Game of Thrones season 7, episode 3 recap: “The Queen’s Justice”


The third episode of Game of Thrones season 7 aired this past Sunday, check out our recap of the epic happenings in “The Queen’s Justice.”

Wow. We did not see that coming. Game of Thrones season 7 has thus far been a season of above all: speed. Events are moving at a lightning fast pace, and its almost hard to keep up. This week’s episode “The Queen’s Justice” saw a long time player of the game removed from the board, and one side gains the upper hand in the war for Westeros. We saw two great castles we had not seen before, and we saw fire and ice brought together. Which is where we will pick up the action in what was easily one of the series’ best episodes.

In the first of many examples that geography has no meaning whatsoever anymore, Jon Snow and Davos Seaworth have arrived on Dragonstone after being in the North just yesterday. Anyways, Jon is greeted by Tyrion on the beach, and the two seem genuinely pleased to see one another. Weary, but pleased. Missandei asks for Jon and crew to surrender their weapons, and we are off to see the wizard…erm, Daenerys. We’re going to see Daenerys.

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En route to meet Dany, Tyrion and Jon catch up. They discuss the usual: how’s my wife, how work is going, oh shit look dragons! Drogon can’t help but buzz the tower a la Maverick in Top Gun, and Jon just about poops in his King in the North outfit. Watching from a cliff on high, Melisandre and Varys play a game of back and forth. Varys seems to have the upper hand, but Melisandre busts out a prophecy about Varys’ death. And her own. OK then.

Of course, all of this is just a prelude to the main event: Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen in the SAME FREAKING ROOM. Sorry, we got excited. Anyways, Missandei goes ham on Dany’s titles, and Davos feeling the need to step in and answer, says “Hey this is Jon, he’s pretty cool.” It’s a clever start to a scene that quickly turns serious.

Dany is as hard as the stone throne she sits upon when the meeting begins with Jon Snow. The dialogue here is some of the best we’ve seen in the series, as the two monarchs go back and forth attempting to win over the other. Jon admits to needing help in the fight with the White Walkers, which of course Dany is skeptical even exist.

When the two bare their souls to one another via the litany of terrible things that have happened to them, it’s an emotionally jarring scene. Davos almost reveals that Jon’s actually a zombie, but Jon pulls him back from that cliff. Jon being raised from the dead is probably a bit much to reveal in one meeting. Ultimately, the pair agrees to disagree for the moment.

Varys brings Dany word of last week’s naval disaster, and we cut to Theon being rescued by a friendly Ironborn ship. The Ironborn immediately guess that Theon abandoned Yara, and off we go to King’s Landing. Euron is parading his captives through the streets, and reveling in every minute of the people’s love. It isn’t the people Euron is here to impress though, it’s Queen Cersei.

After delivering Ellaria and Tyene Sand, Euron is ready to claim his reward. Euron is clear that he wants Cersei, but the queen puts him off until the war is over. Euron takes out his disappointment on poor Jaime, quickly asking for Jaime’s advice on bedding Cersei. Ugh. We love Euron.

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Down into the dungeons of King’s Landing, we descend. Cersei is pure fire in the dungeons, taking her revenge on Ellaria by poisoning Tyene. Ellaria will sit and watch Tyene perish by the same poison Ellaria used on Myrcella. After Cersei delivers the kiss, the Sands instantly realize what’s happened. Cersei isn’t done there though, as she wants Ellaria to not only witness Tyene’s death but the rotting of her body as well. Damn. That’s cold.

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Apparently, revenge makes Cersei feel quite randy, as she calls on Jaime for a little love making. Afterward, Jaime lays in bed watching Cersei sleep, just like in every terrible romantic comedy you were forced to watch with your ex. Cersei makes no attempt to hide her encounter with Jaime from her servants, and then Cersei is off to meet with the Iron Bank. There Cersei promises to pay her tab, and we learn that the game is afoot.

In Oldtown, we learn that Jorah’s greyscale infection has been cured from Sam’s treatment. It appears as if Jorah will bear the scars of the disease for the rest of his life, but the infection is no longer active according to Maester Ebrose. Ebrose later lauds Sam for his ability to heal Jorah, but for going against Citadel guidelines and attempting the treatment, Sam is sentenced to copy old moldy books. Which seems tame compared to some of the things we’ve seen Sam doing at the Citadel.

In the North, Sansa is proving to be quite the capable administrator. Pouring over the North’s defenses and provisions, she is quick to note any deficiency.

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Littlefinger continues to give her cryptically contradictory advice; “trust no one, trust everyone” or some such nonsense. Ugh, can someone just kill him already?

Anyways, we don’t have to linger on Littlefinger for long, as Bran Stark has arrived in Winterfell. It isn’t quite the moving scene that Jon and Sansa’s reunion was last year, but it was touching nonetheless. Later, Bran attempts to explain his new status as the Three Eyed Raven. Instead of saying “I’m the new Three Eyed Raven” Bran goes existential and confuses Sansa. To make matters worse Bran uses Sansa’s wedding night as an example of how he sees all as the Three Eyed Raven. Maybe use a different example next time Bran. Still, another Stark is back in Winterfell. Happy happy joy joy.

Back on Dragonstone, Tyrion convinces Dany to allow Jon to mine the dragonglass on Dragonstone as a gesture of good will. The gesture works, and things begin to thaw between the pair of monarchs. In the war room Tyrion brags about their epic plan to take Casterly Rock, and indeed the plan works perfectly. Grey Worm and the rest of the Unsullied easily take Casterly Rock. It’s a Han Solo taking the Death Star shield bunker moment though, as Cersei has other plans.

Turns out, Cersei and crew anticipated Dany taking Casterly Rock and we have two more examples that geography has been thrown out the window. First, Euron Greyjoy sailed around the entire continent and destroys Grey Worm’s ships as the Unsullied look on from Casterly Rock. That effectively traps the Unsullied inside the castle, where there are no supplies. Why are there no supplies? We’re glad you asked.

Cersei emptied Casterly Rock of all its supplies and most of its men. Those men join up with the forces of House Tarly to sack Highgarden. In one stroke, Cersei removes the Unsullied from the board and eliminates House Tyrell. Seems Cersei might have been paying attention to all those lessons Tywin was always prattling on about.

In the final scene of the episode, Jaime confronts Olenna Tyrell. Olenna is quiet fury, unleashing her rage on an over-matched Jaime. Jaime thinks he’s getting the last laugh, though instead of tossing Olenna out of her tower, he offers her the kindness of a painless poison. It’s Olenna with the last laugh, however, as she reveals her involvement in Joffrey’s death. Jaime leaves Olenna to her fate, and the screen fades to black.

Overall, a fairly eventful episode packed to the brim with quiet character moments and game changing events. What might Bran tell Sansa about Littlefinger’s past? How will Dany respond to losing the bulk of her forces? With only four episodes left this season, we are certain to get our answers quickly.

Next: Video: The Unsullied attack Casterly Rock on Game of Thrones

Episodes four of season 7, “The Spoils of War” airs next Sunday at 9 pm EST.