Storyline Recap: Game of Thrones, Season 7 Ep. 5

Well the craziness had to slow down eventually. This last episode–although great like all the others–seemed to simply be a set up for an insane couple of weeks to come in every storyline. Here’s a refresher to get you ready for this Sunday. 

Daenerys Storyline

The bonding between Daenerys and Jon Snow continues in this episode. The amazing scene of Jon petting Drogon showed the Breaker of Chains that there is something different about Jon Snow. Jon Snow’s ability to pet (and ride!?) dragons could very well be tied to the knowledge dropped by Gilly (ignored by Sam) and further explained below in the Honorable Mentions. To add to the positivity of Daenerys’ storyline, Jorah Mormont returns! And then almost immediately leaves again. To beyond the wall. To certain death? Hopefully, we’ll see in the next Game of Thrones episode.

Arya Storyline

The first of two major question marks this week involves Arya and Littlefinger. Unrest begins to set in at Winterfell, and meanwhile Littlefinger has been scheming all along. So to break this down, Littlefinger has a scroll pulled from Maester Llewyn’s archives. Arya follows him to his quarters, picks the lock, and finds where the scroll has been hidden. It turns out that the scroll was the same one that Sansa had written to their brother Robert, telling him to bend the knee.

We then see, as Arya leaves. that Littlefinger was watching the entire time. It’s no surprise that he knew Arya was on his tail, and it wouldn’t be surprising to assume that he easily could have had this planned the entire time.

Cersei Storyline

This week’s episode picked right back up where it left off last week, quelling any theories as to the possible death of Jaime Lannister. A clearly rattled Jaime runs back to Cersei and, as expected, she barely quivered as the near death experience was relayed to her. In fact, I was surprised to see her composure kept as the truth about Joffrey’s death was put onto the table as well. She is one tough b*tch.

There wasn’t a huge development in this storyline that we didn’t already know. Cersei is still determined to continue ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Also, she has Varys-quality eyes in King’s Landing to watch everyone’s moves. It remains to be seen if the risky decision by Tyrion to meet with Jaime will prove to have been the right one.

Oh, apparently she’s also pregnant. With Jaime’s baby.

Jon Snow Storyline

Jon Snow pets a full grown dragon. That is all I need to say. Nothing could be more badass.

Oh, wait. He is now beyond the wall marching forward to find and capture an undead soldier under the Night King’s command. Damn he’s good.

And talk about a badass crew going beyond the wall. Throw Brienne of Tarth into that mix and you really have something special. The return of the Hound will surely add some gruesome deaths and plenty of ‘cunts’ to the next few episodes, and I’ve no doubt that they will be epic. And is there really any doubt that they’ll return with the undead body they seek?

Jon Snow continues to be the highlight of each week, and this week proves no different. Reunited with Gendry, the bastard of Robert Baratheon, the Battle of the Bastards gains new meaning. Fighting side by side, just like Robert had wanted from the beginning of the show. How proud their mothers must be, right?

Bran Stark Storyline

Always subtle Bran makes the staggering discovery this week that the White Walkers are marching on Eastwatch. While he proceeds to send word across the Seven Kingdoms, there is no easy way to explain that an army of the dead is marching across the North to destroy mankind. Needless to say, there needs to be some convincing. TBD.

Honorable Game of Thrones Mentions

The only honorable mention is something that I imagine many viewers overlooked. In the scene where Gilly is reading to a very frustrated Sam, she reveals an absolute bombshell.

As it turns out, Rhaegar Targaryen had his marriage to Elia of Dorne annulled by a High Septon and was remarried to someone else. That someone else was Lyanna Stark! Let’s make that connection for a second. Targaryen…. Stark…. Jon F*cking Snow. R + L = J. This would mean that Jon wasn’t in fact a bastard and it would also mean that he would have a greater claim to the Iron Throne than Daenerys. Insanity. And even more so that the information just flew over Sam’s head. In any case, Sam is off to who knows where with Gilly and her son to do who knows what. What I do know is that it will be significant because Sam is low-key badass.

Although this episode didn’t have the crazy action or insanity of past episodes, it was still profoundly important. Reunions happened all over the place, Gilly dropped insane knowledge that only she seems to be aware of, and Jon Snow and his team are hunting the Undead beyond the wall. This upcoming episode will be craziness. Stay tuned.