RATING: 4.5 out of 5
Our Monday mornings will once again suck as we’ve finally arrived at the conclusion of another season of Game of Thrones! (Ano na ulit gagawin natin sa mga buhay natin ngayon ha?) Season six ended with a bang (literally) when Cersei destroyed the Great Sept of Baelor effectively eliminating all her enemies up to that point. I remember saying that that moment and that episode was one of the best (if not the best) episodes we’ve ever seen from Game of Thrones. Needless to say, mataas ang expectations natin for the Season 7 finale and it did not disappoint.
Clocking in at 1 hour and 20 minutes, “The Dragon and the Wolf” is the longest episode we’ve had in the show’s 7-year run. And I think that extra time was good for the finale because it didn’t feel rushed like the previous episodes we’ve seen this season. Team Cersei and Team Dany finally came face to face, Littlefinger finally met his demise (hindi natin maririnig yung boses niyang pabulong at puro hangin), and we FINALLY have the confirmation that we’ve been waiting for regarding Jon’s true lineage. (More importantly, nag tita-sex na sila ni Dany na matagal na nating inaasahan mangyari. Ayoko sabihing excited tayong mangyari parang ang sama pakinggan e!)
Let’s do a recap of the things that happened in this week’s episode.:
Bye, Bye, Baelish
Last week, I boldly stated na feeling ko the conclusion to the Arya and Sansa quarrel was that Sansa, feeling cornered, was going to hook up with Littlefinger. Obviously one week later nalaman natin na mali ako. Tungkol diyan ang depensa ko lang sa sarili ko ay kung si Michael Jordan nga nagmimintis bakit naman ako hindi pwedeng magkamali di ba? Ang mga nalaman natin dito ay kahit matagal, natututo naman si Sansa at dapat hindi ko na hulaan ang mga mangyayari sa show from now on.
So all along we thought that Littlefinger was pitting Sansa and Arya against each other when it turns out, the girls were plotting against him all along. In terms of narrative, that’s a nice conclusion and a clever twist for the storyline. Since meron tayong six episodes na lang na natitira, kailangan mo na tapusin yung mga minor storylines para mag focus dun sa main plot of the series.
But my problem with how they concluded it is this: all along umaarte lang ba yung dalawa o talagang nag-aaway sila? Kasi kung umaarte lang sila, ang tinding effort nun ah! Lagi mong inaassume na pinapakinggan kayo ni Littlefinger? Considering we got to the point that Arya was already implying that she’ll take off Sansa’s face, medyo hardcore na acting yun ah! Kung ikaw si Sansa hindi ka ba matatakot na baka hindi na acting tong ginagawa ni Arya at baka gusto talaga niyang balatan yung mukha mo?!
Kung hindi naman sila nag aact and there really was a quarrel that they found a way to resolve (sa totoo lang kailangan lang naman nila kausapin si Bran since alam niya lahat para ayusin to e), it leaves us questioning how it happened because we never saw it onscreen. Of course if we did see it onscreen then it wouldn’t be too much of a twist anymore, right? But it does leave us with a few questions on how that whole thing went down.
For me personally, I didn’t find the Littlefinger death scene to be that satisfying. Hindi ba basically sinabi ni Sansa na si Littlefinger may kasalanan ng lahat ng gulo sa Westeros? Tapos ganun lang siya kadali namatay. But then, torture and a gruesome death are not the Starks’ style. Sorry Baelish, apparently you’re not as clever as you thought you were. On the brightside, at least nasabi mo na type mo yung nanay nila one last time just in case kulang pa.
A great and underrated moment in this episode is Theon and Jon’s conversation. Theon has always been a weak character that’s easy for us to hate. But he somehow has our sympathy because we’ve seen all the things that he’s gone through under the hands of Ramsay. Thanks to a pep-talk from Jon, he’s finally on the road to redemption.
Sa away na mas dehado pa siya kesa kay Conor McGregor laban kay Mayweather, he somehow found a way to win and gain the respect of whatever’s left of the Greyjoy crew. Aren’t you glad Ramsay cut off your balls, Theon? Siyempre hindi pa rin! Kung kapatid ko si Yara, sorry na lang pero ipagpapalit ko siya kung ang kapalit ay dalawang itlog at isang footlong. (Obviously I’m not talking about food.)
Enter the Dragonpit
Tyrion described it best when he called the participants of the Dragonpit meeting as “a group of people who don’t like one another.” Aside from the obvious conflict between Cersei and Daenerys, ang daming hidwaan at history sa pagitan ng mga taong kasali dito! There’s that Brienne and Jaime love-hate relationship, the Clegane brothers bad blood, the Euron-Theon relationship (that’s the exact opposite of Dany and Jon’s relationship dahil ayaw nilang mag-sex gusto nilang patayin ang isa’t isa), and of course Tyrion and Cersei.
