Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War
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Welcome to another episode of Game of Thrones, which we’re sure that you didn’t pirate early at all.

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen episode 4 stop reading now, or you’ll regret it. ‘I’ve waited a week for this and I can’t believe you’ve ruined it, you monster’ regret. No one likes regret. So, stop thinking about it and just book a Mustang test drive already.

For only the second time this season we don’t find ourselves in Dragonstone at the top of the episode. Instead, a Lannister entourage is heading away from Highgarden.

We hear Jaime call for a wagon to be stopped so he can have a peek inside. It is full of treasure. He pulls out a Scrooge McDuck sized sack of gold and thrusts it at Bronn.

The sellsword calls him out for being a bit of a moody bitch, and correctly surmises that, “Queen of Thorns [gave] you one last prick in the balls before saying goodbye?”

Speaking of whinging, Bronn still wants the castle that he was promised. There’s some talk of upkeep, the recent riches they acquired and how all the money is going to the Iron Bank. Because Lannisters always pay their debts.

Bronn — “Just not to me.”


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Jaime continues to call Bronn basic for getting stroppy when he’s just been handed a fat stack of gold. Also, he can have whatever castle he wants once the war is won.

  • Bronn — “Yes I’m sure Queen Cersei’s reigh will be quiet and peaceful.”
  • Jaime — “Lolz.”

The shade party is broken up when some riders appear to discuss food being taken from the local storehouses. Jaime decides Bronn would be very talented at convincing farmers to hand their food over in a speedy fashion.

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Back in King’s Landing, The Iron Accountant is impressed at the speedy loan repayment, but some of his constituents at the Iron Bank ar rather sad at the prospect of no-more Lannister interest repayments.

Fortunately for them, Cersei needs money for armies and ships. Also Qyburn has been in talks with The Golden Company in Essos. The Iron Accountant knows these people, as they have helped him recover money from people who have fallen into arrears.

Yeah, the word ‘arrears’ just got dropped. Apparently we’re watching Game of Loans now.

As it happens, Cersei would like them to help recover something that belongs to her. He’s absolutely down with that, just as soon as the gold arrives from Highgarden. Foreshadowing!?

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War‘I love money!’ Image: HBO / Game of Thrones

Speaking of which, cut to a dark room. Littlefinger hands Bran a dagger, saying it came from the man who almost killed him, but Catelyn stepped in.

He waxes rhapsodic about how he would have stopped the dagger that then killed her with his own heart if he had been there. But instead he will protect her children. And try to marry one of them. Considering that Three-Eyed Bran knows everything now, this ought to be good.

After some talk surrounding who owned the dagger, Littlefinger laments what the young Stark has been through, and the chaos he came home to.

  • Bran — “Chaos is a ladder.”
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Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War‘Ffffffuuuuuuu…’ Image: HBO / Game of Thrones


Meera enters to break up the stink-eye-athon. Littlefinger calls Bran Lord Stark. Bran says he’s not Lord Stark. Same old, same old.

Once they’re alone, Bran reveals that she’s leaving because she needs to be with her family and he’s pretty safe now. He doesn’t need anyone anymore. Bran concurs and she is pretty pissed. A bunch of people died for him and he doesn’t seem to care.

He says that he’s not really Bran anymore. He remembers what it felt like to be Brandon Stark, but he remembers so much more now. He’s basically transformed into that one mate who became insufferably smug when they discovered Yoga and became vegan.

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Meanwhile, Arya finally returns home.

Unsurprisingly, the guards don’t believe she is who she says she is. She tries to convince them by name dropping Maester Luwin and the old master of arms, Rodrik, but they’ve never heard of them.

After a failed swing in her direction, she finally utilises fear to talk her way in. The pair argue over who will tell Sansa of her arrival, while Arya looks around lovingly. By the time they turn back around she has already hightailed.

Cut to them trying to explain their ineptitude to their Lady. She doesn’t seem to give a toss until they mention the name dropping. She knows where she is.

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We see Arya standing in the Stark crypt, looking at her fathers carving. She hears Sansa approaching and in classic little-sister style, asks if she has to call her Lady Stark now.

There is smiling and hugging. Arya says she needs to get better guards and that being Lady Stark suits her. Sansa says that Jon’s heart will stop when he sees her.

They discuss their father and Arya asks if Sansa killed Joffrey. She also reveals her murder list, which Sansa clearly thinks is a joke.

