It began with a surprisingly warm reunion for many of Game of Thrones’ major player — and it ended with the most stunning moment in the series history. The Season 7 finale of GoT brought some characters together, tore others apart, and saw the long-awaited end of one of the series most manipulative villains.
“The Dragon and the Wolf” offered the long anticipated meeting between Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. They met up in King’s Landing to discuss the possibility of fighting together against the army of the undead.
True to Game of Thrones form, nothing — not a truce nor a decisive lack of one — comes easily. This finale managed to do what few others have before it, which is to distinguish itself as a thrilling high point in an already impressively fast-paced season. It offered up enough plot to justify its super-sized runtime. But it also gave us plenty of reasons to tune in next year for the series’ conclusion.
Here’s everything you missed in the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale.
1. A strange place for a reunion
“The Dragon and the Wolf” begins with many of Game of Thrones’ main characters making their way to King’s Landing. By the time they arrive, the players assembled — from Jorah Mormont to the Mountain — represent the single biggest gathering of the main characters we’ve seen in quite some time.
“Strange place for a reunion,” Tyrion Lannister muses, though he himself is happy to see both Podrick Payne and Bronn. But really, the moment comes down to two very important initial encounters.
Cersei and Jon Snow meet for the first time, and the moment is full of plenty of brooding stares and sneers from the two foes as they size one another up. But their tense standoff is quickly overshadowed by Daenerys’ late arrival to the meeting on a roaring Drogon’s back (the Mother of Dragons has certainly proven she knows how to make an entrance).
As Hand of the (not-yet-seated) Queen, Tyrion makes himself useful and gets right to the point. “We are a group of people who do not like one another,” he tells the gathered crowd, before reminding them that they didn’t need to meet face to face just to continue fighting.
Jon steps in to let Cersei know why he and his allies have journeyed to sit in her presence. He wants her to tell her armies to stand with theirs and fight together against their common enemy, the undead.
But Cersei isn’t ready to call a truce — that is, until she sees the wight that they have brought to her as proof. Jon offers a demonstration on how to kill wights to a clearly shaken Cersei. He reiterates his point: “There is only one war that matters, the Great War. And it is here.”