After last week’s excitement, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones is more subdued, but that doesn’t mean there are no surprises for the audience. This week, a character that disappeared a long time ago reappears to shake things up.
SPOILER ALERT: This article reveals details about Episode 5 (titled “Eastwatch”) of Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
Episode 5 of Game of Thrones opens with Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn). Both are alive but Jaime is tasked with having to tell his sister, Cersei (Lena Headey), about the defeat. Cersei is prepared for this and insists she will use mercenaries if she has to. Jaime doesn’t think this will work against dragons. And, just because news can’t get any worse, Jaime decides now is as good as time as any in Game of Thrones to tell Cersei about who really killed their son, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). Cersei doesn’t believe him at first, but Jaime has some pretty good reasoning as to why Olenna (Diana Rigg) would be telling the truth.
While all this is going on in Episode 5, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is making the remains of the Lannister army bend at the knee. Daenerys’ dragons torch those who don’t — most notably Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner) and his son, Dickon (Tom Hopper), even though Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) argues the Tarly house should not be wiped out in this manner. He and Varys (Conleth Hill) are then left with the difficult task of trying to work out how to make Daenerys listen to reason rather than making herself look more and more like her mad father.