Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 3 Review: ‘Queen’s Justice’

Jon Snow Meets Daenerys Targaryen

Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are the two most popular characters on Game of Thrones. Each of them has risen beyond their initial position and forged a name for themselves. Their meeting is an important event, not only because it sets up a potential alliance, but also for the characters.

When Jon arrives at Dragonstone with Davos, they are immediately stripped of their weapons and boat. Even with Missandei and Tyrion’s pleasant welcome, it is hard to shake off the feeling that they have walked into a trap. On their way up to the castle, they see the dragons for the first time, and Jon is awed.

Daenerys immediately orders Jon to kneel and pledge his sword to her. It is notable that while Missandei introduces her by stating all of seven of her titles, Davos  introduces his king simply as ‘Jon Snow, King in the North’.

Daenerys reminds Jon that his ancestor Torrhen Stark, the last king in the North, pledged allegiance to House Targaryen in perpetuity. Jon counters with the point that it was the Mad King who broke faith with the Starks, burning his grandfather and uncle alive. This sums up the stalemate that ensues. Jon refuses to bow to Daenerys, insisting that he means only to rule his people as they put their faith in him to do. Daenerys, on her part, is instantly dismissive of Jon’s claims of white walkers and an army to the North. For her, all that matters is that this King in the North will not bend the knee.

They are all children, Jon tells her, and she will be ruling over a graveyard if they do not come together to fight the white walkers.

Finally, Varys interrupts the meeting, seemingly to bring news of the ambush of the Greyjoy ships. Daenerys assures them that they are not prisoners yet.


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