Game of thrones season 7, episode 5 recap

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Jon Snow assembled his fur-trimmed crack team for a death-or-glory mission in this kích hoạt light but chat heavy instalment


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Spoiler alert: this blog is published after trò chơi of Thrones airs on HBO in the US on Sunday night & on Foxtel in nước australia on Monday. Bởi vì not read unless you have watched season seven, episode five, which airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday at 2am & 9pm, and is repeated in nước australia on Showcase on Monday at 7.30pm AEST.

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‘We’re all on the same side ... We’re all breathing.’


If last week’s trò chơi of Thrones toyed with the iconography of the wild west, Eastwatch switched to lớn a different genre entirely: the men-on-a-mission movie. Jon’s assignment couldn’t have been more straightforward: sneak under the Wall, snatch an undead soldier và present him to Queen Cersei – and by extension the realm – as proof that the Night King’s army presents a real và present danger to lớn the people of Westeros. But where was he going khổng lồ find a bunch of guys brave or crazy enough khổng lồ pull off this crackpot scheme?

The rest of the episode played lượt thích the first half of any great behind-enemy-lines war movie, from The Dirty Dozen lớn Inglourious Basterds, chucking in a touch of Ocean’s Eleven heist flick for good measure. Và it was an absolute joy khổng lồ watch the gang come together: there was Jorah Mormont, springing from his sickbed and right into the fray. Và here – joy of joys – was Gendry, ruddy-faced as ever, swinging a brand new warhammer that might as well have “this machine kills wights” stencilled on the handle. It was damn near impossible lớn suppress a cheer when Tormund Giantsbane joined the crew, mad-bearded, wild-eyed and still lusting after “the big woman”.


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Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Photograph: HBOWith all this testosterone flying about, the two queens were relegated khổng lồ little more than supporting roles. Daenerys got her big speech in early, offering a choice khổng lồ the half-cooked Lannister army: join up, or get a taste of dragonfire. Two flambéed Tarlys later và they were all hers. The death of grumpy old patriarch Randyll wasn’t much of a loss but poor Dickon seemed to have a bright future. Still, he made his bed & he burned in it.

From there, Dany’s role was chiefly khổng lồ act as the source of unspoken tension between Jon và his new lieutenant, Jorah, who watched slit-eyed as his beloved cosied up to lớn the dashing newcomer. The flirtation between the royal couple stepped up yet another notch, Dany looking decidedly flushed as Jon volunteered khổng lồ go north & give Johnny Undead a stern seeing-to. She even let him pet her dragons (the way Jon called them “gorgeous beasts” like a Yorkshire farmer admiring three fine heifers was rather wonderful), adding fuel to lớn those rumours that he’ll be one of Dany’s dragon-riding trifecta when the final battle rolls around.

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Cersei, meanwhile, was still stuck at King’s Landing, dreaming of mercenary armies and plotting to lớn turn Tyrion’s offer of truce against him. Still, at least she’s finally aware that he had nothing to vì chưng with Joffrey’s death, whether or not she believes it. The reunion between the two Lannister boys was predictably prickly – as Tyrion reminded us, “the last time I was here I killed my father with a crossbow” – but at least Jaime and Tyrion are talking. It did take some fairly wild plot contortions to lớn get there, though: did Bronn really swim that far dragging an unconscious man in full armour? và what on Earth made Tyrion think that turning up undisguised in the vicinity of King’s Landing was in any way appropriate?

‘Winterfell didn’t just fall into our hands. We took it.’

Back in the north, intrigue piled upon intrigue. It was no surprise at all when the Northern lords’ shift of allegiance from Jon to Sansa turned out lớn be Littlefinger’s handiwork, whispering in ears and rounding up a network of Northern informers. Will Arya confront him và accuse him outright of sowing dissent among the surviving Stark children? Or is she considering joining him, for reasons best known to herself? It’s still not quite clear if Arya knows that Baelish framed her father. Could she be setting him up for a fall?

