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The best and the worst moments from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

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After the mixed reaction to the premiere episode of Season 8, the much-awaited Episode 2 was out yesterday. With only 6 episodes this season, the pressure on each episode to deliver is high. After all, this is the final season, guys!

So, what do we have in Episode 2? Much more than we had in the first episode. Episode 2 was much tighter, faster, and filled with some great moments. Here’s a look at the best and the worst moments from Game of Thrones Episode 2.

The Best Moments of Episode 2

The episode was crammed with major moments. Here’s a curated pick of the top moments from the show.

1. Brienne of Tarth is now Ser Brienne:

This has to be one of the major highlights of Episode 2. One of our favorite lady fighters was knighted by Ser Jaime in the latest episode. The poignant scene shows a very emotional Brienne kneel in front of Jaime as he awkwardly draws out his sword with his left hand and says the words, the sword resting on Brienne’s shoulder. Brienne had always been a fighter and who could be more deserving of a knighthood but her? And it was kind of poetic that she was knighted by Jaime.

2. J+B anyone? : Keep still, my beating heart! I can’t get over the adorable chemistry between Jaime and Brienne. Right from the moment in the Great Hall when she stands up for him, to Jaime telling her that he is here to serve under her command, the chemistry between the two is so tangible, you could touch it!

3. Lyanna being awesome. As always: I swear the world needs more Lyanna Mormonts. As she tells Cousin Jorah that she won’t hide in the crypts but will fight for the North, I’m sure all the viewers’ chests collectively swelled with pride.

4. The Night’s Watch reunion. And Tormund: Our favourite black brother with a dry sense of humor, Eddison Tollett is back with what’s left of the Night’s Watch. But even as he moves to give old pal Jon a hug, look who gets to Jon first. It’s Tormund, you guys! But the hug is only a precursor to his actual motive of being in Winterfell. Who cares about the White Walkers, anyway? Tormund’s got eyes only for Brienne.

5. Bran being Bran and Jaime being, well, baffled:

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Bran has his own unique way of maintaining the same expression no matter what. And it beautifully adds some creepiness to everything that he says (forgive the paradox). So first he cooly reminds Jaime that he hasn’t forgotten a thing (The things we do for love!), and then asks him a pertinent question (How do you know there’s an afterwards?). And later, Bran revealing that the Nights King’s purpose is to erase this world by killing its memory, Bran himself, was putting everything we saw until now into perspective.

6. The party by the fire. The odd mix of people sitting by the fire and having what could be the last drink of their lives was a delight to watch. It starts with the two Lannister brothers acknowledging the truth about their sister. Then come Brienne and Podrick. Soon, they are joined by Tormund who probably was stalking Brienne (is it cute or is it creepy?) and Davos. Tormund’s story about why he is known as Giantsbane was alright. The reactions were priceless, especially Davos declaring he needs a drink, after all.

7. Honorable mentions: Grey Worm and Missandei deciding to go to Naath after they are done with Daenerys’ wars, Tyrion sitting by Bran to hear his story, Jorah counseling Dany about Tyrion, Sansa and Theon reunion, and Jorah getting a Valyrian steel sword from Sam.

 

The Worst Moments of Episode 2

Well, the episode was mostly good, but it had its moments of well, not good? Here’s a quick recap.

1. Arya and Gendry. Enough said: We all have seen Arya literally grow up on the series. She is the universal ‘little sister’ no matter that now she is a part of the Faceless Men. And everyone was quite keen on her and Gendry ending up together (Let’s join our Houses, says Robert to Ned). But not like this, for gods’ sake.

2. Daenerys and literally everybody else.

Seriously, what is wrong with Daenerys? Is the madness which plagued her House getting to her finally? First, she is unfairly mad at Tyrion because Cersei did not send an army. Then, she looks as if someone stole her ice cream when Jon and Sansa decide to let Jaime live. Then she proceeds to threaten Tyrion that she will strip him of his position as a Hand. Immediately afterward, we see that she is being the sweet girl again when she attempts to win Sansa’s trust and does impressively well but Sansa only has to remind her that the North belongs to the Northerners and we see the flash of madness on Dany’s face again.

3. Ghost in a completely downplayed cameo: Our favorite white direwolf with red eyes only got a cameo in episode 2. Why didn’t we see Jon bonding with him? And he doesn’t even get Dany to meet his wolf and see whether he approves of bae. Major disappointment.

