Episode 2 – Stormborn
As a fan, there is perhaps nothing more cool than hearing Jon and Daenerys Snow talk about each other. Of course that excitement will be amplified when they do match, but there is something satisfying about a little bit of dialogue. The best thing about it is that the assembly makes a bunch of sense logistically. It is not like the series is currently forcing the meeting for the hell of it to improve ratings, Daenerys & Jon are a combination people have been wanting for years, and the showrunners waited for the perfect time. Luckily, that was not the only great development this week.
Arya had a change of heart tonight and decided to head back home to Winterfell, after being set on going to King’s Landing to kill Cersei. It is weird to think that she had no idea what was going on in the North and Jon Snow’s success in the Battle of the Bastards. Her reunion with Hot Pie was a really nice moment as they haven’t seen each other in years, but mostly because of Maisie Williams’ performance. She had to say any words to know how she felt when hearing her brother Jon took the North back. Can’t wait to see her mind back to her house and *fingers crossed* actually see Jon and Sansa. We all know this show has a history of ripping out the carpet from under us more than once.
Coupling those scenes with the bittersweet reunion with Nymeria of Arya, and Maisie had one heck of a week. It’s not like that show just threw in that scene it makes sense thematically with what Arya is going through. Nymeria naturally won’t go with Arya because she has already found her home with other wolves, just like Arya.
Back to the Jon & Daenerys front, it seems like both and the energy hierarchy in their circles are fighting. On one hand, the discussion at Dragonstone with Yara Tyrion Ellaria, and others of Dany, shows from conquering just how far she is. Though, if she follows what Olenna said, perhaps that conquering will be anticipated. Jon is dealing from women and his North men . Ultimately though, he made his decision to go abandon and to Dragonstone Winterfell with Sansa. Will this lead to Sansa getting rid of Littlefinger once and for all? Or perhaps more likely, give Littlefinger the wiggle room to control Sansa one final time.
There was not a ton of Cersei material this week, but she did apparently figure out a way to “kill” a dragon. The size crossbow isn’t as shocking as the wildfire last year, she brought out. Not that it wasn’t a chance but I have to believe one of the dragons will fall by the end of season. The playing field must be leveled a little bit? Well, I guess by having Euron capture Ellaria, and take down a bunch of Greyjoy ships, the sand snakes it was. Boy was it depressing to see as it becomes all the Yara won’t make it from this season alive, Theon fail under pressure.