By Surabhi Pandey
The Night King is coming. The second episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 was a reflection of its audience – with the characters coming together and waiting. People who like each other and people who hate each other, all of them have gathered at Winterfell to anxiously anticipate the inevitable- The Night King and his army.
Also, no one dies.
Well, this week has been a heavy one, for me at least. what with so many things to handle and process at the same time! On Monday GOT aired and on Wednesday, Avengers Endgame came out in cinemas around the world and obviously I had to watch it.
It has been an emotional roller coaster ride with larger than life finales and the biggest sagas of television as well as cinema coming to life. While I am still digesting the Endgame (review coming out soon), I have managed to churn out a list of my favourite moments from “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms”. FYI: Spoilers ahead.
“I Swore An Oath To Fight For The Living”: Jaime Lannister
The episode begins with Jaime Lannister’s arrival at Winterfell. What I loved about the opening scene was the optimum use of wide shots to represent the tension felt at Winterfell’s courtroom.
Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen sitting side by side with John Snow still holding his “Warden of the North” position, Bran Stark in one corner with an unmissable “I-know-what-you-did” look and Jamie Lannister in the centre trying to explain his situation. For me, this scene, had three winning points:
When Bran quotes Sir Jamie from Season 1, “The things we do for love.”
When Jamie says, “I swore an oath to fight for the living and I intend to keep that promise.”
When Brienne of Tarth says, “Yes, Your Grace, I’d vouch for him.”
When Sansa And Theon Meet
Reunions have always been the high point of any GOT episode. I talked about some of my most favourite reunions in the premiere in my last GOT post. In episode two, the Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy reunion scene melted my heart. The dramatic parting of these characters in Season Six had set the scene for their emotional reunion in the finale.
They have an uneven history as Theon has betrayed the Starks several times but when he saved Sansa from the villainous Ramsay Bolton, he not only earned her forgiveness and respect but also managed to earn back the trust of Jon Snow.
I have seen Sansa reunite with her siblings in the past seasons, but I have never seen her cry. When she sees Theon and he says, “I want to fight for Winterfell, Lady Sansa. If you’ll have me,” she bursts into tears and hugs him.
The Last-Minute Confessions Of Love
By now we all know that the Arya-Gendry lovemaking scene is the most meme-d highlight from the episode. Amidst all the anxiousness while waiting for the great war, Arya approaches Gendry and they get intimate. Honestly, I still don’t know what to make of that scene yet. The more I think about how much little Arya has grown up, the older I feel.
While on the other side of the castle, there is a strangely awkward triangle between Jaime Lannister, Tormund and Lady Brienne. It is weirdly funny and kind of lightens up the mood for a bit!
Other memorable highlights of the episode were the knighthood of Lady Brienne and Jaime’s conversation with Bran where he apologises for what he was and thanks Bran for not exposing his ugly past.
The winner was, of course, the end scene when Jon Snow reveals his truth to Daenerys Targaryen when they are interrupted with war horns announcing the arrival of the Night King.