Game of Thrones – Season 7 Episodes 4 and 5 Review

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Game of Thrones continues to head towards its end, with characters and plot lines closing and crossing, and a looming threat getting nearer and nearer… plus a dragon kills a bunch of people! What’s not to like? Let’s take a lot at these two episodes (stupid uneven episode count…)

Synopsis:

At Dragonstone, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow observe cave drawings left by the Children of the Forest, indicating that the First Men and the Children fought together against the White Walkers. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister seeks further investment from the Iron Bank, after reassuring them that their debt will soon be paid. In the North, Arya Stark returns to Winterfell, reunites with her siblings, Sansa and Bran Stark…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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“I don’t like her burning people idea… but she does have three dragons…”

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) – Daenerys is seeing her plans fail, one after the other, and it’s slowly driving her closer to living up to her family reputation. A relationship she’s forming with Jon Snow is about the only thing keeping her on the right path…

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) – The King in the North, Jon Snow is still trying his best to combat the wave of dead White Walkers approaching the land, and gain as many allies as possible.

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) – Cersei is riding high as her war with Daenerys is in her favour… for now…

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) – Arya, in a rare glimpse of her old self, returns to Winterfell and reunites with her family, rather than completing her quest for revenge… well, putting it on hold, anyway.

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) – Tyrion is having a crisis. His plans to defeat his sister are failing, and he is beginning to lose faith in his ability to control Daenerys and her want for victory…

Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) – Jamie should be riding high, his plan to outsmart Daenerys and gain enough gold and supplies to last a siege was a success, but in the back of his head the truth of the death of his son and what his sister/lover has become is weighing heavy on his head… though soon that will be the least of his worries…

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) – Sansa has found herself in charge of Winterfell as Jon is away, and she is slowly gaining control over her people. The sudden arrival of her younger sister Arya does little to help her situation, however…

Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) – Sam is still stuck in the largest library in Westeros, unable to do the research he needs to help take down the White Walkers, though that might not be the only thing of interest in those texts…

Bronn (Jerome Flynn) – A former sellsword who is trying to make his way up the social ladder, though no one told him what that might end up including…

and many… many more!

The Good:

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The ultimate anti-Dragon weapon: … a big crossbow! WOW!

The first thing that comes to mind is obviously (too those who have watched) the big battle at the end of episode 4. After three episodes of Daenerys and her Hand be pretty useless, she finally gets a win… and what a win! Not just Drogon the Dragon burning people and wagons, but the Dothraki soldiers as well, who are clearly shown to be far better at warfare than their technically better equipped opponents. Bronn was the real highlight, being a bit of a coward (well, understandably so, for the record!) but then he has a great scene of fighting across the battlefield and getting to the Scorpion ballista, eventually landing a hit on the Dragon before dodging a fireball. Then we had Jamie pretty much try and commit suicide by attacking Daenerys while she was next to Drogon, leading to Bronn saving Jamie’s life at the last second. The great scene of Jamie slowly floating to the bottom was a bit of a waste given he was (obviously) alive and well at the start of Episode 5, but still… great battle scene that while doesn’t reach the level of the “Battle of the Bastards” was still a damn good show.

The scenes with Arya back at Winterfell were great. She got to show of her “bad-ass” skills to everyone and generally make Sansa look a little incompetent in the process, but given dialogue and Arya stalking Littlefinger (and visa versa! Dun-dun-dun!) this is obviously all leading to somewhere interesting. Arya’s fight with Brienne was well shot and choreographed.

Samwell’s dad and brother being roasted alive, much to Tyrion’s distress, was great. Much like Jamie being unsure if he can continue to serve Cersei due to her actions, the same is evident here, though at least Tyrion seemingly has a chance to quell her… family tradition in time for her to still be loved… maybe…

Episode 5 had a lot of good set up for the next part of the story. Jon Snow, the recently returned to Daenerys Jorah and the Baratheon bastard Gendry (who I’d forgotten about) head to the Wall to go beyond it and capture a White Walker alive, so to speak, as evidence to convince Cersei to join forces with Daenerys and the North to fight the undead army. When they are about to head off they find the Brotherhood and Sandor “The Hound” in a cell wanting to go beyond the wall as well, and they all form up with Tormund and some extra Free Folk for the mission. It’s a very exciting team up, mostly because of having so many name characters and being this close to the end of the story, you know at least one or two important characters are going to meet their end next week.

Also we have more Lannister in-fighting, with Tyrion having a tense secret meeting with Jamie, then Jamie trying to get Cersei into a peace agreement, followed by the current Queen announcing she’s pregnant with Jamie’s child, though whether that’s actually true or not in debatable, especially when she makes it clear she knows of Jamie’s potential deception and warns him not to do it again. A lot of the time I never really cared for the Lannister politics, but this is all building up nicely towards the end.

Davos is always a fun character, but his interactions with both Jon and Daenerys in Episode 4 and with Gendry and Tyrion in Episode 5 were gold. So many great lines, especially when he’s trying to warn Gendry of potential danger, only to be completely ignored, leaving him to say “oh okay, just ignore me, what do I know? I’ve only lived to ripe old age…” Got to love a good bit of sarcasm.

The Bad:

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This wasn’t bad, it’s just hard to pick four pictures as it is, let alone to try and make one of them fit the category!

The Samwell stuff wasn’t particularly interesting across these two parts. Instead of convincing the Archmaester of the threat, which would have been a more interesting and logical path, he instead just gets fed up, takes a few books and buggers off. Annoying! Though I’m sure it will have some sort of pay off in the end, plus I did enjoy the little hint of Jon Snow not actually being the bastard of a Stark and a Targaryen, but a full-fledged heir to the latter’s bloodline. Sam had no idea what he’d just ignored…

Gendry is back! He returned to Kings Landing, became a blacksmith again, and now half an hour later he’s headed outside of the wall with his newly introduced trusty hammer to fight alongside long-established characters we care about… hmmm… a bit sudden! Wouldn’t have minded a few episodes of him being around and getting to know some people at least…

Overall Thoughts:

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Together again at last! … though it honestly doesn’t seem that long ago when they were last together… and now they’re apart again!

Although these two episodes are pretty much overshadowed by the one big scene at the end of the Episode 4, it still does well to set up the next two episodes, as well as the end of the series as a whole. Still, that big battle was great TV so much so that I’ll split the ratings up to give it its due, while also acknowledging that the episode that followed wasn’t quite up to the same standard…

Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”:

5 Star Watch

Episode 5 “Eastwatch”:

4 Star Watch

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