Game of Thrones Season 7 is coming to an end, and every episode so far has raised the stakes to unbelievable heights. The most recent episode, "Beyond The Wall," didn't disappoint us with its explosiveness. We got an epic battle beyond the Wall, Jon finally agreed to bend the knee, and Uncle Benjen's fate was left hanging in the balance.
But those weren't this week's biggest shockers. Keeping up with the show's ability to keep us on the edge of our seats, knowing that no character is safe, two pivotal players met their maker in the most brutal ways possible. And it forebodes some heavy things for the Season 7 finale and beyond.
Goodbye, Thoros Of Myr
In last week's episode, Jon Snow formed a team of the best warriors that his land had to offer. Their mission? Take a wight back to convince Cersei to join their battle against the Walkers. Their trip kicked off with a heart-pumping action sequence: a fight against an undead bear.
Unfortunately, Thoros of Myr caught the bear's eye, and the animal went after him like he was a fresh piece of steak. While the rest of the group managed to take the beast down, Thoros wasn't in good shape, having suffered several bites. Seeing how there weren't any doctors around, his wounds were cauterized by Beric's sword.
Thoros seemed to be doing OK at first, putting on a brave face to continue their perilous journey beyond the Wall. Sadly, fate had other plans for him. His injuries got the better of him and he didn't last the night, leaving his companions with one fewer soldier to h battle the wights surrounding them.
Viserion Meets His End
Thoros's death was a bummer, but our hearts were completely torn in half by the passing of Daenerys's beloved Viserion. Near the end of the episode, Jon's team found itself in a tight situation. They were being overrun by wights and exhausted from swinging their swords for an unbelievable amount of time. Fortunately for them, Daenerys gallantly arrived to put things in order.
In a fist-bumping moment, Dany set ablaze the opposition and turned the tide for our underdog heroes. But good fortune didn't stay with them for long, because the Night King took a sharp spear and threw it at Viserion. The dragon couldn't keep flying and crashed into the ground, dying almost instantly. It was a heartbreaking moment for us, but nothing in comparison to Dany's heartbreak.
If she's made something clear throughout the years, is that her dragons are her children, so Viserion's death was a hard hit for her. The dragon's journey didn't end there though. During the episode's closing moments, the Night King took the dragon out of the water and revived him, effectively turning him to his side.
What Do These Deaths Mean For Our Heroes?
As sad as Thoros's departure was for longtime fans, his absence will probably not present a major change for the story. Viserion's passing is a completely different beast though, because he could actually present one of the greatest threats for our heroes.
For a long time, Daenerys posed one of the biggest threats in #Westeros because of her dragons. Even Cersei and Jamie were terrified to go into battle with her forces because of them. Now, however, Jon, Daenerys, Cersei and Jaime are possibly coming together to fight the White Walkers. And they'll apparently have to fight Viserion as well.
One of Dany's beloved children is serving the enemy, and his firepower will be turned against her. Going by what we've seen from the White Walkers so far, Viserion is coming back a hundred times more powerful. Taking that into account, there's no denying that the dragon's dark turn will be a major blow to Daenerys's forces.
Granted, we could also argue that Viserion's death was an important motivational factor for Dany, who'll want to take down the Night King. Now she has an emotional component in this ruthless battle, and we can be sure she'll do everything in her power to avenge her child, regardless of the obstacles that may come her way.
But here's the thing: Dany isn't counting on having to go up against Viserion. For all she knows right now, he's dead. It will be an emotional shock to Dany when she discovers that she'll have to go up against her own family. Because of that, sadly, the good guys don't have the upper hand here.
Game of Thrones Season 7 will come to an end Sunday, August 27, on HBO.
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