The fourth episode of this season’s “Game of Thrones” is called “The Spoils of War,” and HBO’s cryptic description reads: “Daenerys fights back. Jaime faces an unexpected situation. Arya comes home.”
We’ll get to what all that may mean in a moment, — SPOILERS AHEAD — but first it should be noted that the series is racking huge up ratings for HBO with the opening episode now surpassing 30 million viewers. It initially drew 6 million. Worldwide ratings are up, too.
As for episode 4, look for things to heat up.
DAENERYS GOES TO WAR
Daenerys was getting impatient to pull out her weapons of choice after learning Euron Greyjoy had destroyed her fleet. Once she finds out that Jaime and Cersei Lannister have destroyed the house of Tyrell, killing Olenna, and outmaneuvered Grey Worm, whose army is stranded at Casterly Rock, there will be little to hold her back. In fact, in the very last shot of the trailer for this week, you’ll notice a tiny figure with blond hair atop the biggest of Daenerys’s dragons, Drogon.
And what might her target be?
Jaime’s army is now in the open, and there is a shot of him and sword-slinger Bronn looking worried. Of course, the necromancer Qyburn has created a massive crossbow to defend against dragons. So expect a showdown.
ARYA’S WINTERFELL REUNION
There is already a shot of the young Stark woman overlooking her ancestral home. Bran, her psychic brother, and Sansa, her older sister and in charge, are already there.
So is Littlefinger, who is on her list to kill to revenge her father. There will be a Stark family reunion, but how will it play out? Does Sansa need Littlefinger’s army? Will Arya use her skills of disguise to trick Littlefinger, who still has that Valyrian steel blade used to try to kill Bran? And will Bran’s mystic ramblings like “chaos is a ladder” begin to make sense? That one does to Littlefinger, who is freaked by it.
Yeah, they are still marching but where are they? Keeping them out of the story, for now, means something big is coming.
WHO’S BACK IN THE PICTURE?
There is a shot of Daenerys and her advisers on the beach at Dragonstone waiting for someone to come ashore. It’s likely Theon Greyjoy, who escaped the sacking of his sister’s fleet by his uncle Euron. It could also be Ser Jorah, who promised to get back to his Khaleesi after being cured of Greyscale by Sam.
I suspect his entrance will be more dramatic,…