Game of Thrones Season 7 has come to an end, folks, and it was everything we hoped it would be. It had unexpected character demises, jaw-dropping moments, and long-awaited reveals. In the end, it was an explosive finale that left our heads spinning.
During the episode's closing minutes, a massive White Walker army –– led by their ever-stoic #NightKing –– approached the Wall with the newly-turned Viserion on their side, charging in to conquer once again as they did so many years ago during the War for the Dawn—and this time, they took out the Wall. Those last moments have great ramifications for Game of Thrones moving forward, so you may be wondering what awaits us in the eighth and last chapter of the hit series.
The Seven Kingdoms Are In Great Trouble
It's safe to say that most of our heroes are toast... at least for now. In the words of #TyrionLannister from this episode: "We're fucked." They weren't prepared for the White Walkers' assault on the Wall, they don't have enough forces, their protective barrier is gone and to top it all off, Viserion is now working against them, with a seemingly much more powerful blue flame to extinguish his enemies. All those elements have me wondering: Could the next Long Night be upon us?
Some 8,000 years ago, the White Walkers took over Westeros and made its residents' lives a living hell. Again, no one was expecting this attack to come so soon or for them to so easily breach the Wall. With that in mind, it's not unreasonable to assume that Season 8 kicks off with the White Walkers' assault having being at least partially successful. Judging from their heavy fire power and numbers, they could have taken over at least a section of the Seven Kingdoms by the time Season 8 begins in a bit of a time jump.
Will Cersei And Jaime Join The Fight?
For a moment, it seemed like #CerseiLannister would actually be willing to wave her white flag around Dany, Jon and Tyrion, but the conniving queen had other plans in mind. She doesn't care about their fate; in fact, she doesn't care about anyone in the world outside of her constantly-bickering family. So that begs the question: Will she bring her forces to aid Jon, Dany and the rest against the White Walkers?
It's possible, but her allegiances are extremely uncertain right now. At the moment, it appears that she's planning to double-cross them and let the Army of the Dead decimate their enemies. But as Jaimie put it, them avoiding the Great War has two possible outcomes: Either the White Walkers win, and then march toward their kingdom to kill them, or Jon and Daenerys come out victorious, and they'll be then ones going back to kill them for betrayal. Those are some pretty dire odds, but knowing Cersei and her undying stubbornness, I wouldn't put it past her to completely sit the war out.
With that said, however, staring potential death in the face could be a turning point for her—especially as she no longer has Jaime's strength to rely on, with him having left her to head North to keep up his end of their oath to Jon Snow and Daenerys, at least. Yes, she's one of the proudest characters in the series by a mile, but I'm sure even she would budge when realizing the #WhiteWalkers' destructive potential.
Season 8 Could Be About To Get A New Narrative Structure
The White Walkers marching against the Wall inherently veers #GameofThrones Season 8 into an action-packed storyline, because it puts our protagonists in the middle of war right from the beginning. This event opens up the show for a new and exciting type of storytelling. Judging from those last few minutes, it's likely that Season 8 will be mostly all payoff of everything that's been brewing for the past seven years right from the start, especially as there are only six episodes left.
Now, there are still many story threads left hanging in the show, so how those would be explored with the literal devil being at our protagonists' doorstep? Will they take a backseat to the war? Probably not. The new season could have the more quiet storylines developing alongside the Great War.
All of those prospects just make me even more impatient to return to Westeros and see how everything ends. There's no confirmation on when Game of Thrones will be coming back for its final chapter, but previous bits of information point to it coming in September of 2018. So we'll hopefully get our answers to all of these
What did you think of the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale? How do you feel about the things coming for our heroes in Season 8? Let me know in the comments!