Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Game of Thrones Fantasy League – 7.04 – The Spoils of War

Game of Thrones – 7.04 – The Spoils of War

Only three of these gems left for another year (or more).

A thrilling episode but an unfortunate showing for points this week. This episode saw the smallest amounts of points awarded this season, with just 598 gained across the board; the previous lowest was ep 2 with 1100 points! Sadly, many of you (myself included) had this chosen for their Joker ep. Big mistake. The episode kept to few locations and characters, and was the shortest episode ever, so there was a slim chance of gaining points for this one.

Possible points of contention

It’s uncertain who has the first line of the episode, Bronn is the person who we first see clearly talking on screen, but before his line is someone calling for the cart to halt. The person ordering is most likely Jaime so points for having the first line get awarded to both.

Littlefinger does not get points for unsheathing the dagger because it’s not a sword.

Jon and Dany grimly survey a mural of armies inside the cave, not a map of armies.

Jon gets points for mentioning Lyanna as he says “My mother…”

Arya and Ned’s bones get points for reuniting with each other. Ned and Sansa also get points for being in the same scene together for the first time on screen since Sansa’s return to Winterfell last season.

Brienne doesn’t get penalised for harming Podrick or Arya as they both seem pretty fine.

Daenerys and Drogon both get points for leading the army into battle. As the Lannister troops are ambushed, Jaime gets no points.

Although Randyll isn’t seen encountering Drogon, we know he must as he was a part of the Lannister forces.

Tyrion, Dany and Drogon all gain points for winning the battle.

Last line points are all split between Tyrion, Jaime and Drogon. Tyrion has the last line of dialogue, but Drogon and Jaime make the last noises.

Controversially, I’m giving Jaime minus points for dying. I don’t believe he has died, I’m fairly sure Tyrion wouldn’t let his brother drown, and there is very thick plot armour surrounding Jaime, I’m totally sure he’s returning alive next week. But the show clearly wants us to think he’s dead, even to the point of using the same end credits that ran over Hodor’s death back in The Door. Next week, if he is found to be alive, he will gain Comes Back from the Dead points (worth +45 points).

Character Scores
Here is a full list of the characters and their awarded points. If one of your characters does not appear in the following lists, this is due to their absence from the episode, for which you shall be deducted five points per character:

Group A – Main Characters
Arya Stark – 130 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+15), 3 X reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30), mentions Valerian steel (+10), unsheathes sword (+10)
Bran Stark – 35 points: appears (+5), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30)
Cersei Lannister – 28 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8), grimly surveys map of armies (+15)
Daenerys Targaryen – 70 points: appears (+5), leads army into battle (+25), wins battle (+40)
Jaime Lannister – 65 points: appears (+5), first on screen (+15), parts with money (-5), first line (+10), comments on Lannister’s debts (+20), rides horse (+15), encounters dragon (+20), unsheathes sword (+10), 2 x kills (-10), last line (+10), last on screen (+15), dies (-30)
Jon Snow – 30 points: appears (+5), mentions Lyanna (+25)
Sansa Stark – 65 points: appears (+5), 2 x reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30)
Tyrion Lannister – 85 points: appears (+5), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30), last line (+10), wins battle (+40)

Group B – Supporting Mains
Brienne of Tarth – 5 points: appears (+5)
Petyr Baelish – 5 points: appears (+5)
Ser Davos Seaworth – 5 points: appears (+5)
Theon Greyjoy – 20 points: appears (+5), travels by boat (+15)
Varys – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group C – Rest of the Mains
Missandei – 5 points: appears (+5)
Ser Bronn – 45 points: appears (+5), first on screen (+15), first line (+10), rides horse (+15), encounters dragon (+20), unsheathes sword (+10), 2 x kills (-10), parts with money (-5), inflicts harm (-5)

Group D – Side Characters
Meera Reed – 5 points: appears (+5)
Podrick Payne – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group E – Side Characters to the Side Characters
Randyll Tarly – 40 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+15), encounters dragon (+20)

Group F – Weirdos
None were to be found in this episode.

Group G – Animals
Drogon – 55 points: appears (+5), leads army into battle (+25), 2 X kills (-10), gets injured (-5), last line (+10), wins battle (+40)
Rhaegal – 5 points: appears (+5)
Viserion – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group H – Dead but not Forgotten
Lord Eddard Stark – 65 points: appears (+5), 2 x reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30)

Group I – Are these fuckers coming back?
Tycho Nestoris – 20 points: appears (+5), grimly surveys map of armies, (+15)

Mid-season review

Being at the halfway point in the season, you may be interested to learn which combination of characters is currently doing best.

Daenerys Targaryen – 385 points
Arya Stark – 332 points
Theon Greyjoy or Varys – 190 points
Missandei – 210 points
Grey Worm – 270 points
Euron Greyjoy – 290 points
The Night King – 45 points
Drogon – 110 points
Lord Eddard Stark – 90 points
Tycho Nestoris – 90 points

They would make a team with a total of 2012 points at this point!

Conversely, here’s the worst performers in their groups:

Bran Stark – 160 points
Sansa Stark – 125 points
Brienne of Tarth – 5 points
Tormund Giantsbane – -10 points
Robin Arryn – -20 points
Edmure Tully or Nymeria Sand – -20 points
Benjen/Kinvara/Quaithe – -20 points
Ser Pounce/Ghost – -20 points
Aerys/Catelyn/Lyanna/Brynden/Syrio – -20 points
Daario/Gendry/Jaqen/Salladhor – -20 points

That combo makes a team with a combined total of 160 points. Woof!

The Leaderboard

Players can see their scores by consulting their initials in the table below. Congratulations to myself for gaining the most points for this episode, and congratulations to DP for remaining number one after three straight weeks!

Check back next week for “7.05 – Eastwatch”, a title that seems to tease the arrival of White Walkers south of The Wall. FINALLY!

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