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Warning: spoilers ahead.
This is it. This is moment we have been waiting for. The season finale for Game of Thrones is here and honestly, it could not have been better.
With a litany of iconic moments, this is the episode can be summed up in three words: big, bloody and brilliant. “The Dragon and the Wolf” is ruthless and efficient, wrapping up story lines, throwing shade into alliances, and serving justice to those who have had it coming for a while. It also opens up a multitude of possibilities for the final season as our hopes are crushed in the last few minutes of the episode. With the houses all gearing up for the upcoming Great War, there’s no telling who will survive.
It has to be said: Lena Headey is a phenomenal actress. Cersei Lannister takes up a large portion of screen time, and for good reason. She is the deciding figure in the upcoming Great War, the one who stands in the way between humanity’s survival or extinction. As we approach the fragile summit arranged between Cersei, Daenerys and Jon within the ruins of the Dragonpit, the unfamiliarity of the location gives rise to uncertainty and fear.
Cersei is in charge here. This is King’s Landing and she is the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She is not about to give up her position of power even if a bloodthirsty wight is about to tear out her throat. She’s got other priorities, like conquering what will remain of Westeros. Refusing the truce Tyrion offers, to fight with Daenerys and Jon until the Army of the Dead are defeated, she storms out, making way for one of the greatest exchanges we’ve seen between the Lannister siblings.
There is no denying that without Cersei’s help, they are royally fucked. So Tyrion does what he does best: talk. He shares a brief moment with Jaime outside Cersei’s room, and almost a bittersweet farewell. Time after time, Tyrion has been denied the moment to have it out with his sister, and here he’s granted that moment. And it’s all to do with family. Tyrion killed their father, and so Cersei sees everything as his fault, including Tommen and Myrcella’s deaths. It’s such a heated argument, but calculated: Tyrion realises Cersei is pregnant, and Cersei knows she can’t kill Tyrion.
Not if she wants everything to go according to plan, meaning her agreement to help Jon and Daenerys fight the Army of the Dead. It’s all a sham. As far as Cersei is concerned, the whole of Westeros can slaughter each other and she’ll take on what’s left. She’s looking out for herself, and not even Jaime is aware of what she’s planning: Euron is on the way to Esso to pick up the Golden Company, the Iron Bank’s forces. As swift as Jaime is in pointing out