After more than a year’s hiatus, the highly anticipated and multiple Emmy-winning fantasy blockbuster “Game of Thrones” is once again captivating audiences worldwide with its addictive mix of spectacle, intrigue and drama. Gold Derby is presenting weekly video recaps with our staff of writers and editors (watch above), and this week senior editors Matt Noble and Rob Licuria are joined by contributing writer Amanda Spears to dish the highs and lows of episode two of this seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” titled “Stormborn.”
“It was like watching 50 Shades of Grey!” Noble jokes during our webcam chat. “We had greyscale being cured by Sam, we had Greyworm’s first sex scene and we had Greyjoy versus Greyjoy on the sea. There was grey wherever you looked!”
“For me, I felt that this episode could have been called the payoff episode,” Licuria says. “There was so much payoff, it was great. After years of disparate storylines across Westeros and Essos, all of these characters are finally converging together. It felt so satisfying to see Lady Olenna and Daenerys across the table from each other,” he explains. “It means we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s coming, and that’s very exciting.”
Spears was most excited about the Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) storyline. “I love Arya,” she explains, noting how thrilled she was to see that Arya has “decided to give up on killing Cersei, and she’s going home.”
The most talked about part of the episode on social media was the sea battle that spanned the final few minutes, as Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) launches a surprise and deadly attack on his fellow Greyjoys, Yara (Gemma Whalen) and Theon (Alfie Allen), who are travelling by sea with the Dorne contingent led by llaria Sand (Indira Varma). It was a love it or hate it moment on the show. “I liked the last ten minutes. I liked the big pirate attack,” Noble declares. “It was epic, it looked really amazing. What I loved about it was that we saw a battle on an epic scale that was different to the other battles we had seen on the show,” he explains. “In the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ I want to see pirates and zombies and dragons and direwolves all coming to the forefront.”
“I’m glad you liked ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Stormborn,’ because I thought it was pretty bad,” Licuria deadpans. “I’m just so happy that they didn’t take seven episodes to get to this big fight, like they usually would,” Spears agrees. “Thankfully we got it in episode two.”
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