The scene between the two sisters was one of the episode’s best, as both Sansa & Arya refused khổng lồ realise how much the other has changed. To Arya, her older sibling is still the pampered princess, whose finery makes her feel lượt thích she’s “better than everybody else”. For Sansa, Arya is still a rough-and-tumble girl, tough-talking but essentially toothless. It’s painful lớn see them starting lớn work against one another, when the real enemy is already on their borders.


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John Bradley as Samwell Tarly & Hannah Murray as Gilly. Photograph: HBONot that those fuddy-duddy Maesters are ready for it. Sam’s scenes appeared khổng lồ offer hasty closure to lớn the Oldtown plotline, hauling in Gilly for a spot of blunt-force foreshadowing (Rhaegar and Lyanna were secretly hitched! The bastard of Winterfell isn’t a bastard after all!) before Sam saddled his pony & headed out, presumably north. Still, at least he got lớn play his own little role in the heist khổng lồ come, sneaking around the Citadel library like the bookish sidekick who furnishes the team with blueprints lớn the bank.

Additional notes

This was perhaps the least action-packed episode in game of Thrones so far but it was crammed lớn bursting with incredible two-man dialogue scenes. The pick of the bunch was yet another of Tyrion & Varys’ regular masterclasses in pithy banter: “It’s a sealed scroll from the King in the North.” “What’s it say?”

Joe Dempsie was just a delight as Gendry, falling over himself lớn join Davos on his trip north và going toe-to-toe with Jon as the two (alleged) bastards discussed their legendary dads: “You’re a lot leaner.” “You’re a lot shorter.”

và last, but far from least, the reunion of Tyrion and Jorah was brief but unexpectedly touching: “I’ve missed you, Mormont. Nobody glowers quite like you.”

Violence count

A pair of fried Tarlys & two hammered Gold Cloaks aside, this week was wall-to-Wall chit chat.

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Nudity count

Once again, the entire cast kept their jerkins securely fastened. There’s far too much plot flying around for anyone to lớn have time for nookie.

Random Brit of the week

This one really was random, as The Actor, Kevin Eldon – last seen creeping the boards in Braavos – reappeared in an entirely differently role as a doomed Gold Cloak. Did the casting directors think we wouldn’t notice?

Episode 1: WinterfellEpisode 2: A Knight of the Seven KingdomsEpisode 3: The Long NightEpisode 4: The Last of the StarksEpisode 5: The BellsEpisode 6: The Iron Throne

Season seven

Episode 1: DragonstoneEpisode 2: StormbornEpisode 3: The Queen's JusticeEpisode 4: The Spoils of WarEpisode 5: EastwatchEpisode 6: Beyond The WallEpisode 7: The Dragon và the Wolf

Season six

Episode 1: The Red WomanEpisode 2: HomeEpisode 3: OathbreakerEpisode 4: Book of the StrangerEpisode 5: The DoorEpisode 6: Blood of my BloodEpisode 7: The Broken ManEpisode 8: No OneEpisode 9: Battle of the BastardsEpisode 10: The Winds of Winter

Season five

Episode 1: The Wars to ComeEpisode 2: The House of Black và WhiteEpisode 3: High SparrowEpisode 4: Sons of the HarpyEpisode 5: Kill the BoyEpisode 6: Unbowed, Unbent, UnbrokenEpisode 7: The GiftEpisode 8: HardhomeEpisode 9: The Dance of DragonsEpisode 10: Mother's Mercy

Season four

Episode 1: Two SwordsEpisode 2: The Lion & the RoseEpisode 3: Breaker of ChainsEpisode 4: OathkeeperEpisode 5: First of His NameEpisode 6: The Laws of Gods và MenEpisode 7: MockingbirdEpisode 8: The Mountain & the ViperEpisode 9: The Watchers on the WallEpisode 10: The Children

