Game of Thrones
The seventh season was a rollercoaster of fan pleasing moments and high action that seemed to truly pay off the previous six years of development for Game of Thrones, while setting up the show’s endgame in style. Yes, characters and plotlines whizzed around the chessboard in half an episode where previously this might have taken half a season, but the sense of heightened tension was electric and there were moments this year that will surely remain highlights of the entire show when it was done.
From the epic battle of the Reach where Daenerys and her dragon unleashed fire and destruction upon the Lannister armies to the equally horrific battle beyond the wall as she swooped in to save Jon Snow and his band of merry men from the army of the dead, the show was filled with huge moments that changed the landscape of the series forever. But the smaller moments shouldn’t be overlooked too; from Arya’s revenge against Walder Frey in the opening moments to the season, to Olenna Tyrell’s bittersweet death and the meeting of several unconnected characters in Eastwatch. The final meeting of Jon Snow and Daenerys Stormborn brought a fresh perspective to both characters, while Cersei relished in her villainy.
While the season will be remembered for dragons and battles and the coming of the dead, it was also about the phenomenal performances from all involved and fantastic writing that gave us shocks and revelations, moments of joy and horror on a weekly basis. Yes it was fast paced and maybe – *maybe* – could have benefitted from slowing down the pace for at least eight episodes, but it was in many ways some of the most exciting and satisfying television I have watched this year. It will be a long, long wait for season eight…