GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 EPISODE 1
And so we have waited nearly two years! How in Westeros did we survive this long!?
Before I begin… If you cannot handle spoilers, wait until you watch the episode. At least it airs on Channel 101 this night…
Episode 1 is titled “Winterfell”, and aptly too, because Winterfell witnesses most of the reunions which characterize this episode. It was almost all about reunions, some of which we have been looking forward to since the first season.
Let me begin with Bran (and I shall also end with him). Our resident Babalawo continues his chilling new persona by making Jon uncomfortable as they reunite, reminding us that he is not quite a man. Jon gets a warmer reaction from Arya, and the love between those two tends to melt the chill of winter. It is both sad and amusing that he does not realise how much she has changed, asking her if she has had cause to use Needle. You know nothing, Jon Snow…
Sansa and Tyrion meet for the first time since their failed marriage (which some may have forgotten about) and the most important part of the conversation is Sansa pointing out to him his naiveté at expecting Cersei to send her armies to join the cause.
Let us go briefly to Winterfell, to the “romance” between Euron and Cersei, which doesn’t seem to have much significance, other than giving Theon an opportunity to rescue his sister. Maybe however, we can find a nexus between Cersei’s acceptance of another lover and her cold-hearted offer to Bronn to rid her of not just Tyrion, but also Jamie, her erstwhile lover. Jamie is now truly dead to her apparently, despite the life that he has implanted within her in true GOT incestuous fashion.
So Jon gets to ride a dragon, an indication of acceptance that foreshadows his eventual acceptance as a Targaryen maybe… I am also not sure what to make of the dragon’s disapproval of his frolicking with Dany. Is it just jealousy? Or do the dragons detest incest as well?
Sam’s meeting with Dany saddened me. I had expected it all along, and wondered as to how it would affect his devotion to the cause. One cannot help but feel that despite Bran’s urging, he would have found it more difficult to reveal Jon’s paternity to him if he hadn’t just been informed that Dany extinguished his father and brother (reverse pun intended). The significance of the revelation is not lost on us, as this shall be the true test of Dany’s relationship with Jon, and shall determine to some extent how the coming battles will play out.
Let me take a break to mention Tormund, Beric Dondarrion and the chilling spectacle of the Umber boy ( I am not sure how the Whitewalkers got there so quickly… need to brush up on my Westerosean Geography) as well as the disappointment my babe Lyanna Mormont felt in Jon (methinks she likes him a bit overmuch). Yes, also Arya reunites with Gendry (warm) and the Hound (cold). The reunion I liked most however was that of Jamie and Bran. Sincerely I had no idea to whom Bran referred when he told Sam he was waiting for a friend. While we do not believe that Bran will do anything to him, this meeting is poignant because it reminds us of how far we have come from when Jamie had two hands and Bran was a happy little climbing boy … oh how far have we come!
I think I may have said too much. Forgive me. I have waited too long.
Review by Noel – @noelorji