Remember a couple of episodes ago at 7×04 when I was baffled to how they were going to top ‘Spoils of War’ this season, well they did…Game of Thrones went and just did that with 7×06. This may have dethroned ‘Rains of Castamere’ as my favorite episode in Game of Thrones history, I’d have to sit down and have a full series rewatch to decide that, but this is close if not. If 3×09 was a master at unexpected deaths, twists and turns, then 7×06 is the master at building tension through the entirety of it’s episode, from start to finish I was quite literally on the edge of my seat, and felt every emotion possible watching this, I ask again, how can they top this?!
This episode focused completely on Jon and his merry men going beyond the wall and while we did cut back to Arya and Sansa this episode I don’t feel the need to talk about them here because they really didn’t stand out here and if anything was a bit of a damper on the episode, just Arya being a little salty at past events, which is understandable, it was going to be bought up at some point but just really didn’t care for it. No, this was Jon and Dany’s episode all the way, I won’t name everyone who accompanied Jon beyond the wall but they all played a huge part here, the writers did an excellent job of making each and every one of them feel needed.
So why are they beyond the wall in the first place? Well let me tell you, curious fellow. We’re here to capture a wight to take back to Cersai to prove that White Walkers exist, ultimately meaning ‘can we put aside this betrayal and scheming for for 5 seconds and deal with the real threat here’, unsure how Cersai will actually take that, but that’s for the finale. We knew from the preview of this episode that shit was going to go down eventually, and it did in a glorious way. After capturing their wight, Jon and his men are surrounded by wight’s and white walkers and are pretty much tasked with holding out until Dany can get there with her three dragons to save the day. So let the action commence, we get a 5 minute sequence of hand to hand combat and I couldn’t be happier for how it went down, we didn’t lose anyone major in this moment, just a few cannon fodder who were obviously there to die, but we had some close calls and I honestly didn’t know who was going to make it. This wasn’t a scene where I could sit back and relax being ‘oh they’ll all be safe’, because we know that is never the case with Game of Thrones, and it made this scene 10x more intense.
We’re then followed by Dany coming to save the day yet again, with her three dragons by her side, it was all going so smoothly, it was all going too easy though wasn’t it? Nobody major had died yet and the white walkers were getting mugged off if anything. I’d always called that a dragon was going to die eventually, maybe even two of them. So sadly it was time to see one of them go in this episode, and of course it was by the hands of The Knight King, really don’t understand why he didn’t aim that ice spear at Drogon but fair play to you dude. Seeing the dragon fall almost generated a tear in my eye, luckily he was the only major causality, yes we did have a couple of others including Uncle Benjin and the drunken priest but none hit has hard as that.
I could sit and talk about how cute Jon and Dany were together this episode too, but I don’t want to overwhelm you with how beautiful this episode actually was, lets just hope they have a cheeky kiss in the finale eh? Overall this was the best episode the season has offered us so far and probably the best of the series, I’ll get back to you on that one. Very curious what they’ll do to end next episode and then the long wait until the final season, RIP to all the MVP’s of this episode, you shall be missed.
Season 7 Episode 6 – ‘Beyond the Wall’ = 10/10 (obviously)