‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Recap ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’: The Great War

In the ‘Game of Thrones’ season finale recap, Daenerys meets Cersei, Sansa faces her greatest enemy and the Night King arrives at the Wall…

By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer

The end of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has arrived, which means we only have six episodes remaining until the epic fantasy series comes to an end.

The final episode this season titled ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ promised a first time meeting that would bring Cersei Lannister face to face with Daenerys Targaryen and a reunion of sorts with Jon Snow (don’t forget they did meet back in season one).

While the meeting brought ‘Game of Thrones’ back to the methodical pace that many viewers have missed this season, the final 45 minutes was like a train barreling down the tracks without any brakes. So much was revealed and the end was unbelievably climactic as the Night King’s army — teased since the very first scene of the very first episode of the series — finally passed through the Wall.

Of course, the season finale showed us that Cersei Lannister learned a lot being Tywin Lannister’s daughter and that her ability to manipulate a situation is just ingrained in every fiber of her being. In fact, Cersei’s thirst for power is even stronger than the love she felt for her brother Jamie Lannister.

Meanwhile, Sansa Stark faced the unsettling premise that her sister Arya might be out to kill her but in the end, she also learned several valuable lessons over the years about who to trust, who not to trust and when to lash out at your enemies. For seven seasons, Lord Petyr Baelish has been scheming his way to the Iron Throne but along the way he was blinded by his love for Sansa Stark and he ended up passing along some very valuable lessons that cost him in the end.

And then there’s the revelation about Jon Snow’s true heritage — which I will describe in great detail — as the confirmation has been made that he’s the one true heir to the Iron Throne. That might make for some interesting conversation with Jon’s new lady love Daenerys Targaryen, who also just so happens to be his aunt.

With that said, let’s reap the ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 finale titled ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’…

The Great War

At King’s Landing, preparations have been made inside the infamous Dragonpit for a meeting that will see Queen Cersei Lannister meet with Queen Daenerys Targaryen to discuss a truce to their ongoing war for the possibility of an even great enemy that threatens all of them.

The meeting witnesses several parties come back together who haven’t seen each other in quite some time. Podrick reconnects with Tyrion Lannister, the man whom he once served before being sent out of the capital due to the concern that he might be murdered just for associating with him. Podrick never thought he’d see Tyrion again but here they are both alive and well.

Then ‘The Hound’ comes face to face with Brienne of Tarth. The last time they were together, Brienne was kicking ‘The Hound’ off the side of a cliff and leaving him for dead. Despite their differences back then it turns out they both had the same idea in mind — protecting Arya Stark. Brienne tells him that she no longer needs protecting and there almost seems to be a glimmer in ‘The Hound’s eye as he’s happy to hear that she’s still alive and well.

‘The Hound’ also has another reunion — this time with his brother ‘The Mountain’ Gregor Clegane. ‘The Hound’ isn’t sure what exactly has happened to his brother, but there’s no love lost between these two warring siblings. In fact, ‘The Hound’ offers his brother an ominous warning, which only leads me to believe that they will eventually clash in the final season. It’s a battle that’s been teased for many years.

“Remember me? Yeah you do. You’re even fucking uglier than I am now. What’d they do to you? Doesn’t matter. It’s not how it ends for you brother. You know who’s coming for you. You’ve always known.”
~ ‘The Hound’ Sandor Clegane

Finally all parties arrive at the Dragonpit but not before Cersei gives ‘The Mountain’ some very specific instructions — if this meeting goes south, he’s to kill Daenerys, Tyrion and then Jon Snow in that order before unleashing hell on everyone else in the crowd as well.

As Cersei sits down on her throne and lays eyes on her brother Tyrion as well as Jon Snow, the one person still missing is Daenerys but she had to make the grandest entrance of them all when she arrives at the Dragonpit on the back of her dragon Drogon before finding her place at the meeting table as well.

The tension is rather thick considering the disdain all parties in this meeting seem to share for one another, which is a point Tyrion points out rather eloquently while also stating that if they just wanted to kill each other, there was no need to sit down to talk in the first place.

