Darkness in Winterfell
Prutha: The episode opened with funerals for Jorah (Iain Glen), Theon (Alfie Allen) and the many soldiers lost in the Battle of Winterfell. These scenes reminded me how we’ve rarely had much time to pause for farewell scenes like this. There may no longer be a looming threat of The Night King (or his army) anymore but wow, things remain bleak. It is indeed a long night.
Kate: Even though a lot of our favs were spared last week, this opening scene served as a reminder that many did not survive the battle. What is left of the Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) army? It’s hard to imagine this beleaguered crew getting anywhere close to turning around and defeating Cersei (Lena Headey) and her well-rested Golden troops.
Prutha: The directness of the question Dany asks Gendry (Joe Dempsey) about his lineage: Yikes. I thought we were about to get into some more trouble there. GOT loves blaming the descendants for their forefathers’ choices and actions. Dany’s choice of making Gendry, Lord Baratheon of Storm’s End is a quick way to make our favorite blacksmith into an ally. “A fitting reward for a hero.” Agreed!
Kate: Daenerys is realizing how alone and unliked she is at Winterfell, and makes a smooth power move here by gaining an ally in Gendry Baratheon. I wasn’t sure how Dany would react to another “challenger” to her throne, but happy our humble Gendry is catching a break. Is this the end of his story for us?
Prutha: Still the best part of the season for me has been seeing all these characters, who’ve pretty much been operating in their own storylines, finally start to interact. This feels like the most frequent conversations we’ve seen on this show thus far. They gotta wrap up many storylines, so it makes sense.
Kate: As much as I loved seeing everyone interact and celebrate together, I thought the Winner’s Feast highlighted how truly alone Daenerys is at Winterfell. Everyone huddling around Jon and celebrating, I could sense Dany starting to lose her shit a little bit. Her claim to the throne seems to be getting weaker, hence why she’s so eager to quickly get on everyone’s good side.
“To Arya Stark, the Hero of Winterfell!”
Prutha: Yes, DANY. LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN KING’S LANDING!! You can’t see me but I’m raised my glass too.
Kate: I stan Arya Stark forever. Please don’t die, Arya.
Prutha: The smile being wiped away from Tormund’s (Kristofer Hivju) face, awww. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) are so dissimilar but this has felt like a long time coming. Easy to think there are many Tormund fans out there who aren’t thrilled with this development. All the heartache later in the ep when Brienne asks Jaime to stay with her and not go to Cersei. At the same time, I can appreciate Jaime deciding to do the right thing. It’s nice to see him realize the many errors of his ways. Think on your sins, Ser Jaime.
Kate: This series’ favorite love triangle was finally put to bed this week. Sorry, Tormund, but at least you have Ghost to cuddle with now. There have been some interpretations of Jaime peacing out to go to King’s Landing that suggest he is going to fight FOR Cersei, not against. I’m still optimistic that Jaime is going to do the right thing… otherwise, what would his literal entire character arc be for if he just returns to Cersei’s side as her incestual lap dog? Crossing my fingers and toes for a Jamie/Arya dual Queen-slaying.
Sansa/The Hound - “Without Littlefinger, Ramsey and all the rest, I would’ve stayed a little bird.”
Prutha: As Dany puts it later in the episode, Sansa (Sophie Turner) isn’t the girl Jon (Kit Harrington) grew up with, nor is she the Sansa we saw back in the first season...
Kate: This scene sat weird with me. Sansa didn’t become who she is because of her trauma, she grew into the powerful bad-ass leader babe DESPITE it. She went through hell more than once and is still standing upright, still cares for her family, her home and the people of the North. The strength of a woman!
Prutha: GENDRY LOVES ARYA?! THAT WAS SO CUTE. I CANNOT. Good on Arya for telling him her response to all that up front like that. I can’t recall how old they’re supposed to be that was pretty mature of her. I really hope she’s heading to King’s Landing. Can we get some fancy assassin knife work for Cersei next?
Kate: Oh Gendry, you foolish lover. Arya Stark is not a Lady, as she put it herself. She’s got work to do down in King’s Landing.
Prutha: Me, literally the entire time with these two - Please don’t. DO NOT. DO. NOT. I can understand Dany’s hesitancy to let the news of Jon’s lineage spread but I don’t really like how it didn’t take all that long for GOT to get right back into the human fight. I suppose I really enjoyed the idea of it being a unified front of humans on one side and the White Walkers on the other. We’ve seen the humans fight many times before, you know?
Round Table - Revisited
Prutha: What a stark difference to the round table/war strategy talks of the prior episodes. The glow of the room is gone!
The Last of the Starks (meet) - “We don’t trust your queen.”
Prutha: Arya pointing out that the four of them (herself, Sansa, Arya and Bran) are the “last of the Starks” to then have Not-Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) say, “It’s your choice,” got me so agitated. NOT-BRAN, CAN YOU JUST NOT??? THIS ONE TIME. About time they all found out the truth. I’m now curious to see what Sansa does with this information.
Prutha: I have a love/hate thing going for Bronn (Jerome Flynn). LAME - He killed a dragon, but he’s also getting a YAY from me for being correct to point out how all the houses on GOT probably started with a cut throat. *Insert Emma-Stone-Easy A-oooo- Burn* gif. I especially loved that he was talking to some Lannisters too. For years we hated the vast majority of the Lannisters!
Prutha: Classic GOT turn of events. For three episodes I’d been lulled into “the warm and fuzzies” and now we’ve got the new mad uncle, Euron (Pilou Asbaek), full on taking a dragon down and totally tearing through whole ships. Somebody kill him. Somebody kill HIM. He has done too much damage already. Dany only has one dragon left after this. UGH.
Prutha: Did you notice the incredibly faint smile in Dany’s rage after Cersei has Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) beheaded? She wants this fight. I want this fight. We all want this fight. SO FIGHT. DRACARYS.
Among the many brilliant quotes of the night:
”We have won the Great War, now we will win the Final War.” - Dany Targaryen
“If a handful of people know, it’s no longer a secret, it’s information.” - Varys
“She’s hateful and so am I.” - Jaime Lannister
Sam and Gilly must be protected at all costs. But preferably AWAY from situations where someone needs to basically sacrifice themself to save either of them. Enough of that now.
10000% sick of the Starks’ direwolves being left behind. New movement: NO DIREWOLF LEFT BEHIND. My heart can’t take it anymore.
Greyworm and Missandei smiling to each other - GASP, GOT LET MORE PEOPLE SMILE! Btu of course that was short lived. Cersei deserves exactly what’s coming her way.
Varys, why u so slimy dude??
LOL @ Tyrion continuing to just walk around as if Cersei isn’t 2 seconds away from killing him where he stands. She never liked you, Tyrion, you’re walking a very fine line. It’s so ridiculous. Omg.
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)!