Can We All Agree That the Lannisters' Dragon Attack Strategy Was Actually Pretty Lame?
Bye bye, Scorpion.
[This article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 4, "The Spoils of War."]
Daenerys finally waged war on the Lannisters on Sunday night, and one could say the battle was lit.
When Maester Qyburn unveiled a massive bow-and-arrow capable of smashing swiftly through even the largest dragon craniums, we were moderately concerned. Following Game of Thrones' fourth episode, however, we realize just how much technique, planning, and luck would need to go in to killing a dragon with it.
For shame, Cersei. For shame.
In "The Spoils of War," Daenerys sics her sizable Dothraki army on Jaime and his hybrid Lannister-Tarly army. She follows behind, riding high on the back of Drogon, who spares no time burning one fourth of the army alive in a single fiery breath.
The Dothraki lay utter ruin to Jaime's army as Drogon proceeds to set the entire field ablaze. Understandably, Jaime is shook. He orders not-so-trusty sidekick, Bronn, to half-assedly whip out the Scorpion. They make a big show of positioning it in the perfect direction and waiting for Drogon's next pass over the field. No one was manning it to begin with because, who knows? Apparently they didn't anticipate Dany taking issue with them murdering and pillaging her allies. Honest mistake, I guess. Moving on.
It was a somewhat scary moment. If Drogon was taken down, wouldn't Daenerys' safety be in serious danger? Would the dragon's death mean the Khaleesi's loss? They're gonna shoot Drogon in the heart, we thought. He's done, we quivered in macabre anticipation.
After one failed shot, Bronn successfully shoots Drogon in the shoulder — an injury that certainly throws the big guy off for a minute, but ultimately seems to do little more than anger him. He recoils, lands next to Bronn, smashes the Scorpion with his mighty tail, and waits as his Mother dismounts and tries to pull the arrow out.
We now find ourselves wondering why Cersei didn't put her resources toward crafting many Scorpions, or put King's Landing's best archer to the task. Kind of lame, in retrospect, but Drogon is still alive, so we won't complain much.
Jaime, still on his horse, takes this perceived moment of weakness to charge Daenerys, hoping to spear her, ending the battle for the Iron Throne for good. If it weren't for Bronn's quick moves, Cersei would have had one charred brother-lover, but he successfully knocks Jaime out of the way before Drogon's breath reaches him. Whoopsies.
At the end of the episode, we watch as Jaime sinks to the bottom of a lake, presumably dying. He'll probably be okay, but he should be embarrassed that one of the Lannisters' most trumped up strategies turned out to be their lamest yet.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO August 13, 2017.