As usual, spoilers for previous episodes on this page.
It’s happened everybody, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen have finally met! And what a meeting it was. “The Queen’s Justice” delivers developments in the War of the Two Queens (I call it that because Jon is more concerned with White Walkers than ruling), long-awaited meetings and some nice action to spare. Some really well-done dialogue scenes this week and a nice increasing of the pace now that all the pieces are in the place. I have to give props to editor Jesse Parker, as the Casterly Rock and Highgarden sequences were very nicely done.
This week we see Daenerys reeling from her loss against Euron Greyjoy, as well as Euron bringing his gift to Cersei. We get some follow-up on Bran as well, after being absent last week. And the thing I’ve been clamouring for since the season started: meatier Jaime Lannister material. Game of Thrones only has ten episodes left and it is not wasting any time. This is a show that knows its world and characters and all the pieces fit together very snugly this week. Jon and Daenerys’ meeting was fraught with negotiation and conflict of interest, wisely built on our established understanding of Jon, Dany and Tyrion. Also, before I get deeper into the plot, Sansa scores another burn on Littlefinger. Baelish really is losing out in his battle for rule/her affections. Also, no Arya this week, sadly.
Standout performances this week were Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Kit Harington (Jon), Emilia Clarke (Dany), Liam Cunningham (Davos), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Lena Headey (Cersei) and Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell).
Overall, another winner for Season 7. Game of Thrones wisely invests in established characters and makes some major plot movements in a thrilling and great-looking episode.
Major spoilers on the next page: