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Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones S08E03 – The Long Night

So, we got here. After seven-plus seasons, “The Long Night” came to Westeros. It was dark, it was gritty, it was confusing, it was emotional, and it was my favorite episode of Game Of Thrones to date. At least top-three.

Let’s just get this out of the way: I don’t care that it was dark. Apparently, something technical happened on HBO, but turn ya brightness up. It was fine on my TV. And I like the chaotic, unsettling feeling that it gave me. Because, from what I understand, that is war. And why do you want to see the face of Dothraki #9620? You could see all the faces that you needed to see. Anyway, that sucks for you if it took away your enjoyment of the episode. I was good.

-There was no “Previously on Game Of Thrones” or nothing. Just straight into the credits. LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO………….

-It starts with the montage of everyone walking around Winterfell, getting ready for the Night King and his squad. Sam being a punk ALREADY. Lyanna yellin’ at people. Tyrion and Bran have a look. What did Bran tell him when they were having storytime, that likely got cut short by this? Tyrion even says…..I’ll get to that later. The dragons make their appearance, while the Unsullied and the Dothraki are waiting, and it’s funny that THEY were the ones that had to go in the front, but we know what it is about. Edd knows damn well that Sam shouldn’t be out here, he ain’t built for this. Jon and Dany, Arya and Sansa, everyone is just waiting for something to happen. A horse comes out of nowhere, and Davos knew exactly who it was. Melisandre returns, as she said she would, does her little spell magic shit and BOOM, FIRE SWORDS. Melisandre would be great at housewarming parties. Shows up with flaming weapons. And she speaks to Grey Worm in his language, because of course, she is bilingual.

-She meets up with Davos and tells him that she’ll be dead before dawn, and she shoots Arya a look. They haven’t talked since Season 3 and wouldn’t you know, that shit comes back to be important. So much stuff has happened in this show that I’ve forgotten like 85% of it. Now, armed with their flaming swords, Jorah leads the Dothraki into the forest, and Ghost rides with them, I forgot he was still around. Anyway, they finally meet the wights and well, that didn’t go well for them at all. All the fire was extinguished, and Jorah rode back with a few dudes like, uhhhhhhhhhh, we’re in trouble, y’all. This shit is ominous, man. You can hear them coming, and after what just happened, I have no idea how half of them haven’t fainted yet. I’d be in that castle so damn fast, you’d have to kill me anyway. Oh, one dude did run away. That would be me. Anyway, they’re gettin’ rolled by the wights, but Dany, Jon and the dragons swoop into action and hit that Dracarys on ’em. Now, I feel like that should have happened a little earlier, but dramatic license and all. Also, Dany has never been a tactical genius and really, neither has Jon. But they got dragons, and that helps, at least for now. Anyway, it’s on and poppin’ now. A snowstorm blows through the place and that means the Night King gotta be around somewhere.

-Arya tells Sansa, if you get your ass on down to the crypts and take this knife, which Sansa doesn’t even know how to use. Meanwhile, Bran, Theon and the Ironborn are at the Tree of the Faces, and then it’s back to Sam, who I think manages to stab a wight, but then almost died and then Edd died tryna save him. Yep, that’s on you, buddy. Just take your ass down to the crypts, b. We won’t fault you. You were fine to go down there. We all know this ain’t you.

-Jon, still with his dragon’s beginner’s license, can’t stop flying the dragon into trees and runs into Dany, which makes sense because you’re not supposed to be able to see. On the battlefield, Lyanna yells to fall back and mufuckas is like, FINALLY, THIS SUCKS. They open the gates, and Grey Worm tells his boys to protect the retreat, which is noble of him, because the hell with that. These people don’t love us, bruh.

-Arya saves the Hound with an arrow to a wight that was chasing him, so they’re even now, for everything. And then the command is given to light the pointy trenches, which again, probably should have been lit a little earlier, but hey, what are ya gon’ do? But Melisandre, the real MVP, finally gets the trenches to light with her little spells and magic, and man, y’all should have never kicked her out of the fold. Or did she leave? I dunno, but dammit, she would have been good to have around. Dany looks down like, fuck is goin’ on down there, and does another flyby with the dragon, and they get to chill for a minute, go get some Powerade, have a cigarette, whatever you need. The Hound is like, you know what, this is bullshit and I’m out. He is NOT a fan of fire.

-Tyrion and Varys are down in the crypts and Tyrion says, hey, maybe we should be up there, we might see something everyone else is missing, and as I was getting to earlier…..what did Bran tell him about all this? Tyrion, while he has made some mistakes, is still arguably the smartest person on this show. You would think that Bran would have told him something that makes a difference. Maybe he told him about Jon and Dany? I dunno, and really, Tyrion needs to keep his ass in the crypts. But I do get what he is saying. And he did get down at the Battle of the Blackwater, but he did need to get saved by Pod. Anyway, Tyrion and Sansa talk, the first of many “are they gon’ hook up” moments in this episode. Sansa did say that Tyrion was the best of her husbands, which is like, the LOWEST of bars that anyone has to get over. Joffrey? Ramsay? Not a husband, but Littlefinger? Basically, Tyrion simply needs to not be a psychopath and he is good. But Sansa is like, the Dragon Queen wouldn’t be a fan of that and Missandei pipes up like, why you talkin’ about my girl like that, without her, y’all would have been DEAD DEAD. And Sansa is like, shit, she is gon’ run and tell Dany that.