In a particularly sweet moment, they both divulge how neither of their journeys back to Winterfell were pleasant, but that their stories aren’t over yet. It’s perfectly indicative of the entire scene. I like how these two have grown up. I hope that despite their differences they will remain close from here on out.

Sansa also reveals that Bran is home. Arya looks really excited until she sees the look on her sister’s face.

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The two head to Godswood where they find their brother. It’s a good thing we had that previous Bran scene, otherwise I would have assumed he was still stuck out there from last week.

He’s sitting there staring, which we can all agree is #OnBran these days.

“You came home.”

Well spotted, Three-Eyed Bran.

Sansa reveals how Bran has visions. For example, he told her how hot she looked in her wedding dress, rather than tell her Arya was coming. Or even alive. He says that he saw her at the crossroads and thought she might head to King’s Landing, since Cersei is on her hit list and all.

Yeah lol Sansa, she wasn’t joking about that. She asks who else is on the list and Arya reveals that most are dead already. Sansa seems into it.

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Bran busts out the Littelfinger dagger. Arya is surprised he is in Winterfell.

Arya asks why a cuthroat would have a Valerian steel dagger? “Someone very wealthy wanted me dead,” Bran quips.

Mate you can say the name. You allegedly know everything.

Sansa is freaked by all this. Littlefinger always be scheming so he must want something. Bran DGAF and gives the dagger to Arya.

The siblings head back into the castle. Brienne watches with pride. Podrick says Catelyn would be proud and that she kept her vow. Meanwhile Littlefinger watches from above.


  • Bran — “I can see everything that has ever happened”
  • Arya — “I have a murder list”
  • Sansa — “WTF is actually going on?”

Over at Dragonstone, Missandei is worried that “The Unsullied” haven’t called or texted yet.

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Dany gets it and asks what happened.

  • Missandei — “Many Things”
  • Dany’s Face — “Damn girl, tell me everything”

Of course, Jon appears like a Reverse Homer GIF to interrupt the goss session.

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“Oh hey guys, what’s going on?”

The three walk across the beach to a cave opening. Jon says he wanted her to see it before they started hacking into it. The dragonglass is beautiful and Dany looks around in wonder.

  • Jon — “There’s something else I wanted to show you, Your Grace”
  • Shippers — “YEAH THERE IS”
  • Dany — “Can we hurry this up? I’m all about Missandei’s slam sesh right now”

Jon and Dany enter a section of the cave that is decorated with intricate carvings created by the Children of the Forest.

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War‘I look super good in this light’ Image: HBO / Game of Thrones

Some of the drawings show the Children and the First Men fighting against a common enemy. You guessed it — White Walkers.

Enter a lazy analogy about how they worked together despite their differences.

The pair talk about how Jon needs Dany to win. She says she will help him… when he bends the knee. And that the survival of his people needs to be more important than his pride.

Pot. Kettle. Black.

They leave the cave to find Tyrion and Varys waiting. Also Ser Thirstos was there the whole time? I presume he was trying to find Missandei so he could to her awkwardly at her about the weather.

Her advisers bring the good news of Casterly Rock. Dany is all “Wooooo” but from the looks on their faces things are decidedly not “Woo”.

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Dany is angry that her allies are getting their arses handed to them while she chills in her castle. Despite having the biggest army Cersei has taken all the food from Highgarden, so she can’t feed them.

She also has a go at Tyrion because his plans lost them Dorne, The Iron Islands and The Reach. She thinks this may have been intentional.

She’s done with clever plans and decides to fly her dragons to the Red Keep.

  • Dany — “My enemies are in the Red Keep. What kind of queen am I if I’m not willing to risk my life to fight them?”
  • Tyrion — “A smart one.”
  • Dany’s Face — “I will END you”
Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War‘I will crush you with my mind’ Image: HBO / Game of Thrones
Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War‘Please don’t hurt me’ Image: HBO / Game of Thrones


She asks Jon’s advice.

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War‘Oh God please don’t ask me’ Image: HBO / Game of Thrones

He says that she made an seemingly impossible thing happen bringing dragons back. Perhaps her followers will also believe she can build a world better than the one the have known. But that melting castles and burning cities may not be the best way of showing that. He basically dragon-shames her to say it wouldn’t make her any different to previous rulers.

Back in Winterfell, Brienne is sparring with Podrick and Arya wants some of the action.

