WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
“The Queen’s Justice” was swift and satisfying.
The third episode of “Game of Thrones’” seventh season was a thrilling chapter — in terms of scope, character and a perfect amount of foreshadowing.
Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow — who in 63 episodes had never shared the screen — finally met at Dragonstone, and the sparks flew, subtly.
Emilia Clarke in “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 1. Dany is now in a tough spot, as her allies have been diminished and she’s been asked to help with the conflict in the North.
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Jaime Lannister rekindled his love life with…his sister Cersei, queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Grey Worm mounted an impressive offensive on the seat of House Lannister, Casterly Rock, only to be overshadowed by Euron Greyjoy’s tenacious fleet.
Samwell Tarly managed to defy the odds and cure Jorah Mormont of the deadly greyscale, only to be “rewarded” by Archmaester Ebrose.
As the war for the Seven Kingdoms now rages, Jon Snow is trying to distract Dany from the conqueror’s mentality — in order to warn her of the Night King’s advance near the Wall.
Nonetheless, the episode’s most poignant and gratifying moment comes at the very end, as a fan favorite bid us farewell. Let’s qualify that, though: this character certainly did not do so without adding their candid two cents.
Olenna Tyrell, played by Diana Rigg, saw Highgarden overpowered by Lannister forces in a devilish move from Jaime and his sovereign lover.
Cersei, indebted to the Iron Bank, which is about to invest in Dany’s claim, concocts a way to reclaim gold to repay the bank — because Lannisters always pay their debts.
Jaime’s forces took the wealthy Highgarden easily, for House Tyrell had already been devoid of true leadership since the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor in Season 6.
Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) and Kevan Lannister (Ian Gelder) in Season 6 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Jaime finds Olenna in her quarters, resigning to her bleak fate.
After a fulfilling final conversation, Jaime informs Olenna, a Dany ally, that he’ll manage to make her death swift — by poison (although Cersei would have preferred on a long, agonizing death).
Jaime places the poison in her wine and pushes the glass toward the Tyrell matriarch. Olenna quickly gulps down the cocktail and proceeds to go on a vicious rant about the death of Joffrey Baratheon (really the product of incest between Cersei and Jaime).
Olenna states coldly that she loved watching Joffrey turn purple and die painfully.
“Tell Cersei — I want her to know it was me,” Olenna informs the visibly annoyed Kingslayer.
Jaime, though, now knows his brother Tyrion, hand of the queen to Dany, is innocent.
Jaime angrily walks off as, presumably, Olenna dies.
The fan favorite appeared in 18 episodes and typically dominated every scene with her wit and sarcasm.
Needless to say, Twitter responded to the loss:
Source: Ny Daily News