‘Game of Thrones’: The four biggest takeaways from ‘Stormborn’ – Apparently that was just a warm-up for tonight’s balls-to-the-wall (sorry, Grey Worm, too soon?) concluding scene that had Euron Greyjoy going all maniacal Captain Jack Sparrow on Daenerys Targaryen’s armada in search of his promised gift for Cersei, burning down several of the ships in his wake.
As for the rest of the narrative, crazy, or should we say, “madness,” was the theme of the hour: Dany has started showing herself to be a true Targaryen, Samwell played entirely against type — but in a really good way — and sex re-emerged as a source of tenderness on a “Game of Thrones” episode (uh-huh – that’s not a typo). The only thing that made the most sense was the last-minute reveal of Euron’s intended gift for Cersei, despite its thoroughly cuckoo execution.
Here are the four biggest takeaways from the second episode of season 7, “Stormborn.”
1. Daenerys is slowly going mad
Although she has royal pedigree and demonstrated leadership skills, Dany has one fatal flaw in the whole queen department: Girl does not want to listen to counsel. In “Stormborn,” Dany looked bored and frustrated anytime Varys, Tyrion, the newly reappeared Melisandre — who advises an alliance with Jon Snow — Yara Greyjoy, Olenna Tyrell and the Dorne contingent, dared to offer any sort of battle wisdom. Plus her plan to take King’s Landing sounds way too ambitious to actually succeed. Pair that with several references to her father, the “Mad King” Aerys II Targaryen, and his murderous tendencies, throughout the episode, and suddenly she’s not looking so much like a savior, but a tyrant.
2. Sam is still on track to save the world, even if he has to break all the rules
One week after he channeled Harry Potter, Sam is now looking to Clive Owen’s Dr. John Thackery from “The Knick” for inspiration as he performs a grisly, illegal treatment on the greyscale-afflicted Ser Jorah Mormont. After Jim Broadbent’s archmaester character dismissed Sam’s request to try an experimental procedure, the maester-in-training took it upon himself to slice off several layers of Ser Jorah’s encrusted skin. The gnarly scene wasn’t without laughs though: Who else thought that creamy bowl of chowder served up at that tavern was part of the surgery scene?
3. ‘Game of Thrones’ is still capable of tender sex scenes
Whether or not this was a direct response to the criticism the series has received over the years for its depiction of non-consensual sex, the scene between Missandei and Grey Worm was a beautiful respite from the usual murders and intrigue that make up a single “Game of Thrones” episode. Watching Dany’s handmaiden seduce the eunuch Unsullied commander following his gentle declaration of love was a, pardon the expression, stark departure for the show, and we can only hope to see more of it.
4. Euron’s ‘gift’ to Cersei is Ellaria Sand
Looks like the eyeliner-obsessed pirate king has claimed his gift for his intended bride, Cersei, and when you think about it, this one was a doozy. The fiery surprise attack on Dany’s ships may have killed a healthy number of the Targaryen army, but Euron’s men made sure to take Ellaria Sand alive. That’s because Euron knows Cersei will relish in the opportunity to torture, if not outright murder, the woman who killed her daughter, Myrcella Baratheon.