To start with things first: how about we spill one out for the baddest-ass old lady in Westeros.
After a grievous begin to Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) play for control in a week ago’s Game of Thrones, Sunday, July 30, saw her climate a progression of new difficulties, as Cersei (Lena Headey) managed quickly and mortally with Dany’s partners — including, too bad, the widely adored cool grandmother from House Tyrell. Here’s beginning and end that went down in the most recent scene, titled “The Queen’s Justice.”
A Venomous End
Subsequent to catching a trio of woman detainees in his assault on Dany’s boats a week ago, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) lost no time bringing Yara (Gemma Whelan), Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and Tyene (Rosabelle Laurenti Sellers) back for a disgrace parade through the lanes of King’s Landing. Euron kept his niece as a hostage (for purposes at present obscure yet unquestionably ghastly), yet stored the Dornish ladies at Cersei’s feet: the guaranteed engagement introduce for a wedding that Cersei guaranteed will happen when the war is won. Meanwhile, the ruler squandered no time getting equity for her killed little girl by giving Tyene a harmed kiss, abandoning her to pass on before her own particular mother. She likewise squandered no time expelling Jaime’s (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) pants for a little incestual triumph sex, in light of the fact that yes, despite everything they’re doing that.
Scaly No More
In a season that has been very somber up until this point, here’s some uplifting news: after an exceptionally disturbing test treatment that included Sam (John Bradley-West) peeling off fundamentally the greater part of his skin, Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) turned up this week seriously scarred yet altogether cured. Yippee! That leaves Jorah on the way to rejoin with his darling Khaleesi, while Sam keeps on being woefully neglected by anybody aside from the tissue eating paper bugs who are his lone partners at Maester school. Womp, womp.
A Stark Reunion
Also good news: A knock at the gates of Winterfell revealed Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), reunited at last with older sister Sansa (Sophie Turner). Bran immediately made things weird by telling Sansa he’d taken a psychic peek at her wedding to Ramsay Bolton (Iwoan Rheon); clearly, he needs Arya (Maisie Williams) to show up so that they can compare their supernatural skills sets and leave Sansa to run Winterfell.
An Alliance at Dragonstone
Meanwhile, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) arrived at Dragonstone, where Daenerys demanded some knee-bending which Jon, stubborn as ever, refused. “You’ll be ruling over a graveyard if we don’t defeat the Night King,” he said — a threat that Daenerys, also stubborn, assumed he was just making up. (Really, these two should be able to figure out they’re related from the quality of their bickering alone.) But when news arrived that the Sands and Greyjoys were captured, Daenerys made a concession that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) wisely pointed out meant a lot to Jon but nothing to her: allowing the Northerners to mine and forge weapons from the dragonglass stores beneath her castle. And as far as alliances go, Dany had better hang on to that one, because …
When They Go Low, We Go Highgarden
The Unsullied invasion of Casterly Rock was supposed to be a piece of cake, thanks to Tyrion’s unique knowledge of his ancestral home’s sewer system. But when the Unsullied broke in, they found the place virtually empty — because the Lannister army was already off at Highgarden, murdering folks! The coup was swift and bloody, leaving only Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) to have a last chat with Jaime about just what a dupe he is for his crazy sister: “She’s a monster, you do know that,” said the old woman, right before she swallowed a glass of poisoned wine. But before she died, she had one last move of her own to make in this game of thrones: confessing to Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) murder at the Purple Wedding. You know, the one Cersei convinced everyone, including Jaime, that Tyrion and Sansa pulled off? Yeah. Cersei, you have some ‘splaining to do.
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