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‘Dragonstone’ and ‘Stormborn’ have been brilliant episodes to kick-off Season 7 of Game of Thrones. Everything has been set-up for this season of television to be fast-paced, thrilling and, as it progresses, something which will leave us prepared for the war to come against the White Walkers. Yet, character development has not been sacrificed in the process. I could not wait for this blend of thrilling moments and character development to continue in ‘The Queen’s Justice’, especially as we would finally see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) meet for the first time.
My Thoughts on Season 7 Episode 3 of Game of Thrones
Without a doubt, ‘The Queen’s Justice’ is the best episode of Season 7 so far. Indeed, it might be one of my favourite episodes of Game of Thrones. The episode started with a reunion between Jon and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). I loved the interaction that these characters had with each other. You can see that Jon and Tyrion have a lot of admiration and respect for each other and they have a great rapport which I am looking forward to seeing more of.
Still, the main event was Jon and Daenerys meeting each other for the first time. I have wanted this since I started watching Game of Thrones. I cannot imagine how unbearable the wait has been for book readers, some of whom have been waiting since the mid-90s! This scene did not disappoint. I was enthralled seeing these two characters together and Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington brought their A-game to this scene.
I also loved the fact that this meeting was filled with so much tension. Indeed, Daenerys came across as very arrogant and I started to get really annoyed with how she was handling this meeting because, as a viewer, I know that this meeting is pivotal to the survival of Westeros. Still, I understood how Jon’s warning of White Walkers and The Night King would come across badly to those who have no understanding of such things and how his refusal to “bend the knee” would not come across well to Daenerys.
However, I was pleased that, despite the tension in this meeting and the issues that Jon and Daenerys had with each other, there seemed to be respect between the two by the time ‘The Queen’s Justice’ ended. Moreover, Daenerys’ decision to allow Jon to mine Dragonglass and make weapons out of this material is crucial for any successful outcome in the war to come against the White Walkers. I hope that the relationship between Jon and Daenerys will continue to improve and flourish as Season 7 of Game of Thrones progresses.
A character who is quickly becoming one of my favourites in this TV show is Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek). He is so confident and flamboyant that he is a joy to watch which is remarkable for someone who is supposed to be a villain. His conversations with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are hilarious and a certain line left me howling with laughter. It was a great moment of humour. You can tell that Pilou Asbaek is having a great time in the role and, while I think he will die soon enough, I want to enjoy his performances for as long as possible.
‘The Queen’s Justice’ was, for me, clearly about Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) who went to a different level in this episode of Game of Thrones. We saw just how evil she is. Now, there are some who have sympathy for Cersei……are you f*****g kidding me!?!? I have never, ever felt sympathy for her. Don’t get me wrong, I respect Cersei a lot, Lena Headey does a great job portraying this character and Cersei has gone through some bad things. But you cannot say that she does not deserve it.
Throughout Game of Thrones, she has shown herself to be a horrible, spiteful, selfish, cruel human being that is beyond redemption. ‘The Queen’s Justice’ proves this in spades. The punishment she bestowed upon Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and Tyene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) was awful. Granted, these two are not entirely innocent. However, I felt that their fate was a bit OTT yet it completely fits Cersei’s thinking. It was a very powerful scene which gave us more confirmation that Cersei has no morals and no mercy.
Additionally, she does not care in the slightest if anyone finds out about her twisted relationship with Jaime and the events of this episode have put her in a very advantageous position in the War for Westeros. Indeed, Cersei has managed to get the backing of the Iron Bank and take out the threat of House Tyrell. Yes, sadly, Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) is no more. I mentioned in my review of ‘Stormborn’ how much I have loved Diann Rigg’s performance as Olenna Tyrell. She was one of my favourite characters in Game of Thrones and Olenna remained a bad-ass to the very end.
Her conversation with Jaime Lannister was a brilliant way to end this episode of Game of Thrones. For one, it proved that, despite his flaws, there is good in Jaime and that he is a likeable character when he is away from Cersei Lannister. Unlike her sister, he showed mercy to Olenna by giving her a quick painful death through poison. This showed how different he is from Cersei and the respect that he has for Olenna Tyrell. Though, I am sure he regretted his decision after learning from Olenna’s final words that she was the one behind the death of Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), his son.
This was such a great way for Olenna Tyrell to end her time in Westeros. Even in her final moments, she still manages to have the last laugh and, potentially, worsen the relationship between Jaime and Cersei. The reason why this could happen is because Cersei firmly believes that Tyrion was responsible for Joffrey’s death. I feel as though she will not believe this latest revelation, simply because she is so determined to kill Tyrion that anything which could weaken her position in this matter will be disregarded as lies. I feel as though this will be a point of contention between Jaime and Cersei in the future and it could ultimately push Jaime further away from Cersei.
Obviously, the things that we have discussed above are the main talking points of ‘The Queen’s Justice’ but there were other great things to take from this episode of Game of Thrones. I thought the reunion between Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was nice, even if Bran was a bit robotic and cold with his interactions with his sister. The complete opposite could be said for the scene involving Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley).
I have really appreciated how, in such a short amount of time, these two characters have built such a great relationship. They both have incredible appreciation and respect for each other. Obviously, Jorah is in debt to Sam after being saved from a horrible fate. However, Sam’s connection to Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo), Jorah’s father and former Commander of the Night’s Watch, is a driving factor in how poignant their relationship has become. I hope to see more of these two together and to also see Jorah reunite with Daenerys as I am sure he would be a valuable asset from a military perspective which is something Daenerys desperately needs.
Varys (Conleth Hill) and Melisandre (Carice van Houten) had a very interesting scene. For one, it showed the disdain that Varys has for Red Priests/Priestesses such as Melisandre. More importantly, it confirms that Melisandre still has a part to play and her proclamation that both herself and Varys must die in Westeros was very foreboding. I am interested to see how this plays out as well as the other arcs that have been established. Overall, ‘The Queen’s Justice’ continues to progress to Season 7 to a point where it is becoming one of my favourite seasons of Game of Thrones.
You can also find this review at my blog theturnertalks.com.