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You didn’t think taking the Iron Throne would be easy, did you? We’re almost half way through Season 7 of Game of Thrones and things are getting hot!
Welcome to Watch the Thrones, the weekly show where we take a look at some of the easter eggs, important moments, and theories from the newest episode of Game of Thrones. On this episode, we’ll be taking a look at Season 7, Episode 3: “The Queen’s Justice.”
#3: Sins of the Father
A big theme of this episode, this season, and the show in general, is family legacy, specifically how the actions of Tywin Lannister, Ned Stark, and Aerys “The Mad King” Targaryen have had a lasting impact on their heirs. Heck, in Jon’s case, Ned wasn’t even really his father, and he’s still taking slack for the actions of House Stark.
While Danny and Jon bicker over their fathers’ deeds, evils, and oaths, Cersei too must face the consequences of Tywin’s actions, as the Iron Bank of Braavos has arrived to collect their debts. With the gold mines of Casterly Rock dry of resources, the backing of the Iron Bank is a crucial resource in the fight for the Iron Throne – however, the last time the Iron Bank chose a side in this conflict, they bet on the wrong stag.
#2: Rheagal + Jon = Dragonrider
Last week, we discussed the “Three Headed Dragon” prophecy, and this episode further fueled speculation that the theory would become a reality – I mean, how could it not, with two of the possible three “princes or princesses who were promised” finally getting a chance to share the screen. Danny tells Jon about of the names of her dragons, Viserion and Rhaegal, named after her brothers.
While we all saw Viserys earn his crown of gold, Rhaegar Targaryen died years before the start of the series at the hands of Robert Baratheon at the Battle of the Trident. What neither Danny nor Jon realize, is that Rhaegar is actually Jon’s father – which would make Jon Daenerys’ nephew. If Jon is in fact one of the prophesied dragon riders, it seems fitting that he would ride the dragon named after his father. So if Drogon and Rhaegal are taken, then who’s going to ride Viserion? Will it be Tyrion? Or Bran, who might not be able to literally ride the beast, but could control it via his warging abilities?
#1: R.I.P. Queen of Thorns
Olenna Tyrell died the way she lived: throwing a wrench in the plans of Cersei Lannister. With her last words to Jaime, The Queen of Thorns revealed that she was the one behind Joffrey’s assassination at the Purple Wedding. Before that, though, she and Jaime had an interesting chat about the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and her questionable morals.
Will Jaime heed Olenna’s wisdom and finally see his sister as the power-hungry, sadistic manipulator that she is, or will her words echo in his head as Cersei finally turns of him? We’ve talked at length about the not-so-subtle hints that point to Jaime strangling Cersei to death, and if not, then Cersei will probably end up killing Jaime. It’s fitting that Olenna would quote the words of “The Rains of Castamere,” as her death signifies yet another noble family being completely dismantled at the hands of the Lannisters – seems like the next house to be wiped out by the Lannisters might, in fact, be the Lannisters themselves.