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25 July, 2017

Still on Game of throne_The show’s sex symbols, Jon Snow and Khaleesi, finally moved closer to meeting but Arya Stark not being eaten by her direwolf was a cop-out.




The highs and lows in Game Of Thrones, by Jim Shelley

The good news was we knew Game of Thrones could only be better than last week.

Ed Sheeran wasn’t in it for a start.

Season Seven’s opener was the worst episode in the show’s illustrious ancient history, destined to be remembered for Sheeran’s gormless cameo – a blatant PR stunt that may yet be the moment the series ‘jumped the shark’ (lost it). The rest was just…dull.

Episode Two (titled ‘Stormborn’) launched the penultimate season into action.

Ed Sheeran wasn’t in it for a start: The good news was we knew Game of Thrones could only be better than last week. Episode Two (titled ‘Stormborn’) launched the penultimate season into action

Already counting down to the grand finale (the battle who ultimately becomes King or Queen of the Seven Kingdoms), the writers have started repositioning the characters - literally. Khaleesi and Cersei had giant maps, surveying where the central figures were like chess pieces.

‘Stormborn’ showed how from now on the plot will be about big names meeting for the first time or being dramatically reunited.

Compared to some, pairings like Samwell Tarly and Ser Jorah or Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand were small potatoes, as were Arya and Hot Pie.

Arya is now heading for Winterfell to be together with Jon Snow and Sansa again having belatedly learnt that Jon had defeated Ramsay in the Battle of The Bastards. (She was obviously not on Twitter.)

Already counting down to the grand finale: The writers have started repositioning the characters - literally. Khaleesi and Cersei had giant maps, surveying where the central figures were like chess pieces

Dramatic: Arya is now heading for Winterfell to be together with Jon Snow and Sansa again having belatedly learnt that Jon had defeated Ramsay in the Battle of The Bastards. (She was obviously not on Twitter)

Unfortunately for her (but not for us), Jon Snow is leaving to finally meet Khaleesi – a scene between the show’s two sex symbols that fans have long pined for. Khaleesi had a busy diary with Ellaria Sand, Yara Greyjoy, Lady Olenna Tyrell, and Melisandre all having appointments to mark their first scenes together.

Jon Snow had a rare exchange with Littlefinger and Arya was re-united with her direwolf, Nymeria.

Both were an anti-climax, with neither resulting in anything fatal.

In the good old days – the bad old days – Game Of Thrones relished bumping off major characters regularly (even the most popular) but usually still when we least expected it.

This was a strong episode but didn’t deliver the kind of sensational killer blow it would be remembered by.


It's happening: Unfortunately for her (but not for us), Jon Snow is leaving to finally meet Khaleesi – a scene between the show’s two sex symbols that fans have long pined for

Coming together: Khaleesi had a busy diary with Ellaria Sand, Yara Greyjoy, Lady Olenna Tyrell, and Melisandre all having appointments to mark their first scenes together

And yes the Sand sisters were too minor to matter.

At various points in the plot Littlefinger, Arya, Varys, and Theon all had their future under threat.

Not sacrificing any of them was a cop out.

There are my 5 highs and lows from Episode Two.

HIGHS

1. The absence of Ed Sheeran

The smug singer-songwriter stood out so horribly he looked like a viewer appearing among the real actors because he’d won a competition. A true fan would have insisted on being beheaded in a sword fight.

2.Khaleesi and Jon Snow getting ever closer

‘He sounds like quite a man,’ Khaleesi purred already salivating about the prospect of finally meeting Jon Snow (as we all had been since the series started). She hadn’t even heard what he looked like.

Melisandre was unlikely to tell her. She fancied Jon Snow too much herself to want any competition.

‘He sounds like quite a man':  Khaleesi purred already salivating about the prospect of finally meeting Jon Snow (as we all had been since the series started). She hadn’t even heard what he looked like

Melisandre was unlikely to tell her: She fancied Jon Snow too much herself to want any competition

‘As King of the North he has united the wildlings with the Northern houses so that together they may face their common enemy,’ she said downplaying Jon Snow’s attributes to make him sound as dull as possible.

Still Khaleesi got the picture.

‘Send a raven North,’ she instructed. ‘Tell Jon Snow his queen invites him to Dragonstone. And bend the knee.’

The frisson she gave the final phrase suggested her loins were stirring. I think we all know Khaleesi and Jon Snow meeting is only going to end one way.

3. Khaleesi challenging Varys

It was a relief to see the cosy alliance of Khaleesi, Tyrion, and Varys disrupted when the Dragon Queen finally challenged the Spider’s loyalty.

