By Ashley Smith
AFTER a slow start to Game of Thrones (GoT) Season Seven, things are now moving at breakneck speed, as we hurtle towards deciding who will be sitting on the Iron Throne of Westeros, when the Knight King and his undead army finally launch a full-scale assault on the realm of men.
We imagine that in the remaining episodes, we will have to watch many of our favourite main and supporting characters bite the dust.
This week, after six seasons of anticipation, we finally get to see Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, meet.
Could it be that Jon will be mining more than dragon glass in the episodes ahead, as there is definitely some chemistry between him and Dany? But the most dramatic scene from Dragonstone was, for me, the verbal exchanges between Melisandre and Varys. When Varys tell Melisandre that she should not return to Westeros from Volantis, she says, “I have to die in this strange country, just like you”, which probably confirms that the spymaster and Red Priestess will not be surviving till the end of the series.The episode, titled The Queen’s Justice, was one filled with farewells. Queen Cersei used the Long Farewell poison on the last remaining Sand Snake and daughter of Ellaria, Tyene.
As Ellaria and Tyene were chained in a King’s Landing dungeon, Cersei tells Oberyn Martell’s paramour that she will be in for the longest farewell ever, as she first watches her daughter die, rot and become nothing but bone and dust.“If you refuse to eat, we will shove food down your throat, you will live to watch your daughter rot, to watch that beautiful face collapse to bone and dust,” Cersei says.
At this point in the season, Cersei is in full manipulation mode, as she wraps her brother Jaime, the commander of the Lannister forces, around her finger, with a little bit of incest.
It was also an episode of reunions, with Jon and Tyrion Lannister bantering away on the cliffs of Dragonstone, and Bran arriving at Winterfell and an uncomfortable meeting with Sansa, who is ruling in Jon’s stead.
“I can never be Lord of Winterfell, I can never be lord of anything, I’m the Three-Eyed Raven,” Bran tells a confused Sansa. He then scored an instant ten of the creep-o-meter with Sansa, when he told her what had happened to her on her wedding night, at the hands of Ramsay Bolton. It was also a telling reminder to Sansa that Littlefinger had married her off to Ramsay. Ser Jorah Mormont is now cured of greyscale, and one doesn’t have think hard before realising where he is off to next, which augurs well for the Mother of Dragons, as she is in desperate need of proper military strategy, after suffering two early setbacks against Cersei. However, in GoT nobody who is ahead at the middle of the season ever stays on top, and we expect things to unravel quite dramatically for Cersei over the next few episodes. Casterly Rock is in the hands of the Mother of Dragons, but she lost another valuable ally and the riches and food supplies of High Garden during this episode. It is quite sad to watch the strategic bumbling right now in Dany’s camp, and son she will be forced to unleash her dragons. Why is waiting to do this is beyond me. We will miss the pinpoint verbal barbs of Olenna Tyrell, Queen of Thorns, but we are looking forward to next week, to an episode called The Spoils of War.
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