her ordeal with Euron?

Over to you, Game of Thrones Fanatics. What did you think of the season finale? Are you excited for the war to come? What will Jaime do next?

Sound off below!

The Dragon and the Wolf Review

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