'GOT' season 7 slays in more ways than one

Season seven of HBO's hit fantasy drama "Game of Thrones," which was based off of the best-selling novels written by George R. R. Martin, was the best of the series thus far.

And I think it has something to do with the season being trimmed down to a measly seven episodes, rather than the typical 10.

Doing so, I believe, forced the showrunners to jampack more storylines into the shorter season. When I first found out that there was going to be a shorter season earlier this year, I was among the millions of angry "Game of Thrones" fans -- I mean come on, it's the pinnacle of our summers really -- who were frustrated by the episode cuts.

But having to fit more stories into smaller screen time might have actually done the show some good, because each season there is usually at least one standout episode, and every single episode this year was truly incredible.

This season gave us so many things die-hard fans of TV series had been waiting for for so long, including many long awaited reunions.

Several of the Stark siblings -- one of the major families in the show, who were torn apart from each other all the way back in season one -- have finally reunited.

Sansa -- who I named my daughter after if that gives you an inkling into how passionate I am about the show -- and her brother Bran first reunited and then their presumed dead sister Arya joined them just an episode later.

To those unfamiliar with the show, that might not seem like a big deal but we have been following these siblings for seven seasons while they carved their own paths, all trying to find a way to get back to their home in Winterfell and ultimately to each other. I especially loved it when the two sisters who are night and day apart, came together to kill -- spoiler alert -- the conniving and pervy Littlefinger once and for all.

Another pairing up that I was excited to see was between Jon Snow, who is King of The North, and Daenerys Targaryen, the self-proclaimed dragon-queen who is attempting to take back the Iron Throne in King's Landing, Westeros.

What made their meeting so incredible is the fact that again, we have been following their separate storylines on the show for seven seasons and it's so exciting getting to watch two characters we all know and love finally interact with each other -- and their interaction did not disappoint.

They both stood their ground, argued fiercely with each other when Jon refused to bend the knee to her and ultimately, became lovers. Their chemistry was hot and I have been banking on them getting together since season one and was so thrilled for this power couple to finally happen. Since George R. R. Martin has not finished writing the books and the showrunners are going off of insider knowledge he gave them to end the series, I am so hopeful those two will end up dominating Westeros together.

Another thing that made this season so great was the dragons. Now we've gotten dragons each season since they were first hatched during the season one finale, but we have never gotten so much of the majestic, beastly creatures then we did this season and I loved it.

When Daenerys' dragons came out of nowhere to massacre the Lannister army later this season, I was beyond giddy. Not at all of the fictional deaths necessarily, but at how incredibly strong Dany looked riding on her dragon, commanding him to spray fire on the troops trying to kill her loyal followers. And the fact that she was losing the war and that the Lannisters didn't see the attack coming was even more satisfying.

Speaking of dragons, one of the most incredible moments of this season was when Daenerys rode on her dragon to save Jon Snow and his band of men who were searching for a white walker -- basically a zombie -- to take to Queen Cersei in Westeros to prove to her that there is a greater threat to them all than just each other. Yet again, Daenerys came swooping down on one of her dragons to kill thousands of white walkers and it's safe to say that it was a pretty awesome scene.

The most heart wrenching moment of the season happened then when the leader of the white walkers, also known as the Night King, threw a spear into the sky, killing one of the dragons -- may you rest in peace Viserion -- and shocking every viewer who thought the dragons were invincible. Even more chilling was when the Night King re-animated the dragon Viserion at the end of the episode to become a dead dragon. My jaw-dropped when I saw that moment because it was so unexpected and really pushed the show to the next level.

The most heart-stopping moment of the season of course was when the dead dragon was then used to obliterate the wall, which had been standing for thousands of years to protect the west from the deadly creatures. That was a "Game of Thrones" game changer right there.

Sadly, we won't find out how our favorite characters will deal with the impending threat of a strong dead army with a new dead dragon until March of 2019 -- yes you read that right, we have to wait a whole almost TWO YEARS for season eight.

I am personally highly offended by this gross lack of judgement on HBO and the showrunners for causing such miserable pain to millions of GOT fans. But when season eight does premiere, I have a feeling it's going to be the best one yet and I for one, cannot freaking wait.

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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