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Colin.Hekimian    ORIGINAL GONGSTER

Game of Thrones Eastwatch Review/ Who Will Die Next Week?

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"Eastwatch" did a significant amount in the way of moving around the major and minor players of Game of Thrones.

After several battle-centric episodes in a row, this episode was needed to re-orient all the pieces and set up the next major battle.

We got the return of the last Baratheon, a stunning "baby on the way" announcement and most importantly of all, confirmation that Jon Snow isn't a Snow at all.  He is a legitimate Targaryen and rightful King of the Seven Kingdoms with a claim even stronger than Daenerys'.

Daenerys "Fredo Corleone" Targaryen was just passed over. The question is: how will she take the news?  I can't imagine she'd be thrilled.  Her whole sense of purpose in life is to claim the Iron Throne.  She is starting to fall for the Knower of Nothing, though.  Especially after he tamed her dragon 😏. 

Maybe there's a King and Queen power sharing scenario here?  Or maybe Jon abdicates his claim outright.

Moving on to the Lannisters, this show has given me the opportunity to make 2 Fredo references in one episode.

Cersei embraces Jaime and says "never betray me again."  I wonder how close D&D were to having them kiss before saying, "I know it was you.  You broke my heart."

Is Cersei actually pregnant? Maggy the Frog's prophecy states that Cersei would only bear three children.  Cersei is either lying (most likely) or she's gonna have a bad time.  The happy look in her eye indicates that she seems to believe it.  And she would be giving Jaime exactly what he's always wanted to maintain her stranglehold on him.

But if this is a lie, it's a very short-sighted one at best.  Jaime will wonder what happened to that bun in the oven months from now. It also complicates the Valonqar theory.  Would Jaime kill a pregnant Cersei and become the once and future Kingslayer? (As well as Queenslayer.)

Gilly had her My Cousin Vinny moment by revealing the most stunning piece of information while Samm prattled on about shits and steps.

Whether he knows it or not, Samm has the proof to legitimize Jon Snow as (probably) Jaeharys Targaryen.  He has the proof and Bran has the knowledge.  I suspect they will form a BB-8 and R2-D2 style team to put their two puzzle pieces together (that sounded wrong) and announce the return of the King.

And now with the deaths of Randyll and Dickon (RIP) Tarly, should the family inheritance revert to Samm?  His sworn oath to the Night's Watch precludes this but perhaps if the Night King was defeated his Watch would be ended, freeing him from the oath.  Or maybe Jon could echo Stannis from season 5 and just restore his titles as only a king can.

Gendry returned and D&D noticed memers worldwide when Davos said, "I thought you might still be rowing."  I think it's awesome that Gendry has chosen to wield a warhammer just like his pappy.  

And it was another nice fan-servicey nod when Jon and Gendry quipped like their fathers before them. ("You're a lot leaner."  "You're a lot shorter.") (You've got fat.  So have you.)

I also love the subtext of Gendry describing how their "fathers" got along.  If by got along you mean a warhammer shot to the ruby-crusted chest, then sure.

The fast travel system was in full effect in this one, eg.  Tyrion travels from the battle to Dragonstone, to King's Landing and back to Dragonstone. 

And we're getting so many reunions it's hard to keep up.  The final scene with the "Fellowship of the King" as people have called it, featured so many different connections that could've been commented on.

One of which includes how Jon Snow possesses Longclaw, the sword that rightfully should have gone to Ser Friendzone, Jorah Mormont.

One thing I can say is that this season is moving incredibly quickly.  Some of these missed connections would feature nicely as scenes in a normal 10 episode season.  

And this plan of theirs is incredibly far-fetched and stupid.  7 guys against thousands of dead men.  They have to then take one wight against its will and bring it all the way to King's Landing to convince someone who doesn't care and just might execute them on a whim.  

But having said that, it's a shit plan but it is the only way to prove to the world that the White walkers exist.  

Despite my few complaints I'm incredibly excited for next week's episode.

Who will survive?  Who will die?


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Jon Snow will live as that is a given.  The title of the book series is most likely about him for God's sake.

As a blacksmith who apprenticed under Tobho Mott, Gendry has to survive to make Valyrian steel weapons out of Dragonglass.  He will also probably be legitimized by Jon as Gendry Baratheon and lord over the Stormlands in the future.  Maybe he will marry Arya?  

("You have a daughter.  I have a son.  We'll join our houses.")  Ancient houses are needed to rule homelands.

Jorah could maybe bite it but he just returned so I don't think so. After all that time devoted to curing him of Greyscale, it would be a waste to kill him off so quickly.

The Hound will either survive or die but come back with them as a zombie because the Clegane Bowl is inevitable.

I think Tormund will survive because he still needs to get together with the Big Woman.

Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion are the likely culprits to eat it. One or both will go out in a blaze of glory.  Their resurrection powers will be needed in some way, shape or form though. 

I think the surprise return of Benjen Stark is at play here.  When the group is swarmed he could show up to save the day.  Then we finally get the reunion of Jon and Uncle Benjen where it doesn't end up with a knife in the heart.

Overall, good episode.  I rate it 15,782 shits/10.

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