a review by the Spotted Nutcracker.
Let’s pull on our winter clothes and talk about:
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
SPOILER LEVELS at MAJOR
This episode picks up right where the last one ended. The first scene is a pretty good one and one that’s necessary to fill in some story details, but it’s a scene where all of the tensions that could have happened because of the staredown are all forgotten or fixed halfway into the episode. Bran/TER almost (almost) teases Jaime that he’s about to get killed before Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) stands straight up and defends him. And I was waiting for that. Tyrion gets the short end of the stick here, but like I said it’s all well and good in a few more minutes.
What’s important in this episode is that we’re done with 90% of the meet-ups. Now we get to see people actually talking. A big chunk of the episode happens around a fire where a big group of people are talking about giant’s breast milk and things of that sort while getting drunk. Tormund takes charge of all things about giants (he’s called Giantsbane for a reason and we find out exactly what that reason is). Jaime got spooked by Bran earlier and he makes Brienne (finally!) A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (look up) after necking a few drinks. Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) sits and acts grumpy but has a drink anyway. Tyrion’s been talking about dying a lot and he says that he thinks that all the people at Winterfell might win (as if), but he’s so drunk that we don’t have to worry too much about what he’s saying. Podrick (Daniel Portman) also finally tells everyone (in the audience) how exactly he got away with what he did in King’s Landing.
This is the night before everyone dies (like Tormund says). Might as well have it out.
This episode is the one in which we get to settle down a little bit. Everyone’s here now and we’re all getting ready for a big fight. The last episode had to be quick with getting everyone onto the screen. But we can’t get thrown into the big fight that’s coming up just like that. But we get to see the basic plan for the fight that’s coming up. There’s a meeting before everyone gets drunk and the plan is to leave Bran tied up in the Godswood (like a goat) so that the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) comes for him.
The thing is that the Night King wants to completely delete the humans.exe folder, and his best chance of doing that is to kill Bran. And that for me makes the whole Bran = Night King theory a no go. Theon and Jon are going to defend Bran with whatever Ironborn have come around to defend Winterfell.
What I think is that Bran is going to die. I think Winterfell is gone by episode 4. I think that’s as glum as season 8 can get. That’d be a nice dark way to start off the bigger story in the last season ever. A lot of people are going to escape and we’re going to start the long walk down to King’s Landing. Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) talk about running off when everything’s done and finished with because the North’s too cold for them (they’re so sweet!). Sam and Jorah talk about a sword and families. The Hound makes a tiny appearance and complains like always. And yeah: there’s just a lot of people, talking a lot.
And here’s one other thing… Arya throws some dragonglass blades and gets Gendry all excited so that he actually starts working on her weapon early in the episode. And this becomes a set up for Arya x Gendry. The ship is real. I was talking in the last review about how I didn’t think Gendry was going to make it too far and I think we just got confirmation that he’s a goner. I don’t really know how to talk about the scene without cringing but… it’s just strange to watch Arya (who’s kind of like everyone’s little sister) in a scene like that. I expected the scene to cut off but nope. We got enough to make the two of us (the Azure-Winged Magpie was watching with me) retch a bit.
I’m also now 100% convinced that Dany’s gone totally doo-lala in the head. Jon just flat tells her the truth, and her reaction is… okay. Guys. She’s gone crazy. She’s been crazy all along. I could totally see her setting Jon (sorry! Aegon!) on fire along with Bran and the last Tarly boy before the white walkers even make it that one mile down to Winterfell.
Anyway. Good episode! I know this is more like a summary than a review, but I had to make things quick. We’re getting a big fight next week, so I guess I’ll see you in the next one!
THE SPOTTED NUTCRACKER: 9/10
THE AZURE-WINGED MAGPIE: 8.5/10
THE CROW: TBA/10
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