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Major spoilers follow for trò chơi of Thrones’ season seven finale, “The Dragon & the Wolf.”

Game of Thrones concluded its abbreviated seventh season with a superkích cỡ episode featuring a whole lot of talking, as what seemed like half of the series’ cast held a very lengthy series of negotations.Bạn vẫn xem: trò chơi of thrones season 7 finale recap: a tuy nhiên of ice và incest

But with the end of “The Dragon and the Wolf,” showrunners David Benioff và D.B. Weiss capped off the season with a triple whammy of very big, long-in-the-making moments.

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Daenerys Targaryen & Jon Snow finally decide to lớn consummate their mutual attraction while on a boat sailing northward, confirming a long-anticipated romantic pairing of two of the series’ main characters.

At the same time, hundreds of miles away, Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly finally piece together the mystery of Jon’s parentage và realize that that he’s not only a Targaryen but a legitimate Targaryen named “Aegon.” That is: He’s not a bastard, và he has a clalặng to lớn the Iron Throne according to Westeros’s inheritance laws. Also, this makes Dany his aunt — which is something Jon probably would have preferred to lớn know before heading to lớn her cabin.

Such personal concerns then paled, though, in the face of the true game changer of the season’s final moments: The Night King’s dragon-powered attaông xã destroys part of the Wall, allowing the army of the dead lớn finally pour into lớn the Seven Kingdoms.

This final image makes clear that trò chơi of Thrones’ eighth và final season will heavily focus on the war against the Wduanromanplaza.vne Walkers. And yet there will clearly be more human scheming too, as Cersei Lannister has decided lớn break her agreement with Jon and Dany, holding her army baông chồng from the North in hopes of maintaining her grip on the Iron Throne. So here’s a rundown of the biggest events from the finale.

Ice and fire came together (on a boat)…


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HBO Long before this season began, fans of both the TV series & George R.R. Martin’s books speculated that everything was building toward an eventual thắm thiết pairing of Jon Snow và Daenerys Targaryen.

The book series is titled A Song of Ice & Fire, after all. That title seemed to promise an eventual clash between fire-breathing dragons & the icy Wduanromanplaza.vne Walkers, but it also apparently foreshadowed the union of Dany and Jon, the characters that best represent fire & ice.

And after several episodes of not-exactly-subtle cài đặt, it finally happened. Despite Jon’s previous protestations that there was “no time” for romantic concerns, he eventually concluded that there wasn’t much else to lớn vì on a long & boring boat trip khổng lồ the North other than pay Dany a private visit. (Okay, he’s fallen in love sầu with her.)

Could the ultimate ending of the series be Jon & Dany, married, as king & queen of Westeros? Or is that too pat và predictable a conclusion for Martin? There’s still one more season, after all, so perhaps their love sầu will end tragically instead.

Plus, they’re about to lớn learn one bit of information that could really complicate things.

…as we finally learned the full truth about Jon’s parentage


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HBO From season one, Jon Snow has been described to both the characters và viewers of trò chơi of Thrones as Ned Stark’s bastard son. In truth, though, he’s neither a bastard nor Ned’s son.

When Bran huddles with Sam at Winterfell, he finally explicitly confirms what he saw in visions in the season six finale: that Jon is the son of Ned’s sister Lyanmãng cầu Stark.

In the series’ history, Lyanna is a key figure in Robert’s Rebellion, the war that deposed the Targaryen dynasty & brought the Baratheons to the throne. It was Lyanna’s supposed kidnapping by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen — Dany’s older brother — that infuriated the Starks và Baratheons và started the war in the first place.

Now, though, Bran learns through another vision that Rhaegar didn’t kidnap Lyanmãng cầu at all — rather, they were in love. What’s more, as Sam clarifies, they made that love official in a secret marriage ceremony. Then, they had a child together that Lyanna named “Aegon,” and before she died from complications of childbirth, she handed off the child khổng lồ Ned.

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In some ways, this revelation will likely bring Jon và Dany closer together. For instance, the confirmation that Jon has Targaryen heritage seems to phối hyên ổn up to lớn ride Dany’s only remaining riderless Long, Rhaegal. The books hint at some sort of magical connection between Targaryens & their dragons, và Rhaegal is named after Jon’s father Rhaegar, after all.

