‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 2: ‘You’re A Dragon
Game of Thrones season 7 episode 2: Yara Greyjoy kissing Ellaria Sand was improvised, say actors
Game of Thrones, season 7 episode 2, Stormborn recap: Daenerys’s avengers assemble
The Game of Game of Thrones: season 7, episode 2, Stormborn
I’m going to address something right now, and then we’re not going to talk about it again for the rest of our lives: it is strange to watch the men tasked with writing Game of Thronesattempt to write intimacy that is not twisted in some way. And so this week’s sex scene between Grey Worm and Missandei was both touching and embarrassing. Grey Worm comparing the feeling of being in love with Missandei with a child’s fear of snakes or the ocean was a clumsy rhetorical choice on his part, and Missandei’s “I want to see you, please” made me want to throw myself off a building. But I’m happy these two kids finally got it together long enough to take it all off. This is the first consensual, romantic sex depicted on Game of Thrones since April 2013, which is remarkable for a show known in some circles as tacky high-fantasy erotica.
That’s pretty tragic in its own way, and particularly in the context of this episode. Even more particularly, it’s tragic given that “Stormborn” is the 11th episode written by Bryan Cogman, whose most famous work on this show so far was the season 5 episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” depicting Sansa Stark’s wedding night with Ramsay Bolton. I hope we’re not witnessing this long-delayed gratification for G+M solely as a prelude to one of their deathsbeing imbued with some extra pathos. In the excitement of yelling “fire and blood!” at my MacBook every Sunday night, I often forget how deeply, serially sad this show is.
Anyway, what I really want is for no one to use any of Grey Worm or Missandei’s come-on tactics for personal use, or ever again on a television program. Please don’t say “You are my weakness,” to people! That’s not a good compliment! And we all deserve better in a world where ice zombies and magical fire pirates are possible. There, we did it, our serious discussion for the week.
Thank goodness, because this episode really delivered on the premise of “rated TV-MA for graphic violence and strong sexual content,” and we have a ton of points to give out. Not just for our young lovers (who we’ll come back to), but for a whole mess of murder.
Here we go, and I’m sorry.
Episode 2 opens with a thunderstorm on Dragonstone that has Daenerys in a funk. She’s already decided Westeros “doesn’t feel like home,” because of all the rain, and probably because of the fact that she has yet to see a single living person that she didn’t bring with her. On the enormous interactive Westeros map Stannis left behind, Dany sees two Monopoly pieces shaped like lions and says, “Ah, not so many lions.” This is how war councils happen to this day, I assume.
More or less, she and Tyrion just want to come up with a plan by which they do the winning part of war without the killing anyone part of war, which is commendable in the abstract but seems unlikely to actually happen. We’re in a graphic violence and strong sexual content show! They don’t put those warnings there for nothing!
Here, due to cabin fever, Dany spontaneously turns on Varys and really lays into him about how many different kings he’s been willing to serve, and the fact that he was definitely involved in the assassination plot against her back in season 1. This whole debate was fairly boring, but it sets Varys up for a withering line (+10): “Incompetence should not be rewarded with blind loyalty. As long as I have eyes, I’ll use them.”