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After A Decidedly Mixed Season 7, How Did You Feel About Every Character's Arc In Game Of Thrones?  

Rebecca Shortall
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Everyone who bore witness to the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones walked away with at least one, indelible impression: the Mother of Dragons and the King in the North hooked up! The episode was long and packed with action and info, wrapping up many lingering questions from the season/show and asking many more. Still, who would have thought anything could overshadow a zombie ice dragon's blue fire (?) finally destroying the Wall?

Cersei and Jaime's brother-sister love affair may be well and truly over. But, when one incestuous relationship ends, another rises from the ashes. Dany and Jon, unaware of their family history, consummated their relationship and are now officially aunt-nephew-lovers.  

The show's sprawling cast and long list of characters can make it hard to keep tabs on every character arc in Season 7 of Game of Thrones. Let's review and evaluate every character's position at the end of the season while we face the year (or maybe longer) wait until Season 8 premieres. 

Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list After A Decidedly Mixed Season 7, How Did You Feel About Every Character's Arc In Game Of Thrones?
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Jaime started the season by proving his ability as a competent military leader. With the help of Euron Greyjoy, he crushed Daenerys's fleet and easily captured Highgarden. However, he was unable to lead his army to victory against the Dothraki and Daenerys's dragons.

After the battle, Jaime tried to convince his sister it is in her best interest to side with Dany and Jon. For a moment, it looked as if he succeeded. However, then Cersei revealed her plan to betray the Targaryen-Stark allegiance by claiming the land they vacated during their march North. Disgusted by this plan, Jaime set off on horseback, riding out of King's Landing, presumably to join the Mother of Dragons and the King in the North in Winterfell.  

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The Hound
The Hound is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list After A Decidedly Mixed Season 7, How Did You Feel About Every Character's Arc In Game Of Thrones?
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The Hound journeyed North with the Brotherhood Without Banners, seeking to join the fight against the dead after seeing a vision in the flames. He later joined Jon Snow's wight recovery team, and was kind of responsible for the chaos that ensued across the ice lake: throwing stones at the White Walkers revealed that the frozen surface would not crack if they put their weight on it. He then traveled back to the Dragon Pit to present the captured wight, briefly and aggressively reunited with his brother, the Mountain, and is now presumably heading North with Daenerys and Jon. 

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Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list After A Decidedly Mixed Season 7, How Did You Feel About Every Character's Arc In Game Of Thrones?
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Sansa took over the North for Jon while he journeyed to Dragonstone, acting as intermediary queen. She really leaned into serving as Lady of Winterfell, much to Arya's supposed chagrin, and appeared to fall victim to Littefinger's transparent manipulations. However, it was all a front—Arya and Sansa were playing Littlefinger the whole time. After the big reveal, she sentenced Littlefinger to death, and Arya executed him. 

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list After A Decidedly Mixed Season 7, How Did You Feel About Every Character's Arc In Game Of Thrones?
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Arya put her training as a Faceless Man to good use, killing all the Freys before making her way back to Winterfell. There, in her ancestral home, she was reunited with Sansa and Bran. While in the North, Arya and Sansa appeared to be in conflict with one another, but it was all revealed to be a convoluted plan to execute Littlefinger. She also sparred with Brienne at one point, and it was one of the visual highlights of the season. 

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