Okay, let’s get this out of the way early on: spoiler alert!
Sunday’s Game of Thrones finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” was everything that viewers could have wanted – from finally seeing all of our favorite characters sitting down together to watching Euron “chicken out” at the sight of the White Walker to that dirty deed at the end. Yes, “The Dragon and the Wolf” was exactly the Game of Thrones episode that we’ve been waiting for.
The seventh season finale dealt with a lot of themes surrounding the idea of either confronting an issue or running away.
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This has a lot to do with the way we treat certain real-life situations. We can either confront the issue head-on, or else we can sit here and lie about it to others, continuing to bury it. Let’s dive into four of the main themes in this episode and what we can learn from them:
1. Running Away From the Issue
Let’s be honest with ourselves: we all hate Euron. He’s not necessarily worse than Ramsay, but we can all relate to having that crazy uncle or cousin who we don’t like. When Jon and the gang bring the White Walker to the land of the living, the Hound unveils it and “terrifies” Euron so much that he runs away from the problem. Often when confronted with a huge amount of debt – or other life problems – people will turn their heads and run. But your debt is eventually going to catch up to you, and it’s better to deal with the problem now, rather than later.
2. Lying About It to Everyone
During the council meeting, Euron’s potentially betrothed, Cersei, pulled a fast one and claimed that she wouldn’t help Daenerys and Jon battle the White Walkers. We all saw this coming, but at the same time, we didn’t want to believe it after her conversation with Tyrion.
Tyrion went to Cersei after she rejected the initial proposal to join forces in battle and tried to convince her to take up arms. He seemed to convince Cersei to join the battle, but behind closed doors, she planned to completely blindside everyone. In a confession (more like a betrayal) to Jaime, Cersei told her twin that she lied to everyone and that the Lannister forces wouldn’t join everyone in the North. She showed her cards and shared that Euron had sailed across the world to Essos to pick up an army of mercenaries.
In life, we betray ourselves by trying to ignore our increasing debts or threats, telling ourselves that it’s not a big deal. This can become such an issue that it overwhelms us and we continue to tell this lie to everyone. We weave our webs thicker, convincing those around us that everything is fine. But in reality, it’s not. It’s best to tell the truth about issues with your finances and seek help from those around you.
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3. Upholding Your Honor and Fulfilling Your Promises
We finally saw Jamie Lannister wake up and ditch his sister in “The Dragon and the Wolf.”
While I don’t usually condone running from your issues, I’m totally okay with it when there’s a murderous giant lurking behind you. The moment Jamie learned of Cersei’s betrayal, he took a stand – and rightfully so. The threat of the White Walkers was imminent, and Jamie was more terrified than ever. He’d always done everything he could to protect his family and the woman he loves… until now.
At the end of Jaime and Cersei’s tumultuous conversation, he told her straight-up that he made a vow that he intended to keep – that he’d ride north, no matter what she did. The lesson here is that when you make a promise, you keep it – bottom line.
Credit cards and personal loans aren’t things that you can just willy-nilly claim bankruptcy on and walk away from. You have to take ownership of the financial promise that you’ve made. Same goes for student loans (something you can’t claim bankruptcy on). When you turn your back on your responsibilities, you destroy everything that you’ve built, ruin your credit, and endanger your future.
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4. Confronting the Issues Head-On
Jon and Daenerys – along with the rest of their crew – have seen firsthand how destructive the White Walkers can be. After losing a dragon last week, Daenerys understands the value in confronting the issue of the White Walkers head-on.
Now that Jon has her on his side, he can take proof of the disastrous potential of the White Walkers straight to those who need convincing. After receiving what they think is going to help in the battle to come, they confront the issue and take their forces north, where they intend to eradicate the White Walkers.
When you set out to confront an issue, there's absolutely no reason why you can’t conquer it. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, it’s going to take everything you’ve got. But it’s going to be worth it in the end. Break out your dragon and seek others’ help in solving your problems, whether they’re financial, entrepreneurial, or personal.
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A Final Thought
The seventh season of Game of Thrones is over. It’s going to be a difficult year and a half until we see the next season. Between now and then, the night is dark and full of terrors, but you can keep those terrors from leaking into your life and poisoning it. Take up arms and fight for your right to lead a happier life.
What lessons have you learned from watching Game of Thrones? And what do you think is going to happen next season?