Book-Reader’s Recap—Game of Thrones 703—”The Queen’s Justice”

Spoiler Note: This post is intended for those who have read the books in the Song of Ice and Fire series. As such, the post itself and the comments will contain spoilers. If you haven’t read the books yet, you can discuss this episode in our non-book reader (Unsullied) recap. Thanks!

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photo: HBO.

Welcome to our recap of “The Queen’s Justice” a damn fine episode of Game of Thrones if there ever was one. We start with the credits, which are great. Isn’t it fun to see Pyke again? Doesn’t the Hightower in Oldtown look tremendous? And who doesn’t love the astrolabe in the Citadel library?

I’m sorry. I’m excited, because this was a jam-packed, energetic episode of Game of Thrones, and almost certainly the best one Mark Mylod has directed. A lot of it has to do with the power of contraction — as the storyline speeds up and characters come together, it can’t help but generate excitement. We get a taste of that right at the top of the hour, when Davos Seaworth and Jon Snow disembark on the beaches of Dragonstone. They are greeted by two of Daenerys Targaryen’s top lieutenants: Tyrion Lannister and Missandei of Naath.

Jon and Tyrion exchange warm hellos. “The bastard of Winterfell.” “The dwarf of Casterly Rock.” What I like here is that, much like when Daenerys and Tyrion met for the first time back in season 5, the show isn’t going out of its way to sensationalize this reunion. Jon and Tyrion are two of the show’s main characters, insofar as it has main characters, and I feel like a lesser show would milk this moment with close-ups and one-liners. Here we get a couple of smiles between old buddies, and it’s down to the business of introductions. Good on Game of Thrones for keeping the fan service to a minimum.

Of those introductions, the most notable is the one between Tyrion and Davos, who were on opposite sides of the Battle of Blackwater Bay. I would have thought Davos would harbor ill will…

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