You’ve been warned!
There’s going to be a lot of random thoughts here. Bear with me!
And… the theme of last night’s episode? Who deserves to sit on the throne.
Tyrion and Varys seem to agree it’s Jon Snow. Varys is ready to switch sides ASAP, while Tyrion puts forth the marriage option. Either way, both men aren’t betting everything on Daenerys, who is fulfilling the Mad Queen theory. Also, did I miss where Tyrion and Varys find out Jon’s true identity?
We lost another dragon. Which makes horrible sense. Cersei and the Night King both knew taking out dragons was priority #1. What didn’t make sense, and had me yelling at the TV, was Daenerys riding Drogon straight at Euron with the dragon slayer weapon loaded and ready to fire
And, yet again, we have a scene where Sansa looks out for the people, saying that the troops need to rest and heal their wounds before fighting again. Daenerys disagrees. This is becoming a little like being hit over the head. Why not just come out and say, “”Yo, Daenerys doesn’t give a damn about anything but the throne!”
We saw this demonstrated again when Daenerys showed us her “love” for Jon was conditional. Lie about who you really are and we can be together. Even with the man she ‘loves’, her main focus is the throne.
Now I’ll admit, Daenerys got on my nerves ever since Khal Drogo died. It intensified after the Meereen fiasco. And last season I was ready to pull my hair out if she said ‘bend the knee’ one more time. One thing GoT has shown us is this: You aren’t equipped to win if you haven’t been playing the game all along. Wandering around in the desert doesn’t prepare you, because if you knew how the game was played, perhaps you would have come up with some sort of dragon armor or realized assassination usually trumps war. Don’t believe me? Ask Robb Stark or Catelyn Stark or Robert Baratheon or Jon Arryn or Renly Baratheon or Jon Snow (Yeah, I know. Jon got a do-over).
Which leads me to… Jamie and/or Arya taking out Cersei. It makes sense since last night’s episode demonstrated the vulnerability of Jon’s and Daenerys’ armies. It’s almost the same situation we faced last week, where the victory depended on killing the Night King.
This season could also be called: Tyrion gets everything wrong. He was wrong about Cersei sending her armies to fight the Night King. When he tells Sansa Cersei’s armies are coming, Sansa’s response is “And you believed her?”
Last night he (and Varys) was wrong again. Did he really attempt to appeal to Cersei’s humanity? Who thought that would work? I thought they’d simply go through the motions before they attacked the city and killed thousands of innocents. And let’s face it, why would Cersei give up the throne? Hell, if I were in her situation, I wouldn’t. She either remains on the throne or she’s dead. She knows this. And if she loses she’ll make sure Daenerys’ legacy as the Breaker of Chains is in tatters.
Daenerys needs new advisors, because Tyrion and Varys should have known better. Those two have seen Cersei’s ways up close and personal. There’s zero excuse for their mistake. I’m thinking Tyrion’s not going to make it while Varys abandons ship.
Bronn’s scene was anti-climatic, and, unless he does something, a complete waste of time. I guess you could say it provided motivation for Jamie killing Cersei, but if Jamie wasn’t on board with that plan by now I don’t see how Bronn admitting Cersei was sent to kill him makes a difference.
Killing Missandei didn’t seem necessary. We already know Cersei is awful. We already know Daenerys is ready to attack King’s Landing and kill a whole lotta innocent people. I guess it could be useful if losing her closest friend and her dragon completes her journey into madness. It just seems a cheap way to do this.
Could someone explain why Daenerys set up Gendry at Storm’s End and thus legitimized someone who has a valid claim to the throne?
The women of GoT are turning down marriage left and right. Sansa has brushed off Tyrion several times. She’s now better at the game than he is. Arya turned down Gendry’s proposal and is now heading to King’s Landing with The Hound. (Cersei’s name is on her hit list, and it looks like the Cleganebowl is on.) Does anyone think Daenerys will go along with Tyrion’s “Marry Jon Snow plan?” Yeah, me neither.
Yet again, I’m leaving out a lot. I’m still 100% Team Sansa (who has consistently proven she’s a wise and thoughtful ruler), and the only way she lets the North be part of the Seven Kingdoms is if Jon’s on the throne. Otherwise, the North will go it alone, cause she ain’t bending the knee to Daenerys.