Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall review – new episode!

Jon Snow leads the Battle Beyond the Wall

Lord of Light! Come to us in our darkness. For the night is dark and full of SPOILERS. 

To say every fan of Game of Thrones was #shook beyond belief, would be the understatement of a lifetime. You all know what I’m referring to: Uncle Benjen (Joseph Mawle)!

…nah. The real #shook moment came when Sansa (Sophie Turner) sent Brienne to King’s Landing! She’s going to finally be reunited with Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)!

OK, OK. R.I.P. Viserion. Hello zombie dragon!

Let’s talk about the #shook mission that took place last night.

You got Jon (Kit Harington), Gendry, Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Sandor Clegane, the Brotherhood Without Banners, and of course, trusty Tormund. I love Tormund. He wouldn’t shut up about how hot he found Brienne. They’re still my #otp (one true pairing). Share your #otp in the comments.

Our #beyondthewallcrew encounter a zombie bear! I screamed “kill it with fire” at my screen, and my wishes were soon commands thanks to the Lord of Light. I don’t care about the “Seven” — can they conjure fire and bring the living back from the dead? They can’t! Well then, the Lord of Light wins!

The crew is there for one reason: to capture a White Walker “alive”. It needs to be “alive”/sentient to really convince Cersei (Lena Headey) they’re real.

Side note: I’m convinced Cersei is up to no good. The “meeting” that will likely take place in next week’s season finale will likely be a mass murder. Then again, maybe it’s Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) who’s up to no good. Something huge is going down next week, so let me know who you think will betray whom in the comments. If you think both are up to something, then who do you think will ultimately prevail?

Back to the North!

Jon Snow fighting with LongclawOur crew captures a White Walker “alive”. It seems that Jon’s Valyrian steel sword can kill multiple White Walkers at a time by simply killing a platoon’s commander. Why didn’t they give everyone a Valyrian steel or dragonglass weapon? Imagine how badass Gendry would be with a dragonglass hammer!

They’ve successfully captured a White Walker “alive,” but it won’t stop crying like a zombie baby. This alerts thousands of other White Walkers! Run, Gendry, run back to Eastwatch, and leave your hammer behind so it doesn’t slow you down!

Gendry makes it back to Eastwatch and sends a raven to Daenerys.

Down in Dragonstone, Daenerys ignores Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) advice and decides to fly with her three dragons to help out our crew. Our crew has spent several days stranded in the wilderness fighting off White Walkers, and several members of the Brotherhood have died. Thankfully, three dragons and their baby mama show up just in the nick of time. Seeing the dragons destroy the White Walkers is the greatest form of fan-service this show could ever conjure, thank you! Now just do a two-hour episode chronicling the Rhaegar and Lyanna love story (I’m not kidding).

The Lord of Light aids the Brotherhood with fireSadly, the Night King is present at the battle. He launches an ice spear at the dragon Viserion, which mortally wounds him. Seeing Viserion falling to his death, along with all of that blood, is one of the most disturbing and emotionally compelling things I’ve ever seen on this show. Viserion’s body falls through the ice, and sinks to his watery grave.

I was expecting Daenerys to scream out in horror and lose her composure, but she maintained her stately presence. How did you feel about Dany’s reaction? Also, why didn’t she invest in some armor for her dragons after Drogon was wounded?

Jon urges the rest of the crew to leave on Dany’s dragon Drogon (say that five times in a row). Dany hesitates, but when Jon is pulled underwater by several White Walkers, they leave. Jon, for the SECOND TIME IN A YEAR, gasps heavily and is somehow magically alive. I’m sure some of you pedants will comment, “He has Stark blood, he’s a descendant of the First Men and possibly the Children of the Forest and he grew up in the North.” Any normal person would have died of hypothermic shock.

Anyway, Jon’s uncle Benjen notices all of the commotion and arrives in time to save the day. He gives Jon his horse, and presumably sacrifices himself. The horse takes Jon to the Wall, where he is reunited with the rest of the crew. While recovering in bed, he pledges to Daenerys that he will bend the knee. He even calls her Dany, but then agrees to call her “my Queen.” More like, “my aunt,” am I right?! Seriously they need to address that ASAP, I saw too many googly eyes being made *shivers.

The episode ends with Viserion’s corpse being touched by the back (he doesn’t want germs?) of the Night King’s hand…Viserion opens his blue eyes, confirming his reincarnation as a White Walker.

Sansa and Arya discuss the pastSansa and Arya’s (Maisie Williams) plot line has indeed thickened, and I expect Littlefinger’s plan will either succeed or fail catastrophically next week. My guess is, he wants Sansa and Arya to both become invalids in the eyes of the northern lords. The lords will then proclaim Littlefinger as Lord of Winterfell, since he led the Knights of the Vale to win the Battle of the Bastards. Let me know your predictions for next week’s finale.

I wasn’t kidding earlier, I really want a Rhaegar and Lyanna episode. But it’s not just me, I think the show is in dire need of it. Since next season’s episodes will reportedly be 80+ minutes long, it would be so satisfying to see a “movie” of Rhaegar and Lyanna’s love story/Robert’s Rebellion. Or they could space the story out through “flashbacks.” How would you like to see Rhaegar and Lyanna’s story told?

Anything you want to see happen before the show ends? Predictions? Let me know in the comments! Whoever’s prediction is correct will get a shout-out in the final review. ~Yanis Khamsi

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Comments & Discussion

  1. Sylvia Bartholo • August 22, 2017 @ 12:10 AM

    I think Rhaegar saved Lyanna from Robert. In my view the story is reversed; Robert raped Lyanna and became pregnant and Rhaegar loved her and protected her. John is too dark to be a Targaryen and it would open the door for a relationship that wasn’t incestuous and icky. We already have one with Cersei and Jamie. Also whether people supported Targaryen, Baratheon or Stark as the just claimants to the throne, Jon and Daenerys would have it covered.
    Last episode, the rift between Arya and Sansa deepened and next episode, now that Brienne has conveniently been sent away, I think Littlefinger will convince the ever gullible Sansa to okay the murder of her sister. Beric is still alive and after realizing Arya’s importance to Jon and Gendry and a flames prophesy, may sacrifice his last life to bring Arya back much to Sansa’s dismay. In Cersei’s meeting with Daenaerys, once Cersei sees the White she’ll realize that she needs Daenarys’ help in destroying them but will notice the regard that she has for Jon and will plot to take advantage of this to get rid of them both. Bram may realize who the Night King was in life but can do nothing (as usual, so annoying) because as the 3-eyed raven told him; he can’t change the past only the future.

  2. tristan • August 22, 2017 @ 6:20 AM

    I am interested to hear if the Game of Thrones episodes being leaked prematurely has caused any backlash to HBO or the show?

  3. Georgina • August 22, 2017 @ 9:04 AM

    Great recap, sometimes I don’t understand everything that happens so this is really informative.

  4. Tribute • August 22, 2017 @ 9:12 AM

    Great theory Sylvia! I’m still convinced the Mad King is mad because of Bran. But jeez, your theory about Jon being a Baratheon is quite astute. “The seed is strong!” R.I.P. Jon Arryn.

    I think no matter what happens, the fans will have predicted it. There are simply too many people making predictions about this show. Ultimately, I think we’re going to have a mass murder next week. Come back next Monday and we’ll discuss more!

    Yanis Khamsi

  5. Yhaneesi • August 23, 2017 @ 7:49 AM

    I think instead of #shook you should have been #shooketh bcas it sounds more shakespeare and this is basically a medieval period piece drama right?

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