Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 1 [Season Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

A part of the new intro featuring the Iron Throne.
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It’s a large reunion episode which seemingly will precede the heartbreak you expect from Game of Thrones.


Network
HBO
HBODirector(s) David Nutter
Writer(s) Dave Hill
Air Date 4/14/2019

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Meanwhile In King’s Landing: Cersei, Yara, Theonn, Euron, Qyburn, Bronn

Cersei is trash. She hasn’t sent a ship or soldier to the north and is strictly prepping for whatever the results may be. However, while she might be waiting for the results of what happens with the walkers, when it comes to her brothers, she isn’t waiting to see if they live or die. Through Qyburn, she sends Bronn to assassinate her brothers. A task he seemingly may take up for, after all, Bronn goes where the money is, and neither Jamie nor Tyrion are filling his pockets anymore.

As for Euron? Well, he gets what he wants in having Cersei and her verdict? Well, he was fun. Perhaps not the best, but certainly better than her late husband. Now, whether he was better than Jaime? Well, you know Euron asks, but Cersei just asks if he wants to die. Though, with Theonn rescuing Yara and them heading north, who knows whether he may care about that or just courting Cersei?

The North Remembers & Distrusts All Outsiders: Sansa, Tyrion, Jon, Daenerys, Arya, Bran, Lyanna

Lyanna speaking for the people about their displeasure.
Lyanna: We named you King in the North.

Jon’s return comes with Daenerys and Tyrion, and that taints the Stark family reunion. Mostly because Jon reveals he has bent the knee and with Tyrion following that with the Lannister army coming, Stark bannermen are pissed. Lyanna, in particular, speaks out and this causes friction that isn’t healed this episode.

But even outside the court of bannermen, Jon doesn’t find much in the way of allies. Bran remains aloof to the point of frustrations, and Sansa just continues Lyanna’s speech, but in private. Making the only welcome family reunion being between Jon and Arya. Thus allowing, for a moment, us to be reminded Arya is a teenager, maybe early into her adult years, and despite all she has been through, there is some ability left to smile.

However, with her reconciliation with Sansa, and an alliance of sorts, it seems she, more gently than the rest, disapproves of what Jon did. Not to imply she doesn’t get it, but with her not interested in the politics of Winterfell, she doesn’t want to be involved.

The Night King Is Coming, So We Have To Come Together: Jon, Sam, Daenerys, Tormund

Daenerys flirting with Jon.
Daenerys: So keep your queen warm.

Daenerys feeling isolated would be an understatement, but at the very least she doesn’t feel her life is threatened. Thus she walks around a bit, takes in Winterfell, and even speaks to some people. One being Sam who she thanks for helping Jorah before revealing she ordered the death of his father and brother. Which puts a damper on things.

However, the bigger issue might be that Jon and Daenerys are secretly a thing. On top of that, the dragons are warming up to him, and he seems like he might be falling in love, as is she. Which makes Sam revealing he is Aegon Targaryen a bit shocking. However, rather than address that he deals with Ned not telling him while he was alive.

And as all that happens Tormund discovers the Night King’s army is getting closer. Perhaps only a day or two away from Winterfell.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

Arya teasing Gendry.
Arya: You don’t know any other rich girls.
  1. Gendry and Arya would make a nice couple right? Assuming she is even into the idea of dating.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Respect is how the young keep us at a distance, so we don’t remind them of an unpleasant truth. [what is that?] Nothing lasts.

  • Varys and Tyrion

Highlights

The Stark Reunions

While not every reunion was met with open arms and possible tears, each one reminded you of how far each character came. Be it Arya reuniting with Genry or The Hound, or with her brother Jon. We got reminded how, as much as Sansa deserves credit for surviving as long as she did, Arya’s journey has made her develop survival skills as well. It’s just in what Arya had to learn in killing Sansa had to in politics.

Hence her reunion with Tyrion being bittersweet in a way. He was one of her early mentors, perhaps one of the few kind to her in King’s Landing, and yet her ego precedes her. Though, let’s not discount faith in people, when it comes to her, has often been wasted and even when it comes to family, her trust is likely limited. It isn’t like most of her family was nowhere to be found for most of her adult life, and now they’ve shown up just as things have begun to settle down.

Cersei Being Cersei

Cersei drinking, while pregnant, after sex with Euron.

What would Cersei be if she wasn’t a character you loved to hate? One who would rather assassinate her brothers than ever admit she was wrong or go through the tough conversations Sansa is having with her own brother? Yet, lest we forget, unlike the Stark family, women in the Lannister family were never treated as equals. Cersei was always more cunning, more socially adept, heartless even, yet what position was she given beyond wife? A trading piece rather than a player.

So can you blame her for wanting to rule alone? Maybe have Euron replace Jaime so that carnal desired is fulfilled in case that itch ever needs a scratch? Plus, considering he is bold, though not necessarily charming, he makes for someone fun to play with – until she grows bored.

On The Fence

The Curse of Being A Violent Show Without A Violent Episode

One of Daenerys' dragons looking on as she and Jon make out.

One of Game of Thrones issues throughout the years is that with the show being known more so for its sex and violence than touching moments like this episode had, it makes the absence of the graphic a disappointment. Especially with this being the final season yet you know these reunions are necessary. It reminds you of all every stands to lose and how many relationships will likely end with one or the other becoming part of the Night King’s army.

Daenerys & Sansa Don’t Know How To Make Friends Do They?

While you have to enjoy the sarcasm, wit, or what have you, of Daenerys and Sansa, I don’t think either realize how much danger they’re in for being stubborn. Daenerys’ family has a sordid reputation, and the dragons likely feel more like a scare tactic than anything else. So while her keeping to herself, letting Tyrion or Jon speak on her behalf is smart, she’d be wise to show herself as benevolent than an extension of the Mad King. Particularly if Sam decides to mouth off about what happened to his family.

As for Sansa, considering she killed Littlefinger, you’d think she’d take note of people who could provide a similar service without a selfish agenda. But, then again, maybe we overestimate Sansa’s cunning? For while there is this desire to see her as a Cersei in the making, she is forging her own path. One in which she doesn’t really keep her enemies close or keep an eye on them, she figures out a way to kill them. An idea which may seem smart, in the short term, but each person she kills creates a power vacuum and people who may want revenge. And while Littlefinger had no one and the Bolton family is no more, considering the deals they made, the bannermen they had, who knows what could happen.

But she is the one who survived multiple husbands and other men whose lust she used against them so what do I know?

