The living prepare for a war with the dead, and things are about get bloody.
Last night saw the second episode of Game of Thrones’ eight and final season. There were a lot of great character moments and not much violence, but overall it was a truly fantastic episode. Be warned as we’re about to get into some major SPOILERS.
This honestly may have been one of the most important and satisfying episodes in all of Game of Thrones. There’s not a single death. There’s not a single battle. It’s all completely about these characters that we’ve followed for all these years, finally sitting together and readying to take on the army of the dead. A threat that’s been coming for them since the first episode of the series. We get to see them all stand together, preparing for the battle to come, and we get to see them spend one last night alive before the madness and bloodshed begins.
Jon and Daenerys don’t get much time this episode, but the time they do get is important. Daenerys decides to let Jaime live, when Brienne stands up for him and Sansa sides with her. Daenerys then sits down with Sansa and tries to come to terms with her, until realizing that despite their shared love for Jon, Sansa is not going to bend the knee so easily. Daenerys and Jon later share a moment alone before the night ends, where he reveals to her his true parentage. It’s not clear yet how she’s going to react to this situation in full. We know she’ll continue to fight the dead alongside him. But where things land after this battle for the living, is uncertain.
Arya gets a few great moments this episode. First proving to Gendry that she’s a lot tougher than the little girl he knew before. Seeing the Hound one last time before the battle begins. Then sleeping with Gendry as the night ends. Something that was both insanely satisfying, as those two deserve that happy moment together. (That being said, seeing Arya grow up these past however many years, made me not want to actually see any of that.)
The biggest and best moment of the episode was without a doubt the fireplace scene. After everyone gathers to make battle plans, and Bran explains that Night King will come for him. They go their separate ways and have one last night to enjoy living. Tyrion, Jaime, Podrick, Brienne, Davos, and Tormund, all end up in front of a fireplace, drinking together. Pod sings a song and Tormund explains why he’s named Giantsbane, he killed a giant and then fed off the Giant’s wife’s breast milk for three months. But most importantly, Jaime knights Brienne of Tarth.
Brienne has always been one of the best characters on the show, and one of the most complex. She ones of the few people who is truly one hundred percent honorable. She has seen good things, and been through hell. She’s fought alongside good and bad guys to help survive and to help maintain her oaths and honor. But many have looked down on her because she is a woman. Having her finally receive a knighthood, something she always yearned for but never seemed possible, is the type of good we rarely see in this show. Where most characters die or are faced with torment before achieving the things they deserve, it’s nice to see Brienne get something truly great before things go to hell.
Most of this episode was full of great, heart warming moments and reunions. But it feels bittersweet, as we know that with four episodes left, and the dead marching on the horizon, everything is about to take a turn for the worse. There’s no telling who lives and who dies from here. For all we know everyone in the north will die, and Cersei will be alone in the battle between the dead and the living. But starting next week, it’s going to be rough.
Kill Count: 0
- “If only we were trapped in a castle. In the middle of winter. With nowhere to go.” – Tyrion Lannister
- “I’m not spending my final hours with you two miserable old shits.” – Arya Stark
- “Ser Brienne of Tarth, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” – Tyrion Lannister
Check back with us next week as we dive into the third episode of Game of Thrones’ final season. Be sure to catch Game of Thrones every Sunday at 9pm on HBO.