The seventh season of Game Of Thrones is shaping up to be the strongest of the HBO fantasy drama yet. The hit show returned to screens last month with a compelling premiere and since then, the HBO series has shocked viewers with huge story developments including Euron's attack on Yara's fleet, the death of Lady Olenna and Daenerys's sweet revenge on the Lannister armies. We thought we'd seen the best that GoT Season 7 had to offer but we were proven wrong once again by HBO series.
Sunday night's newest episode of #GameOfThrones, titled "Beyond The Wall," was without a doubt the biggest and best episode yet as Jon and his men headed out beyond the wall in the hopes of capturing a White Walker. Unfortunately, things got a little chilling for the King in the North and his allies; thankfully for him, help wasn't far off. If you've somehow managed to pick your jaw back up from the floor, let's take a look at the biggest moments from "Beyond The Wall."
Note: This post contains heavy spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6.
1. The Wight Bear
We thought we'd seen every creature that Game Of Thrones had to offer but tonight's episode proved that notion wrong by a country mile. After last week's episode saw Jon heading beyond the wall with Jorah, Thoros, Tormund, The Hound, Gendry and Beric all in tow, the men found themselves heading further into the cold.
When they were surrounded by fog, Gendry spotted something in the distance charging toward them — it turned out to be a giant Wight bear! The bear attacked all of the men and severely wounded Thoros, who would later die as a result of injuries. After several characters were almost killed trying to take the bear out, the large beast was killed by Jorah.
2. Daenerys & Her Dragons Come To The Rescue
After capturing a Wight, Jon and his men found themselves surrounded by a large army of dead men. The Hound taunted the Wights by firing rocks at them and, eventually the Wights retaliated by moving towards the group of men. As the battle waged on, the men found themselves overpowered by the army of the undead and after several near death experiences for our protagonists (especially for Tormund, who was almost pulled under the ice by the Wights, before being rescued by the Hound), it looked like all hope was lost. However, In one of the most spine-tingling moments we've ever seen on the HBO series, Daenerys and her dragons arrived to save the day, using dragonfire to lay waste to hundreds of dead men.
The dragons unleashed their fire from every corner as Jon looked on in awe, staring at the woman who had come to rescue him. In this moment, Daenerys proved that she is not her father. Instead, she put herself in harm's way for the greater good to rescue not only her allies, but her friends, too. I don't know about you, but I'm thinking the Seven Kingdoms would be pretty lucky to have a queen like Dany.
3. The Night King Kills Viserion
As Dany sent Drogon to the floor to pick up Jon and his men, Viserion and Rhaegal continued to lay waste to the army of the dead, incinerating as many dead men as they could. This didn't go down too well with the Night King. In an attempt to even the odds, the villainous leader of the White Walkers picked up a sharp ice-tipped spear and sent it soaring through the air, straight for Viserion, accomplishing what Bronn had been unable to do just a few episodes ago.
Upon collision with the spear, Viserion screamed out in agony, causing Daenerys to look up into the air. Viserion's inner fire leaked out of him, as did gallons of blood, as the dragon fell across the sky and collided with the ice below. As he lay dying, Viserion fell below the ice, into the water.
A heartbroken Dany watched from Drogon's back as the Night King attempted to repeat his success on one of the other dragons, picking up another spear. With several men accompanying her on the back of the dragon, Daenerys gave Drogon the indication to go airborne. Drogon took to the sky as The Night King threw another spear, but Dany cleverly instructed Drogon to move, allowing the dragon to avoid the same death as his brother. The scene broke our hearts; Game of Thrones will never be the same again without Viserion.
4. Jon 'Bends The Knee'
After Jon returned to the Targaryen ship, he was taken to the chambers to recover from his ordeal. Daenerys watched Davos strip Jon of his clothing and she laid her eyes on his chest, focusing on his, ahem, "fatal" stab wounds. Okay, so, she could have been focusing on his abs, but it was hard to tell. When the King in the North finally woke up, Daenerys was sitting at his bedside, tears in her eyes. Jon couldn't stop apologizing for the death of Viserion, telling her he wished he could go back. Daenerys disagreed with him, saying that she wouldn't change a thing — she needed to see the army of the dead for herself. The Mother of Dragons promised Jon that, together, they will defeat the Night King and his army.
Jon replied with "Thank you, Dany," something which the Dragon Queen found rather funny, telling him that the last person to call her Dany that was her heinous brother, Viserys. Known that Viserys wasn't a good person, Jon said that instead he would call her "my Queen," telling her that he would bend the knee if he was in better shape. He proceeded to tell her that, like him, the men in the North will come to see how amazing she is. An alliance of Ice and Fire was born during this scene and the Seven kingdoms will hopefully have a brand new Queen worthy of the Iron Throne. With Jon supporting her claim, Dany will have a bigger chance of taking the crown. Cersei has no idea what's coming for her.
5. The Night King Resurrects Viserion As A Wight
If our hearts weren't broken enough, the final scene cuts back to beyond the wall, where we find the large army of Wights dragging Viserion's dead body from the water. It's an upsetting scene, with several close ups on the dead dragon's face. Once the Wights had completed the task at hand, the Night King approached and laid his hand on Viserion's side. The camera then panned up before focusing on the dragon's shut eye. Suddenly, Viserion's eye opened, but it was an icy cold shade of blue. What's done is now done: one of Daenerys's beloved dragons has now become a Wight dragon. Yeah, we're heartbroken too.
With Dany and Jon finally joining forces, the pair of warriors will likely turn their attention to Cersei in the hopes of forging an alliance to take out the army of the dead. Whether or not the Queen will listen to Dany and Jon has yet to be seen but with Brienne heading straight for the capital, Cersei will have a lot to deal with in next week's season finale. Either way, tonight's episode of Game Of Thrones delivered on all fronts. Good luck topping that for the Season 7 finale, HBO.
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