“We are a group of people who do not like one another. This recent demonstration has shown. We have suffered at each other’s hands. We have lost people we love at each other’s hands. If all we wanted was more of the same, there would be no need for this gathering. We are entirely capable of waging war against each other without meeting face to face.”
~ Tyrion Lannister

That’s when Jon Snow points out the true reason for this meeting. It’s to rally their forces against a common enemy. An enemy that can’t be reasoned with. An enemy who doesn’t want to bargain. It’s an enemy who only wants one thing — all of them dead.

“The same thing is coming for all of us. A general you can’t negotiate with. An army that doesn’t leave corpses behind on the battlefield. Lord Tyrion tells me a million people live in this city. They’re about to become a million more soldiers in the army of the dead.”
~ Jon Snow

That’s when Jon has ‘The Hound’ bring out the ‘present’ they took from the North beyond the wall to show Cersei Lannister as proof of what is coming for all of them.

As a box is unlocked and then tipped over, Cersei’s faced goes from one of disbelief to shock as a solider of the dead comes pouring out, screaming and running directly at her. As Cersei’s eyes go wide, a chain latched onto the wight pulls it back and then Jon demonstrates just how dangerous this creature really is.

‘The Hound’ chops it in half and it still moves.

He lops off an arm and it still moves.

Eventually, Jon explains that the only way to kill these creatures is to burn them or stab them with dragonglass. Of course, Qyburn is all too curious about the reanimated corpse but it’s clear that Jon has made his point. The army of the dead is real and they are not going to be easy to defeat.

“There is only one war that matters. The great war. And it is here.”
~ Jon Snow

The reanimated corpse also sends a shiver of fear into the spine of Euron Greyjoy, who sat back and watched this all unfold while sitting beside Cersei. For many years before he returned home to the Iron Islands, Euron commanded his ship ‘The Silence’ all around the Known World and he was rumored to be involved with all sorts of black magic so it’s not so surprising that he would believe what he’s just seen. Euron then discovers that the dead can’t swim, which is all he needs to know because he rules an island, which makes him the king over a very safe place in the middle of the sea. Euron bails on Cersei and plans to take his fleet home to the Iron Islands.

It appears having Euron abandon her along with a zombie soldier that came charging for her throat is enough for Cersei Lannister to lay down her arms and forgo the war for the Iron Throne in favor of defeating the dead but only under one condition. Cersei asks that Jon Snow — the King in the North — return to Winterfell and remain neutral in this war between two queens. It’s clear Cersei knows that Jon commands a powerful army not to mention that he rules over the largest region in the Seven Kingdoms and keeping him out of her battle with Daenerys is just smart business.

Unfortunately, Jon can’t stay neutral because he’s already picked a side.

“I am true to my word or I try to be. That is why I cannot give you what you ask. I cannot serve two queens and I have already pledged myself to Queen Daenerys of House Targaryen.”
~ Jon Snow

With Jon already bending the knee to Daenerys, Cersei puts an end to the meeting and walks away and tells them to all deal with the problems of the dead on their own. She’ll have none of it.

Family Reunion

As much as Tyrion wants Jon Snow to practice the art of lying a little better, the King in the North says he is nothing if not a man of his word. Even Daenerys wishes that perhaps Jon wanted until a more opportune time to reveal that he bent the knee to her but at the same time she seemed somewhat proud that he would stand up for her the way he did.

Even Brienne tries to convince Jamie that this fight is much bigger than deciding who sits on the Iron Throne, but his loyalty remains to Cersei…for now.

With time dwindling down until this epic meeting is a massive loss for everybody, Tyrion decides to take matters into his own hands. He knows that speaking with Cersei is the only way he may be able to convince her to come back to the table and bring all of them together to fight the common enemy beyond the Wall.

When Tyrion arrives, he visits with his brother Jamie and both of them acknowledge that this could be the final time they see each other, especially given Cersei’s volatile attitude towards him not to mention her proclivity for murder. Tyrion walks in and while Cersei no longer holds him responsible for killing Joffrey, she’s now turned her attention towards his murder of their father Tywin Lannister.

Cersei has hated Tyrion since the day he was born — their mother died after all giving birth to him — and so she doesn’t really need a reason to let her disdain for him to continue to fester. Still, the siblings go back and forth squabbling about why Tyrion killed Tywin and what the effect of his death was on the entire family.

