5 Great Moments from Game of Thrones Episode 3, 'The Queen's Justice'

The Song of Ice and Fire plays out when a highly anticipated meeting takes place — which Melisandre promptly takes all the credit for, naturally.

by | July 30, 2017 | Comments

Game of Thrones, s7ep3 - Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

The third episode of Game of Thrones season 7, “The Queen’s Justice,” delivered on a big promise to viewers Sunday.  And the virtual applause on social media was massive.

Spoiler warning: Stop here if you haven’t watched season 7, episode 3 of Game of Thrones

Not only was #GameOfThrones trending, but so was “Olenna,” “Euron,” and “Tell Cersei.” And while each of those moments were highlights of the episode, the highlight was the meeting between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his aunt Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

1. The Song of Ice and Fire Plays as Dany and Jon Meet for the First Time…But First, Dragons!

Game of Thrones, s7ep3 - Nathalie Emmanuel, Peter Dinklage, Liam Cunningham, and Kit Harington – Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO

What a great beat in the series. We were all so focused on Jon meeting Daenerys, we didn’t stop to think what Jon’s reaction would be when he met her kids. The scene also gave Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) a nice moment, smirking as Jon and Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) hit the ground.

Then the meeting that was promised finally happened.

Ser Davos’ folksy charm doesn’t go over well in this environment; for one, in announcing Jon’s status as King in the North.

Game of Thrones, s7ep3 - Kit Harington as Jon Snow – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

In an aside, Jon’s masterful brooding makes Tyrion feel like a failure at brooding over failing.

Later, at Dragonstone…

After granting Jon his dragonglass request, Daenerys does the over-the-shoulder look back at him. Everything about this dude is different — most notably, this is one of the few times a male leader hasn’t come at her penis first.

2. Euron Is Hilarious

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We saw this parade in last week’s preview of this episode, so we knew there would be some epic gloating involved. But when Euron (Pilou Asbæk) marched triumphant into  King’s Landing, he had a few of us at home — some reluctantly, some not — cheering for him, too.

3. Cersei Has a Point, Y’All

Game of Thrones, s7ep3 - Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Lena Headey, and Indira Varma – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

You may not have liked Myrcella and Tristan’s Game of Thrones–style Romeo and Juliet tale, but Myrcella really was an innocent and didn’t deserve to die. Plus, you know, Ellaria (Indira Varma) also violated guest right and all.

We should’ve known what the Sand Snakes were in for it when we saw Cersei’s off-colored lips. Cherry-red isn’t her usual look.

(Just a thought: Wasn’t Tyene Bronn’s favorite? Think on the possibilities for a minute.)

Also in the Cersei dept, it was also nice to see Mark Gatiss return as Tycho Nestoris, representing the Iron Bank of Braavos.

4. Stark Reunion 2.0

Who flat-out cried when Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) reunited? Everybody but Bran apparently.

5. Ser Jorah Is Cured!

The Archmaester’s (Jim Broadbent) inspection of Jorah Mormont’s (Iain Glen) healed grayscale-scarred skin was thankfully much less moist than Sam’s (John Bradley) treatment of the disease last week. Sam took another risk and won again, and viewers applauded his rule-breaking ways.

5. Lady Olenna Takes a Bow

Game of Thrones, s7ep3 - Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO
We also got a not-quite-as-shocking-as-we-thought death at the end of the episode. Why wasn’t it shocking? Because Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) went out like a boss. She also set up a nice twist for Cersei, revealing to Jaime that she was the one who killed Joffrey, not Tyrion, as Cersei had insisted. Not sure that information will make a damn bit of difference to the Iron Queen.

A Few More Observations

#NoConfederate was also trending, as a contingent of GoT viewers mingled their episode 3 observations with protests of producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ announced next project: an alternate universe in which the Confederate States won the Civil War and slavery remains.

Did social media’s top moments match your own? Tell us in the comments below or join our Debate of Thrones Facebook group to start an in-depth discussion with fellow fans.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO. 

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