Lord of Light! Come to us in our darkness. For the night is dark and full of SPOILERS.
OK, OK. R.I.P. Viserion. Hello zombie dragon!
Let's talk about the #shook mission that took place last night.
You got Jon (Kit Harington), Gendry, Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Sandor Clegane, the Brotherhood Without Banners, and of course, trusty Tormund. I love Tormund. He wouldn't shut up about how hot he found Brienne. They're still my #otp (one true pairing). Share your #otp in the comments.
Our #beyondthewallcrew encounter a zombie bear! I screamed "kill it with fire" at my screen, and my wishes were soon commands thanks to the Lord of Light. I don't care about the "Seven" -- can they conjure fire and bring the living back from the dead? They can't! Well then, the Lord of Light wins!
The crew is there for one reason: to capture a White Walker "alive". It needs to be "alive"/sentient to really convince Cersei (Lena Headey) they're real.
Side note: I'm convinced Cersei is up to no good. The "meeting" that will likely take place in next week's season finale will likely be a mass murder. Then again, maybe it's Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) who's up to no good. Something huge is going down next week, so let me know who you think will betray whom in the comments. If you think both are up to something, then who do you think will ultimately prevail?
Back to the North!
Our crew captures a White Walker "alive". It seems that Jon's Valyrian steel sword can kill multiple White Walkers at a time by simply killing a platoon's commander. Why didn't they give everyone a Valyrian steel or dragonglass weapon? Imagine how badass Gendry would be with a dragonglass hammer!
They've successfully captured a White Walker "alive," but it won't stop crying like a zombie baby. This alerts thousands of other White Walkers! Run, Gendry, run back to Eastwatch, and leave your hammer behind so it doesn't slow you down!
Gendry makes it back to Eastwatch and sends a raven to Daenerys.
Down in Dragonstone, Daenerys ignores Tyrion's (Peter Dinklage) advice and decides to fly with her three dragons to help out our crew. Our crew has spent several days stranded in the wilderness fighting off White Walkers, and several members of the Brotherhood have died. Thankfully, three dragons and their baby mama show up just in the nick of time. Seeing the dragons destroy the White Walkers is the greatest form of fan-service this show could ever conjure, thank you! Now just do a two-hour episode chronicling the Rhaegar and Lyanna love story (I'm not kidding).
Sadly, the Night King is present at the battle. He launches an ice spear at the dragon Viserion, which mortally wounds him. Seeing Viserion falling to his death, along with all of that blood, is one of the most disturbing and emotionally compelling things I've ever seen on this show. Viserion's body falls through the ice, and sinks to his watery grave.
I was expecting Daenerys to scream out in horror and lose her composure, but she maintained her stately presence. How did you feel about Dany's reaction? Also, why didn't she invest in some armor for her dragons after Drogon was wounded?
Jon urges the rest of the crew to leave on Dany's dragon Drogon (say that five times in a row). Dany hesitates, but when Jon is pulled underwater by several White Walkers, they leave. Jon, for the SECOND TIME IN A YEAR, gasps heavily and is somehow magically alive. I'm sure some of you pedants will comment, "He has Stark blood, he's a descendant of the First Men and possibly the Children of the Forest and he grew up in the North." Any normal person would have died of hypothermic shock.
Anyway, Jon's uncle Benjen notices all of the commotion and arrives in time to save the day. He gives Jon his horse, and presumably sacrifices himself. The horse takes Jon to the Wall, where he is reunited with the rest of the crew. While recovering in bed, he pledges to Daenerys that he will bend the knee. He even calls her Dany, but then agrees to call her "my Queen." More like, "my aunt," am I right?! Seriously they need to address that ASAP, I saw too many googly eyes being made *shivers.
The episode ends with Viserion's corpse being touched by the back (he doesn't want germs?) of the Night King's hand...Viserion opens his blue eyes, confirming his reincarnation as a White Walker.
Sansa and Arya's (Maisie Williams) plot line has indeed thickened, and I expect Littlefinger's plan will either succeed or fail catastrophically next week. My guess is, he wants Sansa and Arya to both become invalids in the eyes of the northern lords. The lords will then proclaim Littlefinger as Lord of Winterfell, since he led the Knights of the Vale to win the Battle of the Bastards. Let me know your predictions for next week's finale.
I wasn't kidding earlier, I really want a Rhaegar and Lyanna episode. But it's not just me, I think the show is in dire need of it. Since next season's episodes will reportedly be 80+ minutes long, it would be so satisfying to see a "movie" of Rhaegar and Lyanna's love story/Robert's Rebellion. Or they could space the story out through "flashbacks." How would you like to see Rhaegar and Lyanna's story told?
Anything you want to see happen before the show ends? Predictions? Let me know in the comments! Whoever's prediction is correct will get a shout-out in the final review. ~Yanis Khamsi