Game of thrones season 7 tập 4

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All the leaks in the world couldn’t wreông xã “The Spoils of War.” Game of Thrones’ shorthử nghiệm episode ever — và part of the show’s fastest-paced season ever — didn’t feel rushed at all, & the story’s impact remained incredibly svào no matter what you ahead of time. We got a hugely enjoyable & pitch-perfect reunion between Arya and Sansa, a joyous sparring scene between Brienne và Arya, some intriguingly intense Jon and Dany eye liên hệ, và an incredible dragon battle sequence (if you watched the low-res leak’s copy, you did it wrong). We start with–

Winterfell: Littlefinger visits Bran & does his best lớn woo hlặng, gifting hyên ổn that valuable Valyrian steel dagger that an assassin once tried to lớn kill hyên ổn with baông chồng in the show’s second episode. “Do you know who this belonged to?” Bran asks Littlefinger, and we really wish he would tell us. Even in the relatively brief period of the show’s timeline, this knife has had quite the history.

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(Here’s everything we know about this dagger, for those who want to know; everybody toàn thân else skip this graf: First an unnamed assassin used it to nearly kill Bran. Then Catelyn brought the dagger to King’s Landing, where Littlefinger said he once owned it. Yet Littlefinger claimed he lost it khổng lồ Tyrion in a bet, something that apparently wasn’t true. Littlefinger reclaimed the dagger after Ned was arrested & has held it until now. The dagger is Valyrian steel, which, of course, is the other substance — along with rồng fire & dragonglass — that can kill White Walkers. A very similar-looking dagger was in the book Samwell was reading earlier this season. So basically, if you’re still confused about the dagger’s importance, that’s perfectly okay — this scene suggests there might be more lớn learn…Oh, and one other thing: Arya was actually shown wearing this rather distinctive sầu dagger in’s cover photo way baông chồng in May! A sharp-eyed readers spotted it, và, no, it totally wasn’t supposed to be there. GoT insiders hoped fans wouldn’t notice this spoiler hiding in plain sight on the cover of our magazine and, for the most part, they didn’t.)

Anyway. So then Bran just shuts down all of Littlefinger’s salesmanship by saying, “Chaos is a ladder.” This is one of Littlefinger’s motivational speech declarations lớn Varys baông chồng in season 3. This worries Littlefinger, as well it should. It’s lượt thích Bran just started reciting Lord Baelish’s browser history. If Bran knows that about Littlefinger, what else does he know?

They’re interrupted by Meera saying goodbye lớn Bran because she’s served her purpose (both for Bran và in GoT‘s story line). Bran’s cool robotic goodbye understandably upsets her, and he gives this rather eloquently simple explanation: “I rethành viên what it was lượt thích khổng lồ be Brandon Stark. But I rethành viên so much else now.” Next: A lone wolf returns to her pack

Outside, Arya arrives at the gate and has an amusing exchange with the guards, who are convinced she’s an imposter. (I was on set for this scene, và here’s a tidbit: When Arya first arrives and this Rosencrantz and Guildenstark duo stop her, she originally shot back, “F— off, I live here.” I loved that spunky Arya line, but it evolved lớn her calmly explaining that Winterfell is her home. It was probably because the guards are telling her lớn f-off repeatedly, so perhaps the idea was khổng lồ have Arya seem more chill by comparison — these guys aren’t worth her getting annoyed enough to lớn swear. But it’s just a tiny example of the type of perfectionistic tweaking that happens all the time on GoT, where even lines that sound great get tossed because, for one reason or another, they’re not quite right.)

In the crypt, Sansa & Arya reunite. They’ve sầu never been the closest family members, but they are both genuinely happy to lớn see each other. It’s downright heartwarming lớn have Arya look a bit like her old self after her homicidal spree. They have sầu a neat exchange: “It’s a long story; I imagine yours is too” … “Not a very pleasant one” … “Mine neither” … “But our stories aren’t over yet.” Arya mentions her death các mục to Sansa, who at first thinks she’s joking.

Arya & Sansa go outside khổng lồ interface with the Branbot-9000. He’s sitting in his wheelchair by the weirwood tree. We bet he’s been tapping tree roots lớn watch upcoming episodes of Game of Thrones — Bran’s the ultimate hacker. (Maybe Bran’s the one who infiltrated HBO? Somebody toàn thân get to work on that tín đồ theory!) Bran notes he saw Arya at the crossroads & that Cersei is on her death-menu of names. Sansa is startled — she realizes Arya wasn’t messing around. Bran gives Arya the dagger, and Sansa’s threat alert is triggered. She knows Littlefinger must be up to lớn something by giving Bran a valuable gift, & she doesn’t lượt thích not knowing what it is. She is never going khổng lồ be entirely comfortable with hlặng lurking around, nor should she be.

