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"Beyond The Wall" delivered the epic battles and plot twists that are expected from the penultimate episode of a Game of Thrones season -- although sometimes in ways that defied logic.
"Beyond the Wall" is quite simply a brutal, exciting, oddly emotional hour-and-a-bit of television.
Despite the characters' rush to stop their squabbling, gather forces and stockpile crops, Game of Thrones shouldn't be in a rush to gloss over what the show does best: fully immerse viewers in a vibrant and engaging world.
The transition of Game of Thrones from gutter-dirty medieval caper to traditional fantasy epic is complete.
A supersized episode this week, 70! Glorious! Minutes! Of walking and bonding and mauling and wight-snatching and deus-ex-machining.
It quickly became apparent that the episode was geared toward one big, memorable image -- zombie dragon -- and it didn't care how much nonsense we had to endure to get it.
Shock death, bloody death, mass death -- you name it, a penultimate episode has brought it. And "Beyond The Wall" brought what is certainly the biggest death yet.
It's possible that next season only spends a fraction of its runtime on the "great war to come" and instead spends the majority of the plot sorting out the argument Tyrion brings up in this episode: what replaces the broken wheel?
With the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones season 7 in the books, it's okay to take a moment and allow yourself to be traumatized. That was, to say that least, a lot.
This was a brutal, intense, immensely well-made episode with some of the best dialogue the show has had to offer.
'Beyond the Wall' followed through on that promise and then some, dedicating almost the entire hour to this suicide mission, and although it gave us a succession of ultra-cool moments, it wasn't without its flaws.
It says a lot about how much Jon has already ingratiated himself to Dany that the Mother of Dragons would even risk going to save him and the others.
I guess Drogon wasn't the dragon we needed to worry about this season.