Hello and welcome to Game of Thoughts! I’m still alive and carving time out of my busy weeks for some Game of Thrones goodness. These posts WILL contain spoilers. They are nothing more than a recap and chance for GoT fans to have a bit of a natter and react as situations permit. They were inspired by the incredible, in-depth and insightful posts of Patrick Sponaugle, except his are intelligent and mine are just squeeing.
Even though I greatly enjoyed this episode and there were some big moments (WELCOME BACK GENDRY) it is probably my least favorite episode so far, probably due to the weak intro, but it did redeem itself by the end. So let’s get started!
Poolside with Jaime and Bronn
- I’ll say it – that rescue was weak sauce. NOT because Bronn isn’t capable of pulling off some dashing stuff, but because last week we saw that Jaime was sinking about 20 feet down in some heavy, heavy armor. I doubt Bronn could have gotten him to the surface before Jaime ran out of air – and I’m going to be an even bigger internet pain in in the ass and point out that Bronn leaping off a galloping horse and plowing full-speed into Jaime more than likely would have knocked Jaime’s wind out, so he wouldn’t have had a full lungful when he went into the water.
- Dialogue was okay, and it did show Bronn’s growing impertinence, which comes back on him later.
- Man. That was some horrific carnage, but props to Tyrion for making himself look at all of it. He’s definitely weighing the human cost of Danaery’s bold move, and it’s not looking good. For some reason a few lines of the Rains of Castamere plays, but I’m not sure who Tyrion is getting vengeance on here – certainly not the plebs who fight in Lannister colors.
- Danaerys is making a hard job even harder, and now Sam Tarly is the lord of Horn Hill, although he doesn’t know it. Lord Tarly was a tool, but Rickon/Dickon seemed all right, and even stood up for what he thought was right. Danaerys giving Tyrion the ‘I’m in command’ look was going full Targaryen, and you never go full Targaryen.
- Jon’s moment with Drogon was sort of ruined for me by the fact that Dany had just made such bad decisions. Although it’s interesting to me that Dany, the woman, has been proving herself crueler in her rule than he did in his own. Although it’s a nice fanservice to the theory of Jon’s Targaryen parentage. And Jorah’s back! Yay!
- We’ve been denied the Jaime/Bronn training and I was looking forward to seeing some, actually. But secret meetings with Tyrion are also good! I want to believe that they forgave each other, and I think Jaime was close, and then Cersei pulled the Ultimate Crazy Girl card with her ‘I am pregnant.’ I thought for a moment she’d poisoned Jaime because the sound on my hotel tv is garbage and Jaime looked like someone had punched him in the stomach. Then I got on board. But I’m getting back off because NO.
- BWAH HA HA! Davos is getting ALL the best lines this season. “I thought you were still rowing.” Bless you Liam Cunningham, you are keeping these children in line.
- I had a moment when Gendry swung his hammer around. Bless him! He’s all growed up! And killing people! Fun fact: when my gummy vitamins melted in the car they looked just like that guy’s face.
- That literally would have been the smoothest escape ever had Tyrion not screwed it up.
- I suspect Cersei has Bronn already in custody and we’re about to lose a fan favorite.
- Stark and Baratheon, together again! SO GOOD! God all these little loose ends are finally tying up and OOOO it’s so good.
- And I am concerned that all the love the writers are showing Davos means he is going to die.
- I am totally glad that Sam is done with old men telling him what to do but…
- YOU KIND OF MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT THERE, SAM.
- Still, good for them. I hope he goes to Horn Hill and everything is happy for them. After all, he’s the last living heir now!
- Sam and Gilly are actually one of my favorite pairs, as long as they have something to do. And Gilly is doing so well in the city! And doesn’t put up with Sam when he gets pissy! They’re so cute.
- Littlefinger gonna littlefing. He’s up to something, but who’s the target? Is he giving Arya just enough rope to hang herself with?
- Sansa had an important job in this episode, and that job was to mention that Ghost is still alive. And also she is in charge until Jon gets back.
- Man! The whole episode is named for a place we spent 5 minutes in. Still! Such eventful minutes!
- Packed with FANTASTIC dialogue! Tormund is a treasure.
- The Hound! The gang’s all here!
- I am very excited that we will get to see Beric Dondarrion fire it up (hurrr) and cut up some White Walkers and others next episode. And all the boys fighting together! It’s a total sausage fest, they need Brienne.
- I love the shot of all of them walking in order of height. Jon is the tip of the arrowhead because he is tiny but dangerous. Bless!
- Where the hell is Theon?
- How about Yara Greyjoy?
- How about the Unsullied up at Casterly Rock? We were waiting for some sign of them in the last episode and there’s still no word in this one, unless I missed something. I probably did, I write slow.
- I keep looking for the seams that show where the showrunners are stitching their new, truncated or invented storylines onto GRRM’s. Sometimes I think I can see them (pretty sure Dany goes to Dragonstone and meets Jon there, and the dragonglass is a thing, and the Starks retake Winterfell) but there are others I can’t figure out – like Davos. He ends book 5 in a completely different place, as does Jaime.
- I think another odd thing about the episodes this season are the frenetic pacing between scene switches. Some characters in one location might get one or two lines before we’re off somewhere else. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Anyway! I am exhausted so this recap probably didn’t make as much sense as it could have. Tune in next week for what looks like it will be another AMAZING Episode in a season that just keeps amping up! As always, thank you for reading!