Game of Thrones S07E03: 6 startling highlights and what they mean for the realm's future

After the heart-stomping first two episodes, Game of Thrones has picked up the pace with "The Queen's Justice" and brought ice and fire together.

If there is any place where you could find yourself rooting for the Devil (and not feel guilty), it is Game of Thrones. Creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have made it a point to give even the better men something for us to hate about and in the first two episodes of season 7, “Dragonstone” and “Stormborn”, that is exactly what we saw in Daenerys Targaryen.

The character that a large fraction of Game of Thrones fans had been rooting for was suddenly arrogant and seemed unfit to rule the Seven Kingdoms, no better than Cersei Lannister or the Mad King himself. However, season 7 episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice”, the scenery of Westeros has started to shift. And why wouldn’t it? After all, winter is here.

Here are six developments that were seen in the latest episode and what they reveal about “whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne”:

1. Temporary friction between Daenerys and Jon
Daenerys Targaryen gets paid a visit by the King in the North, Jon Snow, or as Dany prefers to address him, “Lord Snow.” The two characters are at loggerheads with one another at their first encounter owing to their similarities. While Dany expects him to bend the knee, Jon refuses now that he’s arrogant too and has his priorities focused on the army of the dead.

Jon Snow Daenerys Targaryen | Game of Thrones Wiki Image for

Enter the Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister, who has been the one to move the chess pieces while the pawns work in his favour since the premiere. While Melisandre takes away the credit for bringing ice and fire together, it truly was all Tyrion. Not only did he convince Dany to summon him in the first place, Tyrion acts as the bridge between these two compassionate rulers. It seems Daenerys and Jon will form a powerful alliance, one that will not only take over the Seven Kingdoms but also likely defeat the White Walkers.

2. Is Sansa really as smart as Tyrion believes?
Ever since Jon was declared King in the North, fans have surmised that Sansa will probably betray Jon and take the North and Littlefinger will have a role to play in it. Since the premiere, we have seen Sansa and Jon conflicting over how the North should be ruled and now Sansa is the one to oversee the lands. But, is she really competent?

As smart as Sansa might seem in her silence and occasional sass, she is very vulnerable. It was evident when Baelish told her to mistrust everyone. It was evident when Bran reminded her about Ramsay’s atrocities at the Weirwood Tree. With “no one” to look after her, it seems likely Sansa is about to take a very selfish, dark turn.

3. The fate of Casterly Rock
While the Unsullied were able to take Casterly Rock with much ease thanks to Tyrion’s guidance and the absence of the full force of the Lannister army, it’s not quite a victory. Jaime leads a large fraction of his forces to sack Highgarden. The only reason could be that he has a plan to take back Casterly Rock, the firm seat of House Lannister which means, Daenerys has a long way to go before she has the true taste of victory.

4. Cersei allies with the Iron Bank
With Jaime’s plan in place, Cersei’s at King’s Landing stitching her own plot as she allies with the Iron Bank. Now, it’s not certain whether the Iron Bank has laid out promises to back her but it is highly unlikely they will back the Mad King’s daughter of whom they do not know against a Lannister that always pays their debts.

Game of Thrones, Season 7, Cersei Lannister

5. Foreshadowing of Melisandre’s death
While at Dragonstone, Varys and Melisandre have a short exchange where the former tells the Red Woman to flee Westeros. And she intends to. She plans on leaving for Volantis only to return “one last time.” She says, “I have to die in this strange country. Just like you.”
Game of Thrones, Season 7, StormbornCould she be referring to her death during the battle against the White Walkers? It’s long overdue given her age anyway!

6. Cersei’s done exacting revenge for her children
Cersei has served her justice for the death of her only daughter Myrcella. She poisons Tyene, just as Ellaria did to Myrcella, and makes her mother watch it. And while she does not know it yet, she has avenged Joffrey’s death by Jaime’s hand who kills Olenna Tyrell.

Game of Thrones, Season 7, Stormborn

Cersei is finally to be at peace and we have glimpsed the last of her heart as she is bound to find out that it was Olenna who poisoned Joffrey.

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