悠倫帶者被抓的阿莎·葛雷喬伊, 艾拉莉亞·沙德和特蕾妮·沙德在君臨的大街上遊行，展示他的勝利，一路往紅堡而去。群眾用壞掉的水果等丟她們三個。 瑟曦很滿意這個禮物，稱讚悠倫視之為王室的盟友。 [格雷果·克里岡]站在在国王之手/女王之手身旁时，艾拉利亚朝着瑟曦的脚下吐口水。当悠伦要求得到他的“奖赏”时，瑟曦答复道他将在战争结束后获得。瑟曦任命悠伦为海军总司令，并任命她的哥哥[詹姆·蘭尼斯特]为陆军总司令。号角声四起，詹姆对悠伦充满了敌意。他告诉[掠夺者之首]悠伦，他的头颅将被插在长矛上。悠伦对詹姆说，他想要瑟曦，并且问他瑟曦的床上癖好。这使得詹姆更加愤怒。
之后，瑟曦在监牢中直面了艾拉利亚和特蕾妮，她们两人的嘴都被塞住，并且被链条锁在两堵相对的墙。 格雷果·克里岡 和科本在侧, 瑟曦Cersei remembers 奧柏倫·馬泰爾's showdown with Ser Gregor during Tyrion's second trial by combat, sadistically recalling the Red Viper's savage death to Ellaria and how Ellaria screamed at the sight of it. She later provokes Ellaria's sorrow by recalling Oberyn's fearsome skill with a spear, and how that eventually didn't stop Gregor from killing him, as well as inferring that Oberyn brought his death on himself by taunting Gregor at the last instead of just leaving him to die. She then remembers raising 彌賽菈·拜拉席恩, and the fact that Ellaria murdered her.
Cersei goes on to praise Tyene's beauty to Ellaria and suggesting that she is Ellaria's favorite. She contemplates how she will execute Ellaria or Tyene, cruelly suggesting Ser Gregor kill them the way he killed Oberyn. However, opining that it would be too fast a death, she kisses Tyene with the Long Farewell, citing poetic justice for Myrcella's murder, and torments Ellaria by having 科本 confirm the uncertainty of when the girl will die, but also the inevitability of it, as the Long Farewell varies on how long it takes to kill, depending on the strength of its victim's constitution. Cersei tells Ellaria that she will be left alive to witness the event as well as to watch her daughter's "beautiful face crumble into bone and dust", and that she will be made to contemplate the things she has done, even to the point of being force-fed if she tries to starve herself to death. Before leaving, Cersei orders that torches be routinely replaced so that Ellaria doesn't miss a moment of Tyene's demise as Ellaria frantically struggles against her chains in a futile effort to reach her daughter.
Later that evening, Jaime is drinking wine for supper when Cersei arrives and kisses him. He initially rebuffs her advances but ultimately consents to sex. The next morning, following an incestuous night with Jaime, Cersei is greeted by a servant who announces that a visitor from 布拉佛斯 has arrived. Cersei requests fresh sheets.
瑟曦與鐵金庫的代表泰楚·奈斯托斯會面。who offers his condolences for the loss of her son 托曼·拜拉席恩. Tycho thanks Cersei for eradicating the grip of the Faith Militant, which he describes as superstition. Cersei realizes that the Iron Bank wants to bet on the strongest faction. Cersei tells Tycho that Lord Euron controls the sea and is an ally for now. Cersei convinces Nestoris to side with the 蘭尼斯特家族 by denouncing Daenerys as a revolutionary rather than a monarch. She promises that the Lannisters will pay their debts unlike the Dothraki and former slaves. Cersei vows to pay the Crown's debts in full within a fortnight and invites Nestoris to stay in 君臨. Nestoris is pleased and describes Cersei as her "father's daughter".
在臨冬城, 珊莎培提爾·貝里席從學士 沃肯得則目前有 4,000 bushels的小麥。珊莎認為這不足以對付將到來的長冬. She advocates building granaries to stockpile for a famine. 珊莎也命領約恩·羅伊斯在製作盔甲時需要加一層皮革以保暖。 While walking, Baelish and珊莎 talk about the threat of Cersei. Petyr urges her to fight every battle and to look for threats in every corner. 這時她們聽到最新的回報要她到門口，原來是她的弟弟布蘭·史塔克和梅拉·黎德一起來了。
Following a tearful reunion, the two siblings retreat to the 神木林 Tree where 珊莎tells Bran how she wishes Jon were there with them at 臨冬城 as Bran agrees, noting that he needs to speak to Jon. When 珊莎 points out that Bran is the rightful Lord of 臨冬城 since he is the last remaining true-born son of Ned Stark, he refuses the position stating that he is the 三眼烏鴉 and thus can't be any sort of Lord. Bran then demonstrates his newly-acquired power to a skeptical 珊莎 by recalling in detail the night of her marriage to 拉姆斯·波頓. This startles 珊莎 and she walks away in shock and tears.
瓊恩·雪諾 and 戴佛斯·席渥斯 arrive at 龍石島, and are immediately greeted by 提利昂·蘭尼斯特 and 彌桑黛. Upon meeting, Tyrion address Jon as the bastard of 臨冬城 while Jon addressed him as the "dwarf" of 凱岩城. Jon observes that Tyrion has picked up some scars. Jon also introduces Davos while Tyrion introduces 彌桑黛, who requests that they surrender their weapons. Jon and his entourage hand over their weapons to 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安's 多斯拉克人 guards.
On the walk to the 龍石堡, 彌桑黛 walks with Davos and tells him that she comes from the island of Naath. Davos remarks that it was a paradise full of palm trees. Jon and Tyrion talk about 珊莎·史塔克's marriage to Tyrion. Tyrion assures Jon that it was a sham and remarks that she is a lot smarter than she lets on, which Jon agrees. While Jon is aware about the fate of the previous 史塔克家族 who had met with the Mad King, Jon insists that he is not a Stark. Jon and Davos are startled at the sight of 卓耿 and 韋賽利昂 flying low over the causeway and dive to the ground, while an amused 彌桑黛 and Tyrion retain their composure. Offering Jon a hand up, Tyrion says he wishes he could tell Jon he'll get used to the dragons – but no one is quite used to them except their mother, who is waiting for Jon within.
On the cliffs overlooking the beach, 瓦里斯 confronts 梅麗珊卓 about her reluctance to see the 北境之王. 梅麗珊卓 responds to his prodding that she parted on bad terms with 瓊恩·雪諾 and 戴佛斯·席渥斯 because of terrible mistakes she made. She says that now that she has "brought ice and fire together", she will end her previous habit of "whispering in the ears of kings" and indicates her intention to travel to Volantis. When Varys suggests that she should not return to 維斯特洛, 梅麗珊卓 replies that she will return one last time, "as [she] is destined to die in 維斯特洛... as [is Varys]."
In the throne room, 彌桑黛 introduces Queen Daenerys' many titles while Davos introduces 瓊恩·雪諾 simply as 北境之王. Daenerys thanks Jon for travelling so far but insists that he is a mere Lord. Davos begs to differ but Daenerys responds that there has been no 北境之王 ever since Torrhen Stark bent the knee to Aegon the Conqueror and adds that an oath lasts for perpetuity. Dany then reiterates her demand for Jon to bend the knee but he refuses. When Dany accuses him of breaking faith with 坦格利安家族, Jon reminds her that the Mad King burnt his grandfather Rickard Stark and uncle 布蘭登·史塔克. Daenerys apologizes for her father's actions and stresses that children should not be punished for the crimes of their parents. She then urges Jon to renew the historic allegiance between their two great houses. Jon expresses agreement with Daenerys' view that children should not be punished for the crimes of their parents but argues that he is not beholden to his ancestors' oaths. Jon tells her that he has come for her help. Dany reminds him that she has three dragons and Dothraki who have pledged themselves to her.
Getting to the point of his trip, Jon likens the fighting between the Great Houses to children squabbling over a game. 瓊恩·雪諾 points out that the Army of the Dead is their true enemy. Daenerys is sceptical but Tyrion vouches for Jon. Jon says that they need to make cause to fight against the Army of the Dead. Daenerys asks if Jon knew that 他的父親 had sent assassins to kill her as a baby; overlooking the fact that Lord 艾德·史塔克 had opposed King 勞勃·拜拉席恩's assassination plot (though, she may be unaware of that). Dany recounts that she was targeted by assassins, enslaved, raped, and defiled but that her faith in herself rather the gods kept her going. Daenerys talks about the miracle of her dragons' hatching and the Dothraki crossing the 狹海. When Daenerys reiterates that she is destined to rule the 七大王國, Jon retorts that she will be ruling over a graveyard and points out that the 夜王 is their true enemy.
Tyrion says they cannot split their forces. Davos then speaks up for his liege lord and tells Dany that Jon won the support of the 野人 and fought the 異鬼. Davos also mentions that 瓊恩·雪諾 came back from the dead. Davos says that it doesn't matter who bends the knee. Tyrion doesn't see the point of 瓊恩·雪諾's refusal to submit. When Jon disputes Daenerys' claims to Queenship, Dany responds that he is in open rebellion since he has declared himself 北境之王. Daenerys then receives a message from 瓦里斯. Dany orders 彌桑黛 to give Jon and his followers' food and lodging. When Jon asks if he is a prisoner, she says not yet.
At the Chamber of the Painted Table, Varys tells her that the Targaryen fleet was ambushed by 攸倫·葛雷喬伊's Iron Fleet in the 狹海s. He informs her that 阿莎·葛雷喬伊, 艾拉莉亞·沙德, and her daughter 特蕾妮·沙德 were captured. In response to this grim news, Daenerys allows Jon and Davos to stay until they can reach a proper agreement.
Later, Jon and Tyrion discuss his predicament. Jon is unhappy that he is a prisoner while the 異鬼 and the 夜王 still pose a threat. Tyrion says he trusts the word of 傑奧·莫爾蒙 and Jon. Jon asks Tyrion how he can convince people about the existence of things which they don't believe exist. Jon wants to help his people and is frustrated with the deadlock. Tyrion encourages Jon not to give up. When Jon remarks that he is a fool for going south, Tyrion reassures him that the Mad King's daughter is not her father and has protected people from "monsters"; telling him to speak with her servants. Tyrions asks if there is something he can do to help Jon.
