The following is a review of Game of Thrones season 7 as a whole. I will be doing a non-spoiler and spoiler section. I will start with my non-spoiler thoughts and give it a score. I will then be going into spoiler territory.
If you want my individual thoughts of each episode this season here are the links for all seven episodes.
Season 7 has been controversial, when it came to the pacing of the show. Some feel the show is moving too fast, while others didn’t mind that this show kept moving forward.
I personally didn’t mind the fast traveling, and the creators have said that time is passing between each moment. This season alone probably took place over most of a year, and I don’t mind it.
In the show’s first 6 seasons, we’ve seen the show take its time with characters travelling one place to another. I don’t want a drawn out penultimate season, because there’s so many things that need to get done in these last two seasons.
In a perfect world this show would have gotten ten seasons, and maybe George R.R. Martin would already have finished writing all seven books of the series. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (creators/showrunners) have gotten ahead of Martin’s books, and they are doing their own thing now.
This was a great season, and one of its best. The reason I loved this season was because we are finally seeing the end game for this show. I feel the urgency of the conflicts, and I was on the edge of my seat a lot of times this season.
A meeting 7 seasons in the making
This season most likely cost around $100 million for seven episodes, and you can really see it. The special effects are straight out of a summer blockbuster and it’s quite impressive that such big things are happening on the small screen. The dragons have always looked phenomenal, but this season they were absolute forces of nature. They’ve become Westoros’ version of a nuclear bomb.
This was a big season for Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. Both of these characters have been outcasts, and now they are finally starting to lead the command. It has been very satisfying to these two characters grow so much since the beginning, and it’s mind-blowing to think of the journey these two have been on to get here. There was revelations for these characters that fans have been speculating about for years, and it felt really good to see those moments play out.
I will say that a certain mystery should’ve been wrapped up last season, so this season could focus more on the main conflict at hand.
One big happy family
A lot of reunions happened and characters meeting for the time. I loved seeing dialogue between two characters that have never met, or haven’t spoke in a while. The season finale in the dragon pit had the biggest meeting of characters this show has ever seen, and it was awesome to see about 3/4 of the show’s characters in one place.
I overall loved this season because it covered so much ground in seven episodes. While some feel strongly about this show’s increased pace, I personally feel it’s necessary since this show has only six episodes left in its final season. The big action scenes were spectacular, and the characters were as good as ever. My only complaint is I wish this was a full 10-episode season simply because I just want to see more, but that’s the price this show will pay for an increased budget.
******WARNING SPOILER THOUGHTS********
Jon Snow is Rheagar Targaryen (Dany’s slain older brother) and Lyanna Stark’s (Ned’s dead sister) child. His real name is Aegon Targaryen and he is the true heir to the Iron Throne. He was never a bastard, as these two people got married in secret. This was the worst kept secret of this series, as fans have been speculating this long before the show came out.
I really wish this was revealed in last year’s season finale where it was revealed that Jon wasn’t Ned’s son, because this whole ordeal has been dragged out for way too long.
I did love that scene of Bran and Sam putting the puzzle pieces together, while we see Dany and Jon making love, but at that point the audience already knew most of this information. I do think it’s genius that Jon was the heir to the throne hiding in plain sight, because in this world no one pays attention to somebody with an illegitimate birth.
When something becomes as big as Game of Thrones in the internet age, it becomes an open target for criticism. I would be disappointed if the show was taking its time like past seasons, because there simply isn’t enough time left.
People think that Daenerys and Jon getting together is pure fan service, but in my opinion this show has been leading to that since the beginning. With Dany across the Narrow Sea away from everything and Jon going to the Wall, both of them have always proved themselves when everything was against them and have united people for a common cause. It’s no surprise that when they met, they immediately fell in love since they were so similar, even if they are aunt and nephew.
My favorite episode was Spoils of War, where we got to see the full fury of Dany and Drogon. I was not expecting a battle scene that episode, but it came as a pleasant surprise. Seeing the Lannister army getting burned is probably one of my favorite moments ever on this show.
All of Beyond the Wall was pretty great, with seven different characters coming together to fight against the White Walkers. It was heartbreaking to see Viserion go down like that, and it’s crazy how he’s a zombie dragon now.
Three of the four remaining Starks have reunited at Winterfell. My favorite moment of this arc, was Arya sparring with Brienne and getting the upper hand. I thought the Littlefinger conflict dragged, and for a second he was turning the Stark sisters against each other.
Thankfully Bran helped Arya and Sansa out, and Arya finally slit his throat. I liked Littlefinger, but he served his purpose and I don’t know how he would be able to manipulate anymore.
Not much happened in Kings Landing this season, as it mostly focused on Jaime and Cersei’s relationship. It’s clear these two have been growing apart for awhile. People are speculating that Cersei is faking her pregnancy to keep Jaime attached to her, and I kind of believe it.
I loved the season finale, besides the Jon revelation. The Dragon pit meeting in Kings Landing that had 3/4 of the cast in one place was amazing. This is when Lena Headey as Cersei gave one of her best performances. From her line delivery, to her terrified reaction at the wight, and her one on one scene with Tyrion, which will hopefully win her an Emmy. I’m glad Jaime finally left her, as he finally sees what the true threat is.
Winter is here in all of Westeros now. The final scene with the Night King and zombie Viserion was great, and it’s something that has been 7 seasons in the making. The army of the dead have crossed the wall, and if the rumors are true, we will have to wait until 2019 to see what comes next.
As I mentioned my only negative was I wish this season was longer. There was not a lot of breathing room, and only the first and last episode were the ones that took its time. I would’ve liked more set up for the big moments, but I understand why they went this route. I really hope season 8 has multiple feature length episodes, because a lot of things still need to happen.