"Fire Water Burn" | 'Game of Thrones' S7 E4 Recap
I must not do a very good job watching the previews for next week’s episodes because I had no idea we were getting a battle of such epic proportions this week. If you consider the fact we still have three episodes left after this, the rest of this season is going to be non-stop action and plot development, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Highgarden (Jamie Lannister, Bronn, Sam’s Dad, & Rickon)
My mistake, sir. lmfao
Hey — Bronn’s back! And he’s just as fun and witty as ever.
Jamie’s transporting gold from Highgarden to King’s Landing to pay off the Iron Bank, and he gives Bronn part of what he’s owed. Bronn still wants a castle, though. Jamie’s like, “You’ll get a castle after you help us win this war.” Let me tell you, Bronn: You are never getting a castle because there’s no way you’re winning this war based on the last scene of this episode.
King's Landing (Cersei, Iron Bank Rep)
Here we are: Seven seasons into the most action-packed show on TV, and one of the major plot points revolves around ... finance? I mean, who would have thought that after last season when Cersei blew up half the city of King's Landing she'd be embroiled in what is basically my every day struggle to get control of my crippling student loan debt? I don’t want to be reminded of this, HBO. Thank you for your understanding.
Winterfell (Littlefinger, Bran Stark, Meera Reed, Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, Brienne)
Bran and Littlefinger have a nice little creep-off, and Bran wins this round so he gets a dagger, but the creep war is far from over. The real question is: How can Littlefinger pull over on someone who can see through all of space and time? His chances of surviving the season are getting lower by the minute.
Let’s take a minute here to give a shout-out to Meera Reed, who watched her brother, Hodor, and others suffer and/or die in the journey to get Bran Stark to the Three-Eyed Raven. Under normal circumstances that would warrant more than a fleeting “Thanks.” But Bran traded his personality for super powers so long story short: THAT’S A SERIES WRAP FOR MEERA REED, LADIES AND GENTS.
Arya’s now back in Winterfell, and that means more happy Stark sibling reunions:
SANSA: So how have things been?
ARYA: Oh, y’know ... pretty good. Just learned some sick fucking sword skills and also how to assume the identity of people. Also: I have a list of people I want to kill, but I’m getting down to the last few names now.
SANSA: Cool. Bran has visions, and I ... um ... well, I’ve been married like three times. Twice to psychopaths and once as a sham. Escaping abusive relationships is a special ability kind of, right?
Later at the tree with the face on it, Bran gives Arya the dagger that he got from Littlefinger and the Stark kids start to put 2 and 2 together and realize the 50-something-year-old man who lusted after their mother, killed their father, and is obsessed with Sansa might just be plotting against them.
No wonder this family has trouble staying alive...
Dragonstone (Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Davos, Missandei, Tyrion Lannister, Theon Greyjoy)
Jon’s been working down in the mines and “finds” some cool little hieroglyphs that he wants to show Dany. Now, Jon’s gotta be thinking “Okay — last time I found myself in a cave with a woman, it ended pretty well for me, so it’s worth a shot at least.” Unfortunately for Jon, Dany seems to believe his story about the White Walkers a bit more, but she still tells him she won’t help unless he bends the knee.
Outside the cave, Tyrion relays the bad news about Casterly Rock to Daenerys. Her first instinct is to, of course, use her dragons to burn something. Literally everyone else pleads with her not to, but in true Dany fashion...
Between Highgarden & King’s Landing (Daenerys, Drogon, Tyrion, Jamie, Bronn)
The Dothraki riding into battle was cool, but then you add Dany and Drogon flying over them and burning everything to the mix? Now that’s awesome.
Full disclosure: Once Bronn brought out the anti-dragon crossbow, I fast-forwarded to the end of this battle to make sure Drogon didn’t die. When you care about a CGI dragon more than any of the other characters in a scene, it’s a problem, folks. Anyway, Bronn injured Drogon, so Bronn is basically my least favorite character now.
But Bronn did manage to save Jamie. Don’t let the cliffhanger ending fool you: Jamie will be back next episode. He could be captured by Dany and the Dothraki and used as leverage against Cersei, but one way or another: he’ll be none the worse for wear next Sunday. It will be interesting to see if/when Tyrion speaks to Jamie since the latter now knows the truth about Joffrey. He might have an even bigger soft spot for the little guy (pun 100% intended.)