TV Review: “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Ep. 7 – Winter Will Be Back In 2019

Written by Sydney O'Keefe September 03, 2017

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Season 7 of Game of Thrones was the shortest season so far, with a total of seven episodes instead of the usual 10.  However, despite the drawbacks of a shorter season the writers and producers have managed to give Game of Thrones fans the most action packed and shocking season so far. With the anticipation of what’s to come in its final season, which might not be premiering until 2019, this year has been one of the best for Game of Thrones. The finale was an hour and twenty five minutes instead of the standard hour, making it the longest episode ever. And I must say the writers took that extra twenty five minutes as far as they possibly could.

The title of the finale is “The Dragon and the Wolf”. At first glance I thought that the title would come from merging two representatives of these sigils by Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clark) acting on their obvious sexual tension. And it did finally happen. Of course during this scene there was an overlay of a scene with Bran Stark (Isaac Wright) and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) realizing that Jon is actually Aegon Targaryen, making him heir to the throne. During their realisation Bran visits the wedding of Lyanna Stark and Rheagar Targaryen, the Dragon and the Wolf, if you will. So that’s two repetitions of the title, and are the obvious ones when Game of Thrones fans hear the Dragon and the Wolf. However, if you look closer the reveal that Jon’s father is Rheagar and that he isn’t a bastard shows the two sides of Jon. He is both the dragon and the wolf. The title also represents the two sides of Jon.

“The darkness is coming for us all. We will face it together.”

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This is reflected in the heart wrenching scene between Jon and his family’s old ward, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). Theon betrayed Ned and Robb, but saved Sansa in a past season. He’s showed remorse for his actions and recognizes that Ned was more of a father to him than his own ever was. Jon forgives him upon seeing how guilty Theon feels and tells Theon that he can be both a Greyjoy and a Stark. I assume this will reflect Jon’s future when he realizes his last name is really a Targaryan. He will probably struggle to balance the family he has always longed to be apart of (Stark) and the legacy he never knew he was apart of (Targaryan).

“When the snow falls and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”

The moment between Jon and Theon is monumental to both of them. To Theon it is the pivotal moment in his arc after being tortured by Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). After Theon cowardly jumps ship instead of saving his sister, it looked like there was no coming back from the torture and the regret that has crippled him. Finally, Theon is able to overcome his fears. Theon also seems to begin to forgive himself as Jon says that he forgives him. The only thing that’s missing  is the mention of Robb Stark (Richard Madden). Robb was the binding glue of the three pseudo brothers, as Jon and Theon often butted heads.

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Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) at long last breaks away from his sister’s hold on him, as Cersei (Lena Heady) reveals her true self and her plans to betray her new pact with Daenerys. Jaime’s journey to Kingslanding with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) was a pivotal moment in the character’s story arc. From the haunting reveal of why he killed the Mad King to the naming of the valyrain steel sword Oathkeeper, it seemed Jaime was headed down a redeeming path. But much like Theon he seemed to have been derailed in season seven. However, Jaime seems to be going off on his own to redeem himself.

“I’m not going to swear an oath I can’t uphold. When enough people make false promises, words stop meaning anything. Then there are no more answers, only better and better lies.”

The final scene in the Game of Thrones finale depicted the Night King riding on the back of a undead Viserion. It shows the fall of the wall and reveals who will be the third rider. Considering the other two riders are Daenerys Targaryen and presumably the recently revealed Aegon Targaryen, the audience has to wonder about the identity of the Night King. Is he also a Targaryen?

My Rating: 9/10

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