Yet it seems likely that the news will also introduce new tension between Jon & Dany.

For one, the revelation that their love sầu affair is incestuous could be problematic. Though Targaryens have a long tradition of incest — Jon’s ancestor và namesake Aegon married not one but two of his sisters — it’s still considered taboo in much of the rest of Westeros, và in the North. Jon could well react with disgust at what he’s done, à la Oedipus.

Second, the showrunners have specifically chosen khổng lồ emphaform size that Jon is not only a Targaryen but a legitimate Targaryen & the heir to lớn the Iron Throne. Indeed, according to Westeros’s succession laws, he has a better clayên than Dany lớn the throne, since he’s the only surviving son of the last Targaryen king’s firstborn son.

Might Dany view Jon’s Targaryen heritage as a threat khổng lồ her own rule? They’re getting along wonderfully right now, so it doesn’t seem lượt thích that would be a problem, so long as they just marry & unite their claims. But it’s unclear why the series would emphakích cỡ this plot point so late, if it wasn’t going to lớn have a major impact. (What if Jon doesn’t want khổng lồ marry his aunt?)

And indeed, the showrunners confirm as much in this week’s “Inside the Episode” segment. “It complicates everything on a political level, on a personal cấp độ, and it just makes everything that could have sầu been so neat và kind of perfect for Jon and Dany — it really muddies the waters,” says showrunner David Benioff.

The Wduanromanplaza.vne Walkers finally make it into lớn the Seven Kingdoms


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HBO But for now, Jon và Dany will have bigger problems than their rival claims to the throne — because at long last, the Wduanromanplaza.vne Walkers have sầu breached the Wall in a spectacular attachồng.

We finally got a glimpse at the full force of the army of the dead, as many Wduanromanplaza.vne Walkers và a seemingly endless mass of wight foot soldiers amassed north of Eastwatch, but seemed halted by the Wall itself.

Then the Night King made a dramatic airborne entrance on the bachồng of his weapon of mass destruction: the reanimated dragon Viserion, breathing xanh flame.

For many years, fans of the TV series và George R.R. Martin’s books have sầu theorized about how the Wall might eventually fall. (The books introduced the idea that a magic horn could bring it down.) But it turns out the answer has been right in front of us for years now: a wall of magically reinforced ice is rather naturally vulnerable lớn an assault from magical dragon fire.

So Tormund Giantsbane and the Night’s Watch can only look on in horror as the Night King causes a major stretch of the wall to lớn collapse and the army of the dead starts pouring through it — entering the North.

What’s next? Well, it’s notable that Jon, Dany, and their armies are still relatively far south — they’re sailing from King’s Landing to Wduanromanplaza.vne Harbor, a port đô thị on the southern border of the North, at season’s over.

Meanwhile, there’s a cluster of important characters — Sansa, Arya, Bran, Sam, and Gilly — currently at Winterfell, which is further north than Wduanromanplaza.vne Harbor & a likely target for the next big Wduanromanplaza.vne Walker attaông xã.

With this twist, trò chơi of Thrones would seem to lớn be putting all its stochồng in the battle between humanity and the Wduanromanplaza.vne Walkers. Except…

Cersei remains in the set as a final antagonist


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HBO If you’d asked me last year for my predictions for trò chơi of Thrones season 7, I’d have confidently wagered that we’d see Cersei Lannister at the very least thua kém her throne and probably get killed off entirely.

In the dramatic meeting at the Dragonpit, Cersei commits khổng lồ Jon và Dany that she’ll skết thúc the Lannister army north to help them battle the Wduanromanplaza.vne Walkers. But she later reveals khổng lồ Jaime that she was lying. Instead, she’ll keep her army down south by her side and further bulk up its forces by sending Euron Greyjoy east, where he’ll use the Iron Bank’s line of credit to hire mercenaries. She’s happy lớn let Jon & Dany’s forces get torn apart by the army of the dead — it’s the North, not King’s Landing, that they’ll duanromanplaza.vn first, after all.

So though Jon và Dany have united, they’ll now have to face threats khổng lồ their north và south simultaneously. Combined with the complications Jon’s own heritage could present for his alliance with Dany, it’s an intriguing twist suggesting the kết thúc of the series may not be as straightforward as we might expect.


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