Game of Thrones The Queen’s Justice Recap Season 7 Episode 3 – At long last Fire and Ice meet; armies are deployed; dragons cause Ser Davos and Jon Snow to hit the ground, Sam’s treatment of Ser Jorah is a success; and another reunion at Winterfell.
Game of Thrones The Queen’s Justice Recap Season 7 Episode 3 [Spoilers Below]
“I got a story ain’t got no moral, I let the bad guy win every once in a while” is a line from the 1973 Billy Preston hit Will It Go Round In Circles. To pertain to Game of Thrones, the lyric would have to be changed to “I let the good guys win every once in a while.” Beginning with the epic Battle of the Bastards in Season 6, the good guys entered Season 7 with considerable momentum on their side.
‘The Queen’s Justice’ essentially changes the once overwhelming dominance of Team Targaryen to a resounding Advantage Lannister. The Unsullied stranded on Casterly Rock with no provisions and Euron Greyjoy’s Iron Men torching their fleet with extreme prejudice and ultimately the most valuable ally in the money and resources department, High Garden, unable to put up much of any resistance to the Tarly/Lannister army.
And the best idea the Targaryen brain trust can come up with is Dany going Rambo on the back of a dragon. It’s the Khaleesi’s idea – and even without knowledge of Qyburn’s massive surface-to-air crossbow – her advisor’s throw cold water all over that idea. Suddenly the whole notion of “breaking the wheel” seems laughable.
Rightful Kings and Queens
I don’t know about you, but this whole preoccupation with rightful kings and queens seems so irrelevant. What does it matter? What does it even mean? I could be argued that the Great Masters of Mereen were the “rightful” rulers and Daenerys was the “Robert Baratheon” of the Rebellion when she became “Breaker of Chains.”
— Game of Thrones Meme (@Thrones_Memes) July 31, 2017
Moral and rightful are not interchangeable terms in the world of Game of Thrones. So for me the entire back and forth between Jon and Daenerys was tedious. And truly, if more time was spent thinking about Cersei rather than rightful claims and knees bending – Team Targaryen wouldn’t be stuck between Dragonstone and a hard place.
It was fun to see Tyrion and Jon reunited and to overhear Varys and the Red Woman. I was hoping the first meeting of Jon and Dany would have had more sizzle to it.
A Warm Flea Bottom Welcome
I was unsure of the fate of Yara (I thought it was her hanging off the bow of one of Euron’s ships) but she survived and is being marched through Flea Bottom, along with what’s left of the Sand Snakes, by Iron King bad boy, “you-deserve-more-than-a-true-friend-wink-wink,” Euron Greyjoy.
Euron enters the great hall on horseback, dismounting to present Cersei with what “no other man could give her.” This claim being punctuated by throwing a glance towards Jaime. (The last time a victor entered the hall of the Iron Throne on a horse it was Tywin Lannister, whom King Joff named “Savior of the City” for his role in the battle of Blackwater.)
Cersei and Euron genially go back and forth about his reward – to the obvious discomfort of Jaime. But while Cersei promises Euron his heart’s delight, his reward will come only when the war is over.
While Euron has no reservations about going big on his reward, over at Dragonstone, Tyrion’s heavy hinting flies over Jon Snow’s head unnoticed. In fact, Tyrion has to dumb it down significantly so that the King in the North doesn’t leave the island without the dragonglass needed to fight the white walkers.
And it’s at this point that you realize that Winterfell is truly in better hands with Sansa at the helm. Jon almost leaves without dragonglass. Sansa’s barking orders for more grain and leather on breastplates to prepare as thoroughly as possible for the long winter ahead.
— aegon (@aryasmary) July 31, 2017
Remember that time…
From the moment the words are uttered “there’s someone at the gate” I was expecting an Arya – Sansa reunion. But it turns out to be Meera and Bran (that’s right…I had forgotten all about them. I think the last time we saw them they were saved by Deux ex Uncle Benjen. Who leaves far more abruptly than one would think he would – considering all his male relatives have been dropping like flies).
Still it’s a wonderfully tender moment to see Bran and Sansa together…until they head to the Godswood to catch up.
He could have led with, “Hey, I ran into Uncle Benjen” or “You will never believe what I learned about Hodor,” but no. He decides to bring up Sansa’s wedding!!!!! This has got to mean something going forward – otherwise it’s so bizarre.
Taking credit for Joffrey’s regicide
I’m still struggling with the fact that Cersei and Jaime could make a case for Tyrion being Joffrey’s murderer. It just never made any sense. I always thought Cersei used Joffrey’s murder as the most convenient way of ridding herself of Tyrion. Yes, I recall that Tyrion made threats, but still.
That Jaime is shocked by Lady Olena’s big reveal that she killed Joffrey is a real head-scratcher. But maybe his love for Cersei is so blinding that he simply believes what she believes. I don’t get it.
