This post contains spoilers for Season 7 Episode 4 The Spoils of War, Game of Thrones
Top 3 Moments In ‘The Spoils Of War’
This episode could have easily been named ‘The Spoilers of War”. There was two separate hacks; a huge data hack at HBO headquarters and another smaller hack in India that released this past week’s episode two days early. Is any show safe anymore? Too bad this did not happen to one of the first three episodes because things really took off with this fourth one and it was awesome.
No longer just building up we hit some mid-season action this week. This week’s episode is the shortest one in the Game of Thrones series and runs a whopping total of 50 minutes. Mainly split between the Starks in the North and the war in the South we get a heavy dose of emotions and a whole lot of action with another battle sequence.
Every week during the premier of the seventh season I will post the top three moments from the previous weeks episode so keep checking back!
Let’s take a look at what made the list this week.
1. The Field Of Fire #2
Also called the Battle of Tumbleton, we get to see the first major field battle involving our fully grown dragons and they did not let down. HBO did an amazing job capturing the real power a dragon could provide on the battlefield. As the Lannister’s army gazed upon creatures that haven’t been alive in over 250 years, they were rammed by Dany’s Dothraki horde.
This was not the first time a one-sided battle versus dragons was fought in roughly the same area. Around 283 years ago in the first Field of Fire, Aegon I Targaryen defeated House Gardener by utilizing his three dragons Balerion, Meraxes, and Vhagar when he conquered Westeros. 4000 men burned alive and because of this victory House Gardener became extinct and the Tyrells rose in their place.
One thing that was strategically dumb was the targeting of the supply train over the Lannister soldiers. Those wagons never hurt anyone and it seemed like Drogon had a personal vendetta against them. There is already a shortage of food in the Seven Kingdoms so they are going to need to save whatever food they can find.
Bronn is also a ruthless mother fucker. No other way to describe him. He even ditched the gold! He must have figured he would get even more gold for taking down a dragon.
2. Arya Returns Home
Watching this episode made me realize how great it is to see the Stark kids back together. Arya is fitting in pretty well back at Winterfell but she does have an unnerving psycho killer vibe going on. She is doing a good job of masking her faceless man influence by turning most of her statements into jokes. At least no one can say she’s a liar.
Another interesting thing is no one seems to mention or talk about Jon’s death and resurrection. From dialogue in season six we get reference that Sansa and Brienne know what happened but other than that, not a single word. So them two know, the Night’s Watch knows, Melisandre knows, and the entire Wilding army knows. Am I missing anyone else? It would of had to leak out and spread by now.
We also get this great line from Sansa to Arya in the crypts below Winterfell.
Sansa – “I hope he comes back soon. I remember how happy he was to see me. When he sees you, his heart will probably stop.”
I can not wait for Jon and Arya’s reunion. I have a sneaking suspicion that they wont see each other until season eight and that Jon will make a detour to Eastwatch instead of making it back to Winterfell. He has all the Dragonglass and since everyone is convinced the White Walkers are walking on the water by Eastwatch from the intro, it seems likely.
3. Bran Is No Longer Bran
We get confirmation this Bran is no longer Bran in this last episode. Well kind of. He’s still Bran but that’s no longer important. Bran is just a small spec in the grand scheme of everything and this person is now the official Three Eyed Raven. Lets recap and see when the change took place.
During the episode The Door last season, the cave that Bran and the children are in get invaded by the Night King and his army of wights. This occurs because Bran enters the weirwood net by himself and gets marked by the Night King which disables the magic protecting the cave or something like that.
Once the Three-Eye Raven wakes him they have an exchange and discover that Bran is definitely not ready:
Bran: I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to.
Three-Eyed Raven: The time has come.
Bran: The time for what?
Three-Eyed Raven: For you to become me.
Bran: But am I ready?
Three-Eyed Raven: No.
After this the Three-Eyed Raven shows Bran a vision of when his father was young and this is when Bran wargs Hodor to hold the door shut so he and Meera can escape from the cave.
After Bran and Meera flee the cave, undead Benjen Stark picks them up and delivers them to the wall.
Before crossing Bran wants to connect to a weirwood tree for the first time as the new Three-Eyed Raven. Meera knew that a change would take place and hesitantly asks Bran if he thinks he is ready.
Bran responds with: “I’m the Three-Eyed Raven now. I have to be ready for this.”
He connects to the weirwood and we see the Tower of Joy scene with baby Jon Snow. From this point on we get the new callous Bran. Here is what the actor that plays Bran had to say about the transformation.
“It’s like imagining you have all of space and time in your head,” he said. “Bran is existing in thousands of planes of existence at any one time. So it’s quite difficult for Bran to have any kind of semblance of personality anymore because he’s really like a giant computer.” – Isaac Hempstead
So is Bran the main server or is he one server apart of a much bigger server network? I will not try to get anymore philosophical.
Bran’s goodbye scene with Meera was pretty tearful. Meera is one of my favorite characters on Game of Thrones and she deserves better. I wonder if we will ever see her again or if this cold hearted goodbye will be the end. Speaking of this has anyone heard from her father yet? He is still MIA.
I am also wondering if Bran knows to what extent Littlefinger betrayed the Starks. His “Chaos is a ladder.” quip means he should know what went down at King’s Landing with Ned. Littlefinger is in way over his head between Bran and Arya and I foresee his death very soon.
Well that’s it. After a crazy spoiler filled week we finish up the middle of season seven with an episode that easily ranks as the best this season. Jamie’s character is headed into a dark area of no return so we shall see what transpires when he resurfaces from that lake. His armor looked pretty heavy but if they wanted him dead he would have died in Dragonfire. I was really surprised no major characters died this episode. It would have been a great time for Bronn or Rickon.. I mean Dickon to perish. We end up loosing sight of Randyll Tarly so the status of Horn Hill is still unknown. Only three episodes left until we begin the long wait for season eight Game of Thrones and The Winds of Winter.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check back next week for the Top 3 Moments. What were some of your favorite parts of the battle? Do you think Jon will make it back to Winterfell this season? What do you think the status of Jamie, Bronn, and Drogon is?
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