We’ve seen quite the build up the last few weeks in Game of Thrones, and last night…well, “The Spoils of War” could be one of the craziest episodes yet. At least, my heart was pounding and I was sweating profusely (and that was just during the conversations!)
Episode 4 of season 7 begins with the focus on the Lannister army and the spoils of an easy victory at Highgarden. We see Bronn getting a little feisty with Jamie about acquiring a castle as promised to him many seasons ago (it seems some people never forget the debt they’re owed by the Lannisters), nevermind the huge payment he just received.
Speaking of Lannisters, back in King’s Landing, Cersei is chatting it up with our Iron Bank representative, Tycho Nestoris (aka Mycroft from Sherlock), reiterating the Lannister reputation of paying their debts. Bittersweet news for Tycho, seeing how the bank flourishes on interest payments; however, an entire cart of gold is being escorted by the Lannister and Tully armies as they speak. What could go wrong?
We see Littlefinger up to his old, slimy habits in a tete-a-tete with the young Three-Eyed Raven. The weasel-like Lord Baelish presents Bran with a gift…something we haven’t seen in a long time. Their conversation was short-lived, and it ended when Brandon looked Petyr in the eye, and quoted his own words back to him…from seasons upon seasons past. Finally, Meera enters and Littlefinger takes his leave. She realizes that Brandon isn’t who he once was.
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Our girl, Arya, returns home, and we see that our young Stark isn’t who she used to be either.
The King of the North and the rightful Queen of the Seven Kingdoms make a shocking discovery beneath Dragonstone. They shared a moment that could possibly relieve the tensions they seem to enjoy torturing us with.
As Daenerys and Jon Snow emerge from the caves, they are met by Tyrion and Varys, who inform her of their recent failures on land and sea. Daenerys’ anger overrides the counsel of Tyrion, and Daenerys instead seeks advice from a true king: our man Jon Snow. His advice seemingly resonates in her heart, and it cools her burning temper. All this just in time for our favorite Greyjoy to beach himself on the shores of Dragonstone.
Finally, Daenerys heeds Jon’s advice, and that’s something you have to see for yourself. Believe me.
I was on the edge of my seat for a majority of this episode…for reasons I could barely touch on here. I have to agree with the hype: this episode is one of my favorites by far. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it. Perhaps make sure you have a stress ball or something as well.
The titular Game of Thrones is in full swing now. The players are getting into place, and things that needed to happen, happened in this episode. We finally see some movement in the kingdoms and plots coming together like we haven’t seen yet. Fire and Ice are coming together quite nicely, and it’s not all a game of chess this time! Take my word for it.
+ Fantastic build up of dynamics throughout the episode, slow to intense
+ The Stark family interactions
+ Amazing plot twists throughout the episode, especially the end
+ The ending scene of this episode
+ Finally some action!
+/- This episode could cause some stress and minor stomach damage
Chelsey (aka Tuna) is a writer/streamer/podcaster for The Geekiverse and plans on establishing her rule of the seven kingdoms shortly. This article was also advised by hand of the queen, Lord Tuna.
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