SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from the Season 7, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones, entitled Eastwatch. Proceed at your own risk.
The fifth episode of Game Of Thrones Season 7 is all talk, and that’s a good thing. After witnessing nuclear devastation from the fiery breath of a Targaryen-trained dragon, Eastwatch feels like a welcomed breather. Don’t be fooled; this dialogue is just as hot as the Battle Of The Loot Train.
The seven kingdoms are caught between two wars. Whether it’s Cersei’s fight for the Iron Throne or a great war with the Night King and his army of walking dead, Jon Snow is on the verge of inadvertently proving he can handle two wars at once. Eastwatch fills in the blanks of the great war with more exposition than two weeks of telenovelas, leaving us plenty of words to analyze. If you don’t have time to watch it more than twice, here are the most important quotes from Eastwatch which open the floodgates as the great war begins.
The Mad Queen’s Therapist Needs Therapy
Daenerys ignored Jon Snow’s prophetic warning about the spoils of war in Episode 4, and used Drogon‘s fiery breath to decimate Cersei Lannister’s army. Dany’s propensity toward madness is clear to Tyrion. His Targaryen queen has three weapons of mass destruction. After watching Dany command Drogon to torch Dickon Tarly and his father (no, not Dickon!) he’s concerned. Seeking counsel from Varys, Tyrion wants an easy answer from someone who once dealt with Dany’s dad, the Mad King.
Tyrion is the therapist Westeros needs. Can he stop Daenerys from using her dragons to destroy anyone who fails to bend the knee in time to fight the White Walkers? Will guidance from Varys serve him well?
Meanwhile, Back In The Friend Zone
Jorah Mormont ‘s Greyscale was cured, and he returns to Dany. That should be enough for a kiss, right? Wrong.
Womp womp. Nevertheless, he persists. Always faithful to Dany, Jorah follows her command to join Jon Snow on his hunt to prove the white walkers are moving southward. He’s survived many great challenges, but can he survive the great war and prove his worth to Dany once again?
Gilly Takes A Hit For The Team
She may have trouble pronouncing Rhaegar’s name (“Ragger”) but Gilly uncovers the most important legal record in all of Westeros.
WHAT? Rhaegar married someone else? We all know it’s Jon’s mother, Lyanna Stark, but Samwell and Gilly do not. It doesn’t matter anyway, because Samwell doesn’t pay attention to Gilly. She just told him Jon Snow is rightful heir to the Iron Throne, and he totally ignored her. NBD. Don’t worry, Gilly, Twitter heard you.
Samwell Tarly is the Archmaester We Need
Sam cured Greyscale, has seen White Walkers, and even killed one of them, once. But sometimes the men in charge of big decisions just won’t listen. Sam’s warning to the Archmaester about the Night King’s imminent arrival is met with doubt by all of the Maesters. Then again, Sam ignores Gilly in the exact same way the Maesters ignored him. Either way, everyone is fed up with jaded old men.
Samwell Tarly, future Archmaester of Westeros, can’t do much if he’s stuck at the Citadel with non-believers. Armed with information about Jon’s rightful claim to the Iron Throne, albeit unknowingly, Sam leaves the Citadel because he wants to make a difference in Westeros. If Sam isn’t capable of listening to Gilly, is anyone capable of listening to Sam? Will he connect the dots for Jon and play a role in seating the Iron Throne?
Gilly knows about the legal papers, but Drogon doesn’t need the law to tell him Jon is a Targaryen.
Ser Davos Drops Science, Again
SRSLY. He says all the right things.
Winter is here, but the majority of Westeros is in denial. As we watch our favorite Targaryen, the King in the North, march toward the wall with six brave soldiers, we are left with a frustrating sense of moving backwards. It is impossible to forget that there are only two episodes left in the season, and only one final season remaining after this.
Will an egotistical obsession with power and the Iron Throne squander away necessary time required for all kingdoms to join together and defeat the Night King? Cersei is preggers, and the Lannisters are still in King’s Landing. Jamie is skilled in slaying the ruling monarch, although it remains unclear if he’s willing to slay his own sister if necessary. But who cares? We’re almost out of time.