Firstly right off the bat, the time gaps in this episode were probably the most jarring for me out of the entire series. Jon starts at Dragonstone and by the end of the episode is marching past the wall with his group. The geography isn't too rough though, considering Eastwatch would be more or less a straight shot north, but it still seemed like an incredible amount of travel to have taken place in the very center of the episode. The White Walker Plot
They're going to hijack a white walker up North to convince Cersei. I don't think Cersei will give a fudge to be honest, but I'm not wholly convinced she'll live long enough to see this pan out. With that in mind, I imagine from the footage in the first S7 trailer, Jon is forced to at the very least flee the battle alone - which likely means the plan doesn't work completely perfectly. The Incredible Floating Armor
Super nice to see Bronn saved Jaime, would have been nicer to see
Bronn save Jaime. This is one of my main gripes with the episode. Jaime was sinking to the legitimate bottom of the lake, and Bronn was swimming upwards, but when we next meet them they're like 2 miles away on the opposite side of the body of water. Bronn dove down there, dragged him across
the lake, all while Jaime was in armor? At the very least, they could have made it a point to see them climb out near the carnage, only to escape while Dany is a distance away on the battlefield. This was almost too much of a stretch for me, but I'm not about to start questioning the show at this point. It was
nice to see Bronn bring up how he's fudging off if Jaime doesn't come through for him, even though it doesn't seem to matter much. The cinematography was great in this scene though, with the smoldering background with Jaime staring off at it looked like a classic fantasy painting. The Final Tarly
Sam outlasted his prick father and noble-to-a-fault brother. Atta boy bud. While Dany wasn't mad with anger or anything, I don't really feel like Dany was "Mad Queen" status, but her love of burning folks alive is real fudgeed up. I think Tyrion recognized that. It wasn't the straw, but Tyrion now realized Dany could just as easily be ruthless. It's interesting how both Lannister brothers are questioning their queens in this episode. Jon's a Boss
A) He touches Drogon in a legitimately badass scene with extremely weighty undertones. I wonder if Ghost would smell Drogon on Jon. Unfortunately it looks like Ghost is straight up out of Season 7. The dog who played him sadly passed away and we haven't seen one shot of him yet. I imagine he'll pop back up eventually, but with the big budget, I was really hoping this would be a Jon+Ghost "boy and his pup" adventure haha. B) Telling Dany to fudge off, reminding her that he's a King, was classic Jon Snow. Good stuff. Jorah Reborn
Cool to see Jorah find his way to Dragonstone. Anything with him and Dany in this episode was very touching, and Emelia Clarke did good conveying emotion in a rare turn of events. I fear for Jorah, because he's almost definitely
dead after that longing look to Dany. Gendry Reborn
Also cool to see the little Baratheon back. While it's pointless to mention, everything with this character was rushed x100 to get him to be an integral part of this death squad heading North of the Wall. The performance was great, the actor nailed his little moments and the hammer bashing ruled, but getting Gendry from once again being a lowly blacksmith, to saving the day by saving Tryion, to meeting back up with the Brotherhood without Banners, and to finally heading North of the Wall - and it seems like 4 seasons worth of character moments happened all in one episode. On top of that, we got a slight Stark/Baratheon reunion here - and while the dialogue and acting was great, that also seemed a little forced considering Gendry had been missing for so long. Sansa could be cooler & Arya could be smarter
Unless this is an elaborate plot to trick Littlefinger (which wouldn't really make sense given the angry private chats from this episode), both Stark girls are acting foolish. Sansa should stop second-guessing Jon and listening to Baelish, and Arya should know better than to so blatantly trail someone like Baelish. I do
feel like maybe Arya is playing him, and Sansa will end up having to decide whether to grant him mercy (and ultimately attempt to establish control over the North for herself) or let Arya wreck him (and ultimately prove her loyalty to family). I sure hope Arya catches onto Littlefinger, and he ends up getting offed. Tyrion meets Jaime... cool...
I will say, this was quite the anticlimactic meeting between these two. It was nice to see them play off each other again and the tension was there for a bit but man, this felt like it could have been much more. Olenna killed Joffrey
Seeing Cersei get this information was great, and her reacting really helped push her
eventual rise to "Mad" Queen status. She's so power hungry, but the bad news keeps piling on regardless. Now Jaime's questioning her, and she reminds him that a "soldier should know his choice" (or something along those lines). I imagine this is foreshadowing, and Jaime's choice will eventually be to fulfill that old prophecy. Unless...Cersei Breaks the Prophecy?
If she gives birth, then that would effectively null the prophecy Maggie the Toad revealed to her. But I doubt it. I think the "and when you're drowning in tears" aspect of the prophecy (that was left out of the show, likely to keep some semblance of mystery) will be when she loses this baby and Jaime will then finish it by mercy killing her. There is a chance she's just playing Jaime and that
could lead to the Jaime thing - but considering Cersei didn't really weep for Tommen whatsoever, I feel like she still needs those tears to roll first.Bronn's a goner
Looks like Cersei has it out for Bronn now, and I feel like Jaime is still too brainwashed by Cersei to not kill him at her request. Which is unfortunate, Bronn deserves a better death than being betrayed by Jaime (who would have killed him without paying his debt) - especially since Jaime should already have been done with Cersei after the events of Season 6's finale. Sam Fudges Off Pt XI
Sam just keeps fudging off from places. First, he fudges off from the Night's Watch to become a maester. Then he fudges off from his family home with their sword. And now he's fudging off from the Citadel. I don't blame him after getting his stories of white walkers shrugged off, but I wonder if he plans to go directly back to the Wall now or what. Maybe he just chills at his castle now. I'm hoping he took that R+L=J scroll with him when he left, so that he can reread the passage he raged over, put 2+2 together, and head back to Jon to finally reveal his lineage. Jon and his hunting party
Kind of anticlimactic ending - you'd think with the name of the episode, something would have happened past just the team up. But I guess it did happen at Eastwatch so there's that. Jon, Jorah, Gendry, The Hound, Thoros, Dondarion and Tormund. A true all-star badass team. And an extremely random group of popular secondary characters given the series up to this point, which totally makes me feel like this is going to end up being GOT's opportunity to wipe all of them off the board in one fell, tragic swoop. That would absolutely give the White Walkers some true stakes in why we, the viewer, should hate them so hard. I understand why the characters of the story should, but they haven't really had any major effect on our main cast. So it'll be horrifying to see them take out some of the best.