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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:

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

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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Salma Hayek can’t wait to work with Kit Harington in Marvel’s The Eternals

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Salma Hayek can't wait to work with Kit Harington in Marvel's The Eternals

Game of Thrones has such a big fan following that many Hollywood actors themselves are big fans of the show, and are known to have a fan moment when they run into the cast. We saw one come from one of the most celebrated Hollywood actresses, Salma Hayek, who expressed her excitement about working with Kit Harington. Read on!

Kit Harington, who played the role of Jon Snow on the show was recently announced to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Eternals. He will be playing the role of the Black Knight, a.k.a. Dane Whitman, joining his former onscreen brother Richard Madden (Robb Stark). Also a part of the cast is Salma Hayek, who seems to have recently met Kit for what could possibly be a first table read or something similar for the film. She posted a picture with him to Instagram, with a caption expressing her excitement about working with him:

Well, there’s no denying that Kit, Robb, Salma and others will be amazing in this movie. Set for a 2020 release, we’re expecting to hear more and more about the film in the upcoming months. Are you guys excited yet? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones, says online poll

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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

Game of Thrones is one of the most talked-about things in recent times. Although one means no disrespect towards the saga of Ice and Fire, the popular opinion has seemed to lean towards the negative during and after the show’s final season. Inconsistent character arcs, premature swansong, lack of explanation, etc. were some of the opinions floating around the internet and our social circles. The dissatisfaction felt very real when more than a million people signed a petition to urge HBO to remake the final season.

While it’s easy to take the Mountain i.e. the Game of Thrones down on negative howls, it takes a lot more than a Hound to actually do so. YouGov, internet-based market research and data analytics firm proved the same with a recently conducted online survey. It has revealed some interesting data related to our beloved show and its reception among the viewers. And it’s not all negative. Read on!

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

The company conducted the digital poll keeping Emmy’s in the eye. It speaks for the nominated shows on behalf of 2475 US adults selected from a panel of 1.2 million individuals. The sample size doesn’t seem so significant and even limits the geography to the USA. Yet it can account for popular opinion due to random sampling involved in the selection of the participants.

Without any further ado, let’s dive into the findings that pertain to Game of Thrones.

The extent of satisfaction: 52% of participants said that they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the final season of Game of Thrones. So yeah, most people seem to be satisfied. However, 41% expressed that they were unsatisfied, with 7% choosing no sides. Not the result one anticipated for Game of Thrones before the final season aired.

Outstanding Drama Series: 18% of people chose the HBO series as the most deserving show to win the Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy’s; the most for any show. We know that there’s going to be no more Game of Thrones, at least not in the present form. So, it could be an emotional choice or perhaps a callback for the cumulative experience the series has generated over the years. Or maybe, they genuinely liked the whole thing!

Level of Engagement with the show: 18% said that they had watched every single episode of Game of Thrones to date; while a whopping 44% have neither watched a single episode nor intend to; again the most among all the shows. This feels ironical; a show that got more eyeballs than any other show has also managed to escape the fancy of an equally huge number.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: When asked if they would be interested in watching something that the Game of Thrones showrunners make, 29% expressed an interest while 38% chose to be uninterested in their future ventures. The duo has received the maximum flak for the final season not being up to the mark. No wonder, the results don’t reflect otherwise.

Now, these revelations are not set in stone nor do they speak on behalf of everyone. There is even a margin of statistical error in the analysis itself. But they do involve a methodology and represent a general trend towards the sought-after show. Game of Thrones has sparked conversations with every new season since its inception. And it’s still very much alive, especially with multiple promising prequels in the pipeline. In spite of all that, we can hardly say that the show got an ideal farewell from the viewers.

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

 

If you were to ask us, we would say we were content with the final result; i.e. the final position of every character in Westeros or to the West of it (Arya), although we don’t think this was the best way to reach there. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments below.






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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

Game of Thrones stars have had one of the more stressful jobs of the decade, being so popular, and acting in a show that has an intense production as well as the attention surrounding it. So it’s understandable when you hear that the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, is currently on a spiritual vacation to India, accompanied by none other than Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte, and they seem to be having a great time. Read on!

Emilia recently posted a bunch of pictures through an Instagram post, showing her and Rose having the best time in India, and even getting robbed by some monkeys. Check it out:

Emilia says in a hashtag in the caption that she was at Ananda Spa Himalayas, and then discusses her off time spent in India with her bestie, Rose Leslie. Looks like the pair left Kit Harington behind on this little trip. Emilia also revealed that they were robbed by monkeys, which is quite a common sight in some parts of India and even included a picture of a bunch of adorable monkeys caught red-handed.

Emilia also seemed to have gotten some reading done in her time in India, and it seems like it was, all in all, a relaxing trip after a decade on Game of Thrones. That’s not all, a while ago, Emilia had revealed that she was about 1/8th Indian, through her grandmother that was half Indian, and that she loved that part of herself.

Well, it’s unclear if the pair are still in India, but you might spot them around if they are. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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