Twelve great moments from a brilliant Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones remembered that the pen really is mightier than the sword – even on this show.

That was the moral of the third episode in Season Seven, the best so far.

The writers of ‘The Queen’s Justice’ took the programme, and the viewers, back to its origins with a dazzling installment that relied less on big budget fight scenes but had more subtlety, with more dialogue and more ideas.

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Cercei's revenge: Game Of Thrones remembered that the pen really is mightier than the sword – even on this show

Cercei's revenge: Game Of Thrones remembered that the pen really is mightier than the sword – even on this show

Male figures from the early years proliferated – the likes of Jaime Lannister, Tyrion, Littlefinger, Varys, Jon Snow, Bran Stark, who returned to Winterfell. Even Bronn was back in the saddle (on horseback that is), albeit silently sadly.

But as the title indicated this was yet another set of story line dominated by GoT’s female characters.

The war between Cersei (Queen of The Seven Kingdoms) and Daenerys (‘the rightful queen’ and ‘the silver queen’ amongst other titles) had well and truly started.

Among the targets were Sansa Stark (Queen in the North) and Yara Greyjoy (Queen of the Ironborn - temporarily at least).

Queen's Justice: As the title indicated this was yet another set of storylines dominated by GoT’s female characters

Queen's Justice: As the title indicated this was yet another set of storylines dominated by GoT’s female characters

Let the battle commence: The war between Cersei (Queen of The Seven Kingdoms) and Daenerys (‘the rightful queen’ and ‘the silver queen’ amongst other titles) had well and truly started

Let the battle commence: The war between Cersei (Queen of The Seven Kingdoms) and Daenerys (‘the rightful queen’ and ‘the silver queen’ amongst other titles) had well and truly started

Any military manoeuvrings paled into insignificance compared to the way Cersei meted out ‘justice’ against Lady Olenna Tyrell (Queen of Thorns) and Ellaria Sand (putative Queen of Dorne), avenging their murders of her son Joffrey and daughter Myrcella respectively.

(Jaime Lannister learnt that it was Olenna not Tyrion who had poisoned Joffrey.)

Cersei was in her element as she explained the horrors Ellaria and Tyene would suffer.

Remorseless: Cersei was in her element as she explained the horrors Ellaria and Tyene would suffer

Remorseless: Cersei was in her element as she explained the horrors Ellaria and Tyene would suffer

Brutal: Cersei’s chillingly focussed explanation to Ellaria about how she and Tyene would be chained up inches apart from one another as Tyene slowly perished from poison

Brutal: Cersei’s chillingly focussed explanation to Ellaria about how she and Tyene would be chained up inches apart from one another as Tyene slowly perished from poison

But the advances in the war were no less fascinating for all that.

For all his brilliance, Tyrion’s ploy to ensure The Unsullied army captured Casterly Rock by using the tunnels he had built to smuggle in his whores amounted to nothing as he was out-thought by Jaime Lannister.

The news that his troops that moved on Highgarden instead suggested that perhaps Littlefinger did know Cersei better than Sansa after all, and that she was coming for them.

Battle will no doubt recommence next week.

Here are the 12 best bits of writing that made ‘The Queen’s Justice’ such an exceptional episode – from the brilliant first lines to Diana Rigg’s exquisite exit.

1. Tyrion and Jon Snow’s opening greetings

‘Bastard of Winterfell!’

‘Dwarf of Casterly Rock!’

How real men greet one another.

Reunited: Tyrion and Jon Snow’s opening greetings (as Jon landed on Dragon's Stone)

Reunited: Tyrion and Jon Snow’s opening greetings (as Jon landed on Dragon's Stone)

Greetings: ‘Bastard of Winterfell!’ - ‘Dwarf of Casterly Rock!’ How real men greet one another.

Greetings: ‘Bastard of Winterfell!’ - ‘Dwarf of Casterly Rock!’ How real men greet one another.

2. Tyrion’s comment to Jon on Dany’s dragons dive-bombing them

‘I’d say you’d get used to them but you never really do.’

Our thoughts exactly.

3. Tyrion’s quip to Jon Snow as they stood on the stunning cliff-tops looking moodily out to sea

‘You look a lot better brooding than I do...I came here to brood over my failure to predict the Greyjoy attack. You’re making me feel like I’m failing at brooding over failure!’

To be fair against Jon Snow it was no contest.

1000 yard stare: Tyrion’s quip to Jon Snow as they stood on the stunning cliff-tops looking moodily out to sea

1000 yard stare: Tyrion’s quip to Jon Snow as they stood on the stunning cliff-tops looking moodily out to sea

Brooding: ‘You look a lot better brooding than I do...I came here to brood over my failure to predict the Greyjoy attack. You’re making me feel like I’m failing at brooding over failure!’

Brooding: ‘You look a lot better brooding than I do...I came here to brood over my failure to predict the Greyjoy attack. You’re making me feel like

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