As per the usual there’s a lot to unpack, especially tonight, so let’s just dive right into this filthy beast. This one is going to be a long one, grab a drink.
Tonight’s episode opened once again on Dragonstone, as Jon Snow touches down on its shores with Davos alongside. Awaiting is a troop of Dothraki with Tyrion and diplomat Missandei in tow. The uneasy greeting is made easier once Jon and Tyrion pick up conversation, however quickly become uneasy again once the Dothraki take Jon’s boat and weapons (provided voluntarily).
Varys sees Melisandre hiding among the cliffs watching Jon Snow arrive. Without a second’s hesitation, he begins prodding at her intentions. If it was so important for Jon Snow to meet Daenerys, then why wouldn’t she be present during his arrival? She confesses bad history with both Jon and Davos, and that her presence would cause more problems. Varys warns Melisandre she should leave and never return, however she makes a veiled threat both her and Varys are destined to die in Westeros. Varys is rightfully troubled by the shit she’s saying.
Jon and Daenerys finally meet face to face, though it would be a mostly awkward experience for Snow. While Missandei lists Daenerys many titles, Jon and Davos are awestruck as what to do. Awkwardly, Jon looks to Davos to say something. Davos can only utter out, “This is Jon Snow. He’s King in the North.”
Daenerys immediately questions Jon’s claim as king, saying he’s only a lord until he bends the knee to his true queen. She cites ancient agreement to which the Starks owe loyalty to House Targaryen. Jon Snow refuses to bend the knee, but instead pleads there isn’t time to debate. The Night King is on the march and there will be no world to rule if the Night King wins.
Daenerys stands firm, feeling disrespected by the albeit too blunt Jon Snow. She refuses to give him assistance until he bends the knee, and Snow refuses. Davos attempts to plead to Tyrion the seriousness of the situation and how much Jon has personally sacrificed to fight the threat, including taking a knife to the heart. This particularly catches Daenerys attention, though Jon side eyes Davos to stop talking further on it.
The meeting concludes poorly, with both sides clearly standing firm on their beliefs. She warns that if Jon refuses to bend the knee and continues to be called King in the North, she considers it an open act of rebellion against her. Jon immediately finds himself in a dangerous situation, trapped within Dragonstone’s halls. In the nick of time, Varys arrives with grave news. This shakes Daenerys to where she immediately concludes the meeting, saying he is a guest of the island for the time being, though Jon knows he cannot leave. He asks if he is a prisoner, to which she replies, “Not yet.”
Varys informs Daenerys of Ellaria Sands’ and Yara’s capture and the destruction of her fleets. She asks if all of them have been captured, to which we cut to Theon being fished out of the sea by a loyalist ship. The sight of Theon upsets the men, asking him what has happened. Theon tells them Yara is dead and that he tried to save her. The lead soldier is disgusted, replies why is he still alive if he tried? Theon can only look down defeated because Theon is this program’s Jerry (little reference for ya).
Meanwhile, Euron Greyjoy parades Ellaria, her daughter and Yara through the streets of King’s Landing. The crowd is cheering his successful campaign and he can’t help himself but bear a shit-eating grin, mocking Yara of Theon’s cowardice. He marches them into Cersei’s throne room, where Ellaria is thrown to her knees before Cersei and The Mountain. Euron gloats of his capture, pushing further his desire to wed Cersei. She says he will have what he wants, once the war has been won. Jaime is obvious upset by this.
Euron takes the time to mock Jaime in front of cheering crowds to his ear, poking how he is going to have Cersei. He prods far enough to where Jaime wants to outburst but silences him, reminding him of where they are. Euron leaves smiling with Yara in tow. Ellaria and her daughter are thrown into a dungeon to await their fate.
Which didn’t take long, because the next scene is Cersei playing with Ellaria like a cat playing with a dead bird. Cersei is saving every second of this scene, pondering out loud the many ways she’s dreamed of killing her. Instead, she opts for the most sadistic option she could think of: kissing her daughter with the same poison used by Ellaria on Cersei’s daughter. She realizes mid-kiss what she’s done and squirms in her chains. Her smarmy number two, Qyburn, gives her the antidote to the poison, sealing Ellaria’s worst fears as to what’s happened. Cersei tells Ellaria she is going to ensure she stays alive to watch her daughter die her slow horrible death. She walks out very satisfied.
