The Night King chapter is over and now the main Game of Thrones foe is the only and only Cersei Lannister. The survivors of the Battle of Winterfell pick up the pieces after the brutal fight and prepare for the next one against the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys is not going to stop until she wins the Iron Throne, but Cersei’s not going to give it up without one hell of a fight.
Before heading south to fight Cersei, Daenerys and everyone else in the north will be honoring the ones they lost in the epic fight, including Jorah, Lyanna, Theon, Dolorous Edd, and more. Who will head to King’s Landing? Who will stay behind? What does Cersei have up her sleeve? The fight against Cersei is going to be just as gnarly as the one against the Night King. While the survivors have confronted death in the face, most of them have never faced Cersei.
The episode begins with the funeral for everyone we lost in the Battle of Winterfell. Daenerys says her final goodbye to her beloved Jorah, who gave his life for hers. She gives him a kiss and whispers something in his ear. Sansa cries over Theon’s dead body. She leaves her Stark pin on his chest. Jon Snow makes a speech at the funeral to honor those that fought and died for the living. Jon Snow, Sansa, Tormund, Daenerys, and others burn the bodies of the dead. They all watch as the flames engulf the bodies.
Afterward, everyone sits down to eat. Gendry asks The Hound if he knows where Arya is. The Hound tells Gendry to get his head out of the gutter. Gendry gets up to find Arya and Daenerys stops him. She acknowledges that he’s Robert Baratheon’s son and the look on Jaime’s face is pure shock. She legitimizes Gendry and makes him Lord Gendry Baratheon of Storm’s End. Everyone cheers for Gendry. Tyrion gives Daenerys kudos for her move with Gendry. “You’re not the only one who’s clever,” she says. Sansa knows there’s more to Daenerys legitimizing Gendry than just thanking him for being a hero. Tyrion notices the wheels turning in Sansa’s head.
Daenerys dubs Arya the hero of Winterfell, but Arya is nowhere to be found. Tormund is drinking like a fish and praising Jon Snow, which Daenerys does not like. Daenerys knows she doesn’t have the support of the people like Jon does. She gets up and walks out. Jaime, Brienne, Tyrion, and Podrick play a drinking game. Tyrion brings up that Brienne is a virgin in front of Jaime. It’s super awkward. Brienne walks out and Jaime follows her. Tormund is left watching Brienne and Jaime head to the same place. He knows what’s about to happen between them. Tormund cries to The Hound, but he doesn’t fret over Brienne for too long.
Meanwhile, Sansa is just watching over everything and everyone. Sansa sits down to talk with The Hound. He brings up Ramsay and Sansa is quick to say she gave Ramsay exactly what he deserved. “You’ve changed little bird,” The Hound says to Sansa. He still feels guilty that she didn’t leave King’s Landing with him. She holds his hand and relieves his guilt. She says that she would have “stayed a little bird” forever without Littlefinger and Ramsay.
Gendry finds Arya shooting arrows instead of at the party. He excitedly tells her about his new title and admits his love for her. He kisses her. He proposes to her right then and there. He wants to be with her! “Be my wife. Be the Lady of Storm’s End,” he says. She kisses him again and is genuinely happy for him. She rejects his proposal. “I’m not a lady. I never have been. That’s not me,” Arya tells Gendry. He’s not devastated over the rejection. He’s finally realizing who Arya really is. She’s never going to be an ordinary girl.
Jaime and Brienne finally give in to their feelings after the celebration. This love scene has been building since season 3. Brienne loses her virginity to a man she loves. Daenerys and Jon share a passionate kiss before things get serious. She wishes he’d never told her about his parents. She begs him to not tell his family who he really is. He knows he has to tell Sansa and Arya. “She’s not the girl you grew up with,” Daenerys says about Sansa, trying to turn Jon against Sansa. “You are my queen,” Jon swears. “Nothing will change that.”
The crew meets to discuss the plans to attack Cersei. Sansa tries to tell Daenerys that the soldiers left are exhausted. They need time to heal after the Battle of Winterfell. Daenerys doesn’t want to waste any time. Jon Snow stands by Daenerys, much to Sansa and Arya’s surprise. The sisters give each other a look. It’s worth noting that Jaime has chosen to stay in Winterfell with Sansa instead of going to King’s Landing. After the meeting, Arya tells Jon that they need to talk ASAP.
