C. Molly Smith
August 29, 2017 2:54 pm

The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale brought about a lot of questions: How was Bran able to see everything except for Rhaegar and Lyanna’s secret wedding? How will lovers Dany and Jon react when they find out that they’re related? What’s going to happen to the North (and Westeros, at large), now that the Wights and White Walkers have stormed through the Wall? (Thanks, Viserion.) And perhaps most pressingly, is Tormund okay?!

But the big question I can’t shake comes from the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 7, “Beyond the Wall.” In the episode, Jon led a ragtag crew on a mission to scoop up a Wight, all to prove to Cersei that the undead are, in fact, a very real threat. And in that process, they came face to face with the Night King and his army. Naturally, shit hit the fan — you know, because a small group of men got nothing on an ENTIRE ARMY.

And perhaps, the situation could have been improved if the Hound hadn’t acted like an idiot.

To recap, Jon and company wound up stranded in the middle of a frozen lake, surrounded by the Army of the Dead — who wouldn’t move in on their living enemies once they realized how fragile the ice beneath them was. That is, until the Hound later proved to them that the ice was safe to walk across. Even worse, he did so in the stupidest, most avoidable way.

Seemingly bored while trapped in the center of the lake, the Hound threw a rock toward the army and hit a Wight in the jaw. Then, he threw another rock, but this one hit the ice — and didn’t fall through. In effect, he proved to the Wights/White Walkers that they could make it across the frozen waters. And yeah, an attack soon followed.

Now, I’m not saying that the battle could have been avoided completely it the Hound hadn’t acted like a nitwit. Maybe the Wights/White Walkers would have realized that they could make their way across the ice on their own. And it’s not like the Night King needed to cross the ice to prove that he’s a javelin wiz.

But maybe, just maybe, the battle could have been delayed, and our heroes could’ve had a little more time on their side. Perhaps Dany could have gotten in and out of that very bad situation quicker with Jon, Jorah, Tormund, and the other men — oh, and with all her dragons in tact. IF ONLY THE HOUND HADN’T ACTED LIKE AN IMPATIENT CHILD. But no, the Hound had to go and throw a rock.

Like, if you’re going to start some shit, Sandor, at least have it be worth something, anything.

This only made things harder for you, your compatriots, and your mission. Oh, and now you have an ice dragon to contend with. And a fuckton of Wights/White Walkers. Because of a stupid rock. Was it worth it, Sandor? Could you look me in the eyes, and tell me that you’re happy now? Yeah, I don’t think so. C’mon, Sandor.

The thing I don’t get is how his actions weren’t scrutinized by the rest of his crew. I’m pissed and I wasn’t even there. I was watching comfortably in my warm, comfortable apartment, so why didn’t the Game of Thrones characters criticize ROCK-AGEDDON at all?! Maybe they felt like they had bigger fish to fry, that what’s done is done and the best thing they can do is move on. No point in dwelling on the past, blah blah blah.

Except, there is a point in that. Maybe not dwelling, but the Hound can take with him the lesson that it’s not cool to make rash, unnecessary decisions during life and death situations occurring in real time. So maybe keep that in mind during the Great War. Okay, bud? Not to mention, Cleganebowl.

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