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Game of Thrones finale: ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ and the end of Littlefinger

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Hey yea of weak hearts, stay away from this post for it is full of spoilers.

The final episode of Game of Thrones season 7, The Dragon and the Wolf gave us what our hearts truly desired in more ways than one. Chatty moments, scheming moments, clandestine boat-rocking moments, throat-slitting moments and of course the Ice Dragon Viserion moments, all rolled up into the most adrenaline-pumped GoT episode yet. And it was long, just like we like it.

Diplomatic mission to King’s Landing

As usual, Cersei killed it in the fashion department, and she knew it as she walked in with her lethal security (zombie Mountain, Qyburn and Ser Jaime) to receive Daenerys emissaries at King’s Landing. There were a couple of deathly stares here and there, some nostalgic ones as they all waited for Dany who was fashionably late.

A show-off and a drama queen as usual, Dany made her entry riding Drogon, a well calculated power move that made Cersei snap:

“We’ve been here for some time.”

We’ve been waiting for these two to be in the same room since they started speaking each other’s names. We’ve dreamed about it, fantasized. And here they were, two Queens in one city, with deep hatred and contempt for one other, sitting so close to one another that Cersei could literally spit in Dany’s face if she only leaned forward.

Then it was down to the business we all know too well, trying to convince Cersei and the other doubting Thomases that the army of the dead is real. And they did make one hell of a presentation, showcasing the wight kidnapped in Beyond the Wall. Of course, White Walkers 101 is never complete without a heartfelt speech from Jon.

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Cersei agreed to support the war against the dead with a few conditions of her own. That the King in the North must go back to the North, and not choose sides between Dany and Cersei. Just a tiny problem, Jon has already bent the knee to Dany, and he chooses this highly volatile moment to let everyone know that.

Oh Jon, have you never learned to lied? I must say, our noble King in the North really needs a lot of training when it comes to the politics of the game of thrones.

Cersei threw a tantrum and left, Tyrion followed her knowing too well he might not make it out alive and convinced her to join them in their quest. She came back out and told them all what they wanted to hear, the Lannister army will march North with Jon and Dany’s army to fight the wights and the White Walkers.

But Cersei sits on the Iron Throne for a reason – no one schemes better than her. No one lies better than her. It was just her way of throwing Dany off course so she can conquer Westeros as everyone else fights in the North. Revealing all this to Jaime didn’t achieve the intended purpose – he still left to join the great war after narrowly escaping being murdered by the Moutain. Cersei almost ordered it, but she choked because well, have you seen Jaime’s jawline?

The Stark sisters outsmart Littlefinger

While major play and power struggle was taking place at the capital, Winterfell was getting rid of the most hated character on Game of Thrones, Littlefinger. For a character who gets off on scheming and betraying the Starks, to die by his own dagger was very satisfying. After conniving to have Arya punished for murder and treason, Littlefinger thought he had really hit the jackpot with this one – Sansa by his side, the threat of Arya Stark eliminated for good. Seriously, I was just waiting for the first soldier to swing a sword at Arya because we all know a girl can take care of herself.

But then GoT gave us the long awaited plot twist – it wasn’t Arya but Littlefinger who was on trial. The Stark sisters’ revenge against Littlefinger was a wishful thinking to many in this season. And they planned it well, Bran had a bit of his Three-Eyed Raven sauce thrown in there as well, the all-creepy, all-knowing, all smart Littlefinger didn’t even see it coming.

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My God, Sansa was divine. And here we thought we’d see the last of her clapbacks after that time she put Littlefinger in his place in Dragonstsone. Mama, she made it!

“I’m a slow learner, it’s true. But I learn…Thank you for your many lessons Lord Baelish, I will never forget them.”

And then Arya did what she was born to do, she slashed Ldittlefinger’s throat and now the world’s problems are solved.

Jon and Daenerys finally rock the boat

When it comes to nudity and sex scenes, GoT has been very modest this season. Sure, there was that Grey Worm – Missandei moment, Jaime -Cersei moment, eww, but that was it. Enter Jon and Dany who have given us some really longing stares, the sex scene in the boat was inevitable. Woooh! Jon is one hungry king. Also, bless Kit Harrington’s soul for that butt. I will need your squats routine Jon, thank you very much.

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For all intents and purposes, this was a heated scene, the audience needed this. But then it became awkward all of a sudden when they started intercutting it with the Sam-Bran revelation that Jon is not even a bastard but a legitimate Targaryen, making him the real heir to the Iron Throne.

Honestly, it was a conflict of emotions for us to see Jon and his aunt Dany so hungry for each other. At least they still don’t know they are related. It’s really weird I know, but can we really be blamed for liking it and being confused at the same time? This season didn’t give us much choice when they gave us all those sexual innuendos between Jon and Dany.

The redemption of Theon Greyjoy

This was unexpectedly the most emotional scene of this episode. If you didn’t shed a tear, you are extremely cold. In desperate need for forgiveness for sins committed against the Starks and for abandoning his sister Yara, Theon sought the comfort of Jon Snow who gave him the courage to man up and be both a Stark and a Greyjoy.

