The second to last episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones had me on the edge of my seat every second.
First off I need to address something that is pretty prevalent in the Game of Thrones community right now. This season has faced a lot of criticisms so far, all of which are to some degree understandable. First off, the style Game of Thrones from seasons one to six has generally been slow-paced and featured for the most part, people just talking with occasional high risk action, and this season has been much more fast paced and action packed. I can assure you, no one is complaining about the action, that's fantastic, but the fast pace is throwing some people off. The world of Game of Thrones is absurdly large, certain characters have taken whole seasons to reach certain places. However in this season, and in the most recent episode alone, the space between certain characters and the amount of time it takes for things to be put in motion have seemed to shrink. For instance in Sunday's episode Gendry ran back to the wall (approximately 50 miles from where they were) in a matter of on screen minutes, real time was much more. He also managed to send a raven halfway across Westeros and have Daenerys make it to the wall to rescue everyone just in time. So yeah, a lot of space and a lot of time went by pretty quickly in this one episode of this already fast paced season. But for a show of this scale we need to look at those first couple seasons as exposition. Those first season's set up the characters, plots, and ideas that are propelling this season. This is the first part of the final act, so a faster pace is to be expected.
Otherwise I thought this episode was amazing. The collection of characters that went north of the wall this episode was fantastic. We got to see so many characters interact on screen for the first time, and hear their points of view on whats happening in their world.
Jon and Tormund talked about Daenerys and what she had to offer them if Jon would only kneel to her and accept her as queen. Jon might've made an important decision in that moment. So far this season he's been really hesitant to kneel to Dany because he thinks it'll make him look like a weak Northern King. Tormund points out that Wildling leader Mance Raider thought basically the same thing. Jon might not of looked at it from that point of view and considering he was the one trying to convince Mance it might've opened his eyes to how irresponsible he'd be if he chose not to kneel to Dany.
The wight-bear was also just super cool. The fight was awesome and has definitely been a highlight of this season for me. At the end of this episode though we saw probably one of the most devastating things this season. Dany arrived with her dragons to save Jon and Co. from the Night King and his army. While everyone boarded Drogon, and the other dragons burned the army of the dead, the Night King got OP. One of his servants hands him an Ice Spear and with an all-star throw, he takes down Viserion, one of Dany's three dragons. RIP VISERION. It was heartbreaking to see his body fall from the sky as the other dragons roared in concern.
The episode ended with all the important Northern Characters heading south.
Overall I'd give this episode a 9/10.
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