He had helped trade her to the Dothraki, favoured her brother and switched allegiance away from her father.

Scene: It was a relief to see the cosy alliance of Khaleesi, Tyrion, and Varys disrupted when the Dragon Queen finally challenged the Spider’s loyalty

‘If he dislikes one monarch, he conspires to crown the next !’ she protested to Tyrion. ‘What kind of servant is that?’

He explained he had grown up in the gutter, been sold into slavery, and done anything necessary to survive.

‘My loyalties don’t lie with any king or queen but with the people who suffer under despots, whose hearts you aim to win.’

It was rather corny and not that convincing but she responded: ‘Swear to me. If you ever think I’m failing the people, you won’t conspire behind my back but look me in the eye and tell me.’

It seemed uncharacteristically naïve of her.

When did saying ‘I promise’ mean anything in Game Of Thrones?

4. Diana Rigg’s masterclass to Emilia Clarke

The encounter between Olenna Tyrell and Khaleesi was just as much about Diana Rigg giving Emilia Clarke a lesson in acting as the elder queen advising the younger on how to rule.

‘Oh peace never lasts my dear,’ she sighed. ‘They won’t obey you unless they fear you. The lords of Westeros are sheep. Are you a sheep ? No. You’re a dragon. Be a dragon !’

5. Greyworm’s unexpected love scene with Missandei

Advice: The encounter between Olenna Tyrell and Khaleesi was just as much about Diana Rigg giving Emilia Clarke a lesson in acting as the elder queen advising the younger on how to rule

The nude scene between Greyworm and Missandei was ostensibly a throw back to the early series when virtually every actress in GoT was expected to appear topless. In fact it was more about love than sex – with the type of tenderness Game Of Thrones hasn’t had very much of. The Unsullied may be eunuchs but the revelation that there were still other ways they could enjoy themselves (and make themselves useful) was quite a bombshell, albeit a bit late.

LOWS

1.Theon’s failure to rid us of Uncle Euron

Euron is supposedly the series’ big baddie, its new Ramsay Bolton, but is more a pantomime villain - a cross between Oliver Reed, Brian Blessed, and Rik Mayall’s Lord Flashheart in Blackadder.

As for the battle it was such a generic bloody showpiece, it was practically a self-parody, so manic it was hardly even choreographed - just hundreds of extras running around shouting amidst the fuzzy CGIs.

We really needed Theon to step up and take Uncle Euron out (out of the series). By running away and jumping overboard he let himself down. He let Yara down. And he let us all down.

2. Arya’s pointless reunion with Nymeria

Game Of Thrones was never more ruthless – and impressive – than every time it killed off a direwolf. The surprise encounter between Arya and Nymeria encapsulated how it’s changed. The giant creature should either have gone with her to Winterfell as she implored it to or attacked her/eaten her. The first would have been exciting, the latter more shocking/impressive. Doing neither made it pointless.

Shocking: Game Of Thrones was never more ruthless – and impressive – than every time it killed off a dire wolf. The surprise encounter between Arya and Nymeria encapsulated how it’s changed

3. Samwell’s latest breakthrough with Ser Jorah

Last week Samwell came across the crucial, undiscovered, stash of dragonglass in practically the first book he had looked at since finally getting into the library.

Here he announced he had found the cure for greyscale in a book of rare diseases. His radical treatment of Ser Jorah’s greyscale turned out to be gouging it out with a scalpel.

4. Yara Greyjoy’s hanky panky with Ellaria Sand

The lesbian sex-scene was an example of GoT flagrantly trying too hard (to shock) but more like ‘Carry On Game of Thrones’ than the scandalous orgies of old.

‘A foreign invasion is underway !’ Ellaria taunted Yara’s protector Theon as she kissed her.

Heading there: The giant creature should either have gone with her to Winterfell as she implored it to or attacked her/eaten her. The first would have been exciting, the latter more shocking/impressive. Doing neither made it pointless

5. Cersei and Qyburn

The question of how to defend King’s Landing against Khaleesi’s dragons had taxed the greatest minds of Game Of Thrones’ characters – and its viewers – ever since the show started.

‘They are powerful but not invincible,’ Cersei’s scientific genius/madman Qyburn concluded as he took her in the catacombs.

He had collaborated with ‘the finest artisans and blacksmiths in King’s Landing working day and night’, he boasted, and finally come up with an ingenious solution: blasting them in the head with a giant crossbow.

It had only taken someone six series to think of it.

Next stop the internet… 

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Nest stop the internet: ‘They are powerful but not invincible,’ Cersei’s scientific genius/madman Qyburn concluded as he took her in the catacombs.

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