If there’s one thing that’s for certain in Game of Thrones it’s that death comes for everyone. Thoros said as much in “Beyond the Wall,” calling it the true enemy. Sure enough, the Season 7 finale delivered deaths that forever changed the Song of Ice and Fire.
Spoilers follow for Season 7 of Game of Thrones.
Thoros and Viserion died north of the Wall in Season 7’s penultimate episode, with the latter striking fans as a horrific shock (despite many having their suspicions already). But as a whopping 17 major characters assembled at the Dragonpit of King’s Landing, it set the stage for the final war against the Night King, which will be a war full of even more death.
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With the Wall breached, the army of the dead will be upon the north rather quickly, so it’ll be up to Jon and Daenerys to lead their armies — including Jaime Lannister, apparently — against the Night King.
Here are all the characters who lived and died in the Season 7 finale:
At the Dragonpit, Euron taunted Theon by demanding that his nephew bend the knee or he’d kill Yara. Sure, Euron is a madman who’s just trying to get a rise out of Theon, but everyone goes with the assumption that she’s still alive after being captured earlier in Season 7.
Theon finally steps up and takes control of the small, remaining pro-Dany, Ironborn soldiers, promising to rescue Yara. She’s seemingly alive for now, but we’ll have to wait and see if Theon can pull off a successful rescue attempt.
Viserion is alive and well!
Unfortunately, when the dragon was resurrected at the end of “Beyond the Wall,” the beast became the Night King’s most powerful weapon. We had seen wight versions of humans, giants, and bears before, but an ice dragon is something else entirely.
Watching Viserion destroy the Wall with blue flames is one of the most terrifying things to ever happen on Game of Thrones. After teasing all season long that “winter” was here, that final sequence finally delivered on that promise by bringing the army of the dead south of the Wall.
It’s scary to think about what the inevitable confrontation between Viserion and his siblings might look like next season.
After what felt like a frustrating season at Winterfell, it was an absolute pleasure to see Arya and Sansa’s tension redirected towards Littlefinger in a surprising turn during the finale. The shifty man in control of the Knights of the Vale had been chiming in Sansa’s ear for several episodes, and he thought he was steadily driving a wedge between the Stark sisters.
Just as Arya was slated to be condemned, Sansa instead rightfully accused Littlefinger of treason and murder. Their judicial process was a little unorthodox. Bran’s Three-Eyed Raven provided the evidence through visions of the past. That allowed Sansa to condemn him to a swift death delivered by Arya. Seriously, Arya’s talent with that dagger rivals even Grey Worm’s throat-slashing skills.
This confirms long-standing fan suspicions that Arya would use the Catspaw Dagger to kill Littlefinger this season.
Sansa and Arya had us worried for a few episodes there with growing sibling rivalry that, for a moment, looked like it might end in Arya’s execution.
Instead, the Stark sisters had been working together all along to take down Littlefinger with a long con. Sending Brienne away was seemingly a ploy to simplify their schemes.
With Littlefinger out of the way, the Stark family finally has a firm hold on Winterfell and the north. Too bad the Wall has been breached just in time to wreak havoc.
There’s no redemptive arc in Game of Thrones more thorough and satisfying than that of Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer. He’s convinced of Jon and co.’s evidence that the threat of the Night King is real, and he backs Cersei when she publicly claims that she’ll help in this war to come.
Behind closed doors, Cersei confesses her true intentions to go back on her promise. She wants to let all the monsters to kill each other, which would let her easily take back everything she’s lost. More realistically, Jaime points out that if they don’t fight, then the dead will just eventually come to kill them anyway.
Jaime takes a stand against Cersei, and even under the threat of murder at the hands of the Mountain, he stands his ground and leaves King’s Landing himself.
In the last scene of Season 7, Beric and Tormund were seen at the Wall, which quickly came under attack from the Night King riding an undead Viserion. Blue dragon’s breath brought the Wall down, and it looked like everyone must have died in the ensuing chaos.
We didn’t get a confirmed death for Beric or for Tormund, so it’s uncertain. Other characters have survived from similar presumed deaths (just look at Jaime). But it’s hard to imagine them not being crushed by ice, or otherwise killed and added to the growing army of the dead.
In “Beyond the Wall,” we finally got Tormund’s confession of love regarding Brienne of Tarth. Fans also want to see their children, the “great big monsters” that might “conquer the world.”
Tormund’s fate is just as uncertain as Beric’s. With the Wall crumbling and an ice dragon-riding Night King bringing his massive army of the dead through, the odds are stacked against Tormund’s survival. How could they possibly survive with over 100,000 undead soldiers swarming the area?
The one glimmer of hope is that someone will have to make it to Winterfell to let everyone know about the impending threat. Could that be Tormund and Beric in the premiere episode of Season 8, fighting behind enemy lines?
We’ll have to wait a very long time to find out.
The finale of Game of Thrones has no release date in sight, but estimates put it at a year and a half out.