The second episode in the “Game of Thrones” finale season, with a teleplay written by Bryan Cogman, drops tonight. The episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” has apparently been leaked early because of something Amazon Prime may or may not have done. In Germany, on the streaming service, this eighth season episode went live early. Because of it going live early, the episode has since been taken down.
With the season premiere having premiered only seven days ago, this instalment of the series brings us one step closer to a deathly winter like none Winterfell or Westeros as previously seen. They “are all [probably] going to die but at least [they] will die together.” Because “Game of Thrones” is one of those shows were no one is safe, it is possible none of the heroes and or villains will make it to the closing credits for the series finale.
Facing the End in Different Ways
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) discovers what it’s like to lay with a man, Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is knighted and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) tells Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) the truth about his heritage.
An Unexpected Visitor
When Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) makes his appearance at Winterfell, it is evident many of the people there are uncomfortable with his arrival. We should not forget Jaime is the person that killed Daenerys’ father. Even if Daenerys has resigned herself as to who and what her father was, it does to completely remove the sting of her father’s killer being in her presence.
Best Laid Plans
With Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) having made several mistakes, Daenerys’ patience is wearing thin. Despite the Queen being fond of Tyrion and having much respect for his abilities, many of his plans have not been brought to a successful fruition. Is Tyrion’s intelligence both his strength and his weakness? When some people think they are the smartest person in the room, they have a tendency to overestimate their intelligence. It is his pride which will see his fall.
The Heart wants what the Heart wants
Brienne is a warrior, but it is evident she has come to develop feelings of love for a certain individual. Where or not that person has any inkling Brienne feels the way she does remains unknown. When Jaime does not insult as she expects, Brienne seems suspicious of his intent. When will the insult drop? It doesn’t. “I am not the fighter I used to be,” Jaime said. Brienne sees Jaime’s sincerity is genuine and is therefore finds it shocking.
An Olive Branch of Piece
Did you see how Daenerys comes to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)? The moment has an olive-branch-like feel to it. From the way Sansa presents herself, even though it seems very little bothers her, there are moments when one thinks she is flustered. An obvious commonality between the two women is that they both love Jon. Is Daenerys trying to make piece with Sansa? Is Sansa willing to accept Daenerys as her queen? It does not look like either of the women have arrived at those points.
Sansa’s life experiences have shown her to not give individuals a second chance. She has been deceived too many times. Sansa possibly sees Daenerys as her father’s daughter. Is Daenerys a tyrant? Is she power hungry? Is she exactly like her father?
The War Council
In the war council scene, there is more going on than first meets the eye. The most important aspect of this scene is clearly the lay of the land and what each person’s real intentions are moving forwards. What are their plans? What are their expectations? Once we understand these aspects, we know what we’re looking at. The battle may not go according to plan. It is therefore imperative people understand what everyone in the room believed would happen. Are their expectations, concerns and hopes realistic?
A paragon of virtue
Brienne is a paragon of virtue. She has always been true to her word. She has never faltered in the face of batter. She is more of a knight than any of her male counterparts. When Jaime knights her, it is the validation Brienne has been seeking for many years, if not her entire life. Furthermore, it is recognition from Jamie. This is significant for Brienne. Even though she has hid her feels for Jamie from him, the television audience can see them clearly.
The Quiet Before the Storm
“The Rightful Queen” is the calm before the storm. “If only we were trapped in a castle in the middle of winter with nowhere to go,” Tyrion said. In most shows, during their finale season, there is always at least one episode where the main characters reflect on their accomplishments. Each person faces the end in different ways. This is that episode for “Game of Thrones.” Inclusive of Tyrion, Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Brienne and Jaime, they reminisce over past glories. When Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) sings, I cannot help but be reminded of the song Pippin (Billy Boyd) sings in the Great Hall at Minas Tirith in the 2003 Peter Jackson directed “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”