Game of Thrones: Recap of Season 7 Episode 3 – The Queens’ Justice
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We finally get the meeting that we have all been waiting for: Jon and Dany. I personally was more excited to see Jon reunite with Tyrion, as it has been a long, long time since their last interaction on top of the Wall in Season 1. I thought it was particularly interesting that, while walking up to the castle, Jon declares “I am not a Stark” as the dragon whizzes by, causing Davos and Jon to duck for cover. I am still hoping we get a close-up interaction between Jon and Rhaegal in future episodes.
I enjoyed that Jon and Dany had a bit of an impasse to start this episode (that really continued up until their final conversation), and it wasn’t some sort of love or attraction that many viewers have long hoped for or expected. I really loved Missandei’s montage of Dany’s titles, followed by Davos rolling with ‘This is Jon Snow…………He’s King in the North’. I laughed out loud. I get that Dany and even Tyrion are dismissive of this “undead army” talk that Jon and Davos bring to them. However, Dany literally walked in to a fire with stones and dragons popped out. You’d think she might be a little more lenient in believing in magical events, such as the White Walkers. However, Jon isn’t really the greatest communicator. You would think that he would have at least tried to explain what the white walkers are, or at least, what he saw at Hardhome. I also enjoyed Tyrion and Jon’s several conversations, especially when Jon was “brooding.” I don’t think simply mining the dragonglass will be the only plot point left this season between Jon and Dany.
Euron’s a dick. A funny dick no doubt, but I think some viewers still like him since he hasn’t killed off any characters that people actually like. His banter with Jaime was great, though I am a bit surprised that he just took Cersei’s promise for marriage after the war is won. It’s not very smart on Euron’s part (he is Ironborn but I think he should be a bit more cold and calculating) and it’s certainly something that I doubt Cersei will ultimately follow through with. After Euron presents Ellaria and Tyene to Cersei and leaves with Yara (which certainly will not end well for her), we get what might be the best scene of the episode with the dungeon. I knew Tyene’s death by lips/poison was coming (that bright pink lipstick looked way too suspect on Cersei) but still, Ellaria and Tyene really sold their misery in this scene. Ironic that a Sand Snake’s best scene in the entire series was when she was bound up, gagged and unable to speak.
Then, Cersei meets with Tycho from the Iron Bank, who Cersei and the Iron Throne owe a helluva lot of money to with (currently) no means of paying it back. I really didn’t like the angle the show used that the Iron Bank is hurting due to Dany freeing all of the slaves. If you recall, the entire city of Braavos was founded by freed/escaped slaves and they do not practice slavery in the “Free City of Braavos” anyway. It reeked of lazy writing. Alas, Cersei has a plan to repay the Iron Bank (and gain their investments for the upcoming war) in full; a plan that we will see come to fruition later in the episode.
Sansa has clearly taken to the role of Lady of Winterfell with much success and she prepares for the winter at her home. We’re luckily interrupted during a drawn-out metaphor-y monologue from Littlefinger and it’s discovered that Bran has come home. I really didn’t like this scene, and more so, Bran’s character. Obviously Sansa is overjoyed but Bran is totally emotionless. I get that that is basically what he has become, but even last season with Hodor, he showed emotions. Are we to believe that in just that short of time he has become robot-like? Also, couldn’t Bran have said literally anything (I don’t know…maybe Lysa falling from the Moon Door) instead of having Sansa relive her rape? I’m sure he will eventually tell Jon of his parentage, but I’m interested to see if he knows about Littlefinger’s past misgivings.
The Archmaester tests Jorah who has a miraculous recovery from greyscale, thanks to Sam. I personally don’t think it is that believable that a novice with a simple set of instructions and lotion could heal a man of greyscale literally overnight. I assume it’s mainly due to the fast-paced nature of this season but it doesn’t sit well with me. I’m half hoping that the greyscale was not cured, but then Sam would be infected since he shook hands with Jorah. For his punishment, Sam has to copy some old books that have begun to rot, and I have to imagine he’ll discover something in those manuscripts.
In the West and In the South
A lot of fans were disappointed that we didn’t get a full battle sequence at neither Casterly Rock nor Highgarden, but I was OK with it, especially with Tyrion narrating the Casterly Rock invasion. Both scenes definitely could have been better, though. I had a feeling that the sewers would have a heavy role in the Unsullied’s success of taking the Rock. As I said in my post in the thread, I thought Casterly Rock was pretty underwhelming visually, as I had long imagined it being a tall castle high perched on top of a giant rock overlooking Lannisport and the ocean. While I don’t particularly mind the jet-packing anymore (it just has to be done to further the plot), Euron jumping from taking Dany’s fleet, to King’s Landing, then all the way around Westeros to Casterly Rock is a bit annoying.
Once Grey Worm realizes the bulk of Lannister forces are not at Casterly Rock, we discover that they are marching to Highgarden (again, a bit disappointing considering it is intended to be one of the most beautiful castles in the Seven Kingdoms). Along with the Tarly soldiers (and I assume other Reach forces), the Lannisters easily take the castle. Olenna learns that Jaime and Cersei have completely outwitted and outmaneuvered Tyrion and his two-pronged plan for a non-violent approach to take the Seven Kingdoms. Olenna tells Jaime (which must be foreshadowing) that his love for Cersei will ultimately be the end for him. After the Queen of Thorns swallows the potion, she reveals to Jaime that she murdered his son and she wants Cersei to know that she killed Joffrey. It truly is a final IDGAF / F.U. from the Queen of Thorns.