Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Game of Thrones - Eastwatch

After her resounding victory of dismantling the Lannister army, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is left to dispense justice on the battlefield. The breaker of chains has no intention of taking prisoners, leaving the surrendering soldiers with the choice of serving a new queen or death by fire. Returning , the Mother of Dragons is granted to a surprise in seeing how Drogon responds to Jon Snow (Kit Harington), in another small moment the show continues to build the trust between the wary allies while keeping the truth of Jon's paternity from the both of them... at least for now.

Moving at a much faster pace than previous seasons, the episode quickly moves characters from place to place (including travels which would have taken a season or more to get through earlier in the series). Things certainly are picking up as the show nears its end. Knowing the only way to truly unite the kingdoms against the coming storm is to head north of the wall once more, Jon Snow leads an expedition back into the frozen wasteland to capture a member of the army of the dead hoping that physical proof will bring enemies together against a common threat. Helping him on this quest are an odd assortment of characters including Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), Thoros (Paul Kaye), the Hound (Rory McCann), and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen). It appears even Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) might be in favor of such an alliance, as anything which stops Daenerys and her path of destruction, if only momentarily, gives Cersei time to plot and plan for another day.

Like most episodes of Game of Thrones there's plenty of excess plot. This time it involves Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) playing on Arya's (Maisie Williams) distrustful nature and lay down some breadcrumbs he hopes might sour the Stark girls' reunion. The monotony of Sam's (John Bradley) studies at the Citadel come to an end. We get the reunion of Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), which also indirectly allows for the return of Gendry (Joe Dempsie) who heads north with Jon Snow in his quest.

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