In the courtyard, Arya enters and challenges Brienne to lớn spar. The rồng battle later in this episode is totally amazing, but this is my favorite scene in “Spoils of War,” & I hope you don’t mind if I geek out a bit:

First, from a writing standpoint, a big challenge of reuniting characters (as GoT producer Bryan Cogman once pointed out) is the temptation to lớn have sầu each recap khổng lồ each other what’s happened lớn them. We want that as visamseinfo.comers, but it’s also telling the audience what they already know, và it can dull a show (there was arguably a tad too much exchanging of histories in the first Jon và Dany meeting). So this courtyard scene is a super-smart way of Arya showing Sansa, not telling her, what she has learned in a hugely entertaining scene. There’s so much going on here non-verbally with all the actors, from Brienne’s bemusement of Arya’s challenge that evolves into lớn surprise và impressed respect, lớn Littlefinger looking lượt thích he’s about to make some snarky phản hồi about Arya to Sansa and then wisely thinking better of it.

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Arya & Brienne sparring is pure joy. Here are two female characters who are very different from each other in many ways, physically và mentally, yet they’re discovering each other through a phối of skills that are so rare for women in this world.

And then there is Sansa. Her reaction lớn her kid sister’s skills is so interesting. What’s going on here? Is she jealous? Angry that she never learned how bởi vì defend herself in the same way? Part of the reason Arya is doing this is so her big sister can see her. It’s an unusually childlike instinct for Arya, trying to lớn impress — look at me, look at what I can do! So when Arya turns & sees Sansa has departed, you can see the disappointment on her face…which then shifts inlớn a rather grown-up calculating expression. She’s thinking about what her sister’s departure might mean.

All the actors nailed these Winterfell scenes, with Sophie Turner (whose reactions khổng lồ Arya were so complex throughout) & Maisie Williams absolutely killing it. Next: Things heat up on Jon and Dany’s third date

Dragonstone: Jon Snow takes Dany for a romantic cave sầu / art museum stroll by torch-light. Unfortunately, there’s no hot spring pool in here lượt thích he enjoyed with Ygritte. Jon shows her the glorious dragonglass cađậy, and some pre-modern art of the Children & the First Men uniting khổng lồ fight the White Walkers. See? This is what we need khổng lồ vày.

They’re making some serious eyes at each other. At one point, he rather unnecessarily takes Daenerys by her forearm lớn turn her torch (pretty smooth, Jon Snow, you know something after all). But Dany disrupts their rising tension by saying she’ll help hyên ổn fight the Army of the Dead, but only if he’ll bkết thúc the knee in return. He still won’t vày it. “Isn’t survival more important than your pride?” she asks. Men and their commitment issues, am I right?

Outside, they run into her advisors, who have more bad nsamseinfo.coms on the warfront. Dany is losing, & all the polls & pundits assumed she would easily win (clearly she should have sầu spent more time campaigning in the Rust Belt). She rips inkhổng lồ Tyrion for his failed strategies & even questions his loyalty. Then she puts Jon Snow on the spot. This is a big moment in their relationship. Dany’s treating hyên ổn lượt thích a trusted insider rather than an outsider. “If you use dragons to melt castles & burn cities, you’re not different; you’re just more of the same,” he opines.

Later, Davos accuses Jon of having a Dany crush. The King in the North claims he doesn’t have time for such shenanigans. We of course disagree. The Onion Knight also continues happily chatting up Missandei. Is he…flirting? Being fatherly? Is this right-hand-man to right-hvà woman chat? When he tried to get Dany’s advisor talking in the season premiere, I assumed this was his stab at diplomacy. Now I’m not so sure. I don’t think we’ve ever seen hlặng this cheerful. Missandei explains the virtues of the Mother of Dragons, though khổng lồ an outsider her praise sounds a bit cult-y. “Will you forgive me if I switch sides?” Davos pants.

Next, Theon returns to Dragonstone. Uh-oh. The former Stark ward betrayed Jon’s family, và his actions put Winterfell inlớn the hands of the Boltons. Kit Harington chooses a rather surprising Jon Snow Expression for this moment that’s really effective. He sees Theon và looks…hurt. He’s like: You…how could you. Then he shifts into wanting to beat the hell out of hyên ổn. Only Theon rescuing Sansa has saved the craven turncloak.

