Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4 “The Spoils of War” Review
Spoilers Ahead on Game Of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4
Wow … “The Spoils of War” is easily the best episode this season so far. Even before the battle sequence, there are many good moments to gush about. Multiple reunion scenes are paid off after years in the making.
I try my best to stay away from any major spoilers this season. I did hear that “The Spoils of War” would be a fan favorite episode, so in the back of my mind I was expecting an action filled ending. Even so, I’m really impressed with how the whole battle played out.
Daenerys echoed what a lot of us viewers are thinking. She’s out of options after loosing her alliances and being separated from The Unsullied. She needs to be proactive and go on the attack. Daenerys incorporated Jon’s advice by not directly blowing King’s Landing and innocent villagers to smithereens. So far, she’s finding a reasonable balance in her approach to conquest Westeros. I notice the feeling that Daenerys is teetering on darker territory, but what differentiates her from Cersei is that she doesn’t want to be just another cruel ruler.
There are several highlights from the battle. It’s great how the tension built up as the sound of the Dothraki horde approached. Finally seeing the horde in action and against Westeros soldiers is very cool. Drogon turning the soldiers into instant ashes is also incredibly cool, yet an unsettling sight.
What worked about the battle is that I’m invested in what happens to Bronn and Jamie. At the same time, I didn’t want the dragon to die. Bronn facing off against Daenerys riding on Drogon is another highlight. It didn’t play out in an obvious way which is why the sequence had me gripped. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Bronn was killed off in the show down, especially after given a heroic kill on the Dothraki chasing him. I’m glad Bronn is still alive for now.
The battles proves that the scorpion bolt is a useful weapon against a full grown dragon; however, for it be lethal the bolt needs to puncture the weakest spot which is through the dragon’s eye socket.
Things didn’t look good for Jamie as he charged towards Daenerys and Drogon. Bronn saving Jamie is not only unexpectedly awesome, but surprising because this mercenary doesn’t usually stick his neck out for anyone, at least not without a price. The tale of Bronn and Jamie is not over yet. I can’t wait to see how they get out of their predicament under the water. Tyrion overlooking the battle is a good proxy for the viewer, he doesn’t want Jamie to die a stupid death but wants his army to win too.
Most of my predictions this season are far off the mark. However, I’m speculating that the cave scene between Daenerys and Jon is setting up more than an agreement to work together to fight the White Walkers. It sounds icky because the two are blood related, but it is common for Targaryens to marry within the family. If Jon isn’t going to bend the knee then marriage is the next possible solution to build an alliance with Daenerys. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll fall in love or have children.
In Winterfell, Arya and Sansa’s reunion is a little tricky to pull off. Firstly, because the sisters didn’t always get along and secondly Arya is emotionally a bit colder nowadays. Their scene hit enough right notes, but it’s Arya’s reunion with Jon that will be full of deep emotion. I like the awkward laugh Arya gives when people ask about her list. Sansa doesn’t take the list serious at first. It’s after that talk with Bran and seeing Arya fight, she realizes what her little sister is truly capable of.
I like how the young Stark generation is coming back strong. I can’t help but to think that Littlefinger’s time is drawing to an end now that Bran sees through him. Littlefinger is about to get that dagger back courtesy of Starks’ revenge, at least that’s what I’m hoping for.
The writers are doing a much better job this season at giving Arya scenes that capture her character’s spirit and show how much she’s evolved. After seven seasons, this is the fully formed Arya Stark assassin we’ve been hoping for. Arya’s water dancing reminded me of Syrio Forel back in season 1. She went toe to toe against Brienne, who bested the Hound and Jamie.
I have to note that the costumes this season are exceptionally stunning. Arya’s new outfit looks great and I liked the three-headed dragon brooch that Daenerys wears for her cape. Cersei’s outfit is rocking too, though we didn’t see her this episode.
Down: Brienne I like the moment when Brienne takes being called m’lady as a compliment. I also liked that Pod told Brienne she fulfilled her vow to Catelyn. What’s unclear is how Brienne and Pod are going to fit into the end game. A character like Meera can exit the show without much fan fare. Let’s hope that the writers will give Brienne something important to do before the season ends. You know, besides eyeballing Tormund.
Down: Littlefinger For the first time, it appears that Littlefinger might be in over his head. He’s in the home of the family he betrayed. Bran should know about LF’s betrayal, plus Sansa is no longer under LF’s influence. He also looked anxious seeing Arya take on Brienne.
Up: Bronn I was nitpicking a couple of episodes ago that Bronn was getting lost in the mix. “The Spoils of War” is an excellent highlight reel for Bronn. His bromance with the Lannister brothers is never short on entertainment.
Up: Daenerys She did something!
Season 7 is marching along at a solid pace and “The Spoils of War” amps up the anticipation even more. “The Spoils of War” has a great flow that allowed scenes to breath and gave us a terrific action packed ending. It’s good to finally see Dany and her dragon against the Lannister army. As his armor and golden hand weigh him down, Jamie’s fate underneath the water is a tense cliffhanger, leaving us wanting more. Only three more episodes to go.