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Chills and thrills: ‘Game of Thrones’ Ep. 5: ‘Eastwatch’

Written By | Aug 9, 2017

SAN DIEGO, August 9, 2017 – Fans are still buzzing over the most impressive battle scenes ever depicted through seven seasons of “Game of Thrones” in Episode 4 last week. Although the entire episode only lasted 45 minutes running time excluding the theme and credits, I’m not sure anyone’s heart could have taken much more.

Danaerys Targaryen, battered on multiple fronts by the cunning of Cersei Lannister and her allies, took the late (?) Lady Oleanna’s advice to “be a dragon,” and with her Dothraki troops, incinerated the Lannister forces returning from Highgarden. It is referred to as the “Loot Train Battle,” and from what we observed, the Highgarden gold destined to pay back the Iron Bank of Braavos was hijacked, headed no doubt for Dragonstone.

Scorched earth: Tyrion Lannister surveys the damage on the battlefield. Photo: HBO

Along with the gold, the Lannisters were bringing back food stores from the rich agricultural lands in Highgarden. That’s likely heading to Dragonstone too and perhaps even Winterfell, where we saw Sansa Stark wisely conserving food stores for her people. Winter is here.

Kings’ Landing is now left without food, the means to buy food or the means to pay back the Iron Bank. Cersei’s credit rating has to be in the tank; it’s doubtful she will get new financing to advance on the Targaryen alliance now.

In the wake of the battle, we were left with some serious cliffhangers. Did Jaime Lannister survive? We saw his brother in arms Bronn (or perhaps Dickon Tarly) shove him out of the way of dragon fire into the water, where his heavy armor and golden hand caused him to sink like a stone. It’s hard to believe such a pivotal character is dead. I remain a first believer no character in GOT is dead unless you see the death on screen. 

Daanerys and Tyrion watch their forces return with gold, and perhaps prisoners? Photo: HBO

If Jaime and Bronn are alive, it’s easy to imagine them becoming prisoners-of-war at Dragonstone. It sets up a reunion between Jaime and Tyrion, whose loyalties are being tested. He loves his brother, and could be tempted to betray the Mother of Dragons to save him.

What about Drogon? Before it was destroyed, Bronn delivered a single giant crossbow to the dragon’s throat, wounding it and sending it eventually to the ground. Danaerys pulled the arrow out. If she’s fortunate, her dragon will heal and she won’t be so foolhardy to fly into danger again.

In this week’s GOT Episode 5 trailer, we see Danaerys and Jon, and a few key clues:

Episode titles inform us about what’s to come. “Eastwatch” refers to a place we’ve never seen in the TV series. It is the location of the eastern most fortress along The Wall manned by the Night’s Watch, the northernmost point of Westeros where it meets the Narrow Sea. In the novels, it is “Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.”

At the beginning of Season 7 when Jon Snow decides to travel to Dragonstone, he sends Tormund and his wildling troops to man Eastwatch and defend it. In the trailer, Jon reports his brother Bran, AKA the Three-Eyed Raven, has seen the Night’s King heading for Eastwatch. Is this where the Westeros forces led by Jon and Danearys will make their stand against the White Walkers?

‘The Hound’ Sandor Cleghane also saw Eastwatch in his vision when he looked into the flames. The Brotherhood of Banners may also be heading there to play a significant role in whatever standoff occurs.

The first battle with the White Walkers and the Army of the Dead at Hardhome wasn’t too successful. Jon Snow and all of the allies must take everything they’ve learned, and must have the support of Daenaerys and her three dragons to have any chance at stopping them. This is not yet assured; the Mother of Dragons insists the King of the North ‘bend the knee,’ and he’s still not there yet. Jon hasn’t completely convinced a skeptical Danaerys the threat of the White Walkers is real, cave paintings aside.

Samwell Tarly could find more clues to help the King of the North battle the White Walkers at The Citadel. Photo: HBO

It is also worth noting Sam and Gilly make an appeance in the trailer, with many great books in front of them. It was Sam who learned about the stores of dragonglass at Dragonstone. What other intelligence might he discover that could be useful?

“Game of Thrones: Season 7, Episode 5 – “Eastwatch” airs Sunday, August 12 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.