Game of Thrones - Season 7 Review!

Given that it has now been almost a whole week since the episode aired, I feel like it's now safe enough to talk about and discuss the finale of Game of Thrones Season 7 without giving away too many spoilers. I can't even begin to tell you how disappointed when I went on Twitter earlier on in the day to find out it was the last in the season. I was shocked! I was totally set on the idea of 10 episodes, like every other season, so I was feeling a little sad as I began watching but wow! What an episode!
I feel like so much has happened this season that I barely know where to start but I think the key focus was on the political nature between all the parties involved. Simply put, the entire season was based on moving chess pieces until checkmate. 

I have to make a special shoutout to Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg). Despite everything and as sad as it was to see her go, I am unbelievably happy with her exit. She went out with a massive ladylike two-fingered salute to Cersei. A round of applause needed indeed. 
I have never liked Little Finger and I am so pleased with his death. I didn't see it coming at all, given that the build up was entirely focussed on Arya. I was honestly shocked. I was praying Sansa would see the light and the error of her ways but I thought that this might be the plot twist needed to make the episode epic. Perhaps we will never be given the insight into the decision making or how the plan came to be but it was totally worth the torture of thinking she would kill her own sister. Plus the look on his face...priceless.

I read an article about a deleted scene that I think would have easily made it more understandable even if less mouth-droppingly shocking. A deleted scene between Bran and Sansa. She approaches the 'best fact checker in the universe'. Apparently, as it wasn't any of Bran's business and it was a battle between Sansa and Arya, it wasn't his place until Sansa approached him. 

I feel like there weren't actually very many main character deaths this season. In a way that bothered me because while the writer's don't want to upset fans, that's kind of what made the show so interesting and addictive in the first place. I almost expected Jon to die after falling into the icy pond but no. 

But the most anticipated scene of the entire show - for me at least - was the moment Jon and Daenerys came together. I was so eagerly anticipating this scene. I was ready for the magic and sparks to fly. I feel like it was so drawn out! The tension between the two had been growing since they first heard of each other and despite being across the world from each other, I knew they would be together eventually...they were the two sexy main characters after all! 
Honestly, I can't lie. I was a little disappointed. I'm not sure if it's because I was so excited about it but I just felt the scene was cut too short and lackluster. There didn't seem to be any on-screen chemistry suddenly and it wasn't very exciting at all. 

Obviously, having had little snippets of information dropped throughout the season, it was finally confirmed that they were not only related but their relationship. I'm still hoping that despite all the family drama, they end up together with a baby! I love these two and I just want them to be happy. Hand on heart, I do think they will be truly happy together. 
Sadly, I do think the season was rushed. I feel like so much has happened so quickly that it's lost the reason people fell in love with the show. Even I can admit, the first 2 seasons were almost boringly slow paced. There were times I would do other things while watching which is so unlike me. But I got used to that speed. It grew on me because I loved getting to know the characters. 
While it's probably closer to the nature of a real life timeline, it just felt rushed. It was thrilling and exciting but I almost got whiplash as the scenes flicked between location and plot just as quickly as we'd arrived at the last. This season had a massive plot to carry with ultimately fewer episodes to convey it. 

I feel like I can't even touch on the White Walker battle ahead. We've been waiting and expecting it for years but now that it's finally here I don't know what to think about it. It's always been looming and the clear end point for the series as a whole but seeing it finally come to the wall made me realise that perhaps the change in the way the story telling has actually been made possible because in reality, what else matters now that they have arrived on the doorstep of the North.
Admittedly, when written down the season finale was simply extraordinary. Talk about an episode, it could have been a whole season! This season has been anything but safe. A reunion, a battle, a warning, a meeting, a sex scene, a family secret. Visions, reunions, meetings, betrayal, pregnancy and armies. A white walker dragon taking down the Wall for crying out loud!
While I will always be a Game of Thrones fanatic, I can't say that this season made me fall in love with the series all over again, like the past have. I think that the fast paced and intricate plot lines have ultimately made it difficult to maintain the sheer quality of the earlier seasons. It's ambitious nature has downplayed some major sequences and led to detachment.

I cannot believe we now have to wait a whole year and a half - at least! - for the next and final season. I wish they would have just made this series longer.

The end is nye. Winter is here.