Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4 review: The Spoils of War


Not really spoilers for previous episodes here, in case you were worried. 

“Give me spoilers and die, Theon.”

Game of Thrones delivers an emotional, action-packed episode in “The Spoils of War”, the best of the season so far (maybe I should’ve given last week four and a half stars, oh well). It’s hard to say much about this episode without spoiling it, but I’ll go into what I can. This episode features a reunion between two characters who haven’t seen each other since the first season (you can probably guess, and were likely expecting it), which is touching and also illustrative of how much the characters have grown. It’s easy to forget how much characters have changed not just in personality, but in looks. Obviously the younger actors have aged significantly, but even older ones like Peter Dinklage look distinctly different from the first season.

The relationship between Jon and Daenerys continues to develop (and yes, many are wondering if they’re going to commit some unknowing incest), and I’m enjoying the way Harington and Clarke play off each other. Liam Cunningham continues to be an understated highlight of the Dragonstone scenes, for fans (myself included) of Davos Seaworth. There’s not much else I can say without giving it away, but the final scene of the episode is a truly stunning cinematic spectacle, with a nice helping of emotional heft. The standout performers this week were Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Maisie Williams (Arya), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) and Ellie Kendrick (Meera).

Major spoilers on the next page:

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