First blood was drawn in the war between Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister for the Iron Throne. This weeks episode of Game of Thrones, “Stormborn”, finds Dany already beginning to make powerful moves and position her allies at key points across Westeros, while Cersei rallies what forces she can to resist the Dragon Queen, and Jon Snow learns that he must ally himself with Daenerys in order to save the continent from the army of the dead. This was an excellent episode and gave fans of the show several payoffs to years of anticipation and speculation.
Spoilers for “Stormborn” from here on out.
There is really not much to complain about in this episode, while there is a lot to praise. The war council at Dragonstone between Daenerys, Tyrion, the Greyjoys, the Martells, and the Tyrells was intriguing and set the board for the coming battles while also establishing the dynamic between all of these important players. And in a brilliant turn of events, two of these players are completely taken out of commission by Euron Greyjoy as a present for Cersei Lannister. Most, if not all, of the Greyjoy fleet that Dany used to sail over to Westeros, has been eradicated and Ellaria Sand and Yara Greyjoy have been taken prisoner while Theon seemingly escaped sear death at the cost of looking like a coward in front of his remaining family. The battle itself was beautifully shot, and the surprise entrance of Euron riding down and boarding the ship with his battle-axe was horrifying. He has already solidified himself as a standout character for this season.
Meanwhile, in the North, Jon has received an invitation from Daenerys written by Tryion to come bend the knee to her at Dragonstone, a message she sent at the behest of Lady Melisandre, as well as the message from Sam informing him of the dragonglass supply on Dragonstone. Jon tells his followers that he will travel there at once in order to make an alliance with Dany to help protect Westeros from the coming white-walkers. For some reason, Sansa has thought for the last two episodes that openly questioning him and defying his rulings in front of everyone else is a good idea and speaks out against this. Until she is informed that she will hold Winterfell in his absence, then, of course, she shuts her mouth because I guess she somehow thinks she is a better ruler than him. Personally, I like Sansa but she has really been bothering me these last two episodes with her demeaning Jon in front of his supporters. And I just know that somehow she is going to give Littlefinger what he wants.
The smaller parts of the story consist of Sam performing a forbidden procedure in an attempt to cure Jorah of his greyscale, Arya learning that Jon is King in the North and riding back home to Winterfell, Qyburn showing Cersei ballista capable of killing dragons, and Jamie attempting to get Lord Tarly to fight for Cersei against Daenerys.
This was a particularly good episode and one I believe the fans needed to see in order to satiate the growing anxiety with the shows end fast approaching. Overall, I would give “Stormborn” an 8 out of 10. What did you think of this episode? Are you excited to see Jon and Daenerys finally meet? And what do you think is going to happen to Theon now? Please let me know and, as always, thank you for reading this and have a nice day.