Episode 3 – The Queen’s Justice
Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s first meeting was everything I expected it to be. Through firsthand witnessing the dichotomy between fire, ice and the two, we realize that they’re more similar than we thought. Both outliers. During their scene they seem to find some common ground, and Daenerys is willing to set her pride aside in an investment of sorts, hoping that Jon compensate for her lost allies and will bend the knee. Despite a clash between them it seems as if they will compromise to defeat the enemies of each other. Either the realm, or that will endure.
The punishment of the Sand Snakes of Cersei was a poetic end to their reign over Dorne. For the first time in a while, we are able to get a glimpse into the more human side, the sympathetic elements of her personality and past which once made us feel ambiguous about her of Cersei. The acting from the Sand Snakes was surprisingly good, yet the real star of this scene was Lena Headey. Also, for the second installment in a row, spectacularly is delivered by Euron Greyjoy and receives additional characterization.
In Winterfell, Sansa is demonstrating that she could potentially develop into a ruler across the absence because of the partnership to Dragonstone. The reunion between Bran and her is the highlight of this storyline, and the show that he was completely aware of what transpired during her marriage was heartbreaking. Bran seems disorientated this season, as if the pressure of taking on the responsibilities of this Raven is impacting him mentally. Only time will tell if he finally receives any development after six seasons of being the least- developed main character.
The highlight of the episode is a battle. Yet rather than demonstrating visual arts via special effects and stunts, the struggle for the Siege of Highgarden and Casterly Rock are told as if they are part of a larger story. Tyrion’s narrative over these conflicts are potentially the best dialogue he’s had since the finale of Season 4. The storytelling was perfect and this season emulates various aspects. Some might say that this was a cop-out, but I believe the sequence was conveyed subtly.
The scene involving Olenna Tyrell and Jaime Lannister in the episode’s end was great. She vocalizes the battle that he was engaged in into insanity and has Jaime dissected. He is so devoted that he is willfully blind to her cruelty. Olenna confesses to murdering Joffrey, and Jaime shows some doubt pertaining to his devotion. It’s been some time, but we are seeing some more character development for Jaime.
A fantastic episode, demonstrating that Season 7 possesses a degree of consistency regarding the quality of episodes that are consecutive, which has been absent lately.