Well, Geeks, it finally happened! One of the most anticipated moments in Game of Thrones history: the meeting of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen! Oh, and other things happened too. Check out or full review/recap of Season 7 Episode 3 after the break, but be warned! Spoilers abound!
First off, no time was wasted as we open on Jon and Davos arriving at Dragonstone. Tyrion, Missendei, and a few token Dothraki meet their guests on the shore. It feels like forever since the last time we actually saw a bunch of Dothraki. It’s a nice reminder of how badass they look with their beards and curved swords. Tyrion and Jon exchange pleasantries, with some lighthearted bastard and dwarf gibes thrown around.
As they walk the pathway to the castle, Tyrion inquires about Sansa and makes sure Jon knows their marriage was unconsummated. Jon seems to be a little uncomfortable at this mention, but he lets it slide. Maybe it’s some kind of Westerosi bro code? Anyway, Tyrion continues to sing Sansa’s praises, saying that she is a lot smarter than she lets on, so which Jon replies, “She’s startin’ to let on.” Tyrion then mentions if he were Jon’s Hand, he would have advised against the trip, seeing as how Stark men don’t fare well in the South. “True,” says Jon, “but I’m not a Stark.” Before Tyrion can think of a witty reply–OH MY GOD IT’S A DRAGON! Jon and Davos look to be feeling a mixture of awe and terror at this display, which may or may not have been an intentional show of power.
We then move to the cliffs above, where Melisandre and Varys have a quick but meaningful conversation as she prepares to leave for Volantis. She says, “I have done my part. I have brought fire and ice together.” It’s obvious that Varys does not trust her, as he makes some very thinly-veiled threats about not being able to guarantee her safety should she return. She then tells Varys, “I have to die in this strange country, just like you.” Not that was an interesting line. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Now we’re taken into the Dragonstone throne room, where Jon and Dany finally meet! Of course it takes about seven minutes for Missendei to rattle off all of Dany’s titles, and almost funny in comparison to Davos’ quick introduction of Jon. After this lighthearted moment, things get tense quickly. It becomes apparent early that Dany was expecting Jon to bend the knee, but he has more important matters on his mind, and he refuses to do so. He tells Dany about the army of the dead, and even Tyrion, who seems to place a lot of trust in Jon, is skeptical. The scene continues to escalate, as Davos explains how the men in the North look to Jon as a leader due to all of the trials and tribulations Jon has gone through. He names off a few and even mentions Jon taking a knife in the heart before Jon cuts him off with a look just before Davos can finish saying Jon gave his life for his people. Again, both monarchs are just dancing around the bigger picture, with Dany seeming to be incredibly stubborn; although, if somebody told me a zombie army was coming to destroy all life, it’d probably take me a little convincing too.
Just when it seems like the scene is rising to a fever pitch, Varys runs in and whispers in Dany’s ear. She politely dismisses Jon and Davos and asks for Varys’ news about her mission to Sunspear. As we know, the news is…not good. Dany asks if all of her Greyjoy allies were killed, and we cut to Theon being pulled out of the water. The captain asks if Yara is dead, and Theon says Euron captured her, but he tried to stop him. The captain then replies, “You wouldn’t be here if you had tried,” and they walk away, leaving him shivering on the cold deck. Man, some people just can’t catch a break!
Speaking of Euron, guess who is parading his “gifts” around Kings Landing? Our favorite pirate/rockstar/sadist! And boy is he really soaking up all the cheering. Meanwhile, his prisoners (Yara, Ellaria, and Tyene) are being yelled at an spit on. Upon meeting Cersei in the throne room, she quietly tells him he will have his heart’s desire (her hand in marriage) when the war is won. Cersei then declares that Euron will command the navy and Jamie will command the army. Euron stands next to Jamie and really has a nice run at him. He asked Jamie for advice. When Jamie shows his confusion, Euron asks if Cersei likes it rough or gentle. Aww snap!
So now Cersei has Ellaria and her daughter, Tyene chained up in a dungeon. Keep in mind that Ellaria is the woman responsible for murdering Cersei’s daughter, Myrcella. Cersei goes into a wonderfully sadistic monologue about all the different ways she imagined killing Ellaria and her daughter, but she couldn’t quite figure out the best way to do it. Suddenly, she plants a big kiss on Tyene’s lips. To Ellaria, this is an unmistakable sign–Cersei just gave Tyene the kiss of death using the Long Farewell, the same exact poison and method of delivery that Ellaria used on Myrcella. It’s nothing if not poetic, but Cersei, never one to be outdone, tells Ellaria that she will spend the rest of her days in this cell, chained to the wall, with the rotting corpse of her daughter decomposing in front of her, force-feeding her if she refuses to eat, and changing the torches every couple of hours. Just…damn. She really took it to another level there.
