RECAP OF GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 EPISODE 4- And Now His Watch Is Ended
Episode 4 was always going to be something of an anticlimax, with all the heroics of the long night. It was obvious that there would not be much action in this episode, unless GOT had fallen back to last season’s bad habit of moving in leaps and bounds. Episode 4 was bound to be about preparations for the final battle which we suspect will happen in Episode 5, particularly considering that Emilia Clarke (Danaerys) promised us in an interview that Episode 5 is going to be epic.
It was toughing seeing our fallen heroes accorded their final farewell. I shall particularly miss Lyanna Mormont, whose spirit belied her years and was a constant breath of fresh air.
A lot happens at the celebratory dinner (if you may call it that). Apart from the acceptance of Jon as the natural ruler of men and Dany’s recognition of her waning control (which she tries to stem by recognizing Gendry as the sole surviving Baratheon and therefore Lord of Storms End) there is the drinking game (who would have known that it originated from Westeros) and the part it played in bringing, or rather hastening, Jaime and Brienne together. Poor Tormund! All his admiration came to naught in the end, and he will seek the solace of the windswept North.
So, the armies are split and heading to Kings Landing in the most disorganized, unplanned manner. First off, silly Dany fails to appreciate that her severely depleted army requires rest and healing. Then everyone appears to have forgotten about Euron’s capabilities on the seas and they seem to assume they will sail up to Kings Landing without facing any resistance. You have dragons for Heaven’s sake! Dragons that can fly and be used for reconnaissance yet you sail into a fleet armed with multiple Qyburn Scorpions! It is beyond idiocy.
Anyway, they get ambushed by Euron and poor Missandei is captured, prelude to losing her lovely head, so as to offer Dany sufficient motivation to rekindle he Targaryen madness and burn the whole of King’s Landing when she gets the chance. The one to be most pitied is Grey Worm, as we feel that Missandei was sacrificed to ensure that people die in GOT.
Jon in his classic foolish honour tells his “sisters” about his Targaryenship, and Sansa tells Tyrion, and Tyrion tells Varys, who points out that it is no longer a secret if eight people know it. The steam train of the two final seasons is unsettling my stomach, as these un-GOT-like events are happening just to rush us to the end of the show. Anyway, Varys challenges Tyrion to be loyal to the greater good, rather than an ambition driven queen, and Tyrion will very soon be faced with a serious decision to make.
So we wait for Episode 5, where the Hound and Arya will magically appear at Kings Landing in a matter of days (as opposed to months) and contribute to the final resolution. I foresee their involvement because it has became obvious that Dany’s armies, even with Drogon, are no match for Cersei’s forces. We shall need another Deux ex machina for the final conflict.
On the whole, this episode was not the best, not by a long mile. We do sympathize with the need to cram as much as possible into seventy odd minutes but a lot of the soul of the series is lost in this franticness as we are the losers for it. In all, one winner emerges from the episode, and it’s Starbucks, not Cersei…
Review by Noel Orji @norji