I’ll say it right away, this is not my favorite show on television. I can think of a few others I enjoy more than Game of Thrones. But if its seventh season is any indicator, I am beginning to like this series more and more. In a shortened season, we get to see some of the things we’ve been promised over the course of six seasons. This new season is very much one about reunions. Aside from questionable character motivations, Game of Thrones gave viewers a character driven season that features some wonderful interactions between them.

From the outset, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Dany (Emilia Clarke) are the focus of the season. This is a spoiler free review, but the season eventually builds to an important reveal that we already knew was coming. There are several predictable moments in this season. Perhaps thats what keeps from topping its previous one. However, for a penultimate season of TV’s most popular show, it will surely satisfy the shows hardcore fanbase.

Much of the plot surrounding season seven revolves on finding a way to beat the Army of the Dead. This is Jon’s main concern and once he proves to Dany that they exist, they must prove it to all of Westeros. The plot point is necessary, but the means in which the plot is moved forward is unnecessarily dangerous. Some of our favorite characters form a magnificent seven type team in order to catch a wight so they may prove to Cersei there are greater wars ahead of them than the one for the Iron Throne.

The face to face conversations are what really stand out. The shows excellent dialogue is brilliantly used. Unlike any other show, Game of Thrones is able to show and not tell with its dialogue. Even in minor scenes including (MINOR SPOILER) one between the Hound and the Mountain. Where the show transcends its genre, is its ability to dive deeper into the psyches of its characters without much effort. The simple interactions and the way the actors play off each other is seamless.

We may have to wait a couple to find out how this story ends. Season seven ends in a satisfying way and as mentioned will create an aura of desperation for hardcore watchers. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited to see how it ends. That being said, Game of Thrones doesn’t drift into obsession territory for me. But in its most character driven season yet, the show is building to what could be an epic conclusion.

Best Episode: Episode 4, “The Spoils of War”
Worst Episode: Episode 6, “Beyond The Wall”
Season Score: 8.5/10
Conclusion: Game of Thrones ups the stakes in season seven while rarely forgetting what the makes the show more than just run of the mill fantasy fare.