The seventh season of Game of Thrones was excellent. Many of my favourite characters had some epic moments. Who did not laugh with Bronn, when he chuckled at Dickon Tarley’s name? More to the point, this season was also full of great action sequences. The dragons incinerate lots of people, and there were more epic battles against the white walkers and wights.
In my opinion, the main strength of this season was the storyline involving Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. The King of the North meets the mother of dragons. Romance slowly blossoms between the two, both unaware that they are related to each other. Jon Snow had his work cut out convincing Daenerys of the threat of the white walkers. However, with the help of Tyrion, they find common ground. Political alliances were a significant theme in season seven. Littlefinger’s death scene was well done, but I did see it coming. Littlefinger’s scheme, to convince the North to recognise Sansa as their ruler, failed and it is hard to see what his next move was.
Daenerys Targaryen wanted Jon Snow to bend the knee, to help her win the throne. Meanwhile, Cersei makes a deal with Euron Greyjoy, to aid in her attempts to hold onto power. Alongside the politics, we also get to see characters meet each other again or characters meeting each other for the first time. The Stark children all return to Winterfell and Jon gets to meet Jorah Mormont, the son of Jeor Mormont. Bringing characters together represents the move towards a conclusion of Game of Thrones. Sansa’s reunion with Ayra was significant because they have been apart for so long. Sansa and Ayra were never close as sisters, but both have lost friends and family.
The pace of the season is faster than usual. Time passes quickly, which enables the show to place all the important characters in the right places, to impact the plot. The fast pace of the story did not bother me too much because the story itself was entertaining. I was glad that Bronn appeared more, as the season progressed. Bronn is the lovable rogue, who speaks words of wisdom, based on experience. Plus, will he ever get to enjoy life as a lord of a castle? Bronn’s honesty makes him a relatable character.
The events of the sixth episode of season seven, was the best twist, in my opinion. Viserion was killed and brought back as a wight by the Night King. The white walkers have their own dragon now. I am looking forward to the fight between the dragons, that inevitably will occur in season eight.
Jon Snow’s real identity was also revealed at the end of the season. Bran looks back in time and witnesses the marriage between Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. How will Jon Snow react to finding out that he is Rhaegar’s son?
Season seven also continues the trend towards bringing more fantastical elements to the fore. Dragons, white walkers and the three-eyed raven; Game of Thrones has morphed into a fantasy series full of magic. Suspend all disbelief, the myths and legends of Westeros are all becoming a reality. I am a fan of fantasy, so I do like the inclusion of more fantastical elements in the show. However, not everyone will be happy that Game of Thrones resembles an epic fantasy show, that would have been deemed uncool, prior to fantasy becoming more mainstream.
Season seven was not my favourite season of Game of Thrones, but I did enjoy it. I am fully invested in the story now, so I am not about to quit watching yet. Moreover, I am still hopeful that George R.R. Martin will finish the books, which will conclude the many storylines which are not present in the show.
Rating: 4/5 Stars