One point Cersei raises that definitely cuts Tyrion deep is pointing out that Tywin’s death allowed people like the High Sparrow and Ellaria Sand to gain power, which eventually led to the deaths of both Myrcella and Tommen Baratheon. Now Cersei can certainly blame herself for part of that problem — she allowed the High Sparrow to come into power so she could get rid of Margaery Tyrell — but it’s possible none of that would have been necessary if Tywin was still around.

Tyrion finally taunts his sister to kill him if that’s all she wanted to do with this meeting in the first place, but she doesn’t order ‘The Mountain’ to swing his sword, Instead, Cersei does what she does best — she manipulates her little brother.

Cersei convinces Tyrion that she’s fighting for something more than her crown. She’s fighting for the Lannister family name before revealing to him that she’s with child. Now it’s an interesting conversation that we don’t see end because Tyrion has professed how much he loved her other children (outside of Joffrey) and how he has never wanted anything but the best for his family. It’s just unfortunate everybody named Lannister — outside of Jamie — has hated him since birth.

The private meeting ends and Cersei rejoins Daenerys, Jon Snow and the others back in the Dragonpit where she reveals her plans for the war.

“My armies will not stand down. I will not pull them back to the capital. I will march them North to fight alongside you in the great war. The darkness is coming for us all. We will face it together. And when the great war is over, perhaps you’ll remember I chose to help with no promises or assurances from any of you. I expect not.”
~ Cersei Lannister

There’s some sense of relief in the room as Cersei plans on fighting alongside Daenerys and Jon Snow against a common enemy far more dangerous than any one of them. Of course, Cersei Lannister is nothing if not Tywin Lannister’s daughter. He believed deception and cunning won wars just as much as armies, which is how he put an end to the Stark uprising with the Red Wedding rather than a long and bloody fight that would have seen thousands of soldiers die.

Cersei has just given Daenerys and Jon Snow a reason to trust her — and that’s nearly as deadly as the army of corpses marching south right now.

The Worst Reasons

To the North, Sansa Stark is contemplating the worst.

A week ago, Sansa learned that her sister is an assassin but perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that Arya has proof that she wrote a letter that makes it appear as if she turned on her family and doomed her own father to death on the executioner’s block. Sansa can’t help but wonder if Arya might be coming for her or if she plans on turning that letter over to the Northern lords so she’ll be bounced from her position of power.

Either way, Sansa has to figure out how to deal with Arya.

Enter Lord Petyr Baelish, who has always faced every situation with one motive in mind — what will get him closer to the Iron Throne.

Remember, Baelish came from a common family with no name but over the years he found a way to climb up that ladder of chaos until he was a lord and a very powerful man in Westeros. That climb has never really stopped because Baelish succeeds off the bloody backs of others and that includes siding with one family before betraying them a moment later to get what he truly wants.

Lately, Baelish has felt like a bit of an outsider as Jon Snow was named ‘King in the North’ while his sister Sansa seemed all too willing to let it happen. In recent weeks, Sansa has become a capable leader with no real need of counsel from ‘Littlefinger’ and that only stands to make him even more dangerous because he needs to feel like an influence on power if he’s not in power himself.

Baelish figured out that the best way to reconnect with Sansa was to give her a threat that would force her to turn to him. By driving a wedge between Sansa and Arya, Baelish believed that he was in a perfect position to become a key advisor to the Lady of Winterfell again and in his dreams, he would also find a way into her bed as well.

Baelish has always given advice — but it’s always from a place that puts him into a position of power. What he tells Sansa when thinking about how to deal with Arya is no different. He wants Sansa to turn on her sister so what better way to do that than to convince her that Arya is out to get her.

“Sometimes when I try to understand a person’s motive, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What’s the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, how well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?”
~ Petyr Baelish

When Sansa assumes the worst about Arya she sputters out that perhaps her sister is plotting to kill her and take over as the Lady of Winterfell. A small smile creeps across Baelish’s face because he believes that he’s convinced Sansa to turn on her sister but for as well as he reads people, he doesn’t know the Stark girls as well as he thinks.

It comes time for Sansa to call Arya into the Great Hall where they will face whatever treachery might be afoot. When Arya arrives, it appears that she’s about to stand trial for attempting to overthrow and murder her own sister. Well that’s what we think until Sansa reads the charges aloud.

