Game of Thrones Season 7: We React to Episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice”

Warning: Spoilers ahead. 

This week’s Game of Thrones promised a meeting of the minds six seasons in the making: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finally converging in the throne room at Dragonstone. It also dished up deaths by the dozens, sequences of torture and brutal revenge, a slightly eerie reunion, one-liners that tease out smiles, and a closing scene that begged its audience to drop their jaw and burst into spontaneous applause.

With so much packed into just over an hour of run time, season 7, episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice” has plenty to gab about. First check out Boss Bomb Maude Garrett’s newest Game of Thrones Q&A Show episode on New Rockstars, where she and co-host Filup Molina (hey, FiMo!) chat the biggest question of the week: is Dany being sabotaged? Then, discover how we really feel about the planned-to-be-epic episode.

Maude

It’s the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for for six seasons, and book readers for 20 YEARS, and yet Jon Snow traveling from the North to FINALLY meeting and be in the same room as Daenerys Targaryen wasn’t the most satisfying moment.

You can thank Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) for taking out that accolate with flying colours. Downing the poisoned wine in a fashion even I can be jealous of, then brutally verbally lashing Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) with intricate details of his illegitimate sons death that she claimed sole responsibility for, was a scene I relished. But a lot did happen in this episode, even if we didn’t have the privilege of seeing it in full detail.

We felt a rush of excitement when Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) unveiled his sneaky plan via a concealed entrance into his childhood estate, Casterly Rock, which meant Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and the Unsullied easily captured it. But the scenario unfolded, yet again, with a trump card placed by the Lannisters, whose plan was to give over Casterly Rock, let go of the sentimentality, instead strive for a heck ton of money thanks to overthrowing High Garden.

Here we are thinking Dany has a talented and sharp counsel to guide her to her rightful place on the Iron Throne, but more and more we realize that Cersei (Lena Headey) is a pinnacle threat not to be reckoned with. Oh, and move over Ramsay (Iwan Rheon), who replaced Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) as the show’s biggest P.O.S. We now have Euron (Pilau Asbaek).

I predict in Dany’s new-found desperation, she’s going to team up with Snow (that sexual chemistry will blow up in their faces) and she’ll ride a dragon into a fiery destruction to hopefully even her odds. This season has tried so hard to make me look away ((I’m looking at you, Jorah’s (Iain Glen) pus-encrusted skin)) but these eyes are glued on to every moment.

P.S. Euron, your ships are moving as fast as a damn dragon, and science says no.

Julia

This episode amused me a lot, but it didn’t feel as epic as I hoped it’d be. Sure, I cracked a smile when Jon reacted to the dragons, when Lady Olenna had the most badass death scene, and when a newly cured Jorah said he just suddenly felt better because of the “climate.” Even though there were moments, the first meeting of fire and ice was tense and actually (dare I say it) boring.

In a world where you can’t be burned with fire and you have dragons, is it really that far of a stretch to believe in an undead army? And as, again, fun as it was to see aunt Dany and nephew Jon bicker at each other without actually knowing they were related, I found myself more invested in Cersei (Lena Headey) carrying out revenge against Ellaria (Indira Varma). To watch your daughter die AND rot the same way you killed someone else’s daughter? That’s terrifyingly cruel, even if it makes sense in the situation.

Another really weird meeting was Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Bran’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) at Winterfell. Bran’s deadpan calmness sent Sansa running, and I don’t blame her in the slightest. Are Three-Eyed Ravens allowed to be straight-forward and not creepy? Because I’d like that for poor Sansa, please! It just seems a little off when she can be in a commanding position and fend for herself against Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) with ease, but she can’t really talk to her own little brother because he’s spooked her so much.

I’m guessing in the future that we’re going to see Daenerys send out her dragons to properly have progress in her taking over the throne, since it’s going to eventually happen anyway. She’s coming off really aggressive, but I can also understand since she’s being slowly backed into a corner.

Ryan

This was my favorite episode of the season thus far. I felt like a fly on the wall as I listened in on all sides of this ongoing war. It was great to have some intense, well-acted, and slowly paced dialogue between our main characters. While the episode itself was a bit downtempo, the pacing of this season thus far has definitely been turned up several notches, and I am not complaining. It’s nice to see people arrive at their destinations in the next episode rather than the next season.

The long-awaited meeting between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow may be one of my favorite moments of the entire series thus far. Two Goliath characters finally coming together and sizing each other up was such a treat to watch. Clarke and Harington had great chemistry during this scene, and I can’t wait to see further interaction between the two.

