Welcome to my Game of Thrones reviews posts which are an episode by episode guide of season 7. The entire post will be nothing but spoilers so don't read it if you intend to watch it! The format will be done as a house by house analysis, not a minute by minute report.
Tyrion tells Jon that he does believe in what Jeor Mormont saw and what Jon saw north of the Wall but it will take longer to persuade Dany. He asks if there is anything else he can do to help and takes Jon's request about the dragonglass to Dany, urging her to do this favour to form an alliance with a potential ally. Dany tells Jon he can mine the dragonglass with no catches. Sansa takes charge when she sees that they are underprepared for winter and Littlefinger tells her they must be ready for Cersei as well as the White Walkers. Bran and Meera arrive at Winterfell and Bran tries to explain what he is now and Sansa can't handle it. Dany wants to take her dragons after Euron's fleet and The Unsullied arrive at Casterly Rock using Tyrion's sewer passages but find an easier victory than expected and not as many soldiers as there should be and Euron attacking their fleet.
Theon is picked up by one of his two remaining ships and his men are unhappy that he did not try to save Yara. Euron parades his three prisoners through the streets of King's Landing to cheers, which he enjoys. Cersei is pleased to be given Ellaria and her daughter and tells Euron he will get what he wants as soon as she wins the war. Jaime is furious when Euron asks him about Cersei's sexual preferences. Cersei begins her revenge on Ellaria by chaining mother and daughter in the dungeon, then kissing Tyene to infect her and telling Ellaria that she will watch her daughter die. Cersei is now happy to flaunt her relationship with Jaime to the servants and tries to persuade The Iron Bank to back her over Dany.
The Archmaester examines Jorah and declares that he is no longer infectious. He tells Jorah that he is free to go. Jorah thanks Sam for saving his life and Sam says that Jeor Mormont saved him more than once and he was glad to return the favour. The archmaester knows what Sam did and is amazed that he suceeded where so many maesters failed and that he should be proud. Sam is not exiled but gets some punishment duty.
Melisandre watches Jon and Davos arrive from the walls, and Varys questions why she is hiding from them. She admits that she parted from them on bad terms because she made terrible mistakes. She is leaving but when Varys tells her to stay gone, she comments that she will return and that she and Varys must die in foreign lands.
Jaime's main forces have sacrificed Casterly Rock as a diversion while their main forces march on Highgarden and the Tyrell soldiers are easily stopped. Olenna greets Jaime with an enquiry as to how they fought, lamenting that her men were never very good at it. She tries to tell Jaime how evil Cersei is but sees that he loves her too much to care. As she ponders her death, Jaime confirms that Cersei had big plans for her but he is ready to let her drink poison to go quickly. Olenna gets confirmation that it would be painless and drinks, confessing that she murdered Joffrey but didn't expect his death to be so painful. Jaime is shocked by the news and Olenna asks him to tell Cersei that it was her.
I'm glad that Dany wasn't quite such a bitch this week with Jon but it frustrates me that she wouldn't listen to him about what is coming. Most people don't believe in her dragons, she has never been in Westeros since she was a baby but she knows better than the former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch about what is beyond the Wall? Come on Dany, get a grip! The diplomatic scenes were nicely done with Ser Davos stealing the scene as he always does.
Yea for Sam saving Jorah! I think he is the only man that Dany could ever love. Bran and Meera arrive at Winterfell to be reunited with Sansa and he is no longer the impatient boy who wanted answers. He is calm and emotionless and ready to learn to use his new powers which should be interesting, if a bit creepy. Loved Varys and Melisandre too.
I really thought that Tyrion would have worked out what Cersei was doing. Euron attacked to destroy Dany's alliance with Ellaria Sand and Yara Greyjoy...so did they not expect Olenna Tyrell to be attacked as well? Olenna said herself that her men do not fight well. I'm also surprised that Tyrion didn't suspect the Casterly Rock trap. The one good thing is that she now needs that alliance with Jon Snow so things will get interesting! Cersei has the upper hand at the moment and I'm not liking it at all. But on the Lannister side of things, I'm getting so frustrated with Jaime for sticking by his bitch sister. He's like a whipped dog and I want to see him leave her and join the real fight but I fear he will die protecting her. The only hope is that Cersei and Euron pair up quickly and Jaime is forced out to find new purpose.
On the down side, I was disappointed by the lack of battle in the battle scenes. I was expecting a big battle for Casterly Rock but it was a damp squib overall which was a pity. I also want to personally strangle the citizens of King's Landing who just cheer and jeer when they feel like it and switch sides, having no loyalty to anyone. Why would they cheer Euron for catching the one who killed Cersei's daughter? I wouldn't have thought they would have cared and maybe came to watch for curiosity. But I can't see them cheering Euron like some kind of hero and jeering Yara who has done nothing to them. That felt totally off as did Cersei flaunting her relationship with Jaime to a servant who could be a spy for someone. Is she really that dumb? The Iron Bank are like pantomime villains and I can't take them seriously.
On the bright side I liked Olenna's last moment of revenge over her enemies!