Game of Thrones’ season 7 finale was the most-watched episode in the show’s history. While it had its satisfying sequences, the consensus across social media was mixed. In typical Game of Thrones fashion, the finale left a lot of unanswered questions to set up a final season a year or two from now. But there were also rushed, predictable plot points that left the fans frustrated, and sparked a good deal of online debate.
Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 7
1. A justification for Theon’s ongoing story
I probably have more sympathy for Theon than most Game of Thrones fans, but seriously, how did he survive that beatdown at Dragonstone? His conversation with Jon, which marked his transformation from victim to attempted hero, was satisfying, but his first step toward that heroism — a fight with Harrag over whether the Ironborn survivors would go rescue Yara — looked like a fatal misstep. Then Theon got his moment of eunuch glory, and with one headbutt and some punches, he takes out a guy who’s twice his size. And that show of machismo suddenly wins back his people. Why didn’t Theon try to learn where Yara was while he was in King’s Landing, where she was last seen? Why didn’t he enlist the help of Brienne, Jon, and Jorah, some of the best fighters on the show? Who even cares about the Greyjoys at this point? Yara and Theon are not about to stop the White Walkers, so why the focus on them? Maybe because they have a fleet, and zombies can’t swim? I really hope that’s the reason this storyline is being stretched out.
2. A resolution for Tormund and Beric Dondarrion
The showrunners kept virtually all of the key characters alive through season 7, so it’s safe to assume Beric Dondarrion and Tormund survived the destruction of Eastwatch. We saw other Night’s Watch members falling to their deaths, but Beric and Tormund got to watch in horror, then make a run for it. Their story is probably going to echo Jamie and Bronn mysteriously escaping Drogon’s flames, and we’ll likely still see them in season 8. But if they’re dead, why not show it? If they’re alive, how? They managed to run from a dragon-sized cataclysm and then the entire army of the dead? Who knows!
3. An explanation for Tyrion Lannister, jealous stalker
One of the scenes that came as a surprise was Tyrion lurking despondently outside Dany’s chambers as…