This season ended with a bang, in more ways than one.
Sunday night's Game of Thrones season 7 finale was the longest episode yet, and it was jam packed with political and sexual tension. Oh, and there was also a blue fire-breathing zombie dragon at the end.
Fans won't get another taste of Game of Thrones until late 2018 or even early 2019 when the final season debuts. That's plenty of time for the rumor mill to churn out a few dozen somewhat believable fan theories to keep us satiated.
But before going into withdrawal, let's dissect the game-changing, cliffhanger-filled "The Dragon and the Wolf."
Buckle up, kids.
Look what you made me do
After seven seasons of Petyr Baelish scheming his way through Westeros and tearing apart the highest families, "Littlefinger" finally got his comeuppance.
One of this season's central plots has been showing the growing rift between Sansa and younger sister Arya. They've been separated for years, and both have done deplorable things to survive and had equally horrible things to them.
And a lot of their misfortune was by Littlefinger's hand.
But in a stunning twist, Arya and Sansa turn the tables on the man trying to get them to kill each other.
Arya is called into the great hall to supposedly answer for accusations of murder and treason. Sansa list the charges against her, but then turns to Littlefinger and asks, "what do you have to say for yourself?"
He's obviously bewildered at this turn of events, and quickly spirals from cooling muttering excuses to begging for Sansa's forgiveness on his knees.
And then Arya cuts his throat.
It's a beautiful sight -- seeing someone on Game of Thrones finally get the justice they deserve.
Rest in chaos, Lord Baelish. You will not be missed.
The truce that kind of, sort of happened
The scene most fans were really looking forward to wasn't even the most exciting part of this episode. But it featured almost all of the series' main characters coming together to argue and eventually compromise.
The meeting between Daenerys and Jon's people and the Lannisters went as well as you'd expect.
Tyrion tried to speak reason to both parties, Daenerys was fashionably late swooping in on a dragon, Cersei wasn't taking anything from anyone and Jon was infuriatingly noble. Just like the guy he thinks is his father.
In the end, everyone sort of got something they wanted. Miraculously, Cersei agreed to a truce between her men and theirs. She was mostly convinced by the terrifying white walker Jon and Dany brought to prove to her the army of the undead is real. She was further convinced somehow by Tyrion, the younger brother she loathes and who she blames for all her misfortunes.
The two had as close to a heart-to-heart as they'll ever get. Cersei left the conversation feeling like she won, and Tyrion spent the rest of the episode with a look of grim foreboding.
He loved his late niece and nephews, but he sure wasn't happy finding out Cersei was having another child by brother Jaime.
And true to form, Cersei was laying out plans to break the truce before the delegation from the North was back on their ships.
We've been calling him Jon Snow for seven seasons. In his visions, Bran has scene Jon's true parentage -- He's the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and he was born in a tower in Dorne.
So that would make him a southern bastard, right? So he'd be Jon Sand, Bran says, a bastard of the south.
But wait, what's this? Sam Tarley arrives in Winterfell and reunites with Bran at the perfect time to lend his knowledge about Jon's family tree. I guess he was listening to Gilly reading those boring Maester diaries after all!
This season we learned that not only is Jon the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna, but that he's not a bastard after all. A few episodes ago, Sam and Gilly learned that Rhaegar legally married Lyanna in a secret wedding in Dorne before Jon was born. That makes him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, since Rhaegar was the oldest Targaryen in line. That also makes him Dany's nephew. Awkward.
And Lyanna didn't name her dark-haired son Jon. She whispered to Ned as she was dying in childbirth that his name is Aegon Targaryen. Yup, he's named after the most famous of the dragon family, Aegon the Conqueror. This dude even built the Iron Throne out of the swords of his defeated enemies.
I can't wait until Jon finds out all this.
Just one problem -- While Bran is narrating this game-changing information to Sam, the scene pans over to JON AND DANY NAKED IN BED. We all knew it was going to happen. And we all simultaneously didn't want it to happen and begged for it to happen.
Though Targaryens are notorious for inbreeding to "keep the line pure," Jon and Dany are constantly trying to prove they are not like their ancestors. This news will either break them or make them.
And the wall came tumbling down
Winter finally arrived in Westeros in the form of hundreds of thousands of undead soldiers and a blue fire-breathing zombie dragon.
At Eastwatch, Tormund is manning this outpost by the sea and preparing for the (hopefully) arrival of more men to fight the impending army of the undead.
Out of the snowy forest comes the soldiers of the Night King, an undead horde that can only be killed by fire or dragonglass. Their check was their almost impenetrability.
Their check mate was the Night King swooping down on Eastwatch atop an undead Viserion, who now breathes icy blue fire.
The thick, ice Wall has stood for thousands of years, protecting Westeros from the horrors of the far north. It only took a few minutes for Viserion to blast a gaping hole in it.
The undead are invading Westeros, and the table is set for the most epic final season of any show on television.
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