Game of Thrones Review: Eastwatch

From the very beginning the showrunners have made the world of Game of Thrones feel small. Much smaller than in the books. George R.R. Martin has always said that Westeros was roughly the equivalent of South America when it came to size. Because of this news travels extremely slow when it comes to A Song of Ice and Fire and major events sometimes never even reach the ears of those who would be most affected by said events.

When adapting books you always end up downsizing. It’s inevitable. And when you adapt an epic fantasy series like A Song of Ice and Fire than you end up doing more than downsizing. I can live with that. So when Littlefinger was hopping all over Westeros in no time at all it didn’t bother me that much. I understood what the showrunners were trying to do. When people keep running into each other and/or ending up in the same place (like the inn at the crossroads; seemingly the only inn in Westeros) I could live with it. Though it did start to bother me a tiny bit.

In season 7 all bets seem to be off when it comes to travelling. Ravens reach their locations in the scene right after they are sent. People are in one place and in the blink of an eye they are elsewhere. The HBO powerhouse is moving at untold speeds. I get it. There are only a few more episodes left. And there is so much story still left to tell, despite Cersei killing off over half the cast, thus the writers are going at it at a breakneck pace. Logically there are complaints about it. Things are going so fast that certain scenes lose their power. Like I said, it doesn’t bother me too much though I am noticing it, thinking about it and I’m now writing about it. I guess that I don’t mind in the end when Game of Thrones is continuously great. Season 7 is not and that gives me time to be pissed about Littlefinger lending his instantaneous travel machine to everyone on Westeros.

What happened

Bronn and Jaime survive and Jaime has a talk with Cersei. Even though it’s clear that they will lose the war Cersei still wants to fight. Dany makes the Lannister soldiers bend the knee. When Randyll and Dickon refuse they meet a fiery end to the chagrin of Tyrion. Later at Dragonstone Jon receives the news that Ary and Bran are at Winterfell and learns about Bran’s vision of Eastwatch. The plan is for Tyrion to convince Cersei to meet Dany to discuss an Armistice and for Jon to go beyond the wall to capture a wight.

Davos smuggles Tyrion into King’s Landing. Tyrion meets with Jaime after which Jaime discusses the meeting with Cersei. She agrees to meeting Dany and also admits to being pregnant. In the meantime Davos has picked up Gendry.

Back at Dagonstone Jorah has also arrived. Mormont joins Jon, Gendry and Davos and at the wall they team up with Tormund, Thoros, the Hound and Lord Beric and head beyond the wall to try and capture a wight.

At Winterfell Arya spies on Littlefinger and ends up in his room retrieving a hidden letter. As she leaves the rooms we see that Littlefinger has been watching her.

What I liked

Jon meeting Drogon was a highlight. I can’t stop saying how crazy it is that a TV show has that great CGI. Drogon looked gorgeous. Also at that Lannister/Tarly BBQ scene. It was good to see Jorah again and the meeting between Jaime and Tyrion was great.

I understand that there was a break from action before the final two episodes of this season and it didn’t bother me. It was a good and solid episode to set up the end of the season.

What I didn’t like

I was a little frustrated when Sam interrupted Gilly but it doesn’t constitute a dislike.

What I’m looking forward to

Jon and his crew clashing with wights and white walkers. That’s going to be amazing! I also can’t wait for Sam to figure out the importance of what Gilly tried to tell him. And Dany meeting Cersei!

 

Observations

Though it was never a true shock for book readers that Jon’s real parents are Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. But that he is not a bastard but a true born son of Rhaegar?! No that is a shocker!

I wonder where Sam will be going now. Though with this season’s pace I’m pretty sure we won’t have to wait long to find out.

I understand Tyrion’s reservations. He is a Lannister after all. They are burning Lannister men as well as Lords of Westeros. Dany is however doing what she needs to do when it comes to warfare. She hasn’t been truly cruel yet. She is just a little obnoxious when it comes to the knee bending stuff.

So Littlefinger is becoming relevant again. It makes sense that he is trying to get in between Sansa and Arya. i still don’t find it the most interesting storyline.

 

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