Brienne digs on her sword and dagger and eventually agrees to train with her after Arya reminds her that she swore to serve BOTH of Catelyn’s daughters.

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War‘Oh my God, I love your dagger, where did you get it?’ Image: HBO / Game of Thrones

She acquiesces.

  • Brienne — “Your sword is took small.”
  • Arya — “Lol.”

Sansa watches on above and looks a little perturbed by the whole thing. Meanwhile, Littlefinger seems to love her discomfort. As a classic manipulator, it’s important that he isolates her from her support network.

Arya does a great job of dodging Brienne’s attacks and getting a few good hits in herself. Podrick looks like all of his dreams are coming true.

After a genuinely fun-to-watch sparring match, Brienne is all admiration. She asks who taught her to do that.

“No one.”

Arya stares Littlefinger down in the meantime. He bows and walks off. And now all I want is for Brienne, Podrick and Arya to tool around Westeros solving mysteries together.

Meanwhile, Thirstos and Jon are having their own gossip session About Dany.

  • Jons — “She has a good heart.”
  • Thirstos — “I’ve noticed you staring at her good heart.”


Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War‘Jon and Dany sitting in a tree…’ Image: HBO / Game of Thrones

Jon quickly changes the subject to the Night King who has apparently seen with his own eyes. You don’t say, Jon!?

Thirstos spots Missandei, who looks like she wants to throw herself off the side of the castle.

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She asks about Jon’s name being different to his father’s. Apparently marriage doesn’t exist in Naath. Thirstos thinks this is all very modern and wonders what time A Current Affair is on.

Jon asks about why Missandei left and she explains about being stolen by slave traders. He is lovely and apologetic while Thirstos immediately refers to her as a slave girl. She explains how Dany bought her and set her free and he proceeds to point out that she is still serving. Jesus, is he actually attempting to neg her right now?

Missandei isn’t buying it. She could leave tomorrow if she wanted to and Dany would wish her well. Clearly, this conversation links back to the side quest that Tyrion gave Jon last episode — to find out what Dany’s followers think of her.

  • Missandei — “She isn’t our queen because she is the daughter of some king we never knew. She’s the queen we chose.”
  • Thirstos to Jon — “Will you forgive me if I switch sides?”

Honey, she’s just not that into you.

It’s okay though, because she is saved by a Greyjoy ship sailing in. On the beach, Theon helps carry a boat to the shore and spots Jon.

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After being all “Oh Heeeeeeeey, is Sansa okay and stuff,” Jon declares Sansa is the only reason he isn’t killing Theon dead right now.

Basically old mate is there to ask the queen to help get Yara back. But sadly, the queen is gone.

Cut to Jaime and Bronn in what appears to be Westworld.

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of War‘Did we wander onto the wrong set?’ Image: HBO / Game of Thrones

Lord Tarly reports that the gold has safely made it to King’s Landing. But they still need to get the wagons over Blackwater Rush before nightfall. In case of an ambush. Foreshadowing!

Tarly wants to whip the stragglers. Jaime is all, “Calm down, my dude.”

Oh look Dickon is back! I guess he random introduction a few episodes back wasn’t so odd and random. Bronn thinks his name is as funny as we do. As it turns out, it was his first fight. Since daddy isn’t around, he admits he wasn’t that chill with it.

“Men shit themselves when they die, didn’t they teach you that at Fancy Lad School?”

Never change, Bronn.

But that’s enough of the literal shits and giggles There’s rumbling on the horizon.

Jaime, Bronn and Lord Tarly get their armies in line for the impending attack. The camera keeps cutting back to Dickon, which tells me this may not end well for him.

The army steels itself as the Dothraki let out there war cries, still out of view. The tension building is actually amazing.

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Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: The Spoils Of WarImage: HBO / Game of Thrones


Bronn tells Jaime to go back to King’s Landing because they’re about to get swamped. Jaime thinks they’re all good though… and then they hear the dragon roar. Yep, Dany is riding Drogon. And with a simple “Dracarys” in the ear, a bunch of Lannister soldiers get roasted.

Everything basically goes to hell after this. The Lannister/Tarly lines are broken relatively easy in the chaos, the normal archers are superfluous against the dragon and even the unbridled horses are like, “I’m out!”

Dany begins targeting the supply wagons next, as Jaime orders Bronn to go get their secret weapon. Just as he rides off jaime nearly gets capped by a Dothraki solsider, but Dickon saves him. Maybe this character us more important than I thought.

