The cold, dark and gloomy seclusion at Dragonstone was not that homecoming that Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) quite anticipated. They must bide their time before they can conquer all who oppose them, it’s not a simple war where the dragon’s can be left to their own defenses and burn it all down, she does not wish to be the queen of ashes, but the queen of the realm. Varys (Conleth Hill) loyalty is put into question, he doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to rulers, when he swears his oath to Daenerys , one can only hope the pardon she bestows upon him will not come back to haunt her. Right on cue, another outcast seeks out the queen, the red woman, Melisandre (Carice Van Houten). She encourages Daenerys to seek out Jon Snow (Kit Harington), for he plays an important role in the fight to come. An invitation is sent to Winterfell. They are both in dire need of strong allies.
Samwell (John Bradley) has been assisting the Arch Maester (Jim Broadbent) with his work and patients. This patient in particular just happens to be Jorah (Iain Glenn), in finding out that he is a Mormont, Sam is determined to find a cure for his grey scale. The treatment is excruciating and must be done in secret, but Jorah has nothing left to lose, he may just make it back to his Khaleesi after all.
Cersei (Lena Headey) is drunk on power, using her gift of fear mongering to make her ally’s submit to her pleas. The odds are stacked against them, but with Qyburn (Anoton Lesser) on her side, there are other dark forces at work. As Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) tries to pursuade Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner) to join their cause and turn his back on the Tyrell’s, blacksmith’s have been working tirelessly to aid in the threat. Dragon’s are not invincible creatures, they can be wounded and killed, they have perfected the mother of all crossbows to inflict catastrophic damage. It’s still anyone’s game.
Back at Winterfell Jon is met with resistence about the possibility of joining forces with a Lannister and a Targaryen, his decision is cemented in stone with he learns of Sam’s discovery, the abundance of dragon glass that resides beneath Dragonstone. They need as much help as they can get in the approaching war, and this ally just happens to have dragons. His loyalty will always remain in the north, and in proving that he temporarily relinquishes control to Sansa (Sophie Turner) while he is away. If he is to sway the dragon queen, he must meet with her face to face. Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) is up to something, but with a threat upon his life, perhaps he will stand down, but we know it can never be that easy.
Arya (Maisie Williams) has somehow avoided the big news in the realm. The Starks are back in Winterfell and Jon is the King of the North. This changes her vendetta, for now. She’s finally going home after all this time. It is going to be one of the most heart warming and bittersweet reunions. After all this time. I for one cannot wait to see them all reunited again, it’s been a long time coming and they need each other now more than ever. On her way to the north, an old friend is there to greet her. Nymeria is a survivor just like her human counterpart, it was a brief reunion but powerful.
At last we get a taste of battle. Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Theon’s (Alfie Allen) task to rally the Dornish Army is thwarted by their Uncle Euron (Pilou Asbæk). Even with the aid of the sand snake’s, they are no match for the onslaught that accompanies the twisted man. Death and mayhem are everywhere. Theon finally gets a chance to stand up and fight, he tucks his tail and runs instead, finding solace in the water below. Allowing his uncle to get away with Ellaria (Indira Varma), her remaining daughter and Yara.
This new development may force Daenerys’s hand, perhaps Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) was right, you cannot trust clever men and in order to survive you must do what they wouldn’t expect.
Anything can happen in this twisted game, just when it seems to be coming together we know how easily it can be ripped apart. The creators keep us on our toes, but that’s what keeps us coming back.
I will end this on a more endearing note. The moment between Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) was a breath of fresh air and expertly woven into the storyline. Those subtle moments bring a different dynamic to the story.
Game of Thrones airs on HBO , Sunday’s at 7/9c