Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2: Stormborn Gives a Glimpse of Upcoming Wars and Reunions
Game of Thrones Season 7 episode 2, titled Stormborn, turned out to be the everything that GoT fans were waiting for- it paces up the things, building thrill, suspense and the final climax.
After an introductory first episode- Dragonstone, the second episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 provided everything that the makers promised. Lots of movement, some heart-touching conversations, and a big 'foreign invasion'. Titled Stormborn, the episode was no less than a storm. With few important strategic decisions and one heart pounding climax, the second episode makes up for the lack of thrill in the pilot episode.
Queen of the seven kingdoms, Cersei Lannister is looking for a rebellion from inside House Tyrell, as both Jamie and the Queen look up to Lord Randyll Tarly to guide them through the war against Daenerys Targaryen. Considering that Tarlys are devoted to Lady Olenna, the matriarch of House Tyrell, the Lannisters come up with a lucrative offer for the Lord of the Reach. If the Tarlys join Cersei, it'll be a major alliance shift, something that the Queen and the Kingslayer are desperate for. The few remaining loyal of Cersei have also come up with a Dragon-slayer, from the dungeons of King's Landing where Aegon Targaryen's dragons lay to rest. After betrayal and rebellion from all sides, things seem a bit bright for the Lannisters.
The mother of Dragons is not far behind in war planning, as she along with Tyrion Lannister and Varys, plan to surround Kings Landing with the armies of Drone and Highland, instead of just attacking the capital. Eyeing the seat of Casterly Rock with her unsullied soldiers and Dothrakis, the plans of Daenerys look impressive. The way she asks Varys for his allegiance and backs Tyrion's plans makes her the most favourite candidate for Iron Throne. However, a heart to heart with Lady Olenna seems to alert the Dragon within her.
While the two Queens are preparing for the war within The Wall, the man who has fought 'The Great Winter' prepares to pay a visit to Dragonstone for two major weapon- the fire spitting dragons of Daenerys and the mountain pile of dragon glass that can kill the white walkers. While Daenerys wants Jon Snow, King of the North to kneel for her, it's Tyrion smart brains that convince the former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch to trust the invite and leave for the unknown terrain with Ser Davos, leaving Sansa in charge of the North. Oh yes! Finally, the much-awaited reunion is on cards and it will be interesting to see how the dragons react to another Targaryen blood. (For the people living under the rock: Jon Snow is the son of Ned Stark's sister Lyanna and Mad Kings son Rhaegar Targaryen. Thus this makes him Daenerys' nephew)
However, the most interesting part of the episode was towards the end when Euron Greyjoy attacked Yara's fleet moving towards Drone to carry the army outside King's Landing. An unexpected blow to Daenerys, the gruesome attack ended with nearly everyone dying, Yara being held captive and Theon Greyjoy evading the scene to save his life. (It's Reek all over again!) What lies ahead for the iron-strong lady Yara and Drone's Ellaria Sand is uncertain but one thing is for sure, with Euron in scene nothing will be good.
Few small but significant developments that happened were Samwell Tarly's attempt to cure the grey scale on Ser Jorah Mormont and Arya Stark's learning about her brother's rise to King of the North. The assassin Stark who was heading south to 'kill the Queen' chooses to go North instead to meet her beloved brother and in turn, meets a long lost friend, (or not?)
Overall, Stormborn turned out to be the episode every GoT fan was waiting, as it paces up the things, building thrill, suspense and the final climax. While the first episode introduced all the remaining mains of the series, the second one actually put the things in clear perspective and definitely makes us impatient for the next one.
PS: After the first two episode, people to look out for are- Peter Baelish - who would do his best to wrap Sansa, now left alone in Winterfell, around his 'little finger' and Bran Stark, who is the only one with the knowledge of Jon's true identity, and Melisandre- who is hell bent on fulfilling the prophecy by the Lord of the Light.
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