The following recap contains massive spoilers (DUH). Please don’t read ahead unless you are perfectly ok with that fact or have seen the episode.
This week’s Game of Thrones begins back at Dragonstone on a dark and stormy night. Varys and Tyrion mention that it was a similar night that Danaerys was born. The three debate how to take over the Seven Kingdoms. Cersei is losing her grip on the kingdoms which will make it easier for Danaerys to stake her claim. As they talk, Danaerys begins to question Varys’ loyalty. She brings up when he was part of the plan to have her killed. Varys pleads his case by stating he loyal only to the people, the people who Danaerys hopes to win the hearts of. He cares nothing for any monarch, but wants to see the people thrive, and he believes that Danaerys will be their best chance. She makes Varys swear that if he ever feels as if she is failing the people, he will not conspire behind her back, but will call her out on it to her face. Varys swears his allegiance. After that debate is over, Melisandre arrives and asks to see Danaerys. She offers her services to Danaerys. Melisandre states that she believes that not only Danaerys but also Jon Snow, the King of the North, have parts to play in the fight against the long night. Melisandre asks Danaerys to summon Jon Snow so he can tell Danaerys about what he saw north of the Wall. Tyrion speaks on Jon Snow’s behalf, and Danaerys states she will invite Jon Snow to Dragonstone to “bend the knee” to her.
In Winterfell, Sansa, Ser Davos, and Jon are looking over Danaerys’ summons. Sansa says Tyrion is not like the other Lannisters, and that he was always nice to her. She seems to trust Tyrion. Jon is still not sure about the intentions of this meeting, however. Ser Davos brings up the point that fire kills the white walkers, and that Danaerys’ dragons could kill them since they breathe fire. They all agree that meeting with Danaerys is too much of a risk, but they realize they may need her dragons in the upcoming fight against the wights.
Meanwhile, Cersei is working hard on a mudslinging campaign against Danaerys. She is fearmongering to the furthest extent. She talks about how brutal the Dothraki can be, how ruthless the Unsullied can be, and how dangerous her dragons can be. Someone questions how Cersei will be able to stop the dragons, to which the Hand replies they are working on a solution.
In the Citadel, the Arch Maester and Sam are looking over Ser Jorah Mormont. His greyscale affliction has gotten much worse. The Arch Maester gives him only 6 months left to live. The Arch Maester not so subtly suggests that Jorah take his own life instead of living it out in pain.
Underneath King’s Landing, the Hand shows Cersei a weapon that can kill a dragon. It looks like a massive crossbow. Cersei pulls the lever and a massive arrow shoots straight through a dragon’s skull.
Danaerys is debating with her crew how best to take over King’s Landing. The others are trying to get Danaerys to hit the city with everything she has. Tyrion brings up that the dragons would kill thousands of innocents. Danaerys refuses to be the Queen of the Ashes. Danaerys says she will lay siege to the city instead. Tyrion adds that to lay siege to the capital, they will use only Westrosi armies. The Unsullied will instead head to Casterly Rock in order to take power there from the Lannisters. Everyone seems pleased with this plan.
After a small, but very touching scene between Grey Worm and Missandei, we are taken back to The Citadel. Sam tells Arch Maester that he may know a way to heal Ser Jorah. Arch Maester lets Sam know that he is aware of the potential treatment, but that it is far too risky, which is why it is now forbidden. Later that night, Sam goes to visit Ser Jorah in his cell. Sam tells Ser Jorah that he was with Jorah’s father when it died. Sam does not intend on letting Ser Jorah die as well. He is going to perform the procedure regardless of the Arch Maester’s warnings. Apparently, the procedure involves scraping the stone like skin from the body, and then applying an ointment. (I am not going to lie… this scene was really hard to watch. Sam basically skins Ser Jorah alive.)
In a brilliant piece of video editing, we are taken from Sam “scraping” Ser Jorah to someone digging into a pot pie. We see that Arya is at the tavern and has met up with Hot Pie. He tries to catch up with Arya, but she’s being pretty tight lipped about everything. Hot Pie asks her why she didn’t return to Winterfell. Arya is confused because she thinks the Boltons still have it. Hot Pie sets her straight, and upon hearing that, she gets up in a hurry. (I’m guessing she wants to see her brother.) So for now, she abandons her mission to get to King’s Landing, and heads to Winterfell.
As John is looking over maps, he receives the message Sam sent about the Dragon Glass under Dragonstone. Jon announces to the Lords of the North that he will now go to the meeting at Dragonstone. The Lords of the North do not seem pleased by this, but Jon brings up they need not only the Dragon Glass, but also her dragons and armies. Sansa even is wary of the meeting since Danaerys’ grandfather killed their grandfather. Even my Queen Mormont doesn’t agree that Jon should leave the north. Jon trusts Tyrion, though, and he knows that the needs of him going to meet with Danaerys far outweigh the risks. He reminds the Lord of the North that they have not seen the army of the dead, but he has. Sansa says that the North needs him, and that he would be abandoning his people. Jon states that he is leaving the north to her in his absence. She is the only Stark in Winterfell, and she will rule in his stead.
Underneath Winterfell, Jon is standing at his father’s statue when Littlefinger approaches. Littlefinger tries to make peace with Jon, but Jon is having none of it. Littlefinger professes his love for Sansa, but Jon chokes him and tells him that if he touches Sansa, Jon will kill Littlefinger himself.
Arya has stopped to make a campfire when she is surrounded by wolves. At first it looks as if they are going to attack her, but then Nymeria approaches with them. Arya asks the Direworlf to accompany her, but instead all of the wolves walk away. Arya is visibly upset, but then she realizes it wasn’t actually Nymeria after all.
Meanwhile, Euron and the Iron Fleet have found Danaerys’ fleet and begin to attack. A fierce battle on the water breaks out. Greyjoys fighting against Greyjoys. The Iron Fleet lays waste to most of the Dornish ships, and to many of the Iron ships that followed Theon and Yara. Yara and Euron begin to fight in hand to hand combat, but Euron gets the upper hand. He taunts Theon, who begins to break down on the battlefield, and jumps into the water to escape. The Iron Fleet definitely won this battle. Later on, Theon is floating in the water and looking at the fiery waste that was once the fleet he was a part of.
This episode ended on just about the biggest downer I could think of. I can’t believe Danaerys’ fleet is just gone. I was really hoping that Theon in the end would get some guts and take Euron out. I was hoping he’d be a man pushed to his limits and would go berserk mode on him, but it didn’t happen. I am super excited to see Danaerys and Jon finally get together, though. I’m also super happy for Arya, who just found out she isn’t the only Stark left alive. It just makes me that much more excited to see next week’s episode.
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