If you're new here, hi and welcome to our Game of Thrones community. Every Tuesday, we curate some of the top theories and reactions to the episode from our Episode Discussion on Season 7 Episode 2: "Stormborn" on Commonlounge, as well as some of the best articles from around the web. Here's to this week's update:
- First the scene between Arya and Nymeria, and what transpired there. Meriwether Jones writes:
In the showrunners’ post-episode dialogue, they clarify what transpired between Arya and her dire wolf Nymeria. Arya’s last words as Nymeria turned and left were “that’s not you.” Turns out she was quoting herself replying to Ned Stark when he’d attempted to interest her in a book of fancy gowns, telling her she would someday grow up to be a fine lady and marry. She told him, “no, that’s not me.” Like Arya, Nymeria was never meant to be domesticated. The soulful look on Arya’s face as her dire wolf padded away was her acceptance of this.Great scene. Like Theon reverting back to Reek, Nymeria's choice was more realistic than one expects from a fantasy show like this. (Link)
- Goes without saying, the episode wasn't the best ever, and some viewers critiqued it really well. For instance, Cookie Harris writes:
I did not like this episode and I had to take a day to reflect on why I was saddened by it. Last night I read an article from someone who shared my angst. It is how the show runners seem to rush (and yes I know they said they were going to be moving fast this season) but there are things that happened that just didn't make a lot of sense. The characters are acting out of character in some instances. I was upset with Dany acting like a tyrant, Sansa and Jon arguing in front of their bannermen, Arya seem to be so disconnected from humanity, Euron and that whole battle was silly. Lady Olenna trying to put thoughts in Dany's head. How was Sam able to send word to Jon in Winterfell and yet the Night's Watch hasn't sent word about Bran? So does Sam know the Boltens are dead, yet the Citadel had on record that Joer Mormont was the Lord Commander?George RR Martin tells a story. The show runners are pushing plots forward. Here is where I was nodding my head when I read the article last night. This is what I could not quite convey when I was pondering over why I was so upset, the author said so succinctly. (Link)
- What is up next for Ellaria? Something not too favorable for sure, and we feel Cersei is about to go full Ramsay Bolton in the next episode.
- Will Arya continue to proceed North, or is the Nymeria encounter going to make her realize that she is not meant for the castle, and take care of Cersei first?
- What will Littlefinger do next — is he scared of Jon Snow, or is he going to transpire something truly evil with Jon out of town.
For a full recap, check out the full discussion here.
Here's the list of best post-premiere Game of Thrones articles from around the web. If you have any suggestions, leave a reply below and I'll add it. Have a good week ahead!