After learning about the 龍晶 beneath 龍石島, Tyrion speaks with Dany about Jon's request to access the material. Dany is preoccupied with the loss of two allies. Tyrion convinces Dany to let Jon have the dragon glass in order to court his allegiance. She tells him to give him something so that they can focus on 凱岩城. Dany accept's her Hand's advice.
While Dany is watching over her dragons, she is joined by Jon. Dany tells Jon that she named her dragons Rhaegal and 韋賽利昂 after her brothers 雷加·坦格利安 and Viserys Targaryen. Jon realizes that Tyrion has been petitioning her. Dany tells Jon she is determined to remove Cersei. She allows Jon to mine the dragon glass and agrees to provide men and equipment. When he asks if she believes in the 夜王 and 異鬼, she tells him to get to work.
In the waters of the 狹海 near 龍石島, 席恩·葛雷喬伊 is fished aboard by one of the few surviving ships of 阿莎·葛雷喬伊's fleet. When the 鐵種 question him on what happened to Yara, Theon lies and mentions that he tried in vain to save her, leaving them unimpressed. One of the men replies that he wouldn't be here if he tried to save her.
At the Chamber of Painted Table, Dany confers with her advisers Tyrion, Varys, and 彌桑黛. Dany proposes going out with her dragons to hunt 攸倫·葛雷喬伊's Iron Fleet, but 彌桑黛 and Tyrion argue against it: they have no idea where Euron is, and all it would take is for one stray arrow to kill Daenerys and the dragons would be uncontrollable. Tyrion thinks that the Lannisters will put up a fierce fight for 凱岩城. Tyrion tells her that the gates and walls of 凱岩城 are impregnable to siege. However, his father 泰溫·蘭尼斯特 assigned Tyrion to build the sewers. Tyrion tells them that he built a secret tunnel through a cove to bring in prostitutes. Tyrion's remarks are interspersed with scenes of the 無垢者 trying to storm the fortress.
In the Westerlands, 灰蟲子 and the 無垢者 lay siege to the Lannister seat of 凱岩城 but face fierce resistance at the gates and walls. The 無垢者 managed to sneak in through Tyrion's secret cove tunnel. Following fierce fighting, 灰蟲子 managed to overwhelm the garrison and capture the castle. 灰蟲子 quickly realizes that the Lannisters have only installed a skeletal garrison. Overlooking the battlements, 灰蟲子 questions a wounded Lannister soldier about where the main Lannister forces are and realizes that they have stumbled into a trap. Euron's Iron Fleet sneaks up on the 無垢者 fleet from behind and unleashes projectiles, setting many Targaryen ships ablaze.
The battle is swift, slaughtering the Tyrell soldiers in 高庭. Jaime finds Olenna sitting alone in her study. He confirms that the battle is over, as Olenna admits that the Tyrell army wasn't known for their prowess. She informs Jaime that Tyrion and Daenerys planned to invade 凱岩城 and thought the main Lannister force would be defending it. Jaime, while pouring two glasses of wine, reveals it was set-up, explaining that his ancestral home is now practically worthless, aside from childhood sentiment; a token garrison was left behind and the Rock's stores were emptied before they fled. He also states Euron's Iron Fleet will destroy the attacking fleet; leaving the 無垢者 will be trapped deep in 維斯特洛 at the mercy of Lannister forces. Meanwhile, the main Lannister army would be far away from the main attack, a strategic move Jaime learnt from 羅柏·史塔克's attack at the Whispering Wood. Olenna wonders why 泰溫·蘭尼斯特 didn't just take 高庭 when 凱岩城's mines first ran out of gold. Knowing her end is near, she remarks that she may ask Tywin himself soon enough.
Olenna asks Jaime how he intends to kill her, speculating he will kill her with Widow's Wail; 喬佛里·拜拉席恩's old sword. Remarking on Joffrey's horrible nature, Olenna proudly admits that she enacted measures to protect her family at all costs, with no regrets, but reflects that her actions pale in comparison to the atrocities performed by Cersei. She tells Jaime that Cersei is a monster; a matter of opinion according to Jaime. While some may dread her, Jaime insists that none will care what she has done, so long as order is restored. Olenna observes that Jaime really does love his sister, and calls him a fool, claiming that she will be the end of him, and that by the time he realizes what a disease Cersei is, it will be far too late for him. Jaime considers this a moot point, of little value discussing with Olenna, although she points out that as an experienced person about to die, she is the perfect person to discuss his life with.
Olenna again asks Jaime how he plans to kill her. Jaime tells her of Cersei’s idea of having her whipped and beheaded, or flayed alive and hanged, but he talked her out of those ideas. He then produces a small phial and empties its contents into one of the glasses of wine, giving it to Olenna who then drinks it after Jaime confirms that it will be a painless death. Olenna reflects on the horrible way that Joffrey died, and the gruesome details that the poison caused; she admits that part was unintentional on her part, as she had never seen the strangler work in person before. Shocked into silence, Jaime stares at her, realizing at last who really killed his eldest son and let his brother take the blame, setting in motion the deaths of 奧柏倫·馬泰爾 and 泰溫·蘭尼斯特. Satisfied at his horror, Olenna insists that he tell Cersei that she was the one who murdered her son – a final cutting barb from the Queen of Thorns.
- 17 of 23 starring cast members appear in this episode.