“You stand accused of murder. You stand accused of treason. How do you answer these charges….Lord Baelish.”
~ Sansa Stark

Baelish stands in stunned silence. Sure, he’s had a knife to his throat during the course of the series, but Littlefinger has always kept a few secrets hidden to ensure that he would always walk away from any given situation. In fact, the last time Littlefinger truly felt disempowered was when he attempted to out wit Cersei Lannister back in season two while taunting her with the knowledge that she has been sleeping with her brother for years. In return, Cersei has her guards grab him and nearly slit his throat before reminding him that knowledge isn’t power — power is power.

So for the first time in many seasons, Baelish has been outmaneuvered and all of his power has been drained away. Not only does he stand accused of murder and treason, but Sansa knows all of his secrets because he’s been teaching her so well over these many years.

Sansa lays out the charges and it’s a not so subtle reminder how much chaos Petyr Baelish created on his way towards gaining a position of power.

“You murdered our aunt Lysa Arryn, you pushed her through the moon door and watched her fall. Do you deny it? Earlier you conspired to kill Jon Arryn. You gave Lysa Tears of Lys to poison him, do you deny it? You had aunt Lysa send a letter to our parents telling them it was the Lannisters who killed Jon Arryn when really it was you. The conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters, it was you who started it. Do you deny it? You conspired with Cersei Lannister and Joffrey Baratheon to betray our father Ned Stark. Thanks to your treachery he was imprisoned and later executed of false charges of treason. Do you deny it?”
~ Sansa Stark

Of course, Baelish denies it but then it’s Bran Stark, through his visions as the Three-Eyed Raven, who proves everything Sansa said is true. Add to that, Sansa also reveals that it was Littlefinger who hired the assassin to kill Bran back in season one in an attempt to pin in on Tyrion Lannister so he could burn the bridges with the Stark family even more.

In so many ways, Baelish is the person most singularly responsible for the death of Ned Stark, the hatred shared between the Starks and the Lannisters and ultimately the ‘War of the Five Kings’. Now his secrets have been aired and Sansa means to make him pay for it.

“When you brought me back to Winterfell, you told me there’s no justice unless we make it. Thank you for all your many lessons, Lord Baelish. I’ll never forget them.”
~ Sansa Stark

Baelish falls to his knees and begs for his life — and this is how ‘Littlefinger’ will be remembered. A moment later, Arya cuts his throat with the Valyrian steel bladed dagger that was once used in an attempt on her brother’s life.

Littlefinger falls to the ground, bleeding out from this throat And with that House Baelish is no more.

Later, Sansa and Arya share a moment outside Winterfell where they prove that blood is thicker than water. Baelish’s elaborate plan to turn them against each other only brought the Stark sisters closer together as they tackled a common enemy while also finding the perfect roles for each other.

Sansa was made to be the Lady of Winterfell and Arya is the perfect solider at arms to back her up. Arya quotes her father, which then leads Sansa to one of her own.

“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives”
~ Sansa Stark

For the better part of season seasons, the Stark family has been torn apart but now they are finally coming back together and they won’t let anyone bring them down again.

The Monsters Are Real

Back at Dragonstone, Jon plots alongside Daenerys for the best way to attack the army of the dead in preparation for this oncoming war. As he prepares to leave to lead the battle, he runs into Theon Greyjoy.

Eariler in the episode, Theon had asked his Euron to return his sister Yara, which led to his uncle refusing unless he bent the knee. Otherwise, Euron would kill his niece and there’s nothing Theon could do about it.

Theon has lived with a lot of regret in life — perhaps none more than when he left Robb Stark’s army in an attempt to get his father Balon Greyjoy to join them in the fight against the Lannisters. When Balon refused, he convinced Theon to turn on the only real family he had ever known and that led to his split with the Starks.

Now years later, Theon still feels awful for that decision, especially considering how kind the Stark family treated him and how Ned was far more of a father to him than Balon ever was. Maybe Theon feels like the torture he suffered at the hands of Ramsay Bolton for all those years was just karmic payback for what he did to the Stark family.

