‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 4 Full Review: ‘The Spoils Of War’

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Just getting up to speed on the last three episodes of Game Of Thrones and this episode 4 blew my mind away but then so do all other episodes of this unusual movies series.

This time, the show was a feast of blood and fire as powerful evil, good, dragons and armies clashed. This was a real dance of dragons and fire but then there was the ice and the armies of the undead.

This episode lasted just 50 minutes! And then it was over. But the delight of it? Well, that’s if you love the magic stuff and epic stories. Enough of the boredom let me tell you all about it.

The little girl who went into exile across the seas with her elder brother after their father king of the seven kingdoms was murdered … she is back and now she is the mother of 3 huge dragons, an uncrowned queen with a vast army that needed a thousand ships to cross the seas.

Her name….. Daenerys

Daenerys destroys an army with just one of her dragons

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I will take time to describe this wonderful story, Game of Thrones, in detail for most people to really understand but right now we are talking about the season 7…episode 4.

This story started on the road between Highgarden and King’s Landing in a remote section of Westeros that has one thinking about Utah, a state in the United States with lots of remote rocky sections,… It’s a war.


The Battle For The Loot Train

Daenerys half listens to her advisers, the imp, Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow when they tell her to avoid becoming just like other conquerors, burning the world down in her quest for domination and power. The newly arrived mother of dragons decides not fly her dragons to straight to King’s Landing to take the throne by force but she has other plans. She wants to send a message to the evil woman who sits on the throne of her fathers, the one who killed her entire family in the palace when she was but a child.

Daenerys takes one of her advisers, the imp, and a horde of her mounted Dothraki warriors, to ambush the Lannister army as they transported the spoils of Highgarden to King’s Landing.

Now, the Lannister army led by the king’s uncle and father, Jaime, had laid waste to Highgarden and looted its crops, gold and all valuable stuff. They were headed for home which is the palace at king’s landing when they walked right into the ambush of savage horsemen and dragons. They didn’t stand a chance.

However, in a bid to avoid such an ambush, Jaime had already transported the wagon of gold to King’s Landing. This means that his sister and the queen mother, Cersei will be able to repay the Iron Bank the debt the Lannisters owe…..a Lannister always pays his debts.

The battle was more of a slaughter. An overpowered Daenerys unleashed a fire-breathing dragon and a horde of Dothraki on a helpless Lannister army.

Her adviser, Tyrion is riding the dragon with her and he looks down grimly at the carnage—barbarians hungry for blood, smoke bruising the sky black—his thoughts were not good and they are easily imagined. Has he made a mistake backing a Targaryen? Daenerys is sick of ‘clever plans’ and will bathe the world in blood and fire until she sits on the Iron Throne. But being sick of ‘clever plans’ is, perhaps, a sugar-coated way of saying that she’s sick of taking a humane path to the victory she carves. Daenerys may not have brought her mighty dragons to King’s Landing, but Tyrion has now seen, first hand, the devastation they can bring to the world firsthand, and it’s not a pretty picture.

It’s a very terrifying one.

Is the Mother of Dragons a villain? Daenerys, exiled as a little princess, has never lived in Westeros, yet she has no problem killing Westerosi with her monstrous dragons and foreign barbarians.And this is what doesn’t sit well Tyrion.

The Lannisters all in their armor and deep scarlet uniforms, lined up for the slaughter and slaughter is what they get. Dragon flame spouting like a fiery geyser, parting the red sea and the savage Dothraki horsemen, whopping and screaming their battle cries, tore into them.

Then there were the funny moments. were Bronn was running from the Dothraki warrior, but then killed him with the ballista. I must say I was relieved to see this part… kinda love Boom.

Boom has got good jumping legs and his tactic of not wearing armor saved him yet again as he jumps off the cliff into the waters below to avoid being consumed by dragon fire.

He had a chance to spear  Daenerys, though but didn’t take it, perhaps that was because he saw his former master and friend with her, The Imp.

This battle really showed that if Dothraki goes to fight the White Walkers in the north, the dragons will certainly be incredibly formidable foes.

