Stormborn proved a few things are certain in Game of Thrones. Jon Snow is affected by the same disease that ultimately got his father uncle and brother cousin killed. And that Theon Greyjoy is a survivor.
Let’s start with the latter. Euron Greyjoy didn’t take too long to make good on his promise to deliver a gift for Cersei. His armada (nearly) caught Yara and Ellaria with their pants down. This fiery battle in the sea was one of the more visually impressive backdrops for a fight. RIP Sand Snakes, especially Colleen Wing, and the Greyjoy supporters loyal to Yara. Well, maybe not all of them. Theon smartly sized up the situation and seeing his allies getting killed one by one decided to abandon ship.
Say what you will about Theon’s cowardice, the dude is still alive. There’s a slew of brave characters who got killed for dumber reasons. At least in fleeing today, Theon can keep working on his courage.
So for all their posturing, Ellaria and the Sand Snakes weren’t especially effective at anything. Seems that was the case for the entire Martell clan who were just part of the show to get better characters over.
Just like that, Cheat Code Daenerys lost a significant part of her high council and naval fleet. It was unfortunate this occurred in the second episode, as the various personalities in Daenerys’ clique would have made for some enjoyable High Council meetings. At least Olenna is still around.
Daenerys went into full ridiculous mode attempting to call Varys out for his presumed disloyalty. Varys’ response was one of the rare moments when another character got to enjoy the upper hand on her … at least for a moment. Or does Daenerys think threatening him with a dragon if he betrays her a way to instill loyalty?
Melisandre arrived at Dragonstone, not to find a vacant spot on Daenerys backside to kiss, but to namedrop Jon Snow as a valuable ally. Daenerys’ ego definitely seemed bruised at someone else getting talked up with such reverence. Naturally her next response is to send for him to bend the knee to proclaim his loyalty. Because servants are better than friends…
Tyrion’s master plan for Daenerys’ reign sounds smart on paper with an equal division of the forces. Grey Work has to lead the Unsullied to Casterly Rock, but before that he makes passionate eunuch love to Missandei. Maybe for the first time in recorded history, dudes were jealous of a eunuch.
After receiving Daenerys’ command for an audience, Jon hops off to meet her. He’s got good intentions — Daenerys has an army and access to dragon glass. Easy win win. But his council isn’t pleased with his call to leave the North let alone for a meeting with a Lannister and a Targaryen. Everyone has a point here Jon. Including Davos, who quickly recognizes dragons could kill white walkers without the need for dragon glass.
To complete this ill-advised plan, Jon leaves Sansa in charge and throttles Littlefinger to get them on the same page. This is not going to work out well for the bastard king of the North.
Back at King’s Landing, Cersei rallies more troops and families to her cause. Among them is Lord Tarley — Sam’s father — who doesn’t approve of the Lannister’s cowardly wedding ambushes and is smart enough to ask how she plans to stop dragons. With catapults sir, with catapults. At least somebody is thinking.
At the Citadel, Sam thinks he’s figured out a way to cure Jorah. Better hurry since Jorah’s knight status coupon is only good for one night at the Citadel. But maybe, Sam can help Jorah, who was once…a…man.
On her road to revenge, Arya stops at a familiar inn and reconnects with her old pal Hot Pie. He gives her the welcome news that Jon is at Winterfell. But since Stark reunions are for suckers, by the time she arrives, Jon will be gone again. And just maybe Arya encounter her old Direwolf Nymeria en route to Winterfell.
All in all, Stormborn was a pretty eventful episode. Too bad the Sand Snakes ended up being non-factors, but Daenerys needed a real setback. I’m glad that we’re getting big moments this early into the season with some key players on the chess board being removed on both sides.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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