Game of Thrones Season 7: Breaking Down Episode 3 Another Monday, another Game of Thrones episode. This time around we’re down by three episodes of the HBO series with four more to go. Almost seems heartbreaking, isn’t it? But one thing the series has been doing right by Season 7 is to pick up its pace, both from a storytelling perspective and the fact that it’s the penultimate season. So, in ‘The Queen’s Justice’ we get to see a lot of the strategies being played out, battles won and lost, prisoners fate and diseases being cured.
--Spoiler Alert-- 1/8 Jon Snow arrives at Dragonstone The episode picks up with the bastard of Winterfell reaching ashore Dragonstone with Ser Davos and some men. They’re greeted by Tyrion and Missandei where Jon and Tyrion exchange a few words since they last spoke back on the wall. They both have a mutual respect for each other which is evident throughout the scenes in Dragonstone. They walk towards the castles and Tyrion tells Jon about his and Sansa’s sham marriage assuring him that it wasn’t consummated. Just then one of Daenerys’ dragon flies across which leaves Jon and Davos in a shock as they duck. “I’d say you get used to them. But you never really do,” Tyrion reassures them as both Jon and Ser Davos look at the three Dragons flying atop the castle.
Melisandre and Varys watch them entering the castle as he asks her as to why she is hiding on a cliff. To which the Red priestess says that she’s brought ice and fire together and has done her part. She tells Varys that she’ll be heading to Volantis, Varys asks her to stay there. “I have to die in this strange country, just like you,” she says hinting at their deaths. 2/8 Jon and Daenerys meet, finally Jon along with Ser Davos meet the Mother of the Dragons where she asks them to bend the knee. Daenerys notes that the only King in the North she knows of was Torrhen Stark who bent his knee to Aegon Targaryen. Jon refuses to comply but instead asks her for help in defeating the army of the dead and White Walkers. “Right now, you and I and Cersei and everyone else, we’re children playing at a game screaming that the rules aren’t fair,” Jon tells Daenerys.
What follows is basically both of them surmising their lineage so far on the show. “I was born at Dragonstone. I spent my life in foreign lands. So many men have tried to kill me. I don’t remember all their names. I have been sold like a broodmare. I’ve been chained and betrayed, raped and defiled. Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any Gods. Not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen. The world hadn’t seen a dragon in centuries until my children were born. The Dothraki hadn’t crossed the sea, any sea. They did for me. I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms. And I will,” Daenerys says appearing as menacing as ever. Her speech reminds us of what all she’s gone through to make it here since season one and to what lengths she can go to sit on the Iron Throne.
Ser Davos tries to frame up a campaign speech for Jon as well stating that “He is the first to make allies of Wildlings and Northmen. He was named Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He was named King in the North, not because of his birthright. He has no birthright. He’s a damn bastard. All those hard sons of bitches chose him as their leader. Because they believe in him. All those things you don’t believe in, he faced those things, he fought those things for the good of his people. He risked his life for his people. He took a knife in the heart for his people. He gave his own…” just as Jon stops Davos from revealing anything else.
Their conversation is cut short as Varys arrives to tell Dany and Co. that the ships en route to Dorne carrying the Ironborn and Dornish allies were attacked by Euron Greyjoy. Only a few of the ships escaped with rest being burnt or sunk. He tells everyone that Ellaria, the Sand Snakes and the Greyjoys were either dead or captured.
Later, Tyrion walks to a cliff and sees Jon alone, standing and brooding. They talk and after their joint brooding session, Tyrion persuades Daenerys to let Jon mine Dragonglass as an attempt to make “a more productive relationship with a possible ally”. He explains to her that she’s giving Jon something by giving him nothing as the Dragonglass is practically worthless to her anyway. 3/8 Theon has survived In a sequence that follows, Theon is rescued from the sea and asked about Yara. He tells them that he tried to save her. “You wouldn’t be here if you tried,” says one of the captains implying that they know Theon is lying. 4/8 The Queen’s revenge The scene shifts to the dungeon where Cersei has locked up Ellaria and Tyenne. After a long monologue by Cersei where she reminds Ellaria about Oberyn and her daughter Myrcella. She kisses Tyenne, revealing that her lipstick was laced with the same poison that Ellaria used to kill Myrcella. Ellaria is left locked in the dungeon with Tyenne force to watch her daughter die slowly. 5/8 The Stark reunion - Part 1 There’s hope in Winterfell once again. Sansa is ruling her home, giving instructions to Maester Wolkan about building up grain stores if a time comes when everyone unites against the fight with the White Walkers and comes up to Winterfell and asking the blacksmiths to put leather on the armour they’re making. Just then someone from the gates comes up to tell her that she’s required. Sansa goes to the gates of the castles to realise that Bran has returned. A tearful Sansa hugs him as they’re seeing each other after a really long time.
The next scene sees them in The Godswood where Sansa wishes Jon was here as well. “I need to speak to him,” Bran says as we rejoice hoping for the moment Jon Snow knows about her true parentage. Bran tries to explain Sansa that he can’t be the Lord of Winterfell because he’s the Three-Eyed Raven and what it means. But it backfires when he details the night when Sansa wed Ramsay. “I’m sorry for all that’s happened to you,” he tells Sansa as she walks away, freaked out. 6/8 Sam cures Greyscale Jorah’s Greyscale appears to have been cured but Archmaester Ebrose doesn’t know that Sam was the one behind it. Upon inspecting Jorah’s body and realising that it’s the same procedure that he forbade Sam to perform, he calls him to his study in the evening and tells Jorah that he’s free to leave the Citadel. Jorah tells Sam that he’s going back to Daenerys and shakes hand with Sam. He’s cured of Greyscale, he realises.
Ebrose scolds Sam for performing the procedure but also appreciates him for doing so very diligently. He tells him that he should be proud of saving Jorah’s life. He then shows Sam to some manuscripts and asks him to make their copies as they’re rotting away. His reward, being not expelled from the Citadel. 7/8 The Unsullied reach Casterly Rock The seat of the Lannister’s, Casterly Rock is awaiting the arrival of the Unsullied soldiers. The castle stands impenetrable but lucky they have Tyrion by their side. Tyrion built a secret passage through the sewage system that leads to the main guard tower. The Unsullied led by Grey Worm make it inside the castle and kill every single Lannister they could find only to realise that there were few of them. Grey Worm overlooks the sea and sees their ships being attacked by Euron Greyjoy’s fleet. 8/8 Jaime takes Highgarden Turns out the missing soldiers from Casterly Rock had joined Jaime’s march to Highgarden. Jaime leads the Lannister army along with Bronn and Randyll who take down Highgarden. We’re not shown the war here but after the Lannister army has made it through, Jamie walks into the tower and finds Olenna. It’s here Jamie tells Olenna that he allowed the Unsullied soldiers to take Casterly Rock for the moment. But when they will realise that their fleet has been destroyed, they will abandon the castle and march across Westeros.
Olenna and Jamie then discuss Cersei and what a “disease” she had become. Olenna warns Jamie about his role in the spreading of this disease.
He then pours poison from a vial into Olenna’s wine which she drinks down willingly after he tells her that there will be no pain. “I’d have to die like your son,” she says revealing that she was the one behind killing Joffrey at the wedding.
“Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.”