Episode title: ‘The Queen’s Justice
Director: Mark Mylod
Written by: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Summary: Jon Snow and Davos Seaworth arrive at Dragonstone with their soldiers. Tyrion Lannister and Missandei meet them and take their weapons and boat. Daenerys Targaryen offers to make Jon Warden of the North if he bends the knee, but he refuses. Jon explains the threat of the White Walkers and wights, but Daenerys wants to claim the Iron Throne before considering other threats. Daenerys cuts the meeting short to receive news from Varys that Euron has defeated Yara. Jon is forced to remain at Dragonstone, a prisoner in all but name. Tyrion discourages Daenerys’s desire to burn Euron’s ships with her dragons, which would require her to accompany them. Tyrion relays Jon’s request to mine obsidian on Dragonstone. Daenerys later meets with Jon privately and informs him of her decision.
One of the few remaining ships of Yara Greyjoy’s fleet fish Theon Greyjoy aboard. The Ironborn disbelieve his claim that he tried to rescue Yara from Euron. Euron Greyjoy parades his captives Ellaria Sand, Tyene Sand, and Yara Greyjoy through abusive crowds in the streets of King’s Landing. Ellaria and Tyene are bound and gagged in the dungeon. Cersei kisses Tyene with the same poison Ellaria used to kill Myrcella, and tells Ellaria she will be kept alive to watch her daughter die and decompose. Cersei has sex with Jaime and, reveling in her authority, flaunts their intimacy in view of the servants. Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank comes to collect repayment of the Lannisters’ loans. Cersei denigrates Daenerys as a possible investment, and secures a fortnight to pay the debt.
Sansa Stark competently manages Winterfell, preparing it as an emergency refuge for all Northerners. Bran Stark and Meera Reed arrive, and Sansa is reunited with her brother. In the Godswood, Sansa is confused by Bran’s revelation that he is the Three-Eyed Raven, and troubled by his specific knowledge of her suffering. Archmaester Ebrose proclaims that Jorah Mormont is healed of greyscale and releases him. Jorah plans to return to Daenerys.
The Unsullied infiltrate Casterly Rock via its sewers, which Tyrion designed. They capture the castle, finding far fewer defenders than expected. The Iron Fleet arrives and destroys Daenerys’ ships, stranding Grey Worm and his army. Jaime, Randyll Tarly, and their armies take Highgarden. Jaime grants Olenna the mercy of a quick and painless death by poison, over Cersei’s original plans to execute her. After drinking poisoned wine, Olenna confesses to murdering Joffrey and asks Jaime to tell Cersei. Incensed, Jaime leaves Olenna to die alone.
My take: Olenna, a badass to the very end. We’re starting to see characters interact that haven’t interacted in years, like Jon and Tyrion. Cersei’s revenge against the Sand Snakes is fitting. The meeting between Jon and Dany was fun. Short hair is all the rage
Changes from the books: It is not Tycho Nestoris but Noho Dimittis, another representative of the Iron Bank, who meets Cersei in the novels. The meeting takes place much earlier, and Cersei refuses to pay off the debt of the Iron Throne. Therefore, the Iron Bank agrees to loan Stannis the funds he needs. In the novels, it is not Jorah but Jon Connington who contracted the disease, and is not cured of.
Nudity: Cersei (most likely a body double) getting out of bed
Locations on the Map: King’s Landing, Dragonstone, Pyke, Winterfell, The Wall, Oldtown
Death Count: Tyene Sand, poisoned by Cersei. Olenna Tyrell, poisoned by Jaime
Quotes: Missandei: You stand in the presence on Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryan, rightful heir to the Iron Throne, the rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains.
Davos Seaworth: This is Jon Snow… he’s King in the North