Season three

Episode 1: Valar DohaerisEpisode 2: Dark Wings, Dark WordsEpisode 3: Walk of PunishmentEpisode 4: and Now His Watch Is EndedEpisode 5: Kissed by FireEpisode 6: The ClimbEpisode 7: The Bear and the Maiden FairEpisode 8: Second SonsEpisode 9: The Rains of CastamereEpisode 10: Mhysa

Season two

Episode 1: The North RemembersEpisode 2: The Night LandsEpisode 3: What Is Dead May Never DieEpisode 4: Garden of BonesEpisode 5: The Ghost of HarrenhalEpisode 6: The Old Gods & the NewEpisode 7: A Man Without HonourEpisode 8: The Prince of WinterfellEpisode 9: BlackwaterEpisode 10: Valar Morghulis

Season one

Episode 1: Winter is ComingEpisode 2: The KingsroadEpisode 3: Lord SnowEpisode 4: Cripples, Bastards, & Broken ThingsEpisode 5: The Wolf and the LionEpisode 6: A Golden CrownEpisode 7: You Win or You DieEpisode 8: The Pointy EndEpisode 9: BaelorEpisode 10: Fire & Blood

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Season eight

Episode 1: WinterfellEpisode 2: A Knight of the Seven KingdomsEpisode 3: The Long NightEpisode 4: The Last of the StarksEpisode 5: The BellsEpisode 6: The Iron Throne

Season seven

Episode 1: DragonstoneEpisode 2: StormbornEpisode 3: The Queen"s JusticeEpisode 4: The Spoils of WarEpisode 5: EastwatchEpisode 6: Beyond The WallEpisode 7: The Dragon & the Wolf

Season six

Episode 1: The Red WomanEpisode 2: HomeEpisode 3: OathbreakerEpisode 4: Book of the StrangerEpisode 5: The DoorEpisode 6: Blood of my BloodEpisode 7: The Broken ManEpisode 8: No OneEpisode 9: Battle of the BastardsEpisode 10: The Winds of Winter

Season five

Episode 1: The Wars lớn ComeEpisode 2: The House of Black & WhiteEpisode 3: High SparrowEpisode 4: Sons of the HarpyEpisode 5: Kill the BoyEpisode 6: Unbowed, Unbent, UnbrokenEpisode 7: The GiftEpisode 8: HardhomeEpisode 9: The Dance of DragonsEpisode 10: Mother"s Mercy

Season four

Episode 1: Two SwordsEpisode 2: The Lion & the RoseEpisode 3: Breaker of ChainsEpisode 4: OathkeeperEpisode 5: First of His NameEpisode 6: The Laws of Gods & MenEpisode 7: MockingbirdEpisode 8: The Mountain và the ViperEpisode 9: The Watchers on the WallEpisode 10: The Children

Season three

Episode 1: Valar DohaerisEpisode 2: Dark Wings, Dark WordsEpisode 3: Walk of PunishmentEpisode 4: and Now His Watch Is EndedEpisode 5: Kissed by FireEpisode 6: The ClimbEpisode 7: The Bear & the Maiden FairEpisode 8: Second SonsEpisode 9: The Rains of CastamereEpisode 10: Mhysa

Season two

Episode 1: The North RemembersEpisode 2: The Night LandsEpisode 3: What Is Dead May Never DieEpisode 4: Garden of BonesEpisode 5: The Ghost of HarrenhalEpisode 6: The Old Gods & the NewEpisode 7: A Man Without HonourEpisode 8: The Prince of WinterfellEpisode 9: BlackwaterEpisode 10: Valar Morghulis

Season one

Episode 1: Winter is ComingEpisode 2: The KingsroadEpisode 3: Lord SnowEpisode 4: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken ThingsEpisode 5: The Wolf and the LionEpisode 6: A Golden CrownEpisode 7: You Win or You DieEpisode 8: The Pointy EndEpisode 9: BaelorEpisode 10: Fire và Blood