Another great episode this week, as Game of Thrones continues to drop more and more callbacks on each episode in this seventh season. It's like the showrunners are wrapping up all the loose ends and every piece of foreshadowing dialogue from past seasons. Previous quotes, promises and moments are helping Game Of Thrones Season 7 set things up for the show's last season next year.
In "Spoils of War," the Starks (the ones that remain, at least) got back together in Winterfell, the King in the North and the Mother of Dragons discovered some pretty neat glyphs and Dany finally got to take her dragons out for a ride — and what a ride that was. While there were some pretty interesting (and easily missable) moments in this episode, let's take a page out of Bran's book, and revisit some important references to previous seasons of #GameofThrones.
Note: This article contains mild spoilers to Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode "Spoils of War"
Since he made his introduction into the Lannister's lives, Bronn has considered himself — and set the record straight for anyone who'd listen — a sellsword, nothing more. As such, all his services rendered to either Tyrion or Jaime came with a price, that the Lannisters have always paid. In "Spoils of War," Bronn once more threw in Jaime's face that he'd promised the sellsword much more than gold, and he's absolutely right.
In Season 5, as Jaime prepared to rescue his daughter Myrcella from Dorne, he enlisted Bronn's help in the endeavor. Since Bronn was in a pretty good position at the time — with a potential bride and a castle under his belt — he made sure Jaime would pay more than gold for his services, making him promise a better wife with a claim to a better castle to his reward list.
This little Valyrian steel dagger has been featured once in a while ever since Season 1 of Game of Thrones, and Littlefinger made sure to reference the first instance it made an appearance in the show. While Catelyn looked after Bran as he recovered from his fall in the first season, an assassin was hired to get rid of Bran using the Catspaw dagger. Catelyn fought for her son's life with the aid of Summer, and later went all the way to King's Landing to tell Ned about the assassination attempt.
'I'm Arya Stark'
After going six seasons without being able to use the Stark name, it was really nice to hear Arya use her full name when she tried to enter Winterfell. She was barred by two guards, who didn't believe her when she said she was Arya Stark, and who also had a very limited patience.
Back when her father was the Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon, Arya spent a day chasing a cat through the Red Keep, and she found herself surrounded by dragon skulls — and Varys discussing her father's murder with Illyrio. Through the sewers, she made her way back to the entrance of the Red Keep but she was stopped by two guards in a very similar manner to what happened to her in Winterfell.
Catelyn Would Be Proud
This was a nice callback to why exactly Brienne is still in Winterfell protecting Sansa, when the newly appointed Lady Stark has an army of Northmen to cover her back. It all refers back to Season 2, when Brienne swore an oath to Catelyn Stark to escort Jaime back to King's Landing, in order to rescue back the Stark girls. Brienne has been on the path to get the Starks together and safe ever since, and in "Spoils of War" she finally realized her work was done.
Not only because the Starks are back together (and at home), but with Arya's fighting skills (thanks to "no one"), Sansa now has someone else to protect her. So maybe she'll release Brienne from her oath, and Brienne will eventually become a lady. She seemed to embrace the fact that she's a lady, whether she likes it or not, since she didn't correct Podrick when he called her "a lady" this time.
Tower of Dickon
Last season, while Bran was learning from the Three-Eyed Raven, he was taken on a flashback to the Tower of Joy where he got a chance to see his father, Ned Stark, fighting Arthur Dayne. It was then that Bran found out that story he'd heard many times before — of how his father valiantly, and single-handedly, defeated Arthur Dayne — was a in fact a lie. It turned out, Howland Reed actually backstabbed Arthur Dayne, possibly saving Ned Stark's life in the process.
Another renowned knight had the same such luck this week, when Jaime was fighting a pretty tough Dothraki, and Dickon Tarly came to his rescue stabbing the Dothraki in the back. Interestingly enough, in Season 1 Jaime sparred Ned Stark in the streets of King's Landing, and he got pretty upset when a Lannister soldier pierced Ned's leg from behind. This time around, Jaime seemed thankful enough!
Field Of Fire
Although the show hasn't addressed this issue, the "Spoils of War" battle sequence was quite the callback to an event in the books, which has been dubbed "the field of fire." It all took place during Aegon's conquer of Westeros, when he fought the Gardeners and the Lannisters, using his dragons to annihilate the Gardeners' army and forcing the Lannisters to bent the knee. The show did use a pretty similar angle to last season's Battle of the Bastards, when we see Bron evading all sorts of dangers — just like Jon did.
"Spoils of War" continued the tradition of the awesome Game of Thrones callbacks, and if the show's taught us anything it's that every single detail makes a difference in the way we understand it. With the shorter two final seasons, Game of Thrones is halfway through its Season 7 already, and next week's preview promises a lot of action coming our way. Check it out:
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