-At the Face Tree (I’ll alternate between the two), Theon tries to apologize for being a fuckboy, and Bran basically says it’s all good and he’s home, but NAH. And then he’s like, I’m going to go now and Theon is like, huh, and BOOM, Raven Bran is in the house, squawkin’ and shit. They fly up on the Night King, who instructs the wights to basically lay on the fire and smother hit, and build a wight bridge to get through because why not, he can bring you back to life (or whatever it is) anytime he wants. Davos is like, you gotta be kiddin’ me. He just needs that on a cloak. He perpetually has that look on his face.  Jon is like, OH SHIT, HE GOT A DRAGON, TOO.

-So now, we have a dragon handicap match going on in the air, while the wights are storming the walls after smothering fire. And we are only 40 minutes in. I’ve already smoked half a pack of cigarettes in my head so far.

-Finally, the Unsullied come inside. Good grief.

-Gendry looks like he is going to have a panic attack, but he gets to fightin’. Sam even gets one. Jesus, there are SO FRIGGIN’ MANY OF THESE THINGS. At least four times during this battle, I thought it was over for the living. Sam gets saved AGAIN, and he oscillates between survival mode and punk mode. Bruh, just pick one. You’re pissing me off. Meanwhile, The Hound is actually having a panic attack and Arya comes through SWINGIN’, just rollin’ through these wights like nothing. Beric is like, yo, Hound, you gotta sac up.

-Lyanna meets Wight Wun-Wun, the big-ass giant from the wildlings, although there is no confirmation that it is him. He died in “The Battle of the Bastards“, but I’ma just assume that he got picked up the Night King and if he didn’t, meh, it’s Wight Wun-Wun. He comes through and crushes everything, while The Hound continues to be a Negative Nancy about the whole situation. Then Beric is like, look at Arya then, and switch back to Lyanna, who gets her soul crushed by Wight Wun-Wun, but not before she sticks him in his blue eye. Right now, pour somethin’ out for Lyanna. She did that so you ain’t have to go through that, shouts to Hov.

-The Night King comes out of nowhere to get the dragon handicap match started, and does just enough to be like, yeah, I got a dragon, bitch, what y’all wanna do?

-Then, for me, the best part of the episode. Arya is somewhere in the castle, sneaking around, using her degree, and I was a mess during this part. The suspense damn near gave me a conniption. Maisie Williams needs ALL of these awards for this episode.

-The people in the crypts know that some not-good shit is goin’ down upstairs and that it might not be long before it comes to them. Sansa keeps a straight face, which is probably the best thing she can do right now. But she’s seen ’em. Ain’t gon’ be good.

-Beric and The Hound, who finally snapped out of it because Arya is involved, saves her and they run away. Beric gets stabbed no less than 47 times, but sacrifices himself so that they can get away. I have no idea what the rules are in terms of how many times you can come back, I don’t even know how many times he has been brought back. But he did die like a G. But yo, could you leave us the flaming sword? That would be handy.

-Arya and the Hound make their way into a room and barricade it, and fuckin’ Melisandre creeps out of the shadows out of nowhere. Arya says that Melisandre said they would meet again, and that she would shut many eyes….brown eyes, green eyes, and blue eyes. Then she hits Arya with that “and what do we say to the God of Death”, and Arya responds with, “not today”, and just runs the fuck off, Hound be damned. So, again, I forgot about this, but Arya’s former teacher, Syrio Forel, used to say that to her back in the day, like Season 1. Turns out we don’t even know if Syrio Forel was actually killed by Meryn Trant. Arya just believed that he did it, so she killed him. I mean, I doubt they bring him back, but at this point, I’m never leaving anything off the table. In fact, I think it would make people mad, so I want it to happen.

-The wights reach the Tree of Faces and get to fightin’ Theon and his people, while the Night King and his dragon get to the castle and start messin’ that up. But Jon and Dany and the Night King is knocked off his dragon, which should have been the first clue that the Night King wasn’t shit. Jon gets knocked off his dragon, too, and both of them go down, but Dany still has hers, which should give her a huge advantage, right? So she flies over to the Night King to Dracarys his ass, and he’s on some “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” shit like, did you REALLY think that would work? Walked out that fire like the Terminator, and SMILED at Dany. But then, he missed that shot at her dragon, which he has done before. For whatever reason, he can’t seem to hit Drogon, going back to last season when she went to rescue Jon and they lost Viserion.

