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Alright, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…
Episode 6 of Season 7 of Game of Thrones aired tonight, and the writers are probably laughing at all of us right now. Somehow they still manage to torture us in surprising ways, and yet somehow, we still enjoy it!
With a couple of major deaths, one of the biggest and most shocking battles of the show, and an alliance looking stronger than ever, there is a lot to talk about! You know the drill. Sit back, relax, and let’s recap!
The Suicide Squad
If you follow any entertainment sites, you’ve probably heard the Suicide Squad jokes. Jon, Tormund, Ser Jorah, Gendry, The Hound, and the Brotherhood banded together last week to head beyond the Wall. Their goal was to obtain a Walker, alive. Or…well…it had to still be moving. It would prove their existence to Cersei, hopefully securing her alliance in the fight against the true enemy. Not to mention it would seal the alliance between Jon and Daenerys. Now, you may be thinking that this seems like a really horrible idea. And it was. Hence the Suicide Squad jokes. We all knew this could not end well. And we weren’t wrong.
Sandor Clegane recognizes the Mountain Peak from his vision in the flames. They are close to the Walkers. Luckily, they come across a small group before the army finds them. It seems to be some kind of patrol, suggesting a level of organization and leadership that is quite terrifying. But this mission helped us learn something incredibly valuable. Something that could help defeat the Army of the Dead.
Killing A White Walker Kills Many Wights
Things were not looking good. One wight had his hand around Jorah’s neck. But Jon was fighting the White Walker, the leader of the group. They are easily distinguishable. Wights usually are just bone, while White Walkers have skin of ice and are much more skilled in combat. Jon cut through the Walker with Longclaw and the Walker shattered into ice crystals. And instantly, every wight but one crumbled. One fatal swing through the Walker destroyed an entire chunk of the army. How!?
My theory, and the one Jon seems to have as well, is that by killing a White Walker you also kill the wights that were created by said Walker. It makes a lot of sense. For any of you familiar with the Vampire Diaries, you’ll remember that by killing an Original Vampire, you also kill off any vampire that was created from that bloodline. It seems the Walkers work the same way. To be honest, this is amazing news. Instead of killing the entire Army of the Dead, our heroes really only have to kill off a handful.
Surrounded On All Sides
Unfortunately, with good news also comes bad. We learned that the wights have a handy little trick. It almost works like a dog whistle. They are able to emit a high pitched screech that calls White Walkers and other wights to them. This was really bad news for our gang of heroes. Jon sent Gendry back to the Wall to send a raven to Dany back at Dragonstone. A genius move on his part. Not only is he protecting the youngest member of the group, he’s calling in the ultimate weapons against the Walkers: Dragons. But it would be more than a night before help could come. And a long night it was.
We said goodbye to the Red Priest, Thoros of Myr. Attacked by an undead bear, his wound along with the unforgiving cold ultimately killed him. This means that Beric Dondarrion is probably on his last life. And there were many close calls for other characters as well. Tormund would’ve met his end if not for the Hound, and Jorah ended up saving Jon’s life, proving that there is no ill will between the two. Honestly, they seem like they could be good friends and I’m really rooting for this. This unlikely group of heroes continued to fight their way through the Walkers, but against the Army of the Dead, things weren’t looking great. And that’s when the Mother of Dragons arrived.
Daenerys Saves The Day
This was such a beautiful, empowering moment. Tyrion begs Dany not to go, but she has to. She refuses to let her men die out there. And part of her needs to see the Army of the Dead for herself. She rides over the Wall on Drogon, with Rhaegal and Viserion by her side. When things seem most dire, she swoops in, her dragons breathing fire and destroying hundreds of wights with one breath. It’s like clockwork. And in the midst of this battle, there’s a look shared between Daenerys and Jon. And it is this moment when their alliance is truly sealed. Jon looks at her with awe, and she looks at him with relief. Both are glad to see each other, more than they ever let themselves believe they would be.
When she finally lands, she reaches out to him. The men climb atop Drogon, but Jon stays behind. More wights are coming, and he’s determined to fight them off. Jon is a hero, a warrior to his core. And while this delay may have saved the lives of our beloved human characters, it may have resulted in the death of one greater.
