SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from the Season 7, Episode 4 of Game of Thrones, entitled The Spoils of War. Proceed at your own risk.
The fourth episode of Game Of Thrones Season 7, titled The Spoils Of War, set the internet on fire. Littlefinger got a smackdown from the Three Eyed Raven, and Dany rode a dragon into the loot train battle a.k.a. the battle of lost horses. Between Dickon jokes and a cliffhanger ending, unpacking The Spoils Of War requires taking a look at some of the most important dialogue in the episode.
Bran Freaks Out Littlefinger
Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish has been creeping everyone out since Season 1. After years of waiting for someone to creep out Littlefinger in equal measure, Bran proved to be the only who can do it. When Littlefinger tells Bran he knows it must have sucked to come home “only to find such chaos” in Winterfell, the Three-Eyed Raven exposes himself.
Bran isn’t Bran anymore. He doesn’t reveal he’s the Three-Eyed Raven, but unsettles Littlefinger by repeating his own words back to him:
In Season 3 Episode 6 “The Climb,” Littlefinger said those exact words to Varys while discussing the Five Kingdoms:
Lord Varys: I did what I did for the good of the realm.
Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish: The realm. Do you know what the realm is? It’s the thousand blades of Aegon’s enemies, a story we agree to tell each other over and over, until we forget that it’s a lie.
Lord Varys: But what do we have left, once we abandon the lie? Chaos? A gaping pit waiting to swallow us all.
Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish: Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.
Daenerys Targaryen Freaks Out Jon Snow
Jon is getting ready to mine Dragonglass to fight White Walkers and the Army Of The Dead, but Mother Of Dragons remains focused on the throne. She is losing the war and wants to decimate the Lannister army with a surprise attack. Dany asks Jon his opinion.
“I never thought that dragons would exist again. No one did. The people who follow you know that you made something impossible happen. Maybe that helps them believe that you can make other impossible things happen. Build a world that’s different from the sh-t one they’ve always known. But. . .
Clearly, the King In The North and the Mother Of Dragons have different ideas about what’s best for Westeros. Despite Jon’s advice, Daenerys exposes her vulnerability is impulsivity, and takes Drogon for a ride to siege the Lannister army at the Red Keep with her Dothraki army.
50 Shades Of Greyjoy
Hashtag awkward. As far as unexpected reunions with old friends go, Theon Greyjoy is a sub-optimal surprise. Jon wants to kill Theon for his past betrayal, but can’t ignore that he helped Sansa escape Ramsay.
With only mild intimidation, Jon sees how quickly Theon becomes Reek. More importantly, however, when Theon tells Jon he came to ask the Queen for help, Jon pauses briefly to reply “The Queen is gone,” his first referral to Dany as Queen to another Northerner. Maybe Jon will bend his knee, if it means a united front against the Night King.
One Word To Burn Them All
The Lannister army is transporting gold back to King’s Landing. Danaerys and Drogon attack the Lannister army and set the internet on fire, because dragons.
As we mourn every single horse lost in the loot train battle, we’ll also spend the next week wondering if Drogon will survive the anti-dragon bolt in his wing, and if Bronn was successful in saving Jamie Lannister from Drogon’s fire-breath.
Cersei’s Venture Lacks Capital
Meanwhile, back at King’s Landing, Cersei is determined to rule Westeros and waits for her army to bring her gold.
While the loot did make it back to Kings Landing, the loot train battle was lost, and possibly her beloved brother.
What is the fate of Drogon? Does Littlefinger perceive Bran as a threat? Will Jon bend his knee to Daenerys? Does Jaime survive? How will Cersei handle Jaime’s defeat? Let us know your favorite lines from “The Spoils Of War” and all your predictions at @getfandom.
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