Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 reactions and surprises

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The people of Game of Thrones are gearing up for an epic battle next week. How is everyone dealing? SPOILERS AHEAD!

One-third of the final season of Game of Thrones is now over. And just like the first episode, no notable deaths occurred.

This episode was the calm before the storm – the storm being this little thing called the Battle of Winterfell, in which most of the show’s cast will be fighting the Army of the Dead, and we are sure to lose one or two.

Episode 2 was a bit slow, but it made for an excellent precursor to the next episode because each character lived their last day as if there won’t be a next. I wish there was a little more action, but I think it will make next week’s episode even more exciting.


1. “The things we do for love.”
The episode opens with Jaime standing before Daenerys, Jon, and Sansa, in the Great Room at Winterfell. He’s essentially pleading for his life because Dany wants him dead since he killed her father. But after Tyrion and Brienne speak on his behalf, she spares his life. But what’s most surprising here is that Bran doesn’t seem to care that Jaime pushed him out the window because then Bran wouldn’t have become the Three-Eyed Raven. So, it’s all good!

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2. Just call her “Ser Brienne.”
One of the most touching moments in the show and something that was long overdue was when Jaime knighted Brienne of Tarth. I never knew that knights could knight each other.

3. New couple alert?
I was getting some strange Sansa/Theon vibes when Gendry was singing his song. Have they ever had a thing going? I know he saved her and all, but I’m not sure how that fits in, or if there’s any time to add another love connection.

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4. Podrick Payne can sing!
He doesn’t say much, and his fighting needs work, but he sings beautifully!

5. THAT scene.
So, yeah, last night’s most talked about scene was Arya losing her virginity Gendry. Since Arya arrived at Winterfell, specks of her humanity have shown through. It seems as though years on the road, in constant survival mode, and training to become “no one” had made Arya a shell of herself. But last week we saw her relax a bit while she embraced Jon. And on the eve of what could be her last night on earth, she decides to make the moves on a guy she’s had a crush on since season 2. And if you’re worried whether or not she’s old enough, Arya is supposed to be 20 years old right now, and the actress who plays Arya, Maisie Williams, is 22 years old. So, don’t worry, it’s all good!


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