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It’s evident that after the season opener things are truly starting to heat up in the realm of seven kingdoms and fans have eagerly been awaiting news on a ‘special gift’ Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) promised to Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) after a propositioned marriage alliance between himself and the Westeros Queen. It’s obvious that Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) isn’t impressed or convinced and we’re sure to see his emotions show at some point as the season continues to progress.
“The surest way to a woman’s heart is with a gift.”
Now with an impressive 1,000 ships among his Iron Fleet, Euron has proven to be more than a small force to be reckoned with and along with his updated wardrobe, he sets to the sea once more to bring back the mysterious promised gift to his hope-to-be Queen.
“The surest way to a woman’s heart is with a gift,” Euron tells her. “A priceless gift. I won’t return to King’s Landing until I have that for you.”
After tonight’s episode suggestions lead to the intent to deliver Cersei one thing she values above all else; revenge.
We have to admit that the high-sea battle in which we found ourselves in the midst of was such a much-needed scene that had yet to truly make its presence on Game of Thrones. We watch as Theon and Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) accompany Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) by ship, following the plan set in motion by their denounced Queen, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), not long on their journey before confrontation is afoot. We watch as the tides turn, the fog-filled masses of sky breach revealing the unwelcomed terrifying fleet of Euron Greyjoy.
The battle of the high-sea begins to unfold, rewarding fans with the real blood and gore action that they’re so used to receiving from the series. Ellaria Sand stays below deck as one of her Sand Snakes comes to her aid, providing her protection; for a short moment until they’re both taken by Euron’s fleet of men.
Meanwhile, Yara heads on deck to face her unworthy uncle, once and for all. As ships are set ablaze left-and-right, burning into the sea, Yara attempts to defend her stance and is quickly captured by Euron.
The ending scene was essentially the most emotional moment of Greyjoy history on Game of Thrones and showed us more about each character than expected. As Theon steps on deck, he looks across the burning ship at his uncle grasping a knife to the neck of his sister and queen. We quickly see his entire demeanour change as he internally loses all hope and returns to his weak, cowardice state, choosing to flee from the ship into icy waters, leaving Yara behind.
We can’t help but feel sorrow for Theon, as at this point, all hope and confidence he may have held has disappeared into the shallow shell of a person he remains to be. As he flees the deck, we see the utter disgust, betrayal and disappointment strew across Yara’s face, followed by the hysterical laugh of a madman who now holds two high-born leaders captive; Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand.
Wouldn’t the best gift to deliver Cersei be the woman that killed her daughter?
We think so.