Game of Thrones Episode 6 Review: “Beyond the Wall”

Game of Thrones Episode 6 Review: "Beyond the Wall"

Game of Thrones Episode 6 Review: “Beyond the Wall”

“Beyond The Wall” has longtime Game of Thrones fans up in arms about the far-fetched action and wandering storylines. But can some of the spectacle be explained? Gene takes a stab at explaining the Top 10 WTF Moments of Season 7, Episode 6 in this Deep Dive Solo Pod Special. Also, take a deeper look at some of the powerful dialogue and ponder this question: Is Game of Thrones hurting itself by trying to outdo itself?

Game of Thrones Episode 6 Summary: “Beyond the Wall” is the sixth episode of the seventh season of HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 66th overall. It was written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by Alan Taylor. At 70 minutes, it was the series’ longest episode until the airing of the season’s finale.

The episode’s main plot focuses on Jon Snow’s raiding party as they journey north of the Wall; they successfully capture a wight to prove the threat, though Thoros is killed. Daenerys rescues the group from the Army of the Dead, and the Night King kills and reanimates Viserion. Jon is separately rescued by Benjen, who sacrifices himself, and Jon acknowledges Daenerys as Queen. Meanwhile, at Winterfell, tension builds between Sansa and Arya.

The title of the episode is taken from the namesake lands where most of the episode takes place. “Beyond the Wall” received mostly praise from critics, who listed the epic scale and special effects of the battle between the White Walkers and the dragons, the interactions between the northern raiding party, and Jon swearing fealty to Daenerys as highlights of the episode, though some reviewers criticized the episode for “defying logic” and its rushed storytelling. In the United States, the episode achieved a viewership of 10.24 million in its initial broadcast.

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4 Responses

  1. tez says:

    Just wanted to say: now that we have a dragon missing, the 3 riders theory including Tyrion is probably out the window. More evidence for my dark guess that Tyrion’s gonna die this season? Well, I mean next episode.
    Where they’ll be taking the wight to King’s Landing to meet Cersei. (!?)
    The trailer also shows Tyrion will be there.
    Aww, man! 🙁

  2. Jesse says:

    Arya was pushing Sansa to see where she stood, but now they.are.working to expose Petyr. “I have work to do” almost seems like a code word phrase.
    I am getting g sick of Deus ex Dracaris.

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