Contains spoilers for season eight, episode three of Game of Thrones. After songs had been sung, weapons handed out, and prayers and goodbyes said, there was only one thing left to do. Fight. This week’s much-anticipated 82-minute episode, “The Long Night”, saw the Great War come to Winterfell. The Starks and their allies had drawn up a battle plan that was, to put it mildly, a little thin. Knowing they could only win by taking out the Night King, they would lure him into the Godswood by using Bran as bait, where they’d kill him (and in doing so his entire army) with dragon fire. Or, since they had no idea whether dragon fire actually kills White Walkers, it’s more accurate to say “they’d try to”. The rest of the plan amounted to: put those who won’t fight in the crypt, hope for the best, and accept that those on the front lines are probably going to die. It only took a few minutes for the naivety of this “strategy” … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones review: the Great War finally arrived. Now what?
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Death: coming soon to an ancestral seat near you. As battle plans were drawn, weapons strapped to armor, and Dutch courage liberally swigged, this episode of Game of Thrones beat us over the head with warnings that our remaining favourite characters (all gathered at Winterfell) are perhaps just a week away from their final minutes of screen time, cheerfully mentioning their own impending deaths with alarming frequency. “So, we’re going to die at Winterfell,” Tyrion said jovially early on. “We’re probably going to die soon,” Arya declared. “I could wait to die freezing my balls off out there, or wait to die nice and warm in here,” Davos joked. Looking for “somewhere warm […] to contemplate your imminent death? You've come to the right place.” Like last week, this was another plot-light, comedy-heavy, anticipatory hour of Thrones – an episode designed to deliberately torture the audience by putting … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones review: we get it, everyone’s going to die
PUBLISHED: 11:23 23 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:20 23 April 2019 Rory Mellon The Hound and Arya shared a moment together in Game ofThrones, series eight, episode two (Picture: HBO) Archant The second episode of the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones picked up where its predecessor left off with an uneventful but mostly enjoyable outing. The Night King has set his sights on Bran Stark (Picture: HBO)After last week's season opener amounted to little more than pottering around Winterfell being reacquainted with familiar faces, this week's episode of Game of Thrones switched gears and was instead solely dedicated to building up for what will surely be a thrilling episode to come. The opening arc of each season has always been focused on laying down plot points but with this final season being only half the length of a traditional season its current pacing is a tad disappointing. The closing credits of 'A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms' marks exactly one … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones review: another slow affair but packed with pleasing character moments
The new season of Game of Thrones began with a call-back to the first ever episode. A royal procession arrives to bleak, snowy Winterfell from the gilded luxury of King’s Landing; the representatives of House Stark dutifully line up to greet them. In that first season, we saw a big, mostly happy family – Ned, Catelyn, Jon, Theon and all five Stark children – line up to greet Robert and Cersei Baratheon, beaming and giggling. Now the only ones left to greet Jon and Daenerys are Sansa, who has earned herself the title of Lady of Winterfell, and Bran, who has acquired “whatever Bran has” – and neither look happy. And just like the last time, Arya is late, having separated from the pack to get the first glimpse of the royal army on horseback. Winterfell is yours, your grace,” a cold, regal Sansa says, welcoming Dany by echoing the words her father said to King Robert – but with a great deal more sarcasm. Dany is bright and … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones review: is Daenerys falling out of favour?
Talk about event television. The eighth and final series of Game Of Thrones began at 2am this morning and proved as dense and rich as the show’s devoted fans could want. There were stunning dragon flying sequences, a bold rescue, one truly hair-raising late shock and some cracking jokes for Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion. We’re in the frozen north where winter has finally come, and an uneasy coalition of Starks, Targaryens and Lannisters is slowly gathering to face the army of undead white walkers and their zombie dragon. Our hero Jon Snow, arriving at Winterfell with new love Daenerys Targaryen, learns more about the true nature of his parentage — the revelation that was imparted to almost 33 million viewers worldwide at the end of season seven. On the assumption that most UK fans will catch up on the first episode tonight, that’s as close as this review will get to a spoiler. The pace of this episode was necessarily measured as we caught up on … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones review: Hit show returns with wit and terror