With just one season and a scant six episodes remaining in the already legendary run of HBO’s Game of Thrones, many fans have been left with mixed emotions. While most are excited at the prospect of seeing the narrative of A Song of Ice and Fire reach its conclusion, others are greatly saddened at the prospect of leaving Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister behind forever. Of course, there are also those who are concerned that six episodes won’t be enough to wrap up this epic saga in a satisfactory fashion.
The lead-up to Game of Thrones Season 8 - which begins airing on April 14, 2019 - makes for the perfect opportunity to refresh yourself on the prior events of the series, including those that occurred in the series’ penultimate season. While Season 7 of GoT featured plenty of epic moments and the conclusion of several characters’ storylines, it mostly served as a set-up for the grand finale - but now all the pieces are on the board for one final confrontation.
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Viserion Is Resurrected As An Ice Dragon
The final scenes of “Beyond the Wall” take the tragedy of Viserion’s passing and double-down on it. As the White Walker’s zombie foot soldiers drag Viserion out of the frozen lake, the Night King approaches and lays his supernatural hand upon the beast, employing the same form of magic previously used to reanimate hordes of Wildlings and giants.
Viserion opens its eye, which is now blue, a tell-tale sign of being under the thrall of the Night King. It’s a turn of events that works out so well for the White Walkers that many have theorized they somehow planned it all along. With the Night King now in possession of an ice dragon - a creature of legend even within the magical history of A Song of Ice and Fire - the entire continent of Westeros has come under peril entering the final season of Game of Thrones.Is this an important Season 7 moment?
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Daenerys Saves Jon’s Team With Her Dragons, But She Loses One To The White Walkers
When Jon Snow takes his team of Westerosi warriors north of the Wall in Season 7 of Game of Thrones, it isn’t long before they find themselves surrounded by the White Walkers and their legion of wights. Fortunately - albeit somewhat unrealistically - Gendry is able to run back to Castle Black in time to summon Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons for a rescue mission. Unfortunately, not all of the crew make it back alive.
Daenerys arrives in the nick of time to evacuate Jon and his crew from a frozen lake where they’ve made their last stand, and her dragons set to work on the army of Others. The Night King, however, seems to have prepared for this, as he readies an ice-spear, takes aim, and slays Viserion with one blow. Daenerys, Jon, and the rest escape on dragonback as Viserion falls into the lake.Is this an important Season 7 moment?
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Arya And Sansa Team Up To Slay Littlefinger
Throughout the scenes taking place at Winterfell in Season 7, Petyr Baelish is at his manipulative best, attempting to drive a wedge between Sansa and Arya Stark so he can remain Sansa’s chief influencer. The sequences are designed so the audience truly believes Arya and Sansa are in conflict, and that’s what Littlefinger thinks, too - right to the bitter end.
Just when it looks like Sansa is about to exile Arya, the tables are turned, and the Stark sisters reveal they - through the past-glimpsing powers of their brother Bran - have become painfully aware of all the times Baelish has betrayed their family. With Sansa’s assent, Arya cuts Littlefinger’s throat, signaling the unification of the three remaining Stark siblings just in time to face the impending peril from beyond the Wall.Is this an important Season 7 moment?
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Arya Slays All The Freys
After previous seasons see her training in the House of Black and White to become a face-changing warrior, Arya Stark makes her triumphant return to Westeros - and immediately puts her new skills on gruesome display. After forcing Walder Frey to eat some of his relatives and then cutting his throat at the end of Season 6, Arya takes Walder’s face, setting herself up for further revenge in the opening moments of Season 7.
Wearing the visage of the family patriarch, Arya arranges for the mass slaying of every male heir in the Frey household, effectively ending Walder’s line and earning satisfactory vengeance for the events of the Red Wedding. Not only do her actions result in the eradication of one of Westeros’ most powerful families, but they allow the remaining Starks to focus on more critical enemies as Game of Thrones enters its final season.Is this an important Season 7 moment?