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 with Tyrion meeting Jon Snow on the beach of Dragonstone. After a few brief introductions, Missandei asks for Jon’s men to relinquish their weapons. They acquiesce and then all make their way to see Danaerys. As they make the long walk to meet the Mother of Dragons, Tyrion and Jon catch up on everything that has happened to them since they last saw each other.
Up on a cliff, Melisandre is watching Jon approach. Varys asks her why she didn’t go to meet him. She admits she didn’t part on the best terms with the King of the North, but that her part was to bring Fire and Ice together, which she has now done. Varys advises her to go away and never return, but she informs him she will have to, for she is to die in Westros, just as Varys is.
In the scene we have been waiting over six seasons for, Jon and Danaerys are finally brought together. Danaerys asks for Jon to bend the knee, but he refuses. He informs her of the wight walkers and the Night King. He tells her there is no time for the war for the Iron Throne, and that they will all be dead if she doesn’t help him in the fight. Danaerys clearly cares nothing for what Jon is saying, and takes his act of not taking the knee as an act of open rebellion. As long as Jon calls himself King of the North, she will consider him as an enemy. After Jon and Ser Davos are escorted out, Varys informs Danaerys of the loss of her fleet.
We are then cut to Euron parading Yara, Ellaria, and Tyene through King’s Landing. He brings them to Cersei as a show of faith. As his reward, Cersei names Euron as the captain of the royal fleet.
After the celebration, Cersei goes to taunt the Dornish ladies. Cersei is very upset by the loss of Marcella. She taunts Ellaria Sand and with her daughter. Cersei poisons Ellaria’s daughter with the same poison that Ellaria used against Marcella. She wants Ellaria to not only watch her own daughter die, but also to rot. (Ughhhh I hate Cersei)
After Cersei is done torturing the Sands, she goes to see Jaime. They have their gross sibling sex (ew) she opens the door and lets one of her servants see she had been in bed with Jaime. Jaime doesn’t want anyone to see them like that, but Cersei says she is queen and can do what she wants.
We then get several scenes that go from Jon talking to Tyrion to Tyrion talking to Danaerys to Danaerys talking again to Jon. Danaerys doesn’t completely believe Jon about the wight walkers, but Tyrion convinces her that Jon is a good man, and she allows Jon to mine the Dragon Glass. Danaerys and Jon haven’t completely come to see eye to eye, but they have definitely taken a step in the right direction. (I also want to add that the scenes on Dragonstone this week are LITTERED with amazing humor.)
Meanwhile in Winterfell, Sansa is getting Winterfell ready for winter. Sansa is then summoned to the gate where she sees Bran waiting for her. They go to the ancient tree to catch up. Sansa informs Bran that he is Lord of Winterfell now. Bran tells her that he can’t be lord of anything since he is the Three Eyed Raven. He tries to explain to her what that means, and that he can see everything. Sansa doesn’t really understand what he means, but when he describes her wedding night, she begins to realize what he means.
Back in the Citadel, the Arch Maester is looking over Ser Mormont and seeing that he is cured. The Maester realizes that Sam must have done the procedure even though he had been instructed not to. Ser Jorah tells Sam he plans on returning to Danaerys to assist her in any way she needs. Sam tells Ser Jorah that he is glad he could help, since Ser Jorah’s father helped Sam more than once.
Danaerys and Tyrion are discussing their next move. Danaerys wants to know how the fight for Casterly Rock will go. Tyrion informs her that his father built Casterly Rock to be impregnatable. However, he also personally built a secret passage way into the city so he could smuggle his whores in and out of Casterly Rock. The strategy works and the Unsullied are able to take Casterly Rock. However, when Grey Worm looks out into the water, Euron’s fleet has come and is sinking the Unsullied ships. Grey Worm asks a Lannister soldier where the rest of the Lannisters are, and it turns out they are storming Highgarden.
Jaime makes his way to Lady Tyrell. She tries to warn Jaime about siding with Cersei, but he won’t listen. Apparently he really loves her (my Jaime/Brienne dreams are weeping). She knows her last moments are upon her and she asks Jaime how she is to die. He gives her some poison and tells her there will be no pain. Lady Tyrell says that’s good, because she doesn’t want to die the way Joffrey did. She lets Jaime know she was the one who killed Joffrey and she wants Cersei to know, too. Jaime leaves and we have the end of this week’s episode.
This week’s episode was one of my absolute favorites. It was INSANE. The humor written in was top notch and definitely gave the show some levity it has been needing. However, the fact the humor was restricted mostly to the scenes on Dragon Stone helped it not seem as if the show was turning into comedy. This episode was completely balanced, well written, and just over all amazing. As we approach the end of the show, it just keeps getting better.
Game of Thrones can be seen on HBO and HBO Go on Sunday nights at 9PM ET.