Viserion Has Fallen
We lost our first dragon tonight. Many theorized it would happen this season, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that it happened during one of the biggest battles of the show. But somehow it was still shocking. Still horrifying. The Night King takes a spear of ice and throws it at Viserion. The spear hits its mark, spraying Viserion’s blood over the mountain while Dany can only watch, helpless. Even Rhaegal and Drogon are helpless. Viserion falls into the ice, dead. And the Night King has more spears where that came from.
Jon Stays Behind
In true Jon Snow form, he yells at Dany to go. He won’t have her lose another dragon, another of her children. While fighting off the Walkers on his own, he begs her to leave. And she does. As she should. If they have any hope of defeating the Walkers, they’ll need both Drogon and Rhaegal alive. As much as it pains me to admit, they need them more than they need Jon. And that’s saying something.
But Jon Snow doesn’t die easily. There was an incredibly close call. Two Walkers drag him into the water, and the army turns away. But Jon, after we were sure he was gone, arose from the icy waters and dragged himself ashore. And the Walkers took notice of that. He drew longclaw once more, prepared to take on the entire Army of the Dead alone. But he wouldn’t need to. With a flaming weapon, a rider in black charges through the ranks towards Jon. When he removes his mask, it’s none other than his Uncle Benjen. He throws Jon atop his horse and sends him racing towards the Wall, while he stays to battle the Walkers.
Have We Seen The Last of Benjen Stark?
Things weren’t looking good for him, it’s true. He was tackled by countless Walkers, almost torn apart by them. But some have their doubts. After all, Benjen wasn’t entirely alive. The process of becoming a Walker was stopped. He is frozen in that state. What if that protects him from being killed by the Walkers?
Whether we see him again or not, this was a perfect moment for both Benjen and Jon. Jon received the closure he’s been looking for since Season 1. He finally found out the truth about his Uncle. And Benjen was able to save not one, but two nephews. Ned would’ve been proud.
The Alliance Between Jon And Dany Is Stronger Than Ever
Jon makes it back to the Wall, and travels on Dany’s ship with her back to Dragonstone. While he is being healed, she sees the knife wounds decorating his chest and stomach. She does not ask him about them, but she now has an idea of what the King in the North has endured.
When he awakens, she is by his side. A look of sadness and relief in her eyes. It is a gentle, tender moment, made even more heart-breakingly sweet by Jon’s first words to her. “I’m sorry,” he says, tears in his eyes. His first thought is of her, of her loss. He understands what her dragons mean to her, and that she lost a child during that battle. A terrible loss, to be sure, and one that Dany will not forget. She promises to fight the Night King, and destroy both him and his army. She will fight by Jon’s side to the very end. He thanks her, trying out a nickname. But ‘Dany’ doesn’t seem to sit well. After all, it was what her brother called her. “What about, My Queen?” Jon asks. They tightly grip each other’s hands. She swears to fight the White Walkers with him, and he swears to serve her, to bend the knee. She is his Queen.
There is a lot of sexual chemistry and tension between the two of them. And both feel it. Both want it. But they’re both terrified. They’ve only ever truly loved one person. Dany was in love with Drogo, and Jon with Ygritte. And they lost them. They’re terrified to love again, because they believed they never could. And yet here they are, Ice and Fire together. A match made by the Gods. And yes, they’re aunt and nephew, but to be honest, I couldn’t care less. If brother/sister is acceptable in Westeros, aunt/nephew should be fine. I’m rooting for it. It’s happening.
Meanwhile, Back Beyond The Wall…
This is Thrones, and let’s be honest, they like to torture us in unnecessary ways. We see the Walkers dragging Viserion out of the water. And as much as we want to close our eyes, we can’t. We know what’s going to happen. It’s been predicted, but none of us wanted to believe it. With Viserion laying on the ice, the Night King saunters up to him and touches his skin. Within moments, his eyes open wide. And they are a bright blue. That’s right. We now are dealing with an undead dragon.
This episode was one of the biggest yet. And it looks like it’s only going to get crazier from here. I don’t know about you, but I’m freaking out! Is it Sunday yet!? Be sure to check out next week’s recap, and feel free to geek out with me in the comments!
As always, thanks for reading!
Sincerely, Fiction’s Mistress