‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Jon Snow and Daenerys Finally Meet, but Who Came out Ahead?

Game of Thrones’ creators have certainly hit the ground running as far as Season 7 is concerned. While past years have sometimes felt bogged down by the seemingly never-ending storylines, this season is moving at what feels like a breakneck pace as characters converge and battle lines are drawn.

In the third episode, “The Queen’s Revenge,” fans were treated to satisfying reunions, surprising humor and ghastly retribution. And some characters made huge strides toward forming crucial alliances — although it’s too early to tell whether those partnerships will be a good idea in the long run.

Here are all the biggest moments from Episode 3 of Game of Thrones Season 7.

Two bastards meet again

Tyrion Lannister greets Jon Snow as he disembarks his boat on the shores at Dragonstone.

Jon and Tyrion meet on the beach | HBO

Jon and Tyrion’s reunion felt long overdue — and when the bastard and the dwarf finally met again, their repartee offered up some lighthearted entertainment. Ned Stark’s bastard reminded his long-lost friend that the last time they’d seen one another, the latter had been using the Wall as a urinal. Tyrion, in turn, tormented Jon about his unconsummated marriage to his sister Sansa and seemed a bit amused by his obvious discomfort around dragons.

It’s always fun to see our favorite Game of Thrones characters cross paths when they so rarely do. And Jon and Tyrion’s friendly banter was particularly on point this time around.

Melisandre’s foreboding prophecy

Melisandre stands staring at Varys in a scene from the 'Game of Thrones' episode 'The Queen's Revenge.'

Melisandre | HBO

Though most of Daenerys’ crew seemed cautiously optimistic about her meeting with Jon Snow, there was one ally who tried to keep a low profile. Melisandre watched warily as Jon’s ship made land and quickly made off for Volantis. After all, Jon knows how poorly her work with Stannis went and would likely raise some pretty big alarms if he saw her.

But before hightailing it off the island, she let Varys know she would return once more to Westeros — because she has to die there. “Just like you,” she said, before departing. We know Melisandre’s predictions have almost always been correct, so that’s not great news for the eunuch.

An epic introduction

Jon Snow and Sir Davos Seaworth stand in front of Dany, who is seated in the Dragonstone throne.

Jon Snow meets Daenerys Targaryen. | HBO

The King in the North’s true purpose journey to Dragonstone was obviously to meet the Mother of Dragons. And, after more than six seasons, ice and fire finally came face to face.

Dany looked and seemed more regal than ever as she sat on her throne. Missandei rattled off her very long list of titles (Rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, The Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Breaker of Chains, etc.) by way of introduction. Ever the understated lieutenant, Sir Davos simply responded, “This is Jon Snow. He’s King in the North.”

The Queen made a pretty solid case for Jon pledging his fealty and having House Targaryen and House Stark band together once more to bring down Cersei for good.

“Our two houses were allies for centuries. And those were the best centuries the Seven Kingdoms have ever known,” she told Jon. “Centuries of peace and prosperity with a Targaryen sitting on the Iron Throne and a Stark serving as Warden of the North … together, we will save this country from those that would destroy it.”

A royal standoff

Dany and Jon stand, facing one another, in the Dragonstone throne room.

Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow | HBO

But Jon wasn’t quite so ready to bend the knee. He reminded Dany that, even with her armies and her dragons, she still needs his help — not to defeat Cersei, but to focus on their true enemy, the Army of the Dead. After their tense standoff, Dany and Jon were more or less at a stalemate. She acknowledged that he had a right to claim his status as King in the North, but that doing so meant he was in open rebellion against her rule.

Though fans have long wondered whether Jon and Dany will ultimately fall in love, it’s safe to say their first encounter wasn’t exactly romantic. Dany ultimately gave in a little after Tyrion intervened. She granted Jon permission to mine for dragon glass, which he believes will be crucial in fighting the Army of the Dead. He gets something he needs, even if he does feel as though he’s prisoner. Meanwhile, she gets one step closer to securing a vital ally.

Maybe there’s hope for these two crazy kids after all.

Cersei’s revenge

Cersei stands next to a gagged Tyene Sand in 'The Queen's Revenge.'

Cersei and Tyene | HBO

As a means of making nice with Cersei, Euron Greyjoy — still looking like he spends his free time moonlighting as a member of Imagine Dragons — brought Ellaria Sand, shackled, to her feet.

Cersei wasted no time in punishing the woman who was responsible for poisoning, Myrcella. After ruminating at length about how her daughter’s death had pained her and how she now fantasizes about how she will kill her enemies, she ultimately wound up taking an “eye-for-an-eye” approach.

Ellaria watched in horror as Cersei planted a kiss on her daughter, Tyene. She poisoned her using the exact same method as Ellaria when she took out Myrcella. Then, apparently seduced by the power of her revenge, she bedded Jaime, despite his initial resistance. Even with a keen eye for exacting pain on those she loathes, Cersei seems to have a tenuous grip on her own sanity these days — which may not bode well for any of her allies.

Bran returns

Bran sits, covered in squirrel pellets, in Winterfell in a scene from the 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 episode 'The Queen's Revenge.'

Bran Stark | HBO

If it seems like it’s been forever and a day since Bran was in Winterfell, you’re right. So his first encounter with Sansa was undeniably a tearjerker. Sure, she seemed pretty confused by the whole Three-Eyed Raven thing. Yeah, Bran was bordering on creepy when he reminisced about seeing her in a white wedding dress, thanks to his warging capabilities. Stranger things have happened to Sansa over the years — we’re looking at you, Littlefinger — so she’ll probably get used to it.

Most importantly, Bran brings some pretty important news with him — namely that Jon Snow isn’t the bastard we all thought he was. So his return to the fold could mean big changes for how the rest of the North’s story progresses.

Olenna gets the last word

Dianna Rigg guest starred as Lady Olenna Tyrell, wearing all black, in the 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 episode 'The Queen's Revenge.'

Lady Olenna Tyrell | HBO

Lady Olenna Tyrell has long been a Game of Thrones fan favorite. So it was hard to see her go this week, albeit mercifully, at the hands of Jaime Lannister. But at least she had a chance to get the best of her political opponents one last time.

After drinking a goblet of poisoned wine, she admitted that she was responsible for Joffrey’s death, knowing full well that Jaime was his father. With a satisfied smile on her face, she said, “Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.”

Hey, if you’re going to go out, might as well do it by making life absolutely miserable for your enemies.

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