Hello, seven blessings and welcome to our Game of Thrones live blog! We’ll be chucking a few Lannister soldiers on the barbie (too soon?) from 2am GMT as we follow all the twists, turns and EPIC DRAGON ATTACKS (hopefully) live in this week’s episode Eastwatch. Throw on your flame-proof armour, and enjoy.
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Our video recap of this week’s episode
03.53: But anyway, that’s a sadness I’ll put off for now until next week. As usual it’s been an absolute pleasure blogging my way through Westeros with you tonight, and I’ll see you all again as we battle the forces of evil beyond the Wall.
Well, watch handsome actors do it anyway. Basically the same thing.
Until then, good night! Sleep as well as you can knowing the Night King is on the march…
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on Mondays on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV at 2am, repeated at 9pm
03.46: Actually kind of sad to think that we only have 2 episodes left now. Normally we’d only be halfway through after five. But then again they’d have spent several episodes travelling up and down Westeros instead of arriving at the Wall instantly, so there are some small mercies.
03.43: Just watched the next week trailer again, and I’m EXTREMELY hyped for the part where Gendry smacks a wight up with his big hammer. In case you can’t tell, I’m a Gendry fan.
03.41: Hey, remember Euron? He used to be in this show. And where did Theon go after last week?
03.38: How could we forget but to pay tribute to tonight’s MVP – Davos Seaworth, a man of top banter, good advice, slick cons and fan service-y references.
In all seriousness, it feels like they’ve had a bit more fun with Davos this series, and cheered him up quite a lot. Just think how he acts now compared to his grim days working for Stannis.
03.34: Oh, and here’s another very soulful and respectful reconstruction of a scene in tonight’s episode, specifically what I’m calling the Tar-Le-Que…
If you ever need any guest cinematographers or voiceover actors, HBO, we’re always here.
03.32: But will Jon ever find out this truth? And could he even prove it if he did?
Well, there’s a chance – Bran already knows about at least part of Jon’s secret parentage through his visions, so if Sam actually reads the scroll they could piece it together and tell Jon. And maybe the documents would be proof enough for everyone that Jon is the king, and they’d all happily let him lead them into a prosperous new era.
Yep, that sounds VERY Game of Thrones. 10 gold dragons says he’d be dead within the series if anyone found out.
03.31: But then, perhaps the biggest moment this week was one we didn’t even see – the revelation that Gilly was reading in that scroll until Sam so RUDELY interrupted her.
Basically it sounded a lot like Rhaegar Targaryen, former Prince and older brother of Dany had his marriage to Elia Martell of Dorne annulled in favour of another – and we wouldn’t be surprised to learn if wife no. 2 was Lyanna Stark, Jon’s secret mother. After all, she was last seen giving birth to Jon in Dorne (where this new wedding took place), surrounded by Rhaegar’s kingsguard after Rhaegar “abducted” her and set off Robert Baratheon’s rebellion.
And IF this is true, this has big repercussions – because it would make JON rightful King of Westeros (all of it, not just the North) instead of Dany, as he’s higher up in the line of succession. Ooh-er.
03.24: Sad he didn’t head up to Winterfell to see his old buddy, old pal Arya though.
03.21: But you know what did convince? Gendry. Gotta love good old Gendry, back four years on. Game of Thrones has officially snipped up all its plotlines. And was it me, or did anyone else see the Baratheon sigil on that warhammer?
03.19: One thing that didn’t convince me this week – Arya and Sansa falling out so easily, and magic super-assassin Arya being so easily fooled by Baelish, who was able to spy on her WITHOUT HER NOTICING. Come on – she took out all the Freys single-handed! She’s not a dumb kid any more.
03.13: Here’s the trailer for next week’s episode, where Jon and his Merry Men go wight-hunting.
Based on these clips things don’t go exactly to plan, with the crew encountering (and battling) rogue wights, rough conditions and even the Night King himself – and based on the large WINTER, IS and HERE words interspersed with the action the show seems to be ramping things up for this to be the BIG episode this year.
