Thrones Y’all! Last week’s premiere broke quite some records when it came to viewership numbers and even piracy. While it was, strictly in my opinion, mostly underwhelming affair, which I am sure you’ll agree with as well if you take your fanboy blinders off, things can only look to start getting serious after all the reconciliations and reunions and setting up, and soon, since we now have only four more episodes to wrap up the final season. Or so you would think!
Fresh off a viewing of the latest ‘Game of Thrones’ episode, and my stand on the latest season (until now) remains the same. This episode too leads to virtually no major development plot wise, rather serving as a filler until the big war comes to Winterfell. The episode ends as such, teasing the war on a cliff-hanger for the next episode. Now I know that the expectations with this season are mammoth to say the least, and I am by no means an impatient viewer, but one would imperatively expect that out of the six episodes we are being given this season, some major development or revelation would happen in the first two episodes. While the fan in me is happy that the final four episodes in the series are all close to 80 minutes each, the critic in me would state that the onus on them is huge. It’s essentially going to write a piece of history.
Coming back to episode 2, ‘Winterfell’ last week ended on quite an interesting note with Jaime finally arriving in the North to assist Jon and Daenerys in the fight against the white walkers. However, confrontations await him in the halls of Winterfell, as he returns to face the consequences of two of his definitive actions, that safe to say shaped the very fate of Westeros, and the incident that started it all coming full circle. While Daenerys was quick to reprimand him about his actions as the Kingslayer, Jon and Sansa decide to trust him when Brienne vouches for him. Interestingly so, Bran doesn’t confront him with the truth in front of the council of Winterfell and everybody else, something for which he would surely be punished by death, instead choosing to only taunt him with the now famous moniker, “the things I do for love”, in a truly wryly written and performed scene that brought out a chuckle or two from me. Cersei’s betrayal is brought to light and as a result, as the naysayers are proved correct, Daenerys loses some trust in Tyrion.
One of the other truly interesting parts of the episode occurs when Daenerys talks to Sansa about being at odds with respect to certain situations that her arrival in Winterfell had triggered. In one of the better written (and performed) parts of this episode, Sansa confronts Daenerys about the future of the North when she was done claiming the Iron Throne and the rest of Westeros.