-The Night King started raising the dead and Jon is right in the middle of it, which is hilarious, because Jon KNOWS he can do this. But the people in the castle don’t, and Jaime, Sam, Grey Worm and everyone is like, OH COME ON THIS IS NOT FAIR. Wight Lyanna is about to be a PROBLEM. The Night King is kind of a punk, it’s like he is scared to shoot the fair one with Jon. But I mean, those who can do, right? This is war. And then Morris Day and the Time roll up to Winterfell to join the Night King, while the crypts start to break open with the dead. Now, I know that putting them in the crypts probably was stupid, but that being said, where else were they going to go? It’s not like you could put them on a Greyhound and send ’em, shoot, where would you even send them? I’m open to suggestions.

-Dany saves Jon by burning the wights surrounding him, so he can go into the castle. But then she does the most annoying thing in the episode. Why would you put the dragon on the ground, where the wights would get on him? So now, you might be down two dragons because Jon’s is fucked up, and yours looks like it is covered in fire ants. She gets thrown off and is about to get killed, but LORD FRIENDZONE TO THE RESCUE. I shit on Jorah a lot, but I respect him as a fighter and he gets busy. It doesn’t look good for Jaime, Brienne and company as they’re outnumbered so very bad, and Jon is runnin’ through the fight, killin’ things and he sees Sam almost die, but looks at him like, why the hell aren’t you down in the crypts anyway, and I don’t have time to save you.

-Theon runs out of arrows and goes on a killing spree at the Faces Tree, and it’s still middle fingers up to Theon Alouitious Greyjoy and everyone that loves him and he loves.

-Sansa and Tyrion have another moment as they hide and he kisses her hand, and I’m like, are y’all REALLY about to kiss NOW? It looks bleak for the crew as Jon almost gets burned by the Night Dragon, Jaime and Brienne are still gettin’ fucked it, Grey Worm is fightin’, Jorah and Dany get to swingin’ and I didn’t know Dany got down like that, and she is tryna help, but Jorah is gettin’ fucked up. The little girl from last week with the soup is downstairs and I guess she wasn’t Melisandre. Sansa is hiding. There is a lot going on right now.

-And the music starts. This might be the best musical piece of the series, from basically now to the very end. The way it goes with the action, again, more awards for everyone.

-Raven Bran is still hangin’ out, waiting for the Night King. Brienne, one-hand-ass Jaime and Pod manage to hold off two provinces full of wights against a wall. The Night King makes his slow walk up to Bran with his security detail, and I get excited because Theon’s about to get folded like a Rubik’s Cube. Bran snaps out of it and lies to Theon, telling him he is a good man, and no, the fuck he is not. But bruh, he didn’t even try, he more or less just ran into the Night King’s spear. Good. He deserved worse. So much worse. I wish the Night King brought Wight Ramsay back just to mess with Theon for a little bit more. BYE, BITCH.

-Jon, in the funniest part of the episode, tries to sneak up on the Night Dragon, which turns around and sees him and Jon is like, NOAP. He hides behind something and somehow avoids getting torched. Jorah is still fighting somehow, and he has been stabbed at least 14 times at this point. The Night King has been walking to Raven Bran for like, two hours now, but he finally gets there. Jon pulls off the second-funniest part of the episode as he gets fed all the way up, stands up, turns around, and YELLS IN THE DRAGON’S FACE. Is Jon the original “I wanna speak to your manager”? But he has done this before. Stood in front in Ramsay’s army. I’m sure he did some dumb shit like this in the Night’s Watch. He stays standing in front of danger doing dumb shit.

-The Night King slooooooooooooooooooowly reaches for his sword, while his Secret Service is like, aye, do y’all feel something? Arya comes flying out of nowhere, wearing what I can only assume are the most ninja of ninja shoes, but the Night King catches her with one hand by the neck. But she does the MJ switch-hands-in-mid-air joint (shouts to Blake Griffin’s tweet) and hits homeboy in the stomach with a dagger, and not only a dagger, a dagger that Raven Bran gave Arya. The dagger that his would-be assassin carried in Season 1. It went through some other hands, ended up with Littlefinger, who gave it back to Bran, who gave it to Arya. Did he know that she would need it to save his life? Shoot, probably. He’s Raven Bran. Dude knows everything. He doesn’t wanna tell anybody anything, but he knows, I guess. I dunno. Bran gets a solid C over. I feel like he could have done more. Now that this is all done, sit around a campfire that is basically burning bodies at this point, and just tell everyone everything.

-Anyway, Arya kills the Night King, and all the White Walkers and the wights and the Night Dragon and all ’em, everyone gone on some Avengers shit (I’m talking about Infinity War, relax). Everyone is standing around where they are, in a state of both WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY DID THEY STOP and THANK WHATEVER GOD YOU WANT, I’M SO TIRED. Jorah dies in Dany’s arms, and again, I respect it. He died serving her. That’s what he wanted, and that’s what he did. And her dragon lies down beside them like, WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME ON THE GROUND, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU.

-The Night King? I think Raven Bran will tell us what his deal is next week, I think it’s going to be a lot tamer. And I had a whole thing ready to go on how it relates to another death, a character on The Wire, which y’all know I think is still the best show ever (and it is). I won’t say who it is, because I still think everyone should watch it. But those who have, his death is reminiscent of a character there, who lasted most of the season and was taken out in the most unexpected way possible. Which is why it was good, because for the most part, these fools had no idea what to do with the Night King. He was on his way to a 100-point game, then his ACL exploded.

