在龍石島的風暴中，提利昂·蘭尼斯特、瓦里斯和女王丹妮莉絲·坦格利安談到她出生之地的風暴環境。瓦里斯 briefs her that Queen 瑟曦·蘭尼斯特's position on 維斯特洛 is tenuous. 提利昂n counsels her not to burn the 七大王國 and proposes that she forges alliances with the other houses. 丹妮莉絲 then questions Varys about his previous services to her father the Mad King and 國王勞勃·拜拉席恩。瓦里斯 confides that King Robert had little interest in ruling.
丹妮莉絲 then confronts Varys about his role in hiring the assassins to target her. Dany distrusts him due to his track record of switching allegiances. Refusing to be intimidated,瓦里斯s points out that the incompetent rulers do not deserve blind loyalty, then recounts his lowly origins as a castrated slave and tells her that his true loyalty lies with the oppressed masses. 瓦里斯 tells 丹妮莉絲 that if all she wants from him is blind loyalty, she may as well have him killed, but he is much more useful to her and to the Realm alive, and that he believes she is the last hope for the people. Dany accepts his fealty on the condition that he does not conspire against her. She makes him promise to tell her when she is wrong. 丹妮莉絲 also warns瓦里斯 that if he betrays her, she will burn him alive.
丹妮莉絲 is then visited by the 红袍僧 梅麗珊卓, who believes that Dany might be The Prince That Was Promised. Varys questions 梅麗珊卓 about her previous service to the ill-fated King 史坦尼斯·拜拉席恩. While 丹妮莉絲 initially does not believe that she was the Prince, 彌桑黛 reassures her that the 高等瓦雷利亚语 word for prince or princess is gender neutral. 梅麗珊卓 tells 丹妮莉絲 that she brings tidings of 瓊恩·雪諾, the 北境之王 who has united the North and the 野人. 提利昂 vouches for 瓊恩·雪諾 and convinces 丹妮莉絲 that he will make a good ally. 丹妮接受提利昂的建議，但堅持瓊恩必須屈膝臣服。
In the Chamber of the Painted Table, 阿莎·葛雷喬伊和艾拉莉亞·沙德 firmly advocate an assault on 君臨 immediately. 提利昂 advises against laying waste to the Kingdoms' capital and causing the deaths of tens of thousands of innocents, and when Ellaria belittles him for his lack of knowledge in war, 提利昂 openly accuses her of poisoning his niece 彌賽菈·拜拉席恩; Ellaria does not deny it, and expresses regret that her lover 奧柏倫·馬泰爾 died for the cause of 提利昂 freedom. Daenerys ends the argument with a rebuke for Ellaria to respect her 國王之手. Back to the matter of the invasion, Daenerys insists she doesn't wish to be known as the Queen of the Ashes, to which 奧蓮娜·雷德溫 sarcastically ponders if Daenerys will take the鐵王座 by asking politely, and reminds her of the fate of her granddaughter, Queen 瑪格麗·提利爾, who was killed when Cersei 炸毀貝勒大聖堂.
提利昂 proposes using a combination of Tyrell and Dornish forces to lay siege to 君臨, much to the chagrin of Olenna and Ellaria, who balk at the thought of using their own soldiers. Tyrion however insists that using the 無垢者 and 多斯拉克人 would arouse the patriotism of 維斯特洛i bannermen, who would see them as foreign invaders and potentially close ranks behind Cersei. He proposes sending 灰蟲子 and the 無垢者 to take 凱岩城 instead, cutting off Cersei's retreat and dealing a massive blow to the morale of the Western army. The Greyjoy fleet, meanwhile, will escort Ellaria back to 陽戩城 to rally the Dornish forces and then ferry them up the coast to 君臨, bypassing the 風暴地 and allowing the siege to commence early.丹妮莉絲accepts 提利昂的建議，並reminds the others on her council that she will not be attacking 君臨, and requests consenting approval from everyone, to which they affirm.
丹妮莉絲 dismisses everyone, except Lady Olenna. The Dragon Queen tells Olenna she is aware that her motives are based on revenge and not out of love for her. She insists that she will usher in an era of peace. Olenna, however, reflects that there was never a lasting peace under 瘋王 or any preceding 坦格利安家族 for that matter. She tells Daenerys that Tyrion is a clever man and that Olenna has outlasted many clever men by not listening to their advice. She tells Daenerys that the lords of 維斯特洛 are sheep, yet Daenerys is a dragon and she must be one if she is to rule 維斯特洛.
在紅堡的王室中，女王瑟曦·蘭尼斯特 gives a speech urging several nobles from 河灣地 including Lord 藍道·塔利 to reaffirm their allegiance to the 鐵王座. Cersei warns that Daenerys' 多斯拉克人 hordes would pillage their lands and homes, and rape their women. When Lord Tarly points out that Daenerys has three dragons, 學士科本 replies that he is working on it.
Following the audience with Queen Cersei, Lord Tarly meets in private with 詹姆·蘭尼斯特, who confides that he knows not to cross Cersei despite despising her. Jaime wants to appoint him as his general but Tarly is unwilling to break his fealty to Lady 奧蓮娜·雷德溫. Randyll is wary of the Lannisters. Jaime admits that he dislikes his sister but convinces Tarly that Cersei is the lesser evil against Daenerys and her Dothraki.
其後，艾莉亞在雪地中生火取暖，她的馬因一群狼而受到驚嚇。在野狼攻擊艾莉亞前，狼群靜候狼主行動。艾莉亞發現狼主是她的冰原狼娜梅莉亞。娜梅莉亞最初在顧慮艾莉亞，後來辨認到她是以前的主人。艾莉亞告訴她的冰原狼她正在回家，邀請牠一同回去。然而，娜梅莉亞迅速帶著狼群離開，這表示娜梅莉亞已經不再屬於艾莉亞。艾莉亞看著娜梅莉亞憂傷地說「that's not you」，這句話呼應了她的情緒，對應她的父親計劃看到她長大成為一位女領主。
在狹海，公主阿莎·葛雷喬伊和她的弟弟席恩·葛雷喬伊與多恩人的盟友艾拉莉亞·沙德、她的女兒特蕾妮·沙德、私生女奧芭婭·沙德和娜梅莉亞·沙德一同在鐵艦隊之上。於他們的宿舍中， the 沙蛇 argue about killing while lying in bed. Elsewhere, Ellaria drinks 鐵種 liquor with Yara and Theon, which she compares unfavorably to Dornish wine. Ellaria asks Yara if she had ever been to Dorne, to which Yara responds that she has been there a few times. Yara and Ellaria begin to sexually flirt with each other. Yara tells艾拉莉亞 that Theon will serve as both her bodyguard and adviser. While Yara and 艾拉莉亞 began kissing, Yara's ship is struck. Entering the deck, they discover that their fleet has been ambushed by their uncle 攸倫·葛雷喬伊's portion of the 鐵艦隊.
攸倫的 ship extends a boarding ramp onto Yara's ship and lands a boarding party. Yara and her men fight fiercely but are overwhelmed by Euron's warriors. 特蕾妮·沙德 retreats to below the deck with her mother 艾拉莉亞 while Obara and Nymeria fight against 攸倫的鐵種. Obara fights Euron, who kills her by impaling her with her own spear. Nymeria attacks him with her whip but Euron strangles her to death with it. Though Tyene kills several 鐵種, she and 艾拉莉亞 are overwhelmed. 艾拉莉亞 begs the 鐵種 to kill them quickly, but they are instead taken captive.
Yara and 攸倫 fight with axes as Yara's fleet burns in the night. 攸倫 captures Yara and then goads "little Theon." Theon is about to come to his sister's aid but panics when 攸倫 men begin slitting the throats of the wounded sailors and warriors. To Yara's dismay, Theon jumps overboard while 攸倫 laughs with glee. Theon clings to driftwood and sees Obara and Nymeria's corpses impaled on and hanged by the neck from the prow, respectively. 攸倫的 fleet starts sailing towards 君臨 as Yara's fleet burns in the 狹海, while all Theon can do is watch as the ship carrying his sister disappears into the night.
- Main: Stormborn/Appearances
- 17 of 23 starring cast members appear in this episode.
- Starring cast members Jerome Flynn (波隆), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (布蘭·史塔克), Hannah Murray (吉莉), Kristofer Hivju (托蒙德), Rory McCann (桑鐸·克里岡), and Joe Dempsie (詹德利) are not credited and do not appear in this episode.
- The title refers to 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安, and how she received her personal sobriquet, "Daenerys Stormborn" (which she has used throughout the series). Right before the rebels arrived at 君臨 at the end of Robert's Rebellion, her pregnant mother was sent to safety on 龍石島. Her mother went into labor soon afterward, during a massive storm that smashed to pieces what little was left of the Targaryen fleet anchored at 龍石島, before dying in childbirth. Being born during this ill-omened storm, she earned the nickname "Daenerys Stormborn". The episode itself opens with Tyrion and Daenerys referring to this.
- The 布蘭·史塔克 and 桑鐸·克里岡 storylines do not appear in this episode. The storyline of Daenerys and her various allies shifts into focus, which only briefly began at the end of last episode as a lead-in to this one.
- There are many references to events from past episodes:
- Cersei mentions 4 examples of Daenerys's actions to win support.
- The blind loyalty of the 無垢者, playing to the 維斯特洛 opposition to Slavery.
- The Raiding culture of the 多斯拉克人 and Daenerys speech to her Khalasar ("Blood of My Blood").
- Daenerys' crucifixtion of the 163 Great Masters in retaliation for their cruxification of 163 children ("Two Swords", "守誓劍").
- Daenerys's execution of the Great Master she had burned alive and fed to Rhaegal and 韋賽利昂 ("Kill the Boy").
- 藍道·塔利 implicitly mentions the destruction of the 貝勒大聖堂 (how Cersei treats those who disobey her), the killing of Aerys (oathbreaking and stabbing in the back) and the 紅色婚禮 (泰溫·蘭尼斯特 and the Freys' violation of Guest right).
- Jaime mentions Olenna's obession for revenge ("凜冬的寒風").
- Yara's encounter with a courtesan ("The Broken Man").
- 拉姆斯·波頓's treatment of Theon as a servant.
- Ellaria's comment about Dornish red wines being the "best in the world" is a reference to the debate between the Dornish red and the Arbor gold.
- 安布羅斯 mentions Ch'Vyalthan, author of "An History of the Great Sieges of 維斯特洛" ("The Prince of 臨冬城") and Vaull ("The Watchers on the Wall").
- Daenerys mentions that Illyrio falsely told her brother that the people of 維斯特洛 "drink secret toasts to his health" ("Winter Is Coming").
- Daenerys refers to the failed attempt on her life in Vaes Dothrak ("You Win or You Die").
- Varys admits he supported Robert's plan to assassinate Daenerys ("The Wolf and the Lion") (though Tyrion later suspected that Varys intentionally had the plan fail, simply feigning loyalty to Robert).
- Tyrion uses the phrase "all dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes" in his letter to Jon. Jon recalls that Tyrion told him that before when they first met ("Winter Is Coming").
- 藍道·塔利 refers to the battle of Ashford, which was mentioned by Stannis ("Kill the Boy").
- 科本 refers to young Drogon's injury in the fighting pits of 彌林 ("The Dance of Dragons"). The ballista he shows Cersei is a reference to the death of Meraxes.
- Tyrion speaks about the assassination of Myrcella ("Mother's Mercy").
- Arya mentions that she made pies before ("凜冬的寒風"), without being specific about the ingredients (Frey pie).
- 熱派 tells Arya about meeting Brienne ("Mockingbird")
- Arya tells 熱派 that she met Brienne ("The Children").
- 熱派 brings Arya up to speed by informing her of the destruction of the 貝勒大聖堂 ("凜冬的寒風") and Battle of the Bastards.
- Jon grabs Littlefinger by the throat, and slams him against a wall, just like Ned did in "Lord Snow" (both for making somewhat creepy verbal advances about a female relative).
- Cersei mentions 4 examples of Daenerys's actions to win support.
- This is one of the few episodes to actually refer to the eastern continent across the 狹海 from 維斯特洛 by name as "厄斯索斯" - only four times in the past six seasons, making this the fifth time. It is called "厄斯索斯" by name in both Daenerys's scenes and by Cersei. 厄斯索斯 is a loose fantasy analogue of Eurasia, and indeed is so vast that characters usually refer to a more specific region, such as "the 自由貿易城邦s" or "the Dothraki Sea". A character saying "I am going to 厄斯索斯" is loosely similar to someone in real life saying "I am going to Eurasia" - which could refer to anything from Italy to China.
- Jon's direwolf 白靈 does not appear in this episode. Episode writer Bryan Cogman explained via Twitter that a scene between Ghost and Jon was not only scripted but filmed, but cut from the final version of the episode.
- 瓊恩·雪諾 receives a letter from 山姆威爾·塔利 in 舊鎮 about how there is literally a mountain of 龍晶 underneath volcanic 龍石島 island - raising the question of why 戴佛斯·席渥斯 never told Jon about this in the first place. In the preceding episode, Sam even acknowledged that 史坦尼斯·拜拉席恩 told him there was 龍晶 there (back in Season 5). It actually isn't impossible to reconcile all of this: as presented, it seems that Stannis and Davos were aware that loose 龍晶 can be found scattered throughout the island, but this specific 龍晶 mine deep under the volcano was abandoned and forgotten generations ago. The clearly visible book page Sam was reading, with the map of 龍石島 on it, makes this more explicit: it says that even the 瓦雷利亞, with its continent-spanning empire, judged this to be the largest concentration of 龍晶 in the known world - that's why they created a colony there to begin with. Thus it seems that this ancient Valyrian 龍晶 mine was long abandoned, so even Stannis didn't know just how much 龍晶 was truly there.
- In the fifth novel, Tyrion muses at one point why the Valyrians only colonized 龍石島, and didn't try to conquer the rest of 維斯特洛. At the time it was divided into seven divided and constantly feuding kingdoms, which could not have withstood their many dragons and vast armies (伊耿·坦格利安一世 later managed to conquer all of it with only a fraction of their strength). The commonly held view of histories is that they founded it as a trading outpost - but there were plenty of other islands they could have occupied. All of the wealth in 維斯特洛 was farther west, in the gold mines of the Westerlands or the rich fields of 河灣地 - they knew it was there, but just to focus on 龍石島. This may have been setting up that the Valyrians actually settled 龍石島 specifically to control its vast 龍晶 deposits.
- In the crypts, a statue of 艾德·史塔克 has been erected in his memory. 培提爾·貝里席 mentions that he delivered Eddard's remains himself as a gesture of goodwill from 提利昂·蘭尼斯特, which occurred in Season 2's "Garden of Bones". At the current point in the novels, it is not known if Eddard's remains reached 臨冬城, until Season 6's "Battle of the Bastards" confirmed that they did.
- In the books, Ned's bones have not been brought back to 臨冬城 yet. 芭芭蕾·達斯丁, who resents Ned for not bringing her husband's corpse, plans to feed Ned's bones to her dogs as a payback.
- Tension appears to be growing in 臨冬城 between Jon and Sansa. Given that Sansa was able to save Jon and the Stark loyalist army from 拉姆斯·波頓 with the Knights of the Vale, it is implied in "龍石島" that she expects more credit and a say in Jon's decisions, leading to a heated argument between the two which is interrupted by Maester Wolkan. Jon and Sansa disagree in this episode again, when Jon claims he will ride to 龍石島 and meet with 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安 in order to form an alliance against the 夜王 and to gain access to the 龍晶 beneath the island; Sansa, 約恩·羅伊斯 and 萊安娜·莫爾蒙 cite the crimes that Daenerys's father, Aerys II Targaryen the Mad King, committed against 史塔克家族, especially the burning of Rickard Stark, citing that Daenerys cannot be trusted. Though Jon is aware of this, he reasons that they need Daenerys's help against both Cersei and the 夜王, and leaves the North in Sansa's hands, which appears to set the stage for a conflict between Jon and Sansa, especially with Baelish present.
- Jon's harshness towards Littlefinger is left unexplained; it is currently unknown whether or not he knows the role Littlefinger played in 艾德·史塔克's arrest (which subsequently resulted in his death, though Littlefinger had no direct part in Eddard's death). Littlefinger makes it clear that he loves Sansa, but adds "as I loved her mother", likely giving Jon the impression that he harbors (unrequited) lustful feelings towards Sansa, and prompting him to threaten Littlefinger with death if he touches Sansa. Another explanation is that Jon simply became irritated at Littlefinger for reminding him of 凱特琳·史塔克's coldness towards him, and his motherless childhood.
- Jon's decision to go to 龍石島 himself is questionable: a monarch would normally send an envoy, as Sansa suggested; if the monarch goes himself, it may give the impression that he is lesser than the monarch who invited him. Morever, Jon should have considered that perhaps Daenerys hates his house for supporting Robert against her father (indeed in the books she feels that way). A likely explanation is that Jon, being the only person in the North who has actually seen the 夜王 and his army (as shown in Season 5's "Hardhome"), believes himself to be the best person to explain the situation to Daenerys as opposed to an envoy who has not seen the 夜王, since 艾迪森·托勒特, 托蒙德, 布蘭·史塔克, 梅拉·黎德 and the surviving 守夜人 and wildlings are now stationed at the Wall.
- 亞麗·卡史塔克 and Ned Umber are visible in the background of the 臨冬城 council scenes, but have no speaking lines.
- 熱派 returns in this episode, after being absent since Season 4's "Mockingbird", in which he met 塔斯的布蕾妮 and 波德瑞克·派恩 and told them what he knew about 艾莉亞·史塔克. In this episode, 熱派 asks Arya if Brienne found her; she confirms it, but does not divulge why she did not go with her, as seen in Season 4's "The Children".
- 熱派 was part of the batch of 守夜人 recruits that Yoren smuggled Arya out of 君臨 with in the Season 1 finale. After escaping 赫倫堡 with Arya and 詹德利 in Season 2, then running into the 無旗兄弟會, he parted ways with Arya in Season 3, when he found the relative safety of the 十字路口客棧, where the owner gave him a job as a cook due to his skill at it (as he was a baker's apprentice). Not being martially skilled, he felt Arya's dangerous journey wasn't really for him. Though he stayed behind, they wished each other well.
- 熱派 refers to the fact that Arya disguised herself as a boy while she was with the 守夜人 recruits (on Yoren's instruction), as the Watch doesn't take female members. Arya was around 11 going on 12 years old then so she was able to pass for a boy - 熱派 is a bit hard on himself by saying Arya's too pretty to be mistaken for a boy now, as roughly five or six years of internal story time have passed since then (Arya is around 17 years old at this point).
- This is the first time in the show that someone tells Arya she is pretty. In the books, Arya was never considered pretty, in contrast to her sister. She has always been a tomboy, and never cared how she looked; as a result, she earned derogatory nicknames like "Arya Underfoot" and "Arya Horseface".
- Similarly, 熱派仍然稱呼艾莉亞為「阿利」, the boy's name she adopted as part of her disguise. It is the name that 熱派 knew her by for a long time, though by the time they parted in Season 3 he knew that she was really 艾莉亞·史塔克. Of course, 熱派 also has a ongoing habit of mixing up names, so continuing to call her "Arry" out of habit fits his character.
- 熱派 remarks to Arya that like her, he's a survivor, apparently an in-joke at how he has managed to survive all the way from Season 1 to Season 7 - despite not even being a Starring Cast member or important lord, but just a random commoner. Of 19 human characters introduced in Season 1 who are still alive, only three were never promoted to "Starring Cast" on the show: Sweetrobin Aryn, Ilyn Payne, and 熱派. Not being as socially important as the other two (who are nobles), there was never any guarantee that 熱派 would survive from one episode to the next (even less than the Starring cast on Game of Thrones). Despite this, 熱派 has somehow managed to stay alive for the entire run of the TV series up to now, often due to blind luck, i.e. in Season 2 when he realized that 格雷果·克里岡 was picking prisoners to execute purely at random, but didn't get picked.
- 艾莉亞·史塔克的冰原狼娜梅莉亞 finally returns after being absent since Season 1's "The Kingsroad". Arya previously ordered Nymeria to flee for her life after she attacked 喬佛里·拜拉席恩 to defend Arya, in Season 1 episode 2 "The Kingsroad" (making this an absence of exactly 60 episodes). This led to the vindictive Cersei having Sansa's direwolf Lady executed in her place. In the intervening six years, Nymeria grew into a formidable adult direwolf the size of a small horse, and is leading her own pack of common wolves in 河間地. Arya also originally had Nymeria flee right before they reached the 十字路口客棧, while heading south - in this episode, Arya encounters Nymeria again just north of the Inn, on her way back.
- There are more hints in the novels about Nymeria's survival and activities in the intervening books, which are peppered with sporadic reports that a very large wolf is leading a very large wolf pack in 河間地, feasting on the slain after battles and harassing farmsteads. Common wolves fear men and will avoid them whenever possible, but the huge Nymeria has no fear of man and leads her pack on bold attacks for food - catching their targets unprepared, who are used to just having to scare off wolves instead of fighting them outright.
- 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安 becomes aware of 瓊恩·雪諾 for the first time, unaware that he is her nephew by blood, being the son of her older brother, 雷加·坦格利安, but believing him to be 艾德·史塔克's bastard son.
- 提利昂·蘭尼斯特 recalls accompanying 瓊恩·雪諾 to the Wall in Season 1's "The Kingsroad", and cites the deaths of 艾德·史塔克 and 羅柏·史塔克 at the hands of the Lannisters as reasons why Jon will likely ally with Daenerys against Cersei, despite Aerys Targaryen's crimes against 史塔克家族 and 史塔克家族's role in the subsequent rebellion against him. Though Daenerys gives the order to summon Jon to 龍石島 to "bend the knee", it is unknown if Jon, as 北境之王, will pledge allegiance to her.
- The new costume style that Daenerys shifts to starting in this episode is actually not entirely new to the series - she has switched to the "old Targaryen style" that her brother Viserys was seen wearing back in Season 1 (as sort of a sign that she has embraced her inner Targaryen nature as a conqueror). Costume designer Michele Clapton explained at the time that because Viserys was older than Daenerys when the Targaryens were deposed (he was a child), he still remembers what the fashions at the old Targaryen royal court looked like and dresses in them - thus even though his one costume didn't appear very often, it was meant to be a window into what the old Targaryen style looked like: asymmetric cut, peaked shoulder cuffs that are separate from the undercoat, long form-fitting sleeves, high collar, and a short cape asymmetrically pinned to one shoulder (as Viserys was seen wearing at her wedding to Drogo in the first episode). Finally, of course, she has also dramatically shifted from her prior blue or white color palettes to finally dressing in Targaryen red and black, the colors of their heraldry. For more information, see "Costumes: 君臨 - Under the Targaryens" Daenerys does retain one of her trademark fashion choices from 厄斯索斯 however: she still wears riding breeches under her dress.
- 奧蓮娜·雷德溫 meets 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安 in this episode. Interestingly, Olenna is one of the few characters left alive by this point who is old enough to remember when 坦格利安家族 was originally in power and held the 鐵王座 - even the time before the reign of the Mad King, when King Aegon V Targaryen was a good and stable monarch (Aegon V being Maester Aemon's younger brother). Other older characters who might remember those days – Aemon, 泰溫·蘭尼斯特 or even Barristan Selmy – are dead by this point in the TV series. Olenna actually mentioned back in Season 4's "守誓劍" that in her youth she was originally betrothed to "some Targaryen or other" as it was "all the rage" due their then-stable rule. Of course, not personally wanting the match, she managed to get out of it and married Luthor Tyrell instead. In the books, Olenna was betrothed to one of King Aegon V's sons, but he actually wasn't attracted to her either because he was secretly a homosexual, and ultimately argued with his father as well to have the betrothal called off. Bryan Cogman wrote "守誓劍" and highlighted in interviews that he added in that moment of Olenna recalling her Targaryen betrothal as a way to work the history of the Targaryens into the live-action TV show (which can't have extended descriptions of the past as easily as books can), and Cogman is also writing this episode.
- Daenerys being unaware of the fact that the High Valyrian word for "prince" is gender-neutral indicates her Valyrian may no be so excellent as perceived. This is curious, since she had stated in "And Now His Watch Is Ended" that High Valyrian is her mother tongue, and 彌桑黛 (who is the best person to ask) stated in "次子團" that Daenerys's High Valyrian is excellent. However, in the books, Daenerys more properly speaks several dialects of Low Valyrian and spends a lot of time speaking the 通用語 and Dothraki (which she is noted to have problems with when not actually amongst Dothraki), so it's possible that she is simply confusing the gender-neutral High Valyrian word for a Low Valyrian derivative that has different linguistic features.
- 提利昂·蘭尼斯特 clearly resents 艾拉莉亞·沙德 for killing 彌賽菈·拜拉席恩, which occurred in Season 5's "Mother's Mercy", and claims that "we don't poison little girls here", which seems to refer to 奧柏倫·馬泰爾's promise to Cersei that Myrcella would be safe in Dorne ("We don't hurt little girls in Dorne".). Though Tyrion is in a position to demand justice for Myrcella's murder, a likely reason he does not is out of fear that the Dornish will withdraw support if Daenerys kills Ellaria and the 沙蛇s.
- The books make a point that Daenerys hates the Starks for betraying her father. In her eyes, they are no different from the Lannisters, and share the blame for the deaths of her nephew and niece. Ser Barristan Selmy tells her that Ned had tried to dissuade Robert from killing her, but she does not change her mind. It has yet to be seen how she will treat Jon, though her opinion of him seems to imply that she admires him, if only slightly. Besides, since Daenerys has forgiven a Lannister since he was not personally responsible for the death of her kin, she may act the same toward Jon.
- 灰蟲子 tells about the method the 善主 used in order to make the slaves get over their fears. It is somewhat similar to the modern psychotherapeutic treatment known as "systematic desensitization" (also "graduated exposure therapy"), but it should be performed by a careful and gradual exposure of the patient to the objects he fears of; it can assumed the 善主 did not really care whether their method would worsen the slaves' mental condition.
- Daenerys says she will not be "Queen of the Ashes". This is perhaps a reference to the novels: one of the visions Daenerys sees in the House of the Undying is of her father, telling someone (perhaps Rossart) "Let him [Robert] be king over charred bones and cooked meat. Let him be the king of ashes" - referring to the 野火 Plot.
- The intention of 科本 to use a custom-made ballista against Daenerys's dragons appears to be a reference to how the dragon Meraxes died in the First Dornish War. While the Targaryens conquered the rest of the 七大王國 in the War of Conquest, the harsh desert of Dorne proved quite an obstacle. A few years later they returned and captured all of its castles and towns, but the Dornish responded with a brutal guerrilla war. The Targaryens responded by burning any castle which rose against them with dragonfire, but the Dornish armies would flee when the dragons came and return as soon as they left. When Queen Rhaenys Targaryen attacked Hellholt while flying Meraxes, however, the garrison put up a stiff defense, and a very lucky shot with a ballista bolt managed to hit the dragon in the eye mid-flight, piercing into her brain and killing the dragon instantly. Rhaenys apparently died in the fall but her body was never recovered. Meraxes's death was a stunning blow to the Targaryens.
- The TV episode didn't expend exposition on the history of how Meraxes died, given limited time, though this is fully explained in the Season 5 Blu-ray animated featurette "Dorne (Histories & Lore)". Instead, 科本 cites that 卓耿 was wounded in the ambush at Daznak's Pit in 彌林 as proof that Daenerys's dragons aren't invincible. The writers actually admit in the Blu-ray commentary for that episode that Drogon was able to be wounded with spears in that attack because he was just a juvenile at the time - which is true. Dragons' scales get thicker and harder as they age, until fully adult dragons are practically impervious to swords, spears, or projectiles. There are historical examples of juvenile dragons being injured with human weapons, but the only thing that can pierce an adult dragon's hide is really another dragon. After Meraxes died, subsequent wars involving dragons did shift tactics to try to aim for their eyes with heavy projectiles - but the dragon-riders were very wary of this as well, so they were more careful to make quick bombing-runs on ground targets and evade projectile fire. A major example is the Siege of Rook's Rest during the Dance of the Dragons, when Aegon 's forces did try to shoot the adult dragon Meleys in the eyes, but her rider successfully evaded their fire. Ultimately, no other dragon was ever killed again by shooting it in the eyes. Vermax was also killed by human action in the Dance, though in that case it was a younger dragon and his foes hurled grappling hooks in his path, so he ended up impaling himself with more force than a human weapon ever could.
- It's possible that 科本's custom ballista is actually going to be present in the next novel, given how it evokes the details given only in the novels about how Meraxes died: when they practice shooting it, they even aim directly for the eyes of a dragon skull.
- The actual effectiveness of the ballistic is questionable as 科本’s test was against a skull that was over 200 years old. Unless the dragon is hit in the head, the wound will not be fatal. In addition, the skull was stationary, whereas Daenerys dragons will not only be moving, but airborne.
- 藍道·塔利, Samwell's father, returns in the episode by travelling to 君臨. During conversation, 詹姆·蘭尼斯特 cites him as the only one who ever defeated 勞勃·拜拉席恩, during the Battle of Ashford; this was previously mentioned in Season 5's "Kill the Boy" by 史坦尼斯·拜拉席恩 to 山姆威爾·塔利, after he realizes he is Randyll's son.
- 藍道·塔利 is portrayed in the novels in a quite negative light, especially his behavior toward Sam and Brienne. In this episode, though, he proves to be an honorable person: reluctant to break his oath to the Tyrells, and open in expressing his negative opinion about both the Lannisters and the Freys - bluntly referring to the destruction of the Great Sept, the killing of Aerys and the 紅色婚禮.
- Cersei tells the attending people that the Dothraki will burn their villages, rape their women and butcher their children. What she said was true, as Daenerys herself witnessed, but she "forgot" to mention that those who serve the Lannisters (mainly the Mountain and Amory Lorch) have repeatedly performed exactly the same atrocities.
- It is unclear why Sam gave Jorah rum as an anesthetic, rather than 罌粟花奶, which is commonly used in 維斯特洛 for that purpose (it is their version of morphine). Even without any medical background, Sam should have known that. It's possible that he couldn't take any without being noticed, when 安布羅斯 forbid from trying the experimental treatment - though this wouldn't explain how he did manage to acquire all of his surgical tools and ingredients to make the anti-灰鱗病 medical ointment.
- In the books, Samwell was actually by 傑奧·莫爾蒙's side after he was mortally wounded during the Mutiny at Craster's Keep (in the TV version his attacker just keeps stabbing him until he dies, and a large fight breaks out, so Sam flees). Jeor's last words were to beg Sam to pass on a message to Jorah: "Tell my son. Jorah. Tell him, take the black. My wish. Dying wish". He didn't think Jorah was beyond redemption but wanted him to join the 守夜人 as he should have instead of fleeing into exile.
- In the novels, Archmaester 安布羅斯 is specifically the archmaester of medicine, and he is indeed one of he best medical minds in all of 維斯特洛. Moreover, he is mentioned as authoring several major studies on infectious diseases (including dangerous plagues from other continents, such as the "butterfly fever" from Naath, 彌桑黛's island home).
- Several callbacks are made to previous information given about 灰鱗病 in Season 5: Sam recalls meeting 希琳·拜拉席恩, and how she was cured of 灰鱗病 as a baby by Maester Cressen (though it left her face scarred). 安布羅斯 counters by pointing out information also from the books: that 灰鱗病 can rarely be cured in infants or children, but not adults, and only if it is treated fairly early - Shireen was a baby and it was treated early, but Jorah is an adult with an advanced case, and thus beyond known treatment. 安布羅斯 also says that Jorah should have cut his arm off to stop the spread (which sometimes works but often doesn't), and the only remaining option (besides suicide) would be to ship Jorah to the ruins of Old Valyria with the 石民. 安布羅斯 also says that 灰鱗病 takes years to actually kill someone, leaving them in great pain for perhaps 10 to 20 years. The loose figures given in the novels are around 5 to 10 years, though it is not unheard of for someone to live 20 years with it. The novels only vaguely mention that when the infection grows inwards and starts warping the flesh of the brain, it can drive victims to madness, without giving a time scale for it; in this episode, 安布羅斯 thinks Jorah might have only 6 months at best before he goes crazy from it (and he was infected nearly 2 years before).
- The book that Sam was reading in the preceding episode seemed to hint that the cure for 灰鱗病 was to consume powdered 龍晶 - though the maester who wrote it also doubted it would work. It's unclear what Samwell made the medical ointment out of that he used on Jorah.
- The novels note that 灰鱗病-scarred flesh is hard and deadened, so it doesn't actually feel any pain. After his run in with 石民 while on a boat in the books, Tyrion is told to prick his fingers with a knife everyday to test if he caught 灰鱗病, and he follows that advice: if he started losing sensation in one of them he'd have had to cut it off in hope of stopping its spread. Jorah is in a great deal of pain in this episode - though Sam says he's cutting through the 灰鱗病 scars, down to the next layer of still-living flesh, which can still feel pain. "Flaying" might not be an accurate term for what Samwell is doing to Jorah here: that involves peeling back the thing layers of skin, but Samwell is cutting off flesh warped by 灰鱗病, with a scalpel.
- There is no "Archmaester Pylos" in the novels. There is a different character named Pylos, an ordinary-ranking master, who served as the elderly Cressen's assistant at 龍石島 and who was being prepared as his eventual replacement. Of course, there might be more than one person named "Pylos" in all of 維斯特洛. Given that maesters give up their family names when they join the order (those who are from noble families), it's unclear how they distinguish maesters who happen to have the same name (i.e. if there's more than one named "Pate", a common name in 維斯特洛).
- Both of the maesters that 安布羅斯 mentions who wrote history books he judges were mentioned in past episodes, both were invented by the TV series, and both of their descriptions in this episode match their prior descriptions:
- 安布羅斯 remarks that "Archmaester Ch'Vyalthan" wrote very well cited research - to the extent that, while factually accurate, his prose style is very boring and legalistic. This is a call-back to Season 2, when Tyrion was reading Ch'Vyalthan's book, "An History of the Great Sieges of 維斯特洛" and remarking on it to 波隆. 瓦里斯 then came into the room and noticed what he was reading, and said it was a thrilling subject, but it's a shame that Ch'Vyalthan wasn't a better writer.
- Conversely, 安布羅斯 then remarkes that Maester Vaull had a very entertaining and florid prose style - to the extent that "half" of what he wrote was just made up or editorialization. In Season 4, Samwell actually read one of Vaull's books in the library at 黑城堡, talking about the savagery of the wildlings, hyping up that very last one of them is a sadistic cannibal, tortures their victims, etc. Maester Aemon then chided Samwell that Vaull made most of that up, assuring him that the closest Vaull even came to seeing a wildling was the very library they were standing in.
- Samwell says the title of the book 安布羅斯 is working on, An History of the Wars Following the Death of Robert I, could be a bit more "poetic". This may be a callback to Season 4, when Sam asked Jon what having sex with a girl was like (with Ygritte): Jon couldn't give a very good description, then just dropped it by saying he wasn't a poet, if that's what Sam wanted.
- When 喬治·R·R·馬丁 wrote 山姆威爾·塔利, he was partially influenced by Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings: both are the best friend of the lead character, somewhat overweight, sort of an everyman who isn't originally very brave or a famous warrior, and both are called "Sam" for short. At the end of the story, it is revealed that it is based on an in-universe history book written by the main characters: Bilbo Baggins, then Frodo Baggins, and then after Frodo leaves, Samwise finishes up writing some of the loose ends. Similarly, Game of Thrones might be setting up that 山姆威爾·塔利 is going to write an in-universe history book about all of these events in 維斯特洛. This would be consistent with the Archmaester instructing Tarly "about the art of writing history".
- Screencaps reveal the content of 喬拉·莫爾蒙's suicide note, which he writes in his chamber while eyeing his sword: "卡麗熙, I went to 學城 in the last hope that the maesters could treat me as you ordered. Even with all [...] I am beyond any cure out the grave. I have had a longer life than I deserved and I only wish I could've lived to see the world you're going to build, standing by your side. I have loved you since the moment I met you. If there's [...] - Jorah"
- The camera cutting from Samwell sawing at Jorah's scaley skin to a bowl of potato stew in Arya's scene was specified in the script, not an invention of the director.
- Ellaria's comment about Dornish red wines being the "best in the world" is a reference to the debate between the Dornish red and the Arbor gold.
- Ellaria flirting with Yara aboard the Black Wind appears to be a callback to the sixth season where Yara kisses a courtesan in Volantis in front of Theon, making him visibly uncomfortable after his castration by Ramsay Snow. Being bisexual herself, Ellaria invites Theon for a threesome, unaware of what Ramsay did to him. Further, Ellaria treats Theon rather coldly, demanding that he refill her jug; though Yara tells Ellaria that Theon is not their servant, Theon begrudgingly claims he does not mind, possibly due to having served Ramsay as a servant for nearly two years.
- When Ellaria says there is a boy in every port in Dorne, Yara responds with "A boy, a girl. Depends on the port." This implies Yara is bisexual. Yet Gemma Whelan stated in an interview that Yara was gay.
- When the 沙蛇s are discussing who will get to kill whom when they lay siege to 君臨, Nymeria comments that she wants to kill The Mountain, in revenge for murdering Oberyn.
- In the novels, the 沙蛇s believe that the Mountain is dead. This is not just exclusive to them: in the novels, it is widely believed that 格雷果·克里岡 died of his wounds after his battle with Oberyn, which is part of the Ser Robert Strong identity mystery. In order to appease Dorne, the Mountain's skull was brought to 陽戩城 by Ser Balon Swann of the Kingsguard, and was presented to 道朗·馬泰爾,亞蓮恩·馬泰爾, and Obara, Tyene and 娜梅莉亞·沙德. Tyene herself confirms that if the poison her father used so much as broke the Mountain's skin, then Gregor is dead. Obara, however, suspects trickery; she has no idea how much she is close to the truth.
- 攸倫·葛雷喬伊's proposal of a "gift" for Cersei seems to be explained in this episode. Apparently aware of how 彌賽菈·拜拉席恩 was killed, Euron attacks Yara and Theon's fleet but makes sure to take Ellaria and 特蕾妮·沙德 prisoner instead of killing them; Ellaria and Tyene were primarily responsible for Myrcella's murder, since Tyene synthesized the poison and Ellaria administered it via a kiss. Euron apparently intends to bring Ellaria and Tyene before Cersei so she can take revenge for Myrcella. Also, Cersei could use Ellaria as a hostage to force Dorne into siding with her against Daenerys, much like how the Mad King used 伊莉亞·馬泰爾 as a hostage during Robert's Rebellion to ensure Dorne's support. The capture of Yara can be used as evidence that Yara has no claim to Salt Throne since Euron followed the Old Way and paid the Iron price according to 鐵種 culture. This was a running point in the novels. When Asha was captured by Stannis, she realized that her defeat, combined with her failure at Kingsmoot, meant that the 鐵種 would never follow her.
- Of note, 提利昂·蘭尼斯特 brings this up during Daenerys's war council, openly accusing Ellaria of poisoning Myrcella, an innocent girl, in cold blood, until the argument is broken up by Daenerys herself. Following the airing of "凜冬的寒風", it was widely speculated that Tyrion, as Daenerys's hand, would demand justice against Ellaria for murdering his niece; the deaths of Obara and Nymeria and the abduction of Ellaria and Tyene by Euron have made this less than likely.
- In a sense of irony, Obara and Nymeria are killed by 攸倫·葛雷喬伊, who uses their own weapons against them, impaling Obara through the stomach and pinning her from the ship's bowspirit, and strangling Nymeria to death before hanging her corpse from the ship. Obara literally stabbed Trystane Martell in the back with her spear, while Nymeria appeared with the intention of strangling Trystane with her whip had Obara not interfered. Their cold-blooded murder of Trystane has come full circle with their deaths, although Euron's motive was clearly not avenging Trystane's death (no more than Jaime's maiming by Vargo Hoat was meant to be a payback for what he did to Bran, though it can considered as a poetic justice).
- Chapter 7, Cersei II: 一個蘭尼斯特 praises 藍道·塔利 for his military background.
- Chapter 35, Samwell IV: 有人 reaches the conclusion that Daenerys is the prince that was promised, because the High Valyrian word for "prince" is gender-neutral, as it is derived from the word for "dragon", creatures which have no fixed gender.
- Chapter 22, Tyrion VI: Tyrion speaks ill about Cersei, and advises someone to invade 維斯特洛. Someone tells false horror stories about Daenerys.
- Chapter 26, The Wayward bride: 阿莎·葛雷喬伊 is defeated and taken captive.
- Chpate 35, Jon VII: Asha's ships are destroyed.
梅麗珊卓: "I believe you have a role to play, as does another. The 北境之王, 瓊恩·雪諾."
奧蓮娜·雷德溫: "The lords of 維斯特洛 are sheep. Are you a sheep? No. You're a dragon. Be a dragon."
Archmaester 安布羅斯: "What? You don't like the title? What would you call it then?（你不喜歡這個標題嗎？那麼你想叫它做什麼？）
山姆威爾·塔利: "Possibly something a bit more poetic?"（也許更有詩意的標題？）
Archmaester 安布羅斯: "We're not poets, Tarly."（我們不是詩人，塔利）
艾莉亞·史塔克: "That's not you."（那不是你）
艾拉莉亞·沙德:"Why are you standing all the way over there then? A foreign invasion is underway."