So much amazing stuff happened in this episode that there simply cannot be a review of it without spoilers. If for some reason you’re reading this and have not yet seen the episode, you should stop now. Like right now. Don’t keep reading this sentence. Damn you like to live life on the edge, huh?
We’re almost half way through season 7 of Game of Thrones and everything is as terrible for our characters as ever before. If you thought this is the season that things start to go well, then you must be very sad. In “The Queen’s Justice” four very important things happen. The first is the opening twenty minutes, when Jon Snow lands on Dragonstone and first meets with Tyrion and then Daenerys in her throne room. This is the first meeting of ice and fire that the entire book series is named after, and an event that Melisandre set in motion for some greater purpose. It felt so amazing to have my personal three favorite characters finally, AFTER SEVEN YEARS, share a scene together. I thought the acting was great and the scene played out as logically as one could expect, with Jon and Daenerys not exactly fully trusting the other but agreeing to work together with the mining of dragonglass.
The second and third important events to take place the Unsullied taking Castely Rock, our first look ever at the home of the Lannisters, and then the Lannister army taking Highgarden, which I believe was also our first look at the home of the Tyrells. This means that while Daenerys now controls Castely Rock, the Unsullied are trapped by Euron Greyjoy’s fleet. It also means that her Tyrell allies no longer have a fighting force, and it has been confirmed to Jaime that Lady Tyrell was the one who poisoned Joffrey in season 4. By the end of episode 3 of season 7, Daenerys’ army is pretty much nonexistent. All that is left are the Dothraki and her dragons, but really what more does she need?
Finally, it may have been a small scene, but the arrival of Bran Stark back at Winterfell has huge ramifications for the future of the show. I have no idea why Bran was suddenly acting so bland and monotone because he was never like that until arriving back home with Sansa. To sidetrack for a moment, this is a weird choice that the show has taken both with Bran in this episode and with Arya the prior episode where she was acting like a total freak with Hotpie even though we have never seen her act that way before. I guess the goal is to make all the Stark’s socially awkward by the end of the show. But anyway, Bran tells Sansa he is the three-eyed raven and that he must talk to Jon. However, the first thing Sansa says to him is that he is the only surviving Stark heir and therefore is the Lord of Winterfell. Sansa clearly does not have any respect for Jon as she undermines him at every turn and then tries to get Bran to take power while he is away. Regardless, it seems as though it is very important to Bran to let Jon know that he is a Targaryen.
I thought this was a really solid episode, and while I would have liked to see more of the two major battles that took place, I understand that there is are time and budget constraints, and I assume there will be many battles to come in the future that we will get to see. I’m going to give “The Queen’s Justice” a 8 out of 10. What did you guys think of this episode? What do you think Daenerys will do now with her forces decimated? Please let me know anything you’d like and have a nice day.