Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap

*READ MY GOT SEASON 7 EPISODE 3 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!*

Although this episode was the shortest of the season so far, there were so many big reveals. Of course, I will get to the battle, but before I begin, I must address…

…the leak. So if you didn’t hear, two separate groups hacked HBO over the past week. The first group attacked HBO in the United States and claimed to have acquired 1.5 terabytes of information, ranging from scripts to other Game of Thrones content. The second group hacked HBO’s India affiliate and released an episode that had been given to them before the premiere date. In other words, the big HBO hack in the U.S. had nothing to do with the real leak of episode 4. When it comes to leaks on the Internet, I always heed the words of Ser Bronn of the Blackwater…

…back away…and back away some more. Just don’t look at any articles or spoilers. Don’t ruin the show for yourself. Otherwise, one may feel tempted to harm an innocent squire. Speaking of which…

1. …Bronn is back! Queen of Thorns give you one last prick in the balls before saying goodbye? Jerome Flynn-Bronn is arguably the best actor-character match of the entire show. Anyway, Bronn wants a castle, but Jaime says he’ll have his choice when the war is over. After all…

2. the Lannisters always pay- Alright fine, I won’t say it. Tycho Nestoris, a.k.a. Rihanna, is very impressed that Cersei will be paying off her debt so quickly. It’s only fair that the Iron Bank then extend a helping hand in Cersei’s current ventures. However, the Queen is already one step ahead, as she had Qyburn contact…

3. …the Golden Company! A Song of Ice and Fire readers should be very familiar with this army of sellswords. It seems unlikely that the show will introduce some of the book’s main characters from the Golden Company, but that doesn’t mean the group won’t play a big role in at least one of the next three episodes. Rihanna does mention that the Golden Company has helped the Iron Bank “recover significant sums from parties who had fallen into deep arrears.” Cersei would love for them to…

4. recover some things that belong to me. As Cersei and Rihanna were talking, the camera did overlook the North, which makes me think Cersei could use the Golden Company to not only attack Winterfell, but to bring back “that murdering whore Sansa” as well. Meanwhile…

5. …Littlefinger stay bein’ Littlefinger. He presents Bran with the dagger used in the attempt to take his life back in Season 1. Why did he do this? I have no idea. Anyway, Littlefinger brings up the current chaos of the world, to which Bran says…

6. CHAOS IS A LADDER. One of the best lines of the episode. Unlike his father, Bran is not a Stark with a “quick temper and slow mind.” He knows what Littlefinger has done in the past, but before he can go any further…

7. …Meera walks in. Although she doesn’t want to leave Bran, she feels that she needs to return to her family. Bran agrees he no longer needs her, but all he can muster up is, “Thank you.” Meera becomes pissed because many died to protect him and she risked her life as well. She realizes that the old Bran died in the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave. In other words…

8. …he isn’t really Bran Stark anymore. He is the Three-Eyed Raven now. As a result, it’s difficult for him to express emotions and feel like his former self. It’s almost as if he’s a human computer or a robot, especially considering how he has talked this season. Meanwhile, outside of Winterfell…

9. …Arya is home! The scene with the two young guards was very similar to the scene back in Season 1 when Arya was trying to get back into King’s Landing. The whole point was to show how much her home has changed since she left. She eventually gets away from the guards, who report back to Sansa. Once she hears that she asked for Ser Rodrik and Maester Luwin, Sansa knows exactly where to look…

10. …the crypts! This Stark reunion was much happier than I thought it would be. Maybe I looked too much into the tension between the sisters back in Season 1. Anyway, Sansa tells Arya that Bran is also home, but also gives her look as if to say, “Something is wrong.” You know what’s wrong?

11. The pacing of this show. Once again, I recommend reading last week’s recap for my complete thoughts on this topic, but this Stark reunion seems so rushed. Isn’t it convenient that all three Stark children are back in Winterfell within an episode of each other? I believe that if the show was given more time, this reunion, as well as many other events, could have been so much better. Hopefully, this was not George R.R. Martin’s plan for a Stark reunion in the books, if there would be one at all. I get the feeling that this was all David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, though. Anyway, back to the episode…

12. Bran gives Arya the dagger. This would explain why Arya had the dagger in all the Season 7 preview pictures. This also raises two questions: a) does Bran know that Arya will use the dagger to kill someone, a.k.a. Littlefinger? and b) why didn’t Bran tell Arya and Sansa about Littlefinger betraying Ned? There is not a lot of clarity with this situation, so hopefully next week’s episode answers the questions about the dagger. Meanwhile…

13. …Dany and Missandei discuss “many things.” Notice how the camera cut to Jon right after Dany said that? *wink wink*

14. Jon shows them the dragonglass cave. Not only did the cave have mountains of dragonglass, but it also contained carvings and drawings of the Children of the Forest and the First Men uniting “against their common enemy.” Dany seems convinced, and agrees to fight for the North…

15. …if Jon bends the knee. If you read last week’s recap, you know that I was not a fan of Dany wanting Jon to bend the knee. However, I’m starting to come around to Dany’s way of thinking because this is an opportunity for Jon to learn from the mistakes of others. This is reminiscent of Jon trying to convince Mance Rayder to bend the knee to Stannis in Season 5, but the leader of the Wildlings refused and died as a result. Isn’t their survival more important than your pride? Not only was that the line Jon used on Mance, but that was the exact line Dany used on Jon in this episode.

