Spoiler alert. You know the drill.
We open in Mereen, where finally the meeting of the century (™) is underway. Dany hits Tyrion with a conundrum – why should she trust him? Pause for thought… um… because he’s an expert Lannister-slayer! But why should she trust a kinslayer? Damn you Kahleesi!
After last week’s episode I felt like I had led you all on for a while there – it looked like Dany was content to just have Tyrion chat with her from two stories below her podium, and we weren’t going to get the wine soaked intercontinental gossip session we’d been hoping for all season.
Luckily later in the episode… it happened!
Look at those two palling around! Your dad is evil and dead? My dad is evil and dead! I think you’d make a good queen! I think you drink too much wine! We’re getting along like a house on dragon fire!
Meanwhile, Jorah eventually got his freedom… which he promptly traded in to get RIGHT BACK WHERE HE WAS before. Except without a magic-cocked imp. Come on man! But didn’t we all feel a little sad for Jorah when Tyrion totally outed his crush? I mean, we all knew it… but did you have to go and say it? In front of Missandei and the Unsullied? Not cool, Tyrion.
In Braavos, Arya has finally been given her first practical assignment. A girl is no longer Arya Stark, but Lana, the cockney cockle girl, with a trolley full of molluscs and a keen eye for detail, if not street names.
Jaqen is impressed that she’s learned so much about Braavosi geography. I’m more amazed that she is so adept at shucking oysters after just one episode.
It turns out that in the world of Game of Thrones, one with ice zombies, dragons, shadow assassins, backstabbers and Ramsay Bolton, the people Jaqen deems most worthy of death are insurance salesmen. I guess some things never change.
Speaking of Ramsay, this episode sees a slightly positive moment for Sansa – she now knows that somewhere, just maybe, Bran and Rickon are still out there. To be fair, we don’t know where Rickon is either, and, last thing we saw, Bran was hanging out underground with a wizard and a toddler becoming a tree, but still… HOPE.
It was also very rewarding to see her rip Theon to verbal shreds. Between Arya’s kill list and this, the Stark girls are not giving up without a fight. Now all we need is for her to corkscrew Ramsay to death, jump on Brienne’s horse, track down Rickon and Arya, and SEEK VENGEANCE. And not die.