GOT - 802 - “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”: A Discussion

In a series of articles, we’ll be discussing our thoughts and opinions on each of the remaining SIX EPISODES, so without further ado, let’s get started discussing Game of Thrones 802!

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***SPOILERS AHEAD***

GOTA Knight of the Seven Kingdoms featured so many “smaller” conversational scenes. We’ve spent going on eight seasons with these characters and being able to see so many of them interact in Winterfell, before everything goes to ice hell, has been particularly great. It almost feels like we’re being coddled with the sweetness of it all, right before they ROAST US and kill off what is sure to be many of our favorite characters. ASDHASDLKAJSKAJ. We’ll be taking one interaction at a time and discussing as many as possible for this week’s discussion.

Jaime in Winterfell

Being allowed to stay + Apology to Bran

Prutha: Watching Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) talk to this court, made up of so many people he has harmed in prior seasons, I can’t fault the group for being hesitant about allowing him to stay. It was similar to the Trial of Lord Baelish (Aiden Gillen) and we all know how that one ended. Difference being, by disclosing Cersei’s (Lena Headey) plan to the Winterfell group, this is merely one of a handful of times that Jaime has ever done the right thing. Really glad we got to see Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) throw the, “The things we do for love,” line. Like, yeah, he pushed you from a tower window, you hold that grudge, Mr. Not-Bran. I do wish Jaime’s apology was a bit more drawn out, this has been something coming for full blown eight seasons in the making, after all. But with limited time left to finish up the entire season, it’s understandable that it wasn’t.

Kate: Jaime Lannister finally comes face to face with all the people he screwed over. It’s surprising how easily he got away with…. everything. Dany (Emilia Clarke) shows Jamie mercy and trusts the word of Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie). Seems very un-Dany like. Wouldn’t he normally get roasted for all that he’s done? But there are bigger, undead fish to fry in Winterfell, and Jamie had the good fortune of Brienne of Tarth standing up for him. My takeaway from this scene was less about Jamie, and more about how much the North respects Brienne, and rightfully so. This theme continues on in the episode, but we’ll get to that later.

Arya and Gendry

Prutha: I ship this Arya (Maisie Williams) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) ship. Also, please quickly note the bizarre situation this show has created. I had confirm that two weren’t related in any way before I decided whether or not to ship them. I may be here for this ship, however, I’m afraid for these two young ones. This episode really felt like they’re coddling us before they inevitably rip our hearts out.

Kate: Finally, a consensual sex scene between two unrelated people. We have arrived. I loved Arya’s power in this scene. She’s taking what she wants. This is also an interesting character development for Arya, as we have seen her grow so cold and focused on death. She allows herself to try to enjoy life, possibly her last chance.

Dany and Tyrion

Prutha: Hmm, we’re beginning to see a rift between the two. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) has been a loyal ally to Dany for quite some time and I think his role in how he goes about things will be interesting to see with Jaime having arrived in Winterfell. Tyrion does have a sort of weak spot for his family, as he’s still a Lannister, but Dany makes a fair point as well. How much longer can we expect to see Tyrion as Hand of the Queen for? Ultimately, I wouldn’t be mad if Tyrion ended up on the Iron Throne either, to be honest. He has always seemed like a reasonable enough person (by GOT standards at least).

Dany and Sansa

Prutha: The two may presently may be positioned “at odds with one another,” but I am SO excited for when they’re hopefully fully working together. Both of them have been through so much over the years, it’s amazing to see them just sitting and talking at a regular table with no dragons around! I think it was fair of Sansa to bring up who gets to control The North once the war is over, however, not sure if right now was precisely the correct time to do so. Dany may have gotten used to being able to get rid of anyone who stands in her way, and now, she can’t exactly do that. The living need all the living to help each other. It’ll be interesting to see how the next episodes unfold. At this point, I’m beginning to think I want Sansa on the Iron Throne over Dany. In terms of Dany’s vibe this season compared to how she’s been portrayed in prior seasons, not sure I totally like it...

