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Game of Thrones: 5 game-changing reveals from 'Eastwatch'

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington as Daenerys and Jon in Game of Thrones.


Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington as Daenerys and Jon in Game of Thrones.



Season 7 is really coming through with the soapy drama, game-changing revelations and fiery dragons.

Last night's fifth episode packed everything there is to love about Game of Thrones into one neat episode -- Bastards! Incest! Dragons! Treason! More confirmation of Jon Snow's parentage!

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All of it quickly connected the dots to a deluge of answers that has this Game of Thrones fan considering reading the books all over again.

But Eastwatch was overwhelming and a bit disorienting. Let's break it down.

Jaime's going to be a father, again.

We quickly saw that Jaime did not drown last week. Bronn saved him from Drogon's fire and from sinking into the dark abyss. What a pal.

It's been a rough couple weeks for Jaime. He's battled a dragon and learned the truth about his son Joffrey's death rather close together. And this week he meets with his brother, Tyrion, who snuck into Kings Landing.

And then his twin sister/incestuous lover reveals she's pregnant! It's perfectly possible, seeing as her previous children by Jaime are literally how this whole mess started. But is Cersei really pregnant? Or is she pulling a power play to give Jaime something worth fighting for? Or, maybe, both?

Gendry returns

"I thought you might still be rowing," Davos says to Gendry, peeking into the smoky blacksmith shop.

Last time we saw Gendry, a.k.a. King Robert Baratheon's bastard son, he actually was rowing away to avoid being killed. Ever since, he's been hiding in plain sight in Kings Landing, going back to his blacksmith roots.

What is he going to do now that he's back? For one, he's joining the ragtag group of bastards, wildlings, smugglers and outlaws beyond the wall to somehow capture a White Walker. More on that later.

But Gendry has a host of options he could pursue once he's back from the North. He could shack up with Daenerys or longtime friend Arya, uniting royal bloodlines or taking a friendship full circle. Precious Gendry deserves only the best.

Arya's discovery

Speaking of Arya, she's clearly noticed that her sister Sansa is...changed. Honestly, the three remaining Stark children have all dramatically changed since they last saw each other, but I digress.

Sansa's borderline treasonous behavior has got Arya on the defensive and poking around for any sort of confirmation of betrayal or lack thereof. The confirmation, at least in Arya's eyes, comes in the form of a letter scroll that she finds tucked in Littlefinger's bed.

But he put it there for her to find. The letter is the one Sansa was forced to write way back in Season 1 to her older brother Robb, asking him to come bend the knee to King Joffrey. Robb knew it was a forced letter, but Arya does not.

Littlefinger has done terrible things these past seven seasons, but trying to turn the Stark sisters against each other is possibly his most despicable yet.

Jorah returns, and then leaves again

Dany's face upon seeing her faithful servant Jorah again was so pure and emotional I almost teared up. Jorah has been by her side, counseling and protecting her since she joined the Dothraki as their Khaleesi. Now that he's cured of greyscale (I guess?) he's back to serve his queen. Well, for like five minutes.

In a twist that even the most avid Game of Thrones fans didn't see coming, Jorah sets off beyond the wall with Jon, the Hound, Tormund Giantsbane, Gendry and Thoros of Myr. The group plans to find a White Walker or a wight, capture it and bring it back to Kings Landing to prove to Cersei that the Long Night isn't a fairytale.

Oh okay, sure. Sounds like a solid plan. But it's so bonkers, it just might work.

Jon's legitimate claim

Dun Dun DUNN.

Thanks, Gilly, for informing us that the Citadel has 15,782 steps and that JON'S PARENTS WERE ACTUALLY MARRIED.

Gilly reads this game-changing factoid while hanging out with a disgruntled Sam in the library. She reads that a "Prince Raggar" had his first marriage annulled and then secretly married another woman in Dorne.

That's right, everyone, not only is Jon Snow not a bastard and his real parents were Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, but the two were legitimately married by a maester.

Neither of them know it yet, but Jon now has a more legitimate claim to the Iron Throne than Dany, his aunt. And it's only a matter of time before the whole truth is revealed.

Final thoughts

 -- RIP, Dickon Tarley. I will miss giggling every time I hear your name. Also, RIP Randall Tarley. I will not miss you.

-- NOOO ONNEEE glowers like Jorah. No one defeats greyscale like Jorah. No one looks back longingly at Daenerys like Jorah.

-- Jon got up close and personal with Drogon for the first time. Dany swooned, and so did we. I'm putting all my money that his dragon ride will be Rhaegal.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at Follow @chelseatatham.


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