- Starring cast members Maisie Williams (艾莉亞·史塔克), Gwendoline Christie (塔斯的布蕾妮), Hannah Murray (吉莉), Kristofer Hivju (托蒙德), Rory McCann (桑鐸·克里岡), and Joe Dempsie (詹德利) are not credited in this episode.
- This episode is the final appearance of starring cast member Indira Varma (艾拉莉亞·沙德) due to the fate of her character. Varma confirmed in an interview that even though we don't see Ellaria die and Cersei intends to keep her alive in torment, there are currently no plans for her to return to the TV show.
- The King's Justice (and/or Queen's Justice) is the title held by the royal executioner. Their duty is to kill anyone condemned by the King, the 國王之手, or the 御前會議, usually by public beheading. The term can also be used broadly to refer to the judicial authority of the King and the "law of the land".
- 桑鐸·克里岡 and 艾莉亞·史塔克's storylines do not appear in this episode.
- With the appearance of 凱岩城 and 高庭 in this episode, every regional capital of the 七大王國 has appeared on-screen at least once - except for 風息堡 and 陽戩城. Each of the nine regions in the 七大王國 has also appeared at least once (the seven original kingdoms, plus the capital region of the Crownlands, plus the border region of 河間地). It was intended for 風息堡 to appear in Season 2, but due to budget limits it did not - though characters do state in dialogue that they are "in the 風暴地" when at Renly's army camp by the coast. Meanwhile, the TV series didn't actually depict Dorne's capital 陽戩城 on-screen, simply a truncated version of the 流水花園, a nearby private retreat of 馬泰爾家族.
- In the Inside the Episode video for the preceding episode, showrunners Benioff and Weiss praised that the four major political figures at Daenerys's council scene on 龍石島 were all women: Daenerys herself, and her allies 阿莎·葛雷喬伊, 艾拉莉亞·沙德, and 奧蓮娜·雷德溫, who all joined her faction in the Season 6 finale. Within a single episode, all of these female political allies have been swept away: Yara and Ellaria captured, and now Olenna defeated and forced to commit suicide with poisoned wine.
- 泰楚·奈斯托斯's admission that Daenerys's efforts to end the slave trade have harmed the investments of the 鐵金庫 is problematic, since 布拉佛斯 was founded by ex-slaves. The city has vehemently opposed slavery for centuries, and unlike even 維斯特洛, has launched anti-slaving campaigns against other powers in the Known World. 布拉佛斯 even forced the nearby 自由貿易城邦 such as 潘托斯 to outlaw slavery. Although 潘托斯 and the others found loopholes to allow the practice to continue, all the 自由貿易城邦 in Bravvos's sphere of influence nominally outlaw the practice to this day.
- A question unaddressed even in the novels is that seven out of the nine 自由貿易城邦s still practice slavery, while the Iron Bank is said to be the biggest bank in the entire region (bigger than the banks of the other eight combined) - thus, it is so enmeshed in the economies of the other seven that it unclear how 布拉佛斯 could lend money to these other 自由貿易城邦s without it being at least indirectly influenced by the slave trade. For example, if the Iron Bank gives loans to Myrish lace manufacturers, 密爾 uses a large slave population as laborers. Slavery is illegal in 維斯特洛, too, but characters in 君臨 are described as wearing fine lace imported from Myr (probably made with slave labor or indirectly benefitting from it).
- The novels do mention that Daenerys's initial actions in the Liberation of 奴隸灣 had far-reaching economic ripple-effects: slaves were the one major export of that region, and without it their local economy is suffering, as are the economies of their importers.
- It is unclear exactly what the TV writers meant by this exchange: if they were implying the Iron Bank of 布拉佛斯 is directly involved in the slave trade (which severely contradicts the books, and even their own materials which say slavery is outlawed in 布拉佛斯), or, if they just mean that disrupting the slave trade had ripple effects throughout the local economies across all of 厄斯索斯.
- Cersei tries to persuade Tycho that the Iron Bank shouldn't trust Daenerys because she has 龍. 布拉佛斯 was founded by escaped slaves fleeing the dragonlords of Old Valyria. Actually, in the books there is a chapter from the fifth novel (ADWD, Jon IX) in which Tycho talks with 瓊恩·雪諾 at the Wall and mentions rumors that Daenerys has hatched live dragons in the east. Jon tries to make light of it, but Tycho gravely tells him he wouldn't joke about this, because his people fled the dragon-lords. Ultimately though, Daenerys is very much the opposite of her Valyrian ancestors: a dragonlord who frees slaves instead of taking them. It is unclear how the Iron Bank will react to her in the books as a result; they would approve of her anti-slavery activities, but have a great distaste for dragon-lords. Tycho seems more wary and frightened of Daenerys than welcoming when he describes her to Jon.
- Tycho's comments about the Faith Militant are surprising since 布拉佛斯 has numerous temples. He may have just been attempting to flatter Cersei, as right after that she cuts him off and says he's really just here to get his gold back. Then again, the Iron Bank doesn't mind lending money to foreign religions or cults provided that they pay them back, while the Faith Militant was very austere and didn't believe in luxury items, etc. It is unclear if the Iron Bank will frown upon their takeover in the books.
- The general points Cersei argues to Tycho have some vague basis in truth: dragonlords and 多斯拉克人 have historically tended to just take what they want through conquest, not concerned with paying back banks for old debts. Former slaves also don't feel inclined to pay off the debts of their former masters, even if 布拉佛斯 is anti-slavery.
