If the first episode of the eighth and final season of Game Of Thrones was a set up for this season then last nights calm before the storm was a prelude to heartbreak, Sunday’s episode was one of the best written of the entire season. Not only were we set up for what’s to come (The Battle Of Winterfell), we were set up for the devastating aftermath.
While the episode began with the trial of Jaime Lannister by a tribunal headed by Daenerys, Sansa, and Jon (understandable as he did have a hand in the murder of multiple members of the Stark and killed Dany’s father). What stood out in this moment wasn’t Brienne speaking up for him but Bran not saying a word during the trial (remember he is the reason why the younger Stark is now confined to a wooden wheelchair). Once it became apparent that killing him would leave them without a capable warrior, they allowed him to live. You get the sense that Jaime’s redemption is fast approaching and his fate is tied with Bran’s or as he’s known now “The Three-Eyed Raven.” Why do I believe this? Well, for starters he referred to him as “old raven.” (go back and watch the episode and see for yourself). The only time they have ever met was in the first episode when he pushed him out of a window and when he came riding into Winterfell. Could Bran remember him from a past life? Could he be the prince that has been prophesized to bring an end to the Night King? To further this point along, when Jaime asked him why he didn’t say anything about their first encounter, Bran responded “Killing you would have stopped you for helping us in the coming battle.” I think Jaime’s role is far more significant than any of us may have realized.
There were three scenes which stood out to me on Sunday. The first was the one in front of the fire in Stark castle. I found it illuminating as each character seemed to come to grips with appears to be their imminent demise.
Also, that scene where Jaime knights Brienne gave me chills. However, the scene which everyone is still talking about is the one between Arya and Gendry.
It was starting to watch as it was the 1st time since season one that Arya allowed herself to be human. Perhaps she realizes that this is it and she wants to have no regrets. I do fear that there’s more to this than meets the eye. We have to remember that her life has been a symphony of tragedy. Would it surprise anyone of Gendry were to fall during The Battle Of Winterfell?
How will this all play out next Sunday? I think it is a safe bet that Theon, Gendry, Brienne, and Gray Worm will all meet their end during the Battle for Winterfell. However, we know that there’s a twist forthcoming and somehow it will involve one of the crucial characters in the show. Call it a hunch but what if Sansa fell and became a White Walker? That would be both shocking and impact how the rest of Season Eight played out.