Jon meets with Arya, Sansa, and Bran in the godswood. Jon tries to say that everyone would be dead if not for Daenerys. Sansa quickly brings up that Arya killed the Night King. “We don’t trust your queen,” Arya says. “She’s not one of us.” They keep saying that he’s their brother, so that’s when Jon decides to break the news. He makes them swear never to tell his secret. Bran is the one to reveal that Jon is the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna.
Tyrion tries to get some juicy details about Jaime’s hookup with Brienne out of his brother, but Jaime is an honorable man. Suddenly, Bronn shows up — with that crossbow. He reveals that Cersei has sent him to kill them, but he wants to know what Tyrion can offer him. Tyrion eventually gives his word that Bronn can have Highgarden.
Arya catches up to The Hound as he heads out of Winterfell. They’re both going to King’s Landing for “unfinished business.” The Hound says he doesn’t plan on coming back to Winterfell. “Neither do I,” Arya says. The dynamic duo is back together again and ready to take on The Mountain and Cersei.
Sansa and Tyrion talk before he heads out. He pleads with her to become allies with Daenerys. They don’t have to be friends. It’s in Sansa’s best interest not to be enemies with her. “You’re afraid of her,” Sansa says to Tyrion, which he doesn’t deny. Sansa doesn’t want Jon to go to King’s Landing. Members of her family don’t fare well there. Sansa breaks her promise and tells Tyrion about Jon’s lineage.
Before he leaves, Jon gives Tormund his beloved direwolf Ghost. Tormund is heading back north and Jon knows Ghost will be happier there. Gilly reveals that she and Sam are expecting a baby. She says that if it’s a boy they’ll name him Jon. Jon and Sam share a sweet goodbye. While on the boat to King’s Landing, Tyrion tells Varys about Jon Snow. “He has the better claim to the throne,” Varys says. The wheels are turning in Varys’s head. “The fact is people are drawn to him,” Varys continues. He knows what he has to do for what he thinks is best for the realm.
Daenerys is riding Drogon with Rhaegal alongside her when Rhaegal is shot by Euron. Rhaegal dies and falls into the sea. Daenerys is furious. Euron attacks Tyrion’s ship. Varys, Tyrion, Grey Worm are forced to swim ashore. Cersei has taken Missandei as her prisoner. “She’s coming for you,” Euron tells Cersei. Cersei has decided to keep the gates to the castle open. If Daenerys destroys the castle, she’ll kill hundreds of innocent people. Varys tries to tell Daenerys that pushing forth in this fight right now is a mistake. Attacking King’s Landing right now would result in thousands of innocent people dying. Daenerys doesn’t want to listen, especially now that Cersei has killed Rhaegal and taken Missandei.
Varys and Tyrion talk again after being blindsided by Euron. They are both aware that Jon Snow would make the more rational ruler. Tyrion keeps bringing up that Jon doesn’t want the Iron Throne and that they’re currently discussing treason. Daenerys could have them killed for just talking about this. Tyrion tries to entertain Varys with Jon and Daenerys ruling as equals. Varys knows that Daenerys would tear Jon down. She’s much stronger than he is. Varys’s loyalties have shifted now. He does not believe Daenerys is right to rule. Whether or not Tyrion follows him, that’s still up in the air.
At Winterfell, Sansa and Brienne are discussing what happened to Rhaegal and Missandei when Jaime comes up to them. “I always wanted to be there when they execute your sister,” Sansa says to Jaime. “Seems like I won’t get the chance.” This makes Jaime pause. He just can’t let Cersei go, no matter how toxic she is. He leaves Brienne in bed. She catches up to him before he leaves and pleads with him not to go. “You can’t save her,” she cries. “Stay with me.” She says that he’s a good man, but Jaime knows that’s not true. He’s done terrible things for Cersei and will continue to do terrible things for her. Like Olenna Tyrell said, Cersei is going to be Jaime’s downfall. Jaime breaks his oath to Catelyn regarding Sansa and leaves Brienne behind in Winterfell. Brienne cries as Jaime rides off to King’s Landing, knowing full well that he’s most likely not going to make it out of this alive.
The episode ends with Tyrion and Qyburn meeting outside King’s Landing. Tyrion tries to negotiate with him, but it doesn’t work. Tyrion decides to appeal to his sister directly. Cersei raises her hand, ready to have Tyrion killed, but she stops before the arrows fly. She can’t kill her brother, no matter how much she hates him. He begs her to step down, for her child’s sake. She doesn’t listen. “If you have any last words, now is the time,” she says to Missandei. Missandei’s last word is, “Dracarys.” The Mountain executes Missandei and Tyrion, Daenerys, and Grey Worm are forced to watch.