Episode: “The Queen’s Justice” (Season 7, Episode 3)
Original Air Date: July 30, 2017
Director: Mark Mylod
Plot (via HBO)
Daenerys holds court; Tyrion backchannels; Cersei returns a gift; Jaime learns from his mistakes.
Best Moment: Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen meet
The chill-inducing final moment of the episode—with Olenna Tyrell, right before her death, telling Jaime Lannister it was her that poisoned Joffrey—is tough to top, but it was awesome to see Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally meeting after six-plus seasons. The last two known (known to the viewer, at least) Targaryens have both accomplished so much on opposite sides of the world, and it’s a bit surreal to see them finally face-to-face in a meeting. While Jon and Daenerys were in disagreement, it was clear the two were much more alike than they might have thought after initially looking at each other, and they appear to both realize it during the course of the scene, including when Daenerys went over her own accomplishments then Davos went over Jon’s. The scene was very dynamic, also with Tyrion mixing in to deliver both remarks for his Queen and support for the King in the North’s trustworthiness, and it had superb acting from everyone involved.
“This is Jon Snow… He’s King in the North.” – Davos Seaworth
This is the first appearance of Casterly Rock (the seat of House Lannister) and Highgarden (the seat of House Tyrell) in the series.
MVP: Olenna Tyrell
The Lannister army completely outsmarting Tyrion Lannister by forfeiting Casterly Rock and taking the now-wealthier Highgarden (in the same strategic move Robb Stark used at Whispering Wood to capture Jaime Lannister during the War of the Five Kings) was a big twist and win for Cersei Lannister, and it also meant finding Olenna Tyrell and putting a final end to House Tyrell. However, after Jaime gives the Queen of Thorns the painless poison to amicably take, Olenna pulls a massive power move, telling a shocked Jaime that it was her that poisoned Joffrey. “Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me”, were the powerful final words of the matriarch of House Tyrell, who somehow won her own death scene.
#ForTheThrone Moment: The Dragonstone meeting
If it wasn’t for the ultimate threat north of the Wall, Jon Snow probably never would’ve left Winterfell to meet Daenerys Targaryen—but to defeat the Army of the Dead, he needed allies, and Daenerys had three fire-breathing dragons. Both sides were dug in, with Dany not believing in the White Walkers and the Night King, and the King in the North refusing to bend the knee. Still, while it got off to a rocky start, the meeting was the beginning of a critical relationship as the living looked to defend the Seven Kingdoms and make the Iron Throne be more than ruling over a graveyard.
Inside The Episode