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Apr

A Game of Thrones Season 7 Recap (Episode 1-5)

Season 7 of Game of Thrones is almost over! Just 2 more episodes to go (not counting leaked episodes) before the show goes on a year-long break.

The show has again broken records this season, here are the official numbers:

  • 1 million viewers tuned in for the season premiere
  • 30 million (legal) views in the U.S
  • 90 million (pirated) views worldwide

This season is also different because things moved at a breathtaking pace. Each episode seemed to include so many important plot points that it was hard to keep track. Let’s recap the important happenings in each of the episodes and get up to speed. Fair warning guys, spoilers abound from this point on. If you haven’t seen the season 7, turn back now.

Episode 1: Dragonstone (IMDB Rating: 8.7/10)

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  • Winter (AKA Arya Stark) kills all the male members of House Frey
  • Cersei joins forces with Euron Greyjoy against Daenerys.
  • Bran and Meera finally make it back to the Wall.
  • Jon pardons the Northern houses that joined the Bolton rebellion.
  • Littlefinger continues to try and drive a wedge between Sansa and Jon
  • Sam is apprenticing for Archmaester Ebrose and discovers that Dragonstone has a giant cache of dragon-glass and promptly informs Jon.
  • The Hound and the Brotherhood Without Banners stop by at an abandoned farm in the Riverlands where Clegane, sees a guiding vision in the fire and becomes a semi-believer in the Lord of Light.

Most OMG! Moment: Wight Giants!

Episode 2: Stormborn (IMDB Rating: 9.0/10)

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  • Daenerys questions Vary’s loyalty and threatens to burn him alive if he ever betrays her.
  • Melisandre shows up and reveals that she thinks Dany might be Azor Ahai
  • Dany invites all the great lords and the King in the North to come to Dragonstone and bend the knee to their new Queen.
  • Jon decides to head to Dragonstone with Davos leaving Sansa in charge of Winterfell
  • Sam tries a dangerous forbidden method to cure Ser Jorah’s greyscale.
  • Arya meets Hot Pie in The Inn at the Crossroads and learns that Jon has been declared King in the North and is at Winterfell. She abandons her plan to kill Cersei and heads back home.
  • Cersei tries to get the Tarlys and other major Houses to join her war against the foreign Dothraki invaders and the Dragon Queen.
  • Qyburn reveals a scorpion-like device that he says is capable of killing dragons.
  • Dany makes her first proper attack plans since landing at Dragonstone. Her Unsullied along with the Dothraki plan to attack Casterly Rock. The Greyjoy fleet and Dornish forces sail for King’s Landing.
  • Euron attacks the Greyjoy fleet, kills two of the Sand Snakes and captures Ellaria, Yara, and Tyene.
  • Theon fights pretty bravely at first. But when he sees Euron attack Yara, he almost goes back into Reek-mode and abandons the ship instead of helping out his sister.

Most OMG! Moment: Arya meeting Nymeria!

Episode 3: The Queen's Justice (IMDB Rating: 9.4/10)

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  • Jon arrives at Dragonstone and meets Daenerys. She asks him to bend the knee, but he refuses. Instead he asks her for help fighting the White Walkers and requests that she let him mine the dragon-glass beneath Dragonstone.
  • Melisandre and Varys have an ominous chat where he warns her not to return to Westeros, and she in her creepy-Mel way tells him that she will return and die on the island, just like he will.
  • Dany grants Jon’s request for dragon-glass after Tyrion convinces her.
  • Euron brings the captured prisoners, Ellaria and Tyene, to King’s Landing. Cersei is pleased and accepts his proposal of a marital alliance, but on the condition that he help the Lannisters win the war.
  • Cersei imprisons Ellaria and Tyene in the dungeons and gives a poisonous kiss to Tyene. Ellaria watches helplessly as her daughter dies a horrible death.
  • Bran and Meera arrive at Winterfell and we see another tearful Stark reunion.
  • Bran creeps out Sansa by revealing that he knows pretty much everything and has visions of the past and future.
  • Archmaester Ebrose declares Jorah cured and tells him he can leave the Citadel.
  • The Unsullied sail to Casterly Rock and find it deserted. They take the stronghold, but Euron launches a surprise attack and basically traps them in a dead city without any provisions.
  • The entire Lannister army instead was at High Garden. They seize the castle, gold, and all the provisions.
  • Jamie grants Olenna the mercy of a painless death, which she accepts and drinks the offered poison. Before dying, true to her name, the Queen of Thorns, reveals that she was the one who killed Joffery.

