Eastwatch was a great episode from start to finish. It was filled with a lot of great character moments, and left off on one hell of a cliffhanger for next week. While there was no epic battle like last week’s outing, this was still a very entertaining watch that gave the audience something to look forward to for the last two episodes.
*********WARNING SPOILERS BELOW************
So the episode starts with Jaime and Bronn coming out of the lake they were in last week. I love how Bronn isn’t truly on side or the other, he just wants his gold and castle. I don’t blame him for being mad, because he never signed up to fight dragons.
Daenerys having Lannister army all bend the knee was very intimidating. When the Tarly family refused, it was only natural they would have a death by fire. It’s clear that Tyrion and Varys are very conflicted with Dany being judge, jury, executioner with her dragons, because it may seem extreme to just burn people alive who aren’t on your side. I also feel Dany is trying really hard, but the circumstances will push her to her limits.
When Jaime gets to Kings Landing through the magical Westeros public transportation (a joke but kind of true) to tell Cersei of their loss, I was almost scared of her reaction. I really don’t know how she’s going to find a way to fight Daenery’s army, but Cersei is somebody who always has something up her sleeve. It was good that Jaime finally told his sister who killed Joffrey.
So Jon finally touches Drogon, with him being okay with it, which further proves his Targaryen blood. It was really nice to see Jon touching the creature, because when this show started he most definitely the underdog, and now he’s King of the North petting Dragons.
It was great to see Jon find out Bran and Arya is alive, thinking that they were dead. I really want all four of them on screen soon. This led to Jon finding out that Night’s army is getting closer, and that something needs to happen immediately.
This leads to Tyrion and Davos sneaking into Kings Landing for two different things. Davos wants Gendry (bastard son of old king Robert Baratheon) to help them make swords, and Tyrion wants to meet with his brother Jaime to convince Cersei to meet with Dany.
Davos meeting with Gendry was a nice moment. It was funny to see Gendry so willing to leave automatically, when Davos was prepared to start convincing him. I like Gendry, and I’m glad to see him back in the fold.
Tyrion meeting with Jaime was probably my favorite part of the episode. I love when these two characters interact with each other, because Tyrion brings out the best in Jaime, and both mutually respect each other. It was overall a great scene between two brothers, who are both at odds in this war. Seeing both characters tear up was heartbreaking, and it’s great acting from both sides. Tyrion had to kill his father, and I like how Jaime is starting to understand his point of view.
Somehow someway, Tyrion has convinced to tell Jaime that he was going to prove the Night’s army was real.
In Winterfell, things are coming to a boiling point between Arya, Sansa, and Littlefinger. Arya clearly didn’t like the open criticism towards Jon, and even pointed out that Sanasa might be enjoying her rule over Winterfell a bit too much in Jon’s absence. I hate seeing these two argue, but I like how they both expressing what’s on their mind. But Sansa should see that it was Littlefinger’s plan to get Sansa to be rule of Winterfell for his own personal gain.
Arya and Littlefinger do not like each other one bit. So the sequence of these two sneaking was very tense and I thought something was going to happen at any moment. Arya grabbed what most likely is a significant note, and it looks like Littlefinger wanted that to happen and got the upper hand on Arya. Littlefinger is probably the shadiest character in Westeros, so it’s no surprise that he wants these two sisters to be even more at odds.
So it looks like Sam’s portion of the episode was very important, and talked about a popular theory. So Sam was with Gilly reading a passage talking about Jon Snow’s pretty much confirmed father Rhaegar Targaryen. In the passage she mentions how Rhaegar had a secret wedding with another woman, who is Jon’s mother Lyanna Stark (Ned’s sister). If Rhaegar truly married Lyanna, that means Jon is not a bastard since he was a legitimate birth, and not someone out of wedlock. I admittedly didn’t catch that at first, but it was explained to me later. I think if that’s true, Bran most likely knows it, and Jon is legitimately a Targaryen making him the true heir to the Iron Throne.
So the episode ends with Jon recruiting people for his next quest to capture a wight and bring it to Kings Landing. In his ragtag group are Tormund, The Hound, Gendry, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros, and Jorah. These characters are going to be going out in no man’s land, and trying to capture a Wight. These characters coming together who have been at odds before was awesome. All of them at some point were fighting each other, and now they are on the same side trying to do what’s best for mankind. I loved the final shot of them going out there, because it made me excited for what’s likely going to be an amazing episode next week.
Eastwatch was an important episode to lead us into the last two episodes of this season. The set up was necessary for what’s most likely going to be a chaotic final two episodes. My favorite moment was between Tyrion and Jaime, seeing both characters break down. I also loved Jon’s moment with the dragon, and possibly hearing the true origin of his character. Next episode looks epic and I can’t wait.
Past episodes review