Wednesday 18 September, 2019

GOT Review: The final night before the storm

This image released by HBO shows from left, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Maisie Williams in a scene from "Game of Thrones," that aired Sunday, April 21, 2019. With the Game of Thrones' Jon Snow revealing his royal lineage to his potential rival Daenerys Targaryen, the beleaguered army at Winterfell is about to find out if two chief executives better than one. (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)

This image released by HBO shows from left, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Maisie Williams in a scene from "Game of Thrones," that aired Sunday, April 21, 2019. With the Game of Thrones' Jon Snow revealing his royal lineage to his potential rival Daenerys Targaryen, the beleaguered army at Winterfell is about to find out if two chief executives better than one. (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)

With Claude Mills

The second episode in the final season is based on a theme of redemption. Jaime (the King Slayer ) finally faces Dany's judgement and, though she has mixed feelings as she has come to terms with the kind of madman her father was, she is chomping at the bit to feed him to her dragons. 

A diminished Tyrion tries to plead his case only to be savagely cut down by Dany herself, showing that his days as her closest confidante are numbered. The giant warrior maiden Brienne comes to Jaime's defence and he gets a reprieve, but not before the 'Three Eyed Raven' Bran Stark hits him up with a savage diss with the line: 'the things we do for love".

This is particularly telling for fans of the franchise because, in season one, Bran had stumbled upon Jaime and Cersei having sex, and because they didn’t want anyone to find about their incestuous affair, Jaime pushed Bran, remarking “the things I do for love.”

The episode is a prelude to the bloodletting which is sure to follow as characters are reunited. Jaime and Bran speak one on one; Jaime and Brienne share a tender moment where you can feel her confusion and her love for him; Arya makes love for the first time; Tyrion finally gets a great line: '....dying at 80 with a woman's mouth wrapped ...and you can guess the rest'; and Tormund tells a great giant-killing story and of suckling on said dead giant wife’s breasts that is a real trip at a liquor-swilling, woman-knighting party that not many can forget.  

Everybody is facing the end in different ways. Some get drunk and find solace, Grey Worm makes plans with Missandei; Sansa reunites with Theon; while others say the tender things they had left unsaid in the past, for it is the night before the big White Walker clash and the presumable carnage and loss of beloved characters that is sure to follow next. 

One of the more telling scenes is that of Jon finally revealing to Daenerys that they are related by blood, and that the Three Eyed Raven has confirmed it. But instead of recrimination and tears, the ice queen's response is : “If it were true, you’d have a claim to the Iron Throne.” Dany is definitely someone that you don't want on your life raft with only two days of water and food rations. 

The key plot development going forward is the neat bit of subterfuge by the living to lure in the Night King in order for Jon and his cronies to off him, and take out everyone else he has turned in one grand masterstroke. But given the GOT's penchant for plot twists: what could possibly go wrong?

Claude Mills is an award-winning veteran journalist, publicist and record producer. You can contact him at claude.mills@gmail.com.

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