But she’s only willing to do that if Jon Snow bends the knee (submits to her).

The Dragon Glass

Jon Snow shows Daenerys the large mountain of dragon glass and several cave paintings made by the ancient Children of the Forest who had fought the White Walkers a thousand years before. He urges her to team up with him to fight this ancient evil.

These are two stubborn, leaders of men and armies, and they are attracted to each other. What we have here is a romance in the making.

Daenerys even made a joke about Jon ‘staring at her good heart’. But Jon says “there’s no time for that,” nonetheless, the chemistry is there.

But that wasn’t exactly the only sex talk of the night, as Daenerys and her maid, Missandei do some girl gossip in a more humanizing scenes. We’ve not seen this part of Daenerys in a very long time.

When Varys and Tyrion tell Daenerys of the loss of Highgarden, she turns to Jon Snow for advice saying that Tyrion may have some sympathies for his family after all. This is a man that traveled half across the world to be by her side and has been a good and moral adviser since then.

Jon tells her the people will follow her, but not if she becomes just another terrible ruler who does the same thing every other terrible ruler has done.


And then Theon showed up.

Jon Snow isn’t at all happy to see the Lord of the Iron Islands.

Theon arrives and we learn that Dany has left. I guess it took Theon half an age to return the short distance from where his fleet was ambushed, but nevermind all that. Time and distance do not matter. Everything in this story makes sense until you start questioning it.

In any case, Jon Snow tells the young Greyjoy Lord that the only reason he hasn’t killed him already is what he did for his stepsister, Sansa. Theon looks

Speaking of Sansa, let’s visit the Lady of Winterfell.

Winterfell

Battle hardened Brienne learns that a girl can fight.

A girl is at the Winterfell castle gates. A girl tells the guards that she is Arya Stark, daughter of Lord Stark, but the guards laugh in her face. A girl is unmoved. She threatens the guards and they buckle, taking her into the castle, where she promptly disappears.

Arya goes to the crypts beneath the huge castle to see her late father. And there, Sansa found her, and the reunion of the two sisters was, well, better than that of Bran and Sansa in the last episode.

And now there are three Starks in Winterfell.  Rickon and Robb are dead, as are Eddard and Catelyn, but three Stark children are still left, that’s not counting Jon Snow who is not really a Stark.

When Arya tells Sansa of her secret death list, Sansa laughs it off but then Bran mentions the list later. And then Sansa watches Arya train with the battle hardened Brienne, and could barely believe her eyes. Cunning Littlefinger is watching the fight too and his look shifts from pure disbelief to open admiration. And then, he notices Arya with the Valyrian steel dagger.

The Valyrian Steel Dagger.

Littlefinger had only just given that same dagger to Bran in a riveting scene between the two. Littlefinger, of course, lies and schemes with everyone, but he has no idea that Brian is well aware of this. Brian, with his new powers, knows so many things. When Brian asked Littlefinger if he knew who owned the knife, rather than pin it on Tyrion, Baelish says that he doesn’t have an idea. But Bran knows. Of that, He knows exactly what Littlefinger is and what he’s done.

And then Little finger tries to play the empathy number, he tells Bran that it must be difficult to come back to a world in such chaos.

“Chaos is a ladder,” Bran says. Littlefinger, not knowing of his mind reading powers, pales visibly. Those were his own words hurled back in his face. Words he spoke in private to Varys way back in Season 3.

Full quotation:

“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”

Littlefinger, though baffled by the words,  will now certainly view Bran as a threat, though he’s likely completely baffled by Bran’s words. What should he do?

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Authors Thoughts

This was an indeed a great episode. It had a truly epic battle, a huge awaited reunion between the Stark children, and lots of wonderful moments from beginning to end.

There were genuinely funny moments, too. One such was Bronn laughing at Dickon’s name, I got cracked up there too.

There was a brief scene with Queen Cersei and the Iron Banker, she’s set to clear her family’s and her kingdom’s debts. A Lannister always pays their debts, after all, but a Lannister also needs a new
army.

Winter is coming……

The Game Of Thrones: A thrilling movie series you will never forget!

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