Bronn manages to get hunted by a Dothraki and loses his bag of gold in the process. It looks dicey for awhile, but he manages to take him out with the giant crossbow just in time.

Meanwhile, Tyrion and some Dothraki overlook the battle. The later throws some shade about how Westerosi can’t fight.

While Jaime looks around at the carnage in horror, Bronn manages to land a serious shot on Drogon. After flapping and burning about for awhile, he lands and Dany tries to get the giant arrow out.

Jaime spots a spear and clearly intends to use it. Tyrion watches his brother and whispers for him to flee.

Jaime rides towards Dany, just as he gets close, Drogon shields her with his head and bares his teeth before letting out a mighty breath of fire. Just as we think the Kingslayer is finally done for, Bronn crash tackles Jaime into a convenient body of water.

The last image we’re left with is Jaime sinking in a very Jack Dawson manner. Will he survive? Probably. But we won’t know for sure until next week. For now, let’s be thankful that we got the best action Game of Thrones action season all season.

We’ve waited a long time for Dany to let her dragons loose across Westeros and I for one am not disappointed. Was it the right move to go against her advisers advice? Maybe. But regardless of the outcome it was an incredible site to see.

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Additional Thoughts

Just a few things swirling in my head.

  • Who is looking after The Eyrie while Littlefinger is in Winterfell? Surely Robin Arryn hasn’t been left to his own devices?
  • If Bran knows everything, why isn’t he giving his family the down low on information that pertains to them? Is he too busy seeing the past, present and future of Farmer Fred down the street?
  • Would Dany bend the knee if someone with a better claim to the throne appeared? Like, if Jon turns out to be the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen? Or if Rhaegar himself wasn’t dead (there are some who theorise this). I really think not.
  • Why was Dany targeting the Lannister food supplies when she needs them for her own armies? There’s really no logical need for a literal scorched earth policy here.
  • I wonder what The Hound, Thoric and Beric are up to? We haven’t seen them for a few episodes and all three are on Arya’s Murder List. Will she have the opportunity to kill three birds with one stone?
  • Speaking of which, Sansa seemed awfully interested in Arya’s list. Maybe she’s hatching a plan there?
  • What is the point of Three-Eyed Bran right now? He said earlier in the season that he needs to learn more. Is he actually doing that sitting around the Godswood all day? And what will his eventual learnings accomplish?
  • I really want Littlefinger to also get on with it. Does he even have a plan other than ‘try not to make Sansa projectile vomit’ at the moment.

That’s enough violence, flirting and scheming for one day. It’s time to stop thinking and start driving. Book your Mustang test drive today.

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  • Bless that sweet currently unemployed Indian who leaked this episode early.

    Also this season is already half way done. Was it worth the wait? Eh….

    • Yeah I realised after we published that we’re halfway there, and perhaps even living on a prayer. It”s crazy.

      I dunno, I’ve been enjoying the season but I get what you mean. I’m mostly keen on so many of the characters coming together. Let’s hope some interesting stuff happens with it.

      • Not sure why you got downvoted for this comment, so have a free upvote, on the house.

    • We thank you unnamed Indian person who sacrificed themselves so we might get GOT early.. We understand you are now both sad and probably unemployed.

  • Well this was the only episode since the battle of the bastards that I actually enjoyed all the way through, so that’s nice. It’s strange to be reminded that when the GoT team stick on cuts for longer than a second and actually organise some choreography they’re actually really talented (I’m not really talking about the final scenes, although those were nice too, but the sparring between Brienne and Arya was maybe the best 1v1 in the show since it began, and it’s a damn training exercise).

    I’ve nearly stopped watching GoT on a fair few occasions ever since they introduced and immediately ruined the Sand Snakes (probably my favourite characters in the books at that point) and every time I think I’m actually going to stop they bring back that something that the first 2.5 seasons had (probably before immediately ruining it later), last week for example it was Nymeria leaving Arya behind (Lady Olena was as fantastic as ever too, but that’s not surprising). If this episode is to set the tone for those that follow I’m glad we’re actually seeing some pay-off, but I worry it’ll be at the cost of the little political complexity the show has left at this point.

    • So you’re saying I’m not the only one who felt like – last season especially – I was getting 2:45 “sneak peek” scenes from the lives of like, ninety seven characters, and that SURELY, SURELY the actual story was going to kick in any minute now?