Bran

While I get his wisdom will surely help in the long run, if he dies, I won’t shed a tear. I might even be glad since, while I don’t hate Bran, he is smug in such a way that doesn’t push you to want to see him live. If anything, you just want him to live long enough to serve his purpose, and that’s it.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 8, Episode 6 “The Iron Throne” [Series Finale]Game of Thrones’ finale isn’t bad, it’s just disappointing. Even when you consider some of the fan service and one devious character.
Director(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Writer(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Air Date 5/19/2019
  • The Death Of A Queen: Daenerys, Jon, Tyrion, Grey Worm
  • The Manipulation Of Fools: Greyworm, Sansa, Arya, Yara, Tyrion, Bran, Samwell, Jon
  • A Dream of Spring: Jon, Arya, Sansa, Brienne, Bronn, Bran, Davos, Tormund, Greyworm, Samwell
Season 8, Episode 5 "The Bells"Daenerys gets her war against Cersei, and in the process, she comes off far more dangerous than the Night King and his army ever were.
Director(s) Miguel Sapochnik
Writer(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Air Date 5/12/2019
  • One Last Chance: Tyrion, Varys, Daenerys, Ser Davos, Jamie, Jon
  • The Massacre At King’s Landing: Daenerys, Cersei, The Hound, Jon, Euron, Jamie
  • The Reign Of The Mad Queen: Daenerys, Arya, Jon, Greyworm
Season 8, Episode 4 “The Last of the Starks”Like many episodes of Game of Thrones, more time is spent on the build than combat. However, after what Cersei did… I just… I want her dead.
Director(s) David Nutter
Writer(s) David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Air Date 5/5/2019
  • What To Do When One Of The Greatest Threats Are Killed?: Gendry, Arya, Daenerys, Jon, Sansa, Bron, Bran, Jamie, Tyrion, Varys, Clegene
  • Prepping For What’s Next: Daenerys, Sansa, Tyrion, Varys, Jon, Tormund, Samwell, Gilly, Euron
  • One Last Chance To Avoid War: Cersei, Missandei, Daenerys, Qyburn, Tyrion, Greyworm
Season 8, Episode 3 “The Long Night”While nearly every major character lives (depending on how you define major), that doesn’t take away from how epic The Battle of Winterfell was.
Director(s) Miguel Sapochnik
Writer(s) David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Air Date 4/28/2019
  • When All Seemed Lost
  • The Boss B****
Season 8, Episode 2 “The Rightful Queen”The reunions continue as Jamie reunited with friends, families, and former foes before the white walkers attack – in the next episode.
Director(s) David Nutter
Writer(s) Bryan Cogman
Air Date 4/21/2019
  • Hello Friends, Family, Those Who’d Want Me Killed: Jamie, Daenerys, Brienne, Sansa, Bran, Jon
  • Trust Is Earned & Easily Lost: Daenerys, Jon, Sansa, Tyrion, Jamie, Bran, Theonn
  • As We Wait: Arya, Gendry, Brienne, Jamie, Lyanna. Jorah, Samwell, Jon, Daenerys, Tormund
Season 8, Episode 1 "Winterfell"A part of the new intro featuring the Iron Throne.

It’s a large reunion episode which seemingly will precede the heartbreak you expect from Game of Thrones.
Director(s) David Nutter
Writer(s) Dave Hill
Air Date 4/14/2019
  • Meanwhile In King’s Landing: Cersei, Yara, Theonn, Euron, Qyburn, Bronn
  • The North Remembers & Distrusts All Outsiders: Sansa, Tyrion, Jon, Daenerys, Arya, Bran, Lyanna
  • The Night King Is Coming, So We Have To Come Together:Jon, Sam, Daenerys, Tormund
Season 4/ Episode 1 “Two Swords”The show returns with many having distrust in each other, with most of it naturally warranted.
Season 4/ Episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose”With the war for King’s Landing, seemingly, over, all eyes are on the wedding.
Season 4/ Episode 3 “Breaker of Chains”With Joffrey’s death, and many on their way to claim the throne, there becomes a question of whether peace will ever enter Westeros and stay?
Season 4/ Episode 4 “Oathkeeper”As things cool down after Joffrey’s wedding, many are ready to build up to the next big event.
Season 4/ Episode 6 “The Laws of Gods and Men”After two or three somber episodes, we get a taste of what made this show popular, and promises of resurgence.
Season 4/ Episode 7 “Mockingbird”New alliances are formed, others strengthened, but being this is Game of Thrones there is always someone willing, and ready, to backstab.
Season 4/ Episode 8 “The Mountain and the Viper”In another emotionally draining episode, we get quite a performance from many of the actors, as we mark another character’s death.
Season 4/ Episode 9 “The Watchers on the Wall”The Wildlings, and allies, have made it to the wall and for the entire episode we are left wondering who is going to die.
Season 4/ Episode 10 “The Children”Welcome to the end of an era, and the start of something likely less stable.
Season 5/ Episode 1 “The Wars to Come”Game of Thrones makes its return and, as always, while men scramble for position, women look toward the future for their place and power.Director: Michael Slovis
Writer:
 David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Topic 1: It’s All Show And Politics – Cersei, Margaery, and Sansa

Topic 2: The Future Of Our World – Tyrion, Lord Varys & Daenerys

Topic 3: Bend the Knee – Jon Snow & Stannis Baratheon (Featuring Mance Rayder)

Season 5/ Episode 2 “The House of Black and White”The major female characters of the show are featured this episode, and we see their frustrations when it comes to either seeking vengeance, or ruling their empires.Director: Michael Slovis
Writer:
 David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Topic 1: The Rise of Jon Stark – Jon Snow

