Episode Review: Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

Before I begin I am putting a spoiler warning into effect. If you haven’t seen the newest episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 then I suggest you stop reading now and go watch it. You have been warned.

So last night was the season premiere of Season 8 for Game of Thrones and a lot happened.

I’m not going to analyze it 100%, picking out every inch of what happened. There are plenty of videos and posts about that.

What I’m looking to do is give a summary of events, and just fill in any questions that you might have. The post shouldn’t be too long, but hopefully it’ll help you understand things a bit better and give some thoughts and theories as to what I think is going to happen.

First off, we start the season with Jon, Daenerys, and their huge ass armies marching into Winterfell. This is very reminiscent of the start of Season 1, when Robert and his armies marched into Winterfell.

This was the first of many call backs to earlier seasons, and it was nice to see them. It makes the story sort of cyclical which is nice.

Having a chance to see the sheer number of Unsullied sort of made me wonder if it were possible for the Night King to stand a chance. I mean you give the greatest army in the world some dragonglass weapons, they should be fine right?

I don’t think it will be that simple. I’m not sure how yet, but I think that we will see the Night King pull out some trump cards like mammoths or polar bears that’ll even out his odds.

As Jon and Daenerys enter Winterfell, we get to see him seeing Bran again, but we also get to see Danny and Sansa meet for the first time, and boy oh boy are the sparks real!

You could cut the tension between the two with a knife. I love it. It’s pretty clear that Sansa is not a big fan of Danny. She hates her because Jon bent the knee, and now that she’s smarter and better than Littlefinger was, she trusts nobody but herself and maybe her family members.

I think that Danny wants to like Sansa, but Sansa doesn’t want to give her the time of day. Will this lead to some issues for the armies of the living down the road? Or will it be resolved somehow, maybe with Sansa saving Danny or vice versa?


 

Next we got Jon and Arya’s reunion, and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t even think about how this was going to go, but I am not disappointed. Jon still sees her as a little girl who wants to be a knight, to an extent, but also knows that she has seen some shit and been put through the ringer. It’s the ultimate big bro moment for him and Arya, and I love the two of them comparing swords.

“Have you had to use it?”

“Once or twice”

Like Arya, you could probably kick his ass while looking like anyone you want. I’m glad the two of them had their reunion though, because I don’t think we will get to see the two of them together too much until closer to the end of the season, if at all. Their stories don’t really overlap that much with what’s left to do. I mean Jon has a few loose ends he needs to tie up, and Arya doesn’t really have a set path yet, but I would like to see the two of them fight a few guys together.


 

Let’s head south for a bit and talk about Theon and Yara. I had kind of forgot that Theon went to save his sister, and was a little disappointed with his rescue mission. I mean I’m happy Theon saved her, and I loved that they didn’t say a word to each other as Yara head butted him and then they left.

Yara decided she was going to go to the Iron Islands to take it back since her uncle left, and she brings up a good point. They need a place to go if the Night King wins. Somewhere where he can’t reach.

I think it’s a good idea, but I don’t think it’ll work. I think the Night King is strong enough that he would either freeze the waters and walk over it, or pull a Pirate’s of the Carribean and have his zombies walk on the ocean floor. Either way I think it’ll turn into Yara coming to her senses and marching her troops over to help, maybe at the last minute to help save the day, but who knows.

I am glad Theon decided he wanted to help the Starks out. I think he beats himself up and blames himself for what happened to them, and he wants to pay them back. I don’t think he’s to blame for too much. He was young, naïve, and I don’t think he felt like he had a place in the world, so he tried to carve his own path, which didn’t work out the way he intended it to.


 

The Golden Company came in to play in this episode, though I am extremely disappointed we didn’t get to see any elephants. Damn dragons taking up too much of the budget. How terrifying would an ice elephant be, though we’ve had a mammoth so I guess maybe not as cool as that.

They didn’t do much in this episode, but they are obviously an important part of the season if they were introduced this heavily, it’s just a matter of what their role will be. I have a hunch they might betray Cersei and follow Melisandre, but we haven’t seen any hint of that yet. They might just be the army we get to see fight against the North and their allies once they have dealt with the Night King. The Golden Company is probably the one “character” I don’t have a good prediction for because I think they are just too new right now.


Cersei hired the Golden Company, and that was basically it for her role this episode. She had a little bit of horizontal tango time with Euron, who really wants to give her a baby, but other than that, she didn’t do a hell of a lot, but she is somehow still fucking evil and I love it. I hate Cersei so much, but you can’t deny that she is a terrific character.

