'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Premiere Recap: Jon Finds Out


The trò chơi of Thrones Season 8 premiere echoed the series' beginning as beloved faces met in all the old familiar places.

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Not having too much to vì tonight, Daenerys very much is the conqueror who is surveying her new assets. It is fair to even ponder whether she is unconsciously disappointed that she’s taken the North without uttering “dracarys,” or that she is finally in a land where she isn’t greeted as a liberator or “Mhysa.” She is here lớn fight the Dead, but there is a clear tension between herself & the Northerners that is echoed when she remarks to Jon that her dragons do not like his kingdom.

One of the dragons’ brothers died in these lands, và she has already heard the child has been grotesquely resuscitated as a demon-beast for the Dead, & there apparently isn’t much food for a dragon around the snowy plains of Winterfell either. There is meaning in that, for while Tyrion calls Daenerys’ dragons “fully grown,” the truth is dragons continue khổng lồ grow until the day they die—provided they eat and fly well. There does not appear lớn be enough space for Dany’s children, and thereby the crux of her power, among these icy Northerners.

Mayhaps that is why Dany invites Jon khổng lồ fly away with her on Rhageal. If so, it could have been better articulated, because the monumental moment that all viewers have anticipated—Jon Snow becoming the first & only man Dany considers worthy to be a true Bloodrider—plays false. Narratively rushed with the frivolity of a thắm thiết comedy date night sequence, Dany rather nonchalantly allows Jon Snow to lớn ride a baby in an event that should be profound, yet is oddly silly. The implications of Jon being a dragon rider are far greater than even Daenerys realizes as this former King in the North is a true Targaryen và the son of Rhaegal’s namesake. He may use this long for more than just the coming storm of the Night King. Hence the sequence playing surprisingly flat as Dany và Jon breakaway for a little canoodling while the “children” disapprovingly stare on. It’s one of several wild tonal swings slightly undermining tonight.


The others come at King’s Landing where important information is conveyed when we learn that Euron has successfully ferried the Golden Company to lớn King’s Landing. It remains khổng lồ be seen if Cersei’s new army will actually head North with the intent of appearing after the fighting is done, and slaughtering whoever’s left, or if they will merely provide a new defense for the city after Drogon roasted most of the Lannister forces last season. Either way, these scenes are nothing except mostly an excuse khổng lồ offer a showcase for the ever graceful malevolence of Queen Cersei.

Able khổng lồ convey more wickedness with the slight shift of position in her smirk than a thousand blockbuster movie villain monologues, Lena Headey’s performance of Cersei remains a tremendous asset in subtlety for the series. Unfortunately, she’s left merely khổng lồ play off of Euron Greyjoy, who seems increasingly like a character who accidentally got lost while headed for the sets of Starz’s defunct Spartacus series. All bellicose one-liners & double entendres, Euron is an R-rated cartoon who awkwardly seems to be trying to lớn fill the hole left by first Joffrey and then Ramsay as the character audiences are meant lớn hate. If he’s hateable, it’s for the wrong reasons.

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At least his buffoonish strutting gives us some needed insights into Cersei Lannister’s current mindset. For starters, it’s obvious she still savors an arrogant man, & Euron has that in spades, more so than post-season 4 Jaime’s newfound nobility. Also, unlike the Cersei of the novels, Headey’s Mad Queen has seemingly remained relatively faithful to lớn her twin—or at least as faithful as practicalities allow. Yet tonight she takes Euron into her bed, much lượt thích Robert was wont to bởi with the many mistresses Cersei deemed his “whores.”

It would seem she really is severing all ties with the rest of her family, and Tyrion is not the only Lannister brother she wishes Bronn khổng lồ murder with a new bow. For while Bronn is relegated to some season 1 levels of gratuitous sexposition, the subtext is all about Cersei’s state of mind. I predict that Bronn will not even come close khổng lồ using the same crossbow Tyrion held khổng lồ slaughter Tywin unless it appears like Cersei has the upper-hand (which would be very bad news for Daenerys’ dragons), but Cersei has placed Jaime in the same boat as Tyrion. She views him as equally culpable for their father’s death as the brother who pulled the trigger, & it would appear she is not thinking about the future of her house since the idea of Euron impregnating her with a prince catches her fleeting curiosity.

With a glass of wine in hand, likely the same type vintage she refused in the presence of Tyrion during the season 7 finale, it increasingly appears dubious that Cersei is actually pregnant. If she is, Euron certainly did not notice, & if she isn’t, it would seem her sudden teetotaling posture was a ruse not just khổng lồ keep Jaime in her bed, but also Tyrion’s guard down. Which raises the question of what else did Tyrion & Cersei discuss when the camera cut away from him falling into her trap?

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But lest this review appear to be nothing but a slew of critiques (or nitpicks if you prefer), everything that occurred at Winterfell was, again, narrative and cathartic gold of greater worth than Casterly Rock. Clearly intended lớn be the hour of reunions, the first episode of season 8 had many familiar faces and scene-partners facing off once more. A special highlight was Sansa Stark bumping into her first husband. Despite sitting before the same royal hearth in Winterfell’s Great Hall, the two vì not truly mô tả the screen until Tyrion approaches the Lady of Winterfell to congratulate her on the loftiness of her title.

