SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from the Season 7, Episode 7 of Game of Thrones, entitled “The Dragon and The Wolf.” Proceed at your own risk.
Well, that was a hell of a Season. Sure, we didn’t get the normal 10-episode run but we got just as much, sometimes even more, action crammed into seven juicy episodes.
Here are the Winners and Losers from Game of Thrones Season 7.
Samwell Tarly (Winner)
If Season 7 of Game of Thrones a delicious sandwich, Samwell freaking Tarly would be the bread holding it all together. Sam was an absolute All-Star this season, curing diseases, spreading awareness of the army of the dead, and reading the damn manual. We didn’t see Sam for a few episodes, but then he returned to Winterfell to have a fireside chat with Emo Bran a.k.a. The Three-Eyed Raven after going rogue and stealing a lot of scriptures from the Citadel — including one that had the most important piece of information in the kingdom. With a brilliant assist by Gilly, Sam was later able to pinpoint the moment the 3-ER could go back in time to see Rhaegar and Lyanna get married. Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen is now the heir to the Iron Throne. **BOOM**
Tyrion has long been a favorite character of many. He drinks, he knows things and he’s a silver-tongued dude that has a comeback for everything. Unfortunately, very little has gone right for Tyrion this season. Dany has essentially stopped taking his advice, he came to blows with Cersei (and somehow survived) and what was that super creepy listening-outside-the-door-thing at the end of the finale? He could have at least given Jon and Dany some privacy to do their thing.
Jaime Lannister (Loser)
The dominoes are not falling in Jaime‘s favor this season. He found out who Joffrey’s real killer was only to see them die a painless death, unlike the former King, who died quite disgustingly. He later saw his army burned up by Drogon in the loot train battle and betrayed Cersei’s confidence. Fast forward to the finale (the showrunners fast forwarded so I can too) and Jaime has now stood up to Cersei after learning of her plans to double-cross Jon and Dany. It was obvious she wouldn’t be able to order Ser Gregor to kill him which left her alone. Jaime still intends to ride North and fight the Army of the Dead but will him disclosing Cersei’s plans alter the Great War?
The Stark Sisters (Winners)
YAASS!! We knew they wouldn’t wrong Arya like that… or Sansa, but mostly Arya. You don’t become a faceless assassin and then let weasels like Peter Baelish corrupt your family and try to orchestrate your demise. At the end of the day, the Stark sisters get to be exactly the people that they always wanted to be. Sansa gets to be the Lady of Winterfell and Arya gets to be a soldier. Bran also gets some revenge on the man that tried to have him killed… even if he probably doesn’t care.
**slice** Peace dude. You will not be missed, you sniveling creep.
Night King (Winner)
The Night King must have a massive ego because he continually feels the need to one-up himself. The King has been no joke this entire season. He killed Viserion, brought him back to “life,” rode him all the way to the Wall and burned the whole thing down with a majestic blue flame in a matter of seconds. The Night King has been the only character all season that has seen monstrous, consistent wins. It’s almost hard to believe that will somehow change in the final season.
Cersei plays chess while everyone else plays checkers. She always seems to be several steps ahead of everyone else, yet at the end of the Season she was still left pregnant and alone. Cersei’s “me-first” mindset has alienated the one person she thought would never leave her: Jaime. Her games may have finally gone too far…
Time-Space Continuum (Loser)
From ravens with supersonic speeds to sailing long distances in the blink of an eye, even Doc Brown has to be impressed and confused.
THAT’S RIGHT… I SAID PURGATORY. Dany is screwed, literally. On a surface level, it seems like things have gone well for The Queen of Dragons this season but let’s dive deeper. 1) Her dragon Viserion is dead and now an undead zombie dragon. While that is AWESOME, it will be devastating when she finds out. 2) She doesn’t agree with anything her hand tells her. 3) She’s not the heir to the Iron Throne, actually, 4) her nephew is … and finally 5) She boinked him and is (maybe) going have his babies.
Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen (Winner?)
The Dragon and the Wolf…get it? Jon is loyal, charismatic, fearless and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. If you didn’t know before, Bran’s revelation confirms whose story Game of Thrones has been this entire time: It’s Jon. Game of Thrones is Jon Snow’s world, we are all just living in it. He’s the hero we deserve although it’s yet to be determined if we’ll get our way.