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Game of Thrones Season 7 Obituaries

It’s time to take a look back at the characters we lost this season on Game of Thrones. Though Season 7’s list is much shorter than last season (when I needed a part one and part two), GoT still delivered with semi-major and major characters losing their lives almost every episode.

So lets take a look back at those characters who passed on during Season 7.

 

Obara and Nymeria Sand

When: Episode 2 (Stormborn)

How: Killed with their own weapons by Euron Greyjoy.

The Sand Snakes were the worst adaption of book characters the show has ever done. So the decision to limit the trio to just three scenes for season 6 and 7 combined was applauded by me.

The most valuable thing the first two Sand Snakes did was give Euron Greyjoy his first two kills. Euron used Obara’s own spear to kill her, while Nymeria was choked with her own whip.

Tyene Sand

When: Episode 3 (The Queen’s Justice)

How: Poisoned by Cersei

The Sand Snakes were largely a waste of time and space on Game of Thrones. But at least the show gave the third and final Sand Snake a poetic death (Tyene also was killed with her chosen weapon, poison). Cersei kissed Tyene using the same poison Ellaria used to kill Myrcella at the end of season 5.

And no, we did not see Tyene’s final breath. But I think it’s safe to assume the next time we see the youngest Sand Snake (if we see her at all) she will be a corpse.

Olenna Tyrell

 

When: Episode 3 (The Queen’s Justice)

How: Poison given by Jamie Lannister

The Queen of Thorns is in at least the Top 5 list of most beloved characters. Dianna Rigg stole every scene as the matriarch of House Tyrell and never wasted a single line.

Lady Olenna even found a way to still her final scene: a scene that should have given the victorious Jamie Lannister a chance to gloat.

But instead, it was Jamie who walked away fuming after the Queen of Thorns, in her final words, told him she was the one who had Joffrey poisoned.

“I want her (Cersei) to know it was me.”

Randyl and Dickon Tarly

When: Episode 5 (Eastwatch)

How: Burned to death by Dragonfire after refusing to bend the knee to Daenarys.

The show did very little develop either Sam’s father or brother. But it didn’t seem necessary with Randyll.

He was a tough, loyal, military minded man, and it made sense that he would choose death over serving a foreign invader.

But I felt like more could have been done with Dickon. The show was just introducing us to him when he made the ill-advised choice of not bending the knee to Daenarys. As a result, Dickon joined his father in dying by dragon fire.

Thoros of Myr

When: Episode 6 (Beyond the Wall)

How: Wounds Suffered Fighting an Ice Bear

It was hard to feel much impact for a character that went almost three seasons between appearances. He was the man who kept bringing Beric Dondarion back to life. And has a charter member of the Brotherhood without Banners, the hard drinking priest was the one sacrificed on the mission Jon led to capture a member of the Army of the Dead.

Viserion

When: Episode 6 (Beyond the Wall)

How: Spear from the Night’s King

The show didn’t identify which dragon it was until later, but it’s ironic that the one named after Dany’s awful brother Viserys was the one who will now be fighting for the Night’s King.

We didn’t really get to know Dany’s other two dragons (she rides Drogon, the other two just followed along). But it was sad to see Daeanarys lose one of her children. And even worse, that child will now be fighting for the Night King.

Benjen Stark (Cold Hands)

When: Episode 6 (Beyond the Wall)

How: Fighting Off Wights so Jon Could Escape

It was easy to forget Benjen, Ned Stark’s younger brother. who disappeared on a ranging mission for the Night’s Watch. He vanished early in Season 1 and did not appear again until later into season 6 when he aided Bran and Meera in getting back to the Wall.

That form beyond the Wall, also known as “Cold Hands,” was a half wight, half human who could only live beyond the Wall but had no interest in helping the Night King.

Benjen’s final act was sending Jon away to safety on a horse while “Cold Hands” fought bravely to his death holding off the Army of the Dead.

Petyr Baelish (Lord Littlefinger)

When: Episode 7 (The Dragon and the Wolf)

How: Sentenced to Death by Sansa for Murder and Treason, then Slashed in the throat by Arya Stark

The conniving ways of creepy Uncle Littlefinger finally caught up to him this season. The man who was the secret (at least to the characters of the show they were secrets) mastermind behind Jon Arryn’s death, the War of Five Kings, Joffrey’s murder, and Lysa Arryn’s murder was outdone by his chosen protégé.

What cruel irony it was when Sansa, the girl Littlefinger was using to put himself on the Iron Throne, used her “mentor’s” own tactics to defeat him.

Be on the lookout Friday for a top 10 list of Game of Throne’s greatest episodes through the past seven seasons. See you then.

