Monday, August 28, 2017

TV Show Review: Game of Thrones (Season 7)

The penultimate season of my favorite show on television offered plenty of tense action scenes with breathtaking action spectacle while also setting up the final season. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) recovers from his encounter with the Bolton bastard and gathers his force in Winterfell with the help of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) garners her forces in King's Landing with her lover and brother Jaimie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) lands in Dragonstone with her Hand Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and others advisors. She prepares for war with Tyrion counsel but is undercut by the villainous Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) and his Iron Fleet. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) gets revenge on the murderers of her family and heads home to Winterfell. The seven episodes had characters traveling fast and things moving a little quicker but better special effects that were outstanding, especially the dragons and undead white walker.

The ultimate threat is the white walker led by the ruthless Night King. Jon knows that he will have to rally the forces and convince the two queens to make a truce to fight the greater threat. Tyrion cautions Daenerys against attacked King's Landing in an all-out assault because later she would have to rule but in the process, he loses two territories that allied with the dragon queen, Highgarden and Dorne. Euron confronts his nephew Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and captures his niece Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) while also killing the Sandsnakes. Jon Snow heads South to request help from Daenerys. Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) has gone to train at Oldtown but this means cleaning bed pans and treating Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) for his greyscale illness. 

Sansa has to deal with the conspiring Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) who tries to turn Arya against her. Daenerys wants to help Jon but she also demands that he must bend his knee to her and accept her as his queen. He is reluctant to accept a new ruler and does not comply. Still, he learns from Samwell's research that there is dragon glass buried on Dragonstone and mining it will give them weapons to fight the undead. Tyrion thinks he can outsmart his siblings by taking Casterley Rock but the Unsullied army takes the place easily only to find their ships burned down. Jamie takes Highgarden and kills Lady Olenna. The fourth episode finally shows what the dragon can do when Daenerys takes her main dragon and the Dothraki riders to fight the Lannister army. 

Jamie stays with the army and the sworn sword Ser Broon of the Blackwater (Jerome Flynn) who tries to take down the dragon with a giant spear. The dragon burns the Lannister army and nearly kills Jamie but Bronn saves him at the last minute. Daenerys demands loyalty but finds that some are still resistant to her demands. Jon decides that he must find a way to prove that the dead are rising. He heads beyond the wall with the Hound (Rory McCann), Jorah, and other warriors. They fight the undead and manage to capture one but then find themselves surrounded. Things look dire until Daenerys swoops down on her dragon and burns the undead. However, the Night King takes down one of the dragons making it into a zombie ice dragon. Jon manages to survive and return back to the wall with the others. He pledges his loyalty to Daenerys and they start to fall in love. 

They bring the zombie down to King's Landing to show Cersei and Jamie what they are dealing with. She refuses when Jon continues to profess his loyalty to Daenerys but Tyrion somehow convinces her that she should help though she only goes along as a ploy. Euron flees in terror and Theon pursues him to save his sister. Sansa and Ary team up to execute Littlefinger. Jon and Daenerys make love not knowing that they are related though incest is normal for this royal family. Cersei still has plans to double-cross everyone and Jamie leaves her just as winter falls. The Night King rides his undead dragon to the wall and knocks down a piece of it to let the dead walk through. Game of Thrones has always been a really fun show though I lament all the storylines that were not yet played out in the novels that were simply glossed over in the show. The show has stalled out a little wihout the guidance of George R.R. Martin but it still looks great and has plenty of intense scenes that leave me wanting more. 

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