This post contains spoilers for Season 7 Episode 2 Stormborn, Game of Thrones
Top 3 Moments In ‘Stormborn’
It’s Thursday and we are back bringing you the top three moments of Stormborn, the second episode of season 7 Game of Thrones. Every Thursday I will post the top three moments from the previous weeks episode so keep checking back.
The pace kicked up a notch with this second episode and we get our first battle sequence. This episode still mainly acts as a build up episode so we get views into everyone’s plan for the upcoming war over In the South. It was a little harder to decide this time what moments made the top 3 list. One surprising scene that did not make it was Sam the Slayer’s painful and impromptu grey scale treatment on Jorah. This type of treatment is highly taboo to the maesters and has only been successfully completed twice. It involves removing the current greyscale and applying an ointment to the area.
(dragonglass ointment maybe?)
The big question is, will Sam be kicked out of the Citadel like Qyburn was or will he be rewarded? We will probably get some kind of big event in the 3rd or 4th episode this season since the only major event so far has been the capture of Yara and the Sand Snakes. Let’s see what made the top 3 moments in Stormborn.
1. Jon Snow Starts Acting Like A King
“You all crowned me your king.
I never wanted it.
I never asked for it.
But I accepted it because the North is my home.
It’s part of me, and I will never stop fighting for it, no matter the odds.”
I mean, he has a point.
Kit Harington is doing a great job with Jon Snow’s character this season. He definitely seems like a more mature character. The North as it is right now would be slaughtered by the White Walkers and the Night King so they need allies and unconventional means of warfare. Dragons seem to satisfy both those needs but they need to be in the North to be able to help out. Even after the Northern lords protest, Jon tells his subjects he will head to Dragonstone to try to gain the alliance of Daenerys Targaryen.
I wonder if they will parallel the whole Cersei and Euron scene and include some sort of gift or deed for him to gain her help in the North.
Right before Jon is about to leave with Davos he makes a quick stop at the Winterfell Crypts to pay respect to his ancestors. While in the crypts he gets surprised by the one and only Littlefinger.
Littlefinger used a sword once before against a Stark and it did not end well. Since then he mainly uses words and cash to defeat his enemies. Before Jon can even speak Littlefinger brings up Ned, Ned’s death, Catelyn, Baelish’s Love for Catelyn, and Catelyn’s hate for Jon Snow. Talk about throwing everything you have at someone. Jon tells him “you don’t belong down here” and starts to walk away. As Jon’s walking away Littlefinger opens his big mouth and tells Jon that he should be thankful to him for saving him at the Battle of the Bastards and that he loves Sansa as he did Catelyn.
Jon’s not having any of it!
The last thing anyone wants to see is Littlefinger, Warden of the North. I predict that Littlefinger will try something with Sansa while Jon is away and Sansa will take care of Littlefinger all by herself.
Jon is the first person to put Sansa in a position of power and better yet in her home castle. I think by doing this infront of everyone he solidified his unity with her and has her full trust and support. People keep complaining about her speaking out during the meetings but other Northern lords are speaking out as well so she should be able to. I doubt we will see any kind of betrayal from her.
2. Euron Greyjoy Becomes A Real Villain
I was a little worried about Euron Greyjoy last episode. We know from the book and the released chapters from TWOW that he is a pretty evil guy that has no influence at all from gold or riches. In his first meeting with Cersei it seemed like he was more concerned with V neck tees and makeup then actual villainous acts. Up until this point we haven’t seen very much of him but at the end of last week’s episode we see his true colors and they are dark.
We get the best naval battle that Game of Thrones has filmed in this last episode. It has been a great change that the show runners moved away from the flash-forward battle scenes in season 1 and the fights just keep getting better and better. Euron successfully surprises Yara and Theon as they are escorting the Sand Snakes back to Dorne. The surprise attack is successful and he captures Ellaria Sand and Yara Greyjoy while killing a few Sand Snakes in the process.
This was a very grey scene because although we love Yara and maybe Theon, I think most of us were happy to see the downfall of the Sand Snakes.
