With the penultimate season behind us and the newest season a possible two years away, now feels like a good time to look back on the best moments from this season. I had some complaints about spoilers so be warned, this article is full of them. Here’s a warning from season 1 Sansa.

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Okay, lets review.

Jon Snow Meets Daenerys Targaryen for the First Time

Episode 3 of season 7 gave us the fantasy meet up that has been in the making since 1996. This meeting as Melisandra says, “is the bringing together of Ice (Jon) and Fire (Dany).” The very name of the book series and more foreshadowing of the Azor Ahai/Prince that was promised prophecy line. This meeting also gives us the inception of the Jon and Danny romance that would come to fulfillment later in the season.

Ollena Tyrell Goes Out True to Form

“Tell Cersei, I want her to know it was me.” A chilling line delivered at the end of what was my second favorite episode this season. The queen of thorns and sass has been a fan favorite since she first arrived in King’s Landing back in season 4. She traded lines with some of the best including Tywin and Tyrion. I can’t think of a better way for her to go out.

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The Night King Gets a Dragon

After Jon Snow and six friends go north of the wall on the dumbest exhibition in history, they end up surrounded by the army of the dead. Jorah, Baeric, The Hound, Thoros of Myr, Gendry, Tormund, and Jon get stranded on a rock in the middle of an ice lake with no escape. When all seems lost, Daenerys, Drogon, Viserion, and Raegal swoop in and save the day. Before they can escape, the knight king rides in, unsheathes his spear, and plucks Viserion out of the sky. The episode ends when the night king reanimates Viserion, creating another iconic GoT image.

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The Naval Battle

A lot can be said about the role that Euron Greyjoy took on this season. He was only in two or three episodes, and his presencewas so un-Game Of Thrones. Aside from all that you have to agree that, the surprise attack on Yara’s fleet made Pirates of the Caribbean look like it was filmed in a water park. I respect the set piece but I pray Euron gets very limited screen time in the wars to come.

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Arya Spars with Brienne

One of two good things that Arya did this season, (and the only one that she did without Sansa’s help,) was spar with Brienne of Tarth. Both women put their full badass-ery on display here, and it all comes together when Brienne asks Arya who taught her what she knows. “No one,” Arya replies. A fight that was largely overshadowed by the end of this episode has now been parodied into a lightsaber fight. Watch it here.

The Wall Comes Down

This article can attest to how big this season was for the Knight King. Perhaps his best accomplishment was taking down Westeros’ largest piece of infrastructure. After securing his un-dead, blue fire breathing dragon the night king made quick work of Eastwatch by the sea. Now that his army of the un-dead (100,000 at least) has made it to Westeros, our main characters’ fates looks grim.

The Loot Train Massacre

The Loot Train Massacre aka Field of Fire part 2 was the largest battle ever filmed on Game of Thrones (yes, larger than BotB). In all actuality, the most expensive piece of this season did very little to move the story forward. No one died, the gold all made it back to King’s landing, and it didn’t really bring Daenerys closer to that uncomfortable chair. All that aside, the spectacle that is The Loot Train Massacre can not be oversold. The team in charge used up to 7 or 8 cameras at a time, set 27 stunt doubles on fire,blew up 100 feet of explosives and shelled out close to 15 million dollars to pull it all off. This is action that we’ve never seen in movies, let alone on TV.

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The Reunions

Season 7 was the season of reunions and long awaited meetings. Arya and Sansa, Bran and Sansa, Jon and Theon, Podrick and Tyrion and Bronn, The Hound and Brienne, Arya and Bran, Davos and Gendry, to name a few. While some of these felt gratuitous, a lot of them provided us with great moments like Brienne and The Hound celebrating Arya’s new murderous abilities, or Sansa and Arya’s touching reunion in the Crypt of Winterfell.

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Final Comments

Season 7 was by no means the worst season of GoT (though many have called it just that).  I still thinks it ranks above the likes of seasons 2 and 5, and ranks above every season in terms of production value. A season that was already impaired by the fact that it was only seven episodes, not based off of a book and had to follow the epic spectacle that was season 6, largely delivered in every way that it could. Thanks for reading everyone, hope you enjoyed it.

 

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