These weekly episode reviews recaps will contain spoilers for the episode. So if you haven’t seen it yet, STOP NOW. The Rains of Castamere are playing. SPOILERS ABOUND.
This episode opens up right where we ended, so to speak…and rather fittingly, at Dragonstone. It’s pouring rain, and Daenerys and Tyrion are analyzing the board that is going to be their war plan. What’s nice though, is we get a bit of back story from how Dany was born…and interestingly, an interrogation of Varys by Dany. She wants to make sure that he won’t backstab her and he makes a pretty passionate case for himself. He is always for the “people”, and she asks that he make sure she never loses sight of that.
Rather interestingly, Melisandre pops up to offer counsel…and its here that we get the first mention of Jon Snow to Daenerys. She recommends summoning him to Dragonstone because as the King of the North, he would be a good ally. Daenerys agrees..the raven is sent. Dany also wants him to bend the knee. We’ll see how that goes. However, the chess pieces are already moving! It’ll be interesting…especially as Daenerys remarks he sounds like “quite a man.” Shit is getting serious quick.
We get to see Jorah’s extent of greyscale at Oldtowne, and it looks pretty fucking awful. Sam tries to protest that a cure can be found, but Maester Jim Broadbent (sorry, not sure his real name) says that the cures Sam wants to try and experiment with…ended up getting the dude who invented them infected with greyscale. Womp womp.
The plan to retake the seven kingdoms is also laid out: Westerosi armies, from the Tyrells and the Dornish, will retake King’s Landing while the Unsullied and the Dothraki will retake Casterly Rock, the Lannister seat of power. This is Tyrion’s plan–sound. It seems like Daenerys is relying on her people more and more, but that’s not neccessarily a bad thing. Keeps her smart.
Yara agrees to the plan, while Ellaria is a bit wary but still agrees. The biggest holdout is sassy Olenna Tyrell, who agrees but afterwards tells Daenerys that she is a dragon–she needs to act like one.
We pop back to Sam attempting to help Jorah anyways even though the risks are pretty bad. The treatment is pretty much pulling off the infected tissue, and it’s a pretty fucking disgusting treatment. Todd was thinking that dragonglass may have a part to play in Jorah’s treatment…I guess we’ll have to see.
That fucking jump cut though just as Sam goes back to another scale was pretty rude…but it gets us back to Arya and Hot Pie! She’s stopping by for a quick bite on her way to King’s Landing…but Hot Pie also drops the bombshell that Jon is back in Winterfell. No mention of Sansa, but it’s enough to get Arya homesick, so she starts making her way back to Winterfell!
Things in Winterfell, however, are getting iffy. Jon gets two notes by raven, one from Tyrion requesting him to come to Dragonstone to meet Daenerys, and one from Sam saying that there is motherfucking Dragonglass in Dragonstone. Jon is conflicted (after all, the mad King, Dany’s father roasted his “grandfather” by luring him into a similar trap) but ultimately decides to go. Sansa and the northern leaders throw a hissy fit about him leaving but Jon makes Sansa “Queen of the North” in his absence and that makes everything okay apparently. Things are not okay for creepy Peter Baelish as Jon slams him against a wall in the crypt of his family, saying that if he even talks to Sansa while he is away, he’ll kill him himself.
Meanwhile, Arya gets a reunion…as has been rumored, Nymeria, her direwolf, has returned!! She’s got a whole wolf pack that she’s leading, but when Arya tells her to come home with her, Nymeria basically turns away, which is heartbreaking. Arya, however reliazes that “just isn’t Nymeria” now, very similar to how Arya rebelled when she was younger against the whole “princess” thing. Nymeria is gonna be back though, I bet you, when Arya fights against Cersei.
We then tread to the final part of the episode, where Yara and Ellaria are just about to get it on when…Euron Greyjoy attacks. And that sucks, cuz pretty much all of the Sand Sisters die, Ellaria is pretty much going to die, and I’m sure Yara is on her way out as well. But the worst part of all was Theon’s breakdown when Yara had a blade to her neck, courtesy of Euron. He couldn’t handle the pressure, and basically left Yara for dead by jumping off the side of the ship. You can tell by the pain in Yara’s eyes at just how disappointed she is. Theon’s a coward, man. No other way to put it.
Hopefully he redeems himself somehow…
This episode was good, lots of new information to consider….and also a pretty harsh blow against the strategy of Tyrion and Daenerys to take back her throne. I guess Cersei will have her gift after all..
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Some Loose Threads:
- The sex scene between Greyworm and Missandei was so sad and sweet at the same time. Glad to see them together, even if she is now “his weakness.”
- Cersei in the crypts with Qyburn, looking at the giant ass crossbow that can take down the Dragons. Pretty gnarly stuff.
- We got Hot Pie this season. Does this mean Gendry will show up as well?
- Sam is becoming a bit rebellious…hope Maester Jim Broadbent doesn’t kick him out.