Hello there Red Couch readers & welcome back to another recap of the latest GoT episode. Again, my name is Ryan from RyansReview.net, and I am here at this fine site to review this second to last episode of GoT season 7. Our yearly allowance of this fantastic show is running out soon, but thankfully it’s been a thriller thus far.
Welcome one and all to another week & another review of the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Wow, the penultimate episodes are always a big deal in GoT & this week certainly was no exception. White walkers, dragons & some of the best lines this season all came at us pretty fast this week. Let’s get right to the events that unfolded…..
[SPOILERS AHEAD (duh)]
Ice, Ice Baby
We begin our night checking in with the Magnificent Seven headed north of the wall in search of a wight to take back south. We have wonderful camaraderie & some of the funniest lines between this group (see best line winners later) as they look for the dead army. Jon confides in Tormund about Dany’s requirement for him to bend the knee & ironically, its the new leader of the free folk who advises him to do just that. Wisely, he remembers his own former leader Mance & his stubborn pride that cost him his life. It’s true, what’s the point of pride if it gets you & the people following you killed (if only Lord Tarly had such wisdom).
Jon then speaks to Jorah, in what is their first real one on one time yet. They spend their conversation discussing their fathers. Jon offers Jorah his sword he received from the Lord Commander Mormont. Jorah however, declines & tells Jon to keep Longclaw, wishing it to serve him well “and your children after you”. This might be just another case of GoT paranoia, but anytime anyone mentions other characters’ future, I see it as possible foreshadowing. Will Jon indeed ever have children? Or is our favorite king destined to serve his purpose in defeating the Night King & nothing more.
Things don’t stay cheery long, as the group is attacked by a zombie-like bear from the dead army. Amidst the attack we lose some nameless companions & Thoros is badly injured after saving the Hound from the flaming bear. His wounds are cauterized, but he’s in bad shape. The gang could lose their healer, which means no more get out of jail free cards.
Back in Winterfell, we have yet another conversation about fathers between Sansa & Arya. Arya then confronts Sansa with the note she found last episode, the one Sansa wrote back in season 1 declaring Ned a traitor & asking Robb to bend the knee to Joffrey. Sansa pleads her case, but Arya is having none of it. I really can’t see why Arya isn’t mature enough to see this note was obviously written under duress & not a true sign of disloyalty. But perhaps she has become so cold she has lost any semblance of empathy. She threatens to reveal the note to the other lords in Winterfell, possibly ending their allegiance to Sansa.
And of course, Sansa being the genius she is, runs straight to Littlefinger to confide in him about her sisterly troubles. He asks her if she really thinks Arya would ever actually harm her, planting a seed of fear. He counsels her to seek the help of Brienne, as she is sworn to protect both girls. Maybe she can get to Arya. Baelish’s plans of dividing the Stark girls up is working beautifully…..or is it. More on that later.
In Dragonstone, we see Dany & Tyrion conversing about the upcoming meeting with Cersei. Tyrion is confident that his arrangement with his brother will hold & just in case, their two armies & three dragons are there for backup should anything arise. But he cautions her that she must keep her composure in this meeting, as Cersei will undoubtedly try and provoke her. He expresses his concern over her lack of restraint with the Tarlys & that her drastic actions of going into battle could cost her her life. He brings up succession, which Dany is not discussing at this point. Yet another case where my paranoia acts up. Please let this talk about her successor not be any foreshadowing or symbolism.
Capture the Wight
Beyond the wall we see Jon et al lay a trap for the dead army & cornering them. After a brief battle, Jon kills the lead white walker in the company which also kills all but one of the wights. The gang captures this lone wight, but not before he calls for backup. Jon sends Gendry to run back to the wall & send a raven to Dany for reinforcements. Suddenly, the gang is ambushed by a giant cavalry of the dead forcing them to fall back onto an island in a frozen lake. However, the weight of the dead army breaks the ice & our boys are stranded & surrounded on all sides by the dead, a small moat of water between them. Apparently, typical zombie rules apply & they cannot swim across.
