By Ashley Smith
TRYING to choke the life out of a scheming and manipulative Littlefinger ended with disaster for Lord Ned Stark in Season One of Game of Thrones.
This week, his bastard son, Jon Snow also delivered a chokehold to Littlefinger’s neck in the crypts beneath Winterfell, where his father’s bones now lie, after he was betrayed by one of the greatest schemer’s this game of power and intrigue has delivered to our screens.
Jon went down to the crypts of to pay his respects to Ned’s statue, before leaving for a meeting with Daenerys Targaryen, and a possible alliance to obtain a mountain of dragon glass and an alliance that could save mankind from the advancing army of the dead.
However, that choke, delivered to Littlefinger as he professed his love for Jon’s half-sister Sansa Stark, may still come back to haunt the newly-proclaimed King of the North.
Surely, Littlefinger will try to manipulate and turn Sansa against Jon, while he is at Dragonstone.
The Season Seven second episode, titled Stormborn, did not really pick up the pace after a slow start to the season last week. Even the fiery sea battle between Euron Greyjoy and his nephew and niece, Yara and Theon, lacked intensity, given that we are not that emotionally-invested in the two Sand Snakes that died. Undoubtedly, Theon’s cowardice, as Euron held an axe blade to Yara’s throat, would have raised some eyebrows. However, after watching him being tortured and gelded by Ramsay Snow over a period of a few seasons, is it really that surprising that he is a broken man, when the pressure is on?
Stormborn refers to Daenerys’ birth. The night she was born on Dragonstone, a vast storm raged Westeros, and for this reason she is sometimes called Daenerys Stormborn. The opening of this week’s episode saw a similar storm, which was mirrored by the conversations between Daenerys and her Westeros invasion war council.
She puts former King’s Landing spymaster, Varys, on notice and wants to know where his true loyalties lie. She notes that he served her father, but also to the man who overthrew him. She mentions that he helped marry her off to the Dothraki and went along with King Robert Baratheon’s plot to have her assassinated.
She also threatens to burn him alive if he betrays her.
But perhaps the biggest betrayal this week was Daenerys betraying her own Targaryen nature. Why is she behaving like a sheep, instead of a dragon? She could easily have ignored Tyrion’s advice and brought the full force of her army and allies to bear on King’s Landing, to take the Iron Throne from Cersei Lannister, but instead wants to win the hearts and minds of people, rather than grabbing the crown. She is giving Cersei a longer period to prepare her defences and shore up support, and this could be fatal for the Targaryen onslaught, as well as the war to come against the White Walkers and their army of wights. Arya Stark chose to turn away from her plan to assassinate Cersei, and is now on the way to Winterfell, and a possible reunion with her siblings, Jon and Sansa. Perhaps she arrives just in time to use one of her Faceless Man assassination masks on Littlefinger.
Her reunion with Hot Pie and her direwolf, Nymeria, was touching, although the animal chose to rather stay with her pack, than join Arya on her journey home.
Let’s hope there will be a strong pay-off in terms of Jorah Mormont greyscale, and Samwell Tarly’s attempt to cure him at the Citadel.
Next week’s episode is titled The Queen’s Justice, so let’s see if Euron manages to secure Cersei’s hand in marriage, with his array of gifts from this week’s sea battle.
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