Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 Recap

*READ MY GOT SEASON 7 EPISODE 1 RECAP HERE*

*SPOILERS FROM THE SHOW AND THE “A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE” BOOKS WILL BE DISCUSSED IN THIS POST! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!*

Gods, what an episode.

Shall we begin?

1. Daenerys Stormborn vs. Varys! I discussed this in my recap of episode one. This is a conversation that I have waited for since the first season. To be fair, Dany absolutely had to question the loyalty of Varys, since he did send the order to have her killed by the wine merchant in Season 1. On the other hand, Varys did what he had to do to stay alive and carry out his plans. Not to mention, him and Illyrio essentially funded the Targaryen restoration. I believe Varys will stay loyal to Dany because if he doesn’t…

2. …Dany will burn him alive. This has “Mad King” written all over it. Of course, that is not a road that one should travel down. Speaking of burning people alive…

3. Melisandre is back. As you may have read in my character predictions, I am not a fan of a person who burns innocent people alive, let alone a little girl. Nonetheless, Melisandre does tell Dany that the Long Night is coming and only the “prince who was promised” can save them. Obviously, Dany is not a “prince.” However, as many fans have speculated for years…

4. …”Azor Ahai” is genderless! Missandei informs Dany that “prince” is genderless in High Valyrian, and could refer to a prince or princess. This is huge information because Melisandre then states that she believes Dany has “a role to play, as does another.” Who could she possibly be talking about?

5. THE KING IN THE NORTH! This is the first time that Dany has ever heard of Jon Snow. Having befriended Jon way back in Season 1, Tyrion believes that the King in the North could make a valuable ally. So Dany invites Jon to Dragonstone to bend the knee.

6. Yeah… right. Jon is not worried about who will rule Westeros after this war. Not to mention, the idea of traveling to a place with the Unsullied, a Dothraki horde and three dragons seems a bit dangerous. Jon and Sansa are correct on that part, but Ser Davos does bring up a good point.

7. Fire kills wights. This is Game of Thrones planting the seed, maybe for future episodes? We shall see.

8. Meanwhile, Cersei has gone full #fakenews. No, Dany’s dragons did not burn and eat the masters of Slaver’s Bay. It’s clearly a fear tactic to unite the lords of Westeros against the Mad King’s daughter. One of the lords Cersei summoned to King’s Landing was Randyll Tarly, and knowing this…

9. …Jaime makes his move. Knowing that House Tarly has influence over the other houses of the Reach, Jaime wants Randyll to become his “ranking general in the wars to come.” It seems like Randyll is ready to decline, but Jaime then pulls out the “foreign invaders” card and hangs the “Warden of the South” title to sweeten the deal. Knowing how Randyll treated a foreigner last season, it makes sense that him and his son, Rickon(?), will accept Jaime’s offer to fight on his side. Speaking of Tarlys…

10. …Samwell might as well give up on Ser Friendzone. That greyscale looked awful. Archmaester Ebrose gives Jorah 10 to 20 years to live, but six months until his mind is overtaken. He kindly gives Jorah one day before shipping him off to Valyria to live with the Stone Men, which I do not think will happen. But speaking of Valyria…

11. Cersei now has the weapon to take down dragons. It was awesome to see some of the skulls of old Targaryen dragons, especially Aegon the Conqueror’s dragon, Balerion the Dread. Qyburn points out that dragons are vulnerable, as shown by Drogon’s wounds suffered at the Great Pit of Daznak. He then reveals a huge scorpion loaded with a steel-headed bolt, which then cracks the skull of Balerion the Dread. This could be a huge problem for Dany, moreso than…

12. …her Westerosi allies. Yara Greyjoy, Ellaria Sand and Olenna Tyrell all want revenge, so of course they believe that attacking King’s Landing is the right move. They are not looking at the big picture, which is what Dany and Tyrion are doing. Instead of foolishly attacking the capital and potentially killing innocents, Tyrion suggests surrounding King’s Landing by using the Dornish/Greyjoy fleet as well as the Tyrell forces. Meanwhile, Grey Worm and the Unsullied will assault Casterly Rock and take it. Everyone agrees to the plan, but Olenna gives Dany some advice.

13. You’re a dragon. Be a dragon. I imagine this is similar advice that Margaery received from Olenna around the time she married Renly Baratheon. You’re a rose. Be a rose. That would explain Margaery’s benevolent, cunning demeanor hidden underneath all of her innocent beauty. As Olenna explains, she has outlived all the “clever men” because she’s ignored them. She tells Daenerys to ignore Tyrion and unleash her inner dragon. I love Lady Olenna, but I don’t know if that is the wisest advice for an aspiring queen of Westeros.

