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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Game of Thrones 7.7: End Wall

An excellent season 7 finale of Game of Thrones tonight - though, I have to say, not quite as exciting or decisive as last week's penultimate episode (but that's often the case these years - the next-to-last episode is often more mind-blowing or just better than the last, be it the season or series finale).

The problem here is that the ice or dead dragon bringing down the wall was predictable after we saw the fire wielder turn blue after death last week.   But it was still pretty impressive to see.

Also more predictable than it should have been was Bran's revelation that Jon and Danny are blood relatives.  But this was the fault of whoever leaked and opened up a big mouth all over the Internet about it.  But it's an excellent plot move, and made Jon and Danny in bed together near the end all the more wild.

Incest is of course the Lannister strong (or weak) suit.  And no one is saying that the King of the North and the Queen of Dragons are brother and sister.  But Jon being who he is does raise the question of who will ultimately be the new Targaryen ruler.   (And Jon's lineage does explain why he's not too uncomfortable with the dragons - I was half thinking that maybe Mormont's good advice could have been heeded with Jon and Daenerys each riding his and her dragon north.)

About the best unexpected part of the episode were the complex machinations of Cersei.   Very believable and well played, and I liked Jaime finally being free.  Up north, it was also nice and a nice twist to see Baelish get his just and knifed desert.

So, speaking of North and ice, now that the wall is gone, Winterfell is next in line for the march of the dead, accompanied by the blue death-breathing dead dragon (who, as I said last week, may yet have some vestige of loyalty to Daenerys), and it will be a long cold winter here on Earth until the next and final season.  The foot soldiers of these dead may be a little reminiscent of The Walking Dead, but the walkers in that series have neither Night King nor flying dead dragon.

And see also Game of Thrones 6.1: Where Are the Dragons ... Game of Thrones 6.2: The Waking ... Game of Thrones 6.5: Origin of a Name ... Game of Thrones 6.6: The Exhortation ... Game of Thrones 6.7: Giveth and Taketh ... Game of Thrones 6.8: Strategic Advantage ... Game of Thrones 6.9: A Night for the Light ... Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale: That Library

And see also Game of Thrones 5.1: Unsetting the Table ... Game of Thrones 5.8: The Power of Frigid Death ... Game of Thrones 5.9: Dragon in Action; Sickening Scene with Stannis ... Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale: Punishment

And see also Games of Thrones Season 4 Premiere: Salient Points ... Game of Thrones 4.2: Whodunnit? ... Game of Thrones 4.3: Who Will Save Tyrion ...Game of Thrones 4.4: Glimpse of the Ultimate Battle ... Game of Thrones 4.6: Tyrion on Trial ... Game of Thrones 4.8: Beetles and Battle ...Game of Thrones 4.9: The Fight for Castle Black ... Games of Thrones Season 4 Finale: Woven Threads

And see also Game of Thrones Back in Play for Season 2 ... Game of Thrones 2.2: Cersei vs. Tyrion

And see also A Game of Thrones: My 1996 Review of the First Novel ... Game of Thrones Begins Greatly on HBO ... Game of Thrones 1.2: Prince, Wolf, Bastard, Dwarf ... Games of Thrones 1.3: Genuine Demons ... Game of Thrones 1.4: Broken Things  ... Game of Thrones 1.5: Ned Under Seige ... Game of Thrones 1.6: Molten Ever After ... Games of Thrones 1.7: Swiveling Pieces ... Game of Thrones 1.8: Star Wars of the Realms ... Game of Thrones 1.9: Is Ned Really Dead? ... Game of Thrones 1.10 Meets True Blood

And here's a Spanish article in Semana, the leading news magazine in Colombia, in which I'm quoted about explicit sex on television, including on Game of Thrones.

And see "'Game of Thrones': Why the Buzz is So Big" article in The Christian Science Monitor, 8 April 2014, with my quotes.

Also: CNN article, "How 'Game of Thrones' Is Like America," with quote from me

"I was here, in Carthage, three months from now ..."

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