My Insight Into Game Of Thrones S7E6

WARNING

The below post will contain spoilers of Season 7 Episode 3 of Game of Thrones. If you have not seen the episode yet and do not want spoilers please DO NOT read on. For everyone else, let’s begin.

Quiet in the realm GOT

            Let me start out by saying when I see the four words flash across my screen on Sunday nights I get giddy and don’t pay attention to any social media. Those four lovely words are, “Quiet In The Realm.”

Now just a quick overview of what I will be doing on posts like this. I will not be recapping a full episodes of Game of Thrones (GOT). I will be breaking down plotlines from time to time, going over character dynamics and just pointing out things I was thinking as I watched the show.

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Season 7 Episode 6

 

I’m going to jump right in and start with Arya and Sansa, who are still at Winterfell and haven’t heard from their brother, Jon Snow. Arya did a lot of mental poking of at Sansa in this episode even though we only saw them briefly. The first thing she did was read out the scroll she found in Littlefinger’s room. Blaming Sansa for their father’s death because she wanted to be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She also let Sansa know, that she was present at the beheading of their beloved father, Ned Stark. Sansa gets defensive and Arya asks her if it’s because she’s scared that she will show the Lords of the North her note and Sansa’s excuses of being young, scared and alone won’t go over well with Lady Mormont, who is younger than she was then and is currently leading her house. Sansa then gets an invitation to King’s Landing to speak with Queen Cersei. For some reason, she stupidly decides to send off her one loyal protector, Brienne of Tarth to this meeting in her place. While I look forward to seeing a reunion with Brienne and Jamie, this is not a good use Brienne for Sansa. Once again, she has fallen into Littlefinger’s plan.

Of course, Littlefinger decides to appear and root around in Sansa’s mind. Causing her to doubt her sister even more. Which sends Sansa to go through Arya’s room and find the faces in Arya’s bag. Sansa is shocked and confused by this and is then confronted by Arya right then. Arya explains her journey of  training to become a Faceless Man, which is something that Sansa has no context of. She then asks her sister to play the truth game which she had to do during her training with Jaqen H’ghar. Sansa refuses to answer and Arya pulls the Valerian steel knife on her that Bran gave her in a previous episode. Arya then makes Sansa aware that she could take her face, become her and no one would be the wiser before handing Sansa the knife and leaving the room.

This is a big transitioning point for these two characters. Arya calls Sansa out on all of her weaknesses: wanting power, being pretty and weak. She also points out that neither of the girls are where they thought they would be when the show started. Arya wanted to be a Knight and Sansa to be a Queen. Even though Sansa has grown as a character throughout the seasons, she still holds on to these tendencies which makes her an easy puppet for people like Littlefinger. I believe that Arya sees what is happening and is playing the game with Littlefinger by not letting him know she has caught on. I always hoped that Arya would be the one to kill Littlefinger, but now I believe Arya giving Sansa that dagger is a sign. Sansa has never directly killed someone with her own hands, the closest was Ramasy, whom she had fed to his dogs. I believe that Arya has set the stage for Sansa to end Littlefinger, which would be glorious for us all. Hopefully Sansa will stop Littlefinger from taking advantage of her! I also hope Brienne makes it to King’s Landing okay and as she is most likely walking directly into a trap.

Now it’s time to jump beyond the wall and join the merry group of men on a suicide mission to catch and bring back one of the dead. I really hate the fact that Jon, Jorah, Gendry, The Hound, Thoros of Myr, Beric Dondarrion, Tormund, and a few wildings are even outside of the wall. They hope to catch one of the wights still ‘alive’ and bring it back to Kings Landing to show Cersei that the White Walkers are real and are the bigger threat to all for now. Hopefully catching one of the dead will be worth this trip in the end.

The best part at the beginning is getting some bonding moments between Tormund and the Hound. I liked that Tormund tells The Hound he’s not as mean as he thinks he is and that there is sadness in his eyes. Also, as Tormund talks about his love for Brienne, he lets the Hound know that she’s still alive, which is foreshadowing for them to meet again. Then when Gendry is complaining about how the Brothers Without Banners gave him over to the Red Witch and left him for dead, The Hound jumps in and tells him to quit bitching because he’s alive and Beric has died six times, been brought back to life, and still doesn’t complain about it. This quickly shuts Gendry up as he stares on awe at the news he has received.

