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Major spoilers ahead for the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, called "The Dragon and the Wolf." If you're not caught up on the episode just yet, check out some of our other Game of Thrones coverage.

Game of Thrones Season 7 has come to an end, after only seven episodes. The finale closed on a crazy cliffhanger that finally delivered one of the big moments fans have been awaiting for seven years now, courtesy of the Night King. He finally rode south with his army of the dead and fellow White Walkers, and he overcame the one last barrier in a truly remarkable way. The Wall has come down.

The series first picked up back in Season 1 beyond the Wall, with a group of Night's Watch brothers encountering wights and White Walkers. In the years since, we've learned that the White Walkers have been amassing a force to march on the Seven Kingdoms. Still, there was one thing that meant that folks of Westeros were safe from the dead: the Wall. The Wall stood for hundreds and hundreds of years, with everybody from the lords of the Seven Kingdoms to the maesters of the Citadel believing that nothing truly evil could penetrate or bring down that Wall. The Great War would never come so long as the Wall was standing.

Well, in "The Dragon and the Wolf," the Night King achieved the impossible, and it's all thanks to his latest wight acquisition. In last week's "Beyond the Wall," Dany lost one of her dragons when the Night King shot Viserion out of the sky. Death was not the end for Viserion, however. A horde of wights fished Viserion's body out of a frozen lake, and the Night King reanimated the corpse. He got himself a dragon, and that dragon gave him the means to do what no other men or monsters managed to accomplish: topple the Wall.

While the fall of the Wall obviously means bad things for the folks of the Seven Kingdom, the sequence had to be pretty awesome for fans everywhere. Viserion, with his wings tattered and the Night King holding onto his back a la Dany on Drogon, flew at the Wall and blasted the structure that has stood for so many years. Resurrection evidently changed his ability to breathe fire into the ability to blast ice. He had enough force in him that the ice was enough to take down the ice of the Wall at Eastwatch.

Admittedly, "The Dragon and the Wolf" didn't show the entire Wall falling, so the good guys may be able to focus their attention on the dead army entering at what used to be Eastwatch. Then again, the Night King still has his dragon, and there's not necessarily anything that will stop him from just using dead Viserion to blast a whole in any old section of the Wall that happens to be in his way. I think it's safe to say that the White Walkers did indeed win in Season 7.

We can only cross our fingers and hope we don't have to wait too much longer for news of Game of Thrones Season 8. Swing by our fall TV premiere schedule for your viewing options now and in the coming weeks, and check out our picks for wild Game of Thrones theories to see what we got right for Season 7.

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