14. I JUST WANT HAPPINESS FOR GREY WORM AND MISSANDEI! Grey Worm’s speech was absolutely beautiful and Missandei reciprocates those strong feelings with a kiss. Whatever happens after that is none of my concern. I just want happiness for them. That’s it.

15. Did you catch the “A Song of Ice and Fire” foreshadowing? Archmaester Ebrose says, I’m not writing a chronicle of the wars after the death of King Robert I so it can sit on a shelf unread. What? You don’t like the title? What would you call it? Samwell responds, Possibly something a bit more poetic? *wink wink* Anyway, Samwell asks Ebrose about a past procedure on advanced greyscale, but the Archmaester says it is too dangerous. So what does Samwell do?

16. He tries it on Jorah anyway. Samwell felt obligated to attempt the procedure, being that Jorah is his former lord commander’s son. Unfortunately, Samwell had to peel away Jorah’s infected skin, which looked so disgusting and painful. That transition into the pie was so cruel, and speaking of pies…

17. …HOT PIE IS BACK! He asks his old friend, Arry (a.k.a. Arya) if Brienne of Tarth ever found her and what eventually happened to her after that. Arya’s reaction is a repeat of what she did last week when the Lannister soldiers asked why she was going to King’s Landing. It’s almost as if she’s drinking to keep hold of her “faceless man” persona and stay focused on exacting revenge on all of her enemies. It doesn’t stay that way for long, as Hot Pie tells her that Jon Snow took Winterfell from the Boltons. After hearing that…

18. …Arya begins traveling north! A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home. Go Arya! Run and never look back!

19. Jon receives Samwell’s dragon glass raven. He uses that as leverage to tell his northern lords that he must accept Tyrion’s invitation to Dragonstone. Of course…

20. …Sansa is a whiny little girl. Once again, Sansa is not using her brain. You want to know why their grandfather, Rickard Stark, accepted the Mad King’s invitation to King’s Landing? Because his daughter was supposedly “taken” by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and the Mad King imprisoned his son. What was he supposed to do, sit in Winterfell and do nothing about it?

21. Jon Snow is on an island. Of course, “Bronze” Yohn Royce, Robett Glover and Lyanna Mormont all agree with Sansa. You know why Robb marched south? Because the Lannisters killed his father and held his sister, the same sister who is against going south, as a hostage. Again, was Robb supposed to sit in Winterfell and do nothing? Sansa, Littlefinger, and the rest of the northern lords have never seen the army of the dead. They have never killed a White Walker. They have never seen the Night King. Only Jon knows what they are up against, so trying to convince the others to fight his war is tough when they don’t know what they’re up against. Thankfully, Jon ignores their pleas and decides to go to Dragonstone anyway, but he leaves…

22. …Sansa in charge of the north. This is one of the worst ideas in Game of Thrones history. This screams Littlefinger persuading Sansa to fight his war and marching South to take the Iron Throne. One way or another, Sansa will screw up all of Jon’s plans, likely by taking the knights of the Vale south to fight in a different war. This is not going to end well for anyone…

23. …especially Littlefinger. It was obvious that Littlefinger would say something to drive Jon into grabbing him by the throat. I did not think that it would be, I love Sansa, as I did her mother. It seems a bit bold of Littlefinger to tell Jon, off all people, his feelings for Sansa. Jon leaves Littlefinger with, Touch my sister and I’ll kill you myself. I have no doubt that he will, but will Littlefinger heed this warning? I highly doubt it. Anyway, Jon and Ser Davos leave Winterfell and ride off to White Harbor. Hopefully, they don’t run into…

24. …NYMERIA! In the books, there were many hints that Nymeria was “a she-wolf of monstrous size,” leading a pack of wolves in and around the Riverlands. Well, this moment between Arya and Nymeria basically confirms that theory. Arya asks her direwolf to return to Winterfell with her, but Nymeria steps back into the woods with her pack. Arya reacts by saying…

25. That’s not you. To be clear, that is Nymeria. According to D.B. Weiss, the quote is a direct reference to Season 1 when Arya’s father, Ned, was telling her about her future life of as a lady of a castle who marries a noble lord and wears pretty dresses. Arya’s response? “That’s not me.” Arya is not domesticated, so it makes sense that Nymeria wouldn’t be either. Arya would have done the same thing if she was in Nymeria’s shoes. Props to Maisie Williams as well. The change of expressions on her face after Nymeria walks away was absolutely brilliant.