We follow Cersei as she barges into a room, finding Jamie. She straddles him and begins kissing him. Jamie puts up some token resistance, but it doesn’t last long, and they end up in bed together. Apparently it just took some merciless revenge for Cersei to get her groove back. In the morning, there is a knock on the bedroom door, and to his surprise, Cersei goes right over to it an opens it with Jamie in full view of the handmaiden. Apparently they have nothing to hide. The servant tells Cersei that the representative from the Iron Bank has arrived. What follows is a conversation about banking that is conducted using about as much convoluted, shady language as a mafia deal. Cersei asks for a fortnight, and promises her debts will be paid in full. That doesn’t sound like a woman whose allies are deserting her left and right. It sounds like she has a plan…
We return to Dragonstone, where we discover that Tyrion and Jon have similar taste in picking vantage points from whence to brood, although Tyrion admits Jon is definitely the better brooder. This meeting results in a down-to-basics conversation between the two that ends with Tyrion asking a simple question: What can he do to help Jon? Tyrion goes to see Dany and describes Jon’s need for the dragonglass. He advises Dany to let him mine it, to give a little and take a step forward in order to work towards an alliance. She asks Tyrion if he knew what Davos meant when he said Jon took a knife to the heart for his people. Tyrion plays it off as just fanciful language, but it’s interesting that she picked up on it. This kind of foreshadowing makes me think Jon’s death and rebirth will come up between the two of them before too long.
Soon after this meeting, Jon and Dany have another meeting in which she discloses that she is going to let him mine the dragonglass to make his weapons. Hell, she’s even going to supply him with any required men and tools! Jon is very thankful, but they both are still sticking to their earlier convictions: Dany wants control of all of the Seven Kingdoms, and Jon still has no intention of bending the knee. Jeez, just kiss her already, AMIRIGHT?
Back in the North, Sansa and her posse are discussing preparations for war and winter. As they walk around the grounds of Winterfell, she makes quick decisions, finds and addresses mistakes in a blacksmith’s work, and just generally proves that she is a pretty good leader, much to Littlefinger’s delight. He tells Sansa that if they fall to the White Walkers, then their troubles are over; however, if they win, there is still another battle to be fought among the living. He tells her to always imagine that everything is possible. Every person is her friend as well as her enemy, and every plot is unfolding. That, he says, is the key–if you expect everything, nothing will surprise you. They are interrupted by a soldier saying there’s something at the gate. It’s Bran! He’s a lot different from the last time she saw him (puberty is a hell of a drug). Underneath Winterfell’s Godswood, the two catch up. Sansa tells him that he is the Lord of Winterfell now, but Bran tries to explain that he cannot be Lord of anything now because he is the Three-Eyed Raven. Things take a turn for the weird soon after, and Sansa departs, looking worried.
Back at the Citadel, Archmaester Ebrose and Sam inspect Jorah Mormont and find him to be miraculously (wink, wink) cured of his Greyscale. Jorah says perhaps it was the rest or the change in climate, but it looks like Ebrose isn’t having any of it. After telling Jorah he is infection free and can can leave the citadel, he tells Sam to see him in his chambers later that night. Jorah tells Sam there is only one place for him to go: to Dany’s side. Sam offers Jorah to shake hands to say farewell, and Jorah’s hesitation is obvious, but so is his gratitude when he realizes he doesn’t have to avoid people any more–he really is cured!
Later that night, Archmaester Ebrose calls Sam out on performing the dangerous operation on Jorah, but yet he isn’t mad. He seems to respect the fact that Sam was able to conduct such a difficult procedure. Sam says all he did was read the books and follow the instructions, yeah, as if peeling infected scales off of a person is just as easy as baking a cake.
At Dragonstone, Tyrion is telling Dany and the crew that the Unsullied would be reaching Casterly Rock soon. As he is talking, we see the battle unfold. At first, it seems that they are in for a rough fight, but while Tyrion’s father build the walls strong, he left it to Tyrion to build the sewer system, so guess how Grey Worm and his Unsullied Team Six get in? They’re able to infiltrate and open the main gates, letting the rest of the army pour in. In the aftermath of the battle, Grey Worm senses something wrong…this was too easy, where is the rest of the Lannister army? He climbs to look over the walls only to see their armada of ships being burned by a Greyjoy fleet.
Turns out the Lannister army was marching to Highgarden, home to the Tyrells, which they take with apparent ease. Side note: Did anybody else notice Bronn marching with them? Jamie meets with the Queen of Thorns herself, Olenna Tyrell, who knows her time has come. She has some characteristically sharp-tongued dialogue with Jamie, mentioning how her entire life she has been known to be ruthless, doing whatever was necessary for the safety of House Tyrell, but that what Cersei did at the Sept of Baelor wasn’t something she could never have imagined, calling Cersei a disease. She then asks how she would be killed. Jamie tells her all the ideas Cersei thought up before he takes out a vial of poison and pours it in her wine. She asks if there will be pain, and Jamie says no, so Olenna chugs it. She then says, “I’d hate to die like your son, clawing at my neck, foam and bile spilling from my mouth. Eyes blood red, skin purple.” Whoa. But the real shocker is when she comes clean and takes responsibility for the death of Joffrey. The last thing we hear her say is, “Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.” Damn–really giving that knife one last twist, eh?
Game of Thrones continues it’s slow build towards it’s final season with another very solid episode. Characters continue to come together, and plot lines continue to cross. It will be interesting to see how Dany reacts to the news that she conquered an almost empty Castery Rock while more of her ships were burnt, and she lost an ally in Olenna Martell. It was also good to see that Cersei isn’t just crazy–she can still plot and maneuver with the best of them. On the bright side, Jon and Dany seem to have formed an uneasy alliance that will at least allow Jon to mine the dragonglass that they so desperately need. Also, I really hope Jorah gets to meet back up with Dany–what a nice reunion that would be!
+ Jon and Dany finally meet!
+ Jorah = cured! Sam is bae.
+ Euron Greyjoy…I can’t help but be entertained every time he is on screen the guy is nuts!
+ Turns out Cersei still has a trick or two up her sleeve
+/- Not a lot of action–mostly politics in this episode
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