Game of Thrones Season Finale: A Brief Synopsis

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Unlike past seasons, Game of Thrones season 7 hit the ground running from the very first episode. Instead of building up anticipation slowly, dragons shot fire and battles were fought right from the get-go. In keeping with the momentum of the short but exciting season, the Game of Thrones season finale was nothing short of memorable and kept us on the edge of our seat for every last minute.

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the season finale for Game of Thrones yet, refrain from reading forward. 

The last episode titled, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” began with many of our favorites together: Daenerys Targaryen and Cersi Lannister, Jon Snow and Davos, Tyrion Lannister and Bron, Theon and Euron Greyjoy, The Hound and The Mountain, Brienne and Podrick, Jaime Lannister, plus a couple dragons, of course.

After traveling to Westeros, the Hound unleashes a man from the army of the dead to prove to Cersei that a much bigger war was at stake. The White Walker runs towards Cersi in dramatic effect before being dismembered and destroyed.  After taunting Theon, Euron bows out of the discussion to return to the Iron Islands, realizing the White Walkers can’t swim. Cersei claimed she was on board for a temporary truce but requested Jon not sear fealty to either crown. Jon’s sense of honor prevents him from lying, putting the whole agreement at a standstill.

Privately, Tyrion somehow convinces Cersi to give her usurper a truce while the White Walkers are dealt with. We quickly came to find that she was secretly plotting with Euron for her own benefit. Jaime, unaware of the plot and furious that Cersi refused any assistance during the coming Great War, leaves his lover/sister/baby mama and heads North.

Meanwhile in the North, Little Finger continues to pit the Starks against one another. Sansa calls Arya into the Great Hall for what seems like a conflict between the two. But in a turn of events, Little Finger finally gets beat at his own manipulative game. Sansa surprises the conniving Little Finger with a trial he cannot run away from. Bran finally puts his Three Eyed Raven status to use which leads Little Finger begging for his life. Sansa delivers a death sentence and Arya swiftly slashes his throat.

Sam finally reaches Winterfell and is greeted by Bran. Bran shares that he is the Three Eyed Raven and divulges Jon’s big secret. He is not a Stark, but rather a Sand, because he was a bastard born to Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Conveniently, in last week’s episode, Gilly read an excerpt from the High Septon Maynard’s diary which explained that Rhaegar had his previous marriage annuled and was actually married to Lyanna. Sam and Bran put two and two together and discover that Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen and the rightful heir to the Iron Thorne. Mic drop.

At the end of the episode, Jon and Daenerys finally get romantic. But Bran and Sam’s newfound knowledge means that Jon and Danny are not only related, but are Aunt and nephew. We know the Targaryen family is not afraid of a little incest, and based on poll around the Entertainer office, it seems we were all hoping for the hookup, even if they were related.

If the Jon Snow bombshell wasn’t enough, the producers of GOT didn’t stop there (no surprise). The episode ended with the Army of the Dead reaching Eastwatch. We see the Night King coming in hot, so to speak, riding the zombified dragon, Viserion, and taking down the Wall.

According to Vox, an unconfirmed report by the Hollywood Reporter says that production on Season 8 will begin this October and last through August 2018, or later. If the math works out, that means fans won’t find out what’s in store for their favorite characters until 2019.

So, for now, the Army of the Dead marches south. Our heroes march north. Jon is really Aegon, and Cersi is still the most hated woman in Westeros. The good news is we now know the answer to the riddle: what does a fire breathing dragon breathe if the fire breathing dragon is a white walker?

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