Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3 Recap

*READ MY GOT SEASON 7 EPISODE 2 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!*

While this episode was, once again, very exciting, it did expose the show’s biggest flaw. I’ll get to that later in the post, though.

Shall we begin?

1. Jon Snow and Ser Davos arrive at Dragonstone. Tyrion and Missandei greet them on the beach and walk them up to the castle. Tyrion mentions that Stark men don’t fare well when they travel south…

2. …but Jon is not a Stark. Notice how Rhaegal flew over Jon after he said that? *wink wink* Meanwhile…

3. …Melisandre is off to Volantis. Varys suggests that she is not safe in Westeros, but she says that she will return. I have to die in this strange country. Just like you. I still hope we find out more about the voice Varys heard in the flames, as that could have something to do with his eventual death. Anyway, back in the castle…

4. …Jon and Daenerys finally meet! I loved the introductions of both characters. Missandei ripped off 20 seconds of titles in a majestic, potent tone, while Ser Davos, in his Flea Bottom accent, simply says, “This is Jon Snow… he’s King in the North.” Dany and Jon debate the oath of loyalty sworn by Torrhen Stark, the last King in the North, during Aegon’s Conquest. Jon refuses to bend the knee and instead, asks for help in fighting the Army of the Dead. Not only is Dany a bit skeptical, but she remains focused on ruling the Seven Kingdoms. In other words…

5. …Dany remains focused on ruling a graveyard. Like I mentioned in last week’s recap, Jon is at a disadvantage because he has no proof of what he saw beyond-the-Wall. Ser Davos tries to convince Dany that she and Jon are not that different when it comes to destiny and people believing in them. He mentions that Jon took a knife in the heart for his people, but Jon stops him short of revealing his resurrection. Despite Tyrion’s efforts, Jon still refuses to bend the knee, which Dany views as an act of open rebellion. Before she can go any further, Varys interrupts with news of the sea battle from the last episode and dismisses Jon and Ser Davos. From there, the Spider assumes that Ellaria, the Sand Snakes and the Greyjoys are dead or captured. However…

6. …Theon is still alive. One of the Ironborn ships that escaped the battle hauls Theon on board. He tells them that he tried to save Yara, but they don’t believe him. As the last remaining Greyjoy, Theon is going to have to step up and become a leader if he has any hope of turning this around. Speaking of Greyjoys…

7. …Euron is basking in the glory, and I love it! Everything this guy says is hilarious! I have to be honest. This is making me hard. Did you see little Theon’s face before he jumped overboard? Oh no! What a twat. I love this guy! But as for Ellaria and Tyene…

8. …they got what they deserve. All that was missing on that walk to the Red Keep was Septa Unella and that “shame” bell. Ellaria spits towards Cersei, which she might as well do because she was going to die regardless. Might as well get it all out, right? After Cersei accepts the gift…

9. …Euron continues to taunt Jaime. A finger in the bum? We don’t deserve such a great villain. In all seriousness, Euron and Jaime will boil over at some point. Speaking of which…

10. …the Queen finally gets justice. To be fair, I did like my idea of a Rickard/Brandon Stark redux, but this works too. Cersei got to stunt on a helpless Ellaria and poison Tyene the same way she poisoned Myrcella. As I predicted, Tyene’s last words were “Mama!” Shout out to Indira Varma (Ellaria) and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Tyene), as both did a fantastic job on the close-up shots in this scene.

11. Tycho Nestoris is back! The Iron Bank had to come back into play because as Tyrion said in Season 3, “…they always get their gold back.” Unfortunately, they will not get back some of their gold due to the end of slavery in Slaver’s Bay a.k.a. the Bay of Dragons. Cersei was smart to point this out, and it seems that she managed to convince the Iron Bank to invest in her cause. This is another big loss for Dany, and speaking of losses…

12. …more Jon and Tyrion! These two are great together, especially in this moment because they are both “brooding” over their failures. Tyrion tells Jon that Dany “protects people from monsters,” just as Jon did when he let the wildlings south of the Wall. He also tells him to ask for something more reasonable…

13. …like dragonglass. Tyrion convinces Dany to let Jon mine the dragonglass, as it might help create a new alliance. However, they did stop short of talking about Jon “taking a knife in the heart for his people.” I would be shocked if that was not revisited at some point this season. It’s also unknown if Dany believes that Army of the Dead and the Night King are real. Nevertheless, she lets Jon mine the dragonglass anyway, which helps the north tremendously. Speaking of which…

14. …ugh… Sansa is in charge. I’ll admit, the leather on the armor was a good call. But still, this has bad idea written all over it for one reason, and one reason only…

15. …Littlefinger a.k.a. Phil Jackson. Don’t fight in the north, or the south. Fight every battle, everywhere, always, in your mind. Everyone is you enemy. Everyone is your friend. Every possible series of events is happening all at once. Live that way, and nothing will surprise you. Everything that happens will be something that you’ve seen before. That sounded like a Phil Jackson/Zen Master-like pep talk from the 2000 NBA Finals. Earlier in the scene, Littlefinger also seemed intrigued at Maester Wolkan’s comment about Maester Luwin keeping copies of every raven scroll. I assume that will be very important in the next couple of episodes, as Littlefinger is bound to get his hands on information that he should not own. Maybe he’ll find out something about Jon’s birth? But as for the Phil Jackson speech, that last line is very important because…