The group of men are quickly reminded where they are as an undead polar bear comes at them. We get to see some dual flaming sword action as both Beric and Thoros light up their swords and hack at the bear.  They come out victorious, at the cost of some of their wildling red shirts and with Thoros getting mortally wounded. It makes me wonder how they are going to face the rest of the thousands of White Walkers. Especially because they don’t seem to have much in the way of dragonglass weapons on hand.

They continue their journey and come across a small group  of wights being led by an actual White Walker. The group quickly attacks the dead and once Jon kills the leader, all but one of the wights fall dead as well. This is new to us and the group, Jon guesses that  if you kill the White Walker who created kill the minions, that they all just die with it. The men then proceed to knock down, and tie up the remaining wight but not before it lets out a loud, screeching call to the other dead.

Jon sends Gendry back to The Wall so he can send word to Khlaseei that they are being surrounded by the Army of the Dead. Since he is the fastest out of all of them, he is the only one safe for now. The rest are then met with the other 1000+ thousands of White Walkers, which sends them on a run for their lives. They come to a frozen lake that begins to crack under their feet. This causes them to pause for a moment but they quickly realize they have no choice but to run as they are being surround by a mass of the dead. Taking refuge on a small rocky island in the center of the frozen lake, the Army of the Dead just stand and stare at their trapped foes.

The White Walkers stop running after the men as the King realizes they will only fall to the depth below. Now, we are at a standoff, our guys slowly freezing to death as the Army of the Dead waits for the ice to freeze back over. Hours go by and sadly,  Thoros of Myr succumbs to his wounds and dies. Beric uses  his sword and light him on fire so he won’t turn into one of the wights. The poor Hound is seeing their flaming sword again and is definitely uncomfortable of being so close to the flames.

More time goes by and the Hound foolishly starts throwing rocks at the dead surrounding them. He scores a hit and knocks the lower jaw bone off of one wight. This didn’t even seem to faze the wight as it stands still, waiting for its opportunity to attack the now freezing men. He decides to toss another rock which falls short and now alerts everyone that the water as refroze. This sends the horde of wights bearing down on them and causing a fight for their life to ensue.

Jon sees that from the rear of the men thatmore wights are coming for them. Piling up one another, climbing and reaching to get to them. It’s in this moment you see defeat on his face but just in time Khaleesi brings all of her dragons to the fight. Even though Tyrion begged her not to go with the Dragons, she did not listen. The dragons begin to destroy the armies of the dead with flaming breath which gives the men a break from fighting. Until Khaleesi lands Drogon and the dead go after her, but Jon quickly jumps in fight them off as the surviving members of the group load their captured wight on to Drogon’s back and hold on for the dragon to take flight.

Then comes the moment that broke my heart. The Night King taking one of his ice javelins,throws it at full speed at one of the dragons. Viserion is hit and falls hard onto the ice, his blood spewing everywhere. You see the life drain from his closing eyes before his body slips into the depths of the ice water.

Jon then sees the Night King grabbing another spear and quickly yells to Khaleesi to go. She reluctantly takes Jon’s advice and takes Drogon and the surviving men with her as Jon fights off the non-relenting attackers. Khaleesi looks to him as her dragon takes flight, the spear is thrown and he barely avoids getting hit, almost throwing Jorah overboard as well.  We see both dragons falling away as Jon is also overpowered and pulled into the cold, watery depths.

This is a signal to the White Walkers that everyone is dead or gone so they quickly resume their march towards the wall. But Jon isn’t going down so easy as he burst through the water and pulls himself out and onto the ice. Just as Daenerys is immune to fire, it appears Jon is immune to freezing  solid. This might be a product of his blood being of both Targaryen and Stark. But it also re-confirms the theory about Jon and Daenerys. The book series is not called ‘Game of Thrones’, that is the title of the first book. The series is called “A Song of Ice & Fire”. Clearly, the ice is Jon and the fire is Daenerys.

