After last week’s episode, which was filled to the brim with truth bombs and reunions galore, we can only imagine that things aren’t going to stay as “warm and fuzzy” in Westeros for very long. Given that the promo for this week’s episode gave us a glimpse into how the North is going to treat one Jaime Lannister, things are looking to get very real very soon.
We were left with a lot of questions though once again after all of the shenanigans that went down in the season premiere “Winterfell”. Will The North continue suspicious of Daenerys and doubt the promised Lannister reinforcements? Will Theon, who rescued Yara make his return to the North to help fight the Army of the Dead? How will Dany react when Jon tells her he is Aegon Targaryen – the rightful king of the Seven Kingdoms?
Gather ’round and let us discuss this week’s episode of Game of Thrones!
In The Great Hall of Winterfell
The episode wastes no time by kicking things off with Jaime standing trial. Daenerys’ main point of contention is that she wants to know where Cersei’s army is. “I see one man, with one hand. It appears your sister lied to me,” she states. Jaime agrees with the statement but also makes it known he wants to fight for the living. Tyrion tries to defend his brother, but Sansa shuts him down as she recalls he attacked Ned and his men in the streets of King’s Landing way back when. Jaime says he has no regrets as he was protecting his family. “The things we do for love,” Bran interjects, which totally creeps everyone out. Just when you think that’s a wrap for Ser Jaimie, Brienne gets up and tells everyone how Jaime saved her life, and that Sansa is alive because of him. As Sansa trusts Brienne implicitly, “We should let him stay,” the Lady of Winterfell states with her brother’s support. Afterward, Daenerys lays into Tyrion about Jaime and threatens to find another Hand.
In The Forge and The Godswood
As for Arya, the young assassin goes to the forge for a status check on her weapon. Gendry tells her that she should go down to the crypt when the fighting begins because it’s safer. Arya, in turn, mocks him slightly about his fighting skills and then asks what the White Walkers are like. He tells her basically she hasn’t seen death like the one they’ll be bringing. “I know death. He has many faces. I look forward to seeing this one,” she tells him as she shows off some knife work. “My weapon?” she asks. “I’ll get right on it,” he says.
Elsewhere by the Godswood, Jaime finds Bran and apologizes for crippling him for life. “I’m sorry for what I did to you,” Jaime says. “I’m not that person anymore.” Bran is forgiving and tells him that he didn’t out him for pushing him as he is needed in the fight. Plus, he wouldn’t be the Three-Eyed Raven if he hadn’t.
In The Courtyard
Jaime continues his redemption talks as he and Tyrion catch up. Jaime talks a big game about Cersei being good at lying but Tyrion reminds him that he knew that about her but still loved her anyway. Then they talk about how they’ll likely die at Winterfell, which at least will deny Cersei the pleasure of murdering them. “Maybe after I’m dead, I’ll march down to King’s Landing and rip her apart,” Tyrion shares. Jaime then goes to Brienne, who calls him out on how he hasn’t ever talked to her this long without insulting her so she’s not understanding why he wants to talk military plans with her. “I’m not the fighter I used to be, but I’d be honored to serve under your command if you’ll have me,” he says. That statement touches Brienne but then she walks off from him.
In The Library
Jorah wisely urges Daenerys to talk to Sansa and try to make peace, which leads the two powerful women to have a sit-down. The two women seem to make good headway in repairing their relationship and building towards a friendship, with Daenerys explaining to Sansa that her love for Jon changed her, making it the reason she came to North. Sansa, in turn, apologizes for not being more welcoming and thanking her for coming to the North. All seems to go well until Sansa asks Daenerys what will become of the North after the White Walkers are defeated. Daenerys doesn’t give an answer as the two women are interrupted by the arrival of Theon. Daenerys questions why Theon is there without Yara. “I want to fight for Winterfell, Lady Sansa, if you’ll have me,” he shares. Sansa replies by running to him and hugging him (cue my tears. ALL OF MY TEARS).
In The War Room
The group gathered round to finalize battle plans. Jon says that taking out the Night King could be their best bet at winning with Bran pointing out that he’s the perfect bait to draw their enemy out into the open because he wants to destroy the Three-Eyed Raven. According to Bran, The Night King’s goal is the annihilation of all personhood. Bran also shares he’ll find him via the mark on his arm from when he grabbed Bran way back when.
After the group disperses, each of them starts making plans for after the war, if they should live. Grey Worm shares with Missandei that he’ll fight for Daenerys until her enemies are vanquished, but afterward, he doesn’t want to stay here and she doesn’t either.
Tyrion has joined Jaime for some reminiscing, which is crashed by Brienne, Podrick, Tormund, and Ser Davos Tyrion says he thinks they might survive, and as he’s recalling their greatest victories, it comes up that Brienne is not an official “Ser,” because “Women can’t be knights,” she tells Tormund.t Jaime announces that any knight can make another knight, and then tells Brienne to kneel. He puts his blade on her, blesses her, then tells her to stand, because she’s now “Ser Brienne of Tarth.”
Arya shares a moment with the Hound as they both wait for the White Walkers. Beric joins them and starts invoking the Lord of Light until The Hound shuts him up, then Arya leaves, saying she’s not going to spend her final hours with them. Gendry ends up finding her to deliver the weapon she requested, which is when he tells her that he’s Robert Baratheon’s bastard and how he found out (thanks Red Woman). This leads the two to discuss Gendry’s conquests, which leads Arya to say this: “We’re going to die soon. I want to know what it’s like before that happens.” And with that, Arya kisses and the two consummate their relationship.
As for Daenerys, she finds Jon standing in front of the resting place of Lyanna Stark. She starts to tell him about the story of Rhaegar and Lyanna but Jon ends up correcting and dropping the bomb. “He loved her. They were married in secret. After Rhaegar fell in the Trident, she had a son. Robert would’ve murdered the baby if he ever found out,” he explains, laying out that he is the son in question. “My name, my real name, is Aegon Targaryen,” he says, which leaves her speechless as she pulls away from him. She quickly, however, zeroes in on the fact that he’s got a claim to the Iron Throne. That particular discussion is paused as they both hear the horns, and the episode ends with the dead arriving at Winterfell at last.
Quote of the Night
“Men do stupid things for women. They are easily manipulated.” Sansa
Check out the promo for next week’s episode below!