Warning: Huge spoilers for “Game of Thrones” season seven, episode four. If you aren’t caught up on the series or the season, read at your own risk.
After a long week — and a leak — season seven episode four of “Game of Thrones” finally arrived.
This episode, although anxiety inducing in its final minutes, is actually the shortest episode in the show’s history.
The episode starts off with a somewhat pleasant Stark reunion, then we witness an understanding between Daenerys and Jon Snow — possibly the most stubborn people in Westeros. And then we finally get to see Drogon in action against Jaime and his Lannister army.
There’s a lot to remember, especially after that epic battle at the end, so we highlighted the episode’s biggest moments.
Here’s our recap of “The Spoils of War:”
Cersei promises Tycho Nestoris that all of the crown's debt will be paid once the gold arrives from Highgarden. He promises her that he will support her once the gold arrives.
Although Randyll Tarly confirms that the gold made it to King's Landing before the battle, Dany's surprise and successful attack on the Lannister army could affect the Iron Bank's support.
Bran and Littlefinger, the two creepiest creeps on 'Game of Thrones' right now, have a creepy scene together. And you guessed it! It was creepy. Littlefinger gives Bran the dagger that was used back in season one in the attempt to murder Bran.
Littlefinger probably gives this to Bran in an attempt to have some kind of understanding: Littlefinger suspects that Bran knows some of his secrets, including that fact that he betrayed Ned back in season one. This betrayal led to Ned's death.
Before the scene ends, Bran says, 'Chaos is a ladder.' Littlefinger famously says this back in season three, and Bran definitely threw Littlefinger off by saying this. Littlefinger is not safe in Winterfell anymore.
After Littlefinger leaves, Meera Reed comes to let Bran know that she is going back to her family, because she wants to be with them when they fight the White Walkers.
Arya makes it to Winterfell more easily than anyone has on this entire show. She goes straight to the crypts to visit her father. She tells Sansa about her kill list, and Sansa brushes it off.
Then Sansa brings her to reunite with Bran (or is he even Bran?) in the Godswood. It's a little awkward, but Bran brings up Arya's kill list and gives her the Valyrian steel dagger that Littlefinger just gave him.
Arya trains with Brienne and it's pretty intense. Arya proves to Brienne (and Littlefinger and Sansa, who watch from above) that she has some sword-fighting skills. She even uses the Valyrian steel dagger Bran just gave her.
Littlefinger doesn't look too pleased that there's another potential enemy who could kill him easily, and has his old dagger.
Daenerys and Jon Snow are equally stubborn, and it got in the way of a quick alliance in last week's episode. But Jon leads Daenerys to see the dragonglass at Dragonstone, so she gets to see it before they start making weapons.
In the caves where the dragonglass is, there's ancient carvings by the Children of the Forest that depict them uniting with the First Men to defeat White Walkers. This gets Daenerys to agree to help Jon Snow in the North if he bends the knee. We don't see it happen, but it's implied it might after some clever convincing.
But Dany's stubbornness isn't completely gone: She is ready to take her dragons out on the battlefield, and does.
Jon and Theon were raised together, and had a complex relationship: They were both outsiders in the Stark household. Theon's betrayal of the Starks in season two made their reunion in Dragonstone an unpleasant one. Jon tells Theon that what he did for Sansa (helping her escape Ramsay Bolton in Winterfell) is the only reason he's not killing him.
Just outside of King's Landing, on their way back from Highgarden, Jaime and Bronn hear something and it doesn't sounds good. They prep for battle, and see a hoard of Dothraki headed their way. The Lannister army goes in pretty confident until they see Daenerys riding Drogon, who breathes fire everywhere.
Turns out Jaime has had one of Qyburn's dragon weapons with him this whole time. Since Jaime can't use the weapon with only on hand, Bronn tries to defeat Drogon with it. He hits Drogon, but doesn't kill him.
Jaime is within feet of Daenerys and a wounded (and very pissed) Drogon, but stupidly tries to attack them himself. Drogon breathes fire on him, but Bronn jumps in at the last minute and they end the episode underwater.
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