Season 7 of ‘Game of Thrones’ just concluded on a very strong note, but like with many of our short lived favorite GoT characters,we were heartbroken to see it come to an end when there was still so much story and potential to explore
. Of course we wanted more but maybe it’s better to leave the auideince wanting more than leaving them feeling full and happy. The last episode did what it was supposed to do, leave us salivating for the final season which may or may not come out for another year and half (Pray to the Gods, the Old and the New it’s not two years). Season 7 certainly had its moments. In my opinion two of the top 10 episodes in the show’s history came this season with “The Spoils of War” in episode 4 and “Beyond the Wall” in episode 6. Those two episodes were two of the finest produced television episodes ever made.
Truly, this season offered remarkable storytelling and epic sequences that fans of the show have been waiting years and years for. But, that’s not to say that season 7 isn’t without its flaws as well. The shortened season brought forth many meaningful moments and got the ball rolling fast, but this is a show that has prided itself on taking its time for six years now. The lack of smaller character driven moments was felt this season for certain. Many of my favorite moments in the series were with just two characters and brilliantly written dialogue. Just two characters, simply sitting down in a room drinking wine and discussing their pasts and the mistakes they had made along the way. The whole relationship between Ned and Robert in season 1 was built upon those little moments of character driven dialogue. We didn’t get many moments like that this year maybe aside from Jon and Dany. Brilliantly written characters like Brienne, Qyburn, and Bronn were the biggest losers in terms of lost screen time due to the shortened season. Bronn as always, delivered the best one liners the show has to offer and did get an amazing solo tracking shot sequence in the aforementioned “Spoils of war” episode. But still, it was a shame that he wasn’t used more consistently throughout the season. Brienne of Tarth was subjected to bench role duties this season aside from one shining moment where she reminded us how great her character can be in her spar with Arya at Winterfell. Brienne is a character of action and Gwendolone Christie plays her with such a ferocity that it was a big disappointment to see the adventures of Brienne and Pod not continue. Brienne and Pod should have gone to Eastwatch and Gendry should have been left in Winterfell in the penultimate episode of the season. It would have flowed better with the story and would have given Brienne and Pod their moment of action for the season. Lastly, the slithering Qyburn was barely seen this season. For being the psychopathic Hand of the Queen, Qyburn was given few scenes and only one deliciously evil scene in which the great but underused Anton Lesser performed splendidly. This man is Cersi’s secret weapon against Dany and her dragons more or less. It’s quite a shame he was given such small sceeen time. These characters along with many other secondary characters lost out on a lot of the juicy dialogue we’ve grown used to hearing in seasons past. Edd, Gilly, and Tormund are just a few names that come to mind. I think that once season 8 roles around David Benioff and Dan Weiss will realize that they may have underwritten a few important moments or characters and will look to include more of those in the final season. With rumors of the episodes being feature length,it should make room for great character driven scenes along with the amazing action set peices Thrones has become famous for.
But let’s talk about what this season did right and wrong specifically, shall we? In this week’s edition of “The good, the bad, and the ugly” we will break down the good moments, the bad moments, and the “Oh my god that’s your aunt your sleeping with…aka the ugly moments” in season 7.
Spoilers from here on out (Duh)<—Cinemasins
Let’s start with the good:
- Arya Stark avenging the Red Wedding as Walder Frey (🙌🏻 The North Remembers)
- Dany landing in Westeros, FINALLY!
- The battle of the Greyjoy fleets
- Sam cleaning the toilets montage, that film editing though 🤓
- Ice and Fire meeting for the first time ❄️ 🔥
- Jon and Dany’s electric exchanges
- Cersi giving the coldest kiss of death since season 5 😘 🌚 ⚰️
- The Lannisters vs the Unsullied, even with it being a montage sequence still great
- Olenna Tyrell’s badass exit of the series 🍷 😎
- HotPie making a nice cameo
- Arya retuning to Winterfell (More on this later though)
- DRAGONS…FUCKING DRAGONS IN ALL OUT WAR!
- Anything that happened in the last twenty minutes of the episode “The Spoils of War”
- The tracking shot of Bronn in said episode, amazing directing by Matt Shakman
- The final shot of Jaime charging and having his Braveheart moment in that episode
- Arya and Brienne sparing scene (Masie Williams is the next action star, mark my words) ⚔️
- Gendry coming back! This was long overdue, but still it was good to see the lad and the legacy of Robert Baratheon make a comeback to the show
- Tyrion and Jaime reuniting in the basement of the Red Keep. Mainly due to the amazing acting of Peter Dinklage in the scene.
- Jon and his party of six going North of the Wall
- Berric Dondarion’s awesome light up sword 🔥🗡
- The Night King’s army showing its numbers and strength
- The Night King taking care of Viserion (RIP 🐉)
- The Night King taking care of Viserion in a different way (Hello White Fyling Dragon)
- Cersi, Jon, and Dany meeting in Kings Landing to discuss the threat
- Like 15 major characters in one mega scene
- Almost everything with the final episode
- Cersi and Tyrion oh my god what tension
- Jaime leaving Cersi, FINALLY
- Jon being revealed as Aegon Targaryan
- Littlefinger dying, FINALLY 🙌🏻🔪⚰️
- THE WALL FALLING DOWN😱😱😱
All of these are pretty self explanatory, the bad I will try to elaborate on
- Ed Sheeran in Game of Thrones…Why this was a thing I will never know. I would understand giving him a small cameo, but David and Dan gave him speaking lines, closeups, and worst of all a shoehorned opportunity to sing. This could have been forgiven had Arya killed Ed Sheeran in violent way along with the rest of the young Lannister army me , but they wanted to show Arya’s humanity…which they would later throw out the window with how creepy and serial killery she becomes to Sansa.
