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Game of Thrones 7x06 Review: "Beyond the Wall"

Updated on August 24, 2017

This chapter of Game of Thrones (probably the best of the season so far) begins by showing Jon Snow and his companions beyond the wall forging new relationships. In particular, the most interesting one that we can see between these characters that have just met or rediscovered, is Jorah Mormont and Jon Snow's. For those who do not remember, Jon Snow was Jorah's father's steward, and served with him until Jeor Mormont was betrayed by his own brothers of the Night Watch. In addition, Jon's alleged father (since his real father is Rhaegar Targaryen) banished Jorah when he was discovered selling poachers from his land as slaves. Jorah and Jon mention all this, but they do not seem to hold any kind of grudge. Jorah allows Jon to keep the ancestral sword of his family, Longclaw, made of Valyrian steel, adhering to the argument that he brought dishonor to his family and lost the right to inherit that sword.

On the other hand, the tension between the two Stark sisters is increasing. Arya tells her sister Sansa how, despite having some uncongenial tastes, her father always understood her and allowed the rules to be skipped only for her, something we saw in the first chapter of the first season, Winter is coming.
Arya, in spite of having shown an admirable tenacity, fell into the trap of Littlefinger in the last episode, and is more suspicious than ever with her sister Sansa, accusing her of having helped with the execution of her father and of having betrayed her family.
Later, Sansa discovers the faces her sister uses to change her identity. In that scene we discover a much colder Arya, which is so far from the Arya that we fell in love with in previous seasons. Arya seems ready to everything, and even comes to a moment when it seems that she will end her sister Sansa at that very moment. However, at the beginning of the scene he warned her sister that she wanted to play with her. The big question that we ask ourselves is ... what game is Arya Stark playing? Does she really want to end her sister or is it all appearance? That psychotic game that we were delighted with was just a game? Would Arya hurt her sister in any way?

Those who have read the books, know for sure that Arya wouldn't. Arya would never betray another member of her family, though in the books, Sansa's betrayal is much worse (not only does she write a letter begging Robb to bend the knee before Joffrey, but also warns the Lannisters that Ned intends to leave King's Landing, which causes his imprisonment and execution). But the TV show has distanced itself a lot from the books, which makes us generate doubts about the future relationship of the Stark sisters. Probably in the final chapter we will know everything. Let's hope Sansa does not fall into the trap of Littlefinger and do something crazy with Arya. The reunion is something that many of us had been waiting for and this absurd confrontation about something that took place years ago brings us to a state of anxiety before the unknown.

Finally, returning to the subject of Jon Snow and his companions, we discover that by killing a White Walker, all those Undead who have been converted by him die. This makes finishing the Army of the Dead much easier.
Then, there is a not too long but exciting battle which ends with the fellowship surrounded by the undead but protected by an icy lake.

The truth is that the verisimilitude of Game of Thrones is gradually lost, because it is impossible to believe that Gendry made it to the Wall in such a short time, the raven reached Dragonstone on that day and Dany's dragons traveled all over Westeros in one day. That means that Jon, Tormund, The Hound, Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion remained surrounded by White Walkers at least four days, a time in which they would have died.
Viserion's death was something that no one expected. The Night King assassinates the dragon named in honor of the brother of Daenerys, Viserys, and in the last scene he turns it into a Undead Dragon. That means the battle that will probably take place in the eighth season between the White Walkers and the Army of the Living will be even more exciting than it was going to be. For the first time we have seen that dragons can be defeated.

Uncle Benjen's death was absolutely unnecessary (not to mention that George RR Martin mentioned innumerable times that Coldhands is not Benjen Stark).
Last but not least, the relationship between Daenerys and Jon is consolidating. It is clear that at some point after this chapter their relationship will go beyond formalities and strategic alliances. The last scene in which they both share a few words is rather cheesy, something that has never happened before in Game of Thrones.

It is clear that the TV show is continuing to put aside the books' plot (something that can be verified seeing how the plot of Dorne has degenerated or the disappearance of magnificent characters like Aegon Targaryen or Victarion Greyjoy), and that is becoming more predictable, although there is no doubt that it is still one of the best series I've seen in my entire life, and there is no doubt that Game of Thrones will leave us shocked and satisfied once again.
In my humble opinion, the books are much better, but now I prefer to assess the books of A Song of Ice and Fire and the series of Game of Thrones separately, because in my opinion only a few things unite them, and it's better not to compare them.

Episode rating: 9/10.


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