The longest episode in Game of Thrones history aired last night (August 27) and, boy, was it packed with literally every storyline we could ever imagine. The season finale broke down many, many things for us viewers, but what we truly loved most was seeing the reaction of the characters while they themselves learned the truth about their fates for the first time.
Cersei (briefly) gets her very own pet zombie
It takes a lot to frazzle the queen. I mean, Cersei’s been through a lot. Remember when she barely seemed to bat an eye while witnessing her youngest son’s suicide? After seeing most of the Lannisters get wiped off the earth, Queen Cers has grown a thick skin. But, it’s not as thick as we thought. When the good guy gang revealed the wraith, Cersei jumped quite a few times, uncharacteristically so. Do we blame her? No. If one of the dead guys from beyond the Wall was running towards us, we’d get the hell out of the way too.
Did anyone expect Littlefinger to get what he deserved?
For the last few seasons, basically every viewer knew that Littlefinger, schemester extraordinaire, was responsible for multiple deaths (like beloved fan favourite Ned Stark) and basically starting the whole Lannister-Stark war on Game of Thrones. Stark fans had given up on any semblance of revenge that could be enacted on Lord Baelish. So, when the sneaky snake tried to turn Sansa against Arya, we assumed that he’d probably get away with it–like he has on so many occasions. Obviously, fans were pleasantly surprised to see Sansa smarten up and turn against Littlefinger. We had the same gobsmacked reaction as him, except, you know, we didn’t get our throat slit.
Um, Tormund needs to send a raven to Jon Snow ASAP!
Seeing the Night King command his dead army to pull Viserion out of the frozen water and resurrect him was scary enough. But, Tormund’s face pretty much sums up how we felt as we watched the Night King ride blue-eyed Viserion up to the Wall and take down a large chunk of it with blue fire. Remember, Tormund and the men standing guard on that part of the wall are the only one’s who know that Dany’s dragon has turned bad. Will any of them survive long enough to bring the bad news to the good guys?
Jamie finally breaks up with Cersei
The incestuous brother-sister duo has finally come to an end, complete with a pregnancy, plenty of to-be-expected deception from Cersei and the threat of death. Some viewers (including us), for some reason or another, thought that Tyrion had in fact convinced his evil sister to help the armies of Dany and Jon Snow to destroy the army of the dead. Ser Jamie was also in our camp. He legit thought he’d be commanding the Lannister armies to fight the Night King and the other baddies to which Cersei said, “I always knew you were the stupidest Lannister.” Sorry we’re not all jerks, Cers! We’re glad Jamie walked away from her.
You don’t know everything, Bran Stark
Bran is a total know-it-all now that he’s the Three-Eyed Raven, but it turns out he’s not as quick to pull up old memories as he thought. While practically bragging about how he’s the only one who knows about Jon Snow’s true parentage, old-at-heart Bran proceeds to tell Samwell Tarly that Jon’s the bastard of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Bran claims Jon’s surname is actually Sand and we practically shook our heads as violently as Sam did while correcting Bran. Jon’s a Targaryen through and through thanks to a secret wedding between his parents. Woohoo.
The dragon and the wolf kinda become one
Practically the whole Game of Thrones fandom wanted Jon Snow and Dany to hook up. (The two don’t know they’re related, and while the Targaryens were known to wed relatives, we don’t think Jon will be very amused.) While rooting for an incestuous relationship might be unbecoming, we couldn’t help it (and neither could you). When we saw Jon knocking on *a* door, we held our breaths, just as Dany did as she opened the door. And the rest is, well, history… for now.