Still alive, the frigid water over powering his muscles as he can hardly move as all the dead take notice and start coming after him again. Just when we think this will be the end of Jon Snow we see a light coming through the wights  and killing them as it passes. This turns out to be Uncle Benjen Stark (AKA ‘Cold Hands’), riding his horse to Jon. The last time we saw him was when he haled Bran escape the lair of the Three Eyed Raven when it was overtaken by White Walkers. He quickly dismounts and puts Jon on his horse as Jon pleads with him to come with him. Benjen says there’s no time and smacks the horse to ride away. The last look we get of Benjin is being overtaken by wights and his light going out forever.

Next, we find Khaleesi waiting at the wall, seemingly looking for any sign of Jon. Sure enough, he is brought to the Wall by Benjen’s horse. Jon wakes up to a concerned Khaleesi sitting by his bedside and the first thing he does is apologize for the loss of her dragon, Viserion. She quickly explains to Jon that the dragons are her children since she can’t have any of her own. She then notices the scars on his body, especially the one by his heart. Khaleesi then swears that she will destroy the Night King and the Army of the Dead alongside Jon. Saying that now that she has seen the threat with her own eyes, it must be done.  Jon then tells her that he will bend the knee to her and accept her as his Queen, since now, he sees her for who she truly is. She takes his hand and says she now sees him too. There’s a connection moment that rings of an early conversation that Khaleesi hand with Tyrion and he pointed out the way Jon Snow looked at her. In a loving, longing way. She pulls her hand away noticing this and tells him to get some rest.

We are then transitioned back to the dead pulling Viserion’s dead body from out of the frozen lake. It’s a cool scene, thousands of wights dragging these massive chains attached to the Dragon’s body. Where they got such huge chains, one can only guess. The Night King then goes over and touches the dragon’s dead body, which then opens his eyes and now they’re that glowing White Walker shade of blue. So, not only does the Knight King have thousands of dead soldiers of all races, he now has an undead ice dragon (the GOT equivalent of a Weapon of Mass Destruction).

This left me awestruck and with so many ideas and questions. I think it’s funny how fast the dead are now when they were so slow on the earlier seasons, but everyone seems to be moving at double time now. Does this mean that the Night King can will ride Ice Viserion over The Wall now? I know there are wards and protections on the wall but how does that pertain to a dragon and going over instead of through? I believe Ice Viserion will replace his fire breath with ice breath and all of this will end up with some massive battle between the Night King riding Viserion and fighting off the other two dragons, with Daenerys riding Drogon and Jon riding the third Dragon, Rhaegal. This all makes more sense when you think about how Viserion was named after Daenerys’ awful brother Viserys and Rhaegal is named after her brother Rhaegar, who was considered one of the better Targaryens. But more importantly, Rhaegar is apparently Jon Snow’s real father, so it all fits.

Only one more episode for this season! This episode was slightly longer than the others (71 minutes as opposed to the usual 59) and the next one is longer too (81 minutes). But after that we have to wait a year or so for the final season of this amazing show. While I know that we get an epic battle between the Army of the Dead and the living, now with at least one Dragon on each side, it will be heart breaking to watch Daenerys have to face one of her children reanimated as a wight for the Night King. I also fear that we might someday see a wight version of Hodor and Bran’s DIrewolf, Summer. The possibilities are frightening.

My Insight Into Game Of Thrones S7E5

WARNING

The below post will contain spoilers of Season 7 Episode 5 of Game of Thrones. If you have not seen the episode yet and do not want spoilers please DO NOT read on. For everyone else, let’s begin.

Quiet in the realm GOT

            Let me start out by saying when I see the four words flash across my screen on Sunday nights I get giddy and don’t pay attention to any social media. Those four lovely words are, “Quiet In The Realm.”

Now just a quick overview of what I will be doing on posts like this. I will not be recapping a full episodes of Game of Thrones (GOT). I will be breaking down plotlines from time to time, going over character dynamics and just pointing out things I was thinking as I watched the show.

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Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5

This week’s episode was definitely a setup for next Sunday’s episode 6. A lot of small things happened that will lead to big events into the coming final episodes of season 7, we only have 2 left!

