his is the endgame for all the parties on Game of Thrones. From the beginning several seasons ago that when you play the game, you win or you die, and those words are proving to be true.
Lots of stuff happens this week, and the episode goes by in a blur. Even conversations, like the one in the throne room between Daenerys and her counsel and Jon and Davos, seem to move pretty quickly. Jon and Daenerys are both strong-willed; she claims the Seven Kingdoms by birth right, Jon claims the North by election. Both have sacrificed, worked hard and try to make the lives of others better. Daenerys has brought the Dothraki to Westeros and raised dragons while conquering. Jon united the lords of the North to his side, the Night's Watch and the Wildlings, and he's come back from the dead.
Jon hasn't sparked with anyone like this since Ygritte. Brooding and pouting, the two best looking people in Westeros are finally in the same romantic, fire-lit hallways together. However they're clearly two different people and the divine right of one is an unwanted burden to another, which makes their contrast works. Jon doesn't want to speak up for himself, and Daenerys needs someone to reel her in when her temper gets the better of her.
The Queen of Thorns made a crucial mistake throwing her support behind Cersei; Cersei might not be as smart, but she's cruel, and cruelty goes far in this world. Cersei's kiss on Tyene Sand is a great mirror of Ellaria's kiss of Myrcella, except with one major improvement. Is Cersei the bad guy in this situation, or is she the good guy getting revenge for her innocent daughter's poisoning?
The goal is to make the viewer as conflicted about Cersei as Jaime is. Cersei is a monster, but she's Jaime's love and the mother of his children. Jaime is also a monster but he's been a friend of Brienne and Bronn, and he's becoming a skilled general. Jaime allowed Casterly Rock to be captured as a distraction, akin to how Robb Stark split the Lannister forces once upon a time.
Tyrion narrating the attack on the castle as we see the Unsullied conquering the Lannisters is a thing of beauty, Grey Worm watching the Unsullied fleet burn while the Lannisters march on Highgarden is another stunning bit of television, with the Lannister army and the attack of the Unsullied both stellar blends of extras and CGI.
Casterly Rock might be beautiful and it might have some meaning to the Lannisters, but it is useless in this multi-front war. Daenerys gets another piece of territory, but it's the other side of the world from where she is and it's not left in useful condition for the Unsullied. Taking King's Landing by force isn't as easy as it might have when she first arrived, assuming she could even get to King's Landing now that Euron has destroyed her fleets and claimed the seas. The Lannisters have taken Dorne and Highgarden out of the fight, leaving Daenerys with mostly Dothraki as her support.
However, Daenerys Targaryen has the one thing that no one else in Westeros has, and that's air superiority. It might be time for the Mother of Dragons to live up to her name. Even though it's a terrible idea, she wouldn't be Daenerys Targaryen if she listened to reason or did what was easy at the cost of what is right.
Here is a little snippet of whats to come in the next episode of Game of Thones called 'The Spoils of War':