- It is always possible that Tycho was simply playing along with Cersei's argument about Daenerys's anti-slavery efforts, given that he also feigned interest in stopping the Faith Militant even though Cersei said he didn't really care about that. But that verges on fan speculation: future episodes will need to show how this plays out.
- Cersei's handmaiden, played by Sara Dylan, returns in this episode - she has actually been a background recurring character since Season 2 (and every subsequent season except for Season 5). She's the one who stumbled upon Sansa flowering in Season 2, and spied on Tyrion and Shae in Season 4. She doesn't actually have an in-universe name, but is credited as "Bernadette" (which isn't an in-universe 維斯特洛-style name), apparently after one of the TV show's producers, Bernadette Caulfield.
- Cersei's handmaiden "Bernadette" has switched her clothing to emulate Cersei's new style: short cut hair and black, masculine robes. No one would want to show up Cersei by wearing longer hair than her after it was forcibly shorn off by the Faith Militant. Cersei shifted to black as a mourning color for her father and children, and she wears a lot of metal, armor-like pieces, imitating her father's appearance in some ways. Cersei's handmaidens copying her new clothing style is consistent with the "trickle down" principle of fashion that Michele Clapton established for 維斯特洛i high society, and which has been visible on-screen throughout the TV series (see Costumes: The 七大王國). In this case, of course, there is a greater element of self-preservation in dressing like Cersei than ever before.
- The episode's description "Cersei returns a gift", refers to her poisoning 特蕾妮·沙德 with the Long Farewell via a kiss, the same method Ellaria had used to poison 彌賽菈·拜拉席恩.
- Cersei repeats the boast the Euron made in the Season 7 premiere that he is the best ship captain on the "Fourteen Seas". Again, this isn't a term from the novels, though being a fictional fantasy world, there's no reason for them to have an exact equivalent for the phrase "seven seas" from real life. In fact, it might not actually refer to fourteen distinct bodies of water - the real life term "seven seas" doesn't necessarily refer to seven actual bodies of water either - "seven" is just a lucky/prime number that is alliterative with "seas", so the TV writers may have picked "fourteen" because it is assonant with "sea".
- Cersei has become so openly tyrannical that she doesn't care if the servants in the 紅堡 know that she's having incestuous sex with her own brother Jaime - in fact, flaunting it by making it a point to open the door for one when she didn't need to, then outright saying "we" need new sheets (after having sex). There are points in the novels where Jaime and Cersei engage in the idle fantasy that they could just proclaim that they're like the old Targaryen kings that wed brother to sister (there is some precedent for that in their world) but don't seriously try because they're not Targaryens, and even the Targaryens only managed to grudgingly get the Faith to accept their incestuous marriages after a string of major rebellions - while they're barely holding on to power as it is.
- When Cersei arises naked out of their bed, it appears that a body double is used - note that the camera angle shifts just as she rises up, so Lena Headey's face is never actually on camera during the full nude shot. Headey previously said she used a body double for the walk of shame scene in the Season 5 finale because the character is supposed to remain stoic but she feared she'd break character and react angrily at the crowd hurling insults and filth at her - she's in private in this scene so it's unknown why she chose one again this time (though ultimately that's up to her discretion). Headey was still recovering from her second pregnancy when Season 7 was filmed.
- 艾拉莉亞·沙德 and her daughter 特蕾妮·沙德 do not have any speaking lines throughout this episode. When Cersei confronts them in the dungeons she has them gagged, and the entire scene plays off of their non-verbal emotive reactions. After Tyene's infamously derided line, "You want a good girl, but you need the bad pussy!" from the Season 5 finale, the TV series apparently made it a point to avoid giving her dialogue - she has no speaking lines in all of Season 6, and was even going to talk at one point in the Season 6 finale but got interrupted by Olenna saying no one wanted to hear what she had to say. Tyene did have a few brief lines in the preceding episode before the battle on her ship.
- Due to massive alterations to the Dorne storyline in the TV show, it is unknown how any of these TV scenes will reflect the actual events in future novels (i.e. 道朗·馬泰爾 is still alive, his daughter and heir Arianne is a major character). See "Coup in Dorne" for more.
- Actress Indira Varma (Ellaria) revealed in a post-episode interview that while Ellaria is presumed to still be alive, this episode marks her departure from the TV series, and she is not currently intended to reappear in the future. The HBO Viewer's Guide update for this episode listed Tyene as deceased now, even though she doesn't die on camera (i.e. it is physically possible that it could take days for the poison to work on her before someone gave her an antidote, but that isn't going to happen). Ellaria is still listed as alive.
- While the TV series can plausibly make the tacit assumption that any minor Tyrell cousins later died in the fall of 高庭, it is impossible for the entire 馬泰爾家族 bloodline to be extinct even in the TV continuity - at least, without simply making an official retcon. In Season 4, 奧柏倫·馬泰爾 confirmed that there are eight 沙蛇, all his daughters by various women, just as in the books. Ellaria is the mother of the four youngest in the books, but the TV show changed "Tyene" to be her daughter - nonetheless it remained inconsistent on whether she was now the mother of four or five 沙蛇s in the TV continuity (at one point in Season 5 Oberyn said she was mother to "four" of his nieces; Tyene and three others). Four of the younger ones haven't been introduced by name in the TV continuity, but in Season 4 Oberyn even mentioned that one of the young ones is named "Elia Sand" after his late sister 伊莉亞·馬泰爾. Thus even if Ellaria dies, Oberyn should still have five living daughters.
