Welcome to “A Song of Nice and Fire” Upworthy’s weekly collection recapping one of the crucial brutal exhibits on TV. Since brutality isn’t actually in our wheelhouse, Eric March has taken it upon himself to dig deep, twist and switch, and squint actually laborious to see if he can discover the sunshine of kindness in all of the darkness. He might not at all times succeed, however by gosh if he gained’t strive his finest.
Here’s what he discovered on this week’s “Game of Thrones.”
This present’ll break your coronary heart. Even with the forces we expect we’re kinda perhaps imagined to be rooting for (sorta? It’s maddeningly unclear) on the march, plenty of dangerous stuff nonetheless manages to occur on “Game of Thrones,” not sometimes to characters you solely simply began to care about (RIP Dick Tarley).
Yet, it is not all unstoppable frozen killing machines, lethal thoughts video games, and vibrant younger males minimize down within the prime of youth.
Here are the silver linings and genuinely good moments you could have missed:
1. Drogon exhibits restraint by not burning actually the whole lot and everybody.
Incinerating a few treasonous lords is simply one other Tuesday for everyone’s favourite flying flame-thrower. This time, nevertheless, Drogon had the impeccable trend sense to depart Dickon and Randyll Tarley’s trendy cloaks behind. How do you say “that is progress!” in High Valyrian?
Later, the lethal dragon demonstrates even additional chill by accepting a face rub from Jon and, much more importantly, not consuming and/or barbecuing him (the King within the North, it repeatedly seems, is household, however nonetheless).
Yeah, Drogon roasted hundreds of males to loss of life simply final week, however no matter. You gotta determine … on the subject of a large, amoral, fire-breathing dragon, it is gonna be two steps ahead, one step again.
2. The previous guys within the North acknowledge that Sansa wears that wolf queen cloak fairly rattling properly.
Over the previous a number of episodes, we have begun to get the impression that yes, duh, Sansa is actually good at this lording thing. It’s a revelation that lastly makes its method by means of the thick, arbor red-addled skulls of some assorted previous northern and Eyrie lords who come to appreciate this week (a bit of too late, guys!) that they kinda want they voted for the competent, savvy lady once they had the prospect.* Even Arya lastly acknowledges that being the boss appears to agree together with her sister, even when she does so grudgingly and passive-agressively with a whiff of “watch out I do not stab you.”
Sure, Sansa’s a bit of energy hungry (aren’t all of us?), however being a wee bit shifty, whereas not being an outright psychotic assassin is strictly the correct posture for the Westerosi ruler who does not need to get shivved, beheaded, burned alive, flayed, eaten by canines, or some worse factor that, pricey God, I hope does not get deployed in season eight.
Inasmuch as anybody can “bought this” on “Game of Thrones,” Sansa has bought this. And individuals are lastly figuring that out. Slow, however regular, everybody!
Good, too, on Masie Williams for taking part in their whole interplay just like the world’s most aggravated little sister — the distinction with the (important) stakes was A+.
*There’s a lesson right here. It’s going over my head, presently.
three. Cersei permits Jaime some bro time with Tyrion.
Sure, she suspects Tyrion murdered their father (true!) and her son Joffrey (unfaithful!), however she is aware of Jaime has a tender spot for his valonqar, she likes Jaime, and, hey, it is good for the 2 of them to get to hang around earlier than the child (the child!) arrives.
Also, it by no means hurts to supply a bit of well timed intelligence in your greatest geopolitical foe and switch it to your benefit. But … , particulars. Jaime and Tyrion bought their bro time!
four. Arya and Littlefinger kill a while enjoying disguise and search!
Skulking round a frozen fort, drilling with swords, hauling grain, and attempting to not get killed by ice zombies might be hectic. What higher option to relieve it than with a enjoyable, pleasant recreation the entire household can take pleasure in?
It’s a small fort, however Petyr Baelish and the tiniest, most murder-y Stark are each naturals, natch. And whereas neither finds the opposite, Arya does uncover a candy word Sansa wrote residence (beneath duress) method again in season one, urging her brother (RIP Robb Stark) to pledge his loyalty to the Lannisters! What are the percentages?
(Even pausing proper on the body, it was subsequent to unattainable to make out what this word really, , mentioned. Credit to Twitter consumer Daemon Blackfyre for doing the previous gods’ work right here).
5. Pretty a lot everybody is absolutely placing that teleporter to good use!
Westeros is roughly the scale of South America. Yet, this season, and this episode particularly, folks appear to get round actually, actually quick. Like the Dothraki final week, Jamie two weeks in the past, and Jon earlier than that — mainly everybody all over the place has been zipping throughout the continent at lightning velocity, petting dragons one minute and stalking ice zombies the subsequent. Going from glowering round a rocky island fortress to glowering round a distant blacksmith store and again to glowering on that rocky island in what looks as if an hour-and-a-half.
While slow-burn character improvement has its place or no matter, we’re on season seven right here, folks! Fast-forwarding these things is a marked enchancment on earlier seasons when characters would spend 17 episodes chatting and using horses, conquering neighboring cities, or strolling from one fort to a different very-similar wanting fort, like, 5 miles away.
Mad props to no matter time-traveler noticed match to drop by and introduce quantum teleportation to the Seven Kingdoms. It’s a great look.
But we would not need to get too forward of ourselves, which is why it is tremendous good that…
6. Sam (by chance) preserves some sense of story pacing.
Fellas, we have all been there. Your girlfriend discovers your finest good friend is definitely the trueborn inheritor to the Iron Throne, thus fixing the entire puzzle of the entire present, however you may’t be bothered since you’re mad about some dumb stuff occurring in your private life.
**what it is like being a lady**
GILLY: this is the largest reveal of the season it says—
SAM: may you shut up I am uninterested in this let’s go
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) August 14, 2017
Nevertheless, with everybody blasting themselves back and forth over the content material to get that plot stuff executed, it is heroic of Sam to slam on the brakes a bit of right here for the viewers, even when it required being unreasonably impolite to Gilly within the course of.
Hey, a minimum of Little Sam will get to learn to learn!
7. The gang places apart their variations!
Yeah, it sucks that the one man (Beric Dondarrion) offered the opposite man (Gendry) to a murdering witch, and that the third man’s (Jorah’s) dad’s job was to kill all of one other man’s (Tormund’s) pals and that one more man (the Hound) used to work for the household that killed the man the sixth man (Jon) thinks is his dad however is not. But credit score to The Hound for politely stating that none of that issues, and actually, they need to all be pals and concentrate on discovering an answer to the true head-scratcher: what to do in regards to the horde of strolling lifeless folks slowly staggering forth to kill all of them.
When you’ve got bought a suggestion in a bunch setting, it is at all times good to place it respectfully. Cheers to The Hound for personifying class.
Random acts of niceness:
- Davos offers these two gold cloaks some free, natural Westerosi Fermented Crab Viagra earlier than Gendry brutally war-hammers them to loss of life. Hope it was an gratifying previous few seconds!
- Varys expresses some remorse for being adjoining to so many murders. Points, I assume.
That’s all for now! Join me subsequent week when, hopefully, Cersei aces child yoga, a doubled-over Littlefinger explains the entire foolish prank to Sansa and Arya and the Night King calls the whole factor off after realizing everlasting life is fairly cool by itself with out having to kill a bunch of mortal beings to really feel higher about your self.