Game of Thrones Season 7: Breaking Down Episode 4 The latest episode of Game of Thrones, The Spoils of War, was leaked two days ago. But for those who braved the spoilers till Monday, here’s your recap of what happened in the fourth episode. The last 20 minutes were amazing now, wasn’t it? 1/13 The Spoils of War The episode opens at Lannister soldiers returning from Highgarden after looting in the last episode. Jamie hands over a sack of gold to Bronn, still a little vexed from the confession by Queen of Thorns. Bronn demands a castle as a reward for his services but Jamie asks him to wait till the war is won and then he can choose whichever castle he wants to. He implies that all the spoils belong to the Iron Bank now as Randyll and Dickon Tarly approach towards them and tell him that the farmers are reluctant in handing over the current harvest to them. To this, Jamie asks Bronn to accompany the Tarly’s and help them speed up the process. 2/13 Cersei's venture In King’s Landing, Tycho Nestoris compliments Cersei about the debt being paid to Iron Bank in one single instalment and raises interest to assist her in some current venture. “My only venture at this moment is to establish control over this continent and every person on it,” Cersei says. Tycho reaffirms the Iron Bank's full support to her in any kind as soon as the gold arrives. 3/13 The Dagger Littlefinger unsheathes the Valyrian steel dagger that was used during the assassination attempt over Bran and hands it to him. He tries to assure Bran that he wasn’t there when Catelyn needed him but he’s here now to protect her children. Bran asks him if he knows who did the dagger belong to but Petyr dismisses it saying that the very question started the War of the Five Kings. Littlefinger goes on to sympathise with Bran about the things he must have seen and then return home only to find it in chaos. Bran, still in his creepily way tells him, “Chaos is a ladder”. An indication of which spooks Littlefinger off because the particular line, “Chaos is a ladder” was said by him when he was having a pep talk with Varys in the Throne room back in season 3. Now here, Littlefinger thinks that he knows everything that’s going around everywhere, but it’s actually Bran who in a literal sense knows everything. 4/13 "You died in that cave" Meera enters the room to say goodbye to Bran. She notices that Bran is sitting in a wheelchair, which he tells is built by Maester Wolkan. She tells him that she wants to be with her people when the White Walkers come and that Bran is in a safe place now. Bran agrees and bluntly tells her that she’s right and he doesn’t need her now. Meera gets really annoyed when Bran thanks her for helping him. She reminds him of all the people that died for him including her brother and Hodor. Bran is just looking at her, till she calls out his name. “I’m not really. Not anymore. I remember what it felt like to be Brandon Stark, but I remember so much else now,” he says. “You died in that cave,” Meera says as she leaves the room. 5/13 Arya's Homecoming We are then shown a scene where Arya looks at Winterfell from a distance. A scene which fans have been dying to see for quite a while now. The Stark reunion is something that we all yearn for since a long time and the episode fulfils it in more than what we could’ve asked for. Arya is stopped at the gates of the castle, soldiers not realising that it’s really her. They ask her to sit till they call Sansa but she escapes their sight and goes directly to the crypt. On hearing about this, Sansa tells the soldiers to stop looking for her as she knows where the girl might have gone. 6/13 “Do I have to call you Lady Stark now?” “Do I have to call you Lady Stark now?” Arya jokes around as she sees Sansa entering the crypt. Sansa hugs her and tells her that if Jon were here, his heart would’ve stopped on seeing Arya. They look at the tomb of their father, Arya noticing that it doesn’t resemble Ned and should’ve been carved by someone who knew his face. There’s talk between them, about the killing of Joffery and Arya’s list to which they both chuckle. “… our story is not over yet,” says Arya in an emotional reunion as the sisters embrace each other once again. Sansa tells her that Bran’s home as well but Arya recognises the look on her face as the scene cuts to Bran sitting in Godswood. Arya is happy upon seeing Bran but as the guy is bent on creeping everyone out by his weird I-am-the-three-eyed-raven song, he tells Arya that he saw her at the Crossroads in one of his visions and thought she might go to King's Landing. Sansa enquires as to why Arya would want to go back there to which Bran says, “Cersei is on her list”. Both Sansa and Arya are surprised that Bran knows about Arya’s kill list. Bran then hands over the Valyrian steel dagger to Arya instead of Sansa which she feels unpleasant about. 7/13 The Stark kids reunite The Stark reunion finally happens as everyone in Winterfell watch the three Stark kids, walking together in the castle, once again. “Catelyn Stark would be proud. You kept your vow,” Podrick says, trying his hand on rhyming while saying this to Brienne. 8/13 A common enemy Daenerys is seen walking down her castle with Missandei, who is worried about the Unsullied men, especially Grey Worm. Just then Jon Snow arrives calling her “Your Grace” and leads both Daenerys and Missandei inside the Dragonglass cave. He tells her that this is enough Dragonglass they’ll ever need but wants her to show something before they start breaking it down. He takes her further down the path where they see some engravings on the wall, drawn by the Children of the forest. Daenerys is baffled at the sight when Jon shows her more of these engravings which reveal that the Children of the forest were in the cave with the first men to fight the White Walkers. At this point Jon urges Daenerys to fight with him in the real battle against “a common enemy” to which she promises that she indeed will fight for the North, but only when Jon bends the knee. They come out of the cave where Tyrion and Varys are waiting for her. They tell Daenerys that Casterly Rock has been captured, but their expressions give in as she suspects something else may have happened. The group starts walking back, Daenerys angry as Tyrion’s plans have failed. “Your strategy has lost us the Iron Islands, Dorne and the Reach,” she says. “Perhaps you don’t want to hurt them after all.”
