Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 2 “The Rightful Queen” – Recap (with Spoilers)

The ominous end of the episode noting the major battle is coming.
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The reunions continue as Jamie reunited with friends, families, and former foes before the white walkers attack.


Network
HBO
Director(s) David Nutter
Writer(s) Bryan Cogman
Air Date 4/21/2019

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Hello Friends, Family, Those Who’d Want Me Killed: Jamie, Daenerys, Brienne, Sansa, Bran, Jon

With Jamie in Winterfell comes many issues. The biggest one being Daenerys in his presence for with him being the one who ended her family’s dynasty, he is the enemy. Yet, all around her, she finds people forgiving the man. He is responsible, one way or another, for many Starks dying, and yet Sansa forgives, Bran doesn’t snitch, Jon is ready to move on, and Brienne vouches for him. Even Tyrion speaks for him, and with the reveal Cersei isn’t sending anyone, just prepping to kill who is left, Daenerys feels out of step with everyone around her.

Trust Is Earned & Easily Lost: Daenerys, Jon, Sansa, Tyrion, Jamie, Bran, Theonn

Daenerys countering that Jon has manipulated her, not the other way around.
Daenerys: Who manipulated who?

Hence why she feels the need to speak to Sansa since, even if there seemed to be an issue between them, it was believed they were on the same page. However, a few things keep them at odds. At first, it was the idea Jon was being manipulated by love. However, with Daenerys reminding Sansa she wants to be the queen of the seven kingdoms, and yet she fights in Winterfell, so comes the reminder she is the one manipulated by love. Leading to the next issue of Jon being warden of the North and not king, and the north wanting freedom from bending the knee. A topic which leaves her and Sansa at an impasse.

Yet, with watching Sansa forgive, even include embracing Theonn, who Jon may or may not have told her about, comes the realization that perhaps the Stark family is too forgiving. Heck, maybe like Tyrion there is some intelligence there, but their emotions get the better of them. Something that has only happened to Daenerys when it came to Khal and Jon since she had no family to create a weakness. So while Tyrion’s lapse maybe forgiven, there is a question left with viewers about how Daenerys may deal with Jon’s eventual reveal. Which, considering the crown is all she has lived for, could lead Daenerys to do something destructive.

Daenerys aside, and Jon’s distance from her, Jamie and Bran have a moment in which it is asked why didn’t he snitch? To which Bran, as he does nowadays, gives vague answers which may or may not make sense in time. At this point though, it seems Bran is operating on the idea everything happens for a reason, so he has decided to let what happened go.

As We Wait: Arya, Gendry, Brienne, Jamie, Lyanna. Jorah, Samwell, Jon, Daenerys, Tormund

To get it out the way, Jon reveals to Daenerys he is Aegon, and so comes the realization he is ahead of her for the throne. Which doesn’t lead to him saying he doesn’t want it or anything to reassure her. So, the question of whether Jon Snow may die again, but by Daenerys’ hands, seems possible. After all, she has shown signs of her father’s madness.

Their drama aside, with it being the eve before battle many try to get their house in order and bond one last time with old friends. Jamie, for example, requests to fight under Brienne and, during the night, knights her. Tormund, unfortunately, while present for this all, and supportive, doesn’t make a move. Yet, one could argue Brienne may not be totally disgusted by him. Her stuttering applies there could be some interest but her life making flirting and such foreign.

Arya after she put Gendry to sleep.

Which isn’t the case for Arya. Her and Gendry not only continue their back and forth but she becomes his 4th and he becomes her 1st. And based on how she looks after, as he is sound asleep, it is hard to say how she really felt about that. But, as some drink, have sex, flirt, others worry about more crucial things. Such as Jorah and Lyanna fighting over her wanting to be in the battle and the future of their house. Also, there is Samwell trying to figure if he should fight or be with the women and children in the crypts.

But with the Night King’s captains within sight of spotters, the bickering ends for the battle is about to begin.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

That’s what death is, isn’t it?: Forgetting. Being forgotten.
— Samwell

Highlights

So Many Emotional High Points

With only 6 episodes and at least two major battles, one for the Night King and the other against Cersei, so comes the question of who is going to die? With such emotional moments like Theonn and Sansa reuniting, and sharing their final moments of peace together paired with Arya and Gendry having sex, is this the act of Black Widows? Considering Brienne is knighted by Jamie, does this mean she will die with the honor denied to her most of her life?

Heck, considering Podrick is now just really getting good, and he is one of the people who saved Tyrion, will this mean he’ll die honorable protecting him or Brienne? OH! Also, Tormund is starting to be less shy and make a move. So will he sacrifice himself and maybe get a kiss before death? Not to mention, clearly The Hound has a soft spot for Arya and while she may get it fully, he could be willing to die for her. After all, who else has he truly gotten close to all these years?

Not to forget, Greyworm and Missandei. You know what happens to most characters who make long term plans. Especially if it is with people they love. Usually one ends up dead.

The Question of How Daenerys Will Handle Being Second In Line

While we see Daenerys give an olive branch towards Sansa, and forgive Tyrion, with Jon revealing his real name and him not saying a word about not going for the Iron Throne, so comes the question if she will kill him? Also, how does she feel about having sex, multiple times, with her nephew? Considering her hatred for the Lannisters, and the embarrassment of Cersei and Jamie, will she kill him to keep that secret, as well as gain the throne? Lord knows if Ned Stark kept his mouth shut about who was truly next in line, he would be alive. So can Daenerys trust Samwell and Bran to keep quiet?

Also, considering many still see Jon as King of the North, imagine learning he is really King of the Seven Kingdoms by birthright? To take that throne from him would mean either the uphill battle of being seen on the level of Cersei or dealing with many not respecting her for not only being a woman but not the one who should be queen – even if gained by abdication. Which is all to say, while learning forgiveness and trying not to be her father is the goal, she isn’t above being ruthless. So how far is she willing to go for the throne and would she kill Jon to do so?

On The Fence

Bran

I need him to have more oomph. Him being this pseudo-all-knowing figure who speaks in vague comments is annoying. Plus, him revealing the Night King comes for him, the mark, and that he doesn’t know if the Night King could be burned by fire, he couldn’t say that before? Is the boy fighting for control over his person? I need more answers than him leading all conversations to him being the three-eyed raven.

The Battle Has To Be Fantastic

At this point, we’ve had two episodes dedicated to reunions and emotional bonding. I’m not saying I want someone to die in episode three, but I expect it. Add in creators David Benioff & D. B. Weiss will be writing the last four episodes, with George R. R. Martin having long whispered a possible ending and… I need this to live up to the hype. Which, don’t get me wrong, all the emotional bits are fine but when has Game of Thrones been primarily known for its emotional complexity? Not to say it doesn’t exist, as seen with Cersei, Sansa, and others, but it has always been the battles and deaths that had the most impacts. Both emotionally and ratings-wise. So here is hoping this ends on a roar and not a whimper.

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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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