Game of Thrones maintains a good level, giving important meetings and needed emotions. 2nd episode is silence before the storm but gives fans what they expect.
Game of Thrones, above all, gives one key scene which is war consultations. It is this moment of the second episode that perfectly builds expectations for the next one. We get a clear battle plan and emphasize Bran’s fundamental role in the entire conflict. The words he revealed about the fact that the King of the Night wants his death, as the previous Three-Eyed Ravens, are not a special surprise because we were all aware of that. Bran’s relationship with the main villain has been repeatedly emphasized, so revealing the meaning of this relationship in a climactic battle is a necessary and well-implemented formality. What is important here, however, is the passage about the motivation and purpose of the Night King: the wiping out of the world that Bran is a memory. The whole thread takes on a deeper meaning, perfectly creating the tension and emotions of waiting for something special. Battle according to this plan is straight and clear, but unless we are all this undeniably confident that not everything goes as planned.
The romance between Arya and Gendre will make mixed emotions from the viewers, but you can certainly find it very surprising. Finally, we watched Maisie Williams grow up, who turned into a woman from a child. On the one hand, the scene is needed, because it gives the human dimension to Arya, which through the events of previous seasons could in the eyes of viewers lose their humanity. It helps to rebuild this perspective before the confrontation. On the other hand, basing all this on sex, though to some extent credible and understandable, seems to be superfluous and a bit perishable image of Arya. Emphasizing specific motivations of the heroine that guided her in this scene could have been done better, more interestingly and with support of emotions instead of shocking the audience with the scene of stripping Arya.
This is an episode of meetings after years, which on the eve of the conflict are important, needed and due to the so-called fanservice pleasant in reception. The creators know perfectly what fans expect and they give them that – entertaining, shrugging and shocking. Brienne in conversations with Jaime is pure entertainment, which on the one hand perfectly relates to the past (dialogue in front of the castle), and on the other hand, builds strong emotions. We all know what Brien had in previous seasons and what she did, so the moment when Jaime accolades her is perfect in its simplicity. Motivating and meaningful characters, moving emotions and satisfying because we know that she deserves it. And having fun supporting her Tormund next to her (his story is a bright point of the episode!), it’s hard to complain about anything. And yet we have a lot of good scenes: Sansa and Theon moving welcome, funny argument of Jorah and Lady Mormont (I hope that the lady will show the class in a battle!) or happy conversations with a hint of sadness at Tyrion’s hearth and company. And even Davos’s seemingly insignificant meeting with a warrior girl reminiscent of Shireen Baratheon. Everything fits into place, giving you the entertainment you can expect from the Game of Thrones.
In fact, all these scenes have an extraordinary meaning in the context of subsequent episodes. We know that for many of these characters it is their last good moments before death. Rather, no one doubts that the battle will gather a bloody harvest. Therefore, the path taken by the creators of the series Game of Thrones makes sense and is carried out properly. It builds emotions that must appear in the context of the approaching farewell of the character… Even this moment with Gray Worm and Missandei – if one of them dies, their common scenes should leave a note of emotions in the audience. Each of these ordinary, human moments, memories (Tyrion reminiscent of how he imagined his death) or jokes are aimed at moving our emotions and strengthening the sympathy we have for these characters. Let us not deceive – thanks to how these two episodes were constructed, the death of anyone in the next will hurt even more.
It’s not a good day for Daenerys. This is how you could sum up the episode of the Mother of Dragons. First, the question of Jaime, where the Queen is clearly hungry for blood. The whole is carried out surprisingly efficiently and convincingly, and it also brings the pride of Daenerys. It shows her not as a weak leader, but someone who respects the advice of his advisers. What is important in the context of winning over kingdoms under righteous governments. Of course, the creators used this to emphasize Sansa’s lack of sympathy for Dany, which leads to a significant stage of confrontation between the two women. Perhaps it is even more important than we can imagine. The moment when Sansa asks what will happen to midnight when Dany will take over the Iron Throne because they promised not to kneel before anyone … Dana’s gesture, which takes her hand as if burned with a definite expression, says more than a thousand words. It will be a tough nut to crack, because although Jon is on the side of Khaleesi, Sansa clearly portrayed her position.
It’s good that the creators did not drag on the question of Jon and Dany. Their conversation about the origin of Snow had to take place in this episode. Unfortunately, but just like the scene of knowing the truth by Aegon Targaryen at the premiere of the 8th season, this confrontation leaves with disappointment. It’s hard to say whether it’s a matter of not well-crafted script, or a bad vision of David Nutter to lead the actors, but once again one of the most important moments lacks emotions. I am missing the fact that the creators at the crucial moment interrupt the conversation, but … it seems that one can and should have learned more from it. And to show in another scene that Jon’s direwolf is doing well does not distract from the fact that the scene comes out on average.
There is no lack of climate scenes that seem to draw on the best models. This moment when Podrick begins to sing a song can cause shivers on the back. Treatment is known for many productions, but introduced consciously and efficiently, because it builds emotions in a grand way. The song does not belong to the joyful ones, and this sad note hiding in it works surprisingly for building the atmosphere. There is a mysterious lack of hope on the horizon as if all this was to prepare us for a not very positive end. Of course, the last scene with the arrival of the army of White Walkers makes you want to have another episode.
Game of Thrones will give you a quiet start to the 8th season, but you will need an important and moving emotion at its best. Not everything plays perfectly, and creators deliberately prepared ground for events that – I suppose – will not give viewers even a moment of breath. The balloon around the battle has been pumped for months … let it meet expectations, like the first episodes of this season.