Warning: This article contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season seven, episode three.
It’s safe to say that Game Of Thrones is not wasting any time in season seven, with the first three episodes developing incredibly quickly.
First of all, after it took Daenerys almost seven seasons for herself and her army to reach Dragonstone, Jon Snow managed to make it in less than one episode – impressing with his speed if nothing else.
In fact, Dany was anything but impressed by Jon and his refusal to bow to her, insistence that he is King of the North, and his stories about White Walkers and the Night King, however, when his sob story came to light the revolutionary Queen appeared to fall for it.
Clearly taken by the fact that he has no birth right to the throne, and that his people had confidence in his strong morals and values, Dany eventually softened her approach to Jon – but, to be honest, after learning that she had lost most of her army at the hand of Euron Greyjoy, she didn’t really have a choice.
Jon’s arrival in Dragonstone marked the first time that he, Daenerys, and Tyrion – the subjects of perhaps the most prolific Game Of Thrones fan theory – have all been together, and although there is still no confirmation that the three characters are the three heads of the dragon, it has certainly set the wheels into motion for this theory to be true.
As if that wasn’t enough, Tyrion was also back in his element this week and his gentle guidance and funny quips reminded viewers exactly why they love him after he spent a good few episodes on the sidelines drinking wine.
His reunion with Jon was weirdly nostalgic as it reminded fans of past seasons, including the glory days when Tyrion was married to Jon’s sister, Sansa Stark – a sham and unconsummated, as Tyrion was keen to get across.
Tyrion was also able to use his wisdom to bring Dany down a few pegs and convince her to allow Jon to mine for dragonglass to defeat White Walkers in a bid to build an allegiance – pointing out that she has no use for the glass herself so she doesn’t need to create hostility.
However, there was one thing that Tyrion was not able to foresee in his role as the Queen’s hand, with his detailed knowledge of Casterly Rock proving borderline useless as the Lannister army took the opportunity to destroy Dany’s allies, the Tyrells, while her army were distracted in King’s Landing – seizing the money that Cersei needs to pay off the Iron Bank.
With Jamie undeniably winning in terms of ‘war time game plans’, he saw off Olenna Tyrell’s army before bumping her off too – but not before she delivered a chilling omen that he will regret helping his sister, Cersei, win the throne – oh, and she also confessed that she was the one to kill their son Joffrey, not Tyrion.
We’re not going to lie, as far as final moments go, Olenna’s is hard to beat.
And it isn’t just Jamie who is helping Cersei get justice on all who have wronged her in the past, with Euron delivering his gift to the Queen in the form of Ellaria Sand and her daughter, Tyene, allowing Cersei to avenge her own daughter, Myrcella’s death.
In a twisted display of poetic justice, Cersei killed Tyene in the same way that they killed Myrcella – a poisonous kiss to the lips.
Forcing helpless Ellaria to watch her daughter’s slow and painful death, Cersei reestablished herself as one of the cruellest ‘Thrones characters by also revealing that Ellaria will spend the rest of her days alongside her daughter’s rotting corpse in the castle’s dungeons.
Although it might seem like this episode was all doom and gloom, what with all of the death and torture, there was one bit of good news – a Stark reunion!
One episode after Arya started to make her way back to Winterfell, Sansa was treated to the best kind of surprise – the arrival of her younger brother, Bran, leaving us to wonder if a full Stark reunion could be on the cards very, very soon.
As if having her brother back home safe and sound wasn’t enough, Sansa also learned that he is the Three Eyed Raven, possessing the ability to see everything that has happened and everything that is happening, which was pretty great timing considering Littlefinger had literally just advised Sansa to prepare herself for every possible scenario in war.
Although we have to admit that Bran’s decision to ‘prove’ his ability by recounting his sister being raped by Ramsay Bolton probably wasn’t the best way to go about it, something tells us that Bran is going to prove himself incredibly useful in House Stark.
Other notable events from tonight’s episode:
Theon was pulled to safety after jumping overboard at the end of last week’s episode, however, his saviours and allies do not believe for a second that he did all he could to save his sister, Yara, from their Uncle Euron.
Oh, and on that note, Euron is taking far too much pleasure in dragging his beaten and abused niece through the streets of King’s Landing in chains…
…But he did officially secure himself as an ally of Cersei’s, with the Queen promising to give him whatever he wants once she has won the war.
Elsewhere, after that horrifically graphic scene last week, Samwell Tarly’s efforts to save Jorah’s life and rid him of his greyscale proved successful, leaving Jorah free to depart the Citadel and return to his beloved Daenerys.
Finally, Melisandre told Varys that she is returning to Volantis, however, he seemed shaken when she added that she had to die in Westeros, like him – has she already seen how Varys will meet his end? And if she has, does that mean that it is sooner than expected?
Needless to say, we are counting down the hours until next week’s episode.