Midway through its seventh season, Emmy-winning fantasy blockbuster “Game of Thrones” continues to captivate 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 Marcus James Dixon, Matt Noble and Rob Licuria dish the highs and lows of Episode 4 of this seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” titled “The Spoils of War.”
The big spectacle in this episode was undoubtedly the big battle sequence at the end, as Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), the Mother of Dragons, rides the fearless Drogon accompanied by her loyal Dothraki army, and storms the Lannister bannermen led by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who are caught off-guard as they shepherd the gold that the Lannisters hope will pay off their huge debt to the Iron Bank. The episode ends with Bronn (Jerome Flynn) striking Drogon with his dragon-killing crossbow spear machine and Jaime launching at Daenerys and falling into the river, sinking under the weight of his heavy iron armor.
Despite the spectacular battle sequence, the episode as a whole was still not quite the best of the season so far. “As I was watching it I was loving every scene, every moment, I gush about it on Facebook. And then this morning I was thinking about it, and maybe it wasn’t as good as I thought. It was still good, but I had some issues with it,” Dixon admits. “I think Jaime should have died, or Bronn should have died. That would have made this episode more important. To lose Jaime would have been such a great moment.”
“I don’t think it enters the pantheon of greatest episodes of all time, but that battle scene at the end was amazing,” Noble declares. “I really was on the edge of my seat. I didn’t know how it was going to end. I didn’t know, when Jaime was running at her, is he going to get her or is he going to die? It was a crazy battle and we finally got to see the dragons in Westeros taking on the Lannisters.”
“I was expecting the best battle ever seen on ‘Game of Thrones,’ because people were saying it was better than ‘Battle of the Bastards’ and better than ‘The Walkers on the Wall,’ and I wouldn’t quite go that far,” Licuria says. “But it was pretty exciting to see the dragon completely annihilating the Lannister army.”
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