- It appears the TV writers are simply wrapping up the Dorne subplots as quickly as possible as an admission of failure, after the extremely negative critical reception that their truncated adaptation of it received for Season 5. Alexander Siddig (道朗·馬泰爾) even confirmed that he was supposed to appear in four episodes of Season 6, before ultimately being killed off in the premiere episode. As such, the simple fact is that the TV writers might not be bothering to develop their own in-universe explanation for who the current leader of Dorne is or what happened to all branches of 馬泰爾家族. Jessica Henwick, who played 娜梅莉亞·沙德, had to squeeze in her brief appearance in the preceding episode around her new schedule as a lead in Marvel's Iron Fist series. Henwick said the producers told her that if she couldn't fit it into her schedule, they wouldn't even bother recasting the role with another actor, and simply leave the character's fate unexplained (though ultimately she was able to make it in). The lack of planning around Nymeria's fate seems to reaffirm that the TV writers simply don't want to expend any more effort tying up loose narrative ends regarding Dorne.
- 布蘭·史塔克 returns to 臨冬城, for the first time since the Season 2 finale.
- Similar to with 瓊恩·雪諾, 珊莎·史塔克 didn't actually have any scenes with 布蘭·史塔克 before, in the brief period when they were both together at 臨冬城 in the first two episodes of the TV series. The only time they were on-camera together was when the Stark household gathered in the courtyard to welcome King Robert's arrival. Unlike with Jon, the books do describe Sansa as interacting more with her trueborn brothers off-screen - but in both books and TV series, Sansa is only actively depicted in scenes with Arya.
- Bran says that he is the 三眼烏鴉 now, after the previous one uploaded all of his memories and powers to him. This appears to be somewhat like the Bene Gesserit "Other Memory" from Frank Herbert's Dune chronicles. Bran seems detached and overwhelmed by this vast new perspective, seeing all of the past and future at once but unable to process it all yet. Sansa is frightened that he can recall what her wedding dress at 臨冬城 looked like even though he wasn't there.
- Sansa points out that by the male-preference primogeniture laws of inheritance in 維斯特洛, Bran should be lord of 臨冬城 and the North due to being Ned Stark's last trueborn son. Note that this means she freely expresses that Bran should rule 臨冬城 instead of herself: even though Bran is her younger brother, both of them always knew since they were small children that Bran ranks ahead of her in the traditional line of succession, and she doesn't challenge that. It remains to be seen how this would impact Ned's alleged bastard son 瓊恩·雪諾 ruling - but Bran surprises Sansa by insisting that he doesn't want to be a lord and thinks he never can be now - possibly just abdicating his position.
- After being told they have provisions to feed 臨冬城 for the next one year of winter (possibly a little more), Sansa asks Maester 沃肯 what the longest winter in the past 100 years was, and he says he'll have to check. In both the first novel and Season 1, Tyrion was asked how many winters he had lived through, and which was the longest, to which he answered that he had lived through nine winters, and the longest was the one he was born in, which lasted three years. The TV series has increased Tyrion's age a few years so the span this occurred in is a little different, but from this and other evidence the pattern loosely holds that each of the four seasons in 維斯特洛, while variable, usually lasts around one or two years - three year long seasons only happen every few decades, and a decade-long season only happens every century or so. Previously, in Season 2, the Pycelle told the 御前會議 that the ten year long summer that just ended was the longest in living memory. It was also brought up that the commoners think a long summer will be followed by an equally long winter, but Pycelle dismisses this as just superstition - they really can't predict how long new seasons will be. Time moves more slowly in the TV series timeline, so the autumn which began the same time as the 五王之戰 lasted about two years before turning into winter. In the TV series, this autumn lasted five years.
- The books have more explicit scenes of characters worrying about winter provisions: autumn is when they harvest and store crops for the long winter, but instead all of the able-bodied men were off fighting and dying in the war, and the burned out the major breadbasket region of 河間地. Recently in the Season 7 premiere episode, Jaime also expressed concern that the Lannisters couldn't keep feeding their armies unless they captured the remaining grain stores in 河灣地.
- Sansa observes that the steel breastplates that some of the blacksmiths are making (who apparently came north with the Vale army) need to be covered in leather for the cold. The costume designers have explained this in interviews since Season 1: metal doesn't retain heat well, and additionally, exposed metal armor in freezing temperatures is very cold, so it will actually give its wearer frostbite burns if it isn't protected with a layer of other material. This isn't some special knowledge Sansa would have, though - any child in the north would know this is how they need to equip for the cold, but the Vale lords aren't used to arming for a northern winter.
