This week’s episode of Game of Thrones sees the epic meeting of two key protagonists, the revenge of the self-proclaimed Queen on the Iron Throne, the return of yet another Stark to Winterfell and some good ol’ fashioned, brazen incest thrown in for good measure.

Game of Thrones: Season 7, Episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice”
Directed By: Mark Mylod
Written By: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Observations

  • “The Queen’s Justice” opens on the shores of Dragonstone with Jon Snow’s arrival. I know that there’s only one season left and D.B. and D.B. obviously have no choice but to quicken the pace, but I love that narrative beats come to fruition, or at least advance, so much more promptly in Season 7 compared to previous seasons. #teamjetpacks
  • Best part of Jon Snow and Tyrion’s reunion, who had developed a rapport during their short stint together on the Wall?

    Tyrion: I never banged your sister, bro.

    Good way to to absolve yourself of any future punishment when everyone learns Jon is half-Targaryen, my dude.

  • Speaking of Jon being half-Targaryen, how’s this for foreshadowing? “True. But I’m not a Stark.” Cue: Enormous dragon flying overhead.
  • My favorite Reddit comment about Davos lowkey spitting game at Missandei:
  • In case you were wondering: I too, enjoyed the extra double entendre added to “it’s beautiful down there” after what happened last episode between Grey Worm and Missandei.

  • Melisandre: “I’ve brought Ice and Fire together.” That’s the first time the phrase has been used in the show and it’s said with regards to Dany and Jon Snow finally meeting.
  • Varys warns Melisandre to leave Westeros, just as we’ve seen him warn others in the past. “I’ve got to die in this strange country… just like you,” she replies. Looks like both Varys and Mel’s days are numbered. How will they meet their fates, I wonder?
  • I know it’s being done purposely, but Dany is coming off as a pretty big prick in her conversation with Jon Snow.
  • “I am the last Targaryen.” Imma let you finish, but Jon Snow…
  • This entire conversation between Dany and Jon is filled with delicious irony, especially when the past transgressions of ancestors get thrown into the mix.
  • Check out more about the Torrhen Stark that Dany keeps referencing. I’m proud of Jon Snow for not bending the knee to Dany, which makes his actions deviate from those of Torrhen’s — though admittedly, the circumstances here are much different.
  • “This is Jon Snow.” Davos = hypeman of the century.
  • Special thanks to Reddit user ShmedStark for the following point:

    DAVOS: He was named Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, he was named King in the North. Not because of his birthright. He has no birthright, he’s a damn bastard. All those hard sons of bitches chose him as their leader because they believe in him.

    This is somewhat reminiscent of Barristan’s description of Rhaegar:

    BARRISTAN: When your brother Rhaegar led his army into battle at the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him, because they loved him, not because they’d been bought at a slaver’s auction. (S3E3)

  • “I have to be honest. This is making me hard.” Because you can’t be a villain in Game of Thrones unless you have some overt sexual deviancy. I still think they’re pushing Euron Greyjoy as a villain about as deservedly as Roman Reigns gets pushed as marquee in the WWE, but at least Euron’s return to King’s Landing to a hero’s welcome (with Oberyn’s wife and his only remaining daughter in tow) is interesting to watch. And Euron is actually starting to grow on me.
  • The scene between Euron and Jaime solidifies that point for me. I didn’t think it was possible, but Euron asking Jaime if Cersei likes sex “with a finger in her bum” might rival anything said in Dany and Jon’s conversation on the irony-o-meter.
  • Cersei’s method of revenge against Ellaria Sand is every bit as twisted as I thought it’d be. Although, having FrankenMountain defile her and her daughter before “crushing their skulls like duck eggs” would have been pretty fucked up too.
  • In this edition of Game of Thrones Incest Watch, we get “The Royal Blowjob.” Also, it’s a good thing Cersei has sound lipstick-removal skills or this scene with Jaime would’ve had a decidedly different ending.
  • Daenerys allows Jon Snow to mine for Dragonglass and forge weapons from it, and also says that she’ll provide her own forces to aid him — although she doesn’t say whether or not she believes him about the Whitewalkers. We’re not ready to fight the army of the undead yet, but I’m glad we get to see some progress in Dany and Jon’s relationship already.
  • We get our first glimpse of Sansa as interim leader of Winterfell, with Littlefinger, of course, chirping in her ear the entire time. “Everything that happens will be something that you’ve seen before.” Littlefinger seems to think he has contingency plans for everything that could happen but he doesn’t seem scared enough of the Whitewalkers, since they’re one enemy he most definitely can’t manipulate. Note to self: Death by Whitewalkers would be a cool death for Littlefinger.
  • Tyrion’s knowledge of the sewers of Casterly Rock (last mentioned in Season 2, Episode 8) ends up being its Death Star-esque weakpoint.
  • Bran’s back at Winterfell! Although it was probably conducive to the plot that he brought up Sansa’s wedding night with Ramsay (because it reminds her of what Littlefinger did to her), this is regardless my favorite comment on Reddit about the scene:
  • Sure, Olenna Tyrell will be missed. But as is custom with the “Queen of Thorns”, she gets one last, stinging burn in:

    OLENNA: I’d hate to die like your son. Clawing at my neck, foam and bile spilling from my mouth, eyes blood red, skin purple. It must have been horrible for you, as a King’s Guard, as a father. It was horrible enough for me, a shocking scene, not at all what I intended. You see, I’d never seen the poison work before. Tell Cersei! I want her to know it was me.”

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    Have any interesting observations about Game of Thrones, Season 7, Episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice” of your own to make? Did I miss any? Sound off in the comments.