Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Game of Thrones Recap, Season 7 Episode 6: Heroes Do Stupid Things

Game of Thrones Recap, Season 7 Episode 6: Heroes Do Stupid Things

The season finale of "Game of Thrones" airs Sunday, August 27 on HBO.

Following last week's assemble of the Westeros magnificent seven, new episode Beyond The Wall followed Jon Snow's band of merry men as they conducted their pretty bad plan of retrieving a White Walker.

It looks like he's a bit envious of the Mother of Dragons while he was standing on a cliff flapping his "wings".

On the bright side, Jon Snow and the others found out last night that if you kill one of the White Walker leaders, it seems the rest collapse and die. Our heart beats absolutely dropped when the Night King held his ice javelin to bring down the dragon, but we nearly lost them when we saw Viserion open his eyes again, but with Night King's kiss, as an ice dragon. Even discarding the fact that it's a fantasy show and we shouldn't take it seriously, when a series sets rules for itself it should follow them lest it get bogged down in plot holes like this. Having been reanimated by the White Walker, Viserion is a fitting mount for the Night King given that he was named for Dany's brother, Viserys, who was often more enemy than ally in Season 1 of Game of Thrones.

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This scene-and the previous one, where Dany first learns Jon is still alive when she sees him riding into Eastwatch-is "a big moment for her in terms of the way she feels about him", showrunner D.B. Weiss explained in an "Inside the Episode" segment.

The penultimate episode of Season 7 also inspired some of the best internet memes of the season so far, from reactions to Viserion's death, the Night King's javelin skills and Gendry's speed reaching Eastwatch. The 10 minute extra running time didn't only make the fans happy, but they were also the most intense. Can they convince Cersei Lannister that a war against the dead is the most important thing in all of the realm? As we only saw his eye flick open at the end of the episode, it's unclear - though very likely - that Viserion will now be breathing icy blasts instead of fiery ones. We just can't wait for the finale episode, can we?

Ice dragons are referred many times to in the Song of Ice and Fire novels - which Game of Thrones is based on - but the most thorough explanation comes from companion book A World of Ice and Fire, which serves as a sort of encyclopaedia.

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