Just when we thought GOT couldn’t get any better, they presented us with this weeks installment: ‘Stormborn’. Again this episode had it’s fair share of emotional moments, mind-blowing action and so many callbacks to previous seasons, which were super touching.
The episode began with Daenerys and her squad at Dragonstone, amidst a huge storm. A callback to the night Daenerys was born, when a huge storm was raging. This scene was really important in establishing what kind of ruler Dany wants to be – someone who works for the people and doesn’t rule with terror, something Tyrion and Varys mention to her. As stirring as her asking Varys to tell her honestly if her subjects are suffering under her was, in the same sentence she did assure him that if he betrays her she’ll burn him alive so tread carefully spider!
As well as this pivotal scene, there was a moving scene between Greyworm and Missandei. In GOT we don’t get a whole lot of happiness or romance so it was nice to see two people who have had really rough lives, be able to find solace and acceptance in each other. I hope it lasts but with the nature of this show you really don’t know what will happen next, at least we had dragonstone, eh?
Another of the highlights of this episode for me was the reunion between Arya and Nymeria. This has to be one of the most anticipated reunions of the show, we last saw Arya driving Nymeria away in order to save her from Joffrey back in Season One. I’m so glad this happened and it’s like another part of Arya’s past or humanity came back to her, after years of being on her quest of revenge. It was very bittersweet though.
In this episode she finds out Jon has retaken Winterfell which was GREAT. I found myself tearing up a bit as Arya tries getting Nymeria to come back to Winterfell but to no avail, as Nymeria leaves the shot, Arya smiles through her tears and says ‘That’s not you’.
I believe this is a callback to a conversation between Ned and Arya in Season One, when Ned was detailing Aryas future as a ‘proper lady’. Arya said ‘That’s not me’ and I feel like this has come full circle with her direwolf, she understands that Nymerias place is with her pack now. There’s a lot of mythology surrounding the Starks and their direwolves and that they each reflect their owners, Nymeria needs to be free, much like Arya.
Over in Winterfell, Jon received messages from both Sam and Dany. I feel like he included Sansa in the decisions more this episode but in the end he made the best decision possible. Despite the disagreement of the other lords and even Lyanna, he’d need to meet Dany at some point and they need dragonglass so going to Dragonstone was inevitable.
Last we saw, he left Sansa in charge after threatening Littlefinger ‘Touch my sister and I’ll kill you myself’ BAM. The way Jon chokes him directly mirrors the way Ned did in S1, told you there were a lot of links! Something tells me that he’s not going to heed this warning…
Over in the Greyjoy camp, things got grim, really fast. In a surprise attack at night, Euron and his men attacked Yara, Theon and the Sand Snakes. After an epic and really bloody battle sequence, Euron has killed 2/3 of the sand snakes and has Yara, axe to the throat…goading Theon to do something about it. As he sees all the violence around him, Theon seems to revert to his shaking Reek persona, and promptly abandons ship. Leaving a captured Yara with Euron and the burning fleet all round. This was the most shocking moment of the episode, as I really didn’t expect a battle till at least episode 3 but they snuck it in the last 10 minutes, which was well done. Now Euron has Ellaria and Yara, he has the gift for Cersei. Though she has a gift already, a huge weapon which can seriously injure the dragons, thanks to old Qyburn aka creator of Zombie Mountain.
Did you enjoy the episode? What are your thoughts?
Until next time,