      Did anyone add up exactly how long Dany (random example) was actually on screen last season? I’d be surprised if it was longer than 20 minutes…

  • I almost wish they’d committed to that little scenario at the end. Giving Dany the lance and then having Jamie immediately gobbled up by a dragon would have done an admirable job of breaking up the sense of inevitability that’s set in as we’re beginning to approach the end of this story.

    I feel like there’s almost enough story hooks setup that it wouldn’t all fall in a heap if Danerys were to kick-off. I don’t think the odds would be too bad for her not surviving the Red Keep battle that’ll presumably cap off this season.

    • @jacka

      I would really curious to see how Cersei would react if Jaime died. With no one left to care about imagine the (even more) atrocities she would be capable of.

      • I’m still convinced it’ll be Jaime that kills Cersei in the end. He’s already removed one mad monarch, and he didn’t look at all happy when he got back to King’s Landing and saw Cersei instead of Tommen on the throne.

        • Nah they won’t do that, Jamie is a man of conviction, being pushed to the brink and attacking Cersei as a crime. of passion is one thing. Alot more believable that outright switching sides for “reasons”.

  • I was confused why Dany nuked all the wagons when she was directly complaining about lack of supplies earlier in the episode, while the initial dragon attack was inefficient as she should of attacked up the line rather than at a small point it was dramatic as all hell so I’ll pass it 😀

    That said.. oh fuck you Bron, at least Meera is getting away from the sod

    • @pookie101

      I’m glad it wasn’t just me! I thought perhaps I was being too picky in the recap, but it was weird right? She seemed to be targeting them specifically.

      Someone over on the Gizmodo post had a cool theory that the white horses carrying a wagon may have had the gold in it. There seemed to be an almost purposeful filming of them during the battle.

      Maybe the treasure hadn’t quite made it to King’s Landing yet, but they told Jaime it did? Although I doubt the entire riches of Highgarden fit into one carriage, I like the idea of it going astray and never making it to Cersei.

      • I presumed that by burning the food and supplies, she’s kind of forcing everyone’s hand into battle that she’s been trying to do all along, with her advisor’s telling her to hold off.

    • It’s probably just out of spite… and perhaps it’s going to put pressure on the common folk to rebel against the Lannisters if they can’t provide for them. Jon Snow also noted that burning everything to the ground is “more of the same” so I guess Dany didn’t want to simply turn everybody to cinders to differentiate herself from nightmares like the Mad King.

      • She literally just did exactly that. She won that battle pretty early yet decided to keep on roasting. The burning wagons made no sense whatsoever.

        • She didn’t, really – she could have burned the entire Lannister army with three dragons and no army – but she didn’t. In the preview for Ep5 Dany clearly says “I’m not here to murder – bend the knee and join me.” It’s hard to make out but it looks like the remnants of the Lannister army she’s talking to.

          • Hollywood logic really, I’d be dissapointed if the troops were all like “oh well she didn’t kill -all- of us” and join up. It was a slaughter, and the survivors wouldn’t see it as anything but.

      • I’ll call it now, Jamie will be the one to stab Cersei. They have hinted at his redemption and disapproval of her actions before but won’t show too much until the key moment of the plot. It will get to a point when he’s had enough, probably goes in for an embrace and stabs her in the heart. Kingslayer style.

        Also Littlefinger as a faceless man please.

      • Isn’t the plan to besiege King’s Landing while inflicting minimal (civilian) casualties?

        Soldiers are generally fair game in this world, I think. Pretty sure no one says “How dare you kill all those men-at-arms moving through the countryside in formation with all their weapons and stuff!” Very few “civilians” died in this week’s battle, I think?

        Anyway, of course capture of the supplies would be ideal, but also perhaps not practicable. The Dothraki aren’t the best at managing complex supply lines after all… it’s not a skill they’ve had to develop, historically.

        So destroying the harvest means Dany’s gang can’t chow down on delicious corn that night, sure, but they still have free movement across more and more of Westeros to forage. Meanwhile, King’s Landing is under siege with no food at all.

        I predict a speech about how you can still “hurt the people” without “swinging a sword” and maybe Dany will be pressured to lift the siege so the people don’t starve etc.

