Sam's reaction to Bran being the Three-Eyed Raven was the most relatable thing all season
Warning, the following post contains spoilers from the season finale of Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and The Wolf.” If you haven’t seen the dramatic episode yet, seriously, what are you waiting for? Head on over to HBO this instant because we have a *lot* to talk about.
I’m going to be honest with you, Samwell Tarly *really* annoyed me this season. For the most part, all he’s done is complain about having to actually take the time to train to become a maester. I’ll concede that Maester Jim Broadbent Ebrose was insufferable, and curing Jorah’s greyscale was pretty dope, but Sam did one of the most obnoxious things this season. Like the “nice guy” who quickly becomes a mansplaining nightmare, he undermined Gilly’s big Jon Snow reveal…only claim it as his own revelation during his conversation with Bran Stark. Seriously Sam? You had to take that from Gilly? Uncool.
Now that I have that off my chest, I do want to acknowledge that Sam also did one of my favorite things this season.
His response to Bran being the Three-Eyed Raven may have been the most relatable thing a GoT character has done all Season 7.
It’s safe to say that Bran’s descent from teenage boy to Three-Eyed Raven quickly went from “Oh cool, now we get more dope flashbacks” to “This emotionless prick needs to not right now.” He also announced himself as the Three-Eyed Raven so many times, his sisters and viewers alike were like, Okay we get it. You know everything.
But nobody had a better reaction than one Sam Tarly. Sam, who arrived in Winterfell to help his BFF Jon fight against the White Walkers, didn’t find his best friend but instead encountered his weird-ass little brother.
While Sansa and Arya tried to make sense of Bran’s batshit, “I remember everything” nonsense, Sam just rolled with it.
But when they got into what had happened to Bran since he and Bran first met in Season 3, things take a turn for the hilarious.
Bran pulls the “I’m the Three-Eyed Raven” and Sam’s like, “Oh yes, of course.”
It’s like when you’re trying to be supportive but on the inside you’re like, “What in the actual fuck??” Or when your BFF has a really weird little sibling but you try to make conversation anyway because you’re a good friend. It may even be the human equivalent to the penguins in Madagascar: “Smile and wave, boys.”
And of course, just when Sam tries to play along with the whole Three-Eyed Raven visions thing, Bran whips out a message from a raven like Sam’s the crazy, vision-obsessed one of the two.
Sure, then they get into the truth of the Jon’s parents and his legitimacy as heir to the Iron Throne — crosscut with Jon and Dany’s sex on a boat — and everything goes back to business as usual on the fantasy series. But just for one beautiful minute, Samwell Tarly trying to be polite about Bran’s newfound Three-Eyed Raven job was the most relatable thing to happen on Game of Thrones.