Game of thrones season 7 episode 3 review: the queen’s justice

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The clash between warring sides reaches a new stage in The Queen's Justice. Our spoiler-filled review of game Of Thrones episode three...

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By Ron Hogan | July 31, 2017 | | Comments count:0
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The seventh season of Game Of Thrones has seven episodes. The eighth season of Game Of Thrones will have six. There are ten episodes remaining khổng lồ wrap up about a dozen ongoing conflicts, from the Iron Island civil war to the war against the trắng Walkers & their army of the dead. Cersei’s fighting a war for revenge against several fronts, the Iron bank is itching to get its money back, & oh yeah, there are dragons flying around terrorizing innocent northerners. Fortunately, Game Of Thrones hasn’t been a show that has often had khổng lồ stretch khổng lồ fill time. The only exception would be the second season of Daenerys Targaryen, & that’s as much a limitation of the source material as anything else, given that she’s not present in the second book from what I’ve been told by more literate people.

This is quite literally the endgame for all the warring parties on trò chơi Of Thrones. It was said several seasons ago that when you play the game, you win or you die, & those words are proving khổng lồ be prophetic. Daenerys might have had her fleet shattered, but she’s still got formidable ground forces, which are moving khổng lồ take Casterly Rock from the Lannisters. The Lannister army isn’t going lớn wait around to lớn engage the Unsullied; they’re going to get a little more revenge for Cersei and bring another house to lớn heel. Euron has captured the surviving Sand Snakes, & he’s going khổng lồ deliver them to the queen. Jon Snow is trying khổng lồ make an alliance with the Mother of Dragons và Sansa is trying khổng lồ make sure there’s enough food to lớn get the Northern army through the long winter to lớn come.


Lots of stuff happens this week, và the episode sprints by at a blur at some points. Even conversations, like the one in the throne room between Daenerys and her counsel & Jon and Davos, seem to lớn move pretty quickly. The exchanges crackle, with Jon refusing lớn bow to Daenerys while Tyrion & Davos try to lớn keep things from becoming too confrontational. Jon and Daenerys are both strong-willed; she claims the Seven Kingdoms by birthright, Jon claims the North by election of his people. Both have sacrificed and worked hard lớn make the lives of others better, và both lay out their many impossible accomplishments to bolster their bona fides. Dany has brought the Dothraki to Westeros & raised a clutch of dragons while conquering Slaver’s Bay. Jon united the lords of the North lớn his side, he’s united the Night’s Watch & the Wildlings, & he’s come back from the dead (Davos lets that slip out despite Jon’s glare).

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The two have both overcome a great giảm giá of hardship in their lives, despite being children of privilege on the surface. Money doesn’t buy happiness (just ask Cersei), & it gives them another thing lớn bond over. There’s clearly some sort of interest there. Jon hasn’t sparked with anyone like this since Ygritte. Brooding and pouting, the two best looking people in Westeros are finally in the same romantic, fire-lit hallways together. It’s not quite a romance yet, but it seems to lớn be leading that way, if only because they’re both intrigued with one another. They’re clearly two different people, và the divine right of one is an unwanted burden to another, which makes their contrast works. Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke don’t always get a lot of notice for their acting chops, but the two of them make every little moment shared between Dany and Jon work, based heavily on expressions and enunciation. Jon doesn’t want to lớn speak up for himself, & Dany needs someone lớn reel her in when her temper gets the better of her. As Melisandre puts it, fire và ice together.

The episode was built around such character contrasts. Varys and Melisandre, Cersei and Euron (Pilou Asbaek is having a blast as the ultimate troll and glory-hog), and Jaime & Olenna Tyrell. The Queen of Thorns made a crucial mistake throwing her support behind Cersei; Cersei might not be as smart, but she’s cruel, & cruelty goes far in this world. Cersei’s kiss on Tyene Sand is a great mirror of Ellaria’s kiss of Myrcella, except with one major improvement. Ellaria knows exactly what’s happening—perhaps before the viewer—and Indira Varma’s panicking, pained expression sells Cersei’s revenge. Is Cersei the bad guy in this situation, or is she the good guy getting revenge for her innocent daughter’s poisoning? It’s deliberately murky.

The goal is khổng lồ make the viewer as conflicted about Cersei as Jaime is. Sure, he loves her, but he’s aware that she’s evil, and that her evil might bring down the whole of Westeros. Olenna makes sure that he doesn’t forget that, while still managing to lớn get in the last word (after ensuring a painless death for herself). Joffrey was a monster, but he was Jaime’s son. Cersei is a monster, but she’s Jaime’s love and the mother of his children. Jaime is also a monster (thanks to paralyzing a kid & quasi-raping his sister) but he’s been a friend of Brienne and Bronn, và he’s becoming a skilled general. Jaime allowed Casterly Rock khổng lồ be captured as a distraction, akin lớn how Robb Stark split the Lannister forces once upon a time.

Shame to lớn leave such a beautiful castle behind, though. Mark Mylod has crafted a beautiful episode here, both in terms of how the players perform & in how things look. Tyrion narrating the attack on the castle as we see the Unsullied conquering the Lannisters is a thing of beauty, as economical as storytelling can get. Grey Worm watching the Unsullied fleet burn while the Lannisters march on Highgarden is another stunning bit of television, with the Lannister army & the attack of the Unsullied both stellar blends of extras and CGI. The execution is deft và the wide shots of marching armies look great.

Even the locations seem more beautiful this week, with both the Rock and Highgarden being shown in a new light. Jaime knows what Dany doesn’t; Casterly Rock might be beautiful và it might have some meaning to lớn the Lannisters, but it is useless in this multi-front war. Dany gets another piece of territory, but it’s the other side of the world from where she is and it’s not left in useful condition for the Unsullied. Piece by piece, she’s losing her weapons. Taking King’s Landing by force isn’t as easy as it might have when she first arrived, assuming she could even get to King’s Landing now that Euron has destroyed her fleets & claimed the seas. The Lannisters have taken Dorne and Highgarden out of the fight, leaving Dany with mostly Dothraki as her support. Leading an army of Dothraki against King’s Landing would be a death sentence.

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