One of the things I’ve missed since Tyrion went away from Westeros was that he no longer shared screen time with Cersei and that’s something that I’ve always enjoyed about Game of Thrones in the past. Their conversations are always great and the characters are played by two amazing actors so it’s always enjoyable for me to see them share a scene together.
Here are the other things that I liked about the Dragonpit meeting at ililista ko sila isa-isa:
1. I liked how freaking petty Cersei is to complain about waiting when Daenerys was late for only 2-minutes. At gusto ko rin yung pagiging petty ni Dany na kailangan grand entrance siya. Inaabangan ko silang mag sabunutan someday.
2. I liked how this whole thing seemed like a thesis defense complete with demonstration from Jon Snow on how to kill a White Walker. Tingin niyo prinactice nila ni The Hound yung routine nila at kung kelan lalapit si Davos para magbigay ng sindi?
3. Natatawa ako na ginawa nilang parang kalabaw si The Hound na pinabuhat sa kanya yung kahon na may White Walker. From our experience in episode 6, aasa ba talaga natin kay The Hound yang trabaho na yan? Baka hindi pa nakakarating ng Dragonpit napatay na ni Clegan yung White Walker dahil nabore nanaman siya e!
4. Si Euron Greyjoy yung tiyuhin mo sa family reunion na hindi pa nagsisimula yung handaan e lasing na at kailangan na umuwi.
5. Kung ako si Cersei malamang natadyakan ko si The Mountain dahil ang lapit na nung White Walker sa kanya pero hindi man lang siya gumalaw. Mukhang ang loyalty ata ni The Mountain ay nasa kapwa niya zombie at wala kay Cersei.
6. Nakakatawa rin how everyone was ganging up on Jon Snow for being too honest. Si Jon Snow yung barkada mo nung bata na pag nagbasa kayo ng Playboy ng mga kaibigan mo andun siya sa kabilang kwarto nagdadasal.
7. I liked how Cersei tricked them into thinking that she agreed to the truce and how Euron pretended to go back to the Iron Islands. It would have been so out of character for them to accept a truce. So basically balewala yung pagkamatay ni Viserion. #JusticeforViserion
8. I really liked how Jaime called Cersei’s bluff that she was going to kill him because it shows that Jaime knows that he holds that card over Cersei and that Cersei, despite all evidence to the contrary still has a soft spot. (Pero medyo kinabahan ako na mamamatay na si Jaime)
This reveal was hinted at during the Season 6 finale and was finally confirmed by Bran and Tarly in this episode. And the great thing about all this is that while the reveal was happening, we were showed scenes of Jon and Dany having sex! (Gusto ko lang rin i-add na nakita ni Tyrion si Jon na pumasok sa kwarto ni Daenerys so either naghanap siya ng butas na sisilipan pagkatapos o hinanap niya si Jorah para ikwento yung nakita niya at paiyakin)
So with Jon Snow… I mean, Aegon Targaryen as the legitimate heir to the throne, we have to wonder what kind of effect that will have in his relationship with Daenerys, right? Would it bother her that she won’t sit on the throne, or would it be fine since she can be his queen anyway?
Winter is Here
What the show has been preparing us since the first season has finally happened as the The Night King and his army has finally broken down the wall and are marching towards the Northern part of Westeros. A lot of theories have been debunked because of this incident, isa na diyan yung may nakatago daw na dragon sa loob ng wall at based daw opening credits ng Game of Thrones this season, magiging frozen yung dagat sa gilid ng wall. Apparently all the Night King needed was a zombie dragon that breathes a bluish-looking energy that seems like a combination of ice and fire. I’m not really sure what this dragon is breathing kasi kung ako tatanungin mo parang kamehame wave ni Son Goku e ang itsura e. Who the hell knows at this point?
Game of Thrones has a history of strong finishes and the season seven finale was no exception. I still rank the season six finale higher than this one but “The Dragon and the Wolf” was a great way to finish season seven. This episode, and the whole season as a whole feels more like traditional TV rather than the Game of Thrones we’ve come to love through the years.
Wala na yung feeling na pwedeng mamatay yung favorite characters mo at any given time e. Now if there’s a death in the story, it’s mostly because that person’s part in the story has finally come to an end. Don’t get me wrong, Game of Thrones is still one of the best shows on television but those unexpected deaths were crucial in making it the pop culture phenomenon it is today. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we’ve gone beyond what has already happened in the books so instead of being guided by George RR Martin’s writing, the scriptwriters are going back to conventional TV writing.
But I do think that for the last six episodes, this show can still surprise us. Why keep major characters like Tyrion alive if there won’t be another season, right? The show might have a few tricks left up its sleeve. And if the prospect of the show going all out doesn’t get you excited about the final season, imagine mo na lang pag dumating tayo sa episode na malalaman ni Jon Snow na tita pala niya si Daenerys. That’s got to be an episode worth seeing, right?!