Before I see any break downs of the episode, or anyone's comments or anything at all, I wanted to write my reactions to this season finale through my own lens. Season 7 episode 7...it was meh.
No way, are you kidding, it was friggin' amazing! Spectacular! Wholly Moly, it was good and oh so satisfying. First of all, I called it! I said that if Arya and Sansa were really at odds and not playing Littlefinger, that I was going to be angry. Well, they gave him a little of his own medicine alright!
I knew that even though they were not the best of friends when they were children, that they were first and foremost family and more than that sisters. The only girls in the Stark household. Sansa, wouldn't be afraid of her sister, or fear for her life. She told Jon, Bran and Arya that Littlefinger was not to be trusted, so why would she so quickly forget. Arya wouldn't come all the way to Winterfell, just to bicker and kill Sansa. She wanted Cersei dead. Sansa was never on her list and she knew that Littlefinger was a liar and manipulator. So the only way I was going to be happy was if the sisters hatched a plan to catch Littlefinger off guard and pull out all of the receipts, and I was not disappointed.
I could watch him fall to his knees, grovel and cry a million times. Each Stark child pulled out evidence, left it for the Lady of Winterfell to pass judgement and assassin no one, Arya to execute the sentence. It was truly a thing of beauty for them to reclaim a win for the house. The lone wolf dies but the pack survives. Catlyn would have been proud of her she cubs.
Bran was a little less cryptic and creepy this episode. Dropping the knowledge out loud that we needed him to say! Sam! Sam was paying attention. All this time we thought he was too wrapped up in his feelings to have heard Gilly, though he didn't give her credit for bringing the info to his attention.
There were so many little moments that were amazing! I think it's safe to assume that there will be a Clegane Bowl next season. Brienne and Sandor were cute even after she tried to kill him. It was great to see them mutually understand why they fought. Him finding out that Arya was alive, well and at home was very touching. Though the looks between Brienne, Jaime and Cersei were crazy uncomfortable.
So, my second favorite moment was Danny riding into the meeting, late and on her dragon. Talk about drama! Only to be topped by Dany and Jon, having relations, while Tyrion watches and Bran explains their familial connection and Jon's legitimacy. Or should I say Aegon Targaryen. That was beautiful and yuck all at once with lots of butt.
Speaking of butt, Cersei and this plan to lie...she makes me tired. I guess she made Jaime tired too, because he left. He left the city! My guess is he's going to Winterfell? I suppose he can have really great conversations with Brienne, who I hope will be seeing Tormund again soon. I want him to be alright, but the wall! The WALL IS DOWN! I suppose all of the conjecture regarding what Viserion would breathe, whether fire or ice is moot, because its both. Nuclear blue flames just took the wall down allowing the dead to just walk right over the wildlings holding Eastwatch. I was not prepared for that. He rode in on Viserion and took the wall down with nuclear flames.
It was an amazing episode. I'm going to re-watch to add more points and further discuss the episode. I'm so sad that we have a year to wait but really pleased with the story and the special effects. A+
So. Defenders dropped on Friday. I've seen the entire season already because there were only eight episodes. Note, the individual defenders had 13 episode seasons. I think they should switch that. Though I love Luke Cage and Jessica Jones and Daredevil, I could stand an eight episode season and would have loved more episodes of the full crew. You will note, that I omitted one of the heroes in my list of love and you know why.
I'm not going to spoil the series for anyone that hasn't watched yet. What I will say is, Danny Rand is the weakest link. We all know how bad the first season was. Colleen Wing was its saving grace. I will say that the fighting was better. Finn Jones had to step it up in order to play with the others and I thought he was much better. Along with the fighting, there were genuinely great moments on screen with other characters. I really like the dynamic between him and Jessica as well as Luke, which, is absolutely necessary because he and Luke will have a lot of scenes together if they follow the comics at all, and I think they have to.
Maybe the writers know that they've hit a wall with his character and were letting us know because more than a couple characters called him an idiot. He's not horrible, he's just not as strong as the other headlining actors. I saw a meme that had pictures of the four Defenders, Jessica, Matt, Luke and Claire, which I thought was brilliant. Claire is a seminal part of all four series but is still supposed to be a secondary character. But I'd rather see her in 13 episodes than to imagine seeing another 13 episodes of Iron Fist.
As the Defenders have to go and save Danny, I felt bad for thinking, ah, just leave him. How is he captured anyway? He is supposed to be the best martial artist in the world. He's the Immortal Iron Fist! he defeated a dragon! But he's winded fighting a few bad guys? We know there will be a season two for Iron Fist, and I hope they take their time and do it right this time. Hopefully, that can still be done with the actor they have.
I remember when he was born. Just a little dragon not able to take care of himself and barely able to breathe fire. He had a rough time. He was smaller than his brother Drogon, chained up and unable to roam free and grow larger, but always there when his mother needed him.