Let’s start off with Jamie Lannister, who was saved from Drogon’s fire blast last week by Bronn tackling him into the water at the very last second.  He then quickly gets back to King’s Landing and is having a conversation with Cersei. He tells her they are in a losing war with Khaleesi because of her Dragons and the Dothraki soldiers at her side. Cersei quickly brings up that she has the Tyrell money, which means she has the Iron Bank on her side. She also points out that she will pay mercenaries to fight for her and that they will because she has the money to maintain that now. Jamie, being the general he is, knows that depending on mercenaries is never a sure bet, because you don’t know how they will react when facing Dragons. Cersei is quick to point out that Jamie killed, The Mad King (Who was Khaleesi’s father) and their only hope of surviving without fighting lands on their brother Tyrion’s shoulders and she would rather fight than trust him.

Jamie also drops the truth bomb on Cersei that Lady Olenna had their son, King Joffrey, killed and not their younger brother Tyrion, who she insisted would pay for his death. Cersei, of course, doesn’t believe this at first but Jamie pointed out that Lady Olenna wanted Margaery to marry Tommen, who was easier to control than Joffery, meaning that Lady Olenna would hold the true power in all seven kingdoms. This causes Cersei to sip some wine as the reality of what happened to her son sets in. She then verbally smacks Jamie for allowing Lady Olenna to die in a peaceful way instead of screaming in agony like she wanted originally.

We also catch up with Daenerys, who we find presiding over what is left of the Lannister army. She gives them a choice, bend the knee and join her… or die. Samwell’s father, Lord Randyll Tarly stands in defiance before the new Queen. He won’t bend the knee and neither will his son, Dickon. The two are taken aside for punishment. Tyrion tries to persuade Daenerys into showing mercy, he suggests that they throw them in dungeon or take the Black and be better used against the dead. Before Daenerys can say anything, Randyll says that she cannot command him to go to the wall. They made their choice and Drogon burns them to ashes in front of the remaining Lannister army. After seeing this, all of them bend the knee. This is a tough scene for Daenerys, one minute she is talking about how she didn’t come here to murder and the next she roasts two nobles to death. But one could argue, killing those two men caused the other hundred to bend the knee and thus saved more lives than it could have cost. In some ways, this is no different than Ned or Robb beheading lawbreakers in the past. But clearly, Tyrion is having second thoughts after watching all of this.

We then cut to a cool scene where Daenerys returns home after battle and lands Drogon right next Jon Snow as he broods intensely on a lonely cliff. At first, you can see Jon’s fear but he stands his ground. Drogon growls at first but then calms down. Jon even pets the dragon, which is something we haven’t seen much of in this series. Perhaps Drogon can smell the Targaryen blood within Jon? Speaking of, there’s a huge bomb dropped about that later that most people will miss. I’ll come back to that shortly.

Jumping to Bran back at Winterfell he sends ravens over the wall to scout out the White Walkers. He finds them quickly but the Night King quickly notices and this sends the ravens flying away in terror. Bran has scrolls sent out explaining what he is saw, knowing he has to warn everyone as soon as possible. Jon receives this message and tells Khaleesi that he needs to leave, with or without her aid. She says she can’t help him and battle Cersei at the same time, if she were to help Jon then Cersei would strike while their backs are turned. This leads Tyrion to suggest he go to King’s Landing and meet with Jamie, who is the only person in the world that could convince Cersei that the White Walkers are real, a true threat and that everyone needs to band together to fight their common enemy, the dead.

This leads to Davos taking Tyrion to King’s Landing and sneaking into the castle where the Dragon skulls are kept. Bronn brings Jamie to him, under a false invitation of training since their last battle. Jamie is shocked when he’s met by his brother, who he thought he’d never see face to face again. Jamie, as expected, is automatically defensive and reminds his brother that he promised that the next to he saw him he would chop him in two. Good thing Jamie only had a practice sword at this time, even though I still think he wouldn’t kill his brother, not meeting like this anyway. Tyrion explains the situation with the White Walkers and pleads with Jamie to convince Cersei that they are more of the threat and everyone needs to unite towards a common goal. Making sure to say they are putting their war in a hiatus for now, it is not a draw.