Gendry is related to Usian Bolt apparently because he makes it back to the wall in no time & the raven is sent. However, some time has passed now & our friend Thoros has died from his injuries & the cold back on the rock. The group has lost their healer & is on their last life in this game. Beric suggests they kill the Night King, assuming that doing so will kill all others since he is the one who turned them originally. Cut the head off the snake & the army is finished. But it ain’t that easy given the thousands of wights between them.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Faces
Slightly south, Sansa has just received a raven from Kings Landing inviting her presumably to the upcoming meeting with Dany & Cersei. She however is not too keen on ever going back to the capital while a Lannister is in charge & instead sends Brienne in her place. Brienne objects, worrying she will leave the girls in danger (and rightly so), but Sansa sends her packing. It’s curious why she is so persistent on sending Brienne away. Brienne was supposed to be her liaison to Arya, but why send her away now. To make Arya vulnerable? Could Sansa really be thinking like that?
Sansa later sneaks into Arya’s quarters looking for the note, but stumbles onto something else; Arya’s bag of faces. Arya confronts her & threatens to one day wear her own sister’s face & take her place. Sansa is shaken only now realizing what a killer her little sister has become. But was this whole exchange just a ruse? Could Arya be playing the Game of Faces a different way i.e. by only threatening Sansa to fool Baelish in some sort of double-scheme? (remember, the game is telling a lie, but making it sound truthful) And if so, is Sansa in on it or is she genuinely scared for her life now? Fear makes people make bad decisions & that could be the case with here.
Ravens aka Medieval IM
Apparently “raven” is code for Twitter or something because Dany has already received the message & hops on her dragon to come save the day (against Tyrion’s objections). It really worries me that Tyrion is losing his influence after his failures in losing Dorne & High Garden.
Back on gilligan’s island, the gang is slowly freezing to death. The hound however, just has to fuck with the wights & makes the mistake of showing the them that the water has frozen over & is capable of walking across now. Slowly, the wights approach, this time in lesser numbers as to not break the ice. The group meets them head on & a battle ensues. A few further nameless wildling companions are picked off by the wights, until it’s just our core group left. I have to admit, I thought Tormund died like 5 times this episode. The other guys look very similar, but I was glad to see him still fighting. However, I was soon screaming at the screen when it looked like his number was being called. How in the hell can he not see his love Brienne again!! No way. Thankfully, the Hound makes himself useful & saves him. Things look pretty bleak for the group, very similar to the Battle of the Bastards. I feel like they shot this sequence in a similar fashion, as it felt hopeless & dire.
Mayday, Mayday, Dragon Down
But not to worry as Dany is here to rescue the boys & breathe some major fire on the dead army. As the gang get onto Drogon, Jon is caught as the last man behind fighting off wights. But the Night King has other plans, grabbing his ice spear & taking aim at a dragon…..at first you assume it’s Drogon sitting right there (who would have been the best target), but instead throws his icicle at the flying Viserion, hitting him fatally. Seems this ice spear is more effective than Cersei’s Scorpion. He sinks into the water, as Dany watches her child die. At this point I’m screaming “WTF ARE YOU GUYS STILL DOING! GET OUTTA THERE!”. As the Night King readies another iced spear, Jon tells the group to go on & is tackled into the water. Dany takes off, maneuvering Drogon & dodging the Night King’s second spear.
Jon makes his way back up, but is all alone & faces certain death as the wights realize he is still alive. Just then, Uncle Benjen rides to the rescue, putting Jon onto his horse & sending him south while staying behind himself & (presumably) dying. I know people will say it’s very convenient Benjen shows up just now & it is, but you can presume he saw the dragons & all, so he made his way there. Whatevs.
Ice & Fire Catch Feelings
Back at the wall, captured wight in hand, the group await to leave & head south. But just before they take off, Jon arrives at the wall (again everyone is making great timing this season) & he is put onto a ship headed south. Here, Dany finally sees Jon’s scars & realizes both what Jon has been through & how she really feels about him. YES people, we finally get our moment between Jon & Dany. She swears to fight alongside him against the Night King & he calls her “My Queen”. YAS QUEEN! Finally. But Dany realizes she is getting very mushy & pulls back. Maybe she is scared. Maybe she just wants to focus on the conquering at hand. Either way, my paranoia is back & now I’m scared our new favorite (almost) couple will not make it work.