 

Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 7: “The Dragon and the Wolf” Recap

The “Dragon and the Wolf,” the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, proved itself a fitting end to GoT’s penultimate season.

No season produced more thrilling moments in such a condensed window. Fans who’ve complained in the past of storylines moving too slowly or characters remaining stagnant for too long should have neither of those complaints this season.

But the same break neck pace that has cost us valuable character moments and story development time reared its ugly head again Sunday night, particularly in the build-up to the meeting in the Dragon Pit.

So many characters with a history reunited in the show’s opening scene. Tyrion, Bronn, and Pod (the “Heroes of Blackwater Bay”) were given an all too short reunion considering how important the three characters used to be to each other in the show’s early seasons. The Hound and Brienne nearly fought to the death at the end of Season 5. But a few seconds is all we got to settle any remaining animosity.

And speaking of the Hound and reunions, Sandor Clegane came face to face for the first time with the undead Mountain (Clegane Bowl preview???), albeit for only 10 seconds.

None of these truncated reunions took anything away from all the incredible moments the finale produced. But not giving these awkward reunions the time they deserved was an unfortunate side effect of Season 7’s shortened length.

That’s enough bellyaching from me. Because when it comes to the answer of the question “Are you entertained?,” “The Dragon and the Wolf” (and the entire season, for that matter) was an emphatic yes!

Let’s start the final recap of the season with that meeting in the Dragon Pit when we all thought an alliance uniting all of Westeros was formed.

King’s Landing

Daenarys sure knows how to make an entrance. First, the Unsullied (who, I guess, didn’t have too difficult a time marching from Casterly Rock) approach and surround the rarely seen land side of King’s Landing. Then, she makes everybody wait for her arrival before Drogon drops her off.

This is the first time Cersei and Dany have met, and the Mother of Dragons wants a truce. As we’d expect, Cersei is skeptical until the Hounds opens that box with the Wight inside.

The zombie runs out charging at Cersei only to have a chain hold it back. The Hound chops it into three pieces so Jon can illustrate the ways in which to defeat it.

Euron Greyjoy (who reappears after being absent the last three episodes) gets up and walks off. He says he’s so terrified that he intends to take his fleet back to the Iron Islands to wait things out (wink, wink).

Cersei, however, wants a truce under one condition: that Jon stays neutral when Dany and Cersei resume their fight for the Iron Thorne.

But Jon, who is just terrible at playing “The Great Game,” says he’s already pledged loyalty to Daeanrys and refuses Cersei’s offer.

Cersei walks away with no deal in place. This forces Tyrion to walk into the most awkward and dangerous of all the reunions in the episode.

Jon and Tyrion watch as Cersei walks away from their meeting.

In the Red Keep

A couple of important observations from this meeting include:

-Tyrion accepting responsibility for all the dead Lannisters,

-Cersei taking blame for none of them (even though Tommen’s death was clearly her fault),

-Cersei will not order her brother killed,

-Tyrion figures out Cersei is pregnant.

The meeting was enough to convince Cersei to join Jon and Dany in defeating the army of the dead (wink, wink).

Winterfell

Meanwhile, back up North, Sansa is confiding in Littlefinger all the frustrations she’s been having with Jon and her sister. Her “brother” just sent a raven with news that he pledged his loyalty to Dany. And there’s also the whole “my sister is an assassin and I’m afraid she might murder me” problem.

Now, I still hated the scene last week where Arya threatens Sansa after the latter discovers Arya’s masks, which existed only to troll us, not Littlefinger. But the resolution of the season’s events in Winterfell was otherwise perfect.

Sansa calls for her sister to appear before her for a trial. But Arya is not the one on trial. Sansa reads the charges of murder and treason and asks Lord Baelish how he responds to them.

Littlefinger is shocked. But considering Bran can now see everything that’s ever happened in history, he really shouldn’t be. I mean, did he not think Bran, who can now see all of history, would tell his sisters all Littlefinger was responsible for?

Also, Bran, please forgive me. I thought you were being a real douche for not telling your sisters all this information you had. But you were doing just that off camera this whole time.

Baelish is found guilty of murdering Lysa Arryn, Jon Arryn, and starting the conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters. It was cruel irony for Littlefinger that all those lessons he taught Sansa were used against him while she and her siblings conned the most conniving man in Westeros.

Arya ending Littlefinger’s trial.

Arya carries out the death sentence, slashing Littlefingers throat. In a great moment between the two characters, Sansa and Arya finally give each other credit for the women they’ve become. The two sisters are finally on the same page. And it appears they’ve been that way for awhile now.

Plans for Battle

After the all Westerosi alliance was made, Jon and Dany agree to sail together to White Harbor (a port city in the North). The decision displeases Jorah, and we all know why.

