Dany finally makes the extent of her might known to the Lannisters and their allies with fire and blood. Full recap of Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War”, plus preview of episode 5 “Eastwatch”.
“The Spoils of War” begins with Jaime, Bronn, and the Lanister/Tarly soldiers traveling from Highgarden after defeating House Tyrell. They’re transporting the Tyrell gold to King’s Landing in order to pay the Lannister debts to the Iron Bank. Jaime stops one of the wagons in order to give Bronn a substantial bag of gold (he’s a sell-sword, remember?). However, Bronn reminds Jaime that he’s been promised much more than this for his service, including a castle. Jaime responds that now, in the midst of war, it’s too dangerous to acquire property that Daenerys can come seize or destroy. It’s better to wait until when the war is over. Interestingly, Bronn isn’t to confident that Westeros under Cersei’s rule would be any more peaceful. As they travel, the soldiers also plan to collect wheat from the granaries and farmers in the area.
In King’s Landing, the Iron Bank representative is very pleased with the way Cersei has acquired the gold to repay Lannister debt. He asks that they consider another venture together, perhaps investing in Cersei’s military force. Cersei can count on the Iron Bank… as soon as the gold arrives.
At Winterfell, Littlefinger gifts Bran a Valyrian steel dagger, one that was used in attempt to kill him in Season 1 (“The Kingsroad,” when Catelyn fends off the attack and Summer kills the assassin). Apparently a similar dagger is used to kill Catelyn during the Red Wedding (or so Littlefinger says). It’s clear Littlefinger is trying to endear himself to Bran, saying he will protect the Stark children. But it’s so clear that Bran sees (quite literally) through Baelish’s foolishness. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bran knows that it’s Littlefinger and Lysa who actually conspire to kill John Arryn, setting off the series of events that lead the major conflicfs over the last six seasons. Bran asks if Littlefinger knows who the dagger beloned to and Petyr says he doesnt. He does lament everything that Bran has endured, so much chaos, to which Bran responds: “chaos is a ladder.” Littlefinger should recognize that line because he says it to Varys back in Season 3 (“The Climb”). Now how would Bran know that…? 😉
Bran and Baelish are interrupted by Meera who is planning to leave Winterfell to return to her family. It seems she expects an meaningful exchange with Bran, but actually gets little more than a “peace out.” Doesn’t Bran realize what she has sacrificed for Bran and all the people that died (like Jojen and Hodor)? But this is where it’s clear that becoming the Three-Eyed Raven has permanently changed Bran. In fact, Bran died in that cave beyond the wall.
As Meera leaves, Arya finally arrives in Winterfell. At first her attempt to enter is thwarted by two incompetent, overzealous guards. As the guards are debating who will go tell Sansa that someone claiming to be Arya has arrived, she disappears. But when they mention to it to Sansa, she knows exactly where her sister is. It seems Arya is so overcome with being home, that she must first see her father. This is where Sansa finds Arya, in the crypts. They embrace one another and have cursory conversation: Sansa needs better guards, Jon will be so happy to see Arya, the statue of their Ned looks nothing like their father. The journey to get back home has been difficult, but they’re both still here and their stories aren’t over yet. Sansa also tells Arya that Bran is in Winterfell and they both go find him outside by the tree. They discuss Bran’s “visons,” how he “saw” that Arya almost went to King’s Landing. Why? Because Cersei is on her list. Bran also gives Arya the Valyrian dagger since, he claims, that a “cripple” would have no use for it. But it makes me wonder… has Bran seen that Arya will kill Littlefinger with that sword? So he’s actually facilitating that death by making sure Arya has that dagger.
As the three Starks return inside, Brienne and Pod watch. This is particularly meaningful for Brienne because it means she has kept her oath to Catelyn.
Later while Brienne is training with Pod, Arya interrupts because she wants to train with Brienne, the person who beat the Hound. Brienne agrees and they begin. As Arya wields Needle, she totally shows her skills, standing up to Brienne’s strategy and brute force. Brienne is impressed and asks who taught her? Arya: “No one.” Me: Miss you Jaqen!
Sansa and Littlefinger watch the whole exchange, and Sansa seems shocked. What must Arya have endured to learn how to fight like that? Arya and Littlefinger do make eyecontact. He bows, she glares.
