Warning: Be sure you have seen Game of Thrones S7 finale before reading on….
The season final of Game of Thrones packed a punch, emotionally and visually with deaths, dragons, revelations and sex.
That scene we have all been waiting for with Jon Snow (not his real name) and Daenerys getting it on finally arrived. Yet it came with new information that Jon Snow is the rightful heir to the iron throne.
Producer Dan Weiss told the Hollywood Reporter: “I would say the challenge with this sequence was finding a way to present information that at least a good portion of the audience already had in a way that was dramatic and exciting, and also had a new element to it,” he says. “Part of the answer as to how to go about doing that was in the montage, inter-cut nature of it. It was about making it clear that this was almost like an information bomb that Jon was heading towards. The only way to really emphasize that was to tie those two worlds together cinematically, and to have Bran actually narrating these facts over the footage of Jon and Dany. Just as we’re seeing these two people come together, we’re hearing the information that will inevitably if not tear them apart, then at least cause real problems in their relationship.”
“It complicates everything on a political level, and on a personal level,” adds Benioff, “and it just takes everything that could have been so neat and kind of perfect for Jon and Dany, and it really muddies the waters.”
As for the death of Littlefinger, actor Aidan Gillen has told E! News, “You’re left a little bereft — for your character and for your experience. It also immediately makes you quantify the hugeness of what that experience has been over the last seven years, which has been massive.”
Gillen added it was “a humiliating position” for the always-plotting character to be in. “There were more feelings for Sansa than I’ve let on the in the past. It becomes obvious. It’s an emotional farewell.”
Weiss said, “I was actually very interested and excited to see what Aidan would do with that moment because it’s a moment he’s never been in before. He’s imagined every conceivable eventuality except this one.”
There was plenty in the episode including Cersei double-crossing everybody and now at odds with Jaime.
But the visual highlight was the final scene with the ice dragon melting the Wall like there is no tomorrow.
Just six more episodes to come. Altogether now, “Noooooooooooooooo…!”