After more than a year’s hiatus, the highly anticipated and multiple Emmy-winning fantasy blockbuster “Game of Thrones” is 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 Marcus James Dixon, Matt Noble and Rob Licuria are joined by contributing writers Charles Bright and Zach Laws to dish the highs and lows of Episode 3 of this seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” titled “The Queen’s Justice.”
“I’m getting whiplash due to how fast the story is progressing!” Dixon declares about Season 7 during our webcam chat. “One episode Jon Snow is saying that he’s going to Dragonstone and the next episode he’s already there.”
“They are moving things along really nicely and they’ve picked up the pace really well,” Laws chimes in. “They have a final destination point, they’ve really started to amp things up nicely.” Licuria agrees that the pacing is a welcome change to seasons past, when story lines moved at more glacial speeds. “I think it’s a little bit of whining when people say that the pacing is so much faster now. I think that is a good thing! I want it to be moving forward, I want to see the unification of ice and fire and I want it to happen now! I’m impatient, I’m greedy, I want it immediately. So, I’m good with the pacing,” he proclaims.
The team was most eager to discuss the big moments for many of the main characters on the show. For Noble, “The meeting of Daenerys and Jon Snow, the coming together of two big characters that have not met before,” was the most memorable moment, and he thinks that some of the players might be in trouble after the tumultuous events of the episode. “This is a disastrous episode of game play for Daenerys Targaryen, probably the frontrunner coming into this season, and House Tyrell is now over! That house is now out of the game!”
“Everybody gets really juicy material to work with,” Laws adds. “Oftentimes in this show you will see a character just show up and they’re on a boat on their way to someplace or it feels like checking in with people unnecessarily.”
Probably the most shocking moment of the episode happened right at the end. “I do declare that I am so flustered I have to use my fan, because of all that shade that Olenna Tyrell had,” Bright jokes in a hilarious mock-southern belle voice about Diana Rigg‘s dearly departed character. “This scene stole the show for me,” he says, as he then recites how he saw the pivotal final scene play out: “OK, so I drink this and I die, OK great, Oh by the way, I killed your son, and I want you to tell Cersei. Goodbye…”
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