Last night’s (8/6) Game of Thrones delivered what I’ve been waiting for. I’ve been a little let down after the previous 3 episodes. They were full of build-up, trying to be great but falling way short. The most exciting thing (besides Ed Sheeran) was Uncle Asshole, AKA Euron Greyjoy basically wiping out the Dornish and Ironborn fleets and Theon jumping overboard and abandoning his sister.
And all of that took what, 5 minutes?
Sure there have been little things, like Cersei claiming her revenge on Ellaria Sand by giving her daughter the same kiss of death that Ellaria had given Myrcella. Arya claiming revenge on House Frey. But tonight is when things really started to happen. (Spoilers)
Jamie and Bronn are fresh from their massacre at Highgarden, Bronn’s complaining about still not having a castle and Jamie wants to show mercy on the soldiers who fled Highgarden. That’s what I got from that scene anyway.
Arya finally makes it to Winterfell, where she has little trouble getting past the guards. Finally, the youngest Starks, minus Rickon, are reunited in their home. Well, Bran doesn’t see it as home anymore since he’s no longer Bran, but the Three Eyed Raven. Is anyone else a little creeped out by his new personality?
Jon may have finally convinced Daenerys of the White Walkers existence. He showed her the writing on the wall, literally. The Children of the Forest were in the caves long ago and left a story showing how they worked with humans to stop the Army of the Dead. Dany’s still on her #BendTheKnee kick though and it doesn’t seem like Jon is going to give in.
Arya has an epic ‘training‘ session with Brienne of Tarth while Sansa looks on from above, with the creeper Littlefinger by her side. Again, who else is creeped out by this guy? And what’s up with him giving Bran the dagger that almost killed him?! The way Arya looked at him pretty much assured us that he made her list of names.
Even with all of that the real gold didn’t come until the final 10 minutes or so of the episode. Theon and a few men arrive at Dragonstone and ask Daenerys for help saving his sister.
Jamie and Bronn are trying to get the gold they’ve procured back to King’s Landing so Cersei can pay off her debts. Just when I started to zone out the Lannister army goes into defensive position and the Dothraki come riding in from over the hills. The Lannister army was never a match for the Dothraki, those guys live to fight. But they attempt to hold the line anyway. Even when the Dothraki stand up while riding their horses at full speed and start shooting arrows. As if things couldn’t get more epic, here comes Daenerys riding Drogon. Then she says it.
Pass after pass Daenerys and Drogon lay waste to the Lannister army. Then Bronn makes it to the harpoon/bolt gun thing and manages to bring Drogon down with a bolt through the wing. Tyrion is quietly urging his brother, the only sibling he can stand, to flee from afar. Jamie has never been one to back down though, so he grabs a spear and charges for the vulnerable duo. Drogon spots him and prepares to lay fiery waste to the King Slayer when someone jumps off of a horse and knocks Jamie into the water. I’m thinking it was Bronn, but the scene was cryptic.
While this episode ended on a major cliffhanger, it was one I was happy to have. Now I’m even more excited for Game of Thrones Season 7 episode 5. I have a feeling things are going to keep getting more intense until the big battle we’re all waiting for. Well, one of them at least.
Who do you think we’ll see in an epic battle first, the Night King or Cersei?