Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 Impressions

FULL SPOILERS BELOW: You have been warned.

First of all, I would like take a moment to recognize the man that this day is all about. A bearded man from humble beginnings, whose parents were not who he thought they were, who fought for the less fortunate and who eventually rose from the dead. I’m speaking of course about our savior Jon Snow A.K.A. Aegon Targaryen, Seventh of his Name, King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and The First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm.

Happy Easter, fuckers.

This episode proves, yet again, that Game of Thrones is the best show on TV, and it’s not even close. After last week’s episode of mostly reunions and setup, we were treated to an episode that felt like our last hurrah with all of these beloved characters. There is no doubt that multiple characters are going to die in the next few episodes, and for the first time the show gave us a moment to say goodbye to them. We were given a front row seat to watch as these characters drank, laughed and screwed the night away, constantly aware of the impending doom that awaits them at the hands of the undead.

This had to be one of the funniest episodes Thrones has ever had. Tyrion overflowing Podrick’s drink, Tormund openly lusting after Brienne while chugging from a horn, and The Hound asking Arya if Beric was on her list just to shut him up were some of my favorite moments in recent memory. I think this was a conscious effort on the part of the writers to give us some levity before mercilessly and brutally dispatching some of our favorite character in the coming weeks.

I feel like this episode was a huge step for Sansa, as she was offered an olive branch by Daenerys, but held her ground to protect the North. She has become one of the strongest and most interesting characters over the course of the show, and I can’t wait to see where she ends up.

"Podrick’s song reminded me so much of the song Pippin sings in Return of the King"

A few extra thoughts: I forgot how much I enjoyed the Jaime and Brienne dynamic, and watching her cry as he knighted her is one of the all time greatest moments on the show. Davos is the nicest guy on the show, and somebody better protect that man at all costs. I feel like Jorah having a Valyrian steel sword is going to be a huge plot point. Podrick’s song reminded me so much of the song Pippin sings in Return of the King, possibly a nod by the show runners to one of George R.R. Martin’s biggest influences.

Goodnight all. I wish you good fortune in the wars to come.