Meereen: Tyrion & Varys
While Kinvara’s priests spread the good word of the Dragon Queen, Tyrion bids Varys farewell on a special, undisclosed mission to Westeros, supposedly for “allies and ships.” If only they knew the two Greyjoy fleets delivering themselves as they speak. Nonetheless, the send off is sweet. The friendship between the two characters is one of the few points of sincerity in the show, funny considering their status as schemers and liars.
Dinklage gets another delicious scene with Grey Worm and Missandei he can knock out of park that does no plot progression whatsoever and just focuses on developing the interplay and relationships of these three Dany acolytes. Fortunately, as with many Game of Thrones scenes, this one is extremely well-written and genuinely hilarious. Which means it has to be interrupted by the worst possible thing: the Masters’ fleet arrive to take Meereen back by force. Tyrion’s peace plot has backfired in the worst possible way (although it yields a truly spectacular shot of the ships catapulting flaming boulders into the city).
In the pyramid, Tyrion acknowledges his failure and defers to Grey Worm for the city’s defense. But their dire situation may have gotten substantially less as a rumbling atop the pyramid signals not more flaming boulders, but flaming dragons: Daenerys Targaryen has returned.
MISSING THIS WEEK:
- No Bran, Meera or sorta-dead Uncle Benjen
- No Jon, Sansa, Davos, Melisandre
- No Littlefinger or Ramsay
- No Greyjoys
- No Sam, Gilly or “Little Sam”
Here’s the preview for the ninth episode “Battle of the Bastards.” No synopsis has been released, but expect this one to follow in the tradition of fellow battle episodes “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall” as a bottle episode set entirely in the North.