Most OMG! Moment: Tyene being poisoned by Cersei as Ellaria watches helplessly

Episode 4: The Spoils of War (IMDB Rating: 9.9/10)

  • Littlefinger tries to play some kind of mind games with Bran. He gives him the Valyrian steel dagger that was meant to kill Bran. His plan fails when Bran creeps him out by repeating a now-famous Littlefinger line, “Chaos is a ladder.”
  • Meera says goodbye to Bran and heads home to Greywater Watch. Their conversation reveals that Bran has almost forgotten what it’s like to be Brandon Stark, he is just the Three-Eyed Raven.
  • Arya arrives at Winterfell, has an emotional reunion with Sansa and Bran. She discovers that Bran has visions and knows everything about her list of people she wants to kill. During the exchanges Bran also gives her the Valyrian steel dagger.
  • Brienne and Arya have a friendly spar in the Winterfell courtyard as Sansa and Littlefinger look on. Everyone gets a glimpse of her assassin skils she learnt with the Faceless Men.
  • Jon shows Dany the dragon-glass caves and ancient cave paintings. The crudely drawn images clearly show that the Children of the Forest teamed up with the First Men to fight the Army of the Dead. This lends credence to Jon’s claims about the White Walkers.
  • Theon returns to Dragonstone and informs them of Euron’s attack and asks for Dany’s help to rescue Yara.
  • Dany gets mad that her conquest of Westeros isn’t going swimmingly, she decides to take things into her own hands.
  • Over at the Reach, the Lannister forces are emptying out the granaries and the gold. Suddenly a horde of Dothrakis and Dany riding Drogon launch a devastating attack. Most of the soldiers and supplies are burnt to a crisp.
  • Bronn manages to hit Drogon with a scorpion bolt and the massive dragon flies down, seemingly injured. Jamie watches Dany standing beside Drogon and seizes the moment and charges towards her. Drogon launches a stream of dragon-fire in his direction, but Bronn manages to save him by pushing him aside into a nearby lake. The episode ends at a cliffhanger as Jamie drowns due to his heavy armor.

Most OMG! Moment: Jamie trying to kill Dany as she stands beside an injured Drogon

Episode 5: Eastwatch (IMDB Rating: 9.1/10)

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  • The episode picks up where the last left off, Jamie is saved by Bronn.
  • Dany gives the defeated Lords and their soldiers a choice: bend the knee or die! Randyll Tarly and his son Dickon refuse and are burnt alive.
  • Dany returns to Dragonstone and lands on a cliff. Drogon and Jon come face to face and Jon stands his ground as the dragon glowers at him. Jon suddenly loses his fear and decides to take off his glove and pet the freakin dragon! Dany watches on, stunned and curious.
  • Bran spies on the Night King movements using a flock of ravens, he discovers that the Army of the Dead is marching on Eastwatch. Winterfell promptly informs Jon of this development.
  • Jon requests Dany to let him go to Eastwatch, but Dany doesn’t agree immediately because she is still focused on the war with Cersei. Jon tries to convince her by saying that he trusted a stranger by coming South and she should return the courtesy.
  • During these discussions, Tyrion comes up with plan to the major Westerosi players that the White Walker threat is real: capture a wight and bring it to King’s Landing!
  • This plan is put into motion as Tyrion and Davos head towards King’s Landing. Bronn sets up the meeting between Jamie and Tyrion. The meeting results in Tyrion offering a cessation of hostilities and Jamie agreeing to talk to Cersei.
  • Jamie tells Cersei the truth about Joffery’s death and Cersei reveals a little surprise of her own, she is pregnant! And she apparently has a wicked spy network, because she already knows about the secret meeting with Tyrion.
  • Davos visits the Street of Steel, where Gendry has been living this whole time (apparently not rowing, who knew!) he basically asks him to join the Eastwatch adventure. Gendry agrees instantly.
  • The Citadel maesters read Brans letter about the Army of the Dead and chalk it up as useless ramblings of a cripple. Sam tries to convince them, but they don’t listen.
  • Sam decides to abandon his quest to become a master and tells Gilly they should leave for Westeros. We also discover from an old book that Gilly was reading that Jon is not a bastard, his father, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, had his marriage with Elia Martell annulled and married Lyanna Stark.
  • Arya criticizes the way Sansa is dealing with the Northern Lords, and accuses her of wanting more power. She also stalks Littlefinger and obtains a letter that Sansa was pressured to write by Cersei. The letter defended Joffery and declared their father, Ned Stark’s, actions as treason. Robb received this letter and instantly saw through it, but Arya takes it at face value.
  • Jon, Davos, and Gendry sails for Eastwatch and reveals his plan to Tormund, who agrees to join the quest. The Hound, Beric Dondarrion, and Thoros also join this wight-capturing adventure and the seven heroes, head to the cold cold North.

Most OMG! Moment: Jon petting Drogon!

This season seems to have moved the plot ahead by miles. We hope it lives up to our expectations.

What did you think of the season so far? Let us know in the comments!

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