After ‘Dragonstone’, my anticipation for the next episode in Season 7 of Game of Thrones was through the roof. One of the main reasons why this was the case was because ‘Dragonstone’ did in one episode what was done in two or three episodes in previous seasons of this TV show. This was setting up the story for the rest of the season. With this in mind, I was expecting this second episode, titled ‘Stormborn’, to really push the plot forward and bring us closer to the War for Westeros.
My Thoughts on Season 7 Episode 2 of Game of Thrones
‘Stormborn’ was another great episode of Game of Thrones that did a fantastic job of furthering the story while, at the same time, having great character moments. It was clear to see that war was the primary focus of this episode, particularly when it came to the planning for it. I absolutely loved the war meetings that occurred with all the major players in Westeros. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) conducted war meetings that gave us a great insight into a good deal of the characters’ motivations.
I would probably say that Daenerys’ war meeting was my favourite because her conversation with Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) was brilliant. I love Diana Rigg in Game of Thrones. She brings so much class to her character and Olenna’s conversation with Daenerys was such a great moment. It was fantastic to see these strong personalities come together and, additionally, seeing Daenerys’ plan to conquer Westeros was very insightful. On paper, it sounded very achievable. This was despite the obvious tension that was present in the room between Daenerys’ council.
Another element of ‘Stormborn’ that really intrigued me was seeing the desperate situation that Cersei was in with her bid to gain allies. Because she is essentially backed into a corner, she resorted to using propaganda and relying on fear to rally support. While the few allies that Cersei does have are formidable (more on that later), she needs a few more aces up her sleeve to have a chance of keeping the Iron Throne. While she is in a weak position, this does make Cersei more dangerous than ever. In this regard, it will be interesting to see what develops with Cersei as Season 7 of Game of Thrones progresses.
Jon had to make a tough decision in ‘Stormborn’ and, for me, he made the right one. The decision to meet with Daenerys to strike an alliance was not received well by his own war council, especially Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) whose position I understand. However, I do side with Jon when it comes to this decision because, for me, it is crucial that they have this alliance in order to defeat the White Walkers. However, it is almost certain that the meeting they will have is going to be anything but straightforward.
Jon and Daenerys have different priorities and, while Jon is doing the right thing in meeting Daenerys, the outcome that he expects from this meeting will not be the one that plays out. Additionally, while he also made the correct decision to leave Sansa in charge of Winterfell, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is still lurking in the background. I am pleased that, despite their differences, Jon and Sansa still have a lot of mutual respect for each other. Yet, I also believe that Littlefinger is going to harm their relationship, especially if he finds out about Jon’s true lineage.
‘Stormborn’ also had some nice character moments. One of the many great things about Game of Thrones is how well it develops the characters which, in turn, gets us extremely invested in the journey of these characters. From the beginning of this episode, we got a great scene between Daenerys and Varys (Conleth Hill) which really fleshed out Varys’ ideology and motivations for supporting Daenerys.
Additionally, Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) had a very tender, vulnerable moment that developed their relationship and it was a really touching scene. Once again, Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) is coming into his own as a man by attempting to save Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) from Greyscale. Sam started out in Game of Thrones as a shy man lacking confidence and self-esteem and to see how much he has grown has been brilliant to see. I just hope that his efforts to save Jorah have worked because Jorah is one of my favourite characters.
In terms of the great character development in ‘Stormborn’, I would say that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) stole the show. This is regardless of the fact that her scenes involved the return of a legend; Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey). What I loved about Arya’s part in ‘Stormborn’ was her decision to return to Winterfell. To me, it proved that her family is more important than her quest for revenge. Moreover, her reunion with Nymeria, her direwolf, echoed a conversation that Arya had with her father Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in Season 1 of Game of Thrones. These were great moments for Arya to have and I hope that we see more of this in the future.
Undoubtedly, ‘Stormborn’ ended on a big note. We saw Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) attack Daenerys’ naval fleet, kill two of The Sand Snakes and capture Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan), Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and Tyene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers). The captures he made are obviously the gift he promised to Cersei in ‘Dragonstone’ and it made a real dent in Daenerys’ plans. It also proved how threatening the few allies that Cersei has are and how Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is still very much a broken man after his past experiences. I mean, I would be after something like this:
While I have seen better battle sequences in Game of Thrones, this one served its purpose of giving us a taste of what is to come. ‘Stormborn’ was a great episode of television that furthered the story both in the broad narrative that is being told and the development of the characters. It leaves me excited for the rest of Season 7 and I am certain that it would have done the same for you.