The following recap contains massive spoilers (DUH). Please don’t read ahead unless you are perfectly ok with that fact or have seen the episode.
It’s here, the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones. This week’s episode begins with Grey Worm and the Unsullied standing outside of King’s Landing. The Lannister forces are gathering barrels of tar to dump onto the Unsullied. While Jaime and Bronn are discussing what the motivations must be for the Unsullied to want to fight, the Dothraki ride in around the Unsullied. Jaime and Bronn quickly realize how dire their situation may be.
Back in King’s Landing, Cersei is waiting for Danaerys, Jon, and Tyrion to arrive and the wight walker they have brought for proof of the situation north of the wall. Cersei informs the Mountain that if anything goes wrong, he is to kill Dany first, then Tyrion, then Jon last. The rest he can kill in any order he chooses.
After a brief reunion between Bronn, Podrick, and Tyrion, our heroes are escorted to Cersei. On the way, Brienne lets the Hound know that Arya is still alive. He wonders who is protecting Arya if Brienne is away. Brienne is confident she will be ok. When they arrive at their destination, the Hound states that if anyone touches the wight walker, he will kill that person first.
As our heroes are beginning to get nervous about whether or not they have been set up, Cersei finally arrives with Jaime and crew in tow. Cersei wonders why Dany isn’t with them, but Tyrion lets Cersei know Dany will be there shortly. Cersei seems a bit put out by the fact that Dany isn’t there yet, but we then see the mother of dragons arriving the only way she knows how… riding in on her dragons. She climbs down and approaches her seat.
Tyrion begins, and Jon finishes explaining why they have all gathered. Cersei makes snide comments, but Jon tells them the situation is dire. Cersei thinks the entire thing is just a ploy for Dany to have more time in order to gather even more strength. In order to show they aren’t lying, the Hound brings up the wight walker. After Hound kicks over the box in which the walker is chained in, it runs straight for Cersei. Hound cuts it in half, but it is still trying to move and fight. No matter how much is cut off of the walker, it just doesn’t stop. Jon demonstrates how they can kill them, with fire or with dragonglass.
Cersei and Jaime both are clearly shaken upon seeing the demonstration. Euron asks if they swim when Jon tells him they can’t, he announces he will return to the Iron Islands. He states he has been around the world and the wight walker is the first thing he has ever been afraid of. Cersei doesn’t blame Euron for his decision, as she now sees how truly dire the situation is. She agrees to the truce as long as Jon swears to keep the truce and promises to remain neutral even after the war in the north. Jon states he cannot make that promise, as he has already promised fealty to Dany.
After Cersei leaves, Tyrion and Dany both tell Jon he should have just gone along with what Cersei wanted. Tyrion doesn’t understand why Jon couldn’t have lied this one time. Jon believes that once people start lying, words no longer mean anything. Tyrion believes the only way to make things right is for him to go and try to talk to Cersei. Dany is worried that Cersei will kill him, but he doesn’t see any other way. (I swear if they kill Tyrion I might be done with this show. He is on my very short list of “DO NOT TOUCH” characters.)
Tyrion approaches Jaime, who informs him that Cersei feels Jaime was a fool to trust Tyrion. Jaime feels the need to tell Tyrion goodbye since he is not even sure what Cersei will do. (I don’t understand why Jaime is STILL standing behind Cersei. UGH WAKE UP ALREADY. She can’t be THAT good in bed. UGH)
Tyrion walks in and approaches Cersei. Cersei is convinced Tyrion wants to destroy the Lannister family. Tyrion tries to defend himself, but Cersei doesn’t want to hear it. Tyrion finally gets tired of her hardheadedness and begins to bait her. He tells her to kill him, but she doesn’t. After a moment of silence, they both question each other’s motivations for agreeing to meet. Cersei lets Tyrion know she is pregnant and she tells him that it is the only thing that matters to her.
Outside, Jon lets Danaerys know that he is really not happy with the way things played out. She lets Jon know she respects what he did, even if she wishes he hadn’t done it. Dany begins to tell him about what the real reason for the fall of her family was. They began to treat the dragons as if they were slaves, and eventually, the dragons withered away because of it. Jon tells her that her family is not over as long as she is alive. She reminds Jon she can’t have children, but Jon says she may be wrong about that.
