Finally, Wright touched on the unique challenges of playing the new Bran, who has more mystery about him than the old one. If time permitted, they would binge. Bran just becomes this calm, zen character. Recently re-installed in Winterfell, where it all so dramatically began, but very much changed, he is now all-seeing and mysteriously detached, given to describing traumatic scenes in vivid detail or quoting pivotal bits of dialogue.
Buckle up, you guys, because I'm about to dive into what might be Game of Thrones season seven's craziest theory so far (other than ice dragons, obviously. and also Bran being the Night King. maybe it's not so insane after all?!). Bran is already on to him, which is probably why he gave the dagger he received to Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who he knows is a master assassin. She doesn't outright add him to her list, but she definitely notes that Littlefinger is not to be trusted.
Bran the Three-Eyed Raven. How can anyone be this up to speed? He asks Arya's name, and later on she becomes No-One. In the Winterfell catacombs, she and her sister fill each other in about the last five series. Sansa walks away with an unreadable expression - perhaps jealous that Arya so clearly can defend herself.
As you may recall from Season 6's "Battle of the Bastards" episode, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) promised to protect Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) from Ramsay Bolton. Are you getting this? "I don't think Jaime ever thought Tyrion did, but he didn't know that he didn't, if that makes sense". It turns out her repressive wardrobe is meant to put up a wall after how horribly she has been treated by men like Joffrey and Ramsay, and it serves as a warning for any other man who comes near her. Kudos to the show for finding another way to explain to Dany that she needs to take the White Walker threat seriously, but also showing that she won't let go of her own ruling priorities: she still demands that Jon bend the knee.
Unfortunately, she only half-listens to Jon.
Speaking of fire, Drogon laid down some pretty awesome pyrotechnics on the Lannister army transporting their haul from Highgarden, which has been her first real success of this war so far.
All we really got of Cersei this week was another chat with Tycho Nestoris from the Iron Bank, who expressed his delight that the Lannisters were paying their debts (drink!) in record time.
On why Jaime chose to attack a grounded Drogon, the actor said, "Jaime is such an idiot that he thinks for a second, 'If I can do this, I can win the whole thing in a Hail Mary". This line, "chaos is a ladder", is a reference to a private conversation Littlefinger had with Varys back in Season 3. "Fucking idiot", his conflicted brother Tyrion nervously seethes, along with most viewers, watching from a safe distance.
This week, the show ended on a huge cliffhanger: the possible death of Jaime Lannister.