Bran’s message reaches the Citadel and is met with disbelief by most of the elder Maesters. Samwell overhears this conversation, but it falls on deaf ears. No matter what Sam says, they just don’t seem to believe. They do agree to ask for more information from Winterfell. This doesn’t satisfy Sam, but he is dismissed from the room. Still unaware that his Father and brother have died, Sam is later seen at home complaining about how the elder Maesters will not take action. Gilly, reading from an old book, mentions a note about how a Maester issued an annulment for Prince Rhaegar’s marriage and, at the same time, married someone else. It’s a quick mention and Sam totally missed it, but this is HUGE news! We already know that Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark were in love and the product of this secret union was Jon Snow. But this news confirms that it was legal and Jon Snow is NOT a bastard and actually another rightful heir to the Iron Throne. How this all works is still a little sketchy, since this means that Daenerys is his aunt, I’m not sure how the laws work in this realm. That all said, Jon and Daenerys doesn’t know any of this. The only two people who seem to know are Bran and Howland Reed (Ned’s friend who was there with him when they got to his sister’s deathbed) and neither are talking yet. We did see Howland’s daughter, Meera, take off to go be with her family in the last episode, so I imagine that we’ll see them again at some point. I don’t see Jon Snow making a huge claim about this, he doesn’t seem the type. But once this news becomes public, it causes waves across everything. Will the North still support him? What will Daenerys do?

 

Jamie then returns to Cersei and explains what is happening to her. She scoffs at this and is quick to say to major things to him. Nothing happens without her seeing it and do not betray me again. She also comments that he should punish Bronn for betraying him as well with the move he pulled for Tyrion. Then she lets it be known that she is with child, it’s Jamie’s and she will tell everyone it’s his. All of this is important because I think she sees him wavering in his sense of victory and his absolute loyalty to her, so she has to pull him back in and hold tightly. He is her only true ally and she knows this, causing her to do anything to keep him close.

Davos goes into King’s Landing and brings back Gendry, who has been hiding out as a blacksmith in King’s Landing all this time, back to the boat with him. He then takes Tyrion, Gendry and himself back to Dragonstone where Khalseei and Jon are waiting. When the three men arrive Davos tells Gendry not to tell Jon Snow who he really is which of course, is the first thing that Gendry does. It takes Jon a minute to process everything, but he is accepting of Gendry and mentions how both their fathers fought together.

In a touching scene, John Mormont has come back to Khalseei who gives him a big hug. She is happy to see him return and have a trusted ally. This is in true Game of Thrones fashion and doesn’t last long as Tyrion comes up with a plan on how to convince his sister that the White Walkers are real and not just some child’s tale. He suggests they catch one White Walker and bring it to King’s Landing so that no one can deny their existence anymore. Of course, Mormont volunteers to go on this quest and soon Jon, Mormont, Davos and Gendry are heading off to the wall to go on a White Walker hunt.

Now we get to Arya at Winterfell, who is keeping an eye on Sansa and Littlefinger while Jon is away. She sees the lords of the north questioning making Jon King since he is not there with them. They mention that they should have made Sansa the Queen instead. Sansa pauses for a moment at this and then knocks the idea down saying Jon is still, and will be, King of the North.

We then cut to a scene where Arya is with Sansa in a room which use to be their parents. Arya points this out and Sansa just drops the “So what?” response. Without being deterred, Arya reminds Sansa how she always liked having all the nice things to prove she was better than everyone else and that she knows what Sansa is now thinking, that she should be ruling the North over Jon Snow. Arya points out that’s why Sansa was hesitant to shut them down with their qualms about Jon being at Dragonstone. She verbally pokes Sansa and says she knows that she needs the Lords power to take and keep the north. Leaving Sansa speechless and Arya a truth teller.

