Thrones episode 2 kicks off in Dragonstone, with Dany, Tyrion and varys discussing… things, namely how to move forward, though Dany focuses almost immediately on Varys and his past loyalty and how he changed from leader to leader, which is a fair point, she seems mistrusting of him but he’s vouched for by Tyrion and he makes his point on being savvy and admittedly a bit sneaky, in order to stay alive.
Now I like Varys but I can see how he can be seen as untrust worthy, this was a great scene showing that not everything is smooth sailing for the potential queen to be. And mistrust goes along way, Varys mistrusts the mysterious guest at Dragonstone, everyones favourite witch…. Melisandre who pretty logically shows up to one of the most powerful leaders in Westeros, showing her intent to serve. Daenerys reminds Varys of her previous forgiveness of him earlier.
In Winterfell, Jon Snow receives the message from Dany and knows that Tyrion is also with her, Davos advises Jon that she wants to be rid of Cersei as well and could be a powerful ally. And in Kings Landing, Cersei tries to rally people against Dany, citing her savagery in her conquests which is a smart idea, painting her as just a crazy ruler, the plan against fighting dragons is brought up to which someone replies that there is a “plan” for. Jamie talks to a Tyrell ruler and tries to get him on board, though he seems to be a tad wary of the Lannisters and understandably so.
In the Citadel, Sam and a maester talk to a now fairly infected Jorah Mormont, who will live for a while longer but seemingly can’t be cured still, despite Sam wanting to help him. In a crypt in Kings Landing, Cerseis aide shows her a skull of a former Dragon and a mystery weapon, a giant ballista that can be used effectively against Dragons, foreshadowing I assume. And back at Dragonstone, Dany discusses her plan with her council, disagreements abound as Tyrion clashes with Ilaria Sand, Tyrion not wanting to use the dragons in the battle but Obera not minding the idea, oh and Olenna Tyrell, plus the Grey Joys are here….. when did they arrive again? But moving on, the plan seems to be set in motion with Dany and Tyrion coming up with something concrete and boy are events moving quickly, Dany has a quick talk with Olenna on her reasons and intent for wanting to help out, Olenna gives some sage advice on how to move forward, telling her to ‘be a dragon’, assuming she means that Dany should be more fierce and domineering.
Greyworm and Missandei share an intimiate moment alone together and you know, do things.
While back in the Citadel and under cover of the night, Sam visits Jorah, captivated by his heritage and how he knew Jorahs father, he makes a concoction in the aim of saving him and sets about trying to help, Sams enthusiasm to help is admirable though you have to wonder if it will work, Sam carries on, much to Jorahs pain and discomfort. Somewhere in Westeros, Hot Pie, Aryas old friend makes a re-appearance and brings some food over, a lot has obviously happened to Arya since they last met but she’s not too keen on telling him everything just yet, though Hot Pie reveals Winterfell is now in Jon Snows’ hands after the Boltons defeat at the battle of the bastards, this seems to spark her interest as it looks like she’s headed northwards now instead of to Kings Landing, though she’ll just miss Jon Snow unfortunately.
In Winterfell, Jon receives another raven message (busy boy) from the Citadel/Sam, on the fact that Dragonstone is on top of a tonne of dragonglass, he also reveals the other message received from Daenerys, talking about the contents of the message, Jon reveals he’s going to accept her invitation as they need allies and of course, that tonne of Dragonglass. Will we finally see Jon and Dany meet!? Not everyone is happy with Jons choice however, with Sansa being the most vocal critic, though more dissenting voices rise on how Jon needs to stay in the North and not go to Dragonstone, due to the Targaryens and Lannisters’ less than stellar reputation – though Tyrion’s great now, as we know. Though his decision is final, Jon will leave for Dragonstone and will leave Winterfell under Sansas command for the time being, though this decision already proves divisive, will it be a big blow for Jons’ leadership?
Littlefinger creeps up out of nowhere to talk to Jon a bit, buttering him up a bit, to possibly get on his better side, though Jon seems a bit wary of him and threatens him over making moves on Sansa, good move Jon, Jon then leaves to ride for Dragonstone. Back to Arya now alone at a makeshift camp fire, her horse is a bit spooked as is she, as they get approached by wild wolves, seemingly led by her own Direwolf, Nymeria, though their bond now seems to be a bit broken as Nymeria leaves, with the wolf pack.
Onboard a grey joy ship, the sand snakes (they’re back!) discuss things, on who to kill – how charming, while Ilaria Sand drinks with the Greyjoys, though Theon isn’t too happy about this. Anyway snap back to reality, the ships are under attack by none other than Euron and his fleet, who boards their ship himself and wow Euron really covers a lot of ground doesn’t he? Managing to catch up to Theon and co so quickly, anyway much fighting and death, Yara and the Sandsnakes attack Euron and he kills two of them, the fighting is chaotic but in the end, Euron has Yara, faced by a pretty impossible situation to be fair, Theon jumps ship and runs away as Euron sails away with the remaining sand snake, her mother and Yara, mission complete for him, I think.
Anyway this was a pretty fast paced, chaotic episode, a lot of things are moving forward in quick succession now, maybe a bit quicker than I expected but I think we’ll be seeing Dany in Westeros fairly soon, Cersei allying with Euron after he brings her his ‘gift’ and Jon Snow in Dragonstone meeting Dany next up should be fascinating.