By Tony Sokol and Marie Bargas
Game of Thrones season 7 came tumbling to an end tonight. That final image as locked in Westerosi collective unconscious as the Twin Tower fall is to New Yorkers. Photographers Helen Sloan or Macall B. Polay provided images throughout Game of Thrones season 7 that proved the show isn’t all all cocks in the end, as Bronn would have you think. Though he was entertaining throwing a fish fry until the wild Dathraki shaman fighters ride sidesaddle through the rank and file of the never-defiled Unsullied in the finale of Game of Thrones season 7. Dickless wonders at the gate and flapping wings overhead. Game of Thrones season 7 finale brought the walls crumbling down in impending environmental disaster.
We have to wonder whether the feud between the 7 kingdoms and those beyond the wall could have been averted with a less stringent immigration policy. The people of King’s Landing are now fretting that the White Walkers will start taking their jobs now that they’ve proven themselves really good at demolition. The heat-deprived northerners are willing to do the jobs no Westerosi want to do, like shoveling snow for Jon Snow. Whoever winds up sitting in the uncomfortable Iron Throne will probably try and make the White Walkers pay for Wall repairs.
It’s funny how easy it is to ally with old enemies when your lives are on the line. Everyone is your enemy. Everyone is your friend, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen) reminds us as he’s fitted for a liar’s necktie. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is the ultimate teen rebel as she flashes switchblades.
Incest is a royal family game now that the Dragon MILF Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and the Winterfell King in the North Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finally fling themselves against the wall in a show of solidarity.
They can do it without shame now that Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) will be named the father of the baby bump growing in the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and “Protector of the Realm” Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).
This time as I re-watch Game of Thrones I am enthralled by Sansa’s evolution from spoiled princess, to unwitting wife, battered woman to Queen of the North. Her character arc is the heroine’s journey on steroids. I wonder how Martin learned how to write so well about women.
I love these three female characters from Game of Thrones. Sansa, Arya and Brienne are self made women who have survived sexism, rape, brutality and come into their own. Dani has the unfair advantage of having dragons. But these ladies … all they have is their wits and inner strength.
The Night King and his band of merry White Walkers just want to come in from the cold. It is freezing up there north of the Wall. They didn’t want it built and they got stuck with the bill. Lost in the frozen tundra without a snowblower.
All photos were shot by Helen Sloan or Macall B. Polay -for HBO.
Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Aisling Franciosi as Lyanna Stark, and Wilf Scolding as Rhaegar Targaryen – P
Wilf Scolding as Rhaegar Targaryen and Aisling Franciosi as Lyanna Stark – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO
Game of Thrones’ “The Dragon and the Wolf” aired on HBO on August 27.