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* [[ImmuneToBullets Immune To Arrows]]: A Lannister arrow volley harmlessly clatters off of Drogon's stomach and neck plating, though Dany herself may have been the actual target. Drogon is later shown to be woundable by much larger scorpion bolts, however.


* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: As is common for the series now, on account of the need for MarqueeAlterEgo, none of the named characters in the Lannister side wear helmets, albeit infantryman do and archers wear some headgear. The Dothraki likewise battle without helmets or armour, as does Daenerys who rides in her ceremonial queenly robes.[[labelnote:From the Books]]Targaryen Dragon Riders like Rhaenys and Visenya did wear helmets, armour, and a special outfit in battle for protection.[[/labelnote]]

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* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: As is common for the series now, on account of the need for MarqueeAlterEgo, none of the named characters in the Lannister side wear helmets, albeit although infantryman do and archers wear some headgear. The Dothraki likewise battle without helmets or armour, as does Daenerys who rides in her ceremonial queenly robes.[[labelnote:From the Books]]Targaryen Dragon Riders like Rhaenys and Visenya did wear helmets, armour, and a special outfit in battle for protection.[[/labelnote]]

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* NotSoStoic: Arya tries to maintain her sociopathic detachment but can't keep it up in the face of the emotions roused by her return to Winterfell. Notice her smile over the prospect of reuniting with Jon, her genuine emotion in hugging Bran as opposed to the distant way she hugs her sister, and the enjoyment she gets out of sparring with Brienne.

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** The enjoyment Arya takes in the sparring session with Brienne is something we haven't seen since [[Recap/GameOfThronesS1E3LordSnow she first met Syrio Forel]].

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* DeathByMaterialism: Averted; Bronn drops his bagful of gold, but leaves it behind in favour of running for his life.


* ReactionShot: When Arya points out to Brienne that she swore to serve both Stark daughters, we cut to Sansa's reaction to overhearing this, and Littlefinger giving her a MeaningfulLook as [[ManipulativeBastard he notes her reaction]].

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* ReactionShot: When Arya points out to Brienne that she swore to serve both Stark daughters, we cut to Sansa's reaction to overhearing this, and Littlefinger giving her a MeaningfulLook as [[ManipulativeBastard he notes her reaction]]. As they spar, we have Pod showing amusement at Brienne getting bested by a little girl, while Sansa and Littlefinger show incredulity and concern over just how much Arya has TookALevelInBadass.

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* ReactionShot: When Arya points out to Brienne that she swore to serve both Stark daughters, we cut to Sansa's reaction to overhearing this, and Littlefinger giving her a MeaningfulLook as [[ManipulativeBastard he notes her reaction]].


** Even the music one Drogon attacks is not the usual heroic battle fare that accompanies battles in GoT, its more akin to ''horror movie music'', showing that the battle isn't as glorious as it looks.

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** Even the music one once Drogon attacks is not the usual heroic battle fare that accompanies battles in GoT, its more akin to ''horror movie music'', showing that the battle isn't as glorious as it looks.

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* DullSurprise: Jamie, Bronn and Dickons' reaction to hearing and seeing Drogon is... unenthusiastic to say the least, seeing a dragon in the flesh should of had a much more terrified expression.


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** Even the music one Drogon attacks is not the usual heroic battle fare that accompanies battles in GoT, its more akin to ''horror movie music'', showing that the battle isn't as glorious as it looks.

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* CombatBreakdown: At the beginning of the battle the Lannister forces are able to form and hold their shield wall pretty well in the face of the oncoming cavalry charge. Then Dani flies in with Drogon and burns a hole clean through it. Jaime makes a valiant effort to keep things together, but the sheer devastation and chaos that a pissed-off Warrior Queen riding a nigh-indestructible fire-breathing monster brings to the party makes things break down very fast. By the end everyone is panicking and running for their lives. Even Jaime eventually stops trying to get his men to fight back and just urges them to take cover...not that it helps them.


* AllohistoricalAllusion: When Jon, Davos, and Missandei banter, they briefly discuss Jon's titles, with Davos noting "King Snow, no that doesn't sound right, King Jon?". The joke is that the historical [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland King John]] was a famously unpopular King in both real history and pop culture, and as such there is only one King John as opposed to the many Henrys, Edwards, Richards, Georges, and the pairs of Elizabeths, Marys, Jameses, and Charleses[[note]]Despite the common idea that no King or Queen would want to name their kid after the guy who prompted such a rebellion that he had to sign the Magna Carta, there were in fact a couple princes named John, most notably Edward I's first son (who died at just five years old) and Henry IV's dad John of Gaunt (son of Edward III), but none of them made it onto the throne.[[/note]]. So King Jon Snow indeed doesn't sound right.

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* AllohistoricalAllusion: When Jon, Davos, and Missandei banter, they briefly discuss Jon's titles, with Davos noting "King Snow, no that doesn't sound right, King Jon?". The joke is that the historical [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland King John]] was a famously unpopular King in both real history and pop culture, and as such there is only one King John as opposed to the many Henrys, Edwards, Richards, Georges, and the pairs of Elizabeths, Marys, Jameses, and Charleses[[note]]Despite the common idea CommonKnowledge that no King or Queen would want to name their kid after the guy who prompted such a rebellion that he had to sign the Magna Carta, there were in fact a couple several princes named John, most notably Edward I's first son (who died at just five years old) old), Edward III's son John of Gaunt, and Henry IV's dad V's brother Duke John of Gaunt (son of Edward III), Bedford, but none of them made it onto the throne.[[/note]]. So King Jon Snow indeed doesn't sound right.


* AutomatonHorses: The Dothraki horses seem to have no issue at all with charging straight through flaming grass, compared to the Lannister horses who are appropriately freaked out by the flames and sparks. They're also galloping at full speed for quite some distance prior to reaching the Lannister lines and don't seem any worse for the wear.



* BodyHorror: The Lannister soldiers that get burned by Dragon's flames and ''don't'' immediately die are shown to be horrifically burned, especially when they dive into the nearby river and desperately shed armor.



* CurbStompCushion: While the battle was one-sided for the most part, the Lannister contingency plan in case of suddenly appearing dragons was skillfully deployed and ''almost'' worked. This trope is probably best exemplified in one shot where a Lannister soldier finishes off a downed Dothraki with an effortful thrust, moments before he and everyone around him are incinerated with more dragonfire.

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* CurbStompCushion: While the battle was one-sided for the most part, the Lannister contingency plan in case of suddenly appearing dragons was skillfully deployed and ''almost'' worked. This The Lannisters fight about as well as could be managed considering their numbers and position; this trope is probably best exemplified in one shot where a Lannister soldier finishes off a downed Dothraki with an effortful thrust, moments before he and everyone around him are incinerated with more dragonfire.



* HorseArcher: We see Dothraki doing this.

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* HorseArcher: We see Dothraki doing this.this, with a few archers jumping up and ''standing'' on their mounts to shoot, while at full gallop.



* [[ImmuneToBullets Immune To Arrows]]: A Lannister arrow volley harmlessly clatters off of Drogon's stomach and neck plating, though Dany herself may have been the actual target. Drogon is later shown to be woundable by much larger scorpion bolts, however.



* IShallTauntYou: Arya's duel with Brienne features her inviting an offensive via smirks or holding Needle behind her back, and then dodging Brienne's attacks so as to strike back. It irritates Brienne enough for her to kick Arya to the ground in frustration, but that's when the duel really picks up.



* KickTheDog: One Dothraki tells Tyrion that the Lannister army can't fight as the men who served his family are being picked off by Dothraki.

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* IShallTauntYou: Arya's duel with Brienne features her inviting an offensive via smirks or holding Needle behind her back, and then dodging Brienne's attacks so as to strike back. It irritates Brienne enough for her to kick Arya to the ground in frustration, but that's when the duel really picks up.
* KickTheDog: One Dothraki tells Tyrion that the Lannister army can't fight as the men who served his family are being picked off by Dothraki. Generally speaking, one does not factor in the assistance of flying, fire-breathing monsters into discussions about individual warrior strength...


* TheCameo: New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (well known for his love of the show and HighFantasy in general) plays a Lannister soldier who throws a spear at the charging Dothraki.

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* TheCameo: [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} New York Mets pitcher pitcher]] Noah Syndergaard (well known for his love of the show and HighFantasy in general) plays a Lannister soldier who throws a spear at the charging Dothraki.

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** In season 6, Jaime and Bronn lecture the Freys for failing to set up a proper perimeter at the Siege of Riverrun. Seems like they should have taken their own advice, as here they're surprised by a huge horde of Dothraki horseman (and a dragon) who rout them in short order.


* KickTheDog: One Dothraki tells Tyrion that the Lannister army fights like shit as the men who served his family are being picked off by Dothraki.

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* KickTheDog: One Dothraki tells Tyrion that the Lannister army fights like shit can't fight as the men who served his family are being picked off by Dothraki.

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