Naturally, season 7 finale spoilers ahead.
Time flies when you’re having fun, and Game of Thrones‘ seventh season has been one of the most entertaining, momentous and action-packed to date. And what a season finale that was.
It’s a season that has, somewhat surprisingly, held onto many of its main characters when many were expecting a few to bite the dust – considering this was the penultimate chapter. Well, R.I.P. Littlefinger. Yes, writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss unveiled a great twist when it was revealed that Littlefinger and his conniving ways had reached the end. And here we were, thinking Sansa was falling for his tricks again.
“It’s one of the benefits of working on a show like this, where over the years so many beloved characters have been killed and so many characters make decisions you wish they hadn’t,” Benioff says in the finale’s ‘Inside the Episode’ video below, “that you can believe that Sansa might conspire against Arya – or that Arya might decide that Sansa has betrayed the family and deserves to die.” Well played, writers. Well played.
Of course, one of the episode’s big moments was the long-awaited meet up between Jon, Daenerys and Cersei. It was quite the eventful meeting; The Hound finally came face to face with his uglier-than-ever brother, the Mountain, a White Walker was finally unveiled at King’s Landing and Jon Snow decided this would be a great time to keep that honest streak going.
In a final bid to get her support, Tyrion ended up having a one on one with his sister, who we soon learned was playing them all. It was yet another dark turn for Cersei, one that this time leaves her with no close family – except that one that’s growing inside her. It’s going to be interesting to see where Jaime ends up.
And then, of course, there was the big moment we’ve all seen coming: Daenerys and Jon getting it on. It’s a seriously messed up situation, seeing as many were shipping their hook up… even with the incest factor all but completely confirmed within the show. Well, it’s locked in now: Daenerys is Jon’s auntie, and he’s the rightful heir to the iron throne.
“I would say the challenge with this sequence was finding a way to present information that at least a good portion of the audience already had in a way that was dramatic and exciting and also had a new element to it,” says Weiss. “Part of the answer as to how to go about doing that was in the montage-intercut nature of it. It was about making it clear that this was like an information bomb that Jon was heading towards.
“Just as we’re seeing these two people come together, we’re hearing the information that will inevitably, if not tear them apart, at least cause real problems in their relationship. And, she’s his aunt.”
But that wasn’t the only explosive moment on offer. The season closed with a jaw dropping, I-can’t-believe-we’re-actually-seeing-this sequence where a freakin’ zombie dragon takes down the wall.
“Many years now we’ve known that this would be the ending of the penultimate season,” Benioff says. Adds Weiss: “It needed to be thing you go out of the season on.”
Take a look at the final ‘Inside the Episode’ for season 7 below.