I feel like I say this every episode, but, THAT WAS FANTASTIC!

Man is Dany tough. The frustration of Tyrion can really be felt. Daenrys is trying to be different, but she’s just turning into every other leader playing the game for the throne. Maybe it was the right thing to do for someone in her position; I mean it did work. All the remaining soldiers did “bend the knee” as a result of dragon’s fire burning the Tarly’s. She sentenced them to die. But thinking back to Ned, one of the most forgiving people in the show, beheaded a night’s watch deserter in the first episode. I guess no one in this world is really, pure.

A lot happened in this episode, but I’m not going to cover it all. If you’re reading this, you’ve seen it. Let’s get to the good stuff.

Jon Snow. There were multiple hints that he’s a Targaryen. First, we have the scene with Drogon, who so fond and comfortable with Jon, that he allows Jon to “pet” him. The intrigued look on Dany’s face says it all.

Side note on Dany and Jon, it seems like they’re trying to set up a love interest between the two, which is definitely weird if they wind up being related. I don’t know how I feel about their chemistry just yet. As of right now it seems a little forced, but we shall see.

Back to the theory of Jon and being a Targaryen. A quick, almost looked over scene where Gilly is reading a passage about Rhaegar Targaryen’s annulment is a direct hint that Rhaegar married Lyanna Stark, who could be the parents of Jon. This wouldn’t make him a bastard, but a full fledged Targaryen. It will be interesting to see the theories proven or disproved. The way HBO is going with Game of Thrones, I don’t think it’s going to be much of a surprise. They seem to be doing what’s been expected. Not to say that this is bad. It’s great that we’re actually seeing storylines wrap up and characters intertwine with each other, unlike many other shows (cough Lost cough).

We see Tyrion snuck into King’s landing with Sir Davos, so he can meet Jaime. More importantly, this gave the show an excuse to bring Gendry, Robert Baratheon’s smith, bastard back into the show. Like I said earlier, HBO seems to be doing what makes sense for them and for fans. I think everyone’s been waiting for Gendry to return. Hell, Davos even commented on how he expected him to be still be rowing.

The meat and potatoes of this episode comes from the last third (not to say that the first two weren’t great). It’s definitely been mentioned around the internet, but I find it to be a perfect analogy. A suicide squad has been made up of:

Jon Snow
Jorah Mormont
The Hound
Thoros of Myr
Beric Dondarrion

The 7 heading beyond the wall are on a mission to grab a whit and take them back to King’s Landing to show Cersei that the white walkers are really, real (Benjen Stark anybody?) .

Eastwatch did a fantastic job progressing the story and setting up for our; 2nd to last episode extravaganza of each season. I. Can’t. Wait.

5/5 (did you expect anything else here?)

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