Sunday, July 23, 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 Stormborn Recap

Game of Thrones (2011-)
Season 7 - 7 episodes (2017)

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Created by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillan, Gwendoline Christie

HBO's fantasy drama series adapted from George R.R. Martin's book series A Song of Ice and Fire follows the civil war of kings and usurpers in Westeros who wish to sit on the throne. The scale and scope of the story is staggering, fully realized with a large ensemble cast.

The show is speculated to conclude after thirteen episodes, though it may be broken into season seven and eight. Season six put all the characters on a course to get back to Westeros for the big fight that's inevitable. You can devise a rough outline of where season seven is headed, though I expect many surprises.

Review: Episode 2 - Stormborn
Daenerys, Tyrion, and Varys plot their takeover and talk history. Daenerys questions who ordered her death and how she can trust Varys when he undercut King Robert. Varys proclaimed her weak brother as king and traded her to the Dothraki.
Varys talks himself out of it convincingly. He doesn't reward incompetence. Daenerys asks for his honesty if he thinks she's failing the people instead of betrayal, but warns him she'll have him killed if he back stabs her.

Olenna Tyrell, Yara Greyjoy, and Ellaria Sand side with the group at Dragonstone. The plan is to take the Lannister family home, Casterly Rock. Cersei appears to be outnumbered, though she's good at pulling a win out of an likely scenario.

This season has teased the Grey Worm and Missandei romance. As he prepares to leave for battle, they share a moment. I don't know where this goes. We just don't have room for side characters that doesn't play a larger part in the finale.

Melisandre arrives at Dragonstone to pledge allegiance. We saw her last season exiled from Winterfell. The Lord of Light tells her that Daenerys and Jon Snow both have a role to play in the future. Prophesy is tricky as Melisandre knows. Stannis Baratheon didn't fare well. Daenerys wants Jon to come to Dragonstone and bend the knee after Tyrion vouches for him.
Jon plans to head to Dragonstone because he needs the dragon glass. Despite the protest, he plans to go, leaving Sansa in charge. While Jon pays his respects to his father's grave, he attacks Little Finger upon the mention of his mother and sister. He orders Little Finger to stay away from his sister.
Jon knows he's taking a risk, but he's one of the few that has seen the undead army. When will anyone ever heed his warnings?
Cersei is launching a smear campaign against Daenerys and her alleged atrocities. When questioned about the three dragons, no direct answer is provided, but we later see her maester has devised a large crossbow with enough strength to pierce a dragon's skull. That's all fine and well, but how do you ensure you hit a moving target?
At the Citadel Jorah Mormont's greyscale has spread to much of his body. There's nothing to be done, or so we think. Samwell endeavors to save Jorah, defying his elders to perform a forbidden operation. Samwell plans to in essence flay Jorah. It's gross to watch. I imagine it will work since we're seeing so much of Mormont.It would be a waste of screen time if he dies. Samwell is playing fast and loose with the rules. I get the maesters are a stuffy old bunch, but Samwell cant't continue his recklessness. Someone will know what he did when they look at Jorah.
Arya is on the move, running into Hot Pie along the way. At one point they were on their way North together before being capture by Lannisters. She learns Jon Snow defeated the Boltons and is now King of the North. Is this going to alter her King's Landing trajectory? Yes.
Arya becomes surrounded by wolves and meets the pack leader, Nymeria. This dire wolf was given to Arya back in season one and was later set free by Arya to spare her from execution. Nymeria doesn't join Arya.
Euron attacks the rogue Greyjoys, demolishing their fleet. This is a big scene, explosion, fire, and fighting. Theon jumps overboard, scared witless. There goes the Dragon Queen's ships. Euron is ferocious and crazy. Initially, I didn't think he'd make it past the halfway mark this season, but after this battle I want to see more. What will  he do as he endeavors to win the Dragon Queen's heart?

Arya is heading North and Jon is heading South. Will Arya cross paths with her brother and later Sansa?
The Dragon Queen is ready to take over, but how will those battles fare. I expect a lot of dragon induced casualties. Will King's Landing be able to deter the dragons?

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