The third episode of this season’s “Game of Thrones” is called “The Queen’s Justice,” and the HBO logline says this: “Daenerys holds court. Cersei returns a gift. Jaime learns from his mistakes.”
What should we keep in mind as we watch? Here are a few life-and-death thoughts:
DAENERYS AND JON SNOW
As is evident from the preview, Jon Snow and Ser Davos Seaworth will arrive in Dragonstone to meet Daenerys Targaryen for the first time. The Queen of Dragons is expecting the King of the North to “bend the knee,” but the note from Tyrion to Jon failed to include those instruction. Could this indicate a split between Daenerys and her Hand? Will the news of the defeat of Yara Greyjoy’s fleet by her uncle reach Daenerys? How will that that affect her strategy and alliances? Melisandre has told Daenerys she may be “the princess that was promised.” Jon is suspicious of the Red Witch, though she resurrected him – after all, she led Stannis Baratheon to disaster. Will Daenerys trust her more?
TYRION, VARYS, MELISANDRE, DAVOS
Being an adviser to the big cheese and staying in their good graces is always a tricky situation. Just ask anyone in the Trump White House. Last week Daenerys let Varys live, noting that he had backed her enemy once. Loyalty, you know, is important for monarchs. The same question of loyalty goes for Tyrion, who is, after all, a Lannister. He already has a relationship with Jon Snow, which may add suspicion.
Davos is to arrive at Dragonstone just as Melisandre has started advising Daenerys. We know he wants to kill her for her involvement in the death of Shireen, daughter of Stannis Baratheon. But that reminds us that both of them have switched allegiances. A photo released by HBO Wednesday shows Melisandre and Varys having a meeting. So far they have been the wiliest of the advisers, but even the best can get caught in…