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‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: “Stormborn”

Kyra Power ’19 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Spoiler Warning: This recap contains spoilers for episode 2 of Game of Thrones season 7.

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) ended last week asking, “Shall we begin?” and let’s just say, Game of Thrones began. Drama in the North, drama in the South, and drama on Dragonstone. This episode seemed to cover a span of months sped through the build-up to what we can hope will be some great reunions and meet-ups.

So, there are couple major things we need to address. Number one: Arya (Maisie Williams) is going home. Plus, that surprise Hot Pie reunion. Honestly, I’m so happy it’s Hot Pie that tells her that Jon (Kit Harrington) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) are at Winterfell, and the rendition of “Goodbye Brother” that plays when she turns North is beautiful. This episode also blessed us with an Arya-Nymeria reunion, I think. After last episode, when Arya was hanging round by the inn again, rumors of a Nymeria return were at a high. And, it seems like she did return. The moment Arya’s horse starts to freak out, I was waiting for the wolves to pop up. After a beautiful little speech from Arya telling Nymeria she’s going home, Nymeria turns and walks away and Arya says, That’s not you.” And what’s that supposed to mean? Are we supposed to believe that was a fake reunion?

Maisie Williams as Arya in ‘Game of Thrones’. Photo courtesy of HBO.

Number two, drama in the North. Okay, this needs to be said: what is up with Jon’s town hall style meetings where everyone is invited to speak their mind? One, where do all these lords and ladies sleep? Why aren’t they home ruling their people? And two, Jon is a king, not some democratic ruler. And Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) just leaning against the wall and smirking, are they just using the same reactions from “Winds of Winter” over and over? Last episode, there was a very public Jon v. Sansa showdown where she warned him not to ride to Dragonstone to see Dany. But, plot twist, he is going and guess who he’s leaving in charge? That’s right, Sansa Stark. But the drama does not stop there: Jon and Littlefinger share their first conversation while in the crypts of Winterfell where Littlefinger mentions how, you know, he’s just casually in love with Sansa. For a brief moment, I thought my hopes and dreams of Sansa murdering Littlefinger were going to be ruined by Jon as he strangled Littlefinger, but it was just a warning strangle. If Littlefinger touches Sansa, though, Jon will kill him. Jon, have you not been listening to your sister? She can protect herself and kill her own people.

Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in ‘Game of Thrones’. Photo courtesy of HBO.

Third, Sam (John Bradley) disobeys orders again (is this becoming a thing?). He performs a really disgustingly graphic procedure on Jorah (Iain Glen). Shoutout to Sam for trying experimental medicine! As much as Jorah bores me, I do hope Sam cures him and isn’t expelled from the Citadel because Samwell Tarly is the one truly good person in this show.

But the most intense part of the episode came quite unexpectedly at the end. Following Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) advice, Dany sends Yara (Gemma Whelan) to escort the Dornish people towards King’s Landing. Their journey is interrupted by crazy Uncle Euron (Pilou Asbaek) and his fleet. It’s a great battle scene on burning ships. But again, the end is confusing. Obara and Nym die (R.I.P. sand snakes plotline), and Euron gets a hold of Yara, knife to her throat. He tells Theon to come and save her, but Theon can’t deal with the battle and jumps into the water (can someone give Alfie Allen an Emmy already?! He’s fantastic). Season 6 sort of brushed past the fact that Theon had been tortured for years at the hands of Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) and you can call him a coward all you want, but this scene was important in showing that he has not escaped what was done to him. The next cut shows a woman’s body hanging from the ship, but no close-up. Is it Yara? Or, did he take her as his gift to Cersei (Lena Headey)? And what is Theon going to do now that he’s floating in the middle of the ocean?

Lena Headey as Cersei in ‘Game of Thrones’. Photo courtesy of HBO.

Other fun plot points: Cersei now has a giant dragon-killing spear, plus possibly some new supporters. Missandei (Nathelie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) are literally goals (plus, a nice throwback to the early-season, graphic sex scene style that launched GoT to fame), Melisandre (Carice van Houten) is now on Team Dany, but causally doesn’t mention that she brought Jon Snow back to life. Varys (Conleth Hill) has a semi-overdramatic speech about why he pledged allegiance to Dany, and as always Grandma Tyrell (Dianna Rigg) has some wise words of wisdom: don’t listen to clever men.

With Daenerys’ plan of a peaceful takeover in ruin, will she have to turn to fire and blood? I know the seasons are shorter and the plot needs to move forward, but how fast is it going to go? Most likely, months passed over the course of this episode alone in most of the plotlines. Where everyone is in each timeline is getting confusing. If Arya makes it to Winterfell (that’s not a lot to ask for, please let her make it to Winterfell) will she get to see Jon? Probably not. But, at the rate the show is going we will probably find out next episode.  

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  1. I think the “It’s not you” comment to Nymeria meant that what Area had just described (about going back to Winterfell) is no longer what Nymeria needs. She’s a free spirit now.

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