On the second episode in the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Winterfell is preparing for battle and death. The common Northern folk are in training to learn to fight, and weapons making and giant stick-whittling, but for the main characters, it mostly means chugging fermented goat’s milk and talking about dying. Many of them, if not all will be by the end of next week.
However, Daenerys is beyond preoccupied with ruling the Seven Kingdoms when there’s an entire army of dead people at her door.
Eventually after a trial, Jamie is begrudgingly welcomed at Winterfell, which gives him plenty of time to catch up with Brienne, Tyrion and The Artist Formerly Known as Bran. Bran politely refrains from telling everyone that Jaime definitely tried to kill him all those years ago. He explains that Jamie is now useful in the war to come and that, no offense, it’s pretty bold of the newly redeemed knight to assume he’s going to survive.
Meanwhile, Daenerys is still at odds with Sansa, who is still just trying to figure out how to feed everyone and get a general idea of what the North is going to look like once everything is said and done.
Also, Dany has a pretty good vision of what her Iron Throne rule will look like but hasn’t given a lot of thought to the future of her nephew boo’s homeland. And just like that, their burgeoning sisterhood is quickly stalled.
Dany is also at odds with Tyrion, who either did realize Cersei would never send her army north, and lied about it to protect her, or didn’t realize she wouldn’t send her army, and is just not very smart anymore. Even though Good Guy Jorah tries to defend Tyrion and his sometimes-smartness, the rift between Dany and Tyrion is very tense.
Tyrion is basically the only other character this week, in the tense minutes before war, to show any glimmer of hope for survival. After all, you can’t die at 80 with a belly full of wine and a [redacted’s] [redacted] around your [redacted] if a White Walker gets you first.
That’s how the episode ends, with Tyrion staring out between the Winterfell merlons and on the other side of the black night, with the White Walkers arriving on dead horses staring down to the Castle of Winterfell.
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