Sunday night"s episode ofGame Of Thrones very nearly ended in blood và fire. Instead, it ended in the murky deep, as Jaime and Bronn plummeted into the water khổng lồ escape dragon flame. The credits roll as Jaime sinks, his plate armor dragging him below.

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But this isn"t how Jaime will die. It"s one hell of a cliff-hanger, but I can"t believe the Kingslayer goes down because of some idiotic attempt on Dany"s life. Next week we"ll see Bronn drag him from his (premature) watery grave. Maybe.


This would not be a satisfying death.

This was a very,verygood episode. The only thing I really want to complain about is how short it was (50 minutes!) và the usual "how the hell did they get there so fast?" critique. I won"t bore you yet again with a discussion of the screwy timelines và fast travel. You can read about that in either of these two posts in which I go into great length about Season 7"s problems.

And since we"re here already, on the road between Highgarden và King"s Landing, in a part of Westeros that looks a bit like Utah, we"ll start with tonight"s big battle before sailing off to othershores.

The Battle Of The Loot Train

Daenerys only half listens khổng lồ Tyrion and Jon when they tell her not to become just another conqueror, burning the world down in her quest for power and domination. She doesn"t fly her dragons lớn King"s Landing, at least.

However, she does take one of them & a horde of Dothraki to lớn ambush Jaime và his army as they transport the spoils of Highgarden to lớn King"s Landing.

I"m going to assume that it took quite a while for Jaime & the Tarly"s lớn gather up all those crops and gold và such, because otherwise I simplycannotreconcile Daenerys and her Dothraki reaching the Lannister army in time to lớn spring the ambush. Her và some dragons, sure, but all those Dothraki và their horses?

Well nevermind all that. I did say I won"t talk timelines. Let"s talk about the battle instead.

We did learn before the fighting began that Jaime had successfully transported the wagon of gold to lớn King"s Landing. This means Cersei will be able to repay the Iron bank and the Lannisters will get to keep using their unofficial slogan. After tonight"s episode, I"m not sure how to feel about that. I could never bring myself khổng lồ root for Cersei, but I"m having a very hard time rooting for the young Targaryen contender.

Let"s face it: This wasn"t a battle at all. It was a slaughter. Daenerys is over-powered & there"s simply nothing fair about a horde of Dothraki and a fire-breathing long taking out one small sliver of the Lannister army.

As Tyrion looks down at the carnage---barbarians hungry for blood, smoke bruising the sky black---we can very nearly read his grim thoughts. Has he made a mistake backing a Targaryen? Daenerys is sick of "clever plans" và will bathe the world in blood and fire until she sits on the Iron Throne. But being sick of "clever plans" is just a sugar-coated way of saying that she"s sick of taking a humane path toward victory. She may not have brought her dragons lớn King"s Landing, but Tyrion has now witnessed the devastation they can bring lớn the world firsthand, và it"s not a pretty picture.

It"s a terrifying one.

I admit, I may be biased. I"ve written about how I think Daenerys is a villain before, & tonight"s episode only stoked my fears. Daenerys has never lived in Westeros, yet she has no problem killing Westerosi with her foreign barbarians và monstrous dragons. It doesn"t seem khổng lồ sit well for Tyrion---and in the preview for next week"s episode, we see Varys urging the Imp lớn steer her away from this path---and it doesn"t sit well with me either.

The battle itself was beautifully shot. The Lannisters all in their deep scarlet, lined up for the slaughter. Rồng flame spouting like a fiery geyser, parting the red sea.

There were even funny moments. Bronn running from the Dothraki warrior, then killing him with the ballista, was a welcome moment of comic relief.

Of course, quickly we had lớn watch as two characters we actually care about (I love Bronn và still root for Good Guy Daenerys to lớn win out over Mad Queen Daenerys) face off against one another. I really, really didn"t want Bronn to die by dragon fire, and thank god he has good jumping legs. He used them to get out of the way more than once. I suppose his tactic of not wearing armor has saved him yet again.

I"m also glad he didn"t spear Daenerys, though I won"t lie: I was hoping he"d kill the dragon.Thatwould have been truly surprising.

