A fter many of the mightiest of Game of Thrones warriors traveled “Beyond the Wall” and faced off with thousands of White Walkers in episode 6, it was pretty obvious things were going to come to a head in the finale. And that they did, in more ways than one.
Apart from how intense the impending war against the Night King would become, the finale answered many of the questions fans had been obsessing over throughout the season. Would Daenerys figure out Jon’s true heritage before busting it wide open for her nephew? Would the Stark sisters’ sibling rivalry end with Sansa’s head on a spike, or could they finally come together to outsmart Littlefinger? Would Cersei attempt to kill the other claimants to the Iron Throne during their impromptu meeting in King’s Landing? (Oh c’mon, don’t act like your girl Cersei ain’t like that!!!!).
Those were just three of many intense situations fans had on their minds as the world embarked on the season 7 finale—and in the end, most questions were thoroughly answered, but only just enough to leave viewers wanting more.
Let’s start from the moment Daenerys showed up fashionably late to her very important meeting at King’s Landing…on Drogon…who destroyed every brick at his feet…before taking off to do whatever it is dragons do in their spare time. Boss shit.
K ing’s Landing
As many predicted, this meeting didn’t help any of the claimants to the Iron Throne—except of course Cersei, who now knows Jon and Daenerys will be too busy fighting the undead to hold their territories. Of course, Cersei pledged to join forces with her rivals in The Great War against the Night King, but she’s a liar… and she has no intention of helping Jon, Daenerys, or anyone whose name isn’t “Cersei” live. Uh, duh.
The Stark Sisters
We hate to say we told you so, but…we told you so! Arya and Sansa prove they’re way too smart and experienced to fall for Lord Baelish’s outdated games. In a scene that left fans shooketh, Sansa pretends Lord Baelish has successfully turned her against Arya. But when she brings her little sister to court, they unexpectedly come together to hold Lord Baelish accountable for all his treachery over the years.
Lord Baelish stands accused of murder (Lysa Arryn, Jon Arryn, Ned Stark) and treason. Arya slices his throat quicker than you can say “Littlefinger.” Peace out, homie. It’s been real.
Cersei vs. Her Lover Brother, Jamie
While Cersei has no issue being a (coldhearted bitch?… sorry, not sorry, seems pretty appropriate), her twin brother lover Jamie Lannister is over his sister’s deceitful and deadly ways. Jamie, Lord Commander of her armies, pledges to help Jon and Daenerys fight the White Walkers regardless of what his baby mama sister thinks. Cersei accuses him of treason, but lets him go on his merry way (after all, she’s allegedly pregnant with his child). Cersei also reveals Euron Greyjoy didn’t actually just drop out of The Great War all willy nilly. Instead, he’s on his way to Essos to get The Golden Company, a sellsword company of 20,000 men who can help Cersei win the impending war in Westeros. Because as we’ve already established, all she’s worried about is holding the seven kingdoms.
The Truth Behind Robert’s Rebellion
Samwell Tarly makes his way back to Winterfell after ditching his miserable existence at maester school. He conveniently meets up with Bran, the three-eyed raven (who, by the way, has become pretty damn arrogant about his super powers. We get it, Bran. You the man). As expected, they uncover the truth together.
Thanks to his girlfriend (whom got no credit for figuring this out!!) Tarly knows Rhaegar didn’t kidnap Lyanna Stark. Rhaegar was officially wed to Lyanna, so her secret son Jon is not a Snow or a Sand (bastard from Dorne), he’s legit and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
“Robert’s rebellion [against the Mad King] was built on a lie. Rhaegar didn’t kidnap my aunt or rape her—he loved her and she loved him,” Bran says as he checks his encyclopedia brain for proof of the ceremony. “And Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen,” he reveals through a vision of Lyanna. “He’s never been a bastard, he’s the heir to the Iron Throne,” Bran proclaims. “He needs to know. We need to tell him.”
Jaenerys: The Dragon and her Wolf
Meanwhile, as Jon’s true heritage is fully realized by his snotty little brother and best friend in Winterfell, he knocks on aunty Daenerys’ door. After locking eyes, they get it on.
The Night King
The Night King arrives to the Wall at Castle Black with his army of undead and Viserion, his new White Walker dragon. The Night King uses Viserion’s icy blue fire to destroy said Wall, giving the undead immediate access to pretty much everyone who thought they were somewhat protected by Castle Black. The army of the undead—giants, Night King, dragon, and company—march forward. Not to state the obvious, but season 8 is about to get really, really…really, really REAL.
Until next time, friends…