This last part got me so frustrated as Arya knows how Sansa is, but not Littlefinger. Arya is tracking Littlefinger, trying to find out what he is plotting. She sees him hand a note to one of the grounds girls and her quickly take it away. She then follows him back to his quarters where he is given a note and he asks if it’s the only copy which it is. Once Littlefinger leaves his room Arya is quick to pick the lock and look for the message. She finds the note in a small hole in the mattress and proceeds to read it. This is a note from Season 1 that Sansa was forced to write and send home by Cersei. Arya was never made aware of this note before and has no idea the circumstances behind why Sansa wrote it. As Arya is relocking Littlefinger’s door we see him hiding in the shadows watching her from a distance. Knowing now that he planted that note for Arya to cast more doubts about her sister and her allegiances. We can all only hope that Arya will catch on to Littlefinger quickly and end his life, but this being Game of Thrones we will never truly know until it happens.

We end the episode at Eastwatch Castle on the wall, with Jon’s White Walker hunting party who are now met with a caged group consisting of The Hound and the Brothers Without Banners. After some back and forth, the jailed men joins Jon’s group and you see them all heading out past the safety of the wall’s gates and in search of the White Walkers. This is an amazing group of characters together on an impossible quest: you have Jon Snow, Gendry, Tormund, Jorah Mormont, the Hound, Thoros of Myr, and Ser Beric Dondarrion all setting off beyond the wall to capture a White Walker. It pains me to say this, but there is NO way that all of them are going to come back alive from this. I’m calling it now, the next episode will end in tears.

 

My Insight Into Game Of Thrones S7E4

WARNING

The below post will contain spoilers of Season 7 Episode 3 of Game of Thrones. If you have not seen the episode yet and do not want spoilers please DO NOT read on. For everyone else, let’s begin.

Quiet in the realm GOT

            Let me start out by saying when I see the four words flash across my screen on Sunday nights I get giddy and don’t pay attention to any social media. Those four lovely words are, “Quiet In The Realm.”

Now just a quick overview of what I will be doing on posts like this. I will not be recapping a full episodes of Game of Thrones (GOT). I will be breaking down plotlines from time to time, going over character dynamics and just pointing out things I was thinking as I watched the show.

 

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Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4

Arya made it to Winterfell!!! Okay, I’m done fan girling, I thought she was going  to King’s Landing after meeting face to face with her direwolf, Nymeria. Instead she went and joined her “pack” in Winterfell. She was met with some oafish guards, that even though they didn’t look alike reminded me of Tweedledum and Tweedledee from Disney’s, Alice in Wonderland.  Arya being the badass she is, convinces these two Winterfell guards to let her onto the grounds and once their backs are turned, she slips away.

When Sansa is alerted to her sister’s presence, she quickly deduces where she will be: the tomb of their father, Ned Stark. This is the moment where Arya points out that their statue looks nothing like her father and Sansa comments that those who knew how he looked are all dead. Arya then counters with that they are still alive. It’s a touching moment between two sisters who haven’t seen each other in years.

Try as I might, I can’t completely figure out Littlefinger and his strategies. He approaches Bran Stark and hands him the knife that was meant to kill him. Bran, being completely different since he became the Three Eyed Raven, is blank-faced during this whole exchange. He later gives Arya the Valyrian steel dagger which she quickly adds as a sidekick to her trusty sword, Needle. An interesting comment is made here, how the person who wanted him dead must have had money because of the Valyrian dagger that was wielded by the would-be assassin.

The best part in Winterfell came between Arya and Brienne. Arya tells Brienne that it has been a while since she was able to train and that she wanted her as a training partner. Their training session was great, and everyone got a peek into Arya’s skill set as she upset Brienne, including Sansa and LittleFinger. Is anyone else just wanting Arya to stab Littlefinger in the eye with Needle, or is that just me?

Now, let’s shift over to Dragonstone to Jon showing Khaleesi the dragonglass whole in the mine before his break it all to pieces. Of course, this is not the only reason he asked Khaleesi here, he also wanted to show her the drawings on the rock walls. These etchings were from the Children of the Forest, the childlike people that looked after Bran and the Three Eye Raven. It showed how the First Men and the Children of the Forest united against the White Walkers and Jon made sure that Khaleesi sees this. She says she will join in his fight, but only if he bends the knee to her. He knows the lords of the North would never go for that idea, but he needs to the aid of Khaleesi’s dragons. This is a crossroads that Jon will have to decide very soon.

