These both Targaryens, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are the strongest and the stubborn ones, and both of them wants to acknowledgment their status. Tyrion was also able to convince Jon that all that Dany wanted was his loyalty, not his kingdom.
So much happens in this episode, so many characters are seen, that to find a unifying thread is near impossible.
While Varys looks puzzled, and more than a little taken aback at her statement, Melisandre looks pretty smug as she drops the mic and walks off. Instead, we got to witness them both develop, and have their strengths and weaknesses tested. But, with Tycho Nestoris and the Iron Bank snapping at her heels, how much longer can her shaky grip last?
But it looks like the writers were laying clues for this moment as far back as the first season of the show when they produced this conversation between the now deceased Robert Baratheon and Cersei, and it suggests that Cersei doesn’t grasp what it takes to win a war and will eventually meet a sorry end.
When the Mother of Dragons met the King of the North early on in the episode, the pair didn’t exactly hit it off.
Of course, Dany needs to get working as well.
When Tyrion pours the drink we get a shot of Olenna’s face, implying that she’s got her eyes on it. According to Melisandre, it’s the simple explanation: Jon Snow is ice, Daenerys is fire, and they’ve come together. It was definitely hilarious, thanks to Missandei’s extremely detailed description of Dany, followed by Ser Davos’ succinct introduction of Jon. Since learning that the Breaker of Chains and the bastard of Winterfell share the blood of the dragon, no fan should have expected their long-awaited first encounter to be amicable Although Jon didn’t bend the knee, he did acknowledge that Daenerys is better for the realm than Cersei; is not her father’s daughter; and is, most importantly, not his enemy. This has been an update in Theon’s Life Sucks news.
In episode 2, we see the battle begin with Euron Greyjoy unleashing his vile persona and attacking the iron fleet to capture Ellaria, Tyene, and Yara. In taking Highgarden, the Lannisters also confiscated all of its gold and will use it to repay the debts the crown has racked up over the years. Truly words have never been spoken. Tyrion then called for a trial by combat after realizing his real trial would be corrupted by Cersei’s vengeful influence, leading Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne to volunteer as his champion just so he can exact his own revenge on Cersei’s champion, Ser Gregor Clegane (who had raped and murdered his sister Elia), but his arrogance only resulted in his own death. That was an image I’d nicely forgotten until now, Cersei. In case you missed it, she killed Ellaria Sand’s beloved daughter in the precise same manner that Ellaria killed Myrcella. As invested as we are in the main narrative, the show exists in one of the densest universes of any fantasy franchise – hence why there are roughly five million successor shows now in development. At least the head-popping was fast. “She was mine and you took her from me, why did you do that?” says Cersei. And that’s without mentioning the meeting of Jon and Dany, Tyrion’s hysterical commentary, Euron Greyjoy’s delightful peacocking and some quite horrific vengeance.
And then Daenerys refused to believe that Snow’s stories of White Walkers were true.
Tyrion needs Jorah’s help.
Sansa is running Winterfell like a boss. Littlefinger tries to warn her of Cersei, but if there’s one thing that Sansa doesn’t need, it’s a reminder that Cersei’s an insane murderous tyrant with a bloody lust for power.