At Dragonstone, Dany still awaits word from the Unsullied. She tries to assure Missandei that Grey Worm will return to her. When Dany asks about what the two of them got up to before he left, Missadei responds “Many things.” ALL THE THINGS 😉
Jon asks for some time with Dany (resulting in another sideeye from Missandei) in order to show her the dragonglass before the mining starts. But along with the dragonglass, there are images carved on the wall. The Children of the Forest were at Dragonstone all the time ago, and they joined the First Men to fight the White Walkers. It isn’t lost on me that Dany and Jon are the ones sharing this significant history together. It’s a very overwhelming and intimate scene. Jon uses this opportunity to reassert that, in order to defeat the Night King, they have to work together. And Dany agrees, she will use her soldiers and dragons to fight in the North, but Jon must bend the knee. Jon’s concerned that his bannerman wont’ recognize a ruler in the South after everything that has happened. However, according to Dany, as their leader, it’s his job to protect them. Isn’t that more important than pride?
As they leave the cave, Tyrion and Varys come with more news: the Unsullied are trapped in Casterly Rock and the Lannisters have taken Highgarden. Dany is UPSET. As she sits at Dragonstone, she’s lost three allies and major food stores in the Reach. Tyrion tries to assure her that she’s smart by staying away from King’s Landing, that a blackade of King’s Landing will work, but she isn’t so sure. In fact, Dany questions whether Tyrion is really on her side, against his family. Dany asks Jon what he thinks she should do, and at first Jon doesn’t want to intervene. But ultimately, Jon reminds her that Dany must show herself to be different than the other violent and selfish rulers of before. Raining down fire and fury on King’s Landing would just be more of the same.
Later, Jon and Davos are alone and Davos asks what he thinks of Dany. Jon responds that he thinks she has a good heart. When Davos pushes (because he’s noticed their chemistry too), Jon says he doesn’t have for that when the threat of the White Walkers looms. They have a brief conversation with Missandei about what it means to be a bastard. Apparently on Naath, they don’t have marriage, so the concept of being born “out of weblock” doesn’t exist. The discussion shifts to Missandei’s service to Dany, done freely and because she fervently believes in Dany. Everyone who traveled from Essos with Dany feel this way. Dany is their queen, not because she’s a Targaryen, but because they’ve chosen her.
Their conversarion is cut off when they see a Greyjoy ship in the distance. Theon has actually shown his face at Dragonstone. SMH. Jon is the first to interrogate Theon and makes sure to say that he’d kill him if not for Theon helping Sansa escape from Ramsay Bolton. Theon claims he’s there to ask Dany to help get Yara back. But according to Jon, Dany isn’t there. Where did she go?
Dany, Drogon, and the Dothrakis have travelled to confront the Lannister forces at the Reach. Jaime doesn’t even see it coming until it’s way too late. Drogon completely decimates the soldiers, burning men, horses, and wagons of gold with no distinction. DRACARYS. Epic battle scene is EPIC.
Bronn attempts to use the Scorpion, Qyburn’s dragon-killing device. He’s able to hit Drogon and the dragon does take a nosedive. However he recovers and destroys the machine.
Tyrion is watching all of this unfold from a distance and you can see the guilt. He’s hoping that Jaime will just flee and save himself, but that doesn’t happen.
When Drogon lands, Dany attempts to remove the spear from his flank. Jaime takes the opportunity to try and kill Dany. He picks up a spear of his own and gallops toward them.
But before Jaime can land a hit, Drogon shifts, shielding his Mother, and letting lost a breath of fire. Before Jaime can be sautéed, someone (Bronn?) knocks him off his horse and into a nearby body of water. As Jaime sinks, the episode ends.
A few additional things:
1. Drogon, you’re the real MVP. Keep in mind, Dany did all this damage with one dragon. She has THREE.
2. I know Jonerys is probably going to happen and since I ship Jonsa, I can’t be too upset about incest. Plus its’t the way of the Targaryens. However, I sort of wish they’d connect as family instead of lovers. I think they’d both appreciare knowing that they aren’t alone in the world, in that way.
3. Cersei is going to be so mad when she finds out what happened. I can’t wait! *giggles madly*
4. I read a really interesting theory from Mashable that suggests the Valyrian steel dagger now in Arya’s possession originally belonged to Rhaegar Targaryen. You *must* read THIS.
In this Sunday’s episode “Eastwatch” (written by David Benioff and DB Weiss, directed by Matt Shakman):
Daenerys demands loyalty from the surviving Lannister soldiers; Jon heeds Bran’s warning about White Walkers on the move; Cersei vows to vanquish anyone or anything that stands in her way. (via IMDb)
Well, from the title, “Eastwatch” likely refers to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, the castle along the Wall that Jon asked Tormund and the Wildlings to travel to and make an initial stand against the incoming White Walker army. From the episode trailer, we know that Jon will return to Winterfell and talk to Bran about the Night King’s plans. So it stands to reason the White Walkers will arrive at the Wall very soon.
Take a look at the preview images and trailer, then join us to watch and live tweet “Eastwatch” on August 13 at 9p/8c on HBO!