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.

Tiger Tiger Woods Y’all.

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