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 starts with Bronn pulling Jaime fully from the river. Bronn asked Jaime what he was thinking as far as trying to kill Dany with her dragon right there. Bronn tells Jaime that until Jaime gives him his money, only Bronn gets to kill Jaime. Jaime says he needs to tell Cersei about the dragons, but Bronn doesn’t see that ending well, either.
Tyrion starts assessing all of the damage caused by the dragons. Even though they are fighting against the Lannisters, they were still Tyrion’s family. The weight of what happened is clearly not lost on him. Danaerys then addresses those who are left. She assures them that she is not there to burn cities and murder families. She says that’s for Cersei to do. She gives the survivors two options, bend the knee or die. Tyrion is not happy with the choices Dany is making. He tries to talk Dany out of executing those who will not bend, but she refuses. She sentences the Tarleys to death. Sam is now essentially the only Tarley left.
Jaime returns to King’s Landing and tries to talk Cersei out of war. He also tells Cersei about how Lady Olenna killed Joffrey and not Tyrion. At first Cersei doesn’t believe him. He finally convinces her, but she still will not be bent. She will stand and fight, knowing she will be killed by Dany.
Back at Dragonstone, Dany and Drogon return to find Jon standing near the shore. He tentatively puts his hand out, and Drogon allows him to touch his face. Even Dany is surprised to see Drogon’s reaction to Jon. She dismounts and goes to talk to him. Dany tries to ask Jon about the comment Ser Davos made in regards to him taking a dagger to the heart, but Jon dodges. As they are talking, Ser Jorah Mormont approaches and asks to return to her service. Dany tells him it would be her honor, and she hugs him.
Bran is hopping between crows in order to get a better view of what is happening beyond the wall. He sees just how close the army of the dead really is. Bran is also able to see how many of them there are. As he is spying, the Night King realizes what he is doing and is able to disband the crows. When Bran comes back to his body, he states that ravens need to be sent in warning.
In the Citadel, Sam overhears the Maesters laughing about the stories Bran is telling about the wight walkers. Sam tells them they should listen to anything Bran has to say. He also tells the Arch Maester that everyone respects what he says and that if the Arch Maester tells people that the threat is real, they will believe him. Sam tells the Arch Maester that he has seen the wight walkers himself. The Arch Maester promises to write Winterfell and get to the bottom of it. Sam leaves the room and we find out that Sam has not yet found out the fate of his father and brother.
Jon gets word that Arya and Bran are alive and at Winterfell. He also now knows how close the wight walkers are. Jon wants to return to the wall and fight. They realize that they need to convince Cersei the wight walkers are real. Dany knows if she goes to fight, then Cersei will then move in and take the country. Ser Davos agrees to find a wight walker, and then Tyrion is going to try to convince Jaime to show Cersei the walker in order to convince her. Jon states he needs to go north of the wall in order to help retrieve a walker, and at first Dany doesn’t want to let him go. However, after a small speech from Jon, she decides she trusts him and allows it.
In Winterfell the northern lords are getting restless. They don’t like being led by Sansa, and believe that the King of the North should be in the North. Afterwards Arya and Sansa get into a small argument. Arya doesn’t think Sansa should be sitting back and listening to complaints, but should be beheading those who stand against her. Arya calls Sansa out for secretly wanting the throne.
Tyrion arrives at King’s Landing and meets with Jaime. Jaime is still angry with Tyrion for killing their father. Tyrion tries to defend himself, but Jaime just wants to know why Tyrion is there. Tyrion tells Jaime they have no way of winning a war against Danaerys, and that Jaime should know that. Jaime tells Tyrion that if he wants Cersei to bend a knee, Tyrion can ask her himself. Tyrion says Dany has a different request for now.
Ser Davos goes to see Gendry in order to see how he has been doing. Gendry knows what’s coming and wants to go with Ser Davos in order to fight against the Lannisters.
Jaime returns to Cersei to tell him about his meeting with Tyrion. Cersei already knew of the meeting. She says will work with Dany for now, in order to manipulate her for their own purposes. Cersei reveals to Jaime she’s pregnant, and she will do whatever she has to for the baby.
Ser Davos returns to Dragonstone with Gendry and introduces him to Jon. Despite Ser Davos’s plead to Gendry to keep his true identity secret, Gendry introduces himself to Jon as King Baratheon’s bastard son anyway. Gendry states that Jon’s and his fathers trusted each other, so they should trust each other, too. Jon agrees and Gendry joins the fight. Shortly afterwards, Jon and Ser Mormont leave to retrieve a wight walker.
Sam is at the Citadel getting restless since the Masters won’t listen to him. He goes to the library to retrieve the books he feels will be important, and then takes Gilly and the baby and leaves. He says he is tired of reading about the achievements of better men.
In Winterfell, Arya is following Littlefinger around like a creep. She clearly doesn’t trust him. In her defense, he’s being shifty as hell. He meets up with someone and asks if what he is given is “the only copy in Winterfell” and when the man says yes, Littlefinger thanks him on behalf of Sansa. Arya breaks into Littlefinger’s room in order to find what the man had given him. She searches and eventually finds what she’s looking for hidden in his mattress. It is a letter Sansa wrote a long time ago. We see, however, that Littlefinger watched her leave his room, so he knows she has seen what she has.
Tormund, Jon, Ser Mormont, and Gendry go to see the Brotherhood in their cell. Gendry says not to trust them, since the last thing he knew of them doing was to try to sell him to the Mellisandre in order to be sacrificed. Eventually though, Jon states they are all on the same side, since they are all breathing. So the Brotherhood, the Hound, Ser Mormont, Jon, and Gendry all head north of the wall in order to retrieve a wight walker.
This episode was pretty good. I don’t think many episodes will top the last two, but it was still pretty amazing in its own right. Everything is finally coming together in the war against the wight walkers. I am intensely curious to see how Cersei is going to react to everything. I also realy want to know what is going to end up transpiring between Arya and LIttlefinger. Words really can’t express my distaste for LIttlefinger. I don’t like him. He’s like that creepy uncle at a barbecue that keeps asking you to sit in his lap but you really don’t want to but also don’t want to cause a scene by telling no. Next week can’t come soon enough.
Game of Thrones can be seen on HBO and HBO GO on Sunday nights at 9PM ET.