Game of Thrones, Season 8 – Winterfell

Welp, it’s finally here.  The first episode of the last season of Game of Thrones has arrived.  And it definitely feels like the end.

BEFORE I GO ON, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

The Opening Credits

The first thing you’ll notice is the huge change to the opening credits.  The music is still the same, but the animation showing the different areas of Westeros and beyond has changed dramatically.  We stay firmly in Westeros now.  No more Mereen, Braavos or the Iron Islands.  We are where it counts now:  The Wall, Winterfell and Kings Landing.

Reunions

This was the show of reunions, ones we wanted and ones we didn’t know we wanted.  We finally saw Arya and Jon reunite and it didn’t disappoint.  They hugged, compared swords and even sparred about Sansa.  I felt myself getting choked up but kept it together.  Same with Bran and Jon, especially after what happened with Rickon (still can’t believe he didn’t zig zag).

Sansa and Tyrion reunited and it probably would have been a bit nicer if the Halfman wasn’t the Hand of the Queen.  You know things have changed when formerly-naive Sansa chides Tyrion about believing Cersie would send the Gold Cloaks to the North.  “I used to think you were the cleverest man alive,” was what Sansa said before she walked away.

Speaking of Sansa, she does not like Dany and has no problem showing it.  I’m glad, too, because Sansa has finally realized that being nice in Westeros gets you killed.  She needs to fight for her home, even if it means going against Jon.

Now the reunions I didn’t know I wanted were Theon/Yara, Lady Lyanna Mormont/Jon, Arya/Gendry/The Hound and Jaime/Bran.  The Theon/Yara reunion was the most rewarding because I’m sure Yara never thought she’d see her brother again.  But he came for her, and after a well-deserved head butt, Yara forgave her brother for abandoning her previously.  Once his sister was safely on a ship away from their Uncle Euron (who was too busy trying to get into Cersei’s knickers), Yara gave Theon her blessing to fight for the Starks and Winterfell, his real home.

The reunion between Jon and Lady Lyanna Mormont was a whole other event entirely.  The Queen of Side-Eye was not having ANY OF IT.  Lady Lyanna had some choice words for the former King in the North and his new girlfriend.  She was the first one to declare Jon King in the North.  But now that he’s bent the knee to Dany, what is he now?  When she almost called him a bastard, I fell out.  I think if she could have called him one with no repercussions, she would have.  I know one thing, Lyanna Mormont had better make it through this season or I will burn Westeros to the GROUND.  Side note: I would LOVE to see a Lyanna/Jorah reunion.  I’m sure she’ll have plenty to say to Jorah now that he’s for House Targaryen.

And then there was the three-way reunion between Arya, The Hound and Gendry.  The meeting between The Hound and Arya was short and tense, but still pretty damn good.  It was the meeting between Gendry and Arya that was actually kind of cute.  Were they flirting?  Cuz if so, I would ship those two.  Wait, is she even old enough?

But the best and most surprising reunion was Jaime/Bran.  If you recall, Jaime pushed Bran out of a tower window back in Season 1.  He hadn’t seen the newest Three-Eyed Raven since that day and his surprise showed.  Bran, who earlier told Sam that he was “waiting for an old friend” was looking at Jaime like, “yeah bitch, remember me?  I’m about to screw your world UP.”  I’m looking forward to that conversation.

Jon Rides A Dragon

That’s basically all I have to say about that.  You already know it was epic.  I mean, it’s a damn DRAGON!

Jon Learns The Truth

Even though the reunion should have been happy, the meeting between Sam and Jon was sidelined by the revelation that Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen, Sixth of His Name.  The man has been sleeping with his aunt (yuck) and also is heir to the throne.  What does that mean for his relationship with Dany?  Will he give up the throne for his love?  Will Dany?

Stay tuned.

Game of Thrones airs at 9pm on HBO.  Photo courtesy of HBO.

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