-Finally, Davos and the Hound watch Melisandre wander out in the slow, she sheds her clothes, turns into her old self and dies before dawn, just like she said she would. Yup, MVP. And don’t get it twisted, Arya was dope, but Melisandre was the push. Also, flaming swords and trenches. Had she not lit the trenches, shit would have been over way sooner.

I still don’t think I’ve done this episode justice. I don’t remember if or when I’ve ever been so gripped by an episode of television. My guesses are that we will see Cersei and her people next week, and the fifth episode will be another battle as Miguel Sapochnik, who directed this and all the other battles except for “Blackwater”. It’s either gon’ be Winterfell, King’s Landing, or somewhere between. Cersei and the Golden Company, and Euron and whoever, against Dany, Jon, whatever is left of Winterfell, 12 Unsullied, one fucked-up dragon, we don’t even know if the other dragon is alive, and you know that Theon’s sister is going to come out of nowhere and help them. Or she’ll take on Euron’s fleet, so water battle? Whatever, man. I’m here for it. All of it.

And special shouts to Black Twitter, because it was a PARTY on there on Sunday night.

And you can complain about it being dark or you can’t hear or smell or whatever, but savor it, because it’s going to be gone and you’re going to be sad.

Game Of Thrones S08E02 – A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms

“A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms” was a fine episode. It was pretty uplifting and everyone seemed to be fine with the impending doom that was coming. That is, until they go there. I think I liked it…..but I’m getting anxious. Let’s go….

Game Of Thrones A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms

-We open with Jaime standing in front of Dany, Sansa and Jon, and Dany tells him that her brother had plenty of stories about the Kingslayer, and what they would do to him when they found him. Man, Viserys wasn’t about to do anything to Jaime. Even if he was still alive and Jaime had one hand, I’m still giving a big advantage to Jaime, who says that he was also lied to by Cersei, and she got the Golden Company on the way to clean up any survivors remaining from the battle with the Night King and his squad. Tyrion tries to jump and Dany is like, nah, bruh, you were wrong the last time, go sit down somewhere. Sansa piles on Jaime, too, and I mean, for good reason. Jaime has been trash for most of the series, but I’m buying his redemption story WAY more than Reeky Theon.

-That being said, Jaime will screw them at some point. And it’ll be great.

-Anyway, keeping on, Jaime doesn’t regret any of what he did and at war, he would do it again. And Bran hit him with that, “the things we do for love”, and that shit was so good. I mean, it’s basically an open secret that Jaime and Cersei were getting down. And last week, I made a couple jokes about it that I stand by. But incest is like, eighth on the list of shit that these people need to worry about right now. Whatever, man, y’all can figure this out later, if you survive, which you probably won’t.

-Brienne jumps to Jaime’s defense, stating that Jaime did lose his hand tryna help her avoid rape, which I had forgotten about. And for the most part, Jaime did right by Brienne along their travels. Sansa trusts Brienne, so Jaime gets a vote. Jon is like, sure, we do need people to fight, one hand, one arm, whatever. So somehow, Dany gets out-voted, instead of just burning everyone up, which I feel was definitely on the table. But she isn’t happy and tells Tyrion to get his shit together or she’ll find a new Hand. I feel like, if I had to bet money, I’d bey on Tyrion to outlast Dany.

-Arya and Gendry meet as she asks about the weapon he is making her, but he is also busy with a buncha arrow/spear/knife things. She starts asking about the dead and what they smell like, and how they act, and Gendry is like, ehhhhh, I don’t know if you want those problems. He tries to persuade her to go down in the crypt, where it is safer, which I’m not exactly sure is true. Because really, where is safe from a walking army numbering like, I don’t know, thousands at this point? Oh, wait, and did we mention they were zombies? Not bitch-ass Walking Dead zombies, either. Zombies that can do stuff. Anyway, Arya says she is fighting, and throws three daggers with stunning accuracy, and she tells Gendry that she has also seen death. If you were paying attention, you know what was going to go down later between these two. Arya walked in and they might as well just blew a fan in Gendry’s face with “Halo” playing in the background.

-Bran was at the Tree with the Faces, and Jaime tries to apologize, but Bran was like, you weren’t then…..thanks, tips, of course he wasn’t sorry then. I think Jaime is sorry now, but he would 100% do it again. But Bran is also like, had you not done that, I’d still be Brandon Stark and Jaime is like, fuck is you talking about, who are you then? He sees just how weird Bran is now. I’ve kinda had it with this kid. Just tell me what the hell you see, what you want and what you want us to do.