25. Sea battle time! As soon as I saw the Greyjoy ships, I knew the sea battle was coming up. But before we get to that, I must say…

26. I hate the Sand Snakes. However, do take note of Obarra and Nym mocking Tyene when they say “Mama!” Okay, now that I got that out-of-the-way, let’s get to it!

27. GO EURON GO! This guy an absolute beast. The entrance he made when the kracken head came down on Yara’s ship was one of the greatest things I have ever seen. Right from the start, it’s clear that he has the numbers and the firepower to pull this off this attack. Euron instantly became one of the my favorite characters…

28. …WHEN HE KILLED TWO SAND SNAKES! WITH THEIR OWN WEAPONS! This calls for a celebratory song.

29. The Sand Snakes were the worst thing to ever happen to Game of Thrones. Should’ve casted Arianne Martell from the beginning, but I digress. From there, Euron’s men capture Ellaria and Tyene, confirming that they will be the “gift” given to Cersei in the next episode. I’ll get to that in a moment. Meanwhile…

30. Uncle Euron wants a kiss. Easily the funniest line of the entire episode. He eventually overpowers Yara and calls over Theon to save his sister. But in typical Theon Greyjoy fashion…

31. …he panics and jumps overboard. To be fair, you can’t blame Theon for running from the situation. For one, he was probably going to die if he tried to attack Euron. Granted, he did bail on his only sibling, which is not a good look, but keep in mind all that Theon has gone through. This was very similar to when Yara tried to rescue him from the Dreadfort in Season 3. Theon denied her, knowing that Ramsay would continue to torture him and potentially kill him if he decided to escape. Theon just can’t, suddenly, forget what happened to him when he was Reek. That will stay with him for the rest of his life. Seeing Euron’s sadistic face combined with all the carnage around him, it’s perfectly understandable that Theon would panic and run. Also, shout out to Pilou Asbæk for his incredible psychotic laugh after Theon jumped overboard.

Here’s what to expect for next week:

1. Euron brings the “gift” to Cersei. Again, the gift will be Ellaria and Tyene. Who knows what Euron will do to Yara, but let’s focus on the Sand Snakes.

2. Expect a repeat of Rickard and Brandon Stark. As I mentioned before, the Mad King summoned Rickard to King’s Landing to answer for the crimes of his son, Brandon. He then demanded a trial by combat, expecting to fight one of the Kingsguard. However, the Mad King chose “fire” as his champion. He had Rickard suspended in the throne room while two pyromancers lit a fire beneath him. Brandon, with a noose tied around his neck and a sword just out of his reach, watched his father burn to death. As he reached for the sword to save his dying father, Brandon strangled himself and died. I think something like this will happen to Ellaria and Tyene next week. How heartbreaking would it be for Tyene to watch her mother burn alive as she screams out for her, similar to how Obara and Nym were mocking her before the sea battle? It also sets up nicely because…

3. …it would advance Bronn’s storyline. Remember when Tyene told Bronn, “Maybe I’ll come visit you?” There is a big crowd in the throne room for Euron’s arrival, so I think Bronn will be there when Euron presents Ellaria and Tyene to Cersei. If things play out like a repeat of Rickard and Brandon Stark, I can’t imagine Bronn will take that very well. Granted, the trailers show that he will fight alongside Jaime later in the season, but watching someone like Tyene die in such a cruel way would have to place some doubts in Bronn’s mind as to whether is he fighting for the right side.

4. The Unsullied attack Casterly Rock! I actually think this will be a relatively easy victory for the Unsullied. Once this happens, I think Cersei will send Jaime to take back their home. Like Robb said in Season 2, “How can I call myself king if I can’t hold my own castle?” Roose Bolton’s response? “You are a king, and that means you don’t have to do everything yourself.”

5. Jaime and Randyll Tarly will capture Highgarden. If the Dornish fall, it only makes sense for Highgarden to fall as well. Not only would this provide food and livestock for the Lannisters, but this would also foil Tyrion’s plan of attacking King’s Landing with a Westerosi army. As a result, Dany will have to take the Iron Throne with her foreign army, which will play to the advantage of Cersei. After all, who wants to fight alongside a Dothraki horde?

6. The King in the North meets the Mother of Dragons. This is the meeting everybody wants to see. Read my Season 7 preview for my thoughts on this matter.

Let me know what you think about the episode in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131! As always, thanks for reading!

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