Game of Thrones S7 Review – Part 2

PART 2 – TEAM TARGARYEN

“It seems to me that a queen who trusts no one is as foolish as a queen who trusts everyone.” – Daenerys Targaryen

Danny is a favourite character for many fans of the show, for obvious reason! Fire and Blood!

The union of Stark and Targaryen has always been anticipated. But due to the condensed storylines, her trust and romantic feelings for Jon definitely felt rushed and “unnatural”. From barking out orders of “Bend the Knee” in one episode, to asking for honest advice in the next, to intimate personal exchanges, and eventually falling in love, all within the space of seven episodes. There were some enjoyable scenes of them, but in the end their reunion which has been set up for six seasons, was not done justice.

However with that being said, I must admit that Danny does actually start to show some real onscreen emotion, probably for the first time in the series. Now I am not really a critic of Emilia Clarke’s acting but she has not really been a character to connect with. After all, it was not all about “Dracrys”! Or is it?

“….He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” – Rhaegar Targaryen

The revelation of Jon Snows true parentage is finally here (R+L=J)…google it if you haven’t heard the phrase before! Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark = Jon Snow! It has been promised and teased for a very long time.

But I just cannot wrap my head around the use of the name Aegon Targaryen? This makes absolutely no sense, given the backstory in the books. Sure, not all the backstory has been made known on the tv adaptation, and yes, there have been character arcs from the books which have been combined on the tv show, but I just cannot fathom the logic here. Until the books are finished and maybe there is some satisfying explanation to be given, I will reserve my judgement on the choice of name.

The revelations of Jon’s parentage, his relationship with Danny going forward, now that its confirmed that he is actually the heir to the Iron Throne, will be very interesting. This goes against everything that Danny has believed and worked for. Whether his parentage is actually revealed to him, whether he chooses to share that with Danny or others, or whether that makes any difference to the endgame remains to be seen.

The general consensus seems to be that Danny will get pregnant. This is based on the importance of the succession of the Iron Throne discussion with Tyrion, as well as her stressing to Jon that she cannot have children.

Other important aspects are will Jon and/or Danny die? Both of them surviving and living happily ever after does not seem to be Martins style of writing. The killing of main characters has always been done for a reason, and not just for shock value. If the death of either Jon or Danny is important to the end game, then we can most certainly expect it to happen.

“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?” – Tyrion

The battle beyond the Wall and the eventual destruction of the Wall was visually stunning, and HBO has never disappointed when it comes to big budget scenes. The death of Viserion was heart-breaking, but that gave us a blue-eyed undead Dragon…..need I say more? The existence of a wight Dragon has been speculated about for a long time, and to finally see that on-screen was exhilarating.

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The logic behind the actual ranging beyond the wall, sounds like very lazy writing! I would be extremely surprised if this plays out the same way in the books. The use of “red shirts” has been highly criticised, and for good reason……these are characters accompanying the main characters the ranging beyond the wall, who are never seen, except when they die. Each time a character is killed it is meant to make the viewer assume it’s a principle character, but it turns out to be a “red shirt”. Once again, this is merely a shock tactic and poor story telling.

Seeing the Hound, Beric, Thoros, Gendry and Tormund together was however very satisfying. Their exchanges were hilarious, and that only seem to add to the tension that one of them would die. The fact that only one principle character (Thoros of Myr) died on such a perilous journey is somewhat disappointing…….many more lives have been lost for much less! Game of Thrones has never really been about close calls and last-minute escapes………but that seems to have changed in the last season. Remember Tormund almost dying….and then being saved at the last instant! Is this purely fan service or not?

“The powerful have always preyed on the powerless, that’s how they became powerful in the first place” – Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion has been a favourite character for quite some time….to many people, including myself. But in Season 7, he was utterly pointless. He has always been one of the most intelligent people and a great strategist (as he showed on the Battle of Blackwater against Stannis Baratheon)……none of those attributes came to the fore. He has been reduced to Danny’s sidekick, and one who makes wrong decisions at every turn. This is in stark comparison to what we saw in the previous seasons. Does he have a bigger role to play in Season 8? I certainly hope so!

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“The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.” – Jorah Mormont

Poor Jorah Mormont…..so many memes! But does he really have a role to play anymore, especially with Jon at Danny’s side? His storyline has also been rushed. Greyscale is a such a mysterious disease in the books, yet a cure was found within the space of few episodes on the show. He did not come back any different, nor did he learn anything new during his time at Oldtown. So what was the point of him contracting greyscale?

End of Part 2! Team Lannister coming soon!

Are you a Game of Thrones Fan? I would love your feedback and comments below…

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