GAME OF THRONES Season 7 Winners & Losers
Now that season 7 of Game of Thrones is out of the way, let’s look at the latest winners and losers of the HBO hit, both on and off screen. If you haven’t watched Season 7 yet and are waiting on the DVD box set for Christmas, look away now, as this article is dark and full of spoilers.
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WINNER: The Night King
There’s a lot of crazy fan theories about who the Night King is and what he wants. What isn’t in doubt is that he played Season 7 in superb fashion, even remembering to pack some dragon chains with him in Episode 6. Now he has a dragon of his own, is south of the wall, and an army of the dead to do his bidding. Who can stop him?
WINNER: Euron Greyjoy
We found the crazy uncle Euron a bit annoying at first, but he has steadily grown on us, and the way he walked out of that King’s Landing summit meeting was positively kingly. There seems to be a big showdown between Euron and Theon on the horizon, and we can’t wait to see how the Yara rescue mission pans out. Euron is probably a dead cert for the chopping block, but it will be a fun ride to his doom.
WINNER: Pirates (and we don’t mean Iron Islanders)
This season of Game of Thrones was the most pirated ever, with illegal streams now making up the lion’s share of views. As of the time of writing, Game of Thrones season 7 has been illegally streamed an amazing one billion times, making it the most pirated show ever.
WINNER: House Stark
The Starks have had a tough time of it in Game of Thrones, what with Bran falling out of a tower, Ned having his head chopped off, Cat watching her son and unborn grandchild being killed in front of her, Sansa raped on her wedding night, and so on, but it all came together for them in Season 7. Now Sansa is Lady of Winterfell, Arya is chief executioner, and Jon is heir to the Iron Throne. Quite a turnaround. This being GoT, of course, it won’t last, and we wonder what kind of bittersweet tragedy the family faces next.
WINNER: Jaime Lannister
It may have taken him 7 seasons, but the most handsome man in Westeros finally realized that his sister/lover was totally nuts and decided to leave her. He even managed to avoid getting split in half by the Mountain, and last time we saw him, he was riding north into the snow. Will he join up again with Tyrion, and which of them will get the chance to kill off Cersei in Season 8?
LOSER: Ed Sheeran
Actually, the sub-headline above works on its own. But pop’s most irritating redhead since Mick Hucknall had a bad start to his acting career, with his 4-minute cameo on GoT as wooden as one of Syrio Forel’s swords. We just hope his platoon was burned up by Daenerys and her dragon at the Loot Train battle in episode 4, and we don’t have to listen to any more of his new ballads.
LOSER: Tyrion Lannister
Another bad season for little Tyrion, who continues to offer shockingly bad advice to Daenerys, and it’s hard to see him holding onto his position as Hand of the Queen much longer. We much preferred the drinking/knowing things version of Tyrion from Westeros, and we hope to see him reverting to his bad boy ways soon.
LOSER: HBO security
There were two major leaks during the season, and both of them were down to incompetence. First, HBO’s India partner released the fourth episode a couple of days early, and then HBO Spain accidentally uploaded episode 6 to their website a full week before it’s air time. The solution to this problem should be obvious for HBO: stop syndicating the show around the world with simultaneous airtimes, and charge people to watch it directly on your own platform. It works for Netflix and Amazon.
LOSER: House Tyrell
After half the family were wiped out at the Great Sept of Baelor in season 6, Lady Olenna Tyrell was up for revenge against the Lannisters this time round. Shame it didn’t work out for her, as she certainly got bamboozled by wily Cersei, and now the rains wash o’er her hall. Diana Rigg showed once again why she is still one of Britain’s great actresses, and will be sorely missed.
The twist ending of the Starks having been plotting together all along to trick Littlefinger was very cool indeed. But we were disappointed by how easily Littlefinger was fooled by Arya and Sansa. Is this really how the Machiavellian mastermind from the early seasons should have met his end? Now the only question is how Arya will use this new face in her Winter collection next season.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN SEASON 8?
How will the final season wrap up this song of ice and fire? The GoT fans at Gambling Metropolis discussed which of the top contenders will claim the Iron Throne and who will end up dead, as well as some rather crazy fan theories – the one about the Night King is rather intriguing!