This moment quickly fades when Khaleesi is met with news that the Tyrell army was defeated by the Lannsiter army. Which also means that she now has no local allies left since the Greyjoys were also defeated. Cersei has Ellaria, which cuts off Dorne. With Lady Olenna dead, House Tyrell is no longer a player. Which means Cersei is now winning this power struggle and no one wants that. In her frustration of this news, Khaleesi accuses Tyrion of not being completely loyal to her – which cuts him deeply and is not the case.

She then decides to go off to High Garden herself, riding one of her Dragons with the Dothraki Horde following her. We finally get to see a dragon in action! As dragon fire is rained down on the Lannister army. Anyone the dragon misses, the Dothraki are taking care of. In this grueling scene you see Jamie Lannister watch his army get totally slaughtered. Definitely not the image anyone would have thought after their conquest of House Tyrell.

However, not all is lost for the Lannister’s in this battle. Their new weapon, the Scorpion, for fighting the dragons was put to the test and hit its target, wounding one of Khaleesi’s dragons. Luckily the dragon managed to destroy the weapon before it could be fired again. It had to land so Khaleesi could try to remove the massive arrow from its wing.

Jamie was on horseback nearby and watched in horror as his recent victory quickly turned to defeat. He saw Khaleesi with her back turned and saw his chance to end her rebellion against the throne and save Cersei’s life. He must have assumed at this point that he was going to die, but would not go down without a fight. Jamie rode his horse straight toward Khaleesi hoping to take her to the grave with him. When he was almost on top of her, the dragon stuck its head out in defense of her and shot a fireball at Jamie. Just when you thought he was fried someone, I’m assuming Bronn here, tackled Jamie off his horse and into the watery depths. The episode ends with him sinking towards the sea floor, I do not believe however that this will be Jamie’s demise. We will see him again.

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(How I saw Jamie Lannsiter when the Dragon was destroying his army.)

Before this battle, Lord Tarly says “All the gold is safely through the gates at Kings Landing.” So Daenerys didn’t rob Cersei of all the money. Cersei has it. What they did do is decimate the Lannister army and, it appears, destroy all the food they stole from the Tyrells. Which scares me in the long run, because winter has come and people are going to starve. If they destroyed all the grain, that might come back to bite both Cersei and Daenerys in the ass later.

All of this will hit Cersei hard, because she just lost the bulk of her army, her brother Jamie, and the provisions to last through the winter. Oh sure, she has the gold to pay off the Iron Bank, but will she use it for that now? Or will she take the gold and invest in more troops? At this moment Lady Olenna’s words echoed in my mind, “You’re a dragon. Be a dragon.” Khaleesi finally decided to embrace that part of herself and it won her the battle, but definitely not the war.

My Insight Into Game Of Thrones S7E2

WARNING

The below post will contain spoilers of Season 7 Episode 2 of Game of Thrones. If you have not seen the episode yet and do not want spoilers please DO NOT read on. For everyone else, let’s begin.

Quiet in the realm GOT

            Let me start out by saying when I see the four words flash across my screen on Sunday nights I get giddy and don’t pay attention to any social media. Those four lovely words are, “Quiet In The Realm.”

Now just a quick overview of what I will be doing on posts like this. I will not be recapping a full episodes of Game of Thrones (GOT). I will be breaking down plotlines from time to time, going over character dynamics and just pointing out things I was thinking as I watched the show.

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Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 2

Even though some people say this was a slow episode, I believe that it had a steady pace. It’s the start of the season so the writers are having to set up the characters and situations they are currently are in. What road they will choose to walk?

Arya had a few scenes in this week’s episode that will lead to a big choice for her character. Sitting in a tavern she is met by a familiar face, Hot Pie. For those who don’t remember him, he is her from we haven’t seen since Season 4- Episode 7. Meeting again unexpectedly, he feeds her and drops the news that Jon Snow is now, Jon Snow “King of the North”. This news causes Arya to give up going to King’s Landing and instead turns back towards home, back to Winterfell.

