Beyond the Wall was one of the most intense episodes ever. Jon Snow and his magnificent seven traveled north into no man’s land, and it gave us moments that had me on my seat. Besides the big set piece, it also had meaningful dialogue scene between some of the main characters.
Can we just talk about how great the dialogue between all of these characters. It seemed like the writers wanted to give us the most entertaining conversations possible, between characters we never thought would be together. Tormund, Beric, Thoros, Jon, The Hound, Jorah, and Gendry were all so great together. They all had great chemistry together, and it just seemed the actors were happy to finally have some scenes together.
Beric was my favorite
My favorite conversation is between Tormund and The Hound and then Jon and Baric. Tormund and The Hound make a great duo, as they are two people on the complete opposite of the spectrum. Tormund saying he wants to have children with Brienne was definitely funny, and seeing The Hound’s reaction to all that was priceless, because she did beat him in a fight. I admittedly ship Tormund and Brienne.
Beric stole the whole show for me, especially with his fire sword. I loved when he said death is the enemy, and the enemy always win, but we always have to fight the enemy. It’s a fitting quote for both Jon and Baric, since both of them have experienced death, but ultimately fought it back.
In Dragonstone, we see the growing divide between Daenerys and Tyrion. Tyrion has a point when he says that Dany has a tendency to lose her temper every time someone disagrees with her. Maybe she should’ve gave the Tarlys more of a chance, and put them in a prison. Tyrion also brings up a point about the fact she is very impulsive, and doesn’t really think about the consequences of her actions.
In Winterfell, the tension between Arya and Sansa is at an all time high. The letter Arya found was of Sansa’s back when she was in Kings Landing, which said for her older deceased brother Robb to give up his armies to the Lannisters. Arya is clearly letting out her frustrations she’s always had for her sister, because in some ways she hasn’t changed. I do think Arya is being a little too harsh on Sansa, because Sansa has been through quite a lot, and without her ties to Littlefinger, Winterfell would still be Ramsay’s.
The last scene between Arya and Sansa was very tense and I thought Arya was going to stab her. I really don’t know how the events in Winterfell will play out next episode, but it looks like Arya will most likely make a move against Littlefinger and Sansa if she gets in the way.
Sansa seems to be the only normal Stark left, who doesn’t have extraordinary abilities. Arya is an assassin, Bran can see everything, and Jon Snow is half Targaryen and got brought back to life.
Back up north, Jon and his group are starting to get close to the army of the dead. When that Ice Bear (that’s what I’ll call it) showed up, it was pretty terrifying. So now it’s confirmed the White Walkers can bring non-humans back to life. The action that took place was intense, and made me terrified about all of the possibilities of the White Walkers. It’s a shame Thoros was taken by the bear, because he definitely got the short end of the stick.
So when things were starting to get more intense, Jon sent Gendry to run back to Eastwatch to send a raven to Dany to bring her dragons. A lot of people will complain about the fact that Gendry made it back to Eastwatch so fast, but I do believe it wasn’t that far from there, and it also took until well until the next day for Dany to get there.
So before Dany swooped in, we were given a good amount of time of the group waiting on the rock waiting for the army to attack. When they finally attack, the show gives us another masterful battle between the living and the dead. Every single second was just as intense as the other, as I was scared to see which character might not make it.
It was spectacular to see Dany come in with her dragons burn the Wights alive. We’ve been waiting for this moment ever since winter was said to be coming. I can’t praise the special effects enough in this show, as it never fails to look like something out of Lord of the RIngs.
Goodbye you beautiful beast
The second I saw the Night King pull out the Ice Spear, I knew exactly what he was going to do. When he threw the spear to take down Viserion, one of her three dragons, it was absolutely shocking. Watching the seemingly indestructible dragon go down like that was gut wrenching. It was heart breaking seeing the face on Dany, because these dragons are her children. It was best to retreat before the Night King could do more damage.
Of course Jon had to be hero, and keep holding off the army while everyone else boards on the dragon to escape. When Jon fell in the water, I knew he wasn’t going to die, but it sure looked like it. When he finally got out of the water and was running towards the army, I also knew that something was going to save him, and that happened to be Uncle Benjen.
Jon gets on a horse and it takes him back to Eastwatch, with Dany and his other crew waiting. This leads to Jon on a boat with Dany by his side. It’s clear these two have affection for each other, with the way they talk to each other. Both of them are finally committed to their causes, and will now work together to succeed. It’s very intense the way they talk to each other, and you’re kind of just waiting for them to kiss already, even though they are related.
And now finally, after a bunch of theories, it’s finally confirmed that Ice Dragons will appear on this show. The final image of this episode is the Night King reviving Viserion into an undead dragon aka Ice Dragon. I can not wait for the inevitable battle between Drogon and the Ice Dragon.
Overall, Beyond the Wall was an awesome episode from start to finish. I loved all of these characters together, and the way they interacted. The intense battles in the snow tend to be my favorite, because you can just see how cold and miserable everyone is. Viserion dying was heartbreaking, but I’m glad she finally believes Jon now. I really wish there was one or two more episodes of this season, just because I don’t want to wait until 2018 or possibly 2019. I can’t wait to see the cliffhanger this show leaves me on next week (not!).
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