I have to give the highest praise to actors Lena Headey and Diana Rigg, though. Cersei continues to unravel more and more as the show progresses; the crazier Cersei gets, the better Headey acts. She was unreal this episode and her performance gave me chills. With that being said, Rigg may have actually topped Headey’s performance while portraying Olenna Tyrell’s epic departure from the show. The manner in which she died was blatantly poetic and she represented it flawlessly. She may have been the best actor in this series overall, in my opinion.

Also, real quick, I am so uncomfortable every time Littlefinger talks.

Moving along, I’m really starting to enjoy Jorah Mormont’s character as this series progresses. I’m glad they’re making him more important. However, in doing so, I get the impression that they’re setting the table for either a huge character advancement for next season, or a gut-wrenching, heroic death. I’m inclined to predict the latter because Jorah is just way too happy right now. Someone needs to ride a dang dragon into Euron Greyjoy’s fleet, and he may be the best man for the job. Preemptive RIP to Jorah and dragon.

I’m excited to see where the next episode takes us. Hopefully we see Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) on her way to King’s Landing (if she isn’t already there with someone else’s face on her face). Also, I’d love to get an update on The Hound (Rory McCann); perhaps he and Arya reunite? Lastly, I am very curious to see what happens next with Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). Sunday can’t come soon enough!

Zhiana

Am I the only one who can’t stand the sanctimonious drivel that keeps spewing from Daenerys’ mouth this season? I actively cringed the entire scene where Jon Snow and Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) were introduced to her with the three-hour long list of all her honorifics; it just seemed so unnecessarily pompous. Sure, I know she’s heir to the Iron Throne and she’s important and all that, but when you have to vomit out a list of all the important things she’s done or had attributed to her, it just seems gratuitous and juvenile. (I’m aware she is still very young in the show/books!) Jon was right: they are definitely kids playing at an adult game that has gone on for years before them and will (hopefully) continue well after they are gone.

I’m glad that Jon is getting his dragon glass. (I actually forgot why he was at Dragonstone for a hot minute there.) Also, I’m glad to see the back of Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) for the time being. I just wish I could have seen Ser Davos and Jon’s reactions if they saw her.

I’m really ashamed to admit that Euron Greyjoy is fast becoming my favourite character to watch on screen. He is completely repulsive, of course, but his mania is infectious and his one-liners are delivered so incredibly well that I can’t help but be almost captured by his (disgusting) charm. I’m interested to see what is going to happen to Yara as well. I hope she makes it; I feel that he hasn’t had her time to shine yet. Not even gonna mention her brother by name or comment on his actions, as he doesn’t deserve any of our time. Ugh.

Can we admit now that Jaime and Cersei’s incest is getting to a point of complete grossness? I can’t wait to see how everything is going to go down between them, especially given Lady Olenna’s mic-dropping little speech at the end there. I loved how she nonchalantly downed that wine with her typical no-nonsense attitude, and I was completely awestruck by Dianna Riggs’ performance as the Queen of Thorns. I’m very sorry to see her go.

Lastly, really glad that Jorah the Explore-ah is free at last! He’s been one of my favourite characters since the first season. Also, the interactions between Professor Slughorn Archmaester Marwyn (Jim Broadbent) and Samwell are also excellent, and I can’t wait to watch Sam make more progress in the Citadel and see what other new secrets he can discover.

Mickey

Finally, it feels like we’re getting somewhere. I have to say I’ve been pretty disappointed with the first two episodes of this season, but episode three really brought back the political prowess, backstabbing brilliance, and precisely foreshadowing plot pieces that we’ve come to expect and love from Game of Thrones.

The bad guys are back in full force in the form of the newly allied Cersei and Euron. With all the “good guys” uniting up north (and even some out on Dragonstone), my dark and blackened heart has been aching for another really nasty bugger like Joffrey, and the blessed writers gave us two! Yay! I’m looking for blood this season!

Sure, we’re getting a war (maybe two!) and badass dragon action, but Cersei’s scene in the dungeon with Ellaria was so powerful and Lady Olenna’s final words cut far deeper than the sword that cut off Jaime Lannister’s hand. This clever wordplay and, in the words of Lady Olenna, the “imaginative” revenge are what I’ll be looking out for. More episodes like this ,please!

Other things I loved were the slow but hopefully building trust between Dany and Jon and Sam’s (John Bradley) success with Jorah.


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