North Korea Gets a Nuke
Back beyond the wall, our last scene confirms a theory I presented in previous reviews. The dead army are seen pulling the dead Viserion out of the frozen lake, using long chains to get him out. Now, where they got these chains, I don’t know. Maybe the north has a Home Depot nearby. But logistics aside, our worst fear has come to fruition, as the Night King touches Viserion & our last shot is his eye opening, now a deep blue. The Night King has his newest & deadliest weapon. White walker dragon lives (er, not “lives”, since it’s undead. You know what I mean).
Thoughts & Predictions
Lots to chew on. So, now that the Night King has his own dragon, how do the forces of man beat it? Fire will most likely have no effect, so we can assume we need some of that handy dragon glass to kill him. Perhaps we combine Cersei’s Scorpion weapon tipped with some of Jon’s dragon glass? Or maybe Scorpion can be armed with a Valyrian steel arrow? We have a few swords made out of it (Jaime’s, Jon’s, Brienne’s, Arya’s).
And speaking of Viserion, is he a “wight” or a “white” dragon? He was after all, turned by the Night King’s touch, not by his usual waving of arms to create simple wights. We have seen the Night King create White Walkers before, when he turned Craster’s baby into one. So it stands to reason that Viserion will be “White Viserion” & we know white walkers can turn others into wights. Does this mean that he can turn people into wights en mass with his breath? What will he exude by the way? Blue fire? Ice? All interesting questions.
What about Arya & Sansa”s infighting. Is this beef real or is Arya role playing to fool Baelish? Are they both in on it? Or is this a genuine clash between two sisters who never really got along. And where TF is Bran in all this. Use your vision dude. Enlighten some of your friends and family so they don’t cut each others faces off.
The episode had multiple mentions of offspring, when Jorah wishes Longclaw to serve Jon’s children well, when Tyrion asks Dany about a successor since she cant have children, & when Dany tells Jon her dragons are her only children she will ever have. All this seems to point to a surprise pregnancy at some point. It would also be symmetrical to our other queen, who we found out last episode was with child. Idk, I could go either way on this. My paranoia tells me our hopes will be dashed & this coupling may not happen. Also, what a testament to this show that it has us all rooting FOR incest. Amazing.
Finally, a point on Jon Snow. Tonight we saw Jon in a situation very similar to the Battle of the Bastards. In other words, his plans failing him & him almost dying. Both times, he has been bailed out by a woman, Sansa before & now Dany. What does this say about his leadership skills? This whole plan to get a wight & “bring it back” was pretty dumb to begin with. Is Sansa a better ruler in the north than him? And what happens when he finds himself in a similar situation again & has no one to bail him out.
This week, the best exchanges all involved Tormund. He was the real MVP of dialogue this week.
Gendry: How do you keep your balls from freezing off?
Tormund: You got to keep moving. That’s the secret. Walking’s good, fighting’s better, fucking’s best.
Jon: There’s not a living woman within a hundred miles of here
Tormund: (smiles) We have to make do with what we’ve got.
Hound: You want to suck my dick, is that it?
Tormund: Ah, dick. I like it.
Hound: I bet you do.
Hound: Brienne of Tarth?
Tormund: You know her?
Hound: You’re with Brienne of fucking Tarth?
Tormund: Well, not with her yet. But I see the way she looks at me.
Hound: How does she look at you? Like she wants to carve you up & eat your liver?
Tormund: You do know her
Hound: We’ve met.
Again, wow. An exhilarating 71 minutes it was. And thank goodness next week will be 10 minutes longer. It’s a dam shame this season is shortened & rumors are that season 8 may not premier until 2018 (wipes tear). But come back next week to savor every juicy minute we have left this season.
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P.S. Note on time: Yes, yes people, we know. The show’s perception of time & space seems distorted. People are leaving & showing up on the other side of Westeros seemingly at the speed of light. Ravens are better than email. Gendry is the long distance Olympian of Westeros. All valid ok, but just chill the F out. The show is getting condensed because we only have 7 more episodes to go to finish the entire story. You have no problems accepting dragons & white walkers, so just accept that the perception of time is a tad off. Just enjoy the ride guys 🙂
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