Real Suspense and Unsettling Violence, the second episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 ends in Fire and Blood!
If we’re to sum up the whole episode in one statement – it’d be something like “Not a second felt Wasted”. Perhaps, each and every scene – starting with unfair interrogation of Varys and ending with the most gorgeous battle scene in the history of Game of Thrones, and all those revelations in between – Stormborn amplifies the thrilling effect of already deeply complex, multifaceted series. After last week’s eventful episode, the second installment of the seventh season opened a barrage of information for viewers accompanied with a lot of gore, nudity and political exposition.
Let us walk you through the moments in the episode that we loved and a few that had us rolled out eyes at. Let’s Begin…
Dany-Varys Verbal Throwdown
The episode begins with unsettling and dramatic tension between Daenerys and Varys. Danny confronts Varys about his questionable loyalty and makes it clear that if he tries to betray her, she’d have him burned alive. But fans want to know why she would trust someone like him, who literally “sold” her to Dothrakis, sent Jorah Mormont to spy on her, and even helped Robert Baratheon’s bid to have her assassinated in the first season? All in all, Daenerys acceptance of Varys in her circle makes it clear that the young lady has learnt to master the game. She has the dragons, the army, strong alliances and now the Master of Whispers who’s singular talents and perspective is going to improve her shot at the Iron Throne. This association speaks of a much larger game that anyone could anticipate.
We’d say this has been by far the grossiest moment of the series. Having Sam slice away Jorah’s skin and that yellow puss oozing, uh, we don’t want too see that again! Another way to look at this episode is that Samwell Tarly seems to have become the “messiah” for those in trouble – book caper last week and a surgeon now! Whether or not his efforts cure Jorah, one thing is for sure that Samwell is going to turn into a rebel pretty soon and that’s something all the fans are looking forward to.
Sansa Stepping in for Jon
Only if you noticed Little Finger’s expression when Jon declares that he will leave the North in Sansa’s hands. That’s the moment when you know that “Law of Attraction” is far more powerful than any goal or plan. On the bright side, fans were elated to discover that Jon understands what it feels to be underestimated and recognizes that Sansa is just as qualified to rule Winterfell as him. It turned out to be a tremendous show of faith and support between siblings.
Arya is Finally Going Home
Let’s give a big shoutout to the long-awaited reunion of Nymeria and Arya. Besides, Nymeria’s got a crew! While the screenwriters haven’t really focused on Nymeria’s journey since the first season, we can only assume that the Direwolf has been as tormented as Arya and that was visible in its eyes. Nymeria chooses not to go with Arya and that makes the Stark daughter sad, but this is also the moment where she discovers that the Direwolf she lost years ago is doing just fine. The phrase, “That’s not you” is also a call back to a scene from the Season 1 when Ned Stark understands that his youngest daughter is not wired to live the life of a traditional noblewoman.
Perhaps she smiles, not because Nymeria slips away, but because for the first time in a long time she remembered the love of her father and not the hatred that came along with his beheading. She knows that she is finally ready to go HOME. It was great to see Arya’s baker buddy – Hot Pie!
Self-Survival and Self-Pity
That’s one way to hit the Targaryen Army hard! The vicious showdown between the two halves of the House Greyjoy is yet another gruesome act from the uncle who is known to show absolutely no mercy toward his enemies. The last scene of the second episode also highlighted the insecurities and pain that Theon Greyjoy has been hiding so far. His torture at the hands of Ramsay has left him a different man altogether. In fact, at the end of the episode it seems like all worthy contenders for the Iron Throne don’t come with penises.
Powerful Quotes from Season 7, Episode 2 Stormborn
“I always thought this would be a homecoming. Doesn’t feel like home.” — Daenerys Targaryen
“Tyrion’s not like the other Lannisters.” — Sansa Stark
“If they can be wounded, they can be killed.” — Qyburn
“The Lords of Westeros are a sheep. Are you a sheep? Never. You’re a dragon. Be a dragon.” – Olenna Tyrell
“I never wanted it. I never asked for it. I accepted it because the North is my home. I will never stop fighting for it, no matter the odds.” — Jon Snow
The Queen’s Justice – the third episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 airs July 30 at 9 p.m. on HBO.