‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale: What Did Fans and Critics Think?

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale: What Did Fans and Critics Think?

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale: What Did Fans and Critics Think?

The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale had millions of viewers enthralled, but how did they feel after all was said and done?

We’ve collecting a sampling of reviews from around the Internet (from critics and Twitter users alike) and found that while some viewers loved “The Dragon and the Wolf,” others felt a bit… frosted.

Check out excerpts and tweets in the slideshow above.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale: What Did Fans and Critics Think?
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The Hound and Brienne bury the hatchet
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“Just as the elements came together to bring a conclusive end to Westeros’s summer — with the first flakes dazzling Jaime — so did they come together to wrap up an uneven season.

“The zombie finale was sufficiently dazzling, and it was preceded by, at very long last, an episode that set up the stakes and the players’ methods in a manner that did more than hypothetical dithering.

“There have been some great moments in this penultimate season, and a lot of time spent on setup. But the finale’s big moments proved that the show’s best days still lay ahead.” – TIME’s Daniel D’Addario

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Daenerys makes her entrance
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Cersei sees her first wight

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Game of Thrones’ season finale promised to bring together more characters than ever before, and it certainly delivered on that front.

“While it saw the dead march on in a moment of epic spectacle, and provided a huge revelation about one of its central character’s lineage, it’s in the ensemble’s many deep and fraught relationships that this extended episode was at its best.” – Digital Spy’s Alex Mullane

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Jon refuses and ruins the deal
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Tyrion goes to speak to Cersei alone
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“What’s so great about the episode is it takes its time. The first 30 minutes of this 79-minute behemoth … are a single set piece, the big parlay in the Dragon Pit at King’s Landing.

“The obstacle of the episode isn’t an opposing military or zombies or dialogue like ‘bad p—y.’ It’s a question of persuasion. Diplomacy. How to convince someone with words. And also with a chained up wight.

“That’s the show I fell for in the early seasons, the one where almost every scene was two parties in a room pitting their worldviews against each other, and sometimes there was awesome supernatural stuff.” – The A.V. Club’s Brandon Nowalk

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Cersei agrees to add her army to Dany and Jon’s

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Sansa learns Jon bent the knee to Dany
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“Swooping and burning towards next year’s six-episode finale like one of Dany’s dragons, tonight’s David Benioff and D.B. Weiss-penned ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ finale at nearly 80 minutes was ultimately, absolutely, and appropriately epic …

“The GoT season ender cunningly blurred whatever line remains between the small and big screens in a way that may be as game-changing as the HBO blockbuster’s plot itself.” – Deadline’s Dominic Patten

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Littlefinger suggests Arya really does want to kill Sansa
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Theon rallies the Ironborn to save Yara

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“Well, it’s over. After a rocky Season 7, Game of Thrones managed to dust itself off with ‘The Dragon and the Wolf,’ a decent — if overlong — finale episode full of crying men and stone-cold ladies in hot dresses.

“Did you get the deaths you were hoping for? Did you have to suppress a laugh at how jaunty the Night King looked, bouncing up and down on his dead dragon?” – Vanity Fair’s Bennett Madison

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…but really, it’s Littlefinger on trial!
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…and Littlefinger dies
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“Wow. A Game of Thrones season characterized by a blazingly fast pace and staggering action sequences closed with an extra-long episode that absolutely riveted by hitting the brakes …

“The 80-minute episode’s contemplative tone and masterful direction by Jeremy Podeswa gave every scene plenty of breathing room. This was a return to the very basics of drama — great writing, acting, and direction — and was the best episode of the season.” – Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd

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What’s more, she tells Jaime she and Euron are secretly plotting

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Samwell reunites with Bran
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“While Sunday’s very busy episode had plenty of enjoyable moments and blue fire-fueled spectacle, and effectively set up next season’s culminating clashes of the living, the dead and the old venal forces of cyclical destruction, it didn’t offer much in the way of surprise.

“Indeed, the finale largely checked off boxes that have been broadly telegraphed throughout the season.” – The New York Times’ Jeremy Egner

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Bran tells Sam about Jon’s parentage
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Bran sees that wedding, as do we

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“‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ combined spectacle and character in a way that most of this season has failed to do.

“It was still a clumsily structured episode in which one scene after another produced a ‘Wait, that doesn't make sense’ head-scratch followed by a ‘Oh, that’s because it was a twist’ follow-through.

“It also had a few too many moments that were satisfying in fan-service-y ways, but damned if it wasn’t still satisfying as heck and that’s how Game of Thrones needed to end this season.” – The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Feinberg

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Jon and Dany have sex…
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Arya says Sansa’s the rightful Lady of Winterfell
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“With interpersonal beats and world-shifting revelations, both were delivered with the force necessary to sustain this TV megalith. It’s a dramatic engine that doesn’t allow for small doses.

“Still, enough of these parting views of the Westerosi chessboard felt earned, sending this series off into its final offseason as a show worth returning to.” – IndieWire’s Steve Greene

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The dragon puts a big hole in the Wall

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IMDb User Rating: 9.7/10 after 14,428 votes

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The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale had millions of viewers enthralled, but how did they feel after all was said and done?

We’ve collecting a sampling of reviews from around the Internet (from critics and Twitter users alike) and found that while some viewers loved “The Dragon and the Wolf,” others felt a bit… frosted.

Check out excerpts and tweets in the slideshow above.