Episode title: The Spoils of War
Director: Matt Shakman
Written by: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Summary: Cersei assures Tycho that the Crown’s debts to the Iron Bank will be fully repaid. They discuss the possibility of a new loan that would enable Qyburn to engage the mercenary Golden Company of Essos.
Meera visits Bran to say farewell, as she wants to be with her family when the White Walkers attack. Bran is indifferent to her departure, and a dismayed Meera remarks figuratively that Bran died in the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave. Arya arrives at Winterfell, and evades the guards to visit Ned’s tomb in the crypts, where Sansa finds her. Sansa takes Arya to see Bran in the godswood. Arya is taken aback to find that Bran knows of her kill list, and Bran gives her the Valyrian steel dagger. Podrick reassures Brienne that she has fulfilled her oath to Catelyn; Brienne insists she did almost nothing. Later, Brienne and Podrick spar and Arya asks to train with Brienne. They fight to a draw as Sansa and Littlefinger watch.
Jon shows Daenerys the vast dragonglass mine, in which Children of the Forest cave drawings depict the Children and the First Men fighting together against the White Walkers. Seemingly convinced that Jon is telling the truth, Daenerys vows to fight for the North, but only if Jon bends the knee. Jon remains resistant. Daenerys questions Tyrion’s loyalties. Considering striking King’s Landing with her dragons, she asks Jon for advice. He notes that her followers believe she can change the world; but if she destroys a city, she will be just another tyrant. Jon confronts Theon, citing his role in saving Sansa from Ramsay as the only reason he will not kill him for betraying Robb. Theon reveals that he has come for Daenerys’s help in rescuing Yara, but Jon and Davos inform him that she has gone.
The Lannister caravan approaches King’s Landing after the Tyrell gold has been brought inside the city. Riding Drogon, Daenerys leads a Dothraki attack. Abandoning the gold where he drops it, Bronn wounds Drogon with Qyburn’s scorpion. Drogon destroys the scorpion, then lands. Daenerys dismounts to tend Drogon’s wound. Jaime charges her but Drogon breathes fire at him. Bronn tackles him off his horse, out of the flame’s path and into the Blackwater Rush, where Jaime begins to sink under the weight of his armour.
My take: Holy shit. Seeing the Dothraki at full power standing in their saddles was awesome. Then Drogon flat out laying waste to the Lannisters was jaw dropping
Changes from the books: It is not mentioned in the novels that the Golden Company was ever hired by the Iron Bank to collect debts. Cersei never thought about hiring it. Currently it is hired by a new contender which has not appeared yet in the show, Aegon Targaryen VI, son of Rhaegar, who was presumed to be dead. In the novels, the Lannisters have not paid the crown’s debts to the Iron Bank. Therefore its envoy Tycho Nestoris met Stannis and gave him the loan he needed.
Locations on the Map: King’s Landing, Dragonstone, Pyke, Winterfell, The Wall, Oldtown
Death Count: Too many to count.
Quotes: Bronn: Didn’t they teach you that at fancy lad’s school?