This episode is not called The Dragon and the Wolf. This episode is to be called, It’s About Damn Time! It’s not a finale episode, it’s a FINALLY! episode.
First thing’s first. I was half wrong about my Cersei prediction. I was wrong about the timing and maybe the method, but the rest could still very well be true. Cersei is still alive, and so is Jaime. Technically, my prediction can still come true. I’m so, very glad to see Jaime finally understand what a repulsive, inhuman, pile of shit Cersei is. Jaime has always been my favorite character, because he seems to be the most human: torn in half between his good side and his evil side. In his heart, Jaime has always been more good, I think, but he’s always loved horrible people like his father, and more so, his sister, which is why he’s done all the horrible things he’s done. I can understand why it took so long to realize what she is. He had children with her, they are family, and they grew up together. Even I would have a hard time walking away from someone who has that kind of role in my heart, no matter how evil they were. Still, my theory about how those two will die could be true, it just wasn’t true for this episode.
I found some things predictable. Tyrion obviously wasn’t going to die when he left to speak to Cersei alone, because the characters outright said she will several times. Even the show doesn’t like to be THAT predictable. I thought it was obvious that Arya and Sansa were playing Littlefinger this whole time. They may have had a stupid, contrived quarrel, but off-screen, they obviously reconciled and plotted against Littlefinger. I’m so glad to see him gone. I’d be more satisfied were it not for the fact that HE SHOULD HAVE DIED SIX SEASONS AGO! What made Littlefinger’s death so predictable? Among other things, it was the simple fact that Bran is there, and he knows everything, and he also outright said to Littlefinger himself, “Chaos is a ladder,” which is basically saying, “I know everything about you, little man.”
The meeting between Daenerys and Cersei went much better than expected. As soon as Cersei said, “If anything goes wrong, kill the silver-haired whore,” I immediately realized that Cersei wasn’t planning to kill Daenerys right there and then. If there was any tension during their meeting, I didn’t see it, because Cersei had nothing up her sleeve. Well, she technically did, but that was for afterward, and it was so stupid I won’t even address it.
We see that Jon Snow’s real name is Aegon Targaryen. I believe that makes him Aegon VI? Everything else about that revelation is something we already knew from the finale of the previous season. We SAW Lyanna give birth to Jon Snow, and long before that, we knew Rhaegar had her. It was obviously love between them, because why else would Rhaegar send his best bodyguards to protect Lyanna if he didn’t love her?
And of course, we finally saw the army of the dead come to the wall. I do wonder if the Night King needed a dragon this whole time, and that’s why it took so long for them to arrive. I thought he might have powers of his own to break through the wall. To be completely honest, I’ve always assumed it was the White Walkers who built the wall in the first place to keep humans out of their territory, which would have meant the White Walkers could have just walked right on past whenever they wanted. I thought there was some big, secret reason they’ve been biding their time. Nope. I guess they literally couldn’t get past until they got access to a dragon. Regardless, it’s about damn time they did.
Well, that was a …fairly… satisfying episode/finale. Looks like we won’t get Season 8, the last season, until at least December 2018? That’ll be around the time my third novel, Relics, will be out. In the meantime, I’ll have reviews for the previous seasons every other month MIXED with their literary counterparts. I’ll review GoT Season 1 with the first novel, A Game of Thrones soon.