Fans this Sunday were given a treat as we reached almost the halfway point of the new season of Game of Thrones. While many fan theories have started coming true, most of them have fallen apart and the season isn’t progressing as we had expected it to.
The war between Cersei and Daenerys had started officially in the last episode, and it just went a step further. While the Lannisters have the upper hand, it is yet to be seen how the season fares out to be after the recent developments.
Here are five major talking points from the recent Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3:
1 And the casualties continue
We had already witnessed the death of two of the Sand Snakes in the previous episode, and this episode continued the death row with Cersei killing Ellaria’s last daughter out of revenge – by giving her the same poison kiss which Ellaria gave to Cersei’s daughter Myrcella. Also, actress Indira Verma confirmed that this will be the last appearance of Ellaria Sand on screen as well. The show ends with the death of Olenna Tyrell in the most savage way possible, who tells Jamie in her dying breaths that she was the one who poisoned Joffrey and asks him to “tell Cersei, it was me.”
2 The tables have turned
After the support of two great houses, the Dothraki and the Unsullied and the three dragons, you wouldn’t imagine much to go wrong for Daenerys. This season has been a tactical nightmare for the armies of Dany, as she has been outsmarted by Cersei every time. Tyrion is a great battle advisor but just cannot get the better of his siblings. With the Lannister army abandoning their home at Casterly Rock to instead conquer Highgarden and the Unsullied then being isolated by the fleet of Euron Greyjoy, Daenerys has lost a big percentage of her army and allies. Time to bring in the three dragons, I guess?
3 You okay Bran?
Only in Game of Thrones does a boy change so drastically that he starts to discuss with his sister how she was raped by Ramsey Bolton. Bran is indeed the three-eyed raven now, and will surely play a huge part in the upcoming long night, as he knows many things that others don’t, for instance, Jon Snow’s true parentage. It also seems pretty clear that he won’t have much of a part as of now since we are focused on the development in Westeros and not what has been going on beyond the wall. But still… Reminding Sansa how she got molested by Ramsey? Not cool, Bran.
4 What does Littlefinger want?
The entire series of Game of Thrones, in my personal opinion, is operated by two masterminds – Petyr Baelish and Varys. And while Varys has made clear his intentions of supporting Dany, it is what Baelish wants that has become hidden in a shroud of suspense. We know that his demands have been somewhat unclear for a long time now, and for some reason, he is still up there in Winterfell. Knowing the strength of the Lannisters and the Targaryen armies, he is still holding his cards close and being loyal to Jon Snow and House Stark. But he isn’t the person who will be sitting quietly for long, and we just might see him pull another trick from his sleeve.
5 Jon Snow and Daenerys
For something that was anticipated for so long, these two didn’t have a good start. Calm all the marriage and sex rumors for the moment, Jon and Dany aren’t even close to being allies yet. Jon refuses to bend the knee to Dany, maintaining his position as the King in the North. Daenerys warns Jon that by saying this, he is in open rebellion against the crown.
Both have their own motives – Jon wants the Dragonglass and the support of the three dragons, while Daenerys wants an army that will support her in taking back the Iron Throne. Both of them have problems with each other’s ancestors, and it is not all sugar and spice right now. But they both know they need each other – Dany knows she is losing and Jon knows that the White Walkers are getting closer.
The books are a song of Ice and Fire – and as Melissandre says, she brought the ice and fire together by making them meet. They will, and must, eventually figure out a way to work things out, and the union of the two Targaryens will most likely require the help of another (rumored) Targaryen, Tyrion.