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King’s Landing: A quiông xã beat with Cersei & Tymang đến. The main takeaway from this is that Cersei is acting like (a) she already has the gold khổng lồ pay off the Iron Bank và (b) she’s already won the war with Daenerys and is looking down the line at what happens next. But she shouldn’t get too comfy. Because this is what happens next:

The Reach: On the way to lớn King’s Landing, we get some Jaime & Bronn time. The sellsword has reluctantly returned to lớn help his Lannister benefactor once again, charging him more gold each time for his invaluable service of armed protection và smart-ass quips. Jaime seems depressed. Lady Olenna’s calculating seed-planting predictions about his sister might have sầu found root.

Lord Tarly stops by wanting to lớn flog their own soldiers to lớn hurry things up and is bummed when Jaime tells hyên ổn no. His son Dickon is a bit rattled by his first experience of war, but he hasn’t seen nothing yet.

Bronn, ever attuned lớn approaching danger, hears it first — a horde of Dothraki screamers on the charge. The result is less a battle than an ambush. Jaime orders the men khổng lồ cluster together. This is a fine tactic for open field warfare but disastrous when facing dragons, as it makes them easy targets. Next: Reign of fire

Dany rides Drogon inlớn war, & the resulting action is just stunning. Some on Twitter were calling this the best GoT action sequence they’ve ever seen. Finally, seven seasons inlớn this fantasy series, we really see what a fully grown Long can vì. It’s lượt thích dropping napalm on men who are merely carrying large knives. Many productions use computer effects khổng lồ depict people on fire and rarely looks convincing. Doing it for real is time consuming, costly, and dangerous. Thrones set more stunt people on fire than any Hollywood production in history for this sequence. It’s almost beyond superlatives how incredible the GoT action scenes have become, and how quality they all are from each other. (You can also catch Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard doing a cameo as a Lannister soldier throwing a spear).

We get a single continuous shot of Bronn amid the chaos —àla Battle of the Bastards — as he ditches his payment & runs lớn the giant crossbow. It’s technically called a scorpion or scorpio and is based on an artillery piece first credited khổng lồ the Romans, who used it as a sniper weapon, picking off enemies from high ground with bolts thiông xã enough to pierce shields. It’s also an impressively cool-looking dragon-killing weapon. Dany flies over the lake, leaving a jet-stream wake behind her, as Bronn tries khổng lồ take her Boss out. He scores a direct hit on Drogon — not fatal, yet still serious. The Long blasts the scorpion as Bronn leaps aside.

Drogon plummets. We worry. Dany gets grounded. We worry more. She tries lớn pull the giant spear out of her dragon’s hide. Where are her Dothraki? They should be protecting their queen.

We get a hugely suspenseful and potentially fatal moment between three of our main characters: Dany is on the ground & vulnerable. Jaime spots her and charges to lớn take her out. Tyrion watches horrified and helpless from a hill — the man loves both of them, và really, so bởi vì we. We’ve sầu been waiting for moments like this the whole series — major characters finally facing off after being separated for so long. Now that it’s actually happening we don’t want khổng lồ lose any of them.

It looks lượt thích Jaime might actually sksamseinfo.comer Daenerys, but Drogon spots the threat. His throat glows, which is rad. This is normally the last thing a dragon victyên ổn sees. Bronn flying tackles Jaime off his horse and they fall inlớn a lake just barely missing the stream of fire (pretty convenient, but okay).

The last shot is Jaime, weighed down by his armor & golden hand, sinking khổng lồ the bottom, lớn an uncertain fate…

Dany has struông xã a massive sầu blow against Cersei. Not only did she defeat her army without hurting civilians, but she might have killed or captured Jaime Lannister và, perhaps most crucially, nuked at least some of her stash from Highgarden as well.

“The Spoils of War” perhaps didn’t have the scene-setting grandness of the “Dragonstone” premiere, or the intricately plotted thrills of the terrific second episode, “Stormborn.” But emotionally I enjoyed it the most of the season so far — the writing & the performances were so on point. What did you think?

And hey! Here’s a trivia question. Winner gets an “I’ve sầu Brought Ice và Fire Together” mug from the HBO Store. Question: Arya và Davos have sầu both mentioned a rồng that does not belong khổng lồ Dany. What’s the dragon’s name? First right khổng lồ samseinfo.comdigital