        This concern for “the people” is maybe the least believable part of GOT. Like, what do the autumnly-coloured robe wearers of King’s Landing even DO? The Westerosi economy seems to need armorers, smiths, horse breeders, farmers and pretty much nothing else…

        I seem to recall my Ancient History classes in year 12 pointing out that one of the biggest differences between the USA and the Roman Republic is that the Roman elite genuinely did not care about “the people” except to the extent that they wanted to stop them rioting in the street. Bread and circuses, all that.

        • I would think the differences between the Ancient Roman Cilivisation and modern America aren’t as different as some like to think, just trade bread and Circuses for Fast Food and the Internet, the rich still rule 😛

  • Have been disappointed for a while now in the lack of my boy Bronn, but this episode got me feelin him again. Such a loveable bastard.

    I kinda want a Jaime and Bronn buddy cop movie. I feel like their banter makes up some of the least depressing stuff in the series.

  • On the ‘why is Bran not saying things?’ point, in a couple of books I’ve read characters with prescient powers generally see what is to come but need to let events play out without meddling for the greater good, in spite of the harm it may cause their loved ones. I’m sure we’ll find out that Bran has known all possibilities but is manipulating others so that the White Walkers are stopped regardless of any petty politics.

    Spoiler alert he’s basically Paul Atreides.

    • He also isn’t really Bran anymore – it’s clear his emotional attachment to his family is almost totally gone. Their individual problems are borderline irrelevant to whatever game he’s now playing (and it clearly isn’t the game of thrones). He’ll probably be happy to see everybody die if it leads to the defeat of the White Walkers.

      • He could still well be Bran and have those attachments, but perhaps he is behaving as if he no longer cares because if he lets himself feel anything for them, the decisions he must make will be even harder?

        Its funny, at this stage Bran is basically the viewer/reader. We’ve seen everything, know the history and even realise the Game of Thrones is pointless unless the walkers are stopped, we only differ in that he knows the future.

    • Also maybe to the Three Eyed Raven, the battle for the Iron Throne just isn’t interesting. He knows there will be a war between people and The Others ( F U Lost), and who leads the people doesn’t really bother him…

      ….or he already KNOWS who will win the Iron Throne, and he’s satisfied that everyone is in their proper place fulfilling their proper destiny, so he’s mostly thinking about the Night King.

      In other words: the battle for the future of the entire world is going to be so much bigger and more important than the Iron Throne, Bran already knows that once the Army of the Dead comes south, all this throne-gamery is going to seem really really silly… (Jon already gets this.)

  • For the first time this season we don’t find ourselves in Dragonstone at the top of the episode.

    The first episode didnt start at Dragonstone?

    • Exactly! I thought this same thing when she mentioned it in last week’s recap as well! Episode 1 started with Arya and the Freys, the only time we saw Dragonstone was at the end when Dany and co arrive.

  • “Thirstos thinks this is all very modern and wonders what time A Currant Affair is on.”

    This got me all kinds of excited for a show where a bunch of grapes just bang each other. Would be significantly better viewing than that tripe on Channel 9.

  • Dickon is quite an interesting character. Did his dad make it through the battle? I’m wondering if he and his brother will cross paths again without their father’s toxic influence.

  • So is Jamie going to be plucked out of the water or is he sunk (literally?) hmmm would be a nice shake up to have him killed off already. We need a few more major character deaths to keep everyone on their toes.

    • @ax

      As much as I would love to see Cersei lose her damn mind if Jaime died, I don’t think this is the moment. It would have been far more dramatic for him to have gotten roasted alive. My money is on him surviving this one.

    • Nah, they can’t kill Jamie off…

      If only for the reason that I’m really hoping he’s the one who finally wises up and kills his sister.

  • I can see it now.. All the main characters kill each other off while defeating the White walkers and the grumpy 10yo shrugs and assumes the Iron throne

  • So who wanted Bran dead? What do we know?

    1. The dagger was property of the Dwarf, Tyrion Lanister.
    2. He lost it in a brothel. If that brothel was in Winterfell then everyone in winterfell at the time of the lanister visit is a suspect.
    3. Bran destroyed Hodor by time travelling, and causing hodor to become an idiot giant.
    4. Hodor was connected to Bran, in the future so hodors mum would have heard hodor speaking to bran in the future in the past. So she knows Bran be an ‘evil witch’ who put a terrible curse on her son.
    5. Gran who told the Stark children stories of strange things, if she were hodors mother could have fetched up the dagger and from the brothel as washerwoman and hired an assassin passing through town.

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