Back to the horizontal tango. This is a lot more of a comparison to the Cersei in the books. Book Cersei sleeps with a lot of different men for different reasons, because she believes that is her only weapon. We haven’t seen a lot of it in the show, but it was a nice reference to her book self that worked wonderfully solidifying the alliance with Euron and his ships.


peaking of gold though, the magnificent Bronn makes his appearance, and with three naked prostitutes to boot. I’m not surprised, if anything I’m surprised he doesn’t have more.

What’s interesting to me is that he was given a job of sorts from Qyburn. He tells Bronn that should either of the two Lannister brothers survive the exploits in the north, that Bronn needs to kill them, and if he does he will get chests upon chests of gold and a lordship. Bronn can get everything he has always wanted.

This is interesting for two reasons.

  1. This clearly shows that Cersei is over Jaime. She’s given up on him and labelled him as a traitor, which is a huge milestone for their relationship. I’m not sure if she is just mad at him, or she genuinely hates him now, but it is clear she is okay with Jaime being killed.
  2. This offers Bronn an interesting decision. Does he kill his arguably two best friends. Two men who have made him rich and powerful, or does he let them live and choose not to kill them. It seems to me like he’s going to choose not to kill them, but thinking this is making me wonder if maybe he does. Maybe he chooses to shoot one of them. It seems like the obvious choice is to save his friends, so what if he killed them? It seem’s like it’s exactly what’s not going to happen, that it just might happen.

Jon is probably a lot of people’s favourite character, and in this episode he embraced that title, because he basically took his role and Danny’s role and put them into one. Danny didn’t do a lot on her own, she was very much a support character.

She did kiss Jon though and I am convinced that Drogon can tell they are related.

Tyrion, Varys, and Davos think Jon and Danny make a good couple, and they should join the houses once the war is over, but the audience knows why that idea is a big no no.

Jon takes his first ride on Rhaegal, and he is absolutely terrified of the entire experience. I think he would rather fight the Night King before doing that again, but I think we will see him on Rhaegal’s back again before the season is over.

Now obviously Jon is going to have an important role to play in the coming war, because he is the one that understands what is coming. He has seen the army of the dead multiple times, and he knows how terrifying it is and he is just doing his best to make sure the living continue to survive.

Now we all knew that Jon was the true heir to the Iron Throne, being Prince Aegon VI Targaryen, but Jon finally finds out from Sam, and is rattled. He doesn’t really know what to say or how to react. At first he is a little angry at Sam because he believed the most honourable man he knew, his dad, would never keep a secret like this, but Sam points out it was an honourable thing to do, because he was looked down upon by everyone who thought Jon was his bastard, but the whole time Ned knew the truth of Jon.

It was a bit heartbreaking, but I don’t think we will get to discover the after effects of this knowledge for at least a few episodes because the battle of Winterfell is coming and that is much more important than any personal problems people bring up. Sansa does bring up a good point though. Did Jon bend the knee because he wanted to save the North, or because he loved Danny?

Also, on a side note, it was really sad seeing Sam find out about his family members being dead from Daenerys.


Arya, who has become one of my favourite characters throughout the show, meets up with The Hound and Gendry again, and I love how proud The Hound is of how she turned out. I think he sees a little bit of himself in Arya, and it’s really funny because he’s this hard cold type of person.

I am curious as to what she wanted Gendry to make for her though. I didn’t get a good look if it, but it seems to be some sort of launcher? We will see what Gendry can make of it, though I’m sure he won’t have a problem making it for her.


Jaime also makes it to Winterfell, and I’m glad he did because I think he’s going to have an important role to play when it comes to the defences against the army of the dead.

What I’m curious to see is how he is with Danny and Bran. They are two people who Jaime really screwed over in some way, so I’m interested to see how those issues are resolved, though Bran seems to be okay with what has happened since he was pushed from the window and became a cripple.


Now comes the part I am most excited about. Tormud and Beric. They survived the attack on the wall, which I am thrilled about, but when they discovered the Umber Castle had been attacked, and Lord Umber pinned to the wall with the White Walker symbol around him.

This made me wonder a few things. Could the white walkers be running from something worse? Could there be something on the other side of the wall that’s worse than the white walkers, and it’s causing them to flee south?

The reason I think this is because their symbol has eight arms, and if you consider the white walkers as their own kingdom, that would make a total of eight kingdoms.

Now there may not be a different big baddies that they all need to team up against, but it was an idea I had come to mind.