(Winter is Here was the big tagline in the buildup to this year’s series, in case you’ve forgotten).
03.11: As noted before, it was a bit of a scene-setting episode, but that’s no bad thing. Next week certainly seems like it’ll be an ACT worth waiting for…
(Not sure if that theatre metaphor holds up really)
03.07: And that’s the episode! Ooof, next week looks like it’s gonna be EPIC.
03.06: Feeling good about the chances of those extra soldiers at the back there. They might as well have dyed those furs red, amirite nerds?
03.05: “We’re all on the same side – we’re all breathing,” Jon says, as they head out into the cold. At least Thoros has wine now.
03.04: So let’s recap: Tormund hates Jorah because his dad hunted wildlings. Gendry hates the brotherhood because they sold him to Stannis and Melisandre. And The Hound hates everyone because he’s great.
03.03: Tormund just wishes Brienne had come up north with Jon and crew. But he does have some men in the cells who want to help – the Brotherhood!
And to think, I still didn’t prepare a Who Let the Dogs Out pic for the Hound.
03.01: Did he genuinely hide it under the bed? What a hack.
Looks like that old message Sansa sent begging big bro Robb to submit in s1
Oh, and Littlefinger knew she was doing it! That makes more sense.
03.00: Arya picking the lock to see what it is – but what could it be? Something he’s forged to drive a wedge between the Stark sisters for “reasons”?
02.59: Maester Walken brought something to Littlefinger from the old archives – “Lady Stark thanks you for your service,” Baelish says in his usual indeterminate accent.
02.58: Now Littlefinger is doing some CLASSIC creepiness, watched over by Arya. Meeting with some of the rebellious lords even. Scheme scheme scheme.
02.57: That would of course make Jon the King! Surprised they’re laying that out (even though Sam didn’t clock it), thought they’d prefer to keep it…
Sam sadly nicking everything not nailed down to flee the citadel. Because to be fair, it looked quite boring.
“I’m tired of reading about the achievements of better men,” he says.
02.55: Now they’ve set off, and Gilly is playing Westerosi trivial pursuit with Sam.
Gilly talking about an annulment given to someone called “Ragger” – hello, could this be Rhaegar? Had an annulment, making Lyanna his real wife, eh?
02.54: Gendry is joining the Suicide Squad up to the north with Jorah and Jon. Thank god he was cured, eh?
He and Dany are now having an emotional farewell. She seems more worried about Jon, awks.
“If I don’t return, at least you won’t have to deal with the King in the North any more.”
“I’ve grown used to him.”
02.51: Gendry, bastard of Robert, meets bastard of Ned. “You’re a lot shorter,” Gendry says, to my own merriment.
Gendry is gonna show up and ferry Daenerys' army across the sea with his massive rowing arms one by one like a speedboat. #gameofthones
01.48: Just realised I’ve not even spoken about why this week’s episode is called Eastwatch! Well, it’s the castle up against The Wall that’s furthermost east (yep, there’s more than just Castle Black), which is where Jon and co think the White Walkers are headed to based on their last known position.
So does this title mean we’re getting some White Walker action, or just a walk-and-talk as Tormund refortifies that castle? Who knows.
01.45: Only 15 minutes to go, and we’re about ready to get cracking with our Lannister barbecue! Whatever Drogon wants, he gets.
What, you thought I was joking about the Barbie???
01.42: Another great subgenre of jokes – Jon Snow ignoring polite conversation to talk about how HE LOOKED INTO THE NIGHT KING’S EYES, GOD DAMMIT.
And yes, I’m talking up my own jokes there. I have no shame.
01.40: Fancy more of such informed GoT chat? I also make Thrones recap videos for Radio Times on Mondays, so check out what we did for The Spoils of War below if you fancy reminding yourself of everything that happened.
Warning: May include badass sword skills from me, extremely high-quality scene reconstructions and a blow-up dragon costume.
