Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 7: You Win or You Die
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Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 7 Recap
We’ve come into this episode and things have escalated so much. Secrets and truths are revealed. Joffrey and his siblings are not Robert’s children. Ned is a man of mercy, and he wants to save Cersei and her children by facing her directly, telling her that he knows her secrets. He tells her to leave the city before he tells Robert the truth. Cersei doesn’t seem to worry at all. She is very certain about her position, and it is confirmed by Renly who has just returned from hunting. He tells Ned that Robert is wounded severely. So Robert is now close to his death. Ned doesn’t tell him anything about the truth. In his will, he states that Ned is the Protector of the Realm until Joffrey comes of age, but Ned changes the name “Joffrey” to “rightful heir”.
Let’s leave King’s Landing for a sec and take a look at the Dany and Drogo. Dany wants to go home to Westeros, but Drogo, like all Dothraki, is afraid of sailing across the ocean. That is why he keeps deny Dany’s wish to go to Westeros and retake the Iron Throne. However, something happens and it changes Drogo’s mind. One of Robert’s sellswords is already in Essos and, disguising as a wine seller, he tries to poison Dany in the market. This has driven Drogo mad and he promised that he will take the Iron Throne for her. Robert might want to prevent Dany from sailing, but instead he has triggered her and the Dothraki to come across the Narrow Sea.
Up on the Wall, Jon is getting worried about his uncle, Benjen, who hasn’t returned to the Wall. However, there is still another thing he has to deal with. This time, it is the assignments for the young recruits of the Night’s Watch. Jon is the best swordsman among the new recruits, and he is sure that he will be a ranger. Instead, he is assigned as a steward, specifically a steward for the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, Joer Mormont (who is Jorah Mormont’s father). Jon is so pissed off and he believes that it is revenge from Alliser Thorne. However, Sam can definitely brings his mood back, as he says that Lord Commander points Jon for the job because someday he might be the next Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.
The game of thrones has been more complicated in King’s Landing, as Littlefinger and Renly gets more into the game. Renly asks Ned to take Joffrey from the Queen and bring him somewhere he cannot be influenced by his mother. Then, th throne should go to Robert’s younger brother. Ned points that the throne should go to Stannis Baratheon, Robert’s younger brother and elder to Renly. However, Renly thinks that he is more capable in being the King than Stannis. Now, Ned is working with Littlefinger. He suggests Ned to manipulate the Kingdom by using his position as the Protector of the Realm. This is against Ned’s sense of honor though, but he still asks Littlefinger to pay the King’s Guard so that they will be on his side. Littlefinger didn’t pay them enough and it means that he betrays Ned. Ned is captured. He isn’t winning. Just like what the Queen says, “You win or you die.”