Melisandre’s quote, “I’ve done my part; I’ve brought together fire and ice,” on Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones (Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO Canada) gave us goosebumps for so many reasons. Obviously, the main reason being that she was referring to Jon Snow arriving on the shores of Dragonstone, where he was about to come face-to-face with Dany for the first time in the series. And yes, this was a meeting that gave us life.
But even more importantly the Priestess was also nodding to the overall title of George RR Martin’s saga, A Song of Ice and Fire, which many fans have long suspected really means Jon and Dany.
Because come on: what else do you call the man who lives up North with the last name Snow and the Mother of Dragons, who has not once, but twice walked out of a fire while everyone around her burned?
The meeting between Jon and Dany was monumental indeed, and it was elevated by the fact that Tyrion was there too. All three of our favourite characters together for the episode? Even if they were just sparring words (and exchanging humorous titles), at this point the excitement was palpable. This was, after all, a scene that still hasn’t been written in the books. And now that Jon has refused to bend the knee, Dany has refused to let Jon leave the island and everyone will be mining dragonglass to make weapons against the White Walkers, it looks like we’re going to have more scenes with this trio to look forward to.
Let’s be honest though — Jon and Dany’s tentative alliance, shaky as it is, couldn’t come at a better time. Cersei is on the warpath and sadly, she’s outsmarting her baby brother at every turn. While Tyrion expected his sister to protect Casterly Rock (their childhood home), he failed to recognize that it maybe means a bit more to him than it does to Cersei. He has always wanted to become the Lord of that castle, something his father refused to ever let happen. But Cersei, as a woman who would be married off for greater ambitions, never felt that kind of a personal connection to the place. And with all of her children dead, why should she feel any sentimentality towards her own childhood anyhow?
So that’s why she was able to outsmart Tyrion and take out the Tyrells (along with the Greyjoys and the Martells/Sands last week), leaving Dany with no other allies but those to the North.
Speaking of the Tyrells, how sad was it to see Olenna Martell’s final scene? While we knew Jaime was coming for her, we love that the lady got the last words in. (We’d expect nothing less.) And so she guzzled that poisoned wine down, wiped her lips, and revealed to Jaime that she was the one who killed Joffrey. Not only does that revelation give Jaime and Cersei one last emotional stab, but it also hopefully makes Jaime realize that the treatment of Tyrion was completely uncalled for. Maybe now he’ll see his sister as the evil person that she is? Doubtful (love is blind, and all that jazz), but the layers are being peeled off at least, and as Cersei grows more comfortable around the castle, Jaime should be wising up to her ways.
Ways like killing Ellaria Sand’s daughter with the same poison that Ellaria used to kill Myrcella. Sure, that was justice, but that didn’t make it any less brutal. If Ellaria ever gets out of that dungeon you know that she’s coming for Cersei’s head first. Now if only someone would release her…
And that brings us to one other significant moment of an episode packed with significant moments (including Sam’s successful cure of Jorah Mormont): Bran’s homecoming. While we were fully expecting to see Arya walk through those doors, we still don’t know if she turned around and headed back to King’s Landing or continued her quest home. Bran’s arrival, however, brought out the naïve girl in Sansa once again. Despite his profound change as the Three-Eyed Raven, Sansa believed her brother would take his place as Warden of the North. As he tried to explain to her why that would never happen, you could see the frustration take over. And when Bran tried to talk to her about Sansa’s awful wedding night Sansa just shut right down. We suppose we wouldn’t want to rehash those awful details either, especially with our brother.
We like the regal Sansa better anyhow, especially when she puts Littlefinger in his place. Now we just need Jon to get home with that Dragonglass, Arya to reunite with her siblings and the real war to start. Something tells us that’s a tale for another season though.
Because with only four episodes left in this season and wars springing up everywhere, there’s a lot of stuff to get through in Westeros still. And after an installment like this, we really, really need to see what happens next.