Finale Review: The Dragon and The Wolf

 

The season’s finale confirmed many fan theories but also waived just as many. The one thing every fan got right was that the Night King is not going to do any more waiting for the living kings & queens to settle their disputes.

In “The Dragon & The Wolf,” promises were kept, switcheroos were pulled, siblings came to each other’s aid, we warged into THE wedding & the true heir to the iron throne was revealed. But most importantly, a cold war has been waged on the seven kingdoms. Unfortunately for us, we’re going to be left hanging for over a year.

Spoiler Alert: If you have not watched the episode yet, go watch it and come back later.

REUNIONS

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We open at King’s Landing, where the big parley is upon us. It’s a huge, discontented reunion of the major league; Cersei, Jaime, Tyrion, Euron, Theon, The Mountain, The Hound, Brienne, Jon & Daenerys who arrives later than the rest of her people to put on quite the show, which, naturally impresses everyone except Cersei Lannister who, nevertheless, loses her controlled grimace when The Hound parades a white walker right into the meeting.

That’s when Euron Greyjoy cuts in to ask about what’s important; if wights can swim. When he gets the answer he needs to hear, he leaves off to take shelter on his island & wait out the long winter.

Which got us wondering if all Greyjoys are “cockless cowards.”

Cersei Lannister agrees to the truce on the condition that Jon Snow stays in the North & does not take up arms against the Lannisters when the war against the dead is over. He says he can’t because he’d already pledged his allegiance to Daenerys Targaryen. “when enough people start making false promises, words stop meaning anything,” he says. His declaration spoils everything.

Tyrion goes off alone to speak some sense into Cersei & we’re start wondering if this is where hell breaks loose but it doesn’t.

Tyrion comes out alive, followed by Cersei & her people. She announces that she’ll send her army north to “march beside you” & that she’s doing it without getting any guarantees or promises but only so that they’d remember her kindness after all this was over. But that’s Cersei Lannister. She’s up to no good. As usual. But more on that later.
THE FALL IN – THE FALL OUT

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At Winterfell, we suffer a little more of Littlefinger-orchestrated sororal unpleasantness. He tells Sansa that Arya is plotting to murder her & Sansa parrots his ideas back to him as if they were her own.
Later on, Sansa summons Arya to the Great Hall. Over the seasons, we’ve seen how dumb Sansa Stark could get. But thankfully for all of us, this isn’t one of those times.
Sansa accuses Petyr Baelish of treason. She & Arya together start laying out their case against him which involves questions about the truth behind their aunt’s, her husband before her & their father’s deaths. His schemes & plots to pit the Starks against the Lannisters, more so the Starks against each other. However true these accusations are, he denies all of it assuming that the sisters haven’t got proof. That’s where Three-Eyed-Bran jumps in & says “You held a knife to his throat. You said ‘I did warn you not to trust me.’”
STARK-COLLABORATIVE-POWER ACTIVATE!
Littlefinger falls to his knees and starts begging but Arya gets bored & kills him with a single strike.
At Dragonstone, Theon finally grows some & decides to go back for Yara. He gets himself into a bloody fight that closed with a bunch of knee-jabs to his crouch. Given the situation down there, he was able to turn the fight around & convince the other men to rescue Yara.

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Not all families can stick together, though! At King’s Landing, Jaime is planning the Lannister Army’s march north but Cersei bursts his bubble by revealing her real plan. She talks about gold, the iron bank, mercenaries they can now afford, elephants from Essos..etc. She also informs him that Euron Greyjoy is up for it and that he, too, should be. He’s angry she plotted with Euron without having him on board. She’s angry because he parleyed with Tyrion without her consent. The argument escalates. She calls him a traitor & makes a death threat. The Mountain draws his sword.
“I don’t believe you,” Jaime says and leaves off. Cersei doesn’t kill him.
We’re perplexed but relieved.

Where is he going?
We’re going to have to do a lot of guessing before we know for sure.
HE HAD TWO LOVING PARENTS!

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Samwell Tarly arrives at Winterfell and meets with Bran.
Bran goes on about being the three-eyed-raven bit.
Sam just goes with it.
Bran opens up about Jon’s true parentage. But only to convey the message that he’s not a Snow but a Sand because he was born in Dorne.

for real now? WOW BRAN. Thought you knew shit.

Sam remembers a few episodes ago when Gilly read the High Septon’s diary aloud and suddenly, we warg to Rhaegar Targaryen & Lyanna Stark’s secret wedding in Dorne.
Jon was not a child of rape, he was not a bastard, he had two loving parents! but most importantly he’s legit & he’s the true heir to the iron throne. Also, his real name is Aegon Targaryen (hope nobody starts calling him that though)
But it looks as though Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie. Please, don’t let that minor inconvenience stop the sequel, though.

When will Jon Snow learn the truth?
Maybe after he’s done screwing his aunt’s brains out.

WINTER IS HERE

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At The Wall, Beric & Tormund peer into the distance. The final scene, as expected, featured The White Walkers’ march south. Dead-Viserion flaps in & breathes aesthetic blue flames which, in turn, melt the wall, allowing the wights past it.
The army marches south.
The whereabouts of Tormund & Beric are unknown.
Hopefully they haven’t died.
The show-runners can’t just kill them off without at least a proper death scene & get away with it.

Looks like the story is truly coming to an end. Now, we have learned that season 8 might not air until 2019. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, we’re worried the rumors might be true. Then again, we want the show-runners to take their time creating the very last season of #GameofThrones.

 

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