01.36: Right now I’m rewatching Brienne and Arya’s sparring session, and remembering something interesting I learned this week – Maisie Williams is right-handed, but ever since she was first cast in the series she’s been training herself to use her left hand for most tasks, as book-Arya is always described as left-handed.
That goes all the way from using lefty to pick up spoons to learning every stunt routine with her weaker hand, including this one, even when the fight choreographers themselves forgot she shouldn’t be holding the sword in her right hand. Now that’s dedication.
01.33: I’m also enjoying the insane number of callbacks to earlier series, particularly in dialogue. Last week we had Davos invoking Stannis’ love of grammar correction (it’s not less, it’s fewer!), and also yet more instances of Daenerys repeating Jon’s own advice/taunts back to him.
Maybe they are meant for each other after all…
01.29: One thing I’ve particularly enjoyed this year is the new crop of memes making fun of Daenerys’ pathological desire to have Jon “bend the knee”. This is a newbie.
“But everything changed when the White Walkers attacked…”
01.27: This is all of us RN (or just those of us properly invested in the feudal laws of Westeros).
01.24: Of course, Gendry is illegitimate, but hey – in a world where a bastard can become King in the North, whose to say one couldn’t claim the Stromlands too?
Hello? Am I the only one concerned by who’s in charge of the Stormlands at the moment? Filthy casuals.
01.18: Oh, I almost forgot one of the most exciting things about tonight’s episode – rumour has it it could see the return of GENDRY.
Remember Gendry? The bastard son of Robert Baratheon, found by Ned Stark and later befriended by Arya? Captured by Melisandre, freed by Davos and last seen rowing away from Dragonstone in season 3? Captain of the SS Abandoned Plotlines?
Well, him. As played by Skins’ Joe Dempsie, who has been a real sport about all the Gendry jokes over the years.
Anyway, a few weeks back his appearance in this series was confirmed when he turned up at the premiere, and ’twas said this could be the week he shows up. Could be wrong – but I’m keeping my eyes peeled. Especially considering that with Robert, Stannis, Renly and Shireen gone he’s one of the last people with a claim on the lands and might of House Baratheon…
01.12: So this is…a thing. And yet they didn’t even include Jim Broadbent. Tut tut.
01.05: Oh, and after that word vomit we have less than an hour until the next episode! Time flies, like a terrifying dragon of metaphor and bad blogging content.
01.04: What else? Well, the series trailer suggests that we’ll also see Tyrion and Lord Varys becoming uneasy over their new Queen’s slightly pyromaniacal tendencies, perhaps worrying she takes after her dear departed deadly daddy the Mad King more than anyone thought.
Out in the real world, people’s reaction to the dragon attack has been actually quite interesting too. A fair few viewers have taken against Dany’s attack as overly violent and evil – but is it really worse than butchering people in a field, or setting fire to their ships and torturing them as Cersei’s troops have done? And if so, why?
Yes, the show makes the Lannister soldiers seem more sympathetic by us seeing them tremble and run away (and with the knowledge that friendly Ed Sheeran and Thomas Turgoose might be among them), but the point of that isn’t to show that Dany is wrong to attack them – only that this isn’t a black-and-white conflict, and that death matters even if it’s on the “bad” side.
Anyway, I’m rambling on, but as a summary – an equal amount of people I’ve spoken to have been annoyed at Bronn for shooting Drogon as they’ve been at Dany for burning men alive. There’s no perfect side to take in this war (it’s very like when Stannis attacked King’s Landing in series two – we want the Lannisters to fail, but we also want Tyrion to succeed in defending the city), and that’s what makes it so interesting. Well, at least to me.
00.52: But what can we look forward to TONIGHT? Well, promos have made it clear that this week’s we’ll finally get to see Jon meet a dragon – specifically Drogon – and we can’t wait to see how both react considering Jon MAY have Targaryen (aka dragon-controlling) blood, even if he doesn’t know it himself.
