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Season 8 can’t come soon enough! Welcome to Watch the Thrones, the weekly show where we take a look at some of the Easter eggs, important moments, and theories from the newest episode of Game of Thrones. On this episode, we’ll be taking a look at Season 7, Episode 7: “The Dragon and the Wolf.”
#3: The Dragonpit
This old ruin set the stage for the long-awaited meeting between Dany, Jon, Tyrion, Jaime, and Cersei – which has undoubtedly been one of the most anticipated moments in the series. The Dragonpit’s history also hints at a possible advantage on the side of the living in the coming war. Dany reflects on how Dragons who were kept in the Dragonpit were weaker and smaller than their free-flying counterparts, eventually leading to the end of their race – until now, of course.
It’s worth noting that two of Dany’s dragons were also confined, which had an effect on their development. This is why Drogon, who was never chained up, is much larger than his brothers Rhaegal and Viserion. Could this size advantage make a difference when Drogon goes face-to-face with zombie Viserion? We sure hope so. Just be glad the Night King didn’t get his hands on a fully formed Dragon.
#2: Littlefinger’s Justice
Petyr Baelish was one of the great schemers of Westeros, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t take this moment to honor his ambitious and extremely effective plan. To recap: Littlefinger conspired with Lysa Arryn to poison her husband and lord of the Vale Jon Arryn, and sent the Catspaw assassin to kill Bran, framing the Lannisters for both deeds in order to create conflict between them and the Starks.
The result was the War of the Five Kings, and in the chaos he created, Petyr was able to take control of the Vale by marrying and then murdering Lysa, and he would have taken control of the North had his plan in Winterfell worked. Littlefinger’s mistake was believing that he could control Sansa, and for a while, he was right. But ultimately, his scheming was his own demise, and as a result, we lost one of the truly unique and fascinating characters in the World of Ice and Fire.
#1: Ice & Fire
Bran went ahead and spelled out what had been made clear to attentive fans back in episode 5 of this season, but we did finally get to hear Jon’s real name, and the reveal did not disappoint. While Jon – excuse me – “Aegon” was living up to the family legacy by sleeping with his aunt, we also got our first on-screen glimpse at Rhaegar Targaryen, who’s a spitting image of his younger brother, Viserys.
Rhaegar must really like the name Aegon, since it’s also the name he gave to his first son with Elia Martel, who was murdered by the Moutain during the sacking of King’s Landing. If and when “Jon” finally learns the truth about his parentage, he’d be wise to head the words he spoke to Theon about Ned’s guiding influence – he may not be his blood father, but Jon is the man Ned raised him to be.