'Game of Thrones': What You Need to Know After the Episode 'The Spoils of War'

Monday, 07 August 2017 - 8:40PM
Game of Thrones
Monday, 07 August 2017 - 8:40PM
'Game of Thrones': What You Need to Know After the Episode 'The Spoils of War'
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Spoilers for season seven, episode four of Game of Thrones below.
 
Last night's episode of Game of Thrones was one of the shortest episodes we've seen yet, but as the show ramps up toward its finale, the plot is still moving faster than ever. So you're not caught too off guard when the next episode premieres, here's everything you need to know about last night's episode, "The Spoils of War."

Jaime's Victory: Last week's episode ended with Jaime Lannister sending his army to sack the wealthy Tyrells of Highgarden. That's over with quickly - it helps that Randyll Tarly and his son Dickon (a name which makes Bronn giggle like a schoolchild) broke their oaths with the late Olenna Tyrell - and Jaime and Bronn quickly start moving the Tyrells' vast riches back to King's Landing to pay off their longstanding debt to the Iron Bank.

Bronn asks if he could have Highgarden now that it's vacant, to which Jaime says "no" and recommends he pick out a castle after they've won the war. After that, Jaime and Bronn aren't seen again until the end of the episode, but we'll get to that in just a bit. Meanwhile in King's Landing, an Iron Bank employee from Braavos gleefully praises Queen Cersei for paying off the royal debt, saying he'll happily finance her war effort after he sees the money.

Bran's Dagger: In Winterfell, Littlefinger flashes a dagger at Bran Stark, but it turns out it's just a gift. In fact, this was the very same Valyrian steel dagger than some cutthroat used to attack Bran way back in the first season. Littlefinger remarks that it started a war, which it did back when Littlefinger tricked Catelyn Stark into blaming Tyrion for the attack.

So it's a strange and somewhat traumatic gift. Thankfully Bran's now too good for emotions because he's the Three Eyed Raven and sees everything, so he's not upset, and he actually turns the tables on Littlefinger, who's clearly trying to flatter Bran to manipulate him later on. Bran quotes Littlefinger's catchphrase, "Chaos is a ladder," which deeply shakes Littlefinger and convinces him that Bran knows too much for that sort of trickery to work.

It's a great moment for Bran, who promptly ruins that moment by shrugging off his longtime companion Meera Reed. Again, no emotions for Bran, so he sends her back home with a simple "thanks," which leaves Meera heartbroken.

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Arya's Home: We almost called this section "No One's Home," but Arya is acting like Arya again, except much more skilled than the last time she was home (which was the show's first episode). Arya Stark returns to Winterfell, having been away so long that she asks to see Rodrik Cassel and Maester Luwin, both of which have been dead for years. The guards don't believe her, and she intimidates her way in before escaping to the Stark catacombs to see Ned's grave. 

Sansa, who's still doing a great job of ruling Winterfell, finds Arya immediately. They exchange the now-standard Stark reunion hug, and as Arya talks about the list of folks she intends to kill/has killed, Sansa thinks she's just joking.

Only after Arya effortlessly defeats Brienne in a duel, and after Bran reveals that he's seen visions of her list (and after their Stark reunion hug), does Sansa begin suspecting that Arya might actually be a remorseless killer.

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Jon Snow's Mountain: Not getting any Stark reunion hugs is Jon Snow, who's still stuck on Dragonstone until he works out a deal with Daenerys Targaryen. In a scene that's both spooky and filled with sexual tension, Jon shows Dany the mountain full of dragonglass/obsidian that he's mining to make anti-White Walker weapons, and which also contains ancient markings from the Children of the Forest, an old species who lived in Westeros before the First Men and created the first White Walkers (Bran met some living with the old Three Eyed Raven). 

We've seen these spiral patterns before, as White Walkers like to arrange dead bodies in those shapes, but more importantly is an old carving of actual White Walkers. Jon shows this to Dany because she really needs to know they're real before they invade, and Dany agrees to help defend the North - so long as Jon bends the knee. Taking a cue from Mance Rayder, Jon still refuses to kneel to a southern ruler despite the approaching undead army.

Jon's first mate and wingman Davos Seaworth teases him about staring at Dany's "good heart," and hopefully someone will tell Jon Snow about his true parents before he gets romantic with Dany, because the Mother of Dragons is technically his aunt. Until then, Dany asks Jon for advice now that Tyrion's "don't destroy Westeros" strategy is failing.

Jon sides with Tyrion: the commoners are so used to constant destruction, they'll only see Dany as someone different if she avoids that senseless destruction. Dany considers this.

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Jaime's Not-So-Victory: Dany did not consider it for long. A pleasant moment of Jaime and Bronn escorting some Tyrell foodstuffs to King's Landing is cut short by a full-out Dothraki ambush, who are scary enough before Dany storms in riding atop Drogon and proceeds to set countless people on fire

In the chaos, Jaime sends Bronn to the anti-dragon weapon that Qyburn invented. Fighting through the Dothraki hordes, Bronn miraculously reaches the giant crossbow and manages to fire a shot into Drogon's shoulder. It's not enough - Drogon destroys the weapon, but he's wounded enough that he needs to land for a bit. Jaime breaks his streak of smart decisions, and tries to charge Dany when she deplanes the dragon to examine his wound.

Right before Drogon can set him on fire, somebody (it looked like Bronn) does Jaime a huge favor and tackles him off his horse. The two plummet into the water and Jaime is saved, almost. But his armor is too heavy to swim, and he sinks. But he's not dead yet, and we'll figure out his fate soon enough.

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The next episode of Game of Thrones, "Eastwatch," airs August 13, 2017 on HBO.

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