- Euron Greyjoy’s makeover…This man looked like something out a 90s music video for all of season 7. I get they needed to change his character after he had received terrible fan feedback from season 6, but the makeover should have been in the form of the character’s personality and not his appearance.
- The tumultuous ending of the Dorne saga. One of the worst written storylines GoT has given us came to a somewhat okay ending with Elaria and Tyene being brutally punished for the remainder of their days, but still this story of revenge would have been best served as a three episode arc in season 6. Oberyn Martell’s legacy deserved better than this.
- Bran… Brandon Stark aka The Three-Eyed Raven is no longer a character. He is now a plot device. He is used only to move the story forward when it seems there is no other way to. Bran is like the replay ref in the NFL, he just hangs out in the background till he’s needed. Bran is one of the few main characters from the pilot still kicking so giving him this treatment is a shame. Issac Hempstead-Wright is an incredible actor and shines every time he is given something, but Bran should be doing more with his powers than staring at trees and fires . The audience never could connect with creepy ass Bran this season. Hope for better writing next season.
- Jorah’s greyscale…That’s it? I wasn’t a fan of the cliffhanger ending to this specific storyline from last season. I didn’t want another character I liked being gone for a whole season. But just having Jorah go to the Citedale to find a cure was a letdown. Greyscale has been in our heads since all the way back in season 2. It’s a formidable disease and I wanted to see Jorah travel far and wide across the world to finally be cured by Sam with his last whither of hope.
- Arya and Sansa relationship… Did their beef need to last the final four episodes? This was a high school drama fight between two characters who had seen so much growth since season 1. Friction would have been fine, but Sansa was given nothing to do but fight with Jon and Arya this season. Arya’s talents were wasted on this squabble instead of doing more important things (Like going North of the Wall with Jon). Arya and Sansa could have had this clash happened if Jon had stayed in the North. It would have been great to have a Jon and Arya reunion and it would have made some of that Sansa jealousy from season 6 seem smoother. Arya senses Sansa’s jealousy of Jon and moves in to defend him.
- Littlefinger… I am glad the game of secrets and whispers between LF and Varys finally had a winner, but the manner in which that loser was decided was a letdown. Littlefinger has served one purpose since season 6, sabotaging the Starks. But he really didn’t do a good job at it. Arya and Sansa’s rough relationship wasn’t handled all that well and part of the reason was that Littlefinger did so little to tear them apart. He had nothing to do all season besides whisper in Sansa’s ear… but about nothing. No major schemes were plotted or betrayals carried out. This was the man behind the entire story. A man who started all out war, killed a king, and murdered a woman who loved him. Many of us thought Littlefinger would turn out to be the true villain of the story. He would have been the “king of the ashes” we were told. A scary and calculating man, it’s a disappointing ending to one of the best antagonists in the show.
- Varys… The Spider and his web was left on the bench for most of the season much like Brienne and Pod. Shame, Varys had one memorable scene where we almost figured out his intentions after an intimidating threat by Dany. A truly grey character, we still don’t know anything about Varys aside from his trickery and lack of a certain thing. The unknown prophecy of his death is intriguing though.
- “Beyond the wall” and the somewhat happy ending…As previously stated, Gendry should not have gone North of the Wall with Jon and company. Brienne, Podrick, Arya, and or Edd should have. Gendry just ended up running away anyways. The other problem with this episode is the lack of death. Yes, GoT has plenty of death but this episode lacked emotional deaths. Thoros of Myr was a good character, Viserion was an important plot device and sad animal death, but someone(s) more important should have died. Tormund almost did, he could have, as a fan favorite it would have been a gut punch. Edd going would have represented Jon’s last true Nightswatch brother dying and it would have showed how the Great War is more than just the Watch’s problem now. Brienne going North would have made sense but her character still had story to tell. But losing Pod in this episode would have been a heartbreaker. A young lad just trying to be a good squire and finally getting his chance at combat, but it’s too much for him and he dies in a sacrifice for Brienne or Jon. Ahh, so much better.
- Benjen Stark… This was a plot device, it was just too random, and why didn’t Benjen get on the horse with Jon? Why didn’t he show up earlier? These things could have been forgiven with better writing and more episodes I am sure
- Only 7 episodes…Cause 7 is less than 10.
Finally let’s get it over with…
Jon and Dany getting together seemed like it would be great and it may have been, but…you know had there not been a blatant hammer bashing us over the head reminding us that these two are aunt and nephew. Making the decision to cut their sex scene together with the reveal of information that Rhaegar Targaryean (Dany’s big brother and Jon’s father) and Lyanna Stark (Jon’s mother) had a secret wedding was bold. That was done intentionally to show us that this will be be an uncomfortable relationship between Jon and Dany going forward. All that on top of Tyrion having a “WTF” face as he sees them together spells out bad news for the fate of Westeros’s favorite incestuous couple. (Sorry Jaime and Cersi, and Craster and his daughter-wives, oh and maybe Theon and Yara?)
Overall, season 7 was yet another great season of Thrones. Right now, I would say it’s probably middle of the pack in comparisons to the other seasons but still great. Seasons 4,3,6, and 1 still rank better for me personally, but we shall see with time where it truly ranks. I will probably be doing more Thrones reviews, maybe by seasons. If you guys have any thoughts on how I can improve my reviews please let me know! If you wanna talk Thrones season 7 leave a comment on Facebook and I will certainly chat you up. Thanks for reading