Eastwatch

     

Game of Thrones sets the table for the final two episodes of the season, but even then a lot of treachery & plot twisting is unfolding.

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Aye, the episode itself begins with one of those aforementioned jumps in ngắn gọn xúc tích that are becoming far too regular as the show enters its final lap. Despite being seen sinking into a watery abyss last week, Jaime Lannister in full plated armor và with that blasted gold hand is seen miraculously being pulled back to lớn the surface by the leather-bound Bronn. I more or less predicted last week that this is how tonight’s episode would begin, even suggesting that he’d lick his wounds from a safe distance. However, I was wrong. Jaime & Bronn paid no price, iron or otherwise, for their folly in attacking a dragon. One of them should probably be dead & the other captured. Và the tension of Tyrion begging Dany for Jaime’s life could offer so many dramatic possibilities.

Alas, the pace of the show moving toward its “come together” kết thúc (both North & among the Southron queens) has dictated rather absurdly that Bronn was able lớn paddle with Jaime in full armor all the way to the other side of the Blackwater Rush without ever being spotted by Daenerys’ Blood Riders or the rồng Queen herself. Nor did Tyrion look for the brother he saw almost barbecued. All of which is lớn say this is the kind of convenient plotting that George R.R. Martin so thoroughly skewered when Ned lost his head.

In any case, it was at least amusing to hear Bronn saved Jaime more out of avarice than a brotherly bond with the Lannister. My guess is that deep down he still prefers Tyrion.


Meanwhile, Daenerys has a moment across the river with the few soldiers her dragon didn’t fry, & unsurprisingly all are quick lớn bend the knee when they hear the dragon roar. Well, almost all of them. As it turns out, Lord Randyll Tarly developed a spine fairly late in the game. Tyrion was so good lớn point out for me before this review what kind of a fair weather man of honor the Lord of Horn Hill is, as he switched allegiances from the Tyrells lớn the Lannisters after the latter nuked his liege lord. Yet, it is entirely believable that Randyll would draw the line at supporting Dany. But not out of loyalty lớn his oath. Nay, this is just pure racism.

At the over of the day, Randyll will always be the terrible father and self-righteous dingbat that tortured Sam. He also is the perfect profile of a prick who would view foreigners as a horde (albeit, in the case of the Dothraki… they kind of are). The idea of siding with so many skin tone variations really would be just too far for such a proud (and small) mind.

So the moment is really more about creating a litmus chạy thử for audiences. Do you agree with Daenerys for turning Randyll và then poor, surprisingly decent Dickon Tarly into ash? It depends on whether you place more value on morality or medieval integrity. Tyrion proves himself to lớn be quite the humanist, arguing on the side of modern viewers that they should not slaughter prisoners of war. This is doubly important for Tyrion, và later Varys, because these are their countrymen. Randyll & Dickon are also like Tyrion in that they were born into wealth and privilege. Và she means lớn execute them? These things simply aren’t done.


But Dany already had drawn her red line when she said bend the knee or die. If she went back on it, they’d accuse her of not living up lớn her word. If you promise fire và fury và then don’t deliver, integrity becomes almost instantaneously shot. Further, from a medieval perspective, making an example out of one enemy is just good politics. While Tyrion might cringe at the optics of the “horde” celebrating as another noble house is seemingly extinguished, leaving the Reach in complete disarray, Daenerys is hardly Mad King Aerys II. Rather, she more resembles Aegon the Conqueror who burned those who wouldn’t bend the knee & accepted with complete leniency those who did submit.


For the record, this includes Tyrion’s own ancestors. The Lannisters came to power in part because they pragmatically allowed their “betters” to lớn taste dragonfire before finding their joints were quite flexible.

So morally speaking, what Daenerys did is abhorrent. From a realpolitik vantage, particularly on Game of Thrones, she made a shrewd calcuation. She can even now give the Reach to any lord in the area who shows excessive fealty. With that said, she’d have been smarter to lớn just burn Randyll & then see if Dickon still kept lớn his convictions. There’s a decent chance, they needn’t both die.

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Then again, they’re not the last Tarlys.

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Yep, Samwell Tarly is a newly minted college dropout who’s become disillusioned with the world. It’s unclear if Sam ever learned about his brother và father’s deaths in this episode, but he learned a great many things, indeed. Even if he is a bit oblivious about it at the moment.

In the primary narrative, Sam discovered that academia isn’t what it’s cracked up khổng lồ be. He wants lớn go out và finance his proverbial startup that in this case will actually vì chưng the world some good by fighting an Army of the Dead, và he’s discovered institutions keep their power nguồn by maintaining a certain status quo.


Despite Arch Maester Jim Broadbent seeming to be relatively open-minded for someone who has tenure 15 times over, he dismisses using the clout of the Citadel to try to persuade Southron lords lớn help the North fight the dead. Already having discovered that there is a cavern of Dragonglass beneath Dragonstone, Sam rightly decides lớn get back into the main plot. For the Sake of the Mother, there’s only eight episodes of Game of Thrones left ever!

