‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Recap: ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’
Wowza, what a series finale. So much action! So much drama! So much incest! Here’s your recap of the epic Game of Thrones season seven finale. (Warning: Major spoilers ahead.)
The Queens Face Off
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) finally meet face-to-face in King’s Landing (FWIW, Dany’s dragon entrance totally beat Cersei’s snarl-faced arrival) and it was seriously tense. Dany rolled deep with Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and the Hound (Rory McCann) and revealed to Cersei and co. the horror that is the Army of the Dead. As the wight (that’s GoT speak for a reanimated corpse) tries to attack, everyone is rightly terrified. Cersei finally sees what all the fuss is about and agrees to a truce that is contingent on Jon not taking sides. Jon says he can’t do that because he has sworn allegiance to the Mother of Dragons, and Cersei is not having it. She storms off in a huff, but Tyrion takes one for the team and volunteers as tribute to speak with his sister. Not only does he learn she's pregnant, but, by the grace of God, he convinces her to change her mind. Cersei begrudgingly agrees to the truce and says she’ll send her Bannermen up North to fight the Army of the Dead. Phew.
Cersei Is as Conniving As Ever
Oh, wait, Cersei isn’t actually going to play nice and fight together with Dany and Jon. She later reveals to her brother-lover Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that she has no intention of helping the others defeat the Army of the Dead, and while her enemies are busy up North, she’s going to stay in King’s Landing and let all the “monsters” kill each other so she can rule Westeros.
The Big Reveal of Jon Snow’s Name
And it’s a doozy. In another one of Bran’s weird three-eyed-raven flashbacks, we finally overhear what Lyanna Stark murmurs from her deathbed to her brother Ned. “His name is Aegon Targaryen. You have to protect him,” she whispers. Why does he need protection, you may ask? Because it turns out that Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany's brother and fellow spawn of Aerys II aka The Mad King) got hitched, which means that Jon is not the bastard son of Ned, which means that the King in the North is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Mind. Blown.
Jon and Dany Finally Get Down to Bow-Chika-Wow-Wow Business
In a totally unsurprising (yet oh-so-satisfying) move, the two greatest leaders in Westeros finally do the deed. In last week's episode, Jon Snow broke the political tension between the pair by bending the knee (well, not physically since he could barely move), and this week he finally breaks the sexual tension as viewers enjoy a very naked sex scene with some seriously strong eye contact game. OK, so yes, they’re related (aunt and nephew), but it’s GoT so whatevs. Amirite?
Baelish Went Buh-Bye
There are some deaths in GoT that are utterly heartbreaking (Ned Stark’s still hurts), and then there are some that are just oh-so-satisfying. Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) joining together to rid the world of the scheming Lord Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) definitely falls into the latter category. We're sorry we ever doubted you, Stark sisters!
The Third Dragon Rider Saddles Up
Well, this was a supremely frightening moment. Last week we learned the Night King is the third dragon rider, but Viserion (the third of Khaleesi's dragon-children, R.I.P.) is now a freakin’ zombie dragon who breathes blue fire (or is it ice?). Which brings us to…
The Army of the Dead Are Coming
So much for The Wall. The final scene of the epic season seven finale was Viserion, um, eviscerating The Wall along with the majority of the Night's Watch. The Army of the Dead is now free to march on through. Yikes. Bring on season eight and pretty please don't make us wait two whole years.