-Jaime and Tyrion meet up and get spat at by some Northeners, which is fair because the Lannisters, well, the Lannisters. We did get confirmation from Jaime that Cersei is pregnant, which I believe a little bit more, because she has to give something to the Night King to keep him from killing her, unless she becomes Mrs. Night King, and that is a spinoff I’d watch. Also, I’m here for any scenes with Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. They are way up there on the list of acting duos I love watching in this show. Jaime walks about Brienne and Podrick, who can fight now, enough to teach other people. Sure. Jaime tells Brienne that he would be honored to fight under her, and goddammit, I can’t shake the feeling that Jaime is going to revert back to form and screw her over.

-Dany welcomes Jorah Friendzone into her chambers, and he actually rides for Tyrion staying on as the Hand. He is pulling out ALL the stops at this point now. Even Dany is like, that’s the job you should have, and you’re STILL advising me to keep him? Maybe he is just a really good guy who wants the best for Dany, and wants to see her flourish.

-Or maybe not, and he is gon’ get these jokes for the next, however long he lives, which won’t be long.

-Dany visits Sansa, and the two have a hashing-out of their issues. Sansa is like, you love my brother and you’re gon’ manipulate him. Dany is like, yeah, I roll with him, but I’m the one here bringing dragons to fight wars that I don’t have to, so who is being manipulated, which is so manipulative of Dany, I actually respect it. So they come to some sort of agreement on that, but Sansa is like, so hey, say we beat the dead and then manage to beat Cersei, then what? What about the North? WHAT ABOUT THE NORF NORF, DANY? Dany is like, well, I’ma be on the Iron Throne, and that’s basically all I got so far. Neither of them are amused. I’m lowkey having a ball because I would have never expected this from Sansa in Season 1, shoot, Season 2, hell, Season 5. She has come so far, to be so meek after everything that has happened to her (and make no mistake, no one in this show has suffered more than Sansa). She looked Dany in her eyes and mouth and was like, so you gon’ do right by us or what? But Dany gets saved by Reeky Theon and his bitch ass, bending the knee, wanting to fight, he gets a hug from Sansa and Dany is looking around like, am I going crazy or did this just happen?

-Fuck Theon Greyjoy, his family, his house and everyone that loves him.

-Davos is giving out soup and life advice, telling people that say they can’t fight, that they’re gon’ fight. Gilly shows up, or at least, makes an appearance because she has been at Winterfell since Sam got there, I think. A little girl wants to fight, and I think she has greyscale or she was burned, but Gilly is like, yeah, why don’t you go down to the crypts, little mama. It was cute. And again, if you can lift a weapon, shit, let’s go. Edd and Tormund and the squad return from the Last Hearth, and I don’t know if they have Uber VIP or what, but they got around the White Walkers QUICK. And you know what? I’m here for it. I haven’t given a damn about how much time has passed from episode to episode and I’ll be damned if I start caring now. Oh, and Tormund asks if the big woman was still here, which set up his objective for this episode.

-There is a big war meeting party with like, EVERYONE, tryna figure out what to do about the Night King. Bran says that he’ll come for him, and he’ll wait for him out by the Tree with the Faces. Theon says he’ll protect him and I hope the Night King tosses that mufucka up in the air like pizza dough and goes into a backbreaker. Also, Bran doesn’t even know if dragonfire stops the Night King because no one has ever tried, which is encouraging. Imagine if they trot the two dragons out and, providing they get past their dead brother, the Night King Mutumbos their fire the fuck outta here. Then they roll through Winterfell, through to King’s Landing and the last episode is just the Night King doing his taxes. I’m here for that.

-Man……I tried to like it. But it was by this point where I was done with the whole Tormund-Brienne thing. When he said, we’re all going to die, but then looks at Brienne and is like, at least we’re together, I rolled my eyes down the mufuckin’ street. Like, at least let’s be witty about this. No? Okay then. Also, because of this, I learned what “shipping” is in regards to television shows and that’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard this decade.

-Finally, Tyrion says to Bran, what is your deal? We ain’t got nothing but time and I need to hear this because dude, you’re weird. But the more information Tyrion gathers, the more he can use to figure out some sort of plan for the war. Smart.

-Missandei and Grey Worm make an appearance, and Grey Worm is like, yo, we’re going to fight this war, and then we’re getting the hell outta here because frankly, these white people don’t fuck with us like that. That little girl looked at Missandei like she wasn’t the poor one with dirt on her face. Fuck them kids, b. Grey Worm is like, we’ll protect your peaceful people, we can go where it’s warm, it’ll be great. But I’m not surprised by the racism. The writers for this show want to do a show on “what if the South had won the Civil War?”. So yeah, I’ll finish watching this show and then throw Weiss and Benioff in the bushes for eternity. Idiots.

-There is a theory that Missandei isn’t who she says she is. I’m not going to explain it, but it’s not that far off at all. I don’t wanna believe it, but I’m also here for chaos. Maybe I’ll explain next week, or ask me about it, because I know me and I’ll absolutely forget.

-ANYWAY, the fellas have a Night’s Watch reunion and Sam is like, I’ll fight, I was the first to kill a wight. If I’m not mistaken, he was the first one to even see one, hiding behind that rock while the White Walkers just walked past him. But he’ll be needed in the crypt or wherever people are going to be safe.

