Game of Thrones Episode 703—”The Queen’s Justice”—Preview


Things are moving. Last week on Game of Thrones, Jon Snow decided to accept a summons from the Mother of Dragons. Arya Stark decided to head home to Winterfell, Euron Greyjoy decimated Daenerys’ fleet and Sam did something disgusting. How will the show follow up on these threads in “The Queen’s Justice,” Sunday’s new episode?

We’ll find out the details soon enough. But until then, perhaps HBO’s official episode description can help.

"Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes."

The Daenerys bit is easy enough to guess: she’s going to receive Jon Snow and Davos Seaworth in at Dragonstone, and we’re looking forward to seeing their interaction. The Cersei line is trickier. Euron promised to bring Cersei a gift back in “Dragonstone,” and is now holding the women who killed Cersei’s daughter prisoner. Surely they’re the gift he’ll give her, but if so, why would she return it? Or does that line refer to a different gift?

As for the stuff about Jaime, that could mean anything. Which of his many mistakes are we talking about? Perhaps the trailer for the episode can further elucidate these issues for us:

There’s quite a lot happening in this trailer — Euron returning to King’s Landing, more action as the Unsullied storm Casterly Rock — but you’ll forgive me if I don’t focus in on that shot at the end: Jon and Dany in one room. Fire meets ice. The Knight of the Furrowed Brow meets The Queen of Titles. It’s gonna be good, people.

HBO released another trailer, one that contained scenes from both “Stormborn” and “The Queen’s Justice,” at the San Diego Comic-Con. This is mostly stuff we’ve already seen, but there’s some new material in there, like Littlefinger’s monologue, Varys and Melisandre meeting somewhere outdoors, new dialogue from Davos, and more action shots of the invasion of Casterly Rock.

The hype keeps growing with each new glimpse.

Here’s the factual breakdown of the episode, the nuts-and-bolts stuff:

  • Start Time: July 30, 2017, 9 p.m. EST
  • TV Info: HBO
  • Episode: Season 7, Episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice”
  • Writers: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
  • Director: Mark Mylod
  • Run time: 63 minutes
  • Live Stream: Stream 1 – Stream 2

Mark Mylod holds onto his directing duties after helming “Stormborn,” but showrunners Benioff and Weiss are back in the writers’ chair — staff writer Bryan Cogman penned last week’s show. It’s also worth noting that this episode clocks in at 63 minutes, which is unusually long for a episode in the middle of the season. Game of Thrones has another episodes in that range, but usually they’re finales. Things are a little different this year.

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And now, take in some official images.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth. Photo: HBO. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Photo: HBO. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photo: HBO. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Conleth Hill as Varys. Photo: HBO. Conleth Hill as Varys and Carice van Houten as Melisandre. Photo: HBO.

Going by the photos, most of the action in “The Queen’s Justice” should take place on Dragonstone, but we know from experience that HBO often doesn’t release shots of the most interesting sequences beforehand (there were no shots of the Greyjoy vs Greyjoy battle before “Stormborn” aired, for example). And in any case, there are a few pics in other locales:

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. Photo: HBO. John Bradley as Samwell Tarly. Photo: HBO. Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm. Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

Notable absences include Jaime, Cersei and Arya. What do you wanna bet that they get up to something interesting tomorrow night?

Next: Callbacks and Easter Eggs in 'Stormborn'

We’ll be back tomorrow both during and after the episode to break it down. Things are heating up.

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