Six things we learned from Game of Thrones episode 2

Stormborn, episode Two of Game of Thrones seventh season, Here are the takeaways from the world of Westeros

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1) Will Daenerys and Jon become Westeros’s new power couple?

Having spent six seasons getting to Westeros, Daenerys is spending a couple of episodes bumming around Dragonstone before launching her final assault. She’s certainly in a strong position – Melisandre the Red Witch is the latest free agent to sign up to Team Targaryen. More importantly, she does a pretty good job of selling the Queen Jon Snow, raising the likelihood of a Dany-Jon alliance (and romance?). “He sounds like quite a man,” purrs Daenerys, before Tyrion assures her that this is indeed the case. Melisandre and Tyrion make good wingmen. However will Daenerys’s insistence that Jon “bend the knee” prove an impediment? Jon certainly didn’t waste much time accepting her invitation, much to the chagrin of Sansa. Which leads us to…

2) Littlefinger’s time is running out

Despite their discussion last week about Sansa’s, ahem, ‘constructive criticism’ of Jon’s leadership, she again publically challenged his decision to meet Daenerys. Once again Jon ignored her protests, and left her in charge of Winterfell while he went on his blind date. Will this prove a wise move? Especially with Littlefinger on the scene? Petyr Baelish was up to his usual tricks, lurking in the crypt and hissing sweet nothing in Jon’s ear. “You have many enemies my King, but I swear I’m not one of them.” If you say so. Jon wasn’t impressed, pinning Littlefinger against the wall and snarling “touch my sister and I’ll kill you myself.” Everybody hates Petyr. The smart money is that Littlefinger’s betrayal of Ned Stark will somehow be uncovered, and he’ll be executed by Sansa – most likely this season, quite possibly next episode.

3) Cersei isn’t done yet

The consensus is that Queen Cersei’s reign will be a brief one, ending violently. While it’s unlikely she’ll be on the Iron Throne at the show’s conclusion, Her Highness certainly isn’t going down without a fight. She takes a leaf out of Donald Trump’s playbook by spreading fake news about Daenerys’s atrocities and using fear of the foreigner to rally the Lords of Westeros. Meanwhile Qyburn has designed a giant crossbow to take out those pesky dragons. I’m not entirely convinced: the crossbow seems a one-shot kind of weapon, and my money would be on the dragon every time. But it’s better than nothing.

3) Grey Worm learns how to talk to girls

After several seasons of longing glances and stilted conversation, Grey Worm and Missandei finally thought ‘to hell with it’ and leapt into bed. Their first kiss came after the usually taciturn Grey Worm made a long speech in which he proclaimed Missandei his “weakness” – strong and silent is all good, but a bit of emotional vulnerability never goes amiss. The whole eunuch thing only proved a minor inconvenience as Grey Worm swiftly demonstrated the virtues of oral sex. For a someone who’d never even kissed a girl, the man is a fast learner. Gentlemen, take note.

4) Samwell Tarly is turning into Harry Potter

After sneaking into the restricted area of the library last week, Samwell is now defying his teachers and sneaking around the school, sorry, Citadel late at night. Only rather than making Polyjuice Potion he’s attempting to cure Jorah Mormont of his greyscale with a bottle of rum and some knives. The idea seems to be cutting off all the affected areas of the body and applying ointment to the skin underneath. It looks painful as hell, but will almost certainly work as otherwise what’s the point in Jorah even being there? He’ll be cured and then duly sacrifice himself to save Daenerys from something or other. It is known.

5) Euron Greyjoy is the new Ramsay Bolton

Ramsay was not just the most hated man on TV but also one of the most watchable – the demented face of the show’s villainy, a reminder that some people are just born bad. He made Cersei Lannister look positively Starkish in comparison. Now Ramsay has been torn to death by wild dogs, Euron seems to have taken his place as Westeros’s tribute act to the Joker. This is to be welcomed – every show needs a genuine wrong ‘un, and although it’s unlikely Euron will ever match Ramsay for sheer depravity at least he’ll give it a go. The fiery battle that ended the episode was viscerally thrilling, albeit quite hard to follow at points (it’s hard to be excited if you can’t see what’s meant to be exciting you), and ended with Euron goading Theon Greyjoy (poor Theon. It’s always Theon) while pressing a knife to Yara’s neck. Alfie Allen did his traumatised face and jumped overboard. Quite what use Yara will be to Cersei is anyone’s guess, but Euron is clearly a man who gets things done. Nastily. And he killed a couple of Sand Snakes, so kudos for that.

Source : IBTIMES

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