-More Tyrion and Jaime, and Jaime, if I’m not mistaken, says out loud for the first time that he was sleeping with his sister. And he said it to his brother, which I find even more funny. Brienne and Pod join them, followed by Tormund and Davos. And then Tormund tells a story about killing a giant when he was 10, then climbed into bed with the giant’s wife, and ended up breastfeeding for three months. I’m not going to devote too much time to this, I don’t feel like they have executed the plot well. But it was a fun scene, showed everyone having a bit of fun before everyone dies in the next 2-3 episodes. I’m not pressed about it, though. Gotta kill time somewhere.

-Arya meets up with the Hound and I feel like, if they survive the war, they’re going to end up killing each other. Beric Dondarrion shows up and Arya is like, I’m out. She has better things to do, like get her weapon from Gendry, which is like, a shorter version of Donatello’s staff with a blade on the end. Then Arya is like, have you had the secks before and how many times and you wanna know what, I wanna do it, let’s do it. And they did it. I do respect that she did it on her own terms, which is very different from most of the female characters in this show. I gloss over the sex parts in this show because one, there has been a lot of it, two, I just wanna see mufuckas get to fighting, and three, the internet is a thing and we can see all of these, literally, whenever we want. Also, people don’t know how to act when it comes to sex and end up saying some fuck shit, and I don’t have time for that.

-This was the best part of the episode. Tyrion points out that everyone in the room has fought the Starks and here they are, fighting for Winterfell. Brienne says some shit about fighting with honor, and Tormund is perplexed that Brienne isn’t a knight yet, and that if he were king, he would knight her 10 times over because apparently the writers are 12 years old. But he does bring up a good point: why shouldn’t Brienne be a knight? Because she is a woman? In his words, fuck traditions. Brienne is probably one of the top 3-5 warriors outchea in these Westeros streets. So Jaime, who is a knight, although you’d think that they would have taken it away for any number of reasons, knights her. She cries, and I might have a little. She deserves that shit. But also, she is going to die.

-Jorah is talking to Lyanna Mormont, saying that she should go down to the crypts, but forgive him, Lord Friendzone is new and does NOT know how Lyanna gets down. After she kyboshed the shit out of that plan, Sam gives Jorah his family sword, Heartsbane, because his father, Jeor, helped out Sam a lot in the Night’s Watch. Also, Jorah needs to fight and I’m pretty sure Sam was like, I can’t lift this thing.

-Pod sings a song for the crew, it’s called “Jenny and the Oldstones”, which they mentioned in the books. We get a montage of everyone getting ready, Grey Worm and Missandei, Sansa and Theon, a buncha people. Stuff and things. And then Dany goes down to the crypts, where Jon is standing by Lyanna Stark’s statue or tomb or whatever you want to call it. Dany is like, hey, I’ve heard about her and Jon is like, oh, you don’t know the truth truth? Your brother didn’t rape her, they loved each other, Lyanna gave their bastard child to Ned, oh, and that bastard child is me. SURPRISE!

-It is telling that Dany’s first reaction was like, so, if this shit is true, it is actually you who has the claim to the Iron Throne, and you can see the fury in her eyes. And she should be mad. She has worked so hard to get to this point, just to think that it could all be for naught? That being said, Jon doesn’t even want the Iron Throne. He didn’t even want to be the King of the North. He didn’t want to be the leader of the Night’s Watch. Jon is like, what can I do that has the least amount of responsibility and where y’all will stop promoting me in these jobs? But I feel like the Mad King side of Dany is going to come out and she’s gon’ do something stupid. We’ve seen her angry side many times before. Just harness that shit until after this war thing is over, and then y’all can come out with a plan. I don’t even know why Jon told her, like, right now. I mean, tell her eventually, but right now, minds need to be focused.

-Oh, and finally, the Night King and his well-coiffed crew of soldiers roll up to Winterfell. Them mufuckas got fresh perms to destroy and absorb souls with. All of ’em look like they could be in a DJ Quik video from the mid-to-late ’90s.

-No Cersei or Euron this week, I feel like we’ll start with them, or Cersei, at least. Just a quick check-in. And I’m still waiting for Melisandre, since Gendry told Arya about the leeches and the royal blood and such.

And that was that. I do get that they had to make this a lighter episode with all of the destruction that is on the horizon. And it was fine. I think the Brienne/Tormund shit was really heavy-handed, but people like it, I guess. Which is funny because I didn’t mind it in real time. But on the rewatch, yeah, NOT GREAT, BOB (I had to use it again, I misused it last week. Shouts to Mad Men).

Anyway, the good stuff kicks off next week. The next four episodes are between 78 and 82 minutes, and I’m prepared to be mentally exhausted by the end of it. Miguel Sapochink will be directing this and the fifth episode. If you didn’t know, he also directed “Hardhome“, aka the White Walker Massacre, and “The Battle of The Bastards“. He also did “The Winds Of Winter“, where Cersei was outchea blowing up churches. So needless to say, he does violence very well.