Kate: Their entire interaction was a joy to watch. Two smart and determined women protecting their families and homes. This season is really showing off Daenerys’ shortcomings as a leader. She’s been able to amass an army, but how will she be as a diplomat? In contrast, Sansa is growing more and more into her role as the Lady of Winterfell. Is this going to brew into a larger conflict? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see who makes it out of next week’s battle with the White Walkers...

Theon’s return to Winterfell

Prutha: What a lovely scene that was! Theon (Alfie Allen) pledging himself to fight for Winterfell alongside the Starks was beautiful, I fear, once again: too beautiful. The camera kind of slowly rotated around Theon and Sansa, but focused on Theon’s face a bit too long perhaps and I couldn’t help but think, “Oh no. He’s going to die.” Frown face. If he dies, that’d be an honorable way to go, no?

Kate: Theon’s return to Winterfell and Sansa fully embracing him helped some of the constant panic I feel in anticipation of everything suddenly going to shit melt away for a few moments of relief. I’m glad Theon got to go back to fight for his home in Winterfell, but yeah… I do not have high hopes for his future next episode.

Wildlings and Night’s Watch return to Winterfell

Prutha: Winterfell is apparently this episode’s PLACE TO BE. I know it’s a high likelihood but I truly don’t want to see Winterfell totally fall after all this. GOT served up some great conversations between characters we haven’t seen interact in a rather long time!

Missandei and Grey Worm

Prutha: I love these two. Despite being from different geographical locations, Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) have unfortunately shared similar experiences. The hurtful sort of experiences. That, when they’re given the free choice to choose who they back, back Dany, has particularly been telling of Dany’s leadership. The fact that the two were discussing their “post-war future” with the grey bleakness of Winterfell surrounding them was particularly cute! Go on you two! Go to the beach, have a proper honeymoon, none of us will stop you. I just hope they make it out alive (of course).

Kate: I just…can’t care about this storyline anymore. Sorry? I’m glad they have come this far together, but let’s get back to the action.

Jon Tells Dany His True Name

Prutha: JON. DID YOU REALLY HAVE TO TELL HER THIS RIGHT NOW??? RIGHT NOW??? I wouldn’t be surprised if she murders you where you sleep. She won’t, but still. A lesser, uhh, opponent (?) would?? The timing was insane. Dany’s facial expressions throughout Jon’s (Kit Harrington) reveal literally had me nervous about how she’d react. PHEW. NERVOUS.

Kate: Of course Daenerys is more concerned with the claim to the Iron Throne than the hardcore incest that had been previously happening. (It is a pretty common theme with her family.)  It’s going to be interesting to see these two immediately battle the White Walkers as a team after that gigantic incest bomb.

Knights of the Roundtable - Strategy Talks

Prutha: So many different groups represented around this one round table, who would’ve thought we’d see the day, right? FOR ONCE, they all share the same overall goal and are banding together to defeat the Hu--, sorry, White Walkers. That’s a photo I wouldn’t mind framed over a fireplace one day, so neat!

Kate: This was one of my favorite scenes of the night. All of these weary warriors and their personalities gathered together before the night of their (maybe) final, (probably) fatal battle. The “love triangle” of Brienne, Jaime and Tormund is endlessly delightful. Give me that all day. And who knew Podrick had such a beautiful voice?

Ser Brienne of Tarth, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Prutha: By far the best moment of the episode for me, it makes sense the episode was titled for this. Brienne’s smile after she gets knighted, have you ever seen ANYONE that happy in all of GOT before? With all the doom and gloom talk, tearful smiles are a welcome sight. Carry on, Ser Brienne of Tarth, carry on. (Shout out to Jaime for knighting her too! Whoa, did I just say something positive about Jaime AGAIN?? Who am I??)

Kate: Brienne’s post-knighted smile will give me life to last through the 2020 Primaries. What a beautiful and powerful moment. We’ve all been rooting for Brienne the entire series, so this scene was eternally rewarding.  

By: Kate Ludewig (@katezor) & Prutha S. Patel (@pspatel)


Note: We may have missed discussing many scenes in this episode, these were merely some that stood out for us. By all means, do let us know if we missed your favorite(s)!