Topic 2: Vengence and Loyalty – Arya, Brienne, and Ellaria

Topic 3: The Crown Is Heavy, Especially When Women Rule – Cersei & Daenerys

Season 5/ Episode 3 “High Sparrow”The episode contains our first noteworthy death, though with the situation Sansa, Arya and Cersei face, perhaps 3 deaths happen. Though their deaths are not of the physical.
Season 5/ Episode 4 “Sons of Harpy”As some speak of war, and others prep for angered family members, two more possible deaths lead you to question if one character may ever stand a chance to ascend to the Iron Throne.
Season 5/ Episode 5 “Kill the Boy”With Daenerys dealing with the mass rebellion, and the various leaders within the north prepping for the future of the region, it truly seems like everyone is prepping for the worse and beginning negotiations with fate through concessions.
Season 5/ Episode 6 “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”As Arya progresses, and Sansa and Tyrion regress, Cersei seemingly has all but started a war with House Tyrell.
Season 5/ Episode 7 “The Gift”The things people will do for love is an ongoing theme. Though, as always with Game of Thrones, mentions of love never solely deal with the love of another person. No, love and this show is almost always about power and for many it is the continued pursuit of it, or the longing for the power they once had.
Season 5/ Episode 8 “Hardhome”If most of the season has been building to something, it must have been this episode. For once more Jon Snow brings the action to the series, as he meets up with the free folk on their turf. Though, I should note, it isn’t them he squares off with, but the dreaded White Walkers. Meanwhile, Arya continues to grow under the darkness of the many faced god, Cersei becomes quite humbled by her situation, and Tyrion has many conversations with Daenerys about their future together.
Season 5/ Episode 9 “The Dance of Dragons”When it comes to being saved, often the first ones spoken on are the women and the children. In the world of Game of Thrones however, they usually are last. And while we have seen many a woman suffer rape and other moments in which their autonomy and dignity have been destroyed, it seems to be the children’s turn. Well, with a few exceptions.
Season 5/ Episode 10 “Mother’s Mercy”As the season comes to a close, a few things have become apparent. The first, and most glaring, is that the way woman suffer will always be more graphic and degrading, in comparison to the men; the second being, to invest too much in heroes maybe a waste for, as said in The Dark Knight, “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain;” and lastly, while there is always a need to differentiate, or make something your own, arguably the decisions of the Game of Thrones writers surely help push the idea that HBO might be better producing soft-core porn, with a side of gratuitous violence, than anything else really.
Season 6/ Episode 1 “The Red Woman”Game of Thrones returns in all its brutally violent glory with one battle and betrayal after another.
Season 6/ Episode 2 “Home”It is believed that when a plant is dying you must prune off the dead clippings in order to get new life. Well, it seems with a handful of more deaths Game of Thrones is preparing to bring new life to the show. Though, of course, what is death without renewed life?
Season 6/ Episode 3 “Oathbreaker”A few steps forward and a few steps back. Progress in the world of Westeros is a tricky thing. Some use power and unsavory means to push their agendas, others try diplomacy, and yet no matter the strategy there is never a guarantee for you never know how someone may react. Much less, what card, though often times body, they have standing behind a locked door.
Season 6/ Episode 4 “Book of the Stranger”While one could complain about the massive amount of characters killed off more so on whim than with fervor, what else can you do with a show which holds a lot of fat. So with an episode presenting a more tighter, a more focused storyline, perhaps all the past complaints came without vision. Well, if you want to be an optimistic that is.
Season 6/ Episode 5 “The Door”With us reaching the halfway point of the season, comes the beginning of everyone revealing their plans and leaving us wondering who will have their major battle showcased likely between episode 7 and 9. Though while many are planning, one finds themselves retreating.
Season 6/ Episode 6 “Blood of My Blood”After a rather action-packed and traumatic episode, Game of Thrones decides to premiere a rather mundane episode with little in the way of shocks and surprises, even when it comes to Arya and Margaery.