16. …Bran is back in Winterfell! This was another fantastic reunion, but you can’t help but notice Bran’s stone-cold expression when Sansa embraces him. That continues in the godswood when he is trying to explain what being the “Three-Eyed Raven” means. On top of talking like a robot, Bran brings up Sansa’s wedding night in Season 5, which makes her uneasy and forces her to leave. Everything that happens will be something that you’ve seen before. I imagine she’ll have to talk to someone about this, and I really hope it isn’t Littlefinger. Meanwhile, at the Citadel…

17. …the greyscale is gone! Ser Jorah does still have some nasty-looking skin, but its way better than what it was before. Samwell and Jorah leave on, “Perhaps our paths will cross again,” which likely means that they will meet again. That evening…

18. …Archmaester Ebrose grills Samwell. It’s easy to forget that Samwell could have gotten infected with greyscale and endangered everyone at the Citadel. When Ebrose asked how he succeeded at such a meticulous procedure, Samwell basically goes to his signature, “I read it in a book,” line. His reward for saving a man’s life? Copying manuscripts and old scrolls. While it seems like a raw deal on the surface, I assume that Samwell will discover something important while doing this tedious task. Meanwhile…

19. …Dorne is descending into chaos. They didn’t show Varys saying this in the episode, but it is in the official synopsis on HBO’s website. With no important characters in that region, it’s unlikely that we’ll re-visit Dorne again. As for the attack on Casterly Rock…

20. Grey Worm and the Unsullied succeed! I loved the call backs during this scene. Remember when Tyrion told Varys about rebuilding the sewers in Season 2? Well, Grey Worm and his men used a secret passage to invade from the inside and take the Rock. I especially loved when Tyrion said, “…as a good friend of mine once said, ‘give me 10 good men… and I’ll impregnate the bitch.'” You may remember that friend from Season 1. Unfortunately for Grey Worm, though…

21. …Jaime was one step ahead. He knew that without the gold, Casterly Rock was worthless. So he let the Unsullied take the Rock and had Euron burn their ships so they would be forced to march all the way across Westeros. Jaime learned from his mistake in Season 1 against Robb at Whispering Wood and took most of his forces to take Highgarden…

22. …where Olenna awaited her fate. This was, easily, the best scene of the episode. As always, Diana Rigg’s performance was absolutely spot-on. Like the champion her character is, Olenna gets the last word and admits that she was the one who killed Joffrey. In the moment, it was really exciting, but now that I think about it, how does this information really change things? It won’t turn Jaime against Cersei, because he and his sister still hate Tyrion for killing their father. Could it change the way Cersei views Sansa? Granted, the show may not intend for this information to change events or characters in Season 7, but it was still awesome to see Olenna play her last card and go out like a champ. It also shows how revenge is dangerous to those who seek it. Ellaria and Olenna both wanted revenge for the deaths of their loved ones, and both paid the price in this episode.

23. Okay… now to GoT’s biggest flaw. The show is going way too fast at the moment. To be fair, with ten episodes remaining in the series, they have to go fast. But as a fan and reader of A Song of Ice and Fire, I can’t help but wonder how some of the events that occurred in this episode would look if the show had more time. Granted, this complaint of mine harkens back to Season 5 when the show passed the books in terms of the timeline. For instance, would the show have included characters like Arianne Martell, Jon Connington and Victarion Greyjoy if they were given more time? I would think so. As for this episode, Jon and Dany at Dragonstone could probably take up four to six episodes in a normal Game of Thrones season. However, it looks like it will only take two episodes. Does the show kill off Ellaria and Olenna in a different way? It seems like they kind of just sent them to the naughty corner to die. To me, it seems like they’re cutting corners and maybe with more time, they could have fleshed out both death scenes a bit more. After all, we didn’t see either of them actually die. As for Jaime, one minute he is in bed with Cersei, and the next he’s in the Reach about to invade Highgarden. One minute, Euron is in King’s Landing, and the next he’s sailed all the way around the bottom of Westeros in less than one episode to attack Dany’s fleet at Casterly Rock. The show is going too fast, but again, you can’t really blame them. I just can’t help but think about how much better the show would be if David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanted to take more time. But of course, they have to go work on that stupid “Confederate” show, because that’s a good idea, right?

Anyway, enough of my ranting. Here’s what to expect for next week:

1. The Field of Fire Redux! I talked about this in my Season 7 preview. Here is the promo picture on HBO’s website for Episode 4, titled “The Spoils of War”:

(HBO)

Keep in mind that they didn’t show any scenes from the sea battle in the episode two promo. There’s nothing in this week’s promo that would suggest a huge battle, so if that is any indication, I think it’s safe to say that Dany will heed Olenna’s words and unleash her dragons.

2. Jon and Dany explore the dragonglass mountain. If they’re going to take the time to show us the dragonglass mountain, I would have to think that there is another important object that they will discover. Maybe the Targaryens already crafted dragonglass weapons? What about Valyrian steel? Who knows, but something other than dragonglass is down there.

3. Is Theon on the shores of Dragonstone? I would think that’s where his men would go. If that is the case, I would love to see what Jon does if he sees Theon. Will he kill him, or will Dany, who is in need of allies at the moment, protect him?

4. Arya is almost home! She can see, and maybe even smell, Winterfell. Just keep going, Arya!

5. Where is the Brotherhood Without Banners? What about Gendry and the Night’s Watch? We haven’t seen Beric, Thoros, the Hound, Edd or Tormund since Episode 1, and Gendry is still out there somewhere. I would think episode four or five is when we will receive an update on the status of these characters. After all, the Night King continues to march toward Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. It seems like that will be the last big action set piece of Season 7, and something that the show will continue to build towards. Again, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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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