Episode: “Eastwatch” (Season 7, Episode 5)
Original Air Date: August 13, 2017
Director: Matt Shakman
Plot (via HBO)
Daenerys offers a choice. Arya grows suspicious. Tyrion answers a good question.
Best Moment: Tyrion Lannister meets with Jaime Lannister
While Tyrion Lannister watched his older brother Jaime Lannister nearly kill his queen then nearly get lit to ashes by Drogon during the Loot Train Attack, they had not seen each other face-to-face since Jaime let Tyrion escape in the Season 4 finale in which Tyrion killed their father Tywin Lannister after he was released. Before, Jaime promised to cut Tyrion into two for what he did if he ever saw him again, but all he had at this moment was dull sparring sword, and he probably still had love for his younger brother despite what happened. However, Jaime was not at all friendly to Tyrion, even when Tyrion attempted to explain that Tywin wanted him dead and how he felt all his life (“Did he think—did he think I wanted to be born this way? Did he think I chose…”), the Lannister knight really did not care. Considering Jaime was basically Tyrion’s only real friend that cared about him his entire life, it was really sad to see the heartbreak on the Tyrion’s face as he appeared to realize the relationship with the person he probably loves most in the world will likely not be salvaged.
“With respect, Your Grace, I don’t need your permission. I am a king. Now, I came here knowing that you could have your men behead me or your dragons burn me alive. I put my trust in you, a stranger, because I knew it was the best chance for my people—for all our people. Now I’m asking you…to trust in a stranger. Because it’s our best chance.” – Jon Snow to Daenerys Targaryen
Gendry’s weapon (a war hammer), is the same type of weapon used by his father Robert Baratheon.
-Two Gold Cloaks
It was very interesting to watch Arya Stark track Littlefinger as he moved through Winterfell, and though Littlefinger did initially seem to feel something might have been up, it appeared “No One” was doing a good job of remaining obscure as she did her spying in the shadows. After Wolkan delivered a scroll Littlefinger requested (the only copy of the scroll) while claiming Lady Sansa Stark thanked the Maester for his service, Arya sneaked into Lord Baelish’s chambers to find out what it said—it was the scroll Cersei Lannister forced Sansa to write to Robb Stark during the War of the Five Kings. From Arya’s perspective, the letter was Sansa betraying her family, which is just what Littlefinger wanted to happen. As Arya emerged from the room and the camera zoomed to Lord Baelish standing in the shadows himself while now watching Arya, it appeared he was still the best at playing “the game.”
#ForTheThrone Moment: The decision is made to go beyond the Wall
Jon Snow was shocked to learn that Arya and Bran were still alive, and he insisted he must return to the North after Bran (via a raven) warned that the Army of the Dead was marching forward. However, Daenerys Targaryen could not help by taking her army north and giving up her position to Cersei Lannister, so Tyrion thought of asking for an armistice by somehow proving the Army of the Dead was real, which led to a recently-returned Jorah Mormont (healed from greyscale) volunteering to go beyond the Wall and capture a wight to bring to King’s Landing—and Jon announcing that he would go with him, stunning Ser Davos and Daenerys. Davos thought it was too risky for Jon to risk his life, and Dany was clearly developing feelings for the King in the North and did not want to see him go; but Jon had no choice but to give it a shot after seeing the Night King and the Army of the Dead.
Inside The Episode