Let's take a closer look at the new photos to see if we can spot hints about what's to come. Indeed, whether it be Jon, Tyrion, or Varys, all seem convinced that they must convince Daenerys of the danger that is lurking in the North. Jon has to bend the knee. Her list grew to thirteen names: Joffrey, Cersei, The Hound, The Mountain, Tywin Lannister, Walder Frey, Melisandre, Ser Meryn Trant, Ser Illyn Payne, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Polliver, and Rorge. Combined with Tyrion scouring the Highgarden battlefield, it looks like we won't have to wait long to discover if Jaime survived his impromptu swim in the river. Since he's in his furs, perhaps he's thinking of heading back to Winterfell, or towards, Eastwatch (which gives this episode its title), where he's sent the Free Folk to fend off the White Walkers. Refusal will mean certain death. She barters for freedom, inspires undying loyalty, and keeps vowing to make the world a better place than her father - the ruthless Mad King. Thankfully, though, the fine folks at HBO have given us a bit more than that, as major players survey the fiery aftermath from last week, as well as start plotting another big assault.
Thankfully, something caused Martin to change his plans for these characters, who are intertwined in different-but much more palatable-ways in the final books and on the show.
We last see Jaime plunging into the water - having been saved from a roasting by the dragon's flames thanks to Bronn. I'd need a drink after that too. Arya was also gifted the Valyrian dagger that was used in an attempt to kill Bran back in season 1 by her brother, but he again looked subdued and odd when interacting with his sister.
Tyrion and Varys will talk back in Dragonstone.
Elsewhere, Sam and Gilly are back - and Sam is typically up to his eyeballs in the literature of the Citadel.
While a pronged ballista seemed like enough to take down an inanimate dragon's skull at King's Landing, Maester Qyburn's weapon wasn't quite as effective on a moving target in the field of battle. Based on the preview for "Eastwatch," we might be seeing more of a villainous Daenerys Targaryen soon. For an episode named after the Night's Watch castle now being manned by Tormund and the wildlings, there's nary a glimpse of it to be found.
What do you make of these photos?
We don't know but we'll be (east) watching for sure.