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To man up he did, even getting a few loyal Ironborns to follow him and help him save his sister.

Seven blessings to him, I really hope Theon will catch a break in season 8.

Ice dragon Viserion brings down the wall

The other iconic scene of the finale was seeing the undead Viserion controlled by the Night King bring down the wall at Eastwatch-by-the-sea to pave way for the army of the dead. Was that icy fire he blew because so many people are confused.

I pity us humanity who have to wait until 2019 to know the fate of Tormund Gianstbane and Berric Dondarrion who were caught in Viserion’s mayhem.

For now, that was one heck of a send-off, The Dragon and the Wolf was a well-curated, powerful episode for the busiest season of Game of Thrones. Good to know the ravens were not overworked this time.

 

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Stormborn: The Sand Snakes fall to Euron

Euron

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And so it begins. Arya Stark’s cold open in Dragonstone is passed, Ed Sheeran is gone and it’s back to business as usual in Westeros.

As much as viewers have been questioning the role of Dorne and the Sand Snakes in Game of Thrones narrative, it was somehow sad to watch Obara and Nymeria fall at the hands of Euron Greyjoy.

Euron is certainly not messing around with this villain thing. Compared to Joffrey or Ramsay, his bloodlust actually matches his battle skills, and with a dash of glee as promised of his character. He is not like Joffrey who hid behind the crown like the coward he was. Nor is he like Ramsay who didn’t prove to be much of a fighter when he was finally thrown in the real battlefield by Jon Snow. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment as a psychopath was turning Theon into Reek. Poor Theon, not the kind of man you want fighting beside you in a battle. Poor Yara. Poor Ellaria. There goes part of Daenerys’ alliance.

Good thing she has her eyes set on the North courtesy of Melisandre who comes knocking at Dragonstone and convinces Dany to summon Jon Snow.

“Tell Jon Snow that his Queen invites him to come to Dragonstone. And bend the knee.”

She may be the Mother of Dragons but she is rather demanding. To summon our noble King in the North like that, asking him to bend a knee. Lyanna Mormont must hear about this.

Oops, Lyanna Mormont does hear about it. And like everyone in the council at Winterfell, she doesn’t appreciate the rest of Westeros taking the North granted.

“I mean c’mon, who do they think we are. We are the effin North for God’s sake. We remember. Ask Ramsay. Ask Meryn Trant. Ask Polliver. Ask Walder Frey, his baked sons and the entire males of House Frey. Yes, I am reciting Arya’s kills like I was there but who asked for your opinion. I am Lady of the Bear Islands.”

Even with the council’s disapproval, including Sansa’s and a creepy look from Littlefinger (I expect more scenes where Jon chokes Littlefinger), he still rides for Dragonstone because he needs Dragonglass to kill the White Walkers and Dany’s home is full of it.

The people’s enemy Cersei Lannister continues to plot. Looks like her minion Qyburn has found a way to kills Dany’s dragons. This episode couldn’t get any luckier for Cersei. Her ally Euron is killing her enemies for her. Dany’s dragons are not all that powerful. Arya is now heading North instead of South. Someone send a raven, what a lucky day for the Queen!

Missandei and Grey Worm, you beautiful creatures. Grey Worm, the Unsullied, teaching men how to love since 1934.

Seriously, Sam I cannot stand your scenes this season. Nope.

The rape culture in Game of Thrones is an insult to women and fans

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courtesy of http://metro.co.uk

I am not a feminist, at least not in the classical sense of the word but I owe it to mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers all over to speak out. It’s a sad day to be a GoT fan, it’s even sadder if you are a woman. We know Benioff and Weiss to be too bold and controversially rebellious with their adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire.

And we have been patient, digesting everything they’ve thrown at us (some unpalatable) from the unnecessary sexposition to incestual affairs to the Joffrey-Ros torture scene which is one of the most disturbing scenes to date.

But the two creators have now reached a certain level of grotesque vanity, sadistically represented by the gratuitous rape scenes in GoT. As much as we’d want to forget, we all remember Drogo raping Daenerys Targaryen in S1, Ser Jaime Lannister raping Cersei in S4 but the one that has enraged fans all over is last episode’s rape of Sansa Stark.

In the sixth episode of Season 5 titled Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken, Sansa is bent, bowed and broken in the most despicable way when she’s raped by her new husband Ramsay Bolton on their wedding night.

While GoT’s obsession with victimizing Sansa Stark is something we have forced ourselves to accept, this recent dehumanization was unnecessary and brutal, even by GoT’s standards.

Did GoT really need to rape Sansa Stark? We already know that Ramsay Bolton is a sociopath, far worse than the demented boy king Joffrey (may his soul NOT rest in peace). This alone is enough to summarize in succinct the hell that is Sansa’s new marriage.

Therefore, to add rape to her misfortunes is the most heinous mistake that the two creators could have made. Out of some sadistic misogynistic mentality, GoT has turned such a serious act as rape into a mere plot device where Benioff and Weiss can play around with on a whim.

And perhaps the most disturbing thing about these scenes is that they have nothing to do with A Song of Ice and Fire, and knowing Benioff and Weiss experimentation with extremities, we can only fear what is to come next.

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