Game Of Thrones S8E01 – Winterfell

Hi there. It has been a minute since we last got together for these recaps. The site will probably be retired after this, as Game Of Thrones seems like the last show that is event television: you simply have to watch it in real time with the rest of us. Season 8 kicks off with “Winterfell”, an episode of reunions, and one massive revelation that has been waiting in the wings since August 2017. Let’s go…..

-First of all, the new title sequence was fantastic. Showing the path south through Westeros from the point of view of the oncoming White Walkers is a huge hint about what this season is going to be: death and destruction at the hands of the Night King, Zombie Viserion and the rest of the squad. Had no idea what the Last Hearth was, had to look it up. Obviously, Winterfell is there, complete with the crypts. Then it is off to King’s Landing, and apparently for the first time ever, we see the Iron Throne in the credits. It’s also kinda funny that the sigil above the Throne belongs to the Lannisters, as Cersei is Queen for now. However, Tyrion probably has a better shot and if you listen to the theories, he might not even……you wanna know what? We’ll get to that at some point this season.

-Also, take a closer look at the gold carvings during the title sequence. Viserion fuckin’ up the Wall is there. A lion (Lannister) looking at a person, who is holding a wolf’s head; shouts to the Red Wedding. But the best one is the last one: I think there are four dragons flying through the sky? And also, before the credits finish, you see the lion (Lannister), wolf (Stark) and dragon (Targaryen) surrounding the Thrones title. However, what about the deer or elk or whatever the shit that is? It’s the Baratheon sigil. Technically, Cersei is still a Baratheon. However, Gendry came back late last season to help steal a wight to bring back to Cersei (which is still one of the greatest, yet absolutely fucking ridiculous, things to happen on this show). So, that house will still have something to say.

-Squad up, as Dany, Jon, Tyrion, Varys and the Targaryen army roll through Winterfell. Arya spots Jon, so that’s about to go down. The kid running to get a better look at the army reminds you of Arya trying to get a better view of her father’s execution in Season 1. There are going to be a whole gang of callbacks to earlier seasons, so get to rewatching. Or, be like me and let other people on the internet figure it out for you. Shouts to Tyrion for making a testicles joke to Varys like, within his first 10 lines. Jon says something to Dany like, the North doesn’t trust outsiders, but then the other two dragons swoop in and really, the North doesn’t have to trust Dany. But they will obey for three reasons: Jon fucks with her (LITERALLY), and two big-ass dragons. Ask the Tarly fellas how that worked out for them. And of course, we will get to that later. Arya is PSYCHED by the dragons, like, yo, I’ma need to get on one of those.

-Family reunion time! Jon sees Bran and tries to be sweet, and Bran is like, we ain’t got time for this shit, b. I could have sworn that Dany and Sansa have met before, but I guess not. Bran is like, y’all are not fuckin’ listening to me, Night King comin’, and he got one of your dragons, doesn’t he? STOP MESSIN’ AROUND. While Bran is super awkward, I’m really here for him tryna expedite the process. Sansa sends Lord Umber up to Last Hearth to get his peoples, because they need all of the help. Lyanna goes at Jon for leaving Winterfell, and as much as I like her, this whole scene was kinda meh. We all know the North is going to ride with Dany, Jon and her dragons. And if not, she’ll just, I dunno, DRAGONS. Although it was pretty good when Sansa asked Dany what they eat, and Dany was like, whatever they want. Keep being smart, Sansa, and get your horses flambeed.

-Tyrion talks to Sansa, because I forgot they were married, or were due to be married, or something of that nature. But neither of them should be even alive, and have gone through a lot to be there. They respect each other, and like Sansa said, they both survived. But Sansa also calls Tyrion out for believing that Cersei will send the Lannister army to help them, and she has every right to think that. Bran creepily looks at Tyrion, but Bran does that to everyone.

-Jon and Arya meet at the Tree with the Faces. Four Stark kids for the first time since Season 1, Episode 2, I think. Well, three Stark kids. Well, two Stark kids? You wanna know what, Sansa is the only one I’m confident is still a Stark. Arya calls Sansa the smartest person that she has ever known and Jon is like, ehhhhhhhh, that doesn’t sound right. Sansa has been very smart to survive all the shit she has been through. However, I feel like she is going to make a terrible mistake and I hope that I’m wrong.

-Qyburn tells Cersei that the dead has broken through the Wall and she’s like, cool. She got her squad as Euron Greyjoy returns with the Golden Company, which consists of 20,000 soldiers and 2,000 horses. However, there are no elephants and Cersei isn’t pleased. I feel like that could come into play…..but ultimately, Cersei just really likes elephants. Which is fine. Elephants are great. Shit might come in handy against the dead. But hilariously, Cersei still ain’t shook by the dead. Also, Euron has captured Yara, setting up some wild, wild fuckery that makes me angry I have to even write about.

-Euron is like, yo, I brought your army, no elephants, though……when you gon’ let me smash? And actually, that is still better than what Euron says. What a trashbag. And Theon is going to get to kill him, too. Good friggin’ grief.

