One main character loss of life down, a stunning quantity left to go.
Tyrion, filled with doubt and worry and undoubtedly not used to both, finds Jaime who has been captured and imprisoned at Dragonstone. The 2 brothers share a superb hug and Tyrion outlines a plan for Jaime to flee with Cersei and begin life anew in Essos, the place ostensibly they’re extra forgiving of murderous incest.
However first, it is time for warfare. The temper is tense in Kings Touchdown, the place throngs of frequent folks are being herded contained in the Crimson Maintain, and the Golden Fleet and the Iron Firm are assuming their positions as unwitting dragon appetizers. If Dany’s normal haggard look wasn’t foreshadowing sufficient, we get plenty of good, salt-of-the-earth pictures of the harmless residents of Kings Touchdown with their doe-eyed youngsters in tow. By the legal guidelines of tv, you solely get affectionate close-ups of the unwashed if one thing actually, actually horrible is about to occur to them.
And, occur it does. Drogon drops out of the sky like a 10-ton seagull, and inside minutes the Iron Fleet, the Golden Firm and all the Lannisters’ fancy dragon-killing gear is flambeed to oblivion. Gray Worm, who’s so deep in his emotions he fully forgets his helmet, dispatches the chief of the Golden Firm, and with that, the Unsullied and the smattering of remaining Dothraki set about sacking the town.
It is a laughably straightforward win for Daenerys and firm. Even Cersei sees it, perched atop the Crimson Maintain with a involved Qyburn. Aspect word: Ol’ Cers have to be about 500 months pregnant now, so why does she have the stomach of somebody who had, like, 5 bites of a burrito for lunch?
Anyway, she’s hemmed in and he or she is aware of it. As the town’s fortifications burn to ash and enemy forces shut in, the bells of give up start to sound. A single tear rolls down Cersei’s proud face. Drogon and Daenerys let up, the Unsullied and the Lannister forces change a hearty spherical of handshakes and the 2 sides proceed with a peaceable switch of energy.
Simply kidding! Dany goes full-on Mad Queen and burns the dwelling hell out of EVERYTHING. Harmless youngsters? You get a Dracarys! Whole metropolis blocks? You get a Dracarys! Everybody will get a Dracarys! Jon and Tyrion’s faces say all of it. That is undoubtedly not the way it was speculated to go. Daenerys Targaryen has gone rogue.
Nonetheless, do not suppose that simply because 1000’s of individuals are being burned alive and King’s Touchdown is actually crumbling to the bottom that there is not time to have a slapfight about who will get to be Cersei’s boyfriend. In some way, amongst every thing occurring, Euron, the drunk cockroach of Westeros, finds Jaime they usually have an especially athletic tussle on the banks of Blackwater Bay. It isn’t all unhealthy although: Jaime kills Euron, which we are able to agree is a private favor to us all.
Oh, proper! By the way in which, Arya and the Hound will need to have ditched their horses for prime pace rail, as a result of they’re additionally right here in Kings Touchdown. The Hound urges Arya to get out whereas she will be able to, they usually half with as a lot tenderness as two gentle homicide beings can muster. There’s nothing like apocalyptic dragon hearth to make a lady neglect all about her kill listing, and earlier than lengthy Arya is working terrified by the streets like everybody else.
In the meantime, The Hound has revenge on his thoughts. He runs into Cersei, Qyburn and The Mountain as they’re fleeing the Crimson Maintain, and after The Mountain ragdolls Qyburn into the afterlife, CLEGANEBOWL IS ON. (Once more, light reminder: Every part is burning! Is now the perfect time to be settling private scores?)
Really, the reply is sure. The Hound lastly unmasks The Mountain, revealing a swole moldy Darth Vader the place his brother was. They battle. It is wonderful and gory. Goryious? Apparently, The Mountain is impervious to actually every thing, as much as and together with daggers by the mind, so The Hound does the one factor left he can do: Vans him by a crumbling wall and off the facet of the Crimson Maintain to a fiery, mutual loss of life.
(By the way in which, individuals are nonetheless burning.)
Jaime and Cersei lastly discover one another, and in the event that they weren’t each deeply horrible individuals who have dedicated unspeakable sins and backtracked on seasons price of character growth, their reunion would nearly be candy. You’d nearly, for one second, be forgiven for hoping they might escape and be bizarre with one another in Pentos for the remainder of their days. However you solely get one second! Bear in mind Brienne! And Missandei! And Margaery and everybody else who has ever suffered and died at these folks’s three collective palms! Jaime and Cersei deserve the poetic, significant deaths which can be inevitably coming their approach!
Hmm? What’s that? Oh, they get crushed below some rubble whereas attempting to flee? Two of the principle antagonists, who’ve pushed the present’s id because the very first episode of the very first season, simply kinda get squished?
That is disappointing. Alexa, play “The Rains of Castamere.”
Ultimately, Daenerys lets up on her scorched earth marketing campaign, leaving a horrified Jon to cope with what has turn out to be of his queen. With 1,000,000 questions hanging within the air, we shut with Arya escaping on a white horse that simply occurs to be prancing across the charred our bodies of Kings Touchdown. The place is she going? Hopefully to Storm’s Finish, as a result of a lady deserves to chill out with a blacksmith lord and neglect about this smoldering mess. Yeah, Valar Morghulis and every thing however… come on.
If we’re supposed to purchase Dany turning Mad Queen after seasons of constructing her up as a hero and a revolutionary, why did she get about 3.5 seconds of display screen time as soon as she began burning every thing down?
Bran was fairly insistent that Jaime had one thing necessary to do when he got here to Winterfell, however apart from breaking Brienne’s coronary heart and going out like roadkill that… did not appear to manifest?
Was the wildfire interspersed all through the inferno important?
Why was nobody sporting HELMETS?!
What’s Jon going to do now that his aunt queen is totally off the rails?
How a lot self management will it take Sansa to not snigger in Jon’s face and say “I instructed you so?”
Has anybody outdoors of the North or Kings Touchdown been affected by something that is occurred this season or are they simply browning their butter and tossing again ale as ordinary?
Talking of, is Sizzling Pie okay? He wasn’t on this episode however simply, generally. Can we get a welfare verify?
Nothing issues. — Jaime Lannister
Yeah. Similar, Jaime.
You both discovered this episode thrilling or horrible, however we are able to all agree in any case they have been by collectively, Arya calling Sandor Clegane by title and thanking him is top-shelf emotional content material.
1 Varys +
1 Euron +
1 Qyburn +
1 Hound +
1 Mountain +
1 Jaime Lannister +
1 Cersei Lannister +
1 Chief of the Golden Firm who by no means knew what was coming +
The higher a part of a number of armies +
The higher a part of 1,000,000 Kings Touchdown residents =
1,000,000 folks, in all probability. A MILLION! Yikes.
Why does Dragonstone flip everybody gaunt and make them wish to burn issues? Remember that Stannis spent a few years broodin’ and human sacrificin’ in that very same spot.
“I did not come right here to be queen of the ashes.” — Daenerys in Season 7. How’s that understanding?
Plenty of individuals are declaring that Arya’s last-minute Uber horse has some biblical parallels:
I appeared, and there earlier than me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Demise, and Hades was following shut behind him. — Revelation, 6:8
One daring prediction
Daenerys by some means does not find yourself the villain in the long run
What? It says BOLD prediction.