Either way, Theon now knows that he had a family and turned his back on them the same way he ran and turned coward when Yara needed him most during Euron’s attack.

Thankfully, Jon absolves him of at least part of his wrongdoing by reminding him that part of the remorse he’s feeling is from all those lessons he learned while living as a ward of House Stark. Theon didn’t have a choice to go live with Ned Stark after his father’s uprising against Robert Baratheon was crushed, but he was raised alongside the other children with the family patriarch acting as a father to him as much as any of his other sons or daughters.

Jon reminds him of that while also reminding Theon that he never had to choose whether he was loyal to the Stark’s or the Greyjoy’s. He was always a part of both families.

“It’s not my place to forgive you for all of it, but what I can forgive, I do. You don’t need to choose. You’re a Greyjoy and you’re a Stark.”
~ Jon Snow

With that, Theon decides he needs to go rescue the only true family he has left alive and that’s his sister Yara. When he confronts the last remaining Iron Born about to leave Dragonstone, he tells them that they need to rescue her but the ship’s captain says that she’s already dead and they are going to find an island somewhere to wait out this war with the dead.

Theon continues to challenge them until he ends up engaged in a fight with the ship’s captain, who hands him a thorough beating. Theon appears to be defeated until the captain makes the ill fated decision to kick him in the balls — and let’s not forget that he has none. Theon is able to turn the tables and not only get the better of him, but he beats the captain to death before the rest of the crew decides to follow him instead.

Theon then declares that they will travel to the Iron Islands and rescue Yara from the clutches of their evil uncle Euron.

While Theon’s crisis of consciences led him to return to the Iron Islands to save his family, Jamie Lannister soon finds out that his own sister/lover has no such moral compass.

As Jamie is preparing his generals for a march to the North where they will battle the army of the dead, Cersei shows up and reminds him that he’s the dumbest Lannister of them all.

Not only is Cersei not planning on sending her armies north but she never intended to honor the promise she made to Daenerys and Jon Snow. In fact, Cersei plans on allowing them to fight this army of the dead before she capitalizes on their weakened state to swoop in, crush them and strengthen her hold on the Iron Throne when it’s all said and done.

“The monsters are real. The White Walkers, the dragons, the Dothraki screamers, all the frightening stories we heard when we were young, they’re all real so be it. Let the monsters kill each other. And while they battle in the North, we take back the lands that belong to us and then we rule.”
~ Cersei Lannister

While Jamie Lannister hasn’t always followed the rules, he’s become a different person since having his hand lopped off several seasons ago. Now when Jamie gives his word to someone, it really is his bond. The same way he promised to return the Stark girls to Winterfell, Jamie promised to take the armies north to battle the army of the dead and that’s what he intends to do whether Cersei likes it or not.

Of course, Cersei refuses to change her plans to betray the Stark/Targaryen alliance and wait for her chance to strike back at all her enemies. To make matters even worse, Cersei reveals to Jamie that when Euron Greyjoy left, that was always the plan because he was taking the Iron Fleet to Essos where they would ferry back the Golden Company — a mercenary army with 20,000 men including horses and elephants, who would come to Westeros and take out Daenerys Targaryen, the Unsullied, the Dothraki and the rest of her remaining dragons.

Jamie is shocked that his sister has not only broken a promise made to help fight the army of the dead, but she’s been lying to him this entire time while plotting with Euron Greyjoy behind his back. For the first time in their lives together, Jamie starts to believe that Cersei might even kill him to get what she wants.

Cersei makes it clear that the only thing that matters now is staying in power and making sure her fourth child is born into this world. Cersei still plans on marrying Euron Greyjoy and Jamie’s place is no longer nearly as important now that he already played his most important role to get her pregnant again.

Jamie is disgusted by what he’s just witnessed and while Cersei seems to threaten him by having ‘The Mountain’ start to pull out his sword, she allows her brother to leave.

A moment later, Jamie is seen riding away from King’s Landing when he witnesses the first snowfall at King’s Landing. Winter has finally arrived and the changing of the seasons also marks Jamie’s exit as he leaves behind everything and everyone he thought he loved.

This rings true to a slightly different storyline from the books when Jamie receives word from Cersei that she wants a champion to fight for her in a trial by combat after being accused of all sorts of crimes by the High Sparrow. Rather than rush to his sister’s side, Jamie burns her raven’s note and leaves his sister to fend for herself.

