TV Review: “Game of Thrones” Season 7 Episode 5 – The War of Three Queens

Written by Sydney O'Keefe August 20, 2017

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The War of Five Kings becomes the War of Three Queens. With the death of Kings Stannis (Stephen Dillane), Renly (Gethin Anthony), Joffery (Jack Gleeson), Robb (Richard Madden), and Balon (Patrick Malahide) it’s clear that future is female. Sansa (Sophie Turner) is angling herself to take over for Jon (Kit Harrington), and become Queen in the North. To the South there’s Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and in the middle is Queen Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). This is a dramatic change as we see totally different group wearing crowns and leading armies in Game of Thrones.

Of course the most interesting and prominent reveal of this season happened when Gilly (Hannah Murray) unsuspectingly read out the fact that Prince Rheagar had an annulment and remarried. Presumably, this means that Jon’s father is Rheagar, and even more shocking that Jon is not a bastard after all. All his life Jon has been ridiculed for being a bastard, from Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) at Winterfell to the jeering of his black brothers who called him Lord Snow.

“I am her hand, not her head. I can’t make decisions for her.”

This revelation confirms that Jon is actually Jon Targaryen begs the question of what will become of the relationship between Jon and Daenerys. As we watched Daenerys fly over the Lannister army with one dragon, it calls to mind her ancestor Aegon who rode with his two sister wives. In order for Daenerys to re-conquer the Seven Kingdoms she will need two more riders to match Aegon and her house sigil; the dragon must have three heads.

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This theory of Jon becoming a dragon rider stems from his interaction with Drogon in this Game of Thrones episode. The moment where Drogon recognizes Jon as Targaryen. The shots, especially Jon petting Drogon, have provided us with close up images of a fully grown dragon. We get a good sense of the sheer size and power of them, and the burgeoning respect between Jon and Drogon is articulated without words.

“I am tired of reading about the achievements of better men.”

This season of Game of Thrones has been the most critical one yet as it has now passed the timeline of the published book series. So far the writers have been able to weave an enchanting and interesting story with the help of an exceptionally talented cast of actors. This season has used excellent cinematography to depict the powerful images and themes of the season. Even the costumes of the three warring Queens show the change in their lives. All three of them went from wearing bright, feminine and light dresses in the summer to wearing frightening and intimidating black outfits in the winter. This change is coinciding with the arrival of winter, which brought about the death of innocence. The imagery goes down to the very specific details of costume design. With this being Game of Thrones’ penultimate season the writers have been able to draw from previous seasons to create stunning symmetry and images.

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An example from this episode would be the meeting between Gendry (Joe Dempsie) and Jon. Their meeting mirrors the first episode with its reunion of their presumed fathers King Robert (Mark Addy) and Ned (Sean Bean), right down to one being a King pretending to be offended by the other’s joke. These small scenes that bring back reflections of the past show the amazing thematic narrative that Game of Thrones has developed after years on the air.

My Rating: 8/10

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