She turns to Jon and asks him his opinion about what she should do to which he says, “I never thought that dragons would exist again. No one did. The people who follow you, know that you made something impossible happen. Maybe that helps them believe that you can make other impossible things happen. Build a world that’s different from the shit one they’ve always known. But if you use them to melt castles and burn cities, you’re not different, you’re just more the same.” 9/13 Arya's skills Brienne is training Podrick who by this time is pretty much beaten up by her tactics when Arya enters and asks her to train with her because she beat the Hound. Brienne warns Arya of not using her sword, Needle because it's too small to which she says, “I won’t cut you.” A few seconds into their practice session, Arya owns her, showing off her sword wielding skills as Sansa and Petyr stand watch from above. Sansa almost too proud of the way her sister fights, but at the same time had an uneasy expression on her face. 10/13 The queen we chose Jon and Ser Davos are walking down Dragonstone when Davos casually asks Jon about his interest in Daenerys. Jon refutes by saying that there isn’t enough time. A real spoilsport Jon. They reach up to the edge of the cliff where they both find Missandei who greets Jon as “Lord Snow”. Davos interrupts the conversation to decide whether calling Jon as “King Snow” would be appropriate. “No, that doesn’t sound right. King Jon?” Missandei asks Jon as to why his name is Snow while his father’s name was Ned Stark. He explains the whole concept of Bastard to her while the viewers know who he really is. A hint at a revelation in an upcoming episode? Missandei then explains Jon that everyone who is serving Daenerys right now is doing it out of their respect for her. “All of us who came from Essos, we believe in her. She is not our queen because she is the daughter of some king we never knew. She’s the queen we chose,” she says. “Well forgive me if I switch sides,” Davos says to Jon jokingly. 11/13 Theon returns to Dragonstone They see a Greyjoy ship coming to Dragonstone which then cuts to Theon dragging a small boat ashore along with other soldiers from the ship as Jon, Davos and Missandei along with some Dothraki stand on the shore watching them. Theon recognises Jon who grabs him by his neck, “What you did for Sansa is the only reason I’m not killing you,” Jon says. Theon tells them that Yara is with Euron and they’ve come to the queen to ask her for help in rescuing his sister. Jon says that the queen is gone. 12/13 Something's coming Jamie and Bronn stand watch as the Lannister soldiers set camp when Randyll Tarly comes up to tell them that all the gold passed safely through the gates to King’s Landing but there are a few of the last wagons which they need to move through the Blackwater Rush before night. They go riding on their horses to Dickon who’s supervising repair of a wagon and ask about his experience in the war, a first for him. Just then Bronn hears the sound of horses charging towards them and announce to their soldiers to fall in line with spears and shields around the wagons. The Lannister soldiers along with Jamie and Bronn bewildered at what’s coming.
We see thousands of Dothraki soldiers galloping on their horses, charging to where the Lannister army had set camp. Bronn asks Jamie to get back to King’s Landing but Jamie tells him that he won’t abandon his people. “We can hold them off,” he says. 13/13 Dracarys The next second, he realises it was way too early for him to make that assumption. In one glorious moment on the show, Drogon flies around with Daenerys on his back and as she utters the words “Dracarys”, the dragon reigns hell on the soldiers. In a jiffy, the Lannister army is broken as the Dothraki enter their camp and start killing them off. It's chaos everywhere as soldiers burn, wagons are destroyed by Drogon. Jamie asks the archers to shoot at the dragon which leaves it unscathed. He asks Bronn to get Qyburn’s Scorpion, which we were shown to in a previous episode because Jamie can’t shoot with one hand. Meanwhile, the Dothraki are massacring every last Lannister soldier and Jamie can’t hold off enough of them. Dickon saves Jamie when he’s attacked by a Dothraki. Bronn sets up the Scorpion to shoot a large arrow into the Dragon as Tyrion watches the battlefield from a distance and it breaks his heart to see the people being killed off. The Lannister army didn’t stand a chance against Danereys’ cavalry. Bronn shoots the arrow and the first one misses the dragon. Daenerys sees where the arrow came from and heads straight for it. Bronn fires a second arrow which strikes Drogon’s shoulder as it loses control of his flight and starts to fall down. It maintains the flight and blows up the scorpion while Bronn jumps, away from it. Drogon lands in the field, in pain as Daenerys tries to pull out the arrow from his shoulder. Jamie sees Daenerys and picks up a spear charging towards her on his horse. Tyrion is disappointed on seeing Jamie trying to kill Daenerys instead of fleeing. As Jamie charged towards Daenerys, she sees him in time for Drogon to cover her and spews fire. Dickon arrives in time to dislodge Jamie from his horse and into the water.