Game of Thrones hints at potential wavering alliances in “Eastwatch” (S7E5). What could this mean for the future of Daenerys’ cause?
Game of Thrones has always been full of constant talk of betrayal. It’s been a fundamental aspect of the show from the moment Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) pushed Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) out of the window in the series premiere. Essentially it’s a guiding force of fear and we’ve seen different kind of betrayals play out in every which way imaginable. Recently, we heard Lady Olenna’s (Diana Rigg) confession, which was its own kind of revelation for Jaime since it confirmed that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) was in fact innocent in Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) death.
Throughout season 7 of Game of Thrones it’s been clear that there is plenty more betrayal possibilities to go around. Our main alliances and adversaries have their close advisors – Cersei (Lean Headey) has Qyburn (Anton Lesser) and Jon (Kit Harington) has Davos (Liam Cunningham). Which leaves Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) in a rather precarious situation.
There is no doubt that someone will betray Dany. Game of Thrones established this back in “Stormborn” (S7E2) when The Mother of Dragons confronted Varys (Conleth Hill) on his loyalty – or potential lack thereof. And there’s plenty of reason to believe that Varys will eventually find a new leader to follow, but it’s unclear if he will be the one to betray Dany. This also begs the question, whose side would he turn to?
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The obvious answer is Jon – who is every bit the leader (as well as Targaryen) that Varys wants to believe Dany is. What’s not so obvious is if Varys will truly be the one to turn against Dany after swearing he wouldn’t. Not that the word of the Master of Whisperers is hardly anything to go by. One of my favorite quotes from GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire that never made it into the show (aside from Jaime’s “I dreamed of you”) is “Words are wind” and it’s incredibly fitting in this scenario both because Varys is certainly reasonably untrustworthy despite his intentions being in the “people’s best interests” as well as because the phrase itself indicates that actions speak louder than words.
Theories about this potential betrayal abound but what was particularly noteworthy was Tyrion’s reaction (and now potential action) to Dany during “The Spoils of War” (S7E4) battle. He was clearly uncomfortable with her savagery. And there’s reason to believe the experience and Jaime’s “loss” will be what changes Tyrion’s mind and subsequently his counsel.
Aside from the sad state of affairs with the HBO hack and leak of episode four things have been kept relatively quiet. The trailers for episodes have been short and somewhat misleading and the synopses have been even vaguer. This is of course expected and perfectly fine, but with the few clues we do get it’s impossible not to want to piece the rest of the episode together.
In the trailer for “Eastwatch” (S7E5) we were shown very little of the actual location and there were no promo photos featuring Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) who was sent there by Jon in the premiere – which leads us to assume that all the action of the episode occurs there. What we do get though is just as fascinating.
Dany demands that those left in the Lannister Army bend the knee (her obsession with this is infuriating there are literally so many bigger problems and she’s already proven she doesn’t care about the realm if she’ll burn grain that would have been useful to a lot of people – including herself – throughout the winter). If they don’t they face death. It’s not really much of a choice but this is Dany’s brand of ruling and Cersei has certainly accomplished quite a bit through fear and manipulation as well. Conversely, threatening the Lannister Army is probably an efficient way to destabilize Cersei, which is surely what Dany wants.Helen Sloan – HBO. Acquired via HBO PR.
We also get an interesting moment between Tyrion and Varys. The latter encourages the former to find a way to make Dany listen (ooofff too late she’s never done much of that), which shows that they’re both having misgivings about her leadership. “Easwatch” seems determined to focus on Tyrion a bit more anyway as he – and Cersei albeit separately – work through Jaime’s presumed death. We’re overdue for some focus on Tyrion so we’re very much looking forward to the prospect of to seeing him wrestle with his feelings – he like so many other’s season – will find himself at a crossroads and the choices he makes going forward will be permanent and will alter the course of his character and many other plot lines for the rest of the series. Jon does warn us in the trailer, “Bad things are coming.” And it’s a guarantee this applies to more than just the Army of the Dead.
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