Perhaps now Jamie is truly done with Cersei for good and he plans to ride north to assist his brother Tyrion in the war against the army of the dead. Of course he also knows her secret that she has no plans to assist them in the upcoming battle and that will certainly be some interesting news for Daenerys and Jon Snow to hear.

Heir to the Iron Throne

Following a long journey from the Citadel to Wintefell, Samwell Tarly arrives to reunite with his old friend Jon Snow, but finds out that he’s not at home. Instead, Samwell runs into Bran Stark again after they first met several years ago when he helped him get through the Night’s Watch castle to go out beyond the Wall.

This meeting is slightly different after Bran reveals that he’s actually the Three-Eyed Raven — an all powerful seer who is waiting for Jon to return home so he can share some rather important news with him.

“He’s the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and my aunt, Lyanna Stark. He was born in a tower in Dorne.”
~ Bran Stark

It’s taken seven seasons and a lot of theorizing to finally get this confirmation but the worst kept secret in Westeros has finally been confirmed!

Now this is interesting news but it doesn’t really affect much yet because Bran believes that Jon is still a bastard, he’s just wearing the wrong last name considering in Dorne he would be called ‘Sand’ rather than ‘Snow’. That’s when Samwell tells him about that passage that Gilly found a couple of weeks ago from Septon Maynard, who annulled Rhaegar Targaryen’s marriage to Elia Martell and then bound him to Lyanna Stark instead.

Bran travels back in a vision to see Rhaegar and Lyanna being married and that’s when he realizes that Robert Baratheon’s uprising was all based on a lie. He went to war with the Targaryen’s because Robert believed that Rhaegar kidnapped and raped his beloved Lyanna when in reality she left on her own accord because she was in love with the dragon prince.

“Robert’s rebellion was built on a lie. Rhaegar didn’t kidnap my aunt or rape her. He loved her and she loved him.”

~ Bran Stark

Bran then goes back to the Tower of Joy in Dorne where he witnessed Jon Snow’s birth and Lyanna’s last words to her brother Ned. We’ve known for years that Lyanna’s final message was ‘promise me, Ned’ but we didn’t know until now what oath she made her brother keep.

As it turns out, Lyanna wanted to protect her baby boy.

“His name is Aegon Targaryen. You have to protect him. Promise me, Ned.”
~ Lyanna Stark

Jon Snow’s true name is Aegon Targaryen, which might sound a little odd considering Rhaegar Targaryen’s first son with Elia was also named Aegon. Now we know that the first born Aegon is dead because his head was bashed against a wall by ‘The Mountain’ when the Lannister army stormed King’s Landing and snuffed out the remaining members of the Targaryen family.

But why would Rhaegar named his second son the same as the first?

Well this goes back to a prophecy known as the Three-Headed Dragon — something I explained in detail in last week’s Send the Ravens column. Rhaegar was a man who loved a good prophecy — in fact he believed that he was the prince who was promised that would deliver Westeros out of the darkness and into the light if the White Walkers ever attacked again. Years later, Rhaegar realized that he wasn’t the prince who was promised, but it was going to be one of his sons instead.

Rhaegar then prophesized in a vision witnessed by Daenerys when she visited the House of the Undying that he said that his first born son was the prince who was promised and his was a song of ice and fire. Rhaegar then names the child Aegon after the famous ‘Aegon I Targaryen’, who was the person to conquer the Seven Kingdoms and bring them all under his rule several hundred years ago.

So this would explain why Rhaegar would name his second son by the same name — as a man consumed by prophecies, he believed that his son would be the prince who was promised and his was a song of ice and fire.

In that moment, Rhaegar had to realize that his child was being born to a Targaryen and a Stark — literally fire and ice. Rhaegar also said in the original prophecy that there would be a third after he had two children already with Elia Martell. It was clear that Jon Snow was this third child and so Rhaegar decided to name him the same ‘Aegon Targaryen’ to ensure the prophecy came true.

Now we know that Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen and based on his bloodline as the eldest living son of Rhaegar Targaryen that he’s meant to sit on the Iron Throne.

