This post is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice.”
Lady Olenna Tyrell’s death was brutal — but not for her. The Queen of Thorns certainly lived up to her name in episode 3, and Jaime Lannister will be feeling the sting of her barbs long after her body is cold.
While it’s painful to say goodbye to one of the show’s most consistently entertaining characters, at least Olenna went out the way she came in — as a total badass, who made sure to secure herself a painless and dignified death before she dropped a delicious bombshell on her murderer: that she was the one responsible for killing his son, with a death far more painful and humiliating than the one Jaime gave her.
It’s probably cold comfort for Olenna after losing her entire family at Cersei’s hands, but she definitely managed to twist the knife on her way out — and if she also succeeded in sowing some seeds of doubt in Jaime’s heart about his sister, those fears will be “Growing Strong” even now that the Tyrells are gone.
Jaime definitely holds the title for Westeros’ #1 burn victim this week — he also had to endure the fact that another man (and by man we mean the biggest douchebro on the planet, obvs) was able to avenge his daughter’s death and win Cersei’s hand in marriage, and that was before Euron started asking him for tips on how to seduce his sister. This season is going to give us so many delicious Jaime reaction gifs — I almost feel sorry for the guy.
Cersei, meanwhile, was on a roll — she managed to squash the Tyrells, Greyjoys and Sands in the space of one episode, as well as decimating the remainder of Daenerys’ fleet. And, as predicted, “The Queen’s Justice” of the title was meted out with a poisoned kiss that doomed Tyene Sand to the same painful death Myrcella suffered, with Ellaria chained up just out of reach, unable to save her daughter.
It’s a fittingly cruel punishment, but you can’t help but wonder if someone will succeed in breaking Ellaria out of those chains before the season is over, since Cersei helpfully left her alive. Cersei’s weakness has always been the way she underestimates her opponents, from Tyrion to Dany, and by letting Ellaria live just to torture her, she’s only making the viper more venomous.
Olenna’s death was the twist we didn’t see coming, but one thing the showrunners wanted us to know about was the long-awaited meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, and it didn’t disappoint.
While it wasn’t quite the family reunion we might’ve hoped for — mostly since they still don’t know they’re related — this union of “Ice and Fire” (LOL SO META, GUYS) played out the only way it could’ve played out, given the reliable stubbornness of both Jon and Dany.
Much like what happens when two superheroes meet for the first time, they fought, then they found common ground (thanks to the help of a very wise man) and then they started working together — it’s not quite an invitation for Jon to ride Dany’s dragon (figuratively, you perverts), but it’ll do for now.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.