‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 5: High Drama and New Arrivals

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Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in “Game of Thrones.” Credit Helen Sloan/HBO

Season 7, Episode 5, ‘Eastwatch’

Dun dun DUN!

That was quite the hour of soapy intrigue and revelation on “Game of Thrones” on Sunday. Hmm check out the arms on that humble blacksmith no wait oh my God it’s … Gendry! Maybe we should meet with the Dragon Queen after all and oh by the way … I’m pregnant! My sister has kind of a treasonous vibe going these days and wait a minute … here’s a letter proving it! Did you know the Citadel has 15,782 steps and hey it says here that … Jon Snow’s parents were married! Which gives him a totally legitimate claim on the Iron Throne!

O.K. that last one was hilarious, as Gilly confirmed one of the biggest bombshells in the show as part of her usual trivia monologue, only Sam, aspiring wise man, was too wrapped up in resentment to notice. Elsewhere we also saw Jorah reunite with Daenerys for a minute — not sure you should be hugging Ser Greyscale like that, Dany — and the return of the Hound, Beric and Thoros, who all happened to land in an Eastwatch cell right before Jon Snow and his team arrived.


Peter Dinklage in “Game of Thrones.” Credit Macall B. Polay/HBO

I mean no disparagement here, and there’s certainly some satisfaction that comes from dots getting connected. It’s just that after years of information trickling out in drips and drabs on “Game of Thrones,” this season’s weekly avalanches of answers can feel overwhelming and a bit disorienting.

We opened with yet another one: Jaime didn’t drown last week. (Not that many viewers expected him to.) Still unexplained is how he made it back up to the surface with all the armor and a golden hand but I guess that river had fortuitous currents. I posited last week that the big plunge might amount to a rebirth for Jaime, who had seen the future of dragon-based warfare and also learned conclusively that Tyrion had nothing to do with Joffery’s death.

Might he finally turn against Cersei and her mad desire for power? I wondered — for the last time, because I’ve wondered that before and until I see his hands around her throat, I’m done with that line of speculation. Jaime did express the doubts any man would after seeing his army flambéed, and he seemed even more emotionally conflicted after his meeting with Tyrion. But Cersei had the ultimate trump card: A little lion in the oven.

Now, do we believe her? She was meeting with Qyburn, who is presumably has obstetrics skills to go along with his talents in weapons crafting, wildfire wrangling and dead warrior reanimating. But Cersei has to know that just the thing to motivate an increasingly hopeless Jaime is a future that seems worth fighting for. I doubt they have stick tests down at the King’s Landing CVS.

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