- Jaime Lennister brings the war booty, gold and grain to Königsmund. He paid Bronn with a bag of Gold.
- Cersei negotiates with Tycho Nestoris from the Iron Bank on another loan. She wants to hire legionaries
- In Winterfell, Kleinfinger continues to spin his net. He gives Bran a dagger of valentine steel.
- Arya invites Brienne to a sword fight and tells her sister about the list of people she will kill.
- In a cave on Dragonstone, Jon finds the dragon glass. And not only that, but also cave painting by the “children of the forest”.
- Daenerys offers him his help when he bends his knee – but he does not.
- Tyrion confesses his defeat to Casterlystein and Rosenburg. Daenerys then decides to take action himself.
- With the dragon Drogon and the Dothraki riders, she falls over the arms of Jamie
- In the battle, Bronn manages to shoot the dragon with the ballist. Daenerys must land with him.
- In the attempt to kill Daenerys, he could be saved at the last moment by the dragon’s firebeam.
In the 15th century, Italy was very divided. Nearly every city was also a state at the same time. Most of them were enemies. Constant intrigues and new alliances led to unrest. Whoever had the best strategy survived the longest. The main pillars of the conflict were Florence (Medici) and Rome (Pope). In the Amazon series “Da Vinci’s Demons” this fight is addressed. There is always a blond young man named Niccolo. In fact, it is Niccolo Machiavelli, who at that time worked in Florence at the court of the Medici. Niccolo was Secretary of State and philosopher. He observed the behavior of the sovereign princes with regard to their development of power. All that apparently worked well, he built into his missions and also recommended it to his prince. In the course of his life a compendium of practical experiences in dealing with power emerged. All of this he wrote in the still known and readable work “The Prince”. A similar role is played by Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. In 7.4, some synchronous actions can be seen. They could also come from the pen of Machiavelli.
After a clever tactics in Episode 3, Cersei is pleased with the war booty. The urgently needed gold for the Iron Bank was now there. Tycho Nestoris from the bank is equally pleased and says: “The well-being of the bank is more based on arithmetic than on emotions”. He sees whether the financial strength of the Lannisters has been strengthened. Cersei would like to hire an army of mercenaries.
1. As soon as the Zeitgeist re-establishes trust in the system, new business is also being developed.
On the “wide”, according to the Kornkammer of Westeros, Jamie paid his partner Bron with a sack of gold. This is not satisfied with it and wanted a castle – the Rosenburg. Jamie says, “The more you own, the more you pull down.”
2. Rapid growth and wealth need management and “non-attachment”.
In Winterfell, Kleinfinger is intensively engaged in spinning his threads. It is still not clear what he intends. He uses all possibilities. Speaking with Bran Stark, he says, “I guess you’ve seen things that others can not even imagine.” Bran leaves and tells him that he is not Lord Stark but the “three-eyed raven”. The two strong sisters exchanged and said: “These are long stories and they are not yet over.” Like the list of Arya Stark: “Many I’ve already killed. Only a few are left. ”
3. Stability reduces actionism. Long-term strategic planning does not mean a rapid success for this but sustainability.
Jon Snow is still on dragonstone and is there with the permission of Daenerys dragon glass. He finds large quantities of this rare rock in a cave. And not only that. He shows Daenerys a cave painting from the time of the “forest children”. There were so far only myths and legends about these beings. Historical evidence is now available. The pictures show that first people and “forest children” lived at the same time. Not only have they also fought with each other. The pictures show battle scenes against the “White Hikers”. When Daenerys sees these scenes, she says to Jon, “I believe you now and will help you against the undead if you bow your knee.” This is exactly what Jon does not do.
4. Alliances result from environmental conditions and not from empathy.
Shortly thereafter, before the cave, Tyrion must stand his failed strategy. Daenerys: “I have enough of your clever plans. You have underestimated the enemy and especially your family. While I’m sitting here, I’m losing the war. The Lannisters have the grain and gold of the Tyrells. ” She calls on her adviser to make suggestions about how to proceed. None of them recommend the use of dragons. Obviously, this is a weapon that even frightens the faithful. It nevertheless decides on it and attacks the Lennister army during the retreat.
5. Authoritarian leadership needs it in crisis situations. But here too, cognition helps more than emotion.
While the winners are still arguing about the war booty, Daenerys begins the attack. The Dothraki cavalry attack the train with the booty. At the same time the “air attack” comes and burns the infantry. A war strategy of the 20th century will be shown. The Lannisters are hopelessly inferior. Only when the Bron with the Balliste forces the kite to land, there is a possibility. Jaime tries to kill Daenerys with a lance. It is only thanks to the brave intervention of Bron that Jamie was not burnt by the dragon. Bron tears him at the last moment into a river, where both are sinking with their heavy armor.
6. Reserves must be created during periods of growth and in times of peace. However, this should not be used too quickly in the crisis.
On Winterfell comes a force measure between Arya Stark and Brienne. In a sword duel, Arya shows what she has learned from the faceless. Although much smaller and actually with inadequate armament, she can keep up well with the great veteran knight. Kleinfinger observes this game and once again draws his secret conclusions.
7. Do not underestimate anyone, even if it is small.
These seven strategic principles are well-known in Episode 7.4. They are partly also covered with the insights of Niccolo Machiavelli, read in “The Prince”. In today’s complex world, however, these have only limited validity. You have to work differently with side, distance, and time-shifted effects.