00.36: Sidebar – this tweet is pretty true and accurate, but do that many people really have plans on Sunday night?? Who’s living it up before Monday? And is Game of Thrones really the only thing that stands between them and Sunday-night bacchanalia?
Or is this just a sign of my own lacklustre social life? Are all the big Sunday evening ragers going on without me? We may never know.
00.32: We also got some nice scenes of Jon and Daenerys growing closer while he showed her ancient carvings that supported his mission to get everyone working together against the White Walkers.
Real talk though – he carved those himself just before she went in, right? We all on the same page about that, yeah? Good.
Oh, and we also saw a brief, antagonistic reunion between Jon and Theon (that happens if you betray your foster family, even if it was back in season 2), and a sparring session between Arya and Brienne that showed Sansa just how much her little sis had changed over the years.
Yep, all interesting, character-driven stuff.
OH WHO ARE WE KIDDING?? We’re all still thinking about the dragon scenes.
00.27: But of course, the Drogon firepit wasn’t the only thing to happen in last week’s episode (though it did end up overshadowing things a bit down to its SHEER AWESOMENESS).
We also got a meeting between Cersei and her bank manager trying to arrange a future loan (though with Mycroft from Sherlock to juzz things up a bit), Bran challenging Littlefinger as the creep King of Winterfell and, of course, that beautiful reunion of Stark sisters Arya and Brienne in front of a less-than accurate statue of their father down in the Winterfell crypts.
Moving, powerful stuff.
(Note; this joke would also work with that picture of Jesus that was repainted. Get working, memers!)
00.21: Our li’l Daenerys mascot certainly seems ready to take what is hers in fire and blood and with a bit of charred sweetcorn on the side.
Watch out, Lannisters everywhere.
(And yay! Finally found a use for my new barbecue. No joke here, I just feel like I haven’t best used the summer months).
00.18: So Jaime (and probably Bronn – we assume he’s the tackler) survived the fiery inferno – but what of the others? From the looks of things a fair bit of the Lannister army was brown bread (ok, blackened toast) by the battle’s end, but what of Sam’s dad Randyll and brother (heh heh) Dickon?
We’d say Dany might spare a few to bend the knee and legitimise her rule – though really who knows what she’ll do once her dragon blood is up?
00.11: Oh, and if you were wondering how Jaime managed to plunge into deep water when his horse was trotting easily through the river’s shallows just metres to the left, there’s actually an answer that some fans have laid out – the river the battle took place by actually does dip from “paddling pool” to “Marianas trench” levels at the drop of a hat, even according to George RR Martin’s source novels.
So there you go – the Trench of Regret is officially canon. So this show about dragons and ice zombies became just that little bit more plausible.
00.06: So, the big question after last week’s episode – is Jaime Lannister dead? Was he the victim of his own hubris as he tried to charge Daenerys (and, er, her MASSIVE dragon) only to be tackled from his horse into a nearby river and drown in his heavy armour?
Now what did we learn, Jaime?
Personally, I’d have to go for no – it’d be a bit of an inauspicious end for the Kingslayer (it’d also slightly skew the King’s Landing story if Cersei didn’t have someone to argue with), and frankly the death just doesn’t feel like it fits just yet.
Yes, here at RadioTimes.com towers (aka my dark flat in Southwest London) we’re all still reeling after last week’s incendiary Game of Thrones, where Daenerys Targaryen (and Drogon) finally went nuclear to turn the Lannister army into small piles of grey ash.
It was a moment that Game of Thrones had been building to for years, pulled off spectacularly well – and now this week’s installment has the unenviable task of following one of the best episodes ever. No pressure
As usual my name’s Huw (be weird if I changed it between episodes, to be honest), and I’ll be your Hand through the darkness of the confusing, deadly and sometimes unintentionally hilarious world of Westeros this week.
But before all that, there’s a few things to discuss about where we left our heroes last time…