4. Jon proposes, Dany disposes:

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So, Jon proposes the theory that he is Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen’s legitimate son Aegon Targaryen. (Because Bran saw so, and Sam read it somewhere). Firstly, the timing was really bad. Either Jon should have immediately come to her and told her that he is her nephew, or held his horses until the great war is fought. What is the point in talking about something so important when he knows the army of the dead will be at the gates any minute? Secondly, Dany’s reaction! She is not worried about the moral implications of this. All she is worried about is Jon’s claim to the Throne. And boy, is she angry at that! Madness is coming.

All in all, a good episode. And we saw the dead horses with their riders, finally. They are here.






Prachi is an avid reader and a writer. An electrical engineer, she found her calling in writing after going through the motions of a corporate job for more than six years. When she is not reading or writing, she can be found staring into the space contemplating the vagaries of life.

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

Game of Thrones had the ultimate face-off in Season 8 when the Army of the Dead faced the living folks in Winterfell. The Battle of Winterfell saw a lot of people uniting to take down the Night King, and among them were Tormund Giantsbane, and Gendry (now Baratheon). A new behind the scenes photo from the sets shows the two enjoying a nice game on a Nintendo Switch. Read on!

The picture, posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit, shows Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry, and Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane, still in their costume and the bloody makeup, just sitting down to play. Take a look:

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As we all know, the Battle of Winterfell sequences took a gruesome 55 nights to film, and have been described by the stars as some of the roughest times they have had filming for the show. So it’s no surprise that they would have at least some way to relax on the sets in between takes or appearances.

Nintendo consoles are also famous for being the best for the local multiplayer experience, so that’s probably why these two seem so engrossed in the game. If only we knew which game they were playing!

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Take a closer look at “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” from the Game of Thrones finale

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Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

The Game of Thrones finale was packed with a lot of things going down, but there were two very important props that we could have used a better look at – the books! “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” made brief appearances in the finale. Now, thanks to HBO, we have a better look at both the books. Read on!

HBO’s Game of Thrones behind the scenes blog, Making Game of Thrones recently featured both the props, in a batch of photos that give you a good look at them. We saw “A Song of Ice and Fire” shown off to the small council by Samwell Tarly, who reveals that Archmaester Ebrose compiled it, with the title being his own suggestion. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale
Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

We had seen The Book of Brothers, also known as “the White Book”, before in the show, and we saw it in the finale, with Brienne filling in the pages for Jaime Lannister. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

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Game of Thrones gives us a closer look at some of the amazing costumes from the series finale

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The costumes on Game of Thrones have always been more than just clothes, weaving in symbols and meanings from the story being told on screen. It is but natural, then, that the Game of Thrones series finale will have costumes that speak volumes even on their own. The Game of Thrones blog recently delved deep into three such costumes, belonging to Sansa Stark, Brandon Stark, and Ser Brienne of Tarth.

Why these three, out of all the characters that we encounter in Season 8 episode 6 ‘The Iron Throne’? Probably because all three went up significantly in their respective power ladders – Sansa became Queen in the North, Bran became King of the Six Kingdoms, and Brienne became the first Lady Commander of the Kingsguard in Westerosi history. Their costumes reflect this shift in power, along with their personal histories.

Sansa Stark, Queen in the North – Coronation Gown

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Sansa’s coronation dress is the epitome of power dressing, with all her loyalties and history displayed in full glory. It also follows Sansa’s habit of borrowing elements from other power women she has been close to. Game of Thrones costume designer Michelle Clapton breaks it down in an Instagram post.

The fabric used in this dress is the same as the ‘Dark Sansa’ dress – which Sansa wore during her stay in the Vale. It symbolized her shift from a naive young girl to a player in the game of Thrones. The dye used in the coronation dress, on the other hand, is the same as Margery’s wedding gown, symbolizing the friendship between the two of them.

The embroidery and detailings predictably include the Stark Direwolf, but also fish scales, which points back to her House Tully roots, from mother Catelyn’s side. Her crown also follows this pattern of Direwolf heads melting into fish scales. The red Weirwood leaves in the train symbolize her territorial power – the wintry North in all its glory.

Brandon Stark, King of the Six Kingdoms – Royal Doublet

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Bran has finally let go of the heavy fur coat that accompanied him throughout the series and embraced velvet. This is the first time we see him in this fabric, which symbolizes his royal standing. But he is not just a king, he is also the Three-Eyed Raven – the most significant part of his identity now. That identity is clearly depicted in the dark grey colour and feather detailing of his doublet.

Ser Brienne of Tarth, Lady Commander of the Kingsguard – Golden Armour

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Serving as a Kingsguard is the highest honour for any knight in the realm, and Brienne makes it right to the top of even that motley crowd. Her skill at arms and rock-solid moral compass combined made her a force to reckon with. Her new golden armour reflects her glory and power – every inch of which she deserves.






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