Eastwatch is here! Even though we didn’t see any fighting happening, they did at least make it to a new castle on the opening credits map. (Should have had Casterly Rock and Highgarden too…grumble grumble). Enjoy our immediate reaction podcast here, along with a small amount of crackpotitude this week courtesy of Kyle.
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I want to introduce everyone here to the lovely Rawrist. She is a YouTuber with two channels, one of which is devoted solely to Star Wars (Star Rawr), and another for other comic book info, and Game of Thrones!
A professed Thronie she was given A Game of Thrones when she was young and has never looked back. A true fiery ginger means she may drop an f-bomb (or 12) so, as she puts it, may not suit “delicate muffins”. I will however attest that if you are intrigued by her passion for ASOIAF, GRRM, comics, and fantasy/sci-fi in general, you will welcome her with open arms just as I have.
But be warned…she will make you laugh at something dark and twisted, making you rethink just who you always thought you were. (She is a fan of the villain after all)
I am a fan of her videos on YouTube and will be sure to link to her channel so you can learn more from her as well. She does weekly live streams during the GOT season with episode reviews and more. She was also a presenter on SEVERAL panels at the inaugural Con of Thrones. Hopefully we will be able to catch up with her during the off season as we begin our journey into ASOIAF and comparing it to the show.
If you’ve been following along then you’ll know that I like to type up a predictions blog before the next show airs. I try to keep it as spoiler-free as I can but I can’t guarantee that what I type won’t end up happening, thus making it a potential spoiler for right now.
How many more times can I say “spoiler”? Let’s find out!!
This week there was no episode leak. There WAS a video I found on YT that had a breakdown of what was going to happen in the episode. Thing is that I could barely understand what he was saying (strong Russian(?) accent, grammar mix-ups, etc). It was also a few days ago so I don’t remember what was in it and I haven’t watched it again.
This weeks episode is 59 minutes long. Yay! They’ll only get longer from here.
As always, lets start with the title…”Eastwatch”. What could this refer to?Most obviously to the Night’s Watch castle at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. This has been mentioned in several other seasons in the shows past. It was also hinted at in the Hounds vision in the flames. AND in S7E1, this is where Jon sent Tormund and the other wildlings. Safe to say we’ll get at least a glimpse of the place. The preview video for next week showed Bran warging into a raven and a whole flock of them going out from WF (this was also shown in t
he pre-season trailer. NK noticed Bran when he did this in the trailer). I also recall Jon telling someone that Bran has seen the NK going to Eastwatch. This means that he’s gotten a raven from WF telling him that Bran (and likely including Arya) is back home. Also says something about his abilities, which Jon seems to accept. I guess he’s seen enough magical things in the world to take it at face value.
Reverse the name and you have “watch east”. This could refer to Cersei watching the enemy to the East (Dany) as well as the Golden Company, which is in Essos. Seems as if the gold is going partly to the Iron Bank as well as to hiring this company. I presume Cersei will somehow get word of what’s happened to the army out in the Reach and will be even more eager to get some hired guns. She seems a bit contemplative in the image below, which was where she spent her last night with Jamie, her lover-brother.
The person furthest West with the best Eastward view of everything is Sam. Images have shown him reading with Gilly. I suspect that my-main-man-Jorah will have left Oldtown and is on his way to DS. Considering the timing (only three episodes left this season!!) I believe we will see him arrive at DS this episode. I also think we’ll see Sam leave OT this episode. If he leaves in E5, we prob won’t see him in E6 (it’s the next to last episode so I think there will be a BIG battle here) and we’ll see him again in E7. He could go to WF or Castle Black; I guess that depends on what he an Gilly discover before leaving. And who knows! Maybe we’ll even see Heartsbane again.
What else will be happening??? We’ll start off where we last saw Dany and crew. Images released from HBO (and the next episodes preview) show there will basically be a pow-wow. Tyrion will take in the damage and stand by Dany’s side, but he seems shaken. We also get glimpses of Varys talking to Tyrion. The editing in the preview makes me wonder if he is talking to Tyrion about Dany, or perhaps he is actually hinting at talking to Cersei somehow.
We also see Dany arrive at DS on the back of Drogon, who proceeds to yell at Jon. Will he calm down?? Will THIS be the moment when we see Jon has a connection to dragons through his Targaryen blood?!?! WILL HE SHOW DANY WHAT HE REALLY LEARNED IN CAVES?!?!?!
Tune in this Sunday to find out!
Think I’m wrong? Think I missed something? Leave your predictions below!
Update: I did remember a HUGE spoiler after typing this up, but as it isn’t something you won’t be able to speculate on based on the official images and previews released, I will NOT mention it here. While I am a spoiler-addict, I respect those that are not.
It’s here! The episode everyone has been waiting for… Dany takes her dragon for a quick little fly-by while also doing major damage.
Hear our immediate reactions after watching the episode here! This week the MITs are joined by Kyle who also weighs in. Laughter (and sniffles thanks to my summer head cold) ensue. I did my best to edit out the coughs and gasps for air between sniffles, so I apologize in advance. Please don’t let Drogon eat me for being so sickly.
As always, if you are not caught up, SPOILERS ABOUND!!!
This week we are joined by Kevin who will now forever be known as Kebob (thanks to a happy Autocorrect accident).
On this week’s recap I have decided it’s not as bad as I thought it was initially. Also, we do manage to go on a bit about some of the actors no longer on the show, potential Con of Thrones cosplay, and then we/I diatribe about my undying love for Ser Jorah.
You can hear Kebob’s Quip of the Week and his entry for Raise a Glass. I also list out call-backs to various seasons and episodes from the past that were referenced this week. If you caught more, please comment and review with your Maester-level knowledge!
Welcome back to another episode of the MIT Podcast! This is our immediate reaction. I will apologize if the sound isn’t great. You can hear D’s dogs barking some, and you may be able to hear my hotel room AC go on and off. But would that stop us from making a podcast about Game of Thrones?
Warning for spoilers up through everything that’s happened so far.