-Bronn is in a brothel, as Bronn tends to do. But Qyburn interrupts, first to say that the pox is going to take one of his ladies within a year and Bronn is like, which one, likely to put her last on the sex list (he’ll still do it though). She wants Bronn to kill Tyrion and Jaime with the crossbow Tyrion used to kill her father. Literally, the only people that don’t want to kill Bronn? Honestly, I don’t think he does it. I think he has a look, I think he gets a chance, but I don’t think he does it, no matter how loyal Bronn is to this money.

-Cersei and Euron apparently do the thing, and I see people on the internet talkin’ about, oh my goodness, Cersei is drinking while she is pregnant!!!!! First, I bet she isn’t pregnant. Second, You go ahead and tell Cersei that she can’t drink wine. What in the world is her hangover cure? They could pay off the Iron Bank just from those sales. And finally, listen……the incest, yo. The IN to the CEST. The wine might actually help ward that off.

-Alright, here we go. Theon turns into the new James Bond, kills a bunch of people on a boat and rescues Yara, who headbutts him and they’re all good. Word? WORD? Are you kidding me? Nah, b. Not doing this. He is going to go to Winterfell and help the Starks, and I’m going to be so mad when they try and make Theon not a piece of garbage. NOAP. Not here for it. I want the worst death in the show to be his.

-Davos suggests to Tyrion and Varys that Jon and Dany get married if they survive the Night King. I’m in. All incest, all the time. I’ll only watch the GoT prequels if they are solely about incest. Meanwhile, Dany wonders how much Sansa respects her, but then turns her attention to the dragons, who aren’t eating. They’re in this cold, they miss their brother, life is hard for dragons, bruh. But hey, let’s teach Jon how to ride one.

-Also, shouts to people complaining that the CGI didn’t look right. I hate people so much. We’re the worst.

-INCEST KISS WITH DRAGONS WATCHING? GIVE ME FIVE MORE EPISODES OF THIS, PLEASE.

-The Hound and Arya reconvene, and Arya clarifies that she didn’t just leave him to die, she also robbed him. Details, folks. Details. Also, Gendry and Arya are going to hook up and we don’t have time for that.

-Sansa and Jon are getting rejections for more help, and Sansa is all hung up on this King In The North shit, and Jon is like, YO WE DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS RIGHT NOW, WE NEED THESE DRAGONS! But Sansa does ask Jon if he bent the knee to Dany because he loves her, or because of the North. Of course, we don’t get the answer, but we all know what the deal is.

-Dany visits Samwell Tarly, who helped Ser Jorah Friendzone get rid of the greyscale on his arm. Dany gives him props, but casually mentions that she may have, you know, ABSOLUTELY DID, kill his father and his brother for not bowing down. Sam leaves, and he’s pretty broken up about it, but if I remember correctly, his family didn’t even like him. His father definitely didn’t, I can’t remember about his brother. He runs out, sees Bran, who is just sitting there, being friggin’ weird. He tells Sam that he needs to tell Jon the truth about his parentage and Sam is like, ehhhhh, you’re his brother. But Sam is actually closer to Jon, and he finds him down in the crypts of Winterfell, standing in front of Ned’s statue. Here we go…….

-Sam starts wildin’, asking Jon if he knew that Dany killed his pops and brother. Sam obviously isn’t happy, and blurts out that Jon is actually Aegon Targaryen, son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, the true King and all that jazz. It’s a lot to take in for Jon, and I mean, Sam definitely could have told him a little more gently. But I think once the shock wears off for Jon, they can deal with this. Preferably, in the next episode. But a whole bunch of problems could come from this. Like, the incest isn’t even in the top seven or eight things they have to deal with from the fallout of this.

-Tormund and Beric Dondarrion are at Last Hearth, and they run into Edd, who was one of Jon’s boys from the Night’s Watch. They then find Ned Umber, who was sent to evacuate the spot, but it didn’t work out for him. He is nailed to a wall, surrounded by severed limbs, which are patterned like something we saw……ummmmm, it was back a few seasons, before we even really see the White Walkers or any of ’em. Back then, the pattern was made by the legs of horses. This time, it’s human arms. Then, Ned reanimates into a wight and Beric stabs him with the flaming sword. It was pretty good. Some good screaming went down. Now, the mission is to get to Winterfell before the Night King does. That’s going to take some moving by the boys.

-And then, Jaime shows up at Winterfell, and BOOM! He sees Bran for the first time since he threw him out of the window in the series premiere, or the second episode, whatever episode Jaime and Cersei were caught engaging in, um, familial relations? I’m running out of ways to say “incest” already. Not good, Bob. Now THAT is going to be an interesting conversation.

-That was a great episode to return to. I know people wanted them to get right back to it, but next week’s episode is five minutes longer and then the final four episodes will be around 80 minutes each. Don’t worry, they have enough time to answer the important questions. If I had to guess, I would say that the Battle of Winterfell will be episode 3, but hell, I could absolutely be wrong. We still have a couple people to catch up to. Melisandre is still kickin’ around somewhere, giving birth to shadows and not explaining ANY of it.

All I know is that I’m so ready for these next five weeks. Let’s get it.

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