16. Tyrion keeps screwing up. While Tyrion is very smart politically, history has shown that he is not good at military strategy. Dany rightfully snaps at her hand and tells him, “Perhaps you don’t want to hurt [your family] after all.” Dany once again considers flying her dragons straight to the Red Keep, but instead asks Jon’s advice. Like Tyrion, Jon believe that melting cities and burning castles would make her no different from those that came before. At the same time, Dany does need to unleash her dragons on something, which I’ll get to in a moment. Back in Winterfell…

17. …Arya and Brienne face off! This was so awesome to watch. I got flashbacks to one of my favorite characters, Syrio Forel, in Season 1. Remember, child, this is not the dance of the Westeros we are learning… The knight’s dance, hacking and hammering. This is the Braavo’s dance… the water dance. It is swift and sudden. Overhead on a balcony, Littlefinger and Sansa watch Arya and Brienne fight to a stalemate. Sansa seems a bit uneasy about Arya’s ability to fight, which makes me think she knows that the list Arya made was not a joke. As for Littlefinger, he always has that stupid look on his face, so I have no idea what he was thinking. Meanwhile…

18. …Jon thinks Dany has a “good heart.” According to David Benioff, they are “starting to be attracted to each other.” I would be shocked if those feelings did not continue to blossom for the rest of the season. Anyway, Jon and Ser Davos talk with Missandei about Jon’s parentage, until…

19. …Theon returns and comes face-to-face with Jon. He has tried to avoid this confrontation since Season 2. It’s why Theon chose to stay in Winterfell and fight against the Boltons as opposed to taking the Black for his crimes. Theon knew Jon would kill him, but he did save Sansa’s life. What you did for her is the only reason I’m not killing you. Theon wants Dany’s help saving Yara from his uncle Euron. However, the queen is away at the moment. We’re almost there, don’t worry.

20. Rickon! By far, the best moment of the episode. I have watched Bronn laugh at his name too many times. Bronn’s smile is quickly wiped off his face because…

21. …HERE COME THE DOTHRAKI! In Season 1, Robert Baratheon said, “Only a fool would meet the Dothraki in an open field.” Well, it seems that Jaime is a fool. The Lannisters were already going to get crushed, but just to seal the deal…

22. …HERE COMES DROGON! At that point, Jaime should have taken Bronn’s advice and booked it back to King’s Landing. But for some reason, he didn’t want to abandon his army. Jaime gets saved by Rickon(?) at the last second, while Bronn reaches Qyburn’s scorpion and shoots the first spear into the Dothraki opponent following him.

23. I’ll be honest… I was rooting for Bronn. I just could not help myself. Bronn is such an amazing character that I was cheering for him to take down not just a dragon, but Dany as well. He does indeed hit Drogon, but it doesn’t do much damage and Bronn barely avoids the dragon’s flames. I really thought Bronn was going to die in that moment. Speaking of which, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

24. …Jaime charges at Dany and Drogon. It is worth noting that Jaime was trying to kill Dany, not Drogon. It does not make what he did any less stupid, but I think I understand what was going through his mind. Watching all of those men burn around him is the exact thing Jaime prevented by killing the Mad King. He wanted to save lives, which is what he thought he would do by charging at Dany, who was standing inches away from a dragon. I thought Jaime was dead meat, until…

25. BRONN WITH THE CHASEDOWN BLOCK! What a moment! Jaime is then shown floating towards the bottom of the river as the episode fades to black. I would expect someone to pull Jaime out, but I’m not sure who that person could be.

Here’s what to expect for next week’s episode, titled “Eastwatch”:

1. The Lannister army will bend the knee. This is how the “Field of Fire” ended back during Aegon’s Conquest. It will be interesting to see whether Jaime, Bronn, and the Tarlys are part of this surrender. If that is the case, I imagine Tyrion will want Bronn and Jaime spared…

2. …which could cause some tension between Dany and Tyrion. Varys says, “You need to find a way to make her listen.” Whatever they are talking about, Tyrion will have to convince Dany to do something that she does not want to do. Once again, I think Dany will question Tyrion’s loyalties.

3. Jon comes face-to-face with Drogon! I think Jon will get preferential treatment from the dragons. I’ll leave it at that.

4. Dany will decide her next move. I assume Jon must have received a raven about Bran’s return to Winterfell, because he is talking about Bran seeing the Night King marching towards Eastwatch. But will that same raven also include information about his true parentage? What about Arya’s return?

5. Where are… the Brotherhood Without Banners? Gendry? Ser Jorah? Grey Worm? Euron? With three episodes left in the season, we’re going to have to get updates about these characters at some point. Will the Brotherhood go straight to Eastwatch or stop at Winterfell? Is Gendry still rowing? Will Jorah make it back to Dany? Did Grey Worm make it out of Casterly Rock, or did Euron capture him?

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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