- Littlefinger's speech to Sansa doesn't appear to have a clear objective, nor has he been presented as having a clear goal now that the Vale army is in 臨冬城 (other than wanting to marry Sansa). The TV version cut out many of his elaborate and well-planned schemes from the novels - i.e. in the books, he never married off Sansa to the Boltons (presented as some sort of plan to destroy them from within, which isn't how Marriage works in 維斯特洛), and his plan was to have Sansa marry Sweetrobin Arryn's cousin and heir Harrold Hardyng, gradually poison Sweetrobin, then have Sansa reclaim the North using the Vale's armies. What Littlefinger intends to do after that, however, is unknown, as openly revolting against the鐵王座 would put him at odds with Cersei.
- Sansa remarks that Cersei killed her "father, mother, and brother" - actually, Cersei was only directly involved in the betrayal of her father Ned, and responsible for his death at Joffrey's order due to inaction. Her mother Catelyn and brother Robb, however, were killed at the 紅色婚禮, and Cersei actually wasn't involved in planning that - only because her father Tywin planned it himself and didn't think Cersei was smart enough to let her in on the plan. Cersei did rejoice at the deaths of Catelyn and Robb, however, and broadly "the Lannisters" as a whole were responsible for it, so perhaps Sansa is just speaking loosely.
- 瓊恩·雪諾 says that 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安's father, 瘋王, burned alive his grandfather (Rickard Stark) and his uncle, (布蘭登·史塔克). This is mistaken: the Mad King burned his grandfather alive while forcing his uncle to watch, while Brandon was tied by his neck to a torture device, to intentionally make Brandon strangle himself trying to break free to help his father. This is a bit convoluted, so Jon could be just speaking loosely in anger.
- Daenerys says that Jon lost two brothers, presumably referring to Robb and Rickon. Since she (and almost every one else, except Sam, Sansa, Theon, Jon and the occupants of 黑城堡) had no way of knowing that Bran survived, she should have said that Jon lost three brothers. In the TV version, Jon learned that Bran had escaped the burning of 臨冬城, but hasn't heard anything about him in three years and may still fear he is dead. The TV series largely avoided the issue of what people thought happened to Bran, after Rickon was confirmed to have escaped too.
- 梅麗珊卓 openly admits that sacrificing 希琳·拜拉席恩 was a horrible mistake, and she is done trying to directly influence events, having finally brought "ice" (瓊恩·雪諾) and "fire" (丹妮莉絲·坦格利安) together.
- This is of course a reference to the 冰與火之歌 novels, and in-universe, to The Prince That Was Promised, about whom it was said (in the books) that "his is the song of ice and fire."
- Her statement "whispering in the ears of kings" is a direct barb towards 瓦里斯: he was known for literally whispering in Aerys II Targaryen's ear during the closing days of Robert's Rebellion, leading many to question exactly whose side he was on.
- Interestingly, 梅麗珊卓 indicates that she intends to make for Volantis rather than return to Asshai. It's not clear whether she intends to go there to meet with Kinvara and the largest concentration of Red Priests west of the Jade Sea, or if it is simply her first stop on a longer journey. Either way, she makes it clear that she will return to 維斯特洛 to face her death.
- 戴佛斯·席渥斯 self-deprecatingly notes that he has a "Flea Bottom accent", that is, a lower-class accent as he grew up in the slum district called Flea Bottom in 君臨. He also remarks that he isn't familiar with 彌桑黛's accent so he doesn't know where she's from. It is mentioned in passing in the novels that the 通用語 of 維斯特洛 (the language of the 安達爾人) has various regional as well as class accents, but 喬治·R·R·馬丁 didn't develop them in specific detail because he isn't a trailed linguist. Class accents are a bit more prominent than regional accents in the text, i.e. lower class people speak in a less refined register than well-educated aristocrats.
- Davos wasn't sure where 彌桑黛 is from so she explains that she is from Naath island (which is off the coast of Sothoryos, the third continent beside 維斯特洛 and 厄斯索斯, and their fantasy analogue of Africa). Davos says he's heard it's beautiful, with palm trees and butterflies. Davos is apparently trying to be friendly and isn't patronizing her - that is, if Jon said he'd heard of Naath and it's nice, he would be politely lying. Davos, in contrast, was an ocean-going smuggler in the 狹海 for many years, encountered many merchants, pirates, and travelers from across the 自由貿易城邦s who themselves voyaged throughout the Summer Sea, so it's entirely probable that he heard of Naath at some point in the past.
- This is only the second time that Naath has been described in some detail since 彌桑黛 was introduced in Season 3: it has been mentioned since but only in the context of her introducing herself as "彌桑黛, from the isle of Naath". The first time it was described was in Season 4's "Oathbreaker", when 灰蟲子 asked if she remembered what it was like, and she said she remembered the tall trees and sandy beaches.
- Davos mentions he's heard about the beautiful palm trees and butterflies on Naath. In the books, it is indeed famous for its butterflies - to the point that it is often called, "Naath, the Isle of Butterflies". While beautiful, however, the butterflies are which, are carriers for a deadly and horrific plague which kills any outsiders who visit the island if they stay more than a few hours. The indigenous Naathi people are immune to the "butterfly fever", and this protected them from foreign invasion for many centuries, but eventually foreign slavers figured out that the butterflies are only active in the day, so they could avoid it by raiding the island for slaves at night.
- The Title sequence for the TV series puts the sigil of a character's House next to their actor's name, i.e. a lion for Lena Headey (瑟曦·蘭尼斯特). They make up sigils for other characters who aren't from noble Houses or for production staff: for Nathalie Emmanuel (彌桑黛), the title sequence uses a butterfly as her personalized sigil.
