One thing that we can all agree with here, is that the writers and creators are rushing to the end. They’re just as excited to show the viewers how it’s all going to end now, like we are to see. Things pace up quickly in the second episode of Season 7 of Game Of Thrones, a TV show that is the most important thing right now. The second episode was full of action and there’s so much to talk about. Let’s get to it with the Stormborn review.
Counsel of ministers
The episode kicks off with Dany seeking advice from all her allies and advisers, including Hand of the Queen and fan favourite Tyrion. In the last episode he didn’t say a word, probably because he was planning how to lay siege at King’s Landing. He explained everyone his plan and how Dany shouldn’t attack right now as it will lead to manslaughter of many innocent lives. It’s not the popular opinion, since many want Dany to attack right now, but she chooses to go with Tyrion. Another member joins as we see Melisandre at Dragonstone, telling Dany how she should join forces with Jon and hear him out. Clearly, she wants Dany to know where the real war lies. A raven is sent to Winterfell to summon Jon, and this is what we were all waiting for.
Things are not too great with Jorah. After being sent to find a cure for his grayscale, he lands up in the Citadel where even the greatest of Maesters cannot seem to provide him with help. He is told to leave the citadel and outlive his days at Valeria with the other stone men and his grayscale has spread beyond control. Samwell however, is keen on helping Jorah, because of Jeor Mormont. He tells Archmaester Ebrose that he read in Maester Pylos’s book about the cure for grayscale. Archmaester as usual dismisses Sam, which obviously doesn’t stop him. Sam goes to Jorah’s rescue, with no idea about what he’s doing, but just going for it as this might be Jorah’s only chance. So we know the grayscale is going to be cured, there’s really no point of showing it if it wasn’t going to be cured. Jorah will definitely go to his beloved Khaleesi this season and stand by her through the wars.
Guess who’s back? With people dying at the rate of heartbeats in Game of Thrones, there isn’t really a lot of hope for the animals. But, surviving and leading a pack of wolves, Nymeria, Arya Stark’s direwolf is back. Arya meets Hot Pie and decides she can kill Cersei later, but she needs to meet her family now. Hot Pie tells her how Jon has regained the North and is ruling as the King there. Arya, abandoning her plans to go to King’s Landing, rides back home. This is where she meets Nymeria, and asks her to join her. But Nymeria isn’t a house pet anymore. She’s the leader of wolves. She clearly has given up on the people of Westeros and all their politics. She doesn’t want to die a horrible death like her other brothers and sisters. So she’s all like “nope” and turns around, moving away. Arya remarks “that’s not you”, and honestly, I’m with Nymeria on this one. But she’s going to come back, that’s definitely happening soon.
The King’s voyage
Daenerys ask Tyrion to send a raven to Jon, summoning him to Dragonstone. After receiving the raven, Jon is skeptical about going there, as he’s told he shouldn’t trust easily. But, after receiving Sam’s raven about a Dragonglass mountain being beneath Dragonstone, he’s convinced that he should go there and meet Dany, telling her about what he’s seen and where the real war lies, since she has three dragons who are more than important in defeating the White Walkers. He faces a lot of backlash for this decision, even from Sansa, but he’s convinced this is needed is humans stand a chance against the Army of the Dead. He names Sansa the Wardeness of the North in his absence, and we can see Sansa finally being able to trust Jon and his intentions. She now knows Jon doesn’t think of her as what she thinks he does.
Petyr Baelish is not one who should be trusted. Sansa knows that, Jon knows that, the world knows that. So what exactly is he doing in Winterfell? Now we know. Jon stands at the crypts, looking at his father (who isn’t really his father) when Baelish decides to ruin the sweet moment and creep us all out. Jon doesn’t trust Baelish’s intentions and he refuses to speak to him, but by now we all know how Baelish can be. He makes it clear to Jon that he loves Sansa, just like he loved Catelyn. Like every brother would respond when a middle aged man hit on their young sister, Jon goes straight for his neck, telling him how he should not utter Sansa’s name, not even in his wildest dreams. It’s just getting creepy now.
Back at King’s Landing, things aren’t going too well. Jaime is stuck with his mad as hell sister who cares more about winning the war that’s coming than other things. But, he plays along, and we see them both talking to various lords to become allies to the throne and fight against Dany. Among these lords is Randyll Tarly, Sam’s rude father, who is told to stop being loyal to Olenna Tyrell and join hands with Cersei instead. Jaime goes with the old way of bribing people. We also see Qyburn developing weapons to wound (if not kill) dragons. One such weapon is struck on Balerion the Dreaded’s skull, world’s greatest dragon of Aegon Targaryen, and it’s clear that Cersei is preparing for the war in her own way.
Let’s talk about it finally. Euron Greyjoy told Cersei in the first episode that he will be getting her a gift. In Stormborn, that gift is revealed to be Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand. He’s on the wrong side of the war but nobody can deny that this guy is badass. In the previous season, we didn’t get to see Euron’s capabilities but Stormborn makes it up for us. His invasion on the Greyjoy ships was definitely among the highlights of the episode, where he lands like a total boss ready to kick some ass. After smashing the Greyjoy troops, killing two of the Sand Snakes, and capturing Ellaria and Tyene, Euron holds a sword at Yara’s throat asking Theon to come and save his sister. Theon jumps in the water instead, as this gives him a flashback of being Reek, which he hasn’t forgotten as yet. We now know who the gift is, or rather gifts are, and the next episode is awaited.
Watch the preview for The Queen’s Justice below:
Never waited for Mondays like this.