Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Main Cast: Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Aidan Gillen, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, John Bradley
Notable Guest Stars: Pilou Asbaek, Jacob Anderson, Richard Dormer, Daniel Portman, Joe Dempsie, Ed Sheeran
Episode Length: 50-80 Minutes
People had worried about this year’s season of Game of Thrones, due to the fact that it was only seven episodes long. I did too, considering the fact that Thrones has mostly been a dialogue-heavy, slow burn type of show. Thankfully, all of our fears were alleviated once we realized that not only is this the fastest-paced season of the show so far, but that it also stands out as one of the better seasons of the show as well.
In a weird sort of way, this season of Game of Thrones was an exercise in the tale of man vs. nature. As the season progressed, I (and hopefully others) found myself wondering what would be the worse option: if the White Walkers killed everyone, or if everyone killed each other before the White Walkers even arrived? Characters coming together in order for them to face a greater threat was a large theme this time around, and thanks to the show’s ever-present narrative shifts, we got numerous perspectives on this idea.
Speaking of these narrative shifts, I was quite surprised at some of the twists that were given to us along the way. I didn’t expect to see all that much of the White Walkers, let alone almost a full episode almost dedicated to Jon Snow and Co. fighting them. Other twists included Viserion’s death, the unveiling (and siege) of Casterly Rock, and Tyrion being reunited with his brother and sister. Simply put, Game of Thrones did a good job this season of keeping things fresh this year, keeping us on our toes.
As always, almost every actor and actress nailed their performances this year. Special nods go out to Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey as Daenarys and Cersei, respectively. The two of them were interesting foils to one another, with both of them as stubborn queens resisting to creating an alliance. It was interesting to watch them each week as they finally gave in to the meeting which we saw in the finale. But still, the entire cast as a whole was great this year, with the sometimes limited screen time they were given.
My only real complaint about this season is that some of the underrated fan-favorite characters were kind of given the stick this year. Characters like Theon, Brienne, The Hound, and even Bran and Sam to an extent, were quite limited in their time on screen this year. I really wanted to know what these guys were all up to pretty much each and every week, and most of the time we had to wait awhile to see what was going on. A relatively minor complaint, but with a more limited run this year, I can understand it.
How Does It Compare to Previous Seasons? This is probably the best season that this show has had since the fourth, back in 2014. Season 5 was eh, and Season 6 was better, but Season 7 really streamlined the show, and made for more entertaining viewing. Although it doesn’t quite hit the highs of the show’s earliest seasons, this should be seen as one of the better seasons the show has to offer.
Game of Thrones Season 7 is Recommended if You Like: The Tudors, The Bastard Executioner, House of Cards
Where to Watch: This season, as well as previous seasons, are available on HBO Go.
Grade: 4.6 out of 5 Fire-breathing Dragons
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