In the west
- Tyrion's comment of "10 good men" is what 波隆 said about the defense lines in 谷地 (“The Wolf and the Lion”).
- The "home guard" of the Tyrell army is defeated. Olenna is not that surprised, since the Tyrells have relied on the loyalty of their more martial vassals for some time.
- It is odd, however, that the siege went so well, given that 高庭 is actually a rather defensible castle with three enormous certain walls. Even the gardens are deadly, as invading infantry would need to navigate the castle's complex hedge maze immediately inside the outer wall. Of course, Jaime didn't mention how many men he and Tarly lost, so its possible that the soldiers and castle gave as good as they got.
- The battle for 凱岩城 should be used for a comparision. The well-defended castle is taken after the elite attacking force suffers numerous causalities from arrows and close combat.
- It is confirmed that Jaime is carrying Widow's Wail - he says that on-screen.
- Jaime's comments about the Smallfolk accepting Cersei's reign, regardless of the crimes she has and will commit, were proven when the people cheered Euron. Robert's Rebellion was started after a dispute between the Great Houses. Once stability is restored, most people will accept Cersei so long as "peace" is maintained.
- Olenna confirms that she believes the truth of Jaime and Cersei's incest, which given their behavior is hardly surprising (Ellaria was bluntly aware of this as well). Previously, she had diplomatically referred to them as simply "rumors".
- Olenna finally reveals the truth about the Purple Wedding to someone other than Margaery, and a Lannister finally learns the truth. Olenna also admits that she didn't know it was going to be so gruesome, having never seen the strangler in use before, and gives a sort-of apology for it.
- Interestingly, Olenna does not reveal to Jamie that 培提爾·貝里席 aided her in Joffrey's death. This may be her playing the long game even in death: she knows that Littlefinger wants the 鐵王座 and can do far greater damage to Cersei if he is left to play his games than if he were to be irrevocably denounced.
- It is confirmed that Jaime is carrying Joffrey's 瓦雷利亞鋼 sword Widow's Wail, referred to by name in on-screen dialogue. Olenna even chides that because Joffrey was given it as a wedding gift a matter of hours before his death, he never actually "wielded" it. In the books, Tommen inherited the sword but as he was a minor he never used it. With even Tommen dead, it appears that it defaulted back to Jaime, who can make some use of it.
- The episode's description "Jaime learns from his mistakes', refers to Jaime using the same strategy that 羅柏·史塔克 used against him at the Battle of the Whispering Wood, sacrificing a divisonary force to achieve a surprise ambush, in order to take 高庭.
- The episode contains references to previous episodes:
- 梅麗珊卓 admits her mistakes when advising 史坦尼斯·拜拉席恩 ("The Dance of Dragons", "凜冬的寒風").
- Jon's decision to forgive the children of 卡史塔克家族 and House Umber ("龍石島 (episode)").
- Jon reminds Tyrion that he pissed off the Wall ("Lord Snow"), and that he said the 守夜人 protects the realm from Grumpkins and Snarks ("The Kingsroad").
- Tyrion's comment of "10 good men" is what 波隆 said about the defense lines in 谷地 (“The Wolf and the Lion”).
- Jaime speaks about the battle of the Whispering Wood ("Baelor").
- Tyrion mentions the sewers of 凱岩城 ("The Prince of 臨冬城").
- Tyrion refers to the 黑水河之役 ("Blackwater").
- Euron enters the 紅堡 riding a horse, like Tywin did after the 黑水河之役 ("Valar Morghulis").
- Olenna refers to Joffrey's death ("The Lion and the Rose").
- Daenerys's troops invade 凱岩城 the same way they invaded ?彌林 - via the sewers ("Breaker of Chains").
- Cersei speaks about the duel between Oberyn and the Mountain ("The Mountain and the Viper").
- Davos refers to the mutiny against Jon; Jaime speaks about Cersei's walk of atonement; Cersei poisons Tyene exactly the same way Ellaria poisoned Myrcella ("Mother's Mercy").
In the books
[This section will be updated with comparisons after the sixth novel is released.]
The episode contains influences from the following chapter of 冰雨的風暴:
- Chapter 77, Tyrion XI: Someone calls Jaime a poor fool, speaks ill about Cersei, and claims to be Joffrey's murderer.
The episode contains influences from the following chapter of 群鴉的盛宴:
- Chapter 24, Cersei V: Cersei speaks with an envoy of the Iron Bank.
The episode contains influences from the following chapter of 魔龍的狂舞:
- Chapter 44, Jon IX: 泰楚·奈斯托斯 from the Iron Bank of 布拉佛斯 meets with 瓊恩·雪諾 at the Wall (not with Cersei), and explains rumors he has heard of 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安 hatching live dragons in the east. Jon makes light of this rumor, but Tycho warns that the 布拉佛斯i are descended from slaves who fled the dragonlords of Valyria, so he wouldn't joke about this, and actually seems somewhat wary of Daenerys.
The episode contains influences from the following chapter of 凜冬的寒風:
- The Forsaken: 攸倫·葛雷喬伊 feints towards 高庭 in the north of 河灣地, to lure the Tyrell armies away from his real objective, 舊鎮 in the south of 河灣地. The TV version loosely switched these.