Fire and Ice. They finally meet in the third episode of season 7 and we don’t even have to wait until the end of the episode to see this historic event! Woot! Woot!
The episode kicks off as Jon Snow arrives at Dragonstone and is greeted by Tyrion and Missandei. Jon and Tyrion get along well just as they did in season 1, but it’s still a chilly reception as Jon, Davos Seaworth and the Stark soldiers have their weapons taken away and some Dothraki literally carry off the rowboat to Jon’s ship away. The group make their way up to the castle. Tyrion and Jon catch up. Also, Jon and Davos see the dragons for the first time and Jon’s reaction is priceless. Having seen all that Jon has seen and to still be surprised and in awe was real cool to see. It’s going to be great to see the dragons make landfall in the mainland and see everyone else’s reaction to them.
Then we finally get the moment we’ve been waiting for since forever. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen meet. Fire and Ice people!
One of the funniest scenes happen when Missandei announces Daenerys and lists all her titles. You know how it goes, ” Daenerys Stormborn, First of Her Name, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons, etc.”. Davos announces Jon Snow as, well, “Jon Snow”. Oh yeah and “He’s King in the North.”. Never change Davos, never change.
As much as I hoped Jon and Daenerys’ meeting would go along swimmingly, it doesn’t. Right off the bat, Dany expects Jon to bend the knee and Jon expects her to aid with the fight against the white walkers. Needless to say, Jon doesn’t bend the knee and Dany thinks that Jon is crazy. They go back and forth and don’t really get anywhere. Davos and Jon keep their guard up and don’t reveal things that she doesn’t need to know.
It almost felt as if the writers were making things up to keep some tension between them. In reality, Jon and Dany have gone through the same journey. They have both been “reborn” after a betrayal. They both fight for what is best for their people, even though not everyone agrees with their views. They are both linked to magic beings that haven’t been seen in the world in a long time. Jon seeing the Night King and his undead army, who no one has seen for thousands of years, and Dany with her dragons which haven’t been seen in hundreds of years.
Davos and Jon keep their guard up the whole time at Dragonstone as they really do not know what to expect from Daenerys. From Jon’s point of view, Dany is the daughter of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen and she comes from across the sea with her foreign army claiming the Iron Throne. To Jon, who knows the real war is with the Night King, she is just wasting time playing at a game that really doesn’t matter. He tries his hardest to convince her to help her fight against the white walkers, but honestly she just thinks he’s crazy. It kind of plays into Jon’s reaction earlier with the dragons. He knew dragons had come back to the world, but seeing is truly believing. It seems that no one really believes how substantial the Night King’s threat is. Maybe Jon will have to get some kind of proof to show to the world.
Their meeting is interrupted as Varys notifies Dany of the Greyjoy fleet losing to Euron.
Euron brings his “gift” to King’s Landing and gets a hero’s welcome. Cersei promises Euron will get his reward as soon as the war is won. She doesn’t hesitate to get her revenge on Ellaria and Tyene. I might be jaded now with how much death the show has, but I really expected Ellaria and her daughter Tyene to receive a gruesome and bloody death. Surprisingly, Cersei chose a more “tame”, but fitting way to torture Ellaria. Still, Cersei has definitely gone full evil queen now.
Speaking of which, everyone in the kingdom seems to know that she was behind the Sept of Baelor’s destruction. She doesn’t even hide that she sleeps with Jaime anymore. My question is that if all the kingdom knows this, why don’t the citizens seem more upset with her? Instead, the crowd cheers her victory against the Greyjoys and she gains support by the remaining lords in the Reach. I guess they don’t want to upset her, but it was such a big deal that no one find out about her and Jaime’s incest in earlier seasons. It shows some very uneven writing this late in the show.
Eventually, Jon and Tyrion have another talk. Tyrion complements Jon’s brooding skill, seriously and gives him some insight into Dany’s goals and motivations. He offers to help Jon, but in a more practical way. Tyrion becomes a sort of mediator for him and convinces Dany to let Jon mine the dragonglass that is under Dragonstone.
Dany and Jon have another meeting and it goes far better this time. She agrees to let Jon take the Dragonglass and she will lend him help if needed.
In Winterfell, Sansa is doing a great job at managing the castle and preparing for winter. Then we get another unexpected reunion.
After so many years, Sansa meets her younger brother Bran again. He seems all too calm and very distant. It could be because he’s probably seen so much now that it has changed him. Maybe he’s becoming less human in a sense. Sansa doesn’t quite understand what Bran becoming the Three Eyed Raven means. Bran chooses the worst way to convince her, though. To prove that he can see everything, he describes her wedding night at Wintefell in her white dress. She immediately becomes upset as the trauma of her rape of that night comes back to her. Let’s hope that Bran regains some social graces and gives out some useful info, like Littlefinger betraying their father Ned Stark.
Jorah is shown to have his Greyscale healed and leaves Oldtown. Maester Ebrose congratulates Sam, but he still receives punishment. Sam is given a ton of decaying scrolls and books and has to make copies of them all. There’s a little theory floating around that Sam might find some useful info on the white walkers in those texts.
Greyworm makes it with the Unsullied to Casterly Rock and lay siege to it. In Tyrion’s younger days, he was in charge of rebuilding the sewer system there, because it was far beneath Lord Tywin’s station. Tywin did not approve of the company Tyrion would keep, particularly the ladies. So, Tyrion had a secret “ho door” built along with the sewer system. He would use it to secretly bring in his lady friends into the castle, and now the Unsullied used it to fight the Lannister forces from the inside out.
Greyworm realizes too late that most of the Lannister forces are not there and Euron’s fleet attacks the ships carrying the rest of the Unsullied.
Turns out though, the bulk of the Lannister army are marching against Highgarden. We don’t get to see any of the battle, unfortunately. Jaime makes his way directly to see Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns. She’s just as surprised that he would let Casterly Rock go so easily. Jaime reveals that it is no longer worth anything, as the mines have run dry. The larders were emptied and Greyworm’s group won’t be able to hold it long.
Jaime has learned much from the last war and uses a strategy Robb Stark used on him. He knew everyone would assume he would defend his family home in Casterly Rock, but instead went to take a more rewarding target. The Lannisters pack up all the gold from Highgarden and presumably all the food stored as well. Supplies to keep an army fed are just as important, if not more, than money in a war. Not much grows in Dragonstone, so Dany will be hard pressed to find another source of supplies for her forces.
Alas, we have to give a farewell to the Queen of Thorns, the Queen of Shade, the grandmaster of the best comebacks this show has ever seen, Lady Olenna Tyrell. She insults Cersei and warns Jaime that she will be his demise. He gives her a chance to die peacefully, nonetheless, and gives her a wine glass with poison. Olenna asks if it will be painless and he reassures her it is. She drinks up the wine and reveals the cold hard truth about Joffrey’s death.
“Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.” RIP Olenna, a badass to the very end.