Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 Review: This Means War

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The war has begun. 

On Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2, we got to see our first big battle of Game of Thrones Season 7, and it was genuinely outstanding. 

What seemed to be the beginning of one of the show's usual over-the-top sex scenes quickly descended into bloody chaos, with two of the younger Sand Snakes being wiped out in one fell swoop.

A Dead Dragon - Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2

Oh, I can't forget about the army being taken out of the equation, either. That was grim. 

Euron Greyjoy was not mincing his words when he revealed to Cersei on Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 that he would return with a gift.

That gift is Ellaria Sand, but we have no idea what he has done with Tyene. She was not exactly the best fighter and could only rely on throwing daggers. 

The visual at the close of the episode of Obara and Nymeria bound to the boat with their own weapons was a just wicked way to show off that Euron won. 

Despite all of the theatrics, we don't know whether Yara got to live another day, and if she did, her wicked uncle is not going to make it easy for her. 

I was so sure her head was getting chopped off when he held the weapon to her head. I gasped every single time he moved. 

The Iron Fleet - Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2

We'll likely need to wait some time to find out, but we can talk about Theon in the meantime. Jumping off the boat was the move of a coward. 

Something tells me he knew the odds were stacked against him, and that whatever he did next was going to result in the death of his sister. 

There's also the possibility that the fear took over him and he started becoming Reek again. As much as I hate to say the latter part, I cannot rule anything out with this show. 

God, there are just so many possibilities that it's difficult to narrow them down. Why is this show so freaking addictive?

It will be exciting to see the reaction from Daenerys when she learns about Euron steamrolling the army. Her chat with Olenna will surely weigh heavily on her mind when she hears the news.

Plotting - Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2

Olenna may have a foul mouth, but she speaks the truth. Tyrion may be against his family, but he could have an ulterior motive, and his big move was a resounding failure.  

Ignoring all of her hands is why Olenna is still alive, but would Daenerys make an enemy out of Tyrion? It's becoming ever more apparent that we don't know Daenerys that well. 

With her questioning what's next in her master plan, taking the time to call out Varys was a good one. There's no way she can have people with her she does not trust, so she needed to ensure he was genuine with her. 

I do feel like Varys knew what to say to get on her good side, and that's why he chatted about his history and the people. 

She can't worry that her people are going to defect to wherever the heck the power is, so in her own way, she felt like she was right to have a chat at that exact moment. 

Calling for Jon to bend before her, however, was a ballsy move. Maybe she wants the North to know she is not someone to be messed with and that could explain the direct message. 

Jon Snow Is Ready for War - Game of Thrones

With the news emerging that Dragonstone has a mountain of Dragonglass beneath it, Jon knew this was his best foot forward. Rather than make an enemy of Daenerys, he can make an ally out of her and maybe get access to the goodies beneath Dragonstone along the way. 

I found it very telling that Sansa changed her tune about the meeting with Daenerys when Jon left her in charge of the North. She was so against him leaving and joining forces with her. 

The change in her attitude when she learned that she'd be calling the shots in his absence certainly sweetened the deal. 

It was like she had just won Head of Household on Big Brother or something. 

Are we to assume there's going to be a power struggle for the north between her and Jon when he inevitably returns? Seeing Sansa in control should be a nice change of pace. 

With Jon threatening creepy Littlefinger, it would not surprise me in the slightest if he started to lay the groundwork to get Sansa to turn on her brother. 

Bye, Littlefinger! - Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2

He knows there's no way Jon will ever accept him and rightfully so. Littlefinger helped Jon when he needed it the most, but how can Jon forget the dude's obsession with Catelyn? 

It just seems a little perverted that he's now fawning over Sansa and saying he loves her. I know anything goes in Westeros, but this just won't cut it for me. 

Sansa needs to tell Littlefinger to take his lemon squares and make his way out of the North away from her. 

With all of this going on, it's crazy the other storylines managed to keep up the velocity. Arya's seemed on the slow side at first when she met up with Hot Pie. 

She was a woman on a mission. Her list became her life. She was like Black Mamba from Kill Bill. That's not entirely a bad thing to advance her story, but her humanity came back to her in a big way when she learned that Jon was the King of the North. 

Arya Continues Her Mission - Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2

I can't be the only one who is getting excited at the prospect of her reuniting with her family. It's been so long that she's probably forgotten what they look like. 

Bumping into Nymeria on her way was a pleasant surprise. 

For a show that throws crazy twists at us every step of the way, I was cautious about Arya dropping her sword for the Direwolf. What if Arya was just, like, eaten alive? 

It would be a horrible end for the character, but the scene served another purpose: To give us a throwback to Game of Thrones Season 1

Earlier in the series, Arya's dearly departed father, Ned, made a comment to her about growing up and having her own family. 

See the full quote from the original scene below. 

Arya: Can I be a lord of holdfast?
Ned: You will marry a high lord, and rule his castle. Your sons shall be knights, and princes and lords.
Arya: No. That's not me.

Apparently, Arya wanted Nymeria to become her companion again, but Nymeria had her own agenda, and it was not with the face-changing assassin of Westeros. 

Whether they will meet again is another story. Perhaps Arya will find herself in some trouble on her travels and will get some help from the pack. 

Citadel Blues - Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2

Things in the Citadel were just as wretched as they were last week, with Samwell orchestrating a way to save Ser Jorah's life. The scenes with him cutting the stone away were disgusting. 

I'm unsure how successful his plan will be, but it will be groundbreaking if he finds a way to cure it. If it happened for Shireen, why can't Jorah find his way back to Daenerys without looking like a mountain?

All things considered, "Stormborn" was a fantastic episode of this HBO drama series. Everything about it was just perfect, and it has set up what should be a crazy final five episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7

I was not overly impressed with Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1, but this episode more than made up for it. There are so many possibilities right now for where we go from here. 

Other tidbits from the episode:

  • The visual of Ser Jorah's skin being cut open fading into the pie was enough to put me off pies for life. 
  • Looks like Ellaria was right not to trust a Lannister. She's going to regret joining forces with Daenerys now. 
  • Missandei and Grey Worm are just the cutest couple in Westeros. Seriously, their cheesy one-liners would fit in well on a CW drama. 
  • Qyburn's latest act of defense for his Queen had better not injure any of the dragons. 
  • That look from Brienne when Sansa agreed to let Jon go was everything. 
  • Melisandre showing up to school Daenerys on the prophecy was bound to happen sooner or later. 
  • Cersei is such a hypocrite. She refers to Daenerys as "The Mad King's daughter" at every turn. Did she forget that she brought Joffrey into the world? Olenna needs to have a sit down with her and spill the tea. 

What did you think of all the developments? 

Chat with me in the comments!

Note Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3 airs July 30 on HBO. 

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