‘Game of Thrones 7×04 – The Spoils of War’ Review

After last week’s strategic moves in Game of Thrones, it should be no surprise that another battle would come this week. For some time, fans have waited for the war to come and for certain reunions to happen, and this week we get almost everything we wished for.

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With the Highgarden gold safely off to King’s Landing it looks like Cersei (Lena Headey) now has the backing of the Iron Bank for her war. With Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) finding out about the loss of yet another ally, her revenge is swift and explosive. Back at Winterfell, Arya (Maisie Williams) finally reunited with the remaining Stark children.

The reunion between Arya, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), and Sansa (Sophie Turner) is an interesting one because of the different welcomes. Bran shows no emotion, which Arya appears to respect, which maybe because of her worldly experience and understanding he is now the three-eyed Raven. Her welcome from Sansa is more interesting, as the dynamic between the two has changed.

Sansa watches Arya with interest, but one filled with jealousy. This can be seen particularly in the scene where Arya spars with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie). The respect that Brienne shows for the talents of Arya is not welcomed by Sansa, who watches from afar. Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) of course picks up on this and will no doubt try to use this to his advantage. It seems that Sansa may be a Cersei in the making, but without the whole incest thing.

While the family dynamics of the Starks may be interesting, this week’s episode will be remembered for Daenery’s revenge and our first glimpse of the destruction that the dragons will bring down on the Lannister army. While all the burning flesh, death, and destruction may be interesting, it also revealed some weaknesses that the Mother of Dragons won’t be happy with. The most important is that Cersei has planned for the dragons (though may have revealed this a little too soon).

While there may have been some hype around the episode being “the shortest episode yet” that didn’t really matter. What really was important was the cliffhanger. With Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) trying to move in for the attack, and Bronn (Jerome Flynn) having to act fast to save him from the flame, what will his fate be? I tend to think he will at least be still breathing next week as his role as the monarch slayer is important to Game of Thrones.

With the White Walkers teased for next week, it looks like season 7 of Game of Thrones isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. The question will be, just who will be left to take on the dead when they make it past the wall? If the last few episodes are anything to go by, it looks like just as the war of the Iron Throne begins, it will be hijacked by the winter that is fast taking over Westeros.

In terms of story-line, Game of Thrones is definitely delivering this season, and everything is coming together nicely. With the quality on show, it is nice to see that Game of Thrones is surviving all the hack controversy, and the spectacle of the show is far surpassing the dramas that HBO are going through. Now just to hide from anymore spoilers before next week’s episode.

Game of Thrones airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic at 9PM on Mondays.

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