However, Sam và Gilly are pretty safe for several reasons. First of all, Samwell will likely end up being the Lord of Horn Hill that will keep the Reach for Daenerys (and her husband Jon Snow, mayhaps?). After all, there are no lords left with major names in that kingdom on the series, và Tyrion made a big point about not extinguishing two great houses in just a handful of episodes. Granted, Sam is still a thành viên of the Night’s Watch. But assuming he survives the Long Night lớn come next season, Daenerys and/or Jon would have the ability to pardon Sam from his duty on the Wall. Also, there likely won’t be a Wall either at that point…

And the main reason either should be intrigued in raising Sam up is because Game of Thrones, on the super down low tonight, confirmed that Jon Snow should be neither called “Snow” or “Stark.” Rather, he is a trueborn Targaryen!

In a very sneaky way, David Benioff và D.B. Weiss hid this little secret in plain sight while Sam and Gilly were having their My Cousin Vinny moment while arguing about steps. Undoubtedly, Sam is going khổng lồ realize the brilliance of this conversation later and put Gilly on the witness stand, because amongst all the minutiae she relayed from a maester’s old dusty book that Sam handed to Sam Jr., Gilly also revealed, “Maynor says here he issued an annulment for Prince Rhaegar và remarried him lớn someone else in a secret ceremony.”

Prince Rhaegar, for those who don’t recall, is Daenerys’ older brother and Jon Snow’s father. Last season, it was confirmed that Jon is Lyanna Stark’s son, not Ned’s, & that we can all assume Prince Rhaegar is the father since he had “taken” the Stark girl. Yet it appears not only was it a happy, consensual relationship (duh), but that it was a lawful marriage… meaning Jon Snow is Jon Targaryen, & he has a better claim lớn the Iron Throne than Daenerys since he is the son of Aerys II’s oldest male heir, Prince Rhaegar, và Dany is the last Targaryen king’s daughter. Now sheshouldhave a better claim, however Westeros is a sexist & feudal society, so Jon’s takes unfortunate precedence.

How will this blow up in season 8? Likely with wedding bells—especially once the Northern lords discover that their King in the North is actually a Targaryen. But that is something to lớn discuss for another day….


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Speaking of the King in the North, Jon was out on Brooder’s Peak again doing his best sad face when Dany và Drogon appeared and seriously tried lớn intimidate him with the ultimate nguồn move. With Drogon roaring in Jon Snow’s face, the brooder neither bent the knee or did the most understandable thing of running in the opposite direction. Nay, he signaled his Targaryen blood further by petting a curiously reciprocal Drogon.

Any reader can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Jon is the first person besides Daenerys that Drogon has let pet him since he was a baby in season 2. Either way, I was fascinated by Dany reacting to lớn this interaction. I suspect she wanted to lớn shake Jon Snow’s calm but found herself intrigued that he stood his ground. It looks like Drogon could be getting a new stepdad soon enough. Which is weird since, if Drogon is really Dany’s “child,” then he and Jon are also cousins.

But as Jon and Daenerys continue lớn bat eyes at each other, a blast from the past rolls in when old Ser Jorah Mormont finally makes it to lớn Dragonstone. He’s come a long way to lớn get there from Oldtown, but it makes sense—he’d have crawled if it was his only option.

Also, it is here that I must tip the hat và bend the knee for Daenerys. She might be a bloodthirsty administrator, but she takes Jorah at his word that he found a cure và goes in for the hug. Personally, I would have asked to see the previously infected arm first, yet Dany believes the greatest knight the Friend Zone has ever had is true. & honestly, it’s surprising how moving this reunion actually turned out lớn be. It’s also a bit humorous how Game of Thrones attempts lớn play up love triangle sparks with Jon giving Jorah the side-eye in this moment (which Jorah dourly returns later in the episode as they make near tearful goodbyes upon the Dragonstone surf); surely, no one in the Seven Kingdoms, including Jorah, believes Daenerys will end up with the Bear Knight. Nope, the sequence is moving because these two characters have a longer onscreen history than any other living pair on the show, save perhaps the Lannister twins.

And theirs is a friendship built on genuine affection and positive emotions (ahem, unlike the Lannister twins). That or I’m still a sucker for how Iain Glen growls, “Khaleesi.”

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With the old gang back together, Daenerys has a small council meeting of her own with Jon Snow demanding he be allowed lớn return North lớn fight the Army of the Dead. While it appears the Khaleesi has come lớn believe Jon Snow emphatically after only a few cave drawings, she still is not about khổng lồ cede this war khổng lồ Cersei Lannister. In fact, it’s a bit perplexing why she isn’t laying siege to King’s Landing right now. She wouldn’t even need khổng lồ unleash another dragon, just starve the city & use her dragons khổng lồ burn Euron’s ships at sea if they try lớn aid Cersei. Let the people turn on the incestuous queen.


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