The storyline is vast and each moment adds to the terrors of what is to come. Everyone will play an important role. The writers have worked in so many subtle easter eggs, ones that you may miss if you blink. It keeps us questioning every move, nothing is predictable and that adds to the suspense and wonderment of this show.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is unmoving with her decisions to keep no prisoners. Either the remaining Lannister forces bend the knee and join her cause, or die. She makes the choice easy for them, but a stubborn Randyll Tarly refuses to join her and his son follows suit. Even with the protests from Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) she does not back out of her decision. Wiping out the Tarly clan with one word. Death by Drogon is at least a quick way to go.
Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldu) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn) have somehow made it out of the battlefield alive. There is no way they are going to be able to overpower the Dothraki forces and three dragons, even a skilled miliary man such as Jaime understands the dire odds. Cersei (Lena Heady) is not one to back down, and is unmoving in her decision to keep fighting. They will not submit even when the odds are not in their favour.
Jon (Kit Harington) get’s up close and personal with Drogon. It is a magnificent moment when he reaches out a touches the terrifyingly beautiful creature. Daenerys seems to gain a new respect for Jon, if her dragon trusts him perhaps she should as well. When an urgent warning from Winterfell summons Jon back to the north, he learns that Bran (Isaac Wright) and Arya are alive, but the dead approach Eastwatch. They are on the cusp of war, and even though Daenerys will not lend her forces, a newly rejuvenated Jorah (Iain Glen) offers to fetch one of the dead to deliver onto to Cersei’s doorstep.
The dead is coming yet The Citadel is paranoid and does not believe in such fairy tales. Sam (John Bradley) cannot deal with it anymore, he needs to be in his rightful place back in Westeros where the real danger is. If the citadel sends word to Westeros that the threat is real, then the people will trust in that word and finally come together.
There is unrest in Winterfell, the absence of Jon is starting to get to his followers, and even though Sansa (Sophie Turner) is there to help guide them, it doesn’t seem to be enough. Arya (Maisie Williams) is trying to do some digging herself, it seems as though Littlefinger ( Aidan Gillen) is up to his old tricks, but perhaps Arya has played right into his hands. He has been in the game longer than any of them, and seems to know it well.
With an impending war to prepare for, Jaime and Bronn venture into the dark recesses of Kings Landing to fight. Instead of practice, Jaime is blindsided by Tyrion, who has come with a message for Cersei. Daenerys is requesting a truce for now, so that they may band together and fight the greater threat at hand. There will always be some other sinister plan on the back burner, but this is what the realm needs. It’s a temporary fix, but what is coming for them all is worse. Davos (Liam Cunningham) digs up a long lost soul while in Fleabottom, Gendry (Joe Dempsie) is alive and well and ready to fight.
Eastwatch has had visitors. The Brotherhood has made their way into the dungeons. Instead of locking up perfectly good men, they must be as one. They are breathing after all, and the dead do not discriminate, they do not see the great houses as threats, there is no bargaining with them. In order to defeat the darkness they must fight together, or all will be lost.
As the cold winter winds greet our saviors, there is no going back. This group of men may never have crossed paths if not for the threat beyond the wall. Each character has evolved as the story has progressed, it has been interesting to see the growth of each individual.
The end is coming, this episode is preparing us for the next two episodes, which will surely be a force of nature all on their own. Things will come together as they should, at least that is the hope. They all need each other if they are going to survive the winter.
Game of Thrones airs on HBO at 7/9c on Sunday’s.