TV Review: “Game of Thrones” Season 7 Ep. 4 – The Queen-slayer Is Coming

Written by Sydney O'Keefe August 12, 2017

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The decision by the creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones to limit this season to seven episodes instead of the usual ten was a controversial one. The rumoured reason was that the creators wanted to focus more of their budget on the CGI effects. And boy did it pay off. This episode featured a fight scene at the end that will have the devoted fans foaming at the mouth. It might even surpass the iconic battle of the Backwater for runner up for best battle (number one is obviously bastard bowl). For the first time we’ve witnessed what the dragons were always meant to do – fight the armies of Westeros -, and Drogon did not disappoint.

This week’s battle will probably become an iconic Game of Thrones battle scene. The shots and choreographed moments of the Dothraki slicing through the Lannister army like a knife through butter was simply stunning. This was the comeback moment we have been waiting for Daenarys to make as every step forward leads to two steps back. She’s at Dragonstone, but her Iron born and Dornish allies are killed or captured. With the conquering of Casterly Rock comes the death of Olenna Tyrell and the supplies the reach offered them. Finally, we are beginning her make a comeback. The Lannisters might have paid back the Iron bank but Daenarys has destroyed most of their army. The men we can assume will be Daenarys’ prisoners in the next episodes are Randayll and Dickon Tarly, Ser Bronn and Jaime Lannister. Jaime will probably be a prisoner again, something he seemingly got used to while under the control of Robb Stark.

“Chaos is a ladder.”

The capture of Jaime opens up a lot of mirrors to past Game of Thrones seasons. Firstly his capture by Jon’s brother the last King in the North Robb Stark. Jaime was mistreated by the northern men and his escape lead to tension in the ranks that would eventually lead to the Red Wedding. One can only hope that Jon has the sense his brother did not. Secondly, Jaime’s capture will be the reverse of Tyrion’s imprisonment pending his trial for treason. Now the situation has flipped. This is especially interesting as Jaime finally knows that Tyrion did not murder Joffery.  This realization could splinter Jaime’s relationship with his sister and mend the bond with his brother. Could this be lead to Jaime switching sides? I doubt it. As Cersei follows in the steps of the Mad King, if she dies it will probably also be at the hands of the Kingslayer. Cersei and the Mad king have both decided to exact retribution by killing children in front of their parents. For the Mad King this is the death of Ned Stark’s older brother, Brandon, and his father Rickard. For Cersei this is the poisoning of Tyene Sand while Ellaria is in the same room. They’ve both shown an interest in killing people with the use of wildfire. George R.R. Martin loves a good parallel.

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There is another confrontation that will arise if Jaime is captured. A kingslayer and a king’s daughter. While we have seen Daenarys condemn the actions of her father and her brother Viserys, she still holds a certain admiration for them. They were true kings that were wrongly treated and usurped. It will be interesting to see if she condemns Jaime’s actions or if Jaime will admit to the real reason he killed her father (he planned to burn all of Kings Landing).

“All of us who came with her from Essos, we believe in her. She’s not our queen because she’s the daughter of some king we never knew. She’s the queen we chose.”

The cinematography of the Dothraki battle also reminds the audience of King Robert’s speech to Cersei in season one. In this scene Robert tells Cersei that Danearys is a threat because she could overpower them despite having a smaller army (at the time only 40,000 Dothraki) because they are united behind one leader, not divided like the Seven Kingdoms. This moment could’ve been a foreshadowing for the struggles that Danearys endures in Westeros, but the loyalty of her followers will possibly ensure her victory.

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In any case, in Game of Thrones the dramatic end of the destruction of the Lannister army and Jaime nearly being burned to a crisp leads me to believe that Jaime might be the spoils of this battle. With only a few episodes left to go, season seven is seemingly setting up Jaime to be a crucial turn cloak by the end of this season of Game of Thrones.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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