Season 7 of GOT is past the halfway mark.
With just 3 episodes left, season 7 has quickly begun to pick up steam. However, all 4 episodes so far have been paced similarly, which makes them slightly more predictable. However, this predictability did nothing to diminish how the enjoyable episode #4, ‘The Spoils of War’ was. While most would like summarise this episode into just one word – ‘dragon fire’ – the episode featured a lot more than just that crazy final sequence.
For starters, Jon and Dany are getting closer and have actually started to agree on some things. While Dany has already allowed Jon to mine for dragon-glass, she is not entirely convinced of the existence of White Walkers. However, murals on that walls of a cave in Dragonstone show her some sort of evidence that she is wrong. Dany also learns that she has lost the second of her two strongest allies thanks to Cersei’s tactical prowess and is all set to release dragons on Westeros. However, she takes Jon’s advice and opts for a different route. It’ll be interesting to see how their relationship develops considering the layers of dynamics between them. While some sort of attraction between them is pretty evident, they’re not in a position to do anything about it due to larger responsibilities they carry. Also, the fact that Dany is technically Jon’s aunt could be a problem unless they both accept the Targaeryan ways of love.
Meanwhile, in Winterfell, Arya reunites with Sansa and Bran. It’s been a long time since the three of them have met and each one of them has changed immensely. Sansa is running Winterfell in Jon’s absence, Arya has become a deadly assassin/warrior, and Bran, well, let’s just say he just isn’t himself anymore. While they’re all happy to see each other, you can see a hesitation to accept each other. Bran has changed the most out of all of them and is the one character everyone needs to watch out for. Once he gets his act together, Bran will have a nearly infinite source of information that would be immensely useful in the battle against the dead.
The pace picks up dramatically towards the end of the episode as a dragon-riding Dany and an army of Dothraki ambush the Lannister forces, annihilating them. However, this wasn’t the typical GOT style battle where we had one hero we could get behind. It was a battle that put fan favourites on opposite sides of the battlefield. On one hand, you had the majestic Danaerys on a dragon while on the other, you have Jaime Lannister and Bronn.
Special mention really needs to be given to Jaime considering how much his character has grown throughout the course of the show. While he was once selfish and even a little bit evil, he’s slowly been gaining some sort of a conscience. Despite knowing that he’s going to be on the losing side of the battle, he decides to stay back and try to do what he can to save some men. Also, he has only one hand. He can’t fight the way he used to but has acquired an immense amount of wisdom in its place. When he’s given the opportunity to kill Dany, he grabs it with his one good hand, even though he knows that even if he is successful, the dragon will kill him in an instant. However, it’s apparent that the thousands of lives he would save by helping a kingdom avoid war is more important than his own life.
In the end of the episode, nobody important to the story dies (at least on-screen). However, expect Jaime to be held captive by Dany by the start of the next episode. It will be interesting to see how the reunion between Tyrion and Jaime will play out. While things have been going pretty well for Cersei so far, they are all set to change for the worse.
Stay tuned for the review of the next episode.