I will so miss the Queen of Thorns.
Game of Thrones The Queen’s Justice Recap Season 7 Episode 3 Sigil Notes:
So who do you think the Iron Bank is modeled after? WellsFargo? Chase? Citi? Bank of America? It’s equally as loathsome. As I tweeted last night #OccupyBraavos
I want Cersei to grow her hair – I’m not liking this Maria Von Trapp look.
I’ve written before that the most interesting family in Westeros is the Lannisters. It’s still true. Love em or hate em – you can’t say they’re boring. And, Jaime was a sight to behold on his white horse, galloping among the troop formations heading to Highgarden.
When we first met disgraced Maester Qyburn (after Jaime lost his hand) he was sort of this medical pioneer, weaving outside of the lines of the professional establishment – now he’s destructive, diabolical and seemingly jazzed by his evil assignments.
Could it be, and it PAINS me to say this, that Littlefinger is the best counselor in the Seven Kingdoms?
I’m thinking Archmaester Ebrose’s punishment for Sam is really a blessing – there’s something in those books that need copying that will delight, enrich Sam. I hope that he is able to become the Maester at Winterfell and counsel Sansa. Granted, Master Wolkan had large shoes to fill after Maester Luwin was murdered, but he seems completely out of his element.
— cullen gray (@CullenGreat) July 31, 2017
Other episodes/seasons of Game of Thrones reviewed on TV Eskimo include:
Game of Thrones – Season 6
Game of Thrones – Season 5
Game of Thrones The Queen’s Justice Recap Season 7 Episode 3 characters and cast include:
Tyrion Lannister – Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Low Down, Elf, Nip/Tuck, Underdog)
Daenerys Targaryen – Emilia Clarke (Dom Hemingway, Spike Island, Me Before You, Terminator Genisys)
Missandei – Nathalie Emmanual (Furious 7, Hollyoaks, The Scorch Trials)
Grey Worm – Jacob Anderson (Adulthood, Comedown, Chatroom, Broadchurch)
Jon Snow – Kit Harrington (MI-5, 7 Days in Hell, Seventh Son, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Pompeii)
Davos Seaworth – Liam Cunningham (Safe House, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Clash of the Titans, Pursuit, Noble, Outcasts, Harry Brown)
Sansa Stark – Sophie Turner (X-Men: Apocalypse, Barely Lethal, Another Me)
Euron Greyjoy – Pilou Asbaek (Lucy, Borgen, Ghost in the Shell, Hijacking, A War)
Bran Stark – Isaac Hempstead Wright (The Awakening, The Boxtrolls, Closed Circuit)
Cersei Lannister – Lena Headey (300, The Purge, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Low Down, Possession, Pete Smalls is Dead)
Jaime Lannister – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Oblivion, Headhunters, Mama, God of Egypt, Kingdom of Heaven, Black Hawk Down)
Littlefinger (Lord Baelish) – Aidan Gillen (The Scorch Trials, The Dark Knight Rises, The Wire, Calvary, Blitz)
Melisandre – Carice van Houten (Black Book, Valkyrie, Repo Man, Black Death)
Bronn – Jerome Flynn (Edward II, Ripper Street, Kafka, Soldier Soldier)
Lord Varys – Conleth Hill (Two Down, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Suits)
Samwell Tarly – John Bradley (Traders, Borgia, Anna Karenina)
Qyburn – Anton Lesser (The Girl in the Cafe, The Game, Endeavor, Miss Potter, Wolf Hall, Spies of Warsaw, Vanity Fair, Midsomer Murders)
Yara Greyjoy – Gemma Whelan (The Wolfman, Wise Girl)
Tycho Nestoris – Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, Match Point, Sherlock, Taboo, Victor Frankenstein, Wolf Hall, Midsomer Murders)
Jorah Mormont – Iain Glen (Cleverman, The Iron Lady, Ripper Street, Downton Abbey, Pope Joan, Harry Brown, Strike Back)
Archmaester Ebrose – Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas, Gangs of New York, War & Peace, London Spy, Get Santa, Brooklyn, Vanity Fair)
Olenna Tyrell – Diana Rigg (Breathe, The Painted Veil, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House, Evil Under the Sun)
Theon Greyjoy – Alfie Allen (John Wick, Atonement, Elizabeth)
Ellaria Sand – Indira Varma (Exodus: Gods and Kings, What Remains, Anna, Luther, Rome)
Randyll Tarly – James Faulkner (Da Vinci’s Demons, Downton Abbey, Atomic Blonde, Bridget Jones’s Baby, X-Men: First Class)
Dickon Tarly – Tom Hopper (Merlin, Black Sails)
Maester Wolkan – Richard Rycraft (Bridget Jones’s Baby, In Memory, Wolf Hall, Casualty)