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. 

The meeting of Fire and Ice….it’s been the biggest moment that we’ve been waiting for in all 7 seasons of Game of Thrones. And the episode wastes no time in bringing Jon Snow to meet Daenerys Targaryen.

Jon seeing Tyrion again (I half expected them to hug) was dampened by the face that the Dothraki have taken Jon and Davos’s weapons, as well as their boat. They’re effectively captive on the island from the get go.

When Daenerys finally sees Jon, they are both quite calculating. A lot of time is spent with them trying to feel each other out, while both being stubborn. A very lovely part was when Missandei reads out Daenery’s very long ream of titles (to impress or what have you) and Davos simply goes “This is Jon Snow”. It was also interesting that Davos was stopped saying that Jon was stabbed in the heart by quick glance from Jon–maybe he felt like being brought back from the dead wasn’t a good look after talking about an army of the dead.

Daenerys doesn’t believe Jon regarding the Night King and the White Walkers. Jon refuses to bend the knee for atrocities commited by the Targaryen’s to his family. This is scene chewing at its best, and damn, was it good.

However, before things can get really gnarly, Varys scuttles in and delivers word that her attack on King’s Landing has gone horribly wrong: Euron Greyjoy has decimated her fleet, stolen Yara as well as Ellaria and her only surviving daughter.

Ellaria, of course, killed Myrcella, Cersei’s daughter in season 5. So when Euron brings back Ellaria and her daughter, Cersei is barely able to control her rage and glee.

Cersei is pretty brutal, we know that for sure but she is also calculating and extremely brilliant. So when it’s revealed that she will kill her daughter how Ellaria killed Myrcella–poison by a kiss on the lips–it’s heartbreaking to see the results. Ellaria will have to watch her own daughter die, and them trying to come closer together but held apart due to their chains and gags…it was hard to watch.

Mark Gatiss, or Mycroft if you prefer made a stop courtesy of the Iron Bank to inform Cersei that she needs to pay her debts. She promises that he will have her money in a fortnight…which should have ran large alarm bells in my head but whatever. It was late when I watched this.

Jamie and Cersei go to bed with each other, also, so I guess she’s feeling pretty happy after poisoning her enemies.

Sam, blessed Sam, gets stuck with clerical duty after Maester Jim Broadbent says “good job for saving Jorah but you’re gonna get punished cuz you did what I told you not to do.” Jorah is healed! And he’s off to go find Khaleesi. Sorry bro but now that Jon’s there, I’m not sure this is the best time…

Bran came to Winterfell, and it was a pretty sweet moment up until Bran told Sansa how beautiful she looked in her wedding dress and how terrible he felt for what she endured. I’m pretty sure she didn’t want to be reminded of that, thanks Bran. “I have to talk to Jon” was also pretty much the only useful thing he said….he pretty much should’ve have said “Jon is Daenerys Targaryen’s nephew, not Dad’s son.”

Probably the showstopper of the episode was the big twist at the end. Tyrion is narrating how the Unsullied can take Casterly Rock, and for the most part, they do. But then Greyworm notices that Euron is destroying his ships…and that there isn’t quite the Lannister reinforcements that were supposed to be there.

That’s because Jamie has taken them to Highgarden. Where Olena Tyrell…and all of her gold is stashed. DUN DUN DUN…..

The people of Highgarden aren’t really fighters, so Jamie makes his way to Olena pretty quickly, where he makes her drink some poison that won’t hurt her, and that Jamie fought for the poison option instead of torture.

Olena smiles, downs the poison…and proceeds to tell Jaime how she killed Joffrey. Olena wins–even in death and there’s nothing Jamie can do about it.

A true badass, even when she’s dying.

So, the tables have massively turned against Daenerys. It looks like in next week’s episode she’s clearly pissed because she’s done with “clever plans”. Here’s hoping her dragons–and herself–are safe.

Some finer points

  • Jon gets to mine all of the Dragonglass he wants thanks to Tyrion yelling at the Mother of Dragons
  • Theon gets picked up like the pathetic wretch he is and is left on the deck of a ship shivering
  • Yara is still alive…for now.
  • Littlefinger still manages to captivate Sansa by telling her to “Fight every battle everywhere, always. Everyone is your enemy. Everyone is your friend.”
  • Melisandre jetting before Jon knows she’s at Dragonstone was smart. However, it means bad tidings for Varys: “I have to die in this strange country, just like you.”
  • Mycroft was sad that the slave trade entered a downturn but that it might be on the up and up again…