Game of Thrones delivered on his promised fastest pace of season 7 with an episode so full of major events, reunions, a riveting battle, death and spin that almost played as a season finale – however this is just the episode 2! Following last week’s foreboding and stunning debut, “Stormborn” paved the narrative pedal, with almost every scene giving some sort of important consequence for our characters, setting the stage for a cross section of battles and main power players . We start with:
Dragonstone: It was literally a dark and stormy night. Daenerys unexpectedly grabs Varys about his loyalty because, let’s face it, on paper, his resume does not actually sound very reassuring. That he is a much bigger fan of King Robert than he was from his father does not help either. “Incompetence should not be rewarded with blind loyalty,” Varys shoots, in what sounds like a rare GoT modern political remark. “Do you want to know where my true loyalties lie?” “People”. It’s hard to argue with that, and Dany does not – though she Stormborn also threatens to burn him alive if she ever betrays her.
Hey, talking about burning people alive, here’s Melisandre! She was last seen banished by Jon Snow and told him to head south for killing Shireen. She went south all right, straight back to her old house she used to share with Stannis Baratheon. I wonder if he still has some clothes he wants to collect.
The Red Woman is brought before Dany. She fills it in the prophecy of Azor Ahai – a messianic figure in her religion of the Lord of Light; Lived thousands of years ago, he forged a flaming sword that used to defeat evil; He has prophesied to be reborn as the promised prince, etc. etc.
Or maybe it’s the princess who was betrothed? The expert translator Missandei corrects the description of Melisandre’s prophecy.
Melisandre explains that he thought Stannis was The One. Then he thought it might be Jon Snow. Now he does not rule out Dany either. For being a powerful sorcerer of the Lord of Light, Melisandre is less confident in his Azore Ahai theory than most of Game of Thrones Stormborn fan blogs. Not to mention, Stannis would be so angry if he died because of a grammar error.
Matchmaker Melisandre successfully catches Dany’s curiosity about Jon Snow. Tyrion points out that he is a decent man. She has Tyrion pen a letter to the king in the north requesting to see him and order him to “bend the knee” (and Jon-Dany’s boots lean forward). As much as I would love to see Dany and Jon Snow reunite, all Melisandre suggests based on the prophecy of which I am intrinsically cautious.
Winterfell: But not as cautious as Sansa! Jon receives Tyrion’s letter – yes, just like that. I’m pretty sure Westeros is now using FedEx instead of birds. There is a subset of fans who always pay close attention to how long the Stormborn characters must realistically take to get from one place to another (they are still annoyed by Varys from Dorne to Meereen so fast last year). But if you try to apply your own travel time estimates from Waze to Westeros characters, you’ll go crazy. It is probably best to continue playing with him and appreciate that we are not seeing many cavalcade and bonfire scenes this season.
Jon talks to Sansa about whether he should go see her. Sansa says she should not do it, because Sansa is wrong about everything now (I kid, if we did not know Dany, we’d be pretty worried about meeting her too, after all the fatal Stark mistakes of the past few years. Probably Westeros slang to get you stupid-killed)