Spoilers ahead. Although whether they’re just TV show spoilers, or actual book spoilers as well, I guess remains to be seen. To be honest I don’t have much to say and I don’t have much time to say it in, so conveniently enough I’ll just say this was a good season.
Yes, there was plenty of fan service going on. I guess in the absence of actual material written by the author, they’ve gone their own way with the story and just gotten Martin to sign off on it. Which, for the most part, I guess he’s done. From what I’ve been reading, seasons VII and VIII are based on outlines of the final two unwritten books in A Song of Ice and Fire.
Loving Tormund Giant’s Bane more and more, and the wights of all shapes and sizes are getting exciting.
There was some excellent tension as we waited to see how much of a dumb crazy cunt Cersei was going to be, and we were ultimately not let down.
There was uncertainty as Littlefinger plotted around Arya and Sansa, and finally – finally! – we were rewarded with Arya cutting his goddamn throat with the full knowledge and consent of the entire Northern leadership. That was amazing. I applauded.
Actually the best part of that whole scene was my three-year-old nephew wandering into the room right as Littlefinger died, and asking “what’s happening?”
“Nothing,” Bella foolishly replied (in her defence, she was being harried by Walder’s little brother at the time), “he’s sleeping.”
“No, that’s blood,” Wally responded, pointing.
The assorted reunions were fun to see, and Bronn is of course an ongoing crowd favourite, as is the Hound. Even Theon got his moment in the sun, although a) I’m not sure that “kick in the crotch has no effect on the castrated” ploy would have worked because even if it didn’t hurt him the guy could have just pushed him away and gone on creaming him; b) even if Theon now rescues Yara I don’t think there’s redemption in it for him, even if Jon wants to sign off on it. But it’ll be fun to see.
The side-quest to grab a wight and bring it as evidence for the formation of a living vs. dead treaty was fun, with a shockingly abrupt Benjen-reveal and an excellent epic battle. Gut-wrenching to see the dragon die, what sort of spear was that the Night King was using and how can a human stand up to it?
And this brings us neatly to the dragon wight, and a huge section of the Wall coming down. Exciting times.
Or, more accurately, a whole lot of waiting for Game of Thrones VIII, which is projected for a late 2018 to early 2019 release.