All told, a pretty great battle scene, even if it wasn"t a fair fight. The CGI was spectacular, and we"ve finally truly witnessed what a long can vày in a battle. It"s humbling, lớn say the least. If Daenerys decides lớn actually bởi vì the right thing & fight the white Walkers, the dragons will be incredibly formidable foes.

Of course, right now she"s only willing to bởi vì the right thing if Jon bends the knee. It"s all about people bending the knee when it comes khổng lồ Daenerys these days, và frankly it"s really irritating. So let"s rewind, fly backwards, put reverse wind in our sails, turn back time, and plop ourselves down in....


Here Jon Snow shows Daenerys the mountain of dragon glass & some cave paintings made by the Children of the Forest. He urges her again lớn work together to lớn fight this ancient evil. Of course, both Dany và Jon are incredibly stubborn, và it may be an entirely different kind of knee-bending that ultimately brings them together.

Davos even makes a joke about Jon "staring at her good heart" so it seems pretty clear that the show is pointing toward an eventual hook-up. "There"s no time for that," Jon tells Davos, but he doesn"t deny using his powers of the male gaze on her.

That wasn"t the only sex talk of the night, as Dany & Missandei chia sẻ a moment of girl gossip in what was one of the more humanizing scenes we"ve had for Dany in a very long time.

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When Tyrion and Varys tell Daenerys of the loss of Highgarden, she asks Jon for his advice after implying that Tyrion may have sympathies for his family after all. I guess him traveling half a world & being a good and moral adviser isn"t enough for Dany---failure is just not acceptable.

Jon tells her that the people will follow her, but not if she becomes just another horrible ruler who does the same thing every other horrible ruler has done. As I noted above, she only half listens.

Later, Theon arrives và we learn that Dany has left. I guess it takes Theon an incredibly long time khổng lồ return the short distance from where his fleet was ambushed, but nevermind all that. Time và distancedo not matter. Everything makes sense if you just don"t question it!

In any case, Jon is not happy khổng lồ see the young Greyjoy. He tells him that the only reason he hasn"t killed him already is what he did for Sansa. Theon looks Reekish in response.

Speaking of Sansa, let"s go see what the Lady of Winterfell is up to, shall we? Let"s go to...


A girl is at the castle gates. A girl tells the guards that she is Arya Stark, but the guards laugh in her face. A girl is unperturbed. She threatens them and they buckle, taking her into the castle, where she promptly vanishes.

And for a moment I was really worried that she"d made it all that way và then decided against it. That we"d have yet another almost-reunion quashed. Thankfully, Arya merely goes lớn the crypts beneath the castle to see her father. That"s where Sansa finds her, và we get an actual reunion between the two sisters (who never much liked one another) unlike the really weird meeting between Bran & Sansa last week.

This is where we all jump up & down with glee, because there are nowthree Starks in Winterfell.In fact, all the remaining Starks are back home, except for Jon và he"s not really a Stark. Rickon and Robb are dead, as are Eddard and Catelyn, but three Stark children remain, và that"s quite a bit better than many other noble families of Westeros (Tyrells, RIP.)

Arya tells Sansa of her death list, & Sansa laughs it off lượt thích it"s a joke---until Bran mentions the danh mục later. Later, Sansa watches Arya train with Brienne, and there"s almost a look of jealousy on her face. It"s odd. I can"t tell with Sansa sometimes. Littlefinger watches the fight as well, và his expression shifts from disbelief to open admiration. Of course, he notices her Valyrian steel dagger.

He"d only just given that lớn Bran, in an absolutely riveting scene between the two. Littlefinger lies & schemes with everyone, but he has no idea that Branknows.Bran knows so many things. When he asks Littlefinger if he knows who owned the knife, rather than pin sạc it on Tyrion, Baelish says that he doesn"t know. But Bran knows. Of that, I"m quite certain. He knows exactly what Littlefinger is and what he"s done.

The best moment is when Littlefinger tries lớn play the empathy card, telling Bran that it must be difficult to lớn come back to lớn a world in such chaos.

"Chaos is a ladder," Bran replies. Littlefinger pales visibly. That"s because these are his own words thrown back in his face. Words he spoke in private to Varys way back in Season 1 Season 3. (Note: I mixed up which scene between the two he actually said this in. My bad.)

