Winter Is Here.
Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie
Creators: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
This will contain spoilers to previous seasons, you have been warned, so you’re encouraged to have watched them before proceeding or at least read my reviews for ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE and SIX first.
Synopsis: With everyone now gathered at various points on the mainland of Westeros, the challenge for the throne is becoming more desperate for some and forceful by others. Only Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is left to try and convince everyone that the real war is coming from the north and everyone needs to stop and help with that. With the North already supporting him he turns to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) with the aim to get her and her dragons help. As for Cersei (Lena Headey), even though she has already killed half of the dominant players in this game, she still seems far from done and continues to plot and scheme making her seem more insane with each passing day…until even she can’t argue that the threat in the north isn’t real.
Opinion: Reunions! This season has all the reunions and it’s so great seeing characters who you loved together meeting up again and have their little conversations and banter and be the friends (or enemies who are civil) once again. Also, all the Starks back in Winterfell FINALLY!! Yes, the north is gathered and the siblings who all thought they were lost to one another are back and taking charge over their home in the best way imaginable….by ending the life of a character that I honestly thought would be there until the end. It was shocking yes but oh so warranted and they definitely deserved it 100 times over.
Once again this is a season that has so much happening and with it being only 7 episodes long instead of the usual 10, each episode feels more full and detailed than usual. Also, the pace has now picked up a little with so much still happening all leading up to the great war against the dead we know is coming. There is, in typical Game of Thrones style, a pre-emptive battle against the dead in this season and it’s brutal and horrifying and once again takes away a character that the viewers have grown attached to. This show is awful for that I swear and now that I’m 7 seasons in and about to embark on the final, I am attached to SO MANY characters I am finding myself very stressed about seeing any of them not survive the fights to come.
Also, to note, the final 2 episodes of this season are so packed full of story, changes, tension, twists and the most explosive conclusion/cliff-hanger imaginable. Doing that and then making us wait well over a year for the next season was so horribly cruel but also…..I don’t ever want it to end! Re-watching all of these seasons has been so great and hyped me up for the final few episodes that are to come but I’m also really sad knowing that it’s now the beginning of the end.
Favourite Episode: Oh, damn this is actually really hard, I’ll actually have to call a tie between episode 6 – Beyond the Wall and then episode 7 – The Dragon and the Wolf. Both, as previously mentioned, were packed full of action and story arcs and they also contain the small but no less horrible battle against the dead. Also, the biggest twist to come in the entire series happens over these 2 episodes and that definitely boosts them up to favourites for this season for me.
Final Note: Having completed this season I can say I’ve just re-watched 67 episodes averaging around 55 minutes each. Now there are only 6 left….the epic war is coming and then we will see who finally sits on that iron throne. The biggest downside now is that I have to go back to watching week by week instead of binging like I have been. I’m really not sure how I will cope!