Sunday, April 21, 2019

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 8/Episode 2

8.2 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
Jaime and his news of Cersei’s betrayal are received with hostility by Daenerys and Sansa. Tyrion tries to intervene but ends up endangering his position. It is Brienne of Tarth who vouches for the Kingslayer, enough for the Lady of the North to change her mind. He knights her later on. Gendry delivers Arya’s new weapon to her in the dungeon and the two end up sleeping together. Theon is welcomed by Sansa with open arms. Tormund and company finally arrive after surviving their encounter with the now undead Umber boy at the Last Hearth. They come with a warning that there isn't enough time before the Night King catches up with them. Bran volunteers as bait, knowing that the Undead will be looking for him to obliterate him, being the personification of mankind’s collective history. Jon tells Daenerys that he is Aegon Targaryen, giving him a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne. Before she can react, the bells toll signaling the arrival of the enemy.

Hey Podrick, it’s too late to join Westeros Idol. You’re all going to die, duh. Haunting, though. You know that scene in Titanic when the violinists gathered and played one last tune together? It evokes the same kind of feeling. They know they are all fucked, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make something beautiful out of the fuckery. Right? It’s a calm episode, an extension of the reunions from the last one, connecting it to the great battle we’ve all been waiting for. It’s unsettling because this is Game of Thrones and we know not all of them will survive, so the episode is more like a breather. The calm before the storm. Special kudos to Gwendoline Christie for the bravura performance during the knighting scene. The welling up of tears. The restraint. She’s always been a toughie but this is the culmination of her story arc. It makes you nervous because it could be a sign that she might be among the first to die. Anyway, that final scene with the Zombies on horseback just gives you the chills! This is it, guys! Don’t go quietly into that cold night.

“I know Death. He's got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.” –Arya Stark

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