Game of Thrones Episode 5 Instant Take: “Eastwatch”

Game of Thrones Episode 5 Instant Take: "Eastwatch"
Game of Thrones Episode 5 Instant Take: "Eastwatch"

Game of Thrones Episode 5 Instant Take: “Eastwatch”

“Eastwatch” had so many huge reveals, we had to flip the Instacast format! Did you catch all three key developments in Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5? Find out what we spotted, and let us know what we missed. Also find out why Big D yelled at his TV screen (Jaime’s rescue) and what moment quenched Gene’s bloodlust (Tarlyque).

Game of Thrones Episode 5 Summary: “Eastwatch” is the fifth episode of the seventh season of HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 65th overall. The episode was written for television by Dave Hill, and directed by Matt Shakman.

Daenerys forces the surviving Lannister and Tarly soldiers to swear fealty to her, but Randyll and Dickon Tarly refuse, and are executed. Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister secretly meets with Jaime Lannister to request an audience with their sister Queen Cersei to present evidence of the army of the dead. Meanwhile, Davos Seaworth retrieves Gendry, and he, along with Jon Snow and Jorah Mormont travel to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, where they head beyond the Wall along with Tormund Giantsbane, Sandor Clegane and the Brotherhood Without Banners. In Winterfell, Arya Stark follows Petyr Baelish and discovers a letter that Sansa wrote to her family, at the coercion of Cersei, requesting their fealty to King Joffrey. At the Citadel, Samwell Tarly learns of a warning from Bran Stark about the impending arrival of the army of the dead at the Wall, and decides to abandon his training and head north.

The title of the episode refers to the namesake place at which the final sequence takes place. “Eastwatch” received praise from critics, who listed Jon Snow’s interaction with Drogon, Lena Headey’s performance as Cersei Lannister, Gendry’s return, and the tension between Arya and Littlefinger as highlights of the episode. In the United States, the episode achieved a viewership of 10.72 million in its initial broadcast.

This episode marks the final appearance of Tom Hopper and James Faulkner.

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5 Responses

  1. Nico B says:

    Hey bros. love the podcast.

    Quick easy question. Didn’t Cersi’s prophesy state that she’d only have 3 children?

    Also, Thank you for your service Big D.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      You’re right, Nico! That means a) prophecy is wrong b) she will die before the child is born c) the child will die before its born d) she’s lying.

  2. Will says:

    Jamie starting to loose faith in the war, you think Cersei is faking being pregnant to bring Jamie back to her?! Suspicious looks were given off during that hug at the end of the scene!!

  3. Eric says:

    How many men are going north with Jon? In you Instant Take, you mention there are 7, but there seemed to be more behind the 7 main characters and the wide shots from the episode 6 preview seem to confirm this. Could it be Jon and 12 companions? If this is alluding to the tale of the Last Hero, does that mean Jon is the only one coming back alive?

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    […] were a few characters who are now wearing black. I loved that you commented on that too during the instacast. I am completely with you about the fact that the dark costumes mirror dark times. BUT I think […]

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