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The Spoils of War 

Daenerys takes matters into her own hands. Arya reaches her destination. Jaime and Bronn collect the spoils from the war with the Tyrells.

Director:

Matt Shakman

Writers:

George R.R. Martin (based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by), David Benioff (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dinklage ... Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Aidan Gillen ... Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Liam Cunningham ... Davos Seaworth
Sophie Turner ... Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Nathalie Emmanuel ... Missandei
Conleth Hill ... Lord Varys
Jerome Flynn ... Bronn
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Gwendoline Christie ... Brienne of Tarth
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Bran Stark
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Storyline

Daenerys seeks advice from Jon and Tyrion to win the war. Theon returns to Dragonstone asking his queen for help rescue his sister. Jaime faces an unexpected encounter while transporting the Red Keep's gold. Arya returns home to Winterfell. Written by Krishang Kagzi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Bronn was able to hit Drogon from that distance as he is a great archer. His archery skills were first demonstrated in Game of Thrones: Blackwater (2012), when he shot the arrow that triggered the explosion of Stannis's ships. See more »

Goofs

The Lannister army attempts a defensive position of overlapping shields, but this would not have been used by an army with the shape of shields used by the Lannisters. To be effective, the shields must have straight sides designed to interlock. See more »

Quotes

Jon Snow: I saw the Night King, Davos. I looked into his eyes. How many men do we have in the north to fight him? 10,000? Less?
Davos Seaworth: Fewer.
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References Game of Thrones: The House of Black and White (2015) See more »

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A magnificent war
22 April 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.

Despite liking "Dragonstone" and "Stormborn" (though both had issues) and loving "The Queen's Justice", "The Spoils of War" is superior to all three and the first more-than-great episodes of Season 7 at its half-way point. It not only is a contender for the best of the seventh season, it's also one of the best ever 'Game of Thrones' episode to me and many other fans. Bran is not as well written as the rest of the characters but with everything done so phenomenally this was insignificant.

"The Spoils of War" does much more than set up and putting things into place. Things are even more eventful than in "The Queen's Justice", more intricate, have more tension in the character relationships, characters and storylines show better progression, there's very little if at all padding and nothing really jars.

Love the character interactions and the way the characters are written. The standout interactions, whether it was the romantic tensions and the fiery intensity, were between Arya and Sansa, Arya and Brienne and particularly Jon and Daenerys. The highlight of the episode, and perhaps the single greatest scene of Season 7 and one of the greatest scenes/battles in 'Game of Thrones' history, is the climactic Dothraki battle. Gorgeously filmed, thrillingly choreographed and blistering in emotion and tension, the multiple points of view fascinating.

All of the acting is on point with no exceptions. Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington are on top form, and Peter Dinklage can do no wrong.

Visually, it looks amazing, as one would expect for 'Game of Thrones'. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.

One cannot not mention the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.

Writing is some of the layered, nuanced, sensitive, thought-provoking and passionate of the whole show. The pacing is never rushed or draggy, remarkable for a lot going on and so many characters, yet it never feels over-stuffed or under-developed.

Overall, magnificent. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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