Warning – Spoiler’s ahead.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Davos (Liam Cunningham) find a warm reception and an abundance of dragons when they arrive at Dragonstone. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) calms any tensions with his wit and familiarity of the King of the North. Fire and Ice may be opposites, but they both have a worthy cause to fight for.
It’s not a surprise when Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon clash at first meeting. They are both hard-headed and set in their ways. Their focus and loyalty is admirable, but there are bigger forces at work. They need to learn to compromise before the army of the dead descends on Westeros, destroying everyone in their path. Although it sounds like a fairytale to people who have not witnessed it first hand, ignorance will save no one. Jon refuses to bend the knee and Danyerys refuses to fight an enemy she has no proof of existing. They are at an impasse, even with Davo’s speaking up for Jon.
There are more pressing matters to deal with. Word of the demolished fleets and the capture of Daenerys allies puts her focus on other things. Slowly she is losing the advantage she had over Cersei (Lena Heady), who seems to be one step ahead of the dragon queen. Euron (Pilou Asbæk) has presented Cersei with a gift, Ellaria (Indria Varma) and her precious daughter. For his undying loyalty, Euron is awarded with total control of the queen’s fleet and the promise of her hand in marriage after the war is won. Cersei seems to have the upper hand, and as she enacts her revenge via poison to deal with Ellaria’s transgressions Can anyone put an end to Cersei’s destruction once and for all?
Winterfell is preparing for the long winter and what is to come, Sansa (Sophie Turner) has fallen into the rhythm of command beautifully. She is strong and intelligent, just the leader they need while Jon is detained on Dragonstone. Her plans are interrupted by a visitor. Another homecoming, Bran Stark (Isaac Wright) is back in Winterfell, older, wiser and distinctly changed. The anticipation for the final homecoming looms in the balance, but we must wait for that.
A familiar face will soon be making his way back to Westeros. Sir Jorah (Iain Glen) is now free from his infection, the greyscale has been thwarted due to Sam’s (John Bradley) dangerous but necessary decision. Although he was forbidden to do so, the arch maester (Jim Broadbent) praises him for saving a man, recruiting him to pour through scrolls and copy them, there is a greater purpose to this and perhaps Sam will find more answers pertaining to the approaching undead army.
Every well executed plan that Daenerys and her council have drawn up seem to be no match for Cersei and her army. Even though Tyrion has insider information, it doesn’t seem to be good enough. Casterly rock isn’t the monument it used to be, and as the unsullied land to stake their claim, the resistance they are met with is minimal. Although their fleet was destroyed by Euron’s people. The Lannister army expertly skirted around the chaos and took High Garden by storm instead. Demolishing the last strong ally in Westeros Danyerys had, the Tyrell’s are no longer. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldu) is the one to be received by Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg), who knows that her time in this world is up. Instead of a bloody death, she is gifted one of poison. As her last moments consume her, she makes sure that Jaime knows that it was her who ordered the killing of Joffrey. Her last gift to the world.
It seems as though Cersei has the upper hand now, could this be the end of Daenerys reign? It doesn’t seem right that she doesn’t even have the chance to bring them all to their knees. Something bigger is on the horizon, and eventually all the death and destruction will catch up with Cersei, just as it has every other character on this show.
On the upside? Jon has been granted access to the reserves of dragon glass below Dragonstone. Tyrion believes in his plight, perhaps an alliance will happen between fire and ice after all.
Game of Thrones airs on HBO Sunday’s at 7/9c