I think that the Night King’s purpose is to destroy all magic. Since he was made from magic, maybe magic is the only thing that can stop him.

Now that Westeros is filled with different magical users, the white walkers and the Night King are on a warpath to destroy it all before it destroys them.


What do you think will happen this season? Who’s your favourite character, and do you think they’ll make it to the end or not? Let me know in the comments. 

Quote of the Day: The World of Ice and Fire

It’s that time of the week you have all been waiting for. That’s right, it’s FRIDAY’S QUOTE OF THE DAY!!!!!

This week I’ve got an extra special surprise for you though. That’s right, you guessed it… THREE QUOTES.

I know, I know. “Wow three quotes in one day? What did I do to deserve that?”

Well truth be told I feel rather generous today so I thought I’d share it with everyone. Hope you enjoy folks!

“IT IS SAID with truth that every building is constructed stone by stone, and the same may be said of knowledge, extracted and compiled by many learned men, each of whom builds upon the works of those who preceded him. What one of them does not know is known to another, and little remains truly unknown if one seeks far enough.” 
― George R.R. Martin, The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

George has a lot of great quotes, in all of his books, but this one hits the nail right on the head. Knowledge is a powerful thing, but just because you don’t know something doesn’t mean your dumb. Einstein didn’t know everything. I’m sure there are plenty of things I know that Einstein didn’t, you just have to realize that everyone is different and everyone knows different things.

“No man can say with certainty what the future may hold. But perhaps, in knowing what has already transpired, we can all do our part to avoid the mistakes of our forebears, to emulate their successes, and to create a world more harmonious for our children and their children, for generations to come.”
― George R.R. Martin, The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

There’s something special about a quote that applies to the book and the real world. BUT this is basically just “Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it but way fancier. It’s still a really inspiring quote though.

Book Review: The World of Ice & Fire

This is a little known book in the world of Westeros, and I figured I would give it its moment of fame this week before Season 8 of Game of Thrones comes out this weekend. 

Rating: ★★★★☆

Author: George R.R. Martin

I’m a big fan of history, as you probably know by now, and I’m an even bigger fan of fantasy book series, which you should know by now and if you don’t then you do now.

The World of Ice & Fire was a perfect combination of both worlds because it’s an annotated history of the Game of Thrones world that I’ve fallen in love with since reading the books and watching the shows.

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That’s one great thing that Martin has done with his Song of Ice & Fire world. He has built it up so well and so perfectly that you could probably make stories for years to come, just based on information that has already been written.

He’s created the history of these kingdoms and their stories that The World of Ice & Fire can feel like you’re reading a real history book sometimes.

If you want to pick this one up, don’t expect much of a “story”. It reads a lot like a history book. Each of the major houses in Westeros are written about, showing their history since their founding basically, with a few major events highlited for each.

Most of the names in the book one will be one’s you’ve heard before, but only the more dedicated fans will know how everything connects together. Just watching the shows and then reading this might make you a bit confused, but you can definitely do it.

Probably about half of the books gives a brief overview of what each of the Targaryen kings during their reigns. Since there has been so many it sort of glances over each of them and their more notable events, with the more important ones getting more pages than the less important ones.

The other half of the book is about the major houses’ histories, and the history of some of the other cities and countries in the world that you may have heard of at some point.

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It talks about white walkers, the first people in Westeros, some major battles, Old Valyria, Robert’s Rebellion, and everything in between. It’s a nice little book to read if you’re big into trying to predict theories for upcoming books or episodes.

What I really love about the book, and what really made me enjoy the experience of reading it is the beautiful artwork inside. Almost every page has some illustration on it, and some pages there’s nothing but.

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It almost feels like what I imagine the history books of Westeros to look like, which is a little added bonus I really enjoy. It’s really a piece of art, and if you want to consider yourself a Game of Thrones nerd you definitely need to give it a read.

I don’t really know what else to say. It’s a history book of the entire world, so there’s not even moments I’d want to point out that really stood out to me because that’s not the type of book it is, and I don’t think that was the intent of it.

The intent wasn’t to tell a story, the intent of the book was to help create the story that was already being told. I think that’s the case with all of the supplemental Game of Thrones materials.

They aren’t made to tell their own stories, they’re ment to tell the complete story of A Song of Ice and Fire, which they are all only an aspect of.

Next week I’m going to be taking a look at another Game of Thrones related book, but I’m not going to spoil it just yet. 

I would love to hear what you guys are most excited for in the upcoming season though. Let me know in the comments!