Episode 6 of Season 7 Beyond the Wall was a roller-coaster ride immense proportions. First, Araya...please stop fighting with your sister. Littlefinger wanted to drive a wedge between them and I had hoped that between the two of them they would both see it. Unfortunately, only Sansa gets it and Arya is losing the point. I'm still hoping that this is just a rouse for Littlefinger's benefit to make him feel comfortable to fall into a trap and then suffer the consequences of pitting sisters against each other. But I'm worried. Curious though. Littlefinger plants the idea in Sansa's head that Brienne can be used to protect her from Arya, should the time come when she needed it. But then Cersei invites Sansa to Winterfell and she instead sends Brienne. So, can I still dream of a party where the pinata is Littlefinger and all the Stark kids get a turn at whacking him?
Drogo, Jorah, Dario and Jon Snow. Dany lists these men who run off into danger head first. I like this dynamic between Dany and Jon. Yes, I know that's her nephew but they are good people, the only two characters that are truly good and good for each other. Besides, we've waited years for them to meet, I'm going to enjoy the small moments we get. She certainly saves the day when the magnificent 7 go beyond the wall and get stuck.
The little moments with Jon and his crew were awesome. Many of these characters have never shared the same space before this moment and they all have their reasons for mistrusting and hating the others. The standout in this group has to be Tormund. He wants to make babies with Brienne! OMG, I can't wait for him to see her again and feared for his life like none of the others, besides Jon. But this plan of grabbing a walker and bringing it to Kings Landing was stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid. to put me through the torture of watching them fight off hundreds of whites in the army of the dead. But to see Dany ride in and save the day made it worth it. Even though, I can't even say it. Poor Viserion. I'm so nervous. What is he going to breathe? Fire? Ice? OMG!
Problems? Well, Arya. I so hope that there's something planned with Sansa and Arya and if it's not, I won't be happy. Where was Bran? I guess ravening. I was a little surprised that there was only one major character lost besides Viserion. I expected there to be more loss since we are at the end of season seven. Where did they get the chains??? And as Nicole's husband pointed out, who went down there and chained him up in the icy waters?
Next week is the finale of season seven. It feels like it just started and it's already almost over, and Cersei and Littlefinger are still alive. This finale better be amazing. It will have to last us for another year.
So, the thing that I had always wanted in life and didn't even know I was missing it, was to see a dragon leading an army of scythe wielding warriors on horses into a battle. Out of 64 episodes, season 7 episode 4, The Spoils of War, has become my new favorite. Before I get too ahead of myself, let us go back.
First, Arya comes home and doesn't kill anyone. I really thought she was going to kill the guards barring her entrance into her Winterfell home. I really did. But, she was cool about it. I do want to see them grovel as she passes not realizing how close they came to death. She and Sansa acted just as they should have. They are sisters, but weren't that loving towards each other in their youth. They've grown up without each other and they both have stories to tell. I cannot wait for Sansa to tell Arya all she's been through and I wonder if more names will get added to Arya's list, namely Littlefinger. Bran is still being Professor Xavier cool but I might have to agree with Leslie Jones, he is on drugs. Can we say he's drunk with knowledge?
Cersei is being Cersei though I do wonder what devious, devilish plans she has. I also wonder what her liver looks like. I mean, she doesn't drink any water and she's always got a glass of wine in her hand. Not little glasses either and not an appropriate amount of wine! It would be terrible if her liver gives out before someone can wrap their hands around her neck.
Jon is getting his dragon glass and closer to Dany. She's leaning on his advise and learning to trust him. It would be so fabulously romantic if she weren't his AUNT!
I am concerned about Missandai though. Thinking back to the prophecy Dany heard in the house of the Undying, and knowing that someone will betray her for love, When Davos and Jon ask her about her life in slavery and she says that Dany would willingly let her return home, that plants a seed of doubt. Dany cares for Missandai a great deal, and it's been mentioned more than a few times this season that Missandai is her most trusted advisor...but is she? I mean, she's her translator and right hand, but does she advise her? That's really what Tyrion's role is. Greyworm is the head of the Unsullied forces and now she has Jon and Davos advising, so what does Missandai do exactly and could her faith in Dany be shaken this season?
Finally, Drogo! When Bronn says listen, and you hear the thunderous hooves of the Dothraki horde in an open grass field! OMG! And then you see that dragon! I mean...shear perfection! The look on Jaime's face and the soldiers quaking in their boots was perfect. When the Dothraki crouch on their horses backs simultaneously, I'll just say my throat was sore from screaming and my hands hurt from clapping so hard. The only thing that could have topped it would have been Cersie coming out on the field to see what was going on.
Jaime is a fool. I don't know if he was aiming for Dany or the Dragon or both but foolish he was.