August 06, 2017 at 10:06 PM EDT

Game of Thrones

TV Show
run date
Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Drama, Fantasy
We gave it an A

Dragonstone: Jon Snow takes Dany for a romantic cave / art museum stroll by torch-light. Unfortunately, there’s no hot spring pool in here like he enjoyed with Ygritte. Jon shows her the glorious dragonglass cache, and some pre-modern art of the Children and the First Men uniting to fight the White Walkers. See? This is what we need to do.

They’re making some serious eyes at each other. At one point, he rather unnecessarily takes Daenerys by her forearm to turn her torch (pretty smooth, Jon Snow, you know something after all). But Dany disrupts their rising tension by saying she’ll help him fight the Army of the Dead, but only if he’ll bend the knee in return. He still won’t do it. “Isn’t [the North’s] survival more important than your pride?” she asks. Men and their commitment issues, am I right?

Outside, they run into her advisors, who have more bad news on the warfront. Dany is losing, and all the polls and pundits assumed she would easily win (clearly she should have spent more time campaigning in the Rust Belt). She rips into Tyrion for his failed strategies and even questions his loyalty. Then she puts Jon Snow on the spot. This is a big moment in their relationship. Dany’s treating him like a trusted insider rather than an outsider. “If you use dragons to melt castles and burn cities, you’re not different; you’re just more of the same,” he opines.

Later, Davos accuses Jon of having a Dany crush. The King in the North claims he doesn’t have time for such shenanigans. We of course disagree. The Onion Knight also continues happily chatting up Missandei. Is he…flirting? Being fatherly? Is this right-hand-man to right-hand woman chat? When he tried to get Dany’s advisor talking in the season premiere, I assumed this was his stab at diplomacy. Now I’m not so sure. I don’t think we’ve ever seen him this cheerful. Missandei explains the virtues of the Mother of Dragons, though to an outsider her praise sounds a bit cult-y. “Will you forgive me if I switch sides?” Davos pants.

Next, Theon returns to Dragonstone. Uh-oh. The former Stark ward betrayed Jon’s family, and his actions put Winterfell into the hands of the Boltons. Kit Harington chooses a rather surprising Jon Snow Expression for this moment that’s really effective. He sees Theon and looks…hurt. He’s like: You…how could you. Then he shifts into wanting to beat the hell out of him. Only Theon rescuing Sansa has saved the craven turncloak.

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King’s Landing: A quick beat with Cersei and Tycho. The main takeaway from this is that Cersei is acting like (a) she already has the gold to pay off the Iron Bank and (b) she’s already won the war with Daenerys and is looking down the line at what happens next. But she shouldn’t get too comfy. Because this is what happens next:

The Reach: On the way to King’s Landing, we get some Jaime and Bronn time. The sellsword has reluctantly returned to help his Lannister benefactor once again, charging him more gold each time for his invaluable service of armed protection and smart-ass quips. Jaime seems depressed. Lady Olenna’s calculating seed-planting predictions about his sister might have found root.

Lord Tarly stops by wanting to flog their own soldiers to hurry things up and is bummed when Jaime tells him no. His son Dickon is a bit rattled by his first experience of war, but he hasn’t seen nothing yet.

Bronn, ever attuned to approaching danger, hears it first — a horde of Dothraki screamers on the charge. The result is less a battle than an ambush. Jaime orders the men to cluster together. This is a fine tactic for open field warfare but disastrous when facing dragons, as it makes them easy targets. Next: Reign of fire

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