“He’s never been a bastard. He’s the heir to the Iron Throne.”
~ Bran Stark

While all of this is unfolding, Jon has arrived at Daenerys’ room on the boat as they ride north to White Harbor to prepare for the battle against the dead. Daenerys’ advisors warned her that there might be people in the North who want her dead, but she agreed with Jon that they needed to show up together to present a united front.

When Jon arrives at her room, Daenerys already knows why he’s there.

Before long, the two of them are in the throws of passion. As they come together, Tyrion Lannister is outside the room with prying eyes as to what’s unfolding. Is it possible that Tyrion conspired with his sister to set this all in motion to turn against his queen? Remember, Daenerys has blamed Tyrion for a lot of the problems she’s had this season and they’ve had some rather nasty interactions of late.

It’s impossible to know for now if Tyrion has turned on Daenerys but being outside her room while she goes to bed with Jon certainly looks suspicious.

Meanwhile, Jon had also asked Daenerys earlier in the episode about her ability to sire children and she told him that after her son Rhaego was stillborn that she would never carry a baby again. When Daenerys reveals that it was a witch who told her this information, Jon wonders if perhaps she’s not the foremost expert on whether or not she can become pregnant again.

Of course, Jon and Daenerys are also nephew and aunt by blood after it was revealed that they are both Targaryens. That might cause a slight problem in this newfound relationship, but then again Daenerys was born from incest considering her father was Aerys Targaryen and her mother was his sister wife. The Targaryen’s always married within their family whenever available so it might not be all that strange that Daenerys and Jon are together, but then again how will she react when hearing that he’s the rightful heir to the Iron Throne?

Something tells me Jon won’t want it but perhaps he’d be willing to marry Daenerys so they could raise a child together after winning the Iron Throne. Will Daenerys be quite as friendly towards Jon after learning that he’s the true heir to the throne? Either way, Jon’s parentage has been revealed and it’s going to be rather interesting to see how this reverberates throughout the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’.

Break the Wall Down

 

When the White Walkers last invaded Westeros some 8,000 years ago, they were defeated and driven back north by the first men and the Children of the Forest in a fight known as the ‘Battle for the Dawn’. Following the war, the Children of the Forest and Brandon Stark — better known as Bran the Builder — reportedly constructed the Wall to help keep the White Walkers from ever invading again. The structure was more than 700 feet tall and 300 miles wide and that ominous structure has managed to keep the White Walkers from coming anywhere south ever since.

At Eastwatch-by-the-Sean, Tormund Giantsbane shares a conversation with Beric Dondarrion about how he will never get used to the vantage point where he stares out onto the land beyond the Wall while sitting on top of it. A moment later, Tormund sees a single horse and ride emerge from the forest.

A moment later, the rider is followed by the rest of the army of the dead led by the White Walkers and thousands upon thousands of wights including several giants. The army reaches the outskirts of the Wall but then they just stop and stand there. Tormund can’t quite figure out why the army has arrived yet they aren’t even looking ready to attack.

That’s when Tormund hears a terrifying sound coming from the sky — it’s the Night King riding on the back of a dead Viserion and he’s headed straight for the Wall.

When Viserion opens his mouth, he unleashes blue fire aimed directly at the Wall. With each burst of flame, Viserion begins to melt the Wall and Tormund knows that this structure that has held up for 8,000 years is about to come down. Tormund tries to save as many lives as possible but Viserion stays on the attack until the Wall finally crumbles to the ground.

Whether or not Tormund or Beric survived remains a mystery — although it’s a good rule of thumb that if you don’t see a body, they’re not really dead.

Finally after bringing down the Wall, the Night King flies overhead on the back of his dead dragon while the army of the dead cross over the barrier that has held them off ever since the last time they launched an attack on Westeros eight centuries ago.

Jon Snow is really a king, Daenerys could be his queen, and Cersei is plotting to kill them both. What none of them knows at this exact moment is the Night King has brought down the Wall and he’s marching an army south that only has one purpose and it has nothing to do with gold, family names or an Iron Throne.

They want to turn the living into the dead.

‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 is officially wrapped up but don’t forget to check out ‘Send the Ravens’ later this week where we answer your questions about the finale and what lies ahead in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’!

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