We made it through seven seasons of Game of Thrones! Let’s wrap up the last season recap before season eight airs at 3:00 on M-Net and Showmax. If 3:00 is a bit early for you, catch the repeat at 22:00 on Monday, 15 April.
But before the hour arrives, catch up with the full series here:
- Betrayals, beheadings and dragons – season one recap
- The night is dark, Jon Snow knows nothing – season two recap
- The Lannisters send their regards – season three recap
- Lannisters have regrets – season four recap (Regrets. Get it?)
- A girl wants revenge – season five recap
- Hold the door – season six recap
- Winter is here – season seven recap
Season seven of Game of Thrones really packs a punch, even though it had fewer episodes than the other seasons. There is a nifty little TL;DR video at the end.
In the midlands
Bye bye Freys
Now that Arya killed Frey right after making him eat his sons in a pie, she has his face. Looking like Walder Frey, she gathers all the Freys in the feast room, thanks them for killing the Starks all those years ago and just generally how proud he is of them.
But the wine is poisoned and in one fell swoop, Arya pulls a Rains of Castamere move and wipes the Freys from existence. She leaves one of the women alive to spread the word that “The North Remembers.”
Watch: Arya kills all the Freys
Over at King’s Landing, Euron shows up to ask for Cersei’s hand in marriage. In return, he has a fleet and army to offer her. But Cersei wants more and Euron vows to bring her a prezzie.
He shows up later with the Sandsnakes. Remember Ellaria Sand killed Cersei’s daughter, so Cersei is going to have fun avenging that. Unfortunately, when Euron attacked the Snakes, they also took Yara hostage. Theon went full on Reek mode and escaped.
Sam had high hopes of becoming a Maester, but instead, he’s just a trainee and his duties involve spooning soup and scooping poop. No fun at all. He ends up meeting Jorah.
Watch: Sam, soup and poop
Jorah has greyscale but everybody still believes it’s incurable. Except Sam. Sam has a plan, and even though it’s risky, he saves Jorah’s life.
He also learns other useful things. For one, the tomes of Old Town showed him that there’s a mountain of dragon glass under Dragon Stone. Dragon glass is one of only three things that can kill White Walkers. (The other two methods are fire and Valyrian steel.)
In the North
Jon and Sansa are still ruling in the North and trying to reunite the northern men. However, they are now doing it from Winterfell. Jon gets two letters by raven urging him to go Dragonstone to meet Dany. Yes, she finally made it to Westeros.
Watch: Daenerys arrives home
We were only waiting for this moment for seven years. No biggie.
One letter is from Sam telling him about the dragon glass mine, and the other is from Dany herself, commanding him to go to Dragon Stone and bend the knee. He leaves Sansa in charge. A few days later, Bran shows up.
Stark reunion! Remember that most of the Starks haven’t seen each other since season one. Arya also shows up. Sansa is happy about her return but doesn’t really grasp just how dangerous Arya is.
That is until she watches as Brienne and Arya has a friendly sparring match. I have to admit, watching those two spar made me very happy. We really should not underestimate Arya.
Watch: Brienne and Arya
Also at Winterfell is Littlefinger. He continues to scheme his schemes and tries to turn the Stark sisters against each other. He makes Sansa believe that Arya will kill her to steal her face. However, it backfires on him, and Sansa and Arya execute him. Poetic justice, some might say.
It was an adorable moment when Jon runs into Tyrion at Dragonstone. They may have been at opposites sides of the war for most of it, but Jon and Tyrion respect each other nonetheless.
Watch: Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister
Skip to 10:00 for the season seven interaction.
Dany and Tyrion don’t believe Jon’s White Walkers stories and demands that he bends the knee. Jon refuses, as he is now considered the King in the North. He needs the power of being king to reunite the Northern men and can’t just go bending the knee to other Royal Highnesses.
Dany sends Grey Worm to attack Casterly Rock. Before he goes, he gets to show Missandei that he doesn’t need man bits to please her. Like Snow, he too knows what to do with his tongue.
Unfortunately, there’s no one left at Casterly Rock. Jaime took his army and marched to High Garden where he killed Olenna Tyrell with poison. There goes that house, also wiped from existence. Olenna does have the last word though, when the informs Jaime that it was she who poisoned Joffrey.
When Dany hears that Lannisters are at High Garden, she jumps on her dragon and attacks them unexpectedly. Oh, and she takes the Dothraki with her. Fierce warriors, they are.
Watch: Daenerys attacks High Garden
Long story short, the Dragons and Dothraki win. When the soldiers don’t want to pledge their allegiance to her, she has Drogon burn the Lord Tarly and his son Dickon (Sam’s father and brother.) Another House practically wiped out, as Sam is part of the Night’s Watch now and not allowed to father children.
After the attack, Tyrion comes up with the idea to present Cersei with a wight. It’s the only way she’ll believe that White Walkers are real.
Beyond the Wall
Catch a zombie
An unlikely band of heroes – Jon Snow, Gendry, Davos, Hound, Beric and Thoros, Thormund and a few red shirts – sets out beyond the wall to catch a zombie.
It takes a turn for the worse when they run into the undead army. The group manages to catch their zombie but they are completely surrounded. That is, until Daenerys shows up with her dragons.
While everyone is scrambling onto the Drogon’s back to get the hell out of there, the Night King grabs a spear and takes aim at one of the dragons, Viserion. It’s a bull’s eye hit. One dragon down.
Watch: Dragon down! Dragon down!
Dany is forced to leave when the Night King grabs a second spear, and Jon is left behind, but his long-lost uncle Benjen shows up. He gives Jon a horse and sends him back to the wall before making his final stand.
Jon and Daenerys head to King’s Landing to discuss teaming up with Cersei to defeat the Walker army. They bring their captured wight to convince her. On the way back to Winterfell, Jon and Dany gets intimate.
Watch: a wight in King’s Landing
This happens at the same time Sam tells Bran at Winterfell that Jon isn’t the bastard of Lyanna Stark and Rheagar Targaryen. They were married, which means that Jon Snow is, in fact, Jon Targaryen, the rightful heir to the throne.
The season ends with the Night King bringing Viserion back to life, an undead dragon of ice. They head out to The Wall, where his new dragon spits blue fire. Blue fire that makes the wall crumble.
Watch: The Wall crumbles
It took hundreds of years to build. It’s been standing for 8 000 years. It falls in a matter of seconds. And for the first time in millennia, there is no barrier between the realms of men and the realms of the dead.
Winter has come.
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