Tyrion returns with Cersei not far behind him. Cersei announces that she will not stand her forces down, but they will march north to help in the fight against the wight walkers. She asks them to remember when the war is over, that Cersei decided to help, even when she had no promises or assurances from anyone else.
In Winterfell, Sansa is displeased upon hearing the news about Jon bending the knee. Littlefinger tells Sansa that Danaerys is very beautiful, and Jon may be looking to marry her. Littlefinger is trying to get Sansa to stand against Jon, but Sansa knows Arya won’t agree with it. Sansa is scared by Arya now since she had been a part of the Faceless Men. Littlefinger plays upon this fear and further manipulates Sansa into thinking Arya wants her dead. (I really hate Littlefinger. Can we just give him over to the Boltons already? Seriously… he needs to GO.)
On Dragonstone, Theon has a moment with Jon. He lets Jon know he regrets many of the decisions he’s made. He has always wanted to be a good person, the right kind of person, but it never came naturally to him as it did with Jon. Jon reminds Theon that he is, essentially, a Stark and that even though Theon betrayed Ned’s memory, Ned is still with him. Jon lets Theon know that he can’t forgive Theon for the entire past, but what he can forgive Theon for, he does. Theon then asks if he can go help Yara, and Jon agrees.
Theon goes to the beach and approaches the other Greyjoys who are getting onto boats. He tells them he wants to go save Yara, but they won’t listen. They think Theon is nothing more than a coward and they have no respect for him. After an intense fight, Theon comes out the victor, and the Greyjoys agree to go with him to save Yara.
In Winterfell, Sansa has Arya brought to the Great Hall. Sansa and Bran are sitting behind the big table, and Ayra is standing in the middle of the room. In the biggest upset of the season, Sansa turns her attention to Littlefinger and accuses him of murder and treason. (HOLY CRAP I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW) Sansa lays every single sin Littlefinger ever committed, but Littlefinger denies it all. Bran calls him out, though, since he saw it. Littlefinger pleads with Sansa to have mercy, but Sansa is having none of it. Arya approaches Littlefinger and in the most cold-blooded way ever, slits his throat. (I may… or may not… have literally jumped off my couch just now and cheered.)
Jaime is gathering the armies to go north in order to fight against the dead. Cersei approaches though and lets Jaime know she lied and has no intention of actually helping. Jaime thinks Cersei is crazy for not helping. Cersei lets Jaime know Euron really went to get another army for them to fight. Jaime is still not impressed by this idea, but Cersei does not care. Jaime lets her know that he has pushed him away, and he leaves King’s Landing.
Sam meets Bran in Winterfell. Between the two of them, they realize that Jon is not a bastard, but an actual Targaryen. Jon has never been a bastard, but he is the true heir to the Iron Throne. While Bran and Sam are discussing this, we are cut to Dany and Jon making love. (As much as I ride that ship, I don’t need to SEE the incest happening. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted it to happen, but I didn’t necessarily need to SEE it. Lol)
Sansa and Arya are discussing their current situation. We are finally seeing the sisters we know them to be. The sisters I’ve been wondering what had happened to all season. They both lament the loss of their father.
At Eastwatch, Tormund and Beric are looking over the wall. They see the wight walkers approaching. Tormund is visibly shaken by what he sees. There are thousands upon thousands of them. Just when they couldn’t think it could be any worse, they see the wight dragon fly through the air, spitting blue fire. Ridden by the Night King, the dragon is tearing through the wall with his blue flame. Viserion brings down the entire section of the wall, including Eastwatch. The walkers march straight through to the south of the wall.
Holy. Crap. What an episode. Definitely made up for last week’s. Next season is clearly going to be all about war. First the war in the north, then the war for the Iron Throne. Also, my personal opinion? I think Jon will be able to get Dany pregnant. He is pure and true Targaryen, and therefore I feel will be able to give her a baby. That’s just my opinion, though. I was also SO glad to see Littlefinger get his comeuppance. I was really starting to get annoyed with Sansa and I’m glad to see she really has learned from everything that’s happened to her. I really wonder what the fate of Jaime will be. I’ve been waiting for him to finally gather the strength to go against Cersei and stand on his own. I guess we have to wait and see next season.
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