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Week by Week TV: Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5

Game of Thrones is the adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s series of books A Song of Ice and Fire. The series is a medieval struggle between noble families for the Iron Throne, sets in the fictional lands of Westeros and Essos. First aired in 2011, the show’s seventh season is now underway.

This is part of a continuing series review. Click to read the reviews of Episode OneEpisode TwoEpisode Three and Episode Four. This review contains spoilers for the new episode.

In this week’s episode, titled ‘Eastwatch’, the main question that was raised was: Is Daenerys actually someone we should root for? Varys and Tyrion try to answer this and wonder whether Daenerys is burning enemies for the greater good, or if she has gone just as mad as her father. Indeed, after she decided to burn Randyll and Rickon Tarly out of the blue, it reminded me of Cersei’s actions in the final episode of Season Six. Tyrion is still convinced that she can make a good queen, however you can see the doubt growing in his eyes. It is too early to make substantial predictions, but Daenerys’ excessive stubbornness could cost her Westeros.

I’m also beginning to wonder if Tyrion and Varys are any good as strategists anymore. They endorsed the nonsensical plan of Jon Snow bringing a White Walker to Cersei in order to persuade her to form a pact and fight together against the greater enemy. Where have all of their Machiavellian strategies gone? They manage to enter King’s Landing with apparent ease and Tyrion has a chat with Jaime as if nothing has happened.

‘The Eastwatch’ surprises us with the return of a familiar face: Gendry. How random was that? Even though he isn’t a new character, it seems like he is, as no one has seen him or heard from him since Season Three. Gendry was the illegitimate son of Robert Baratheon who Davos saved as he was wanted (dead) by half the characters in Westeros. The last we saw of Gendry was him rowing away in a tiny boat. Not even five seconds into his reappearance this week, he’s already a key character, leaving with Jon Snow on the suicide mission to capture the White Walker.

Finally, what is going on with Arya? She accuses Sansa of being too soft, then accepts the critiques of her allies regarding Jon Snow’s long absence. What she doesn’t realise is that that they do not have enough allies to silence those that express their opinions too strongly, which is a dangerous position to be in. In addition, given the reasons why he isn’t returning, their complaints are not unfounded. Secondly, Arya is a cold-hearted assassin who can change faces and appearance, yet she isn’t able to understand that Littlefinger is manipulating her, stirring up the resentments that she already has towards Sansa? Hmm…

This episode had some jaw-dropping moments. The initial scene on the lake was beautiful; and the fast pacing is definitely an upgrade as it delivers some great surprises. However, it does seem like we are rushing towards the end too quickly, which is resulting in some lapses in logic. Despite that, I am still enjoying this series. What do you think we should we expect next? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts. Join me next week for more thoughts of Game of Thrones Season Seven.

Game of Thrones Season 7 airs on Sky Atlantic every Monday at 2am and 9pm in the UK. Image source: IndieWire.com

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