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It has been two days after Game of Thrones aired its groundbreaking Season 7 finale and I guess it’s safe to discuss about it now. The following contains major spoilers, if you haven’t watched the finale then I suggest you to back off.

Meeting of Daenerys and Jon (Photo from Indianexpress.com)
If for every episode of the 7th season of Game of Thrones there is a dragon smouldering fire according to its intensity, then the finale would surely leave that dragon exhausted and out of fire. After a season of massive battles, the finale shrewdly capped it by showcasing the characters’ dense mythology and subtle thirst to sit on the Iron Throne bringing back the show’s old, happy-stabby and vengeful semblance of George RR Martin’s original version.

Daenarys Targaryen sure knows the best timing for her entrance as she came winging in one of her dragons in time for “The Meeting.” Cersei Lannister finally met the mother of dragons in King’s Landing that consisted of mostly exchange of death-glares and putdowns. The two just met but the hostility between them could burn and dig a deep hole in the ground. On the other hand, a dramatic confrontation between The Mountain and Sandor Clegane happened with hints for possible ‘Cleganebowl.’

Meanwhile, Jamie Lannister confronted Cersei after finding out that she has no intention of sending the Lannister Legions to fight the Night King alongside Jon and Daenarys. After this confrontation, Jamie should have been dead for walking away from her, but Cersei did not have it in her to have her lover/brother killed. After he miraculously escaped Drogon’s fire, Jamie already ditched death twice.  Then off he galloped as he came to his senses and left behind King’s Landing together with his toxic love affair with sister, Cersei. It seemed that David Benioff and DB Weiss kept Jaime alive à la Tormund.

After King Joffrey’s death, Petyr “Littelfinger” Baelish’s death was one of the most satisfying, contrived and flawless scenes as his throat was hoisted with his own dagger. Just when Baelish realized that he had all the cards in his hands in Winterfell, Sansa Stark came in jolt to tell him that he was the surprise guest in his own trial. It all came rushing out just like the blood from his throat: his killing of Lord Arryn and Aunt Lysa and his part in the debacle of the Nicest Guy in Westeros, Ned Stark. It was a well-played exit where Baelish’s advice to “suspect the worst of your enemies” was used against him. So long Littlefinger, you’re betrayal resulted to your swift execution in the hands of Arya Stark.

And while King of the North Jon and Mother of Dragons Daenarys finally rocked off the boat while Queen’s hand Tyrion Lannister witnessed the deed – miles away, in Winterfell, Time Lord Bran Stark revealed to Sam the naked truth about Jon Snow’s parentage. The R + L = J equation has been answered. Jon is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, which meant that Robert Bartheon’s rebellion against the Targaryens was built on a lie. A devastating juxtaposition came riding down the hill after the revelation because Jon Snow being Aegon Targaryen and the true heir to the throne had just slept with his Aunt Daenarys. Now, the question is what would happen to Jon and Dany in the next season if they find out the truth? Despite being allies, the revelation could result to a conflict between the two especially that Jon is the rightful heir and Dany vies for the throne.

Maester Maynard weds Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark in a secret ceremony (Photo from Hollywood Life)

Winter has finally come to Eastwatch. The Night King arrived to fulfil his pledge to tear down the wall. The episode closed with a jaw-dropping scene – the destruction of Eastwatch’s giant wall that blocks threats from the North, building up a bloody war between the living and the army of the dead. Like a domino, the wall came crashing down as the blue-eyed Viserion fired it with ice. Wildling leader Tormund came missing as the battlements crashed earthwards. Now the question is, did he make it out, because either way, the Night King’s army already swept its way inside Westeros.

This latest installment of the series, directed by Jeremy Podeswa, did not only focus on big issues but also on small details such as the reunions of both friends and foes. There were subtle exchange of side-glares between the Hound and Brienne long after their brutal duel; Tyrion and the mercenary Bronn; and Jon and Theon Greyjoy, the two adopted sons of Ned in which Theon asked for Jon’s forgiveness for his betrayal and Jon, on the other hand, blessed Theon’s mission to rescue his captive sister, Yara Greyjoy.

This finale was truly ground-breaking in the history of Game of Thrones and HBO. It was, from start to finish, a beautifully crafted and wickedly subversive saga of betrayal, nudity and genuinely wrenching interactions. With one more curtail season with six episodes left to resolve all the conflicts, it’s almost impossible to contemplate on where Game of Thrones would go from here. Now, to be fair, not everyone was pleased with the pace of the latest season. Some claimed that it was being fast-forwarded that resulted to plenty of lapses in logic and travel time. But let’s not give much emphasis on that because the coming season that is set to air in late 2018 or early 2019 will surely make another media frenzy with it’s super-sized episodes just to squeeze it all in. Truly, Game of Thrones is an enormous saga that is carefully crafted and arranged to captivate a story that has become the world’s most tracked popular culture franchise in the world.

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