When last week’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War” ended, we were lead to believe Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was sinking down to the bottom of a lake to drown in his heavy Lannister armor. This week’s episode, “Eastwatch,” wasted no time revealing the fate of Jaime – he’s not dead. And neither is Bronn (Jerome Flynn), who pulled Jaime’s fat out of the fire (or rather, out of the water) and saved the Lord Commander’s life. Some Game of Thrones fans had differing theories as to why Jaime charged at Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) even though her dragon Drogon was right next to her, but Jaime confirmed his suicidal charge at the Dragon Queen was his Hail Mary attempt to end the war in one fell swoop. Lucky for Jaime that Bronn was there to save him from a fiery death.
Though one of the series’ most popular duos was spared death after all, that doesn’t mean another considerably less popular duo didn’t meet a gruesome demise by dragonfire. In her victory, Daenerys had the Dothraki round up the surviving Lannister and Tarly soldiers. She was there to issue an ultimatum – they could either bend the knee and pledge their loyalties to House Targaryen or they could die. Many of the soldiers immediately submitted, but others did not. Chief among the resisters were Lord Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner) and his son Dickon Tarly (Tom Hopper), who are this week’s primary victims.
The Tarlys of Horn Hill, one of the most prominent families in the Reach, were pledged to House Tyrell before the late Lady Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) joined her House in support of Daenerys. The Tarlys then switched sides to fight for Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), with Lord Tarly being promoted to general of the Lannister and Tarly armies. They successfully sieged Highgarden and conquered it; Olenna Tyrell accepted a death sentence by poison, wiping House Tyrell from the face of Westeros. The vast Tyrell fortune was then appropriated by the Lannisters as payment to the Iron Bank of Braavos.
However, that victory at Highgarden was soon met with an epic and decisive defeat at the hands of Daenerys, her dragon Drogon, and the Dothraki. When called upon to bend the knee and pledge their loyalty to Daenerys, Randyll Tarly refused, even though Daenerys’ Hand Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) pointed out that the Tarlys’ loyalty has proven to be rather flexible lately. Yet Randyll was inflexible on the matter of Daenerys being a foreigner with no ties to Westeros – though this is incorrect as Daenerys was born on Dragonstone, which, though an island, is considered part of Westeros. Still, the Dragon Queen spending most of her life on Essos and then bringing Dothraki to Westeros makes her a foreign invader and Randyll Tarly couldn’t accept rule by a foreigner.
Randyll (and Tyrion) wanted Dickon to bend the knee, however. Dickon was heir to Horn Hill and was needed by Randyll to continue the Tarly line, as he hated and rejected his other son Sam (John Bradley). Yet Dickon also refused to bend the knee and chose to meet the same fate as his father. Daenerys was deadly serious about her ultimatum and the Tarlys had indeed made made their choice. By Daenerys’ command “Dracarys!”, Drogon roasted Randyll and Dickon alive and reduced them to ashes.
The only other deaths in “Eastwatch” were two Gold Cloaks in King’s Landing who tried to stop Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) from escaping the capital with Tyrion. Both met gruesome deaths at the hands of the returning Gendry (Joe Dempsie) and his warhammer. Now, with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) leading a contingent past the wall in a quest to capture a White Walker and bring it south to King’s Landing – and with the Army of the Dead marching ever closer to the Wall – no doubt much more death is coming in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones season 7.
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