In King’s Landing, Jamie is preparing his fellow military leaders for battle when Cersei asks to speak with him alone.

Now, I was really glad Cersei didn’t suddenly become a team player because she saw one wight. Cersei has no intention of joining Jon and Dany in the North. She’s keeping her forces in King’s Landing while Euron secretly picks up the Golden Company: a group of 20,000 sell swords Cersei is paying to join her side.

Cersei’s logic is sound. The Lannister force will do little to stop the army of the dead, the Dothraki, the Unsullied, or the dragons (which Cersei noticed only two are now with Dany). So she says “let the monsters fight” it out instead of joining with Jon and Dany only to have the two of them turn against her once the great war is over.

But Jamie made a vow to fight, and he’s clearly had it with his sister/lover’s shit. He’s riding north anyway, but the undead Mountain steps in front of him, preventing him from leaving.

It looked like this would be the end of Jamie Lannister. But Cersei once again showed her weak spot: she can’t bring herself to order the death of either of her brothers.

Cersei and Jamie argue over the Lannister role in the wars to come.

As Jamie rides away, he notices a snowflake falling on his glove. Winter is finally here for all of Westeros.

Back in Winterfell

Sam’s journey from Oldtown finally ends as he and Gilly arrive in Winterfell. And for some reason, Sam goes to talk to Bran. After seeing these two interact, I want them together in every scene they are in next season.

Bran sitting by the fire when Sam shows up.

Sam wants to help Jon in fighting the Whitewalkers, but Bran points out his name is not really Jon Snow.

The two characters take turns trying to one up the other as Bran reveals Jon was born in Dorne and should not be Jon Snow, but Jon Sand. Then Sam (who was apparently paying attention when Gilly read this out loud a couple of weeks ago after all) reveals that Rhaegar and Lyanna were in fact married, so Jon is not a bastard at all.

Bran sees the vision of the two married and makes two key observations:

-Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie (Rhaegar did not kidnap Lyanna)

-Jon Snow (or should we say Aegon Targaryen) is the true heir to the Iron Throne.

As the revelation is coming out, Jon and Dany are making sweet Aunt/Nephew love on her ship.

Jon enters Dany’s room, an action that seemed to concern Tyrion greatly.

Tyrion sees Jon enter Dany’s room, and he is clearly concerned what the ramifications of those actions could be.

Eastwatch

Now, I thought the major lineage reveals and love making would be the end of the season. But Bran, sitting by his favorite Weirwood tree, has another vision.

We go to Eastwatch, where Tormund and Beric are on lookout when the Army of the Dead comes marching through the trees. And for the first time, the living sees what became of Dany’s dead dragon.

The Ice Dragon blows an icy substance of some sort at the Wall and takes down the part holding up Eastwatch. Tormund and Beric run for the lives. Since we didn’t see them die, I assume they will escape and get word to everybody else.

As for the Army of the Dead, they cross the open section of the Wall and march into Westeros.

The Wall at Eastwatch comes tumbling down.

Of Note:

-With Jamie heading north, a reunion with him and Bran is coming. And if you thought Bran’s reunions with everybody else were awkward, just wait for that one.

-The Dragon Pit was where Targaryens started keeping their dragons as fear of the beasts ran rampant throughout Westeros. Daenarys made reference to how the dragons who lived in the pit were ruined because they never grew to the size of those who flew freely. Also, the Dragon Pit had a roof that was destroyed by dragon fire.

-Dany’s fertility came up again in season 7 in her talk with Jon. I’d be surprised if the black witch’s theory on Dany’s ability to have children doesn’t get tested in season 8.

-We have the setup for a Greyjoy fued in season 8 (yay????). Theon, after some encouraging words from Jon, takes back his crew from the captain. He now intends to go and save his sister from Euron.

-Bronn and Pod went to have a drink before disappearing for the rest of the episode. Will this meeting over “drinks” come up again next season or be forgotten?

-“Have you considered learning how to lie?” One of the lines of the night by Tyrion.

-Cersei once again mentioned the services of the Golden Company, the most prominent sellsword company in all of Essos. The group has been mentioned several times in the show’s history, but we’ve yet to see them make a physical appearance.

-So Jon was really named “Aegon Targaryen,” the same name of the first Targaryen king, Aegon the Conquerer.

Be on the lookout for a couple of items to wrap-up season 7.

On Wednesday, I will have my season obituaries. Then on Friday, I will have a top ten list of the best episodes in show history through seven seasons.

Thank you for checking out my recaps every week. Be on the lookout for updates on shooting, casting, and overall hype pieces as we prepare for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones.