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The fourth episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season finally delivered on one long-awaited promise. Nearly a third of “The Spoils of War” was devoted to a massive face-off between Jaime Lannister and his army, and Daenerys Targaryen, her Dothraki hordes, and one very large dragon. But as memorable as the closing battle was, it was also an episode about people grappling for purpose. Littlefinger is trying to make himself relevant again; Dany is trying to prove she can live up to the name Mother of Dragons; and Sansa and Arya are trying to understand what being a Stark means in their current predicament. The episode’s titular spoils weren’t riches and glory. They were damage and loss, with nearly every character trying to reclaim a bit of…

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