Season 6/ Episode 7 “The Broken Man”With a tease of death, the return of a familiar face, and the buildup to the remaining Starks taking Winterfell back, Cersei and the High Sparrow, and Jamie against the Blackfish, the episode rebounds from the mundane nature of the last one.
Season 6/ Episode 9 “Battle of the Bastards”The Battle of Bastards certainly doesn’t disappoint, but neither does Daenerys’ retaliation against the masters. Overall, just prepare for blood, guts, and gore.Daenerys | Jon Snow | Sansa | Tyrion | Theon | Yara
Season 6/ Episode 8 “No One”With such a long history between many characters, and backstabbing happening as is seen fit, it is sometimes hard to know who is on whose side. Something which gets the slightest bit more complicated as some go, return, and sometimes even say goodbye.Arya | Daenerys | Tyrion | Blackfish | Edmure | The Hound | Cersei
Season 6/ Episode 10 “The Winds of Winter”There is just so much that happens here. Most of which is jaw drop worthy in both beautiful and horrible ways.
Season 1/ Episode 1 "Iron From Ice" (TellTale Games' Game of Thrones)TellTale Games acquires a new property, and it is the ever great Game of Thrones. One which they treat with more vigor than past titles, but seemingly the same amount of respect for its creators by maintaining the tone and expectations.
Season 1/ Episode 2 "The Lost Lords" (TellTale Games' Game of Thrones)“The Lost Lords” continues to deliver an experience which highlights why TellTale Games is deserving of its recognition and why you can only hope your favorite program will one day become a game made by them.
Season 1/ Episode 3 "The Sword in the Darkness" (TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones)The focus of the episode is the Forrester family humbling itself, each character learning when to submit to another’s authority, and not burning any bridges for it may impede the willingness of potential allies.
Season 1/ Episode 4 "Sons of Winter" (TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones)While the show may be a mixed bag, TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones reminds you of how much the series could lead to stiffen necks as you lean toward your screen and with more quick time events than before, perhaps you should expect a cramp in your fingers.
Season 1/ Episode 5 "A Nest of Vipers" (TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones)All has been setup for the finale: Your attempts at politics with Mira; you trying to find some secret grove with Gared; Asher trying to convince newly freed slaves to join him, and those at Ironrath trying to buy time. It isn’t the end of the journey, but it doesn’t seem many decisions are left to be made. Something which becomes increasingly worrisome as the episode ends with one less ally, which may mean more than you might initially realize.
Season 1/ Episode 6 "The Ice Dragon" (TellTale Games’ Game of Thrones)And so the journey ends with either your nobility or your survival. It’s all your decision. Will you be aggressive or political, betray others or face a possible ill fate, and how far will you go for the survival of what Lord Gregor held dear?
Season 7/ Episode 1 “Dragonstone”Game of Thrones remains perhaps the only show which can be more than 3 seasons in and still entertain its audience.
Season 7/ Episode 2 “Stormborn”As everyone tries to gather allies, we are reminded it is not the number of allies but the quality of generals and soldiers that win battles.
Season 7/ Episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice”A long time coming reunion, another unfortunate death, and two of the biggest characters on the show coming face to face. We’re coming toward the end of the series and they are finding ways to up the ante. Leaving this fan to wonder, how epic could the series finale be?
Season 7/ Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”The Stark reunion is nearly complete and with growing closer to Daenerys comes Jon Snow having his first opportunity to influence her decisions. Leading to her making herself known to Jamie personally.
Season 7/ Episode 5 “Eastwatch”A slew of reunions come about and only three lead to smiling faces. The rest lead you to believe someone is going to die.
Season 7/ Episode 6 “Beyond the Wall”All I can say is, considering what happens this episode, I don’t think Daenerys nor Cersei will have time to battle for the Iron Throne. Especially with the Night King now having a trump card.
Season 7/ Episode 7 “The Dragon and the Wolf”While there are no epic battles and only one significant death, the 7th season finale of Game of Thrones finds a way to make things business as usual in some areas and up the ante in others.

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