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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Episode 5 Recap: “Eastwatch”

So much has happened on Game of Thrones in this very fast-paced seventh season. Only two more episodes are left! While “Eastwatch” was a less action-packed episode compared to its predecessor “The Spoils of War,” it sets us up for the rest of the season and drops a huge bombshell that book readers have been speculating about for years.

In the aftermath of the Lannister army’s defeat, Daenerys addresses the surviving soldiers, including Randyll and Dickon Tarly, and gives them the option to either “bend the knee” or die. Many of them are reluctant until Daenerys has Randyll and Dickon completed roasted by Drogon against Tyrion’s suggestion that she send them to the Wall instead. Tyrion has a conversation with Varys later on expressing his concern about recent events. They discuss similarities between Daenerys and her father, the Mad King.

Dragonstone

Daenerys rides Drogon back to Dragonstone and lands on the cliffs where Jon is also present. She is surprised when Drogon allows Jon to pet him. Later, Daenerys welcomes Jorah back into her service, unaware that she just executed the father and brother of the man responsible for curing Jorah of his greyscale (Samwell Tarly).

Jon receives Bran’s raven and is shocked to learn that both Bran and Arya are alive. His happiness is eclipsed by the news that the White Walkers and Army of the Dead are marching towards Eastwatch. Jon decides he must head beyond the Wall to fight them and requests Daenerys’ help, but she refuses because of the ongoing conflict with Cersei.

Tyrion suggests that they provide evidence of the Army of the Dead to Cersei to get her to join their fight against the White Walkers. The plan is for Tyrion to get smuggled into King’s Landing with help from Davos so he can talk to Jaime, the only one who can convince Cersei to meet with them. Meanwhile, Jon will lead an expedition beyond the Wall to capture a wight and bring it south. It’s not exactly a bulletproof plan and you understand why Daenerys is visibly uneasy, especially when Jorah volunteers to go with Jon.

Winterfell

Bran wargs into a flock of ravens and travels beyond the Wall to spy on the White Walkers. The Night King seemingly notices, prompting Bran to return to his body. He has ravens sent out throughout the Seven Kingdoms to warn everyone of the impending conflict.

Meanwhile, the Stark sisters have barely reunited and they’re already butting heads. With Jon, who was recently appointed King in the North, absent, the Lords of Winterfell are starting to get a little disgruntled. Arya walks in on them telling Sansa that they should have chosen her to be ruler instead. Despite Sansa politely turning them down, Arya is getting suspicious of her sister and notes that she failed to stand up for Jon. Sansa explains that she was being diplomatic because they helped take Winterfell back from the Boltons, but Arya doesn’t buy it and accuses Sansa of wanting the power for herself.

Arya goes on to spy on Littlefinger. She breaks into his room and finds the letter Sansa was coerced into writing to the Starks prior to Ned’s execution, urging them to swear fealty to King Joffrey. In Arya’s mind, this is probably evidence that Sansa betrayed their family. Littlefinger, with a smirk on his face, watches from the shadows as Arya leaves his room.

Oldtown

At the Citadel, the Archmaesters are discussing the raven they received from Bran warning about the White Walkers but they’re skeptical. Samwell confirms its authenticity. Feeling frustrated and a little useless, he later decides to head back North with Gilly and the baby and steals a bunch of texts to take with him.

King’s Landing

Jaime arrives to the Red Keep to speak with Cersei about the Lannister defeat. He describes the carnage he witnessed and the ease with which Daenerys won the battle using her dragon. He tells her that they cannot win the war against Daenerys but Cersei pushes back because surrendering in not an option.

Jaime also reveals that Olenna was responsible for poisoning Joffrey. Cersei is initially doubtful but the truth dawns on her when Jaime explains the logic behind Olenna’s choice. Olenna would have rather seen her granddaughter married off to sweet Tommen than cruel Joffrey. Cersei regrets granting Olenna a quick death but Jaime reminds her that House Tyrell is gone.

Bronn tricks Jaime into meeting with Tyrion, who requests an audience with Cersei. Jaime is emotional during their mini-reunion, because even though he knows Tyrion did not kill Joffrey, he is still responsible for murdering their father with a crossbow. Tyrion describes the situation with the White Walkers and Army of the Dead. Jaime later relays the message to Cersei, who is doubtful. She reveals that she is pregnant and an elated Jaime embraces her.

Elsewhere, Davos locates Gendry (the only living Baratheon) who has gone back to working as a blacksmith. Gendry, regretful of having to make weapons for the Lannister army, is more than willing to go to Dragonstone with Davos. He brings along his war hammer, the same weapon of choice as his father, King Robert.

Gendry proves to be useful as Tyrion and Davos are about to leave King’s Landing and are confronted by two gold cloaks who recognize Tyrion. Gendry is forced to kill them and the three depart for Dragonstone.

Eastwatch-by-the-Sea

Gendry decides to join Jon’s expedition and the two reminisce about Ned and Robert. Jon, Davos, Jorah, and Gendry meet with Tormund who is doubtful of their plans to capture a wight and make it back south alive. They run into the Brotherhood Without Banners and the Hound. There is tension between the different groups; Gendry is distrustful of the Brotherhood since they sold him to Melisandre (back in Season 3).

Everyone is forced to put their differences aside, however, since they are fighting a common enemy now. Davos stays behind while Jon, Gendry, Jorah, Tormund, the Hound, Beric, and Thoros head beyond the Wall.