In the closing moments of The Dragon and the Wolf, the Wall came crashing down, and with it the seventh season of Game of Thrones came crashing to a stunning end.
The finale, which is the longest episode of the show to date (in that regard it's an early template for how Season 8 will shape-up, whenever it gets here), made full use of its 80 minutes, giving us breathtaking action but also a number of wonderful character-driven moments.
It was stuffed with various meetings and reunions, with the Dragonpit meeting alone enough to warrant a chart of how everyone there was connected, as brother reunited with brother, Queen met Queen, and the Heroes of Blackwater Bay were brought back together.
Littlefinger died, Jon and Daenerys had sex, the Night King rode a dragon, and with all that going on, there were lots of references and details - like Bronn slinking off for a drink with Pod, reportedly because Jerome Flynn and Lena Headey won't appear together - that were easy to miss in amongst the madness.
Honourable Mention: The Direwolf Sigil...
This probably hasn't been that missed, because it's been gaining a fair amount of traction online in the last couple of days.
I mean... I don't really see it, and it seems like a massive stretch that they'd plan this, but what do you think?
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