The penultimate season of Game of Thrones has finally drawn to a close. Love it or hate it, this episode tied up dozens of loose ends and unraveled a few more, setting us up for the darkest, coldest final season imaginable. But enough with talking about the future. How closely were you paying attention to this episode? Let's unpack some of the Easter Eggs, references and things you might have missed in the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf."
If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check out things you might have missed from Episode 6, "Beyond the Wall," in the video below:
1. Lannisters And Targaryens Collide In The Music
As we watch the Unsullied stand strong before the walls of King's Landing and Bronn and Jaime watch out over the parapet, we hear a mashup of two themes we've never heard before: "Khaleesi" and "The Rains of Castamere." Whatever you think of the writing this season of Game of Thrones, there's no denying that composer Ramin Djwadi has far from lost his edge. He's still a master of stirring up emotion and telling the story with sounds, and this episode was one of the best examples of that yet. As the Targaryen and Lannister forces converge for the first time in the series — not just on the battlefield but in negotiation — so do Daenerys's theme song and the Lannister theme. While the somber melody of "The Rains of Castamere" is distinctly audible, we only hear those foreboding minor notes from the beginning of "Khaleesi," really emphasizing the tension between the two factions.
2. The Real Reason Bronn And Podrick Had A Drink
While it might have seemed like a charming nod to their former friendship, there might have been a far more intriguing reason why Bronn had to pull Podrick away for a drink while the "fancy folks" did the talking. Jerome Flynn (Bronn) and Lena Headey (Cersei) were rumored to have been linked romantically in the past. According to a 2014 article from the Telegraph, one source revealed:
"Jerome and Lena aren’t on speaking terms any more and they are never in the same room at the same time."
Bronn needs an excuse to exit the Dragon Pit before Cersei makes her entrance. The pair have never shared a scene together, and it looks like they weren't about to start now!
3. Ravens Have Been Spying On Littlefinger
During the finale we finally got confirmation of what many fans suspected all along: Bran knew the truth about Littlefinger, and still had enough gumption to help his family get the justice they so richly deserved. While it seemed like the writers were bending over backward this season to distract us with a conflict between Sansa and Arya, they might have been dropping little clues about this Littlefinger showdown all along. Redditor Relyson explained that his girlfriend had been complaining about the distracting squawks and squeaks of so many ravens every time Baelish came on the screen this season. We know ravens are now Bran's preferred medium of warging, is it possible that these creatures are how Bran sees all that is unfolding in the world, and how he learned the truth about Littlefinger's devious plot to divide the Starks once more?
4. The Parallels Between Ned And Littlefinger
Back in Season 1, Episode 8, when Ned Stark refused to bend the knee to Joffrey, he turned to the City Watch for help when Joffrey commanded the Kingsguard to seize him. Of course, Littlefinger had already gotten to the City Watch, ensuring their loyalty to Cersei and Joffrey, betraying Ned and ultimately costing him his life. While our hearts broke in shock and fear as the City Watch refused to help Ned, we got a sickly satisfying reversal of that scene as Sansa sentences Littlefinger to die. Baelish turns to the Knights of the Vale, but he's too late. They've already pledged loyalty to Sansa, and refuse to help him. Arya slashes Baelish's throat, just as Baelish once held a knife to Ned's.
5. The Kraken And The Wolf-Dragon
While Jon Snow's forgiveness of Theon wasn't super high on the list of things we knew we needed this episode, there it was anyway, superbly acted by Alfie Allen, if somewhat superfluous in general. As Jon reassures Theon that he was more or less also Ned Stark's son — a statement that runs counter to everything we've learned about Theon in both the books and the show — Theon humbly accepts this pep talk and goes off to Do The Right Thing.
While this is all very important for Theon's never-ending redemption arc, Jon's affirmation of this opinion serves a dual purpose. While we wonder what the Mother of Dragons will make of her lover's newly discovered lineage, we don't have to wonder so much what Jon will think. He'll no doubt be able to reconcile these two halves of himself with the matter-of-fact lack of fanfare we've come to expect from the brooding Bastard of Winterfell — who is a bastard no more.
6. The Great Game Has Only Just Begun
It's not often we hear the now iconic Game of Thrones theme song measure for measure within the show. Yet as Jaime leaves King's Landing, snow fluttering all around him, it plays quietly but confidently. It's a choral version of the tune with wordless voices adding a human, emotional quality to the usually dark sounds of the cello. The theme itself signifies the beginning — the beginning of the show, the beginning of the story. While this abrupt goodbye might feel like Jaime and Cersei's story is finally over, the song tells us that the great game has only just begun, for Jaime and for everyone.
7. Wight Viserion's Powers Revealed
After last week's big reveal [*Viserion opens evil blue eye*], fans have deliberated over what exactly the deal is with Viserion now. Is he an ice dragon? Is he a wight? Is he a White Walker? Well, we can table the ice dragon theory for good, since an ice dragon is its own separate species and would have to be born that way. While some wondered if Viserion might be a White Walker (and thus resistant to fire) because of the way the Night King reanimated him by putting his hand directly on his nose, it's now clear that that's not the case either. Viserion's yellow wings have started to decompose, signifying his status as a lowly wight. Indeed, there's no real way he could have ever become a White Walker, as both the White Walkers we've seen became so while they were living, not after their deaths. According to A Game of Thrones, the first book in ASOIAF, wights have twice the strength of an ordinary man. Therefore, we can assume that Viserion is twice as strong as his former self, which would explain why he was tearing around the Wall faster than an undead bat out of hell. The upside to this discovery, however, is that, unlike White Walkers, wights are vulnerable to fire. So while Viserion might be twice as strong as his siblings, they still have the power to take him down in a blaze of glory.
What other interesting Easter Eggs, callbacks and references did you notice in the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones "The Dragon and the Wolf?" Let us know in the comments below!