The fifth episode to Season 7 of the much-hyped HBO productions “Game of Thrones” dropped Sunday night (Monday morning for me) and when I began watching it, I had only one hope; “Eastwatch” should carry on the momentum generated by the previous episode “Spoils of War”. Unfortunately, it was mostly a disappointment.
In the beginning of the episode, we find that the entire battle has been devastated, with the Dothraki claiming the ruins. We see Daenerys give an option to all the prisoners of war; bend the knee or be executed. Randyll Tarly and his son, Dickon refuse to bend the knee and face the music. But, instead of beheading them as Tyrion had imagined, Dany utters Dracarys and they are burnt alive.
It is of importance to mention here that Drogon looks massive in these scenes, quite contrary to the Drogon we saw during the attack.
One of the most bizarre things to have happened in this episode was Daenerys landing in front of Jon Snow, when she returns to Dragonstone and what followed was even more strange. As soon Drogon approaches Jon, he pets Drogon, which was absolutely unmotivated and seemed way out of context. Although, one might argue that this helped to strengthen the fact the Jon is a Targaryen.
We had seen in the trailers of this season that Bran wargs into a murder of crows and spies onto the Night King and his Army of the Dead. We get to see that in this episode and I felt that it was really a visual spectacle. Furthermore, the massiveness of the army is seen for the first time and we understand the scale of threat Westeros is facing.
Jon gets to know by a raven that Bran and Arya are alive and are back at Winterfell. Jorah Mormont goes to Dragonstone and Daenerys welcomes him back with open arms, quite literally.
Another of the weird thing to have happened in this episode is Dany agreeing to have an armistice with Cersei. It was a childhood dream of Daenerys Targaryen to go back home and reclaim her father’s throne. Of course it was highly unreasonable when she agrees to this condition on the words of a stranger a.k.a. Jon Snow that the threat of the White Walkers is real.
By the way, Gendry is back.
As expected, Sam gets frustrated by the Citadel and the stubbornness of the Maesters there, and decides that they can’t help him in his fight against the Others.
We see LittleFinger is back at his business of creating mistrust between people and this time he uses Sansa and especially Arya as his pawns.
It might be vital to note here that the much speculated “ghost of Catelyn Stark” turns out to be a common Northern girl, who incidentally, is working as a spy for Baelish.