These are predictions only, BUT, these are based off of things that have been posted by HBO, set photos, etc. These are also based off of what I know from years of watching/studying TV and film (I did actually study film in England years ago) and from years of reading. These are NOT based off of the Season 7 plot leaks.
Warning for potential spoilers!
As you all have guessed, the titles of these episodes are always very telling but should NEVER be taken at face value. The HBO released descriptions are as follows:
- Cersei returns a gift.
- Daenerys holds court.
- Jamie learns from his mistakes.
Lets break these down:
- Cersei returns a gift. As we saw in E2 the “gift” turns out to be Ellaria and Tyene. If you recall from Season 5, someone (presumably Ellaria) sent a gift to Cersei: Myrcella’s necklace in the mouth of a viper. This threat was later followed out in Jamie’s arms. I am predicting that Cersei will want the same to be felt by Ellaria: she will murder Tyene in front of her. It would be interesting if she could be killed with the same poison to bring it full circle. It would be smarter of Cersei to keep Ellaria alive as a hostage against Dorne, but come on – it’s Cersei – so who believes that will happen? Only thing I’m not set on is Yara. I saw an image of Euron from the trailer for next week and I caught a glimpse of her. I think he is taking her to KL too. Again, might be a good idea to keep her alive as a hostage against whatever Islanders might still be willing to support her and not Euron, but I think this is the gift she is returning to Daenerys.
- Daenerys holds court because Jon and Davos arrive! Yep. Einsteinian-traveling somehow continues. This is my biggest grievance with the show. I understand that they don’t want to spend another 5 years/seasons with GOT but they are REALLY rushing things here. (Also, if they had to sail past Sunspear to get to Dragonstone, why didn’t they just stop there and have a pow-wow before dropping off Ellaria and Sand Snakes???) I’m also guessing that the writers chose Davos for a reason. He seems to work really well to other royals/lords/ladies and will likely give another great speech to help sway Dany to their cause. I think she will have her guard up at first but hopefully by the end of the episode she’ll soften. I also hope Jon doesn’t just hit her up straight off the bat with the dead-army-need-to-mine-your-mountain deal. But, that sounds more like Jon. Sansa is the one with more tact and political thinking. Jon shoots from the hip (no foreshadowing pun intended).
- Jamie learns from his mistakes. BUT WHICH ONES?!?! He’s made quite a few. I’m a little puzzled on this one. From the things that have been hinted at and released, I would presume this has something to do with battle. It looks as if the Unsullied are going to make a huge play for Casterly Rock but I don’t expect Jamie to be there. Perhaps the “mistake” was letting Tyrion go in Season 4. Maybe it was trusting and loving Cersei. Maybe it’s both since the words is, after all, plural. Only time will tell. There was a short clip of Jamie’s back walking through a gate/door/arch into what a lot of people are believing to be Highgarden. I agree that’s the place since in E1 he said he should go there to get supplies for their army. I have heard a spoiler but it’s from the leaks so I won’t mention it here, though plot-wise it does make sense. Oh, maybe that’s his mistake! He went to Highgarden and NOT Casterly Rock, knowing that Tyrion is helping lead with Dany, and knowing that Tyrion knows the defenses and weaknesses of Casterly Rock. Gah…this one is making my head hurt. The latest promo from HBO shows Jamie with Randal behind him so I’m thinking we also see them go to Highgarden tonight. I thought this episode was only 50 minutes long but it’s not, it’s 61 or 63 minutes. The next one is 50 minutes, so I guess we have time for two battles this week.
What else do I expect to happen?? Bran gets to Winterfell. I also think he tells Sansa something at the Weirwood tree in the godswood and that is what makes her walk away with that worried look on her face. I’d love to have a check-in with BWB and Sandor but I worry there will be too much this episode to work that in so maybe next week. I think we’ll see more from Sam: he will get in trouble for working on Jorah when he was supposed to be shipped off or killed instead, but hopefully that won’t get him kicked out just yet. I still think Gilly will have some part to play by reading something in the books but that may not be until next week.
As an added bonus, HBO Asia has released a title for the upcoming 4th episode! “The Spoils of War”. I think it would be great if Jamie went to Highgarden only to find that the food he wanted had spoiled. I don’t think that will happen, but it would be a nice play on words.
Sources: HBO; WinterIsComing.net, thisisinsider.com (Kim Renfro also posts often on Twitter)
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Valar Morghoulis everyone