“When You Play the Game of Thrones, You Win or You Die”

Marissa DiBella
Arts and Life Correspondent

Warning: This article contains spoilers for season seven of “Game of Thrones”

It is safe to say that HBO struck television gold with its mythical and ingenious show “Game of Thrones.” Originally a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” has been a phenomenon since its premiere in 2011. With the seventh season wrapped up, fans are now left in turmoil as they must wait at least a year for the series finale to air. The final episode aired August 27, and, boy, did it deliver.

HBO SERIES Game of Thrones has surged in popularity since it’s airing in 2011. The series finale will air in 2018.

A standing ovation is needed for when Sansa Stark – now Lady of Winterfell – orders Petyr Baelish to be executed for his many years of deceitful crimes and betrayals. Of course, Arya Stark steps up to the plate and slices his neck with ease, arguably karma at its finest. Speaking of karma, “Game of Thrones” fans cannot wait for it to catch up with Cersei Lannister, and she finally gets what she deserves. After years of brutal murders, salters and the occasional death by poison, Cersei is definitely the most feared woman in Westeros. Perhaps her imminent death will be at the hands of her brother/lover, Jaime. It would be glorious to see him reclaim his title as “The King Slayer,” but this time for killing the queen. The show is not shy when comes to incestuous relationships, that’s for sure.

The biggest “OMG” moment occur when Bran Stark, also known as the three-eyed Raven, announces that Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen – son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. This makes him the rightful king to the Iron throne. But, if that is not enough to blow everyone’s minds, right as Bran drops the bombshell, the scene cuts to Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow being intimate. Both are unaware of their now much closer relationship – like aunt and nephew close. That’s right, Daenerys is Jon’s aunt. Woo claps for more incest. The question is, will Daenerys become pregnant? The timing of course could not be any worse since the episode concludes with the Night King and his army of White Walkers attacking at Castle Black. Winter is here, which the entire series has been building to since season one. Daenerys and Jon think Cersei is an ally in this war, however, the audience learns that she is not as keen on an alliance as she says she is. Surprise, surprise.

With the Night King swooping in on a dragon – Viserion, turned White Walker to be exact – in the final scene of episode seven, it is no secret that the final season of “Game of Thrones” will be a crazy-intense-scream-at-the-TV experience that no one will want to end.

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