This gets Cersei extremely riled up, because in the very next scene she is banging the shit out of Jaime, who initially wasn’t having it after being upset over Euron, but she very quickly changes his mind. She also makes their affair public again by allowing a chambermaid to outright see them together. Jaime chuckles, but seems conflicted by this.
She receives news she has been visited by a representative of the Iron Bankers, the same organization that bankrolled Tywin Lannister’s wars. He has come to collect on Tywin’s debt though he offers something else. He offers to fund Cersei’s war against her enemies. Knowing there’s no alternatives, she asserts their investment in her will be well placed. She now has the gold required to fund her war against pretty much everyone.
We return to Dragonstone, where Tyrion and Jon talk privately. Jon is frustrated over the day’s events, however Tyrion isn’t willing to let this potential partnership fall apart just yet. He convinces Jon to make a more reasonable request, since “Give me an army to fight zombies you’ve never seen before, I swear it’s true” doesn’t quite ring with much confidence. Jon heeds his advice and instead asks for just the dragonglass.
Tyrion next approaches Daenerys to make the arrangement solid, and convince Daenerys that an alliance with Jon Snow would be valuable. Daenerys is still puzzled by Davos’ comment on Jon taking a dagger to the heart comment, though Tyrion brushes it aside as Northern imagination. She appears unconvinced. Jon and Daenerys meet privately, and this engagement goes more fruitfully. Daenerys is convinced of Jon’s intentions and agrees to allow him to mine the glass. Jon asks if she believes him about the Night King, to which she replies “You’d better get to work Jon Snow.”
The next scene returns to Sansa at Winterfell, where she is acting lord of the keep in Jon’s absence. Littlefinger walks amongst her inner circle helping her manage the day to day operations of the keep. Littlefinger comments how command suits Sansa, though she quickly replies to any of his comments with barbed quips, and probably rightfully so. Except today Littlefinger drops knowledge on Sansa, telling her his secret to strategy. How he fights every battle against everyone, be it friend or foe, in his head. And that is how Sansa will keep alive, that she will need to outwit her opponents at all times. Sansa is at a loss for words at the advice.
However the moment is interrupted by the arrival of Bran to Winterfell. It is the first meeting of Sansa and Bran since season one. Sansa is moved to tears while Bran is emotionless. Sansa reminds Bran he is the last living heir to Ned, meaning he is now the keep’s true lord. Bran refuses, saying he cannot as he must be the three eyed-raven. Something he cannot explain to Sansa, except by giving her descriptions of her wedding night he never saw. This severely bothered Sansa, who leaves their reunion early, quietly in tears.
The next scene follows up Samwell’s attempts to cure Jorah Mormont via surgery. He manages to successfuly peel every bit of greyscale off with precision, curing Jorah of the affliction. He is freed from the Citadel, where he says he will return to Daenerys. The two shake hands and part ways. Following, Samwell is slightly chewed out by his superior but was given a commendation for doing a damn fine job. However he is also then punished for his recklessness.
Daenerys humors the idea of flying in by herself with her three dragons and exacting immediate revenge against Euron and his fleet. They are also awaiting news from their campaign against Casterly Rock, which the Unsullied are currently en route to invade. Grey Worm heads the attack, managing to sneak into the island and mount an offense despite suffering losses. Tyrion knew a secret entrance to the keep which would allow for a sneak attack, which succeeded.
However Grey Worm realizes at the conclusion of the invasion that keep fell too easily. In that moment he reailizes it was a trap, and the Unsullied are now surrounded by fleets of Euron’s navy, trapping them on the island. Grey Worm realizes this all too late, and can only watch his ships burn from Casterly Rock. The bulk of the Lannister force was sent to invade the Tyrell’s lands (with a familiar face, it’s Bronn) to kill Olenna Tyrell. Her keep is taken effortlessly and she is confronted by Jaime.
Jaime has words with Olenna, of whom warns he is blind to Cersei’s madness. Jaime confesses he truly does love her and won’t betray her. He says he’s convinced Cersei not to execute her barbarically but instead offers her a different choice: to voluntarily poison herself. Without hesitation, Olenna drinks the poison and tells Jaime how saddened she was to see Joffery die viciously. In that moment she reveals to Jaime it was Olenna who killed Joffery, and let Cersei think Tyrion did it. Olenna, smiling, tells Jaime to send a message to Cersei: “Tell her I did it.” Like that, Olenna went out like a G. Jaime is horrified and quickly leaves probably to tell Cersei.