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Game of Thrones 7×02 Stormborn recap

Daenerys receives an unexpected visitor.

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Game of Thrones returned for the second episode of the season. It was an exhausting episode with so much going on we’re probably going to have to watch it a couple of times before episode 3 airs.

If you haven’t seen Game of Thrones season 7 episode 2 yet and don’t want anything spoiled then please stop reading now. If you are up-to-date and want to relive the action then keep on reading.

The episode opened up at Dragonstone during a storm. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) was holding a war council with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) to plan the invasion of Westeros. Varys said the storm reminded him of the one that happened the night Dany was born.

Dany said she didn’t plan to stay in Dragonstone long. Their war map showed that Cersei (Lena Headey) was only in control of less than half of Westeros. Dany wanted to form alliances to challenge Cersei and stake her claim to the throne without fighting.

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She challenged Varys on his loyalty due to how he has served so many before her. He pointed out that she was the best choice and that his loyalty was to the people. Dany had Varys swear not to conspire against her but to speak up if he thought she was failing. If he betrayed her he would be burnt alive and he agreed that he would expect nothing less of the Mother of Dragons.

An unexpected visitor arrived, it was Melisandre (Carice van Houten). She spoke in High Valerian that she was honored to meet Dany and she replied that Melisandre was welcome.

It was pointed out that Melisandre served Stannis Baratheon and it didn’t end well for him. Dany commented on how few followers the Lord of Light had there. Melisandre spoke again of the ‘Prince that was promised’. Dany said she was no prince but Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) corrected the translation and said that in High Valerian, prince could mean either sex.

Melisandre said that whatever happened, Dany had a role to play. She said that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) did too. Tyrion said he had met Jon and trusted him. They spoke of how Jon had protected the Wildlings. Tyrion said Jon would be a valuable ally. Melisandre said Dany should summon Jon and she agreed to send a raven to invite him to Dragonstone to bend the knee.

Watch the official preview trailer from HBO for Game of Thrones 7×02 Stormborn below:

 

Later, Dany met with Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan), Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg). She told them her plans and Olenna suggested that people needed to fear Dany to obey her.

Dany announced that they would not attack King’s Landing. Instead she wanted to send the Dornish and Greyjoy fleet to Sunspear. Meanwhile, the Unsullied would be sent to take Casterly Rock to keep King’s Landing under siege.

Dany spoke to Olenna alone. Olenna spoke of her hatred for Cersei and said that peace would never last. She told Dany that Tyrion was clever but that she had outlived the many Lords by ignoring them. Her final advice was for Dany to be a dragon not a sheep.

Before Grey Worm headed out, Missandei went to see him in his quarters. She wanted to know if he was going to say goodbye and wished him good fortune. He told her it was hard for him to say bye as she was his weakness. He said meeting her gave him fear for the first time. Finally they kissed and after Missandei stripped, she stripped Grey Worm and they spent the night together.

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At Winterfell, the raven arrived and Jon read the message. He announced his intentions to accept the invitation. He told his people of the news from Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) about the Dragonglass under Dragonstone. He said they needed to ally and that he and Ser Davos would ride to White Harbour to then sail to Dragonstone.

Sansa (Sophie Turner) warned against the meet but did trust Tyrion. While gone, Jon announced that Sansa would be in charge. Those present voiced their objections saying the Targaryens and Lannisters couldn’t be trusted. Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsay) spoke up that the King was needed in the North. Jon explained that they couldn’t defeat the army of dead alone and it was a necessary risk.

When Sansa was announced in charge there was a look of glee on Littlefinger’s (Aiden Gillen) face. He went to talk with Jon Snow in the crypt and told him to give Tyrion his best. He told Jon how he loved his mother and now Sansa. Jon grabbed him by the throat and threatened that he would kill him if he touched Sansa.

At King’s Landing, Cersei gathered the Lords to appeal for their support against Dany. When asked about how they could fight the dragons, Qyburn (Anton Lesser) said they were working on a solution.

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Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) spoke with Randyll (James Faulkner) and Dickon Tarly (Tom Hopper). Randyll said he was loyal to the Tyrell’s but Jaime tried to tempt him with the promise of Warden of the South in return for their support.

Qyburn took Cersei below King’s Landing where the remains of Aegon Targaryen’s dragons, including Balerion the Dread, were kept. He told her how one of Dany’s dragons was reportedly injured with a spear. He proposed that if they could be injured they could be killed. He then demonstrated a new weapon that fired giant spears, showing how it could pierce a dragon skull. Cersei smiled.

At the Citadel, Sam helped Archmaester Ebrose (Jim Broadbent) collect some books. They later met with Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) to take a look at his Greyscale. Ebrose said nothing could be done and while he had years to live he suggested his mind would only last 6 months. He offered Jorah one more day before sending him off.

Sam spoke of Shireen Baratheon and of reading Rare Diseases by Pylos. He suggested Jorah could be cured but Ebrose disagreed. Later Sam went to see Jorah and offered to attempt to cure him. He gave Jorah rum to drink and said the procedure would hurt as he had to remove the top layer of tissue. He needed Jorah to stay as quiet as possible and gave him something to bite on as he began cutting. Ouch!

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Elsewhere we caught up with Arya (Maisie Williams), this time without Ed Sheeran. She ran into Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey) at a tavern and took free food and ale. She explained she was heading to King’s Landing and he wondered why not Winterfell. He told Arya that the Bolton’s were defeated and that Jon Snow was now King.

Arya was only 200 miles from King’s Landing but decided to change course and head for Winterfell. Later while making camp her horse was spooked. She grabbed Needle and found herself surrounded by angry wolves. A larger wolf appeared and she recognised it as her long lost Dire Wolf, Nymeria. She spoke and asked Nymeria to accompany her but the wolves backed down and all ran off.

The final scenes showed the Greyjoy and Dornish fleet headed to Sunspear. Aboard one of the ships, Ellaria flirted with Yara and Theon (Alfie Allen). The fleet was suddenly attacked by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) and his Iron Fleet.

He took them completely by surprise and decimated their ships and crew. During the chaos he killed Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick). Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) went to protect Ellaria but they both ended up captured.

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Euron and Yara fought until he got the upper hand and held her at knifepoint. He goaded Theon and it looked like he would come to her aid. However, the horrors around him were too much and he jumped overboard. The episode ended with him floating in the water as Euron’s ship sailed away through the carnage.

Read our preview of episode three.

Let us know your thoughts on Stormborn in the comments below as well as your hopes for the season.

Game of Thrones season 7 continues at 9pm Mondays on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

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