The Dorne plot line in the show becomes terrible after the death of Oberyn. I loved Oberyn’s character. Oberyn never had to fight the Mountain but his choices end up getting him killed (he could of ended the Mountain very early in the fight and would of stayed alive if he took it easy on the showboating). So because he willingly volunteered and died in a trial by combat, Ellaria takes it upon herself to assassinate a bunch of her family members in retaliation for Doran not going to war in Oberyn’s name. Thats pretty selfish and psychotic.
Lets take a look at their victims:
Myrcella Lannister: Innocent teenage girl that is poisoned.
Doran Martell: Wheelchair bound King that is trying to protect his people.
Trystane Martell: Innocent teenage son of Doran and heir to Dorne. Stabbed in the back.
Areo Hotah: Loyal bodyguard to Doran. Stabbed in the back.
*Bronn: Very close near death experience at the hands of the Sand Snakes due to poison.
It wouldn’t be half as bad if they actually killed people in an actual fight. This treacherous behavior directly causes the Sand Snakes downfall because Tyrion sends them home to Dorne as he does not trust them, putting them directly into Euron’s line of sight. The book is a lot different than the show but this is how things turned out and they turned out bad. Some people were upset, but if your not looking at the show and book as two completely different stories by now then there is no hope for you.
Two Sand Snakes down, two more to go.
3. Arya Meandering Through The Riverlands
Arya cant seem to get enough of the Riverlands since she left Bravos last season but so far so good. Slaughtering an entire house makes a girl thirsty so what better place to replenish lost stores than the Inn of the Kneeling Man. This is where we left Hotpie to hone his baking skills.
A – “Mm. This is good.”
H – “You think so? The secret is browning the butter before making the dough.
Most people don’t do that ’cause it takes up too much time.”
A – “Mm, I didn’t do that.”
H – “You’ve been making pies?”
A – “One or two.”
After feasting on some pie and ale and some chit chat with Hotpie, we see Arya headed through the woods and she stumbles upon a long lost friend.
Now if you remember all the way back to season 1 episode 2 you remember Arya has to shoo Nymeria away. Heres a quick recap.
This is a heart breaking moment but it had to be done to save Nymeria’s life. Sansa could of handled the whole Joffrey being a dick situation a lot better but hey she was still young. R.I.P. Lady Stark
Now guess whose back and fully grown just 60 episodes later?
Nymeria is huge now and the alpha female of a large wolfpack! This was one of my favorite reunion scenes. I am so relieved we did not get the mushy run into my arms kind of deal with them. That would be very unrealistic for the show since it doesn’t include any concrete warging abilities with the Stark kids.
Looking at the situation we can tell the other wolfs are just waiting for their pack leader to investigate, make a decision, and hopefully get some dinner. Nymeria can’t show weakness infront of her pack and she obviously still cares about Arya so she does the next best thing and diffuses the situation. I bet you this is not the last time we see Nymeria with her pack and she will appear at some point to save Arya or the Starks.
Here is a quote from D.B. Weiss about the encounter.
“Arya’s not domesticated and it makes total sense that her wolf wouldn’t be either. And once the wolf walks away, at first she’s heartbroken to have come this close,” said Weiss. “Then she realizes that the wolf is doing exactly what she would do if she were that wolf.”
That’s the top 3. I could of easily included some other moments but hey I can only pick 3. Keep an eye out next week for another Top 3 moments in the third episode of season 7, Game of Thrones. Thanks for checking it out. Comment and let me know some of your favorite moments or predictions for the rest of the season.
*Direwolf news: They filmed a Jon saying goodbye to ghost scene that did not make the final cut for the episode. That makes Ghosts’s current status as at home in Winterfell and safe. We would of had 2 direwolfs included with those bunches of other wolfs all in one episode!
Bonus: Theon Greyjoy
Theon. Theon… Theon
Was it smart for him to not get himself murdered or taken hostage? It sure was. They did a great job capturing Theon’s PTSD symptoms and him looking around seeing everyone’s tongue being cut out. If anything he overcame his past by acting quickly and jumping off the side. He was slicing up some of Euron’s men pretty good as well so it seems like they want us to know he remembers how to use a sword. All of this is new behavior from him this season so we will see where he ends up (insert humerous Gendry joke here).
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