On her way there, she is making camp with and suddenly finds herself surrounded by a pack of wolves. Arya, at this point, is outnumbered here. Only having her sword and her horse versus about five wolves, which means the odds aren’t looking in her favor. From behind her emerges the leader of the wolf pack, a fully-grown direwolf! That’s right folks, Arya is now face to face with her pet direwolf, Nymeria! The one that she was forced to release into the wild, to save back her life back in Season 1.

Happy to see Nymeria, and for a chance to be saved from her life-threatening situation, Arya puts down her sword and begins talking to the direwolf. She proceeds to tell Nymeria that is she heading home, to Winterfell, and wants the direwolf by her side. Nymeria turns her back on Arya, leaving her. Arya accepts this by stating out loud, “That’s not you.” I believe this makes Arya torn in her decision to continue her journey to Winterfell. When she was younger I believe she would never hesitate to go her home, especially knowing her family is there. But she is not the girl she once was, so I believe she is going to head back towards King’s Landing instead.

Now it’s on to Samwell Tarly (Sam), who is currently at the Citadel. In his brief two-episode journey, Sam has already seen his fair share of human body fluid horrors. Having to clean the bedpans, the full bed pans, of the elderly members of the Citadel to meeting Jorah Mormont, who’s upper body is almost entirely covered with the greyscale disease. This disease is passed just through skin to skin contact with a person that has been infected. The Citadel has marked this disease as too dangerous to treat in the late stages of infection. Since there has only been two people known to be cured and the chance of infection is too high, they send anyone infected to a remote island to live out their days until they go mad from the disease and the greyscale finally consumes their body.

Sam has snuck into Jorah’s room and is now removing the greyscale off his skin, piece by piece. This scene just led to a painful, infected skin looking mess. Even though Sam is getting hit with all the grunt work, he was still able to help Jon Snow. Sam stole the keys to the locked library at the Citadel and took a book that told him that there is a ‘mountain of Dragon Glass’ at Dragonstone, he then quickly sent a raven to Jon to let him know.

Instead of leaving you with a gross video of all the things poor Samwell has had to endure at the Citadel so far, I am going to show you the letter Jorah was writing to Khaleesi when he thought there was no hope left.

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This leads to the Greyjoys and the mess they are currently in. Khaleesi sent her nautical fleet lead by Yara Greyjoy to accompany Ellaria Sand and her three daughters Obara, Nymeria and Tyene (the Sand Snakes) back to Dorne. Yara and Ellaria have sworn allegiance to Khaleesi, who then ordered Yara to ferry Ellaria and the Sand Snakes to Drone for more troops. Alas, they weren’t going to make it as Yara’s uncle and now king of the Iron Islands, Euron Greyjoy, ambushes the few ships Yara has. The scene and effects are well done by the effects artists on of Game of Thrones, it was shot beautifully. I’d have to say this was my favorite fight scene visually, but the outcome left me heart broken. Yara’s ships and crew are beaten down, almost too easily, by Euron’s band of merciless pirates. Not only are Yara’s men lost, but the two if the Sand Snake Sisters perish (Obara and Nymeria).

Ellaria and the last remaining Sand Snake Sister, Tyene are captured alive by Euron’s men and taken to their ship. Yara is still fighting even though she sees the defeat of her men all around her by Euron’s men cutting their tongues out, which is a creepy and stomach churning ritual done by the people of the Iron Islands. Yara in her bravery went face to face with her uncle ready to fight for her men, her ships and her life. Euron was the victor of that fight, keeping Yara alive and her tongue intact, for now. The only hope for her rescue now is Theon Greyjoy, his uncle taunts him to come save his sister, who has saved Theon at least two times that we know of. What does Theon do? He stares at the two for a few minutes then cowardly jumps over board grabbing a floating plank of broken ship once in the water. Theon thought he was ready to regain who he was before Ramsay Bolton’s torture of him but when faced with that fear again, flight won over fight.  Leaving Ellaria, Tyene and his sister in Euron’s clutches. I believe Euron is going to deliver all three of the woman to Cersei as he promised her a gift in the last episode. While Theon floats helplessly near burning, sinking ships and death, Euron is going to King’s Landing to try and persuade Queen Cersei to be his bride. What a pair those two crazy assholes would make as King and Queen. Jamie Lannister had better watch his back.