Last week’s Battle of Winterfell, aka “The Long Night”, left many Game of Thrones fans absolutely breathless when it was all done. Many favorites didn’t make it to see the light of day (R.I.P. Dolorous Edd, Lyanna Mormont, Beric Dondarrion, Theon Greyjoy, Jorah Mormont, and Melisandre), and there are still a lot of burning questions that need answering.
Where do we go from this? Is it now time for the battle for the throne to commence again? After all, the North isn’t 100% behind supporting Daenerys as their queen, and now that she knows that Jon legitimately has a claim for the throne, will this be the end of their allegiance?
Many believe that Cersei is the Mad Queen but is the fight for the Iron Throne going to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for Daenerys? And after last week’s bloodbath, should fans be worried about their faves still?
If you have seen tonight’s episode, a lot of those questions have been answered and holy crap, we are definitely going to be in for some very rough last episodes.
Gather ’round and let us discuss this week’s Game of Thrones.
The Last Goodbyes: The episode starts with a mournful tone as The North begins burning all their dead on funeral pyres. Daenerys says her last goodbyes to Jorah, and Sansa gives her family pin to Theon as her last goodbye for the fallen Stark/Greyjoy son. Then Jon says his peace to honor the fallen. “We’re here to say goodbye to our brothers and sisters, to our fathers and mothers, to our friends, our fellow men, and women who set aside their differences to fight together and die together so that others might live,” Jon shouts. “Everyone in this world owes them a debt that can never be repaid. It is our duty and our honor to keep them alive in memory for those who come after us, and those who come after them, for as long as men draw breath.”
Much More Than A Title: After the funeral pyres are lit, the survivors move inside to continue their remembrance of the dead and to celebrate their victory over the White Walkers. During the celebrations, after sort of blaming him for Robert’s rebellion, Daenerys legitimizes Gendry as a Baratheon and names him the new Lord of Storm’s End. As for the Lord of Winterfell, Tyrion reminds Bran that he’s the last remaining son of Ned Stark. He then realizes Bran has no interest in being the Lord of Winterfell. “I don’t really want anymore,” Bran says. “I envy you,” Tyron replies, but Bran shuts him down, saying that he really only lives in the past. While everyone is celebrating, Daenerys reads the room and realizes that people are still very much loyal to Jon, which doesn’t sit well with her and ends up leaving the party. Sansa, on the other hand, makes her way to talk to the Hound, who tells the Little Bird she wouldn’t have been tortured if she had gone with him instead of Littlefinger (I see no lies here). She in returns corrects him: Without the torture, Ramsay and Littlefinger put her through, “I would’ve stayed a little bird.”
Love Lost And Found: Elsewhere, Gendry goes to find Arya, who is shooting arrows outside. He asks her why she’s not celebrating, but she says she is. He is too as he announces his new title to her, then kisses her and says, “I don’t know how to be lord of anything. I hardly know how to use a fork. All I know is I love you, and none of it will be worth anything if you’re not with me.” He drops to his knee and proposes, telling her that she will be the Lady of Storm’s End. She kisses him back but tells him she’s not a lady and turns down his proposal. Meanwhile, after being made to feel bad about being a virgin, Brienne leaves the party but is followed by Jaime. He arrives at her room and wonders why she didn’t drink during the party nor their game. He then teases her about Tormund, to which she points out that he sounds jealous. In response, he begins to take off his shirt and then works on hers, which leads to Jaime and Brienne having sex (FINALLY).
Deny Thy Father And Thy Name: Not too long after the festivities have ended, Daenerys seeks out Jon for a quick makeout session, which he ends as he is reminded of their connection as a family. She then asks Jon to not reveal his Targaryen claim but he states he cannot, which doesn’t sit well with her at all, and she leaves him. The next day, the remaining survivors talk strategy. Tyrion wants to spare the people of King’s Landing while Sansa asks for a break for the troops of the North, which causes some tension with Daenerys. After, Arya, Sansa, and Bran ask Jon for a word in the Godswood: In short, the alliance with Daenerys was ok because it helped them defeat the army of the dead, but they really don’t trust her and won’t back her. In return, Jon responds with swearing his sisters to secrecy and then has Bran reveal his Targaryen claim to Sansa and Arya. And because secrets don’t stay secrets for long, Sansa goes on to share the secret with Tyrion who then shares it with Varys.
More Goodbyes: With the plans set into motion, everyone starts making their way out of the North. Arya leaves with the Hound, with the pair sharing that they don’t intend on returning to the North. Tormund tells Jon he’s taking the Wildlings home, which leads Jon to give him Ghost as he belongs up North with the Free People. Sam and Gilly stay at Winterfell, with the pair sharing their baby news with Jon while Brienne stays in Winterfell as well with Jaime.
Devastating Losses: As planned, the Targaryen fleet moves for King’s Landing while Northern soldiers travel on foot. The fleet is ambushed and destroyed by Euron Greyjoy, who takes aim at Daenerys and her dragons. By the end of the onslaught, Rhaegal is killed and Missandei is taken captive. Afterward, Varys and Tyrion discuss Daenerys’ state of mind, with Varys suggesting that she might not be fit to rule. Back in the North, after hearing of Cersei’s victory, Jaime leaves Winterfell, breaking Brienne’s heart with his departure. In an attempt of diplomacy, Tyrion meets up with Qyburn outside the walls of King’s Landing to come to some kind of understanding. Cersei, unfortunately, cares for nothing that Tyrion has to say in order to stop the bloodshed and orders Missandei to be executed on the walls of the Red Keep when Daenerys refuses to surrender to Cersei.
Quote of The Night
“Dracarys.” – Missandei’s last words
Check out the promo for next week’s episode below!