Here"s the full quotation:

"Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try khổng lồ climb it fail and never get lớn try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to lớn climb, they cling khổng lồ the realm or the gods or love. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is."

Littlefinger will now almost certainly view Bran as a threat, though he"s likely completely baffled by Bran"s words. What will he do?

All of these moments in Winterfell were wonderful. Even Arya"s reunion with Bran, during which time he gives her the Valyrian steel dagger (yay!) was better than Sansa & Bran"s scene last week. Bran talks a bit more, và while he"s still very strange, at least he tries. His parting with Meera was bittersweet. She feels betrayed when he has so little to say khổng lồ her after she & her brother gave so much. But he tells her that he"s not really Bran anymore. He still remembers being Bran but now he remembers so much more also.

It"s sad but also exciting. I want khổng lồ know everything Bran knows. I want people to lớn ask him more questions! Why aren"t they asking him more questions?

Closing Thoughts

This was a great episode with a truly epic battle, a huge reunion between the Stark children, & lots of great moments from start to lớn finish.

There were a number of genuinely funny moments, too, which was nice. Bronn laughing at Dickon"s name made me laugh outloud. Dickon doesn"t seem like a bad guy, but I"m still on Team Sam.

Speaking of Sam, we didn"t see anything from him this week. That"s been our weekly comic relief, but we got it elsewhere tonight. We also didn"t see the show"s funniest bad guy, Euron, and that"s a bit of a shame. He"s really grown on me lately.

We did get a brief scene with Cersei and the Iron Banker, but there"s not much khổng lồ talk about there other than the fact that gold wins wars và it looks like Cersei won"t have a problem with creditors. A Lannister always pays their debts, after all.

I also really enjoyed Brienne and Arya dueling, though I have to lớn say, no matter how skilled Arya may be there"s just no way she"s blocking Brienne"s swings without getting knocked down. Dodging, fine, but that tiny rapier---as good as it may be for sticking people with the pointy end---would have trouble taking hard hits from a broad sword, even a practice blade. Still, awesome lớn see two of our favorite characters spar, và it was all very well choreographed.

Update:Two more quick thoughts (I always forget something when I publish these reviews!)

I loved when Brienne asked who taught her khổng lồ fight like that và Arya said "No one." A girl is no one. I loved how there was no clear "good guy" or "bad guy" in this battle. Such stark contrast from the Battle of the Bastards. Who khổng lồ root for when Bronn và Dany are trying to kill one another? It"s much harder to know than when it"s a fight between Jon & Ramsay.

Update 2:A commenter made an observation I want to talk about a bit more in-depth. He wrote:

"Outside of the fact time and space have actually lost all meaning in Westeros at this point and it actually is getting starting lớn bother me, the one thing that really ground my gears last night was that Dothraki guy with Tyrion. He said something lượt thích your people can’t fight in a situation where his horde gigantically outnumbered a small contingent of infantry and had a fucking dragon và he thinks that is a measure of them as warriors. It’s like, I get you think you’re a badass but I now consider you a moron because you’ve said something so ridiculous and I wonder if that scorn is also partly on the writers or if I’m meant to think this of the Dothraki because the writing these days, it is not GRRM backed."

This bugged me, too. Here"s an army that was ambushed by a much larger army that included a fire-breathing long whose name is Drogon. The dragon---Drogon---could have overwhelmed the Lannister force all on his own. That they also had to khuyễn mãi giảm giá with a charging horde of barbarians makes it all that much more lopsided. The Dothraki always struck me as the kind of people who, while certainly boastful, would respect their enemies. The Lannisters stood và fought bravely. They stood in the face of overwhelming odds và did battle and lost. It was the kind of thing you should honor---not mock disdainfully to lớn the queen"s adviser.

/End updates.

In closing, I just want lớn say that HBO is truly evil for giving us such a stunted episode. I wanted ten more minutes of great television. I have khổng lồ dock like 400 points from my score because of this. Sorry, it"s just not acceptable. Shame. Shame. Shame.

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You can read my reviews of last week"s episode here. Also, here"s a links to all my previousGame Of Thronesreviews.

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You can also check in on my Season 7 predictions here. I"m doing pretty good, but I"ve had some big misses, too.


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