Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4: Powerful Dialogues And What They Imply
A few dialogues from the episode that will set the space for the upcoming episodes and the much awaited war.
Titled The Spoils of War, Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 was so far one of the best episodes the makers have created. The episode begins from where the last one concluded - at Highgarden.
After claiming the Highgarden castle and poisoning Olenna Tyrell, Jaime Lannister, Ser Bronn of the Blackwater and the Lannister Army prepares to leave for King's Landing. But before they leave, there's a quick and important conversation between Jaime and Bronn. While loading all the loot that the Lannister army plundered at Highgarden, Jaime hands over a satchel full of gold to Bronn for his efforts in the Highgarden battle, only to listen to the latter complaining that he must get to keep the castle to which Jaime lectures him that the castle would require high-maintenance and that the upkeep costs would only weigh him down. During the conversation, Jaime loads all the gold onto a number of wagons and sends them off to King's Landing to pay off the Iron bank's debts (this shall of huge importance later).
This scene is immediately followed up with Cersei Lannister and Iron Bank's representative Tycho Nestoris in conversation with each other at King's Landing. While Tycho appreciates Cersei's master plan of conquering Highgarden instead of defending Casterly Rock with her powerful Lannister army and 'almost' repaying the Iron Bank's 'debt' with a 'single installment', Cersei reveals her intentions of 'reestablishing control' over the Seven Kingdoms and its subjects to the bank's primary representative, in order to forge a new alliance with the bank before the much awaited 'war'.
And while Tycho agrees that the bank could be 'of assistance in such a venture' and assures Cersei that she could rely on the Iron Bank's support, he clarifies that it would only happen once the gold arrives. This shall be of great significance later, as the Iron Bank will supposedly play a big role in the war yet to come.
The 'important' conversation between the two is followed up with Littlefinger handing over a Valyrian-steel dagger to Brandon Stark. This isn't any dagger. In fact, it is the one that actually started the war of the five kings. The dagger was used by Bran's would-be assassin to attack the young Lord when he was crippled and bedridden after his fall at Winterfell. After Catelyn Stark thwarted the assasin's attempt to kill her son alongwith Bran's Direwolf Summer, she followed it up by holding Tyrion lannister hostage in The Vale, since she was told by Littlefinger that he had lost the dagger to Tyrion in a bet. She assumed that it was Tyrion who sent the man to kill her son. But, it's still unclear as to who sent the would-be assassin to kill Bran. It could be anyone - Littlefinger, Cersei, Joffrey. But it was after this that the actual war between the kings began and the dagger has tremendous significance in the upcoming episodes since later in this very episode Bran hands over the same dagger to his sister Arya Stark when she returns home to Winterfell.
When Bran asks Littlefinger if he knew whom the dagger belonged to, the latter refuse and mentions, "That very question is what started the War of the Five Kings." It is during their conversation that Littlefinger tries to empathize with Bran and gain his trust. He declares he is there to protect Catelyn's children, to do anything that he (Bran) asks for, while also talking about the hard times the dagger brought on him (Bran) - forced from home, driven out to the wild and then, beyond the Wall. Littlefinger says, " I imagine you've seen things most men wouldn't believe. To go through all of that and make your way home again only to find such chaos in the world." To this, Bran replies, "Chaos is a ladder."
These four words of Bran leave Littlefinger speechless and aghast, because these were the exact words that he had said to Varys in a private conversation in King’s Landing and Bran was certainly not privy to the conversation that took places miles away from Winterfell. This reveals that Bran will certainly have an important role to play in the coming episodes since he is the only one who has seen what most people haven't. And of course, he is not Lord Stark, because he is the three-eyed raven.
Meanwhile, the big Stark reunion happens. Arya returns to Winterfell only to find to her dismay that the guards do not recognize her and consequently refuse her entry to the castle. But she manages to get in and soon after the two Stark sisters meet in the crypts of Winterfell. Here, Sansa expresses her disappointment that she couldn't kill Joffrey while Arya reveals to her sister that she has a long 'list' with names of people that she is going to kill. Sansa, does not take Arya's 'list' seriously and laughs it off. Later, after Sansa reveals to Arya that Bran has returned home too, the two head to meet their brother.
Here, Bran reveals to Arya that he knows about her 'list' and also that he is aware that Cersei is on the list too, much to her shock. Soon after, he hands over the 'dagger' to her. Whether Cersei is going to die soon and if the dagger going to have anything to do with Arya's intention of killing Cersei is something we have to wait and watch.
Back in Dragonstone, in the dragonglass cavern underneath the castle, Jon Snow discusses the carvings on the rock, that he found while looking for the truckloads of dragonlass that Sam had mentioned with Daenerys and imparts a quick history lesson. From what we could infer, the carvings featured The Long Night. Jon takes Daenerys through all the carvings in the cave and also discloses that the Children of the Forest and the First Men were there together, fighting together 'despite their differences, despite their suspicions', against the White Walkers and the army of the dead. He also says that they must do the same. Probably this sequence is a hint that the two will collaborate against the Night King and his Army.
Soon after, Tyrion and Varys inform Daenerys of what happened at Casterly Rock and Highgarden. Angry with the outcome and having lost the Greyjoys (Iron Islands) and the Martells (Dorne), Daenerys says she's had enough of the clever plans. She also mentions yet again that she has three large dragons. Here, Daenerys also sounds a little doubtful about Tyrion's intentions of actually hurting his family. Her trust in Tyrion and his master plan is shaken and derailed completely.
Will Daenerys still believe in Tyrion and and strategies? Will she trust him to remain loyal to her? Well, seems like it will will be revealed soon enough.
Back in Winterfell, Arya gives a glimpse of her skill with the sword to Sansa, Littlefinger and Podrick as she engages in a sword-fight training with Brienne of Tarth. Theon Greyjoy returns to Dragonstone.
A battle, Daenerys with her dragon and the Dothraki army against Jaime Lannister and his army at Highgarden is what follows next.
Lots of fire, a bloody battle with Daenerys riding on her dragon is something that you would not want to miss in this episode. What happens in the end, whether or not Jaime manages to escape is something that will keep you hooked onto the episode.
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