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This season of Game of Thrones has felt like a sprint, packing in huge plot points, long-awaited reveals, and action-packed sequences in record time. The season finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” hewed to that formula from the very first frame. Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Cersei Lannister all ended up in the same location at the same time. The Clegane brothers finally faced off, if only for a moment. Littlefinger finally ended up on the losing end of a manipulation gone wrong. And the long-awaited romantic union of Dany and Jon finally arrived — just as the show decided to clue audiences in on Jon Snow’s real name and lineage. And did we mention that The Wall came tumbling down? Because that happened, too.

Like much of the season,…

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