She returns the favor khổng lồ the Hand of the Queen. What’s intriguing about these two is that when we last saw them, she was as much a student of Tyrion’s sharp-tongued cunning as she was his hostaged child bride. Now an adult, it is Sansa who enjoys the sharp words. When Tyrion recalls Joffrey’s wedding as a “miserable affair,” Sansa dryly muses, “It had its moments.” One wonders if Tyrion really is so getting on in years that he could not properly appreciate such a jape. Then again, he’s in awe of the young woman who he notices is thriving after many, in fact all except for himself, wrote her off as a flighty fool in King’s Landing. Those doubters are all dead this cold morning, except for Cersei—a queen Tyrion has invited khổng lồ Winterfell. He genuinely should be in awe of Sansa though, as she’s the first khổng lồ anticipate the fact that the Lannisters are not coming (at least as friends). She calls herself a slow learner, but she did learn, and like Littlefinger warned, “Fight every battle everywhere, always, in your mind.”

But if Tyrion’s trip down memory lane with Sansa is understated, that is nothing compared lớn how the Hound receives Arya. Standing by Gendry, he seems lớn be the first lớn recognize the child who left him lớn die on the side of a hill. His gruff attempt khổng lồ feign indifference betrays how hurt he still is by Arya’s abandonment. It also allows Gendry a chance for a genuine meet-cute with the Baratheon bastard she knew in a different life. As the warmest and genuinely most wholesome moment of the night, it is Gendry instead of Jon who brings out some of Arya’s youthful girlish charm when he begins referring to lớn her as “milady” & deadpans that she’s lượt thích every other rich girl. The smile Maisie Williams intones is infectious. Clearly meant to lớn launch a thousand memes, the moment suggests that more than the Dragon & the Wolf, Robert’s dream of uniting the Wolf and the Stag is the most tangible “endgame” shipper’s delight on the horizon.


This seems all the truer after the most important reunions turned out khổng lồ involve the burden of knowledge carried by one Samwell Tarly. The first begins amusingly enough with Daenerys Targaryen coming to lớn thank Sam for saving Jorah Mormont’s life. Ser Jorah, with few lines, looks like the mèo who swallowed the cream just khổng lồ be pleasantly back in the friend zone, albeit now with a lifetime’s highest seat of honor. Sam, ever the nerd, even uses this golden opportunity not lớn ask for a pardon from the Night’s Watch though, but a pardon for stealing a handful of books from the Citadel. Things, sadly, then take a sudden sharp turn when Daenerys realizes that Samwell Tarly is the son of Randyll Tarly và brother khổng lồ Dickon Tarly, two men she sentenced lớn death.

Not enough credit is given to lớn John Bradley. Often relegated lớn the comic relief, Bradley & Sam remain a lighthouse-sized beacon of optimism in this dreary world. Its importance is evident from the way in which we witness it evaporate in a long close-up as he attempts (and fails) to lớn swallow his tears, his rage, và his confusion at the revelation that the happy young woman in front of him basically murdered his family. He might’ve hated his father, but to lớn learn the old man was consumed in dragonfire after surrendering khổng lồ the long Queen is no endearment. Suddenly, Dany’s show of strength in season 7 looks khổng lồ be a major weakness & fallibility in season 8. George R.R. Martin would be proud.

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This contrast is underscored when Bran forces Sam to only then reveal their findings khổng lồ Jon Snow: You are Aegon Targaryen, the Sixth of Your Name. So it is that, perhaps khổng lồ all’s surprise considering they were only separated for a season, Sam & Jon chia sẻ the most heartfelt embrace. At that moment, Jon is trying lớn keep his head entirely in the trò chơi about the white Walkers. They are the existential threat of nature that is coming as sure as a hurricane. And yet, if the world does not end, there will still be troubles in it, và in classic Game of Thrones fashion, it is not in the forms we expect or want.

As Sam utters repeatedly, Jon Snow is the one true King of the Seven Kingdoms. If Daenerys’ claim on the Iron Throne is legitimate, then Jon’s is even more so. That this is unveiled in the crypts of Winterfell is a visual stroke if brilliance. As Jon grapples with the childhood-shattering truth that Ned Stark lied to him, it is in the shadow of his actual mother’s grave. For all these years, the mother he yearned to lớn know about rested beneath his feet, & he had laid his eye’s on her stony countenance (or at least its approximation) more than a thousand times. It will likely be mở cửa to debate which is the bigger sense of horror: learning that your father lied to lớn you about your parentage or lớn know that you’re destined to lớn be drawn into another line of political machinations for control of an accursed land?

Never has a man looked more sorrowful lớn hear he’s the chosen one than Jon bloody Snow. It was likely as much a relief as an act of love when he surrendered his crown to lớn Daenerys; he never wanted khổng lồ be Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, nor did he want lớn be King in the North. Now he has leadership thrust on him again, and by a dear friend who is only too eager to lớn push it. Surely Jon Snow wouldn’t have roasted his father alive! Surely Jon Snow will set things right when he takes his place as the rightful King of the Seven Kingdoms! The likelihood of Sam keeping this secret is next to none after learning his family is ash. As Sam notes, Jon gave up his crown for the safety of his people, but would Dany?