“I’ve known a great many clever men. I’ve outlived them all. You know why? I ignored them.” – Olenna Tyrell
Daenerys and her supporters continue to debate strategy. Firmly, but diplomatically, Daenerys says they will not risk many innocent lives by storming King’s Landing, but instead lay siege to the capital. Tyrion lays out the strategy: since using their foreign fighters – the Dothraki and Unsullied – would only hurt them in the eyes of the Westerosi lords, the Greyjoys will escort Ellaria to Dorne to collect her army and then, alongside the Tyrell forces, surround King’s Landing. Meanwhile, the Unsullied will assault Casterly Rock to take away the last refuge of House Lannister and deal a symbolic blow to Cersei’s cause. The group agrees to the plan, but Olenna, alone with Dany, instructs the young queen to consider listening less to the “clever men” around her, and embrace who she is: a dragon.
Missandel enters Grey Worm’s chamber, wondering why the soldier was not planning to say goodbye before heading to Casterly Rock. Grey Worm confesses it was too hard because Missandei is his weakness. He kisses her, surprising both of them. Missandei drops her gown, and gently undresses the self-conscious Grey Worm. Getting onto the bed, the two find other ways to express their love.
Inside a quarantine cell at the Citadel, Sam watches Archmaester Ebrose examine Jorah’s greyscale. Ebrose gives Jorah 10 to 20 years left to live, but only six months before his mind is overtaken. Speaking out of turn, Sam mentions Stannis Baratheon’s daughter Shireen was cured of the disease, but the Archmaester says Jorah’s situation has progressed well beyond their skill level. Sam is surprised to discover Jorah is the son of the late Lord Commander Mormont of the Night’s Watch.
Sam follows Ebrose through the library, helping collect books. He tells the Archmaester he believes he’s found a way to treat greyscale in a study of rare diseases. Ebrose, familiar with the procedure, ends the conversation by stating it is far too dangerous, and forbidden.
That night, Samwell returns to Jorah’s cell, explaining he was with Jeor Mormont when he died. Handing Jorah rum to drink and placing a leather bit into the knight’s mouth, Sam proceeds to use a scalpel and tweezers to peel away Jorah’s infected skin, and applies an ointment to the newly exposed area.