Hey everyone, can you believe Game of Thrones will all be over soon? This show has changed TV forever, it is an epic adventure that we have all experienced. So we have six episodes and six weeks until it is all over (I'm not crying you are) I am expecting big things from the season. Here I am going to post my reactions to each episode as I watch them, keep in mind that I am in the UK so I have to wait till Monday at 9pm to watch each episode so updates will be live late Monday/early Tuesday each week. If you haven't yet checked out my Game of Thrones Season 8 Theories then CLICK HERE! Please let me know what you think of each episode in the comments below and make sure to check back here every week for my episode reaction.
Season 8 Episode 1 - Winterfell
I was one of those people who watched the first episode of season 8 at 2am this morning, the anticipation was killing me and I really could not handle seeing spoilers. The early morning viewing was totally worth it, so much happened and so much was set up that I am sure this season will be the greatest one. And one of my theories happened!!
- The first thing I need to say is damn! the new opening sequence is amazing, I love the extra detail and it clearly highlights that this season is going to be more focused.
- Straight away Jon, Daenerys and co arrive at Winterfell, the northerners as predicted show the Dragon Queen and her army little warmth. But the smile on Daenerys face when her dragons arrive is adorable. The start of this episode reminded me a lot of Season 1 episode 1, the use of the same music was not unnoticed and made it clear that this season is going to touch on the past.
- This episode had so many lovely moments and reunions. First Jon reuniting with Bran and then Arya (and them comparing swords). Then Arya and the Hound and Gendry - Gendry and Arya may have been my favourite. Sansa and Tyrion's reunion was awkward. And Bran and Jaime's was the most significant. Then there was some Jon and Daenerys cuteness that was totally cheesy but still adorable.
- Also Sassy, side eye Sansa has gone up in my books, make her Queen, she was throwing all kinds of shade at Daenerys and Tyrion. Also she may be the cleverest character in the show now - so I'm expecting big things from her this season.
- So we now know one very important, life changing fact: Cersei likes Elephants.
- Also is Cersei really pregnant because I am not so sure.
- Bran may just have a staring contest with the Night King.
- 'I've always had blue eyes' - the funniest moment of the episode. Right before the terrifying scene where poor Lord Umber screamed, honestly we have not seen this type of body art for quite some seasons now. And trust me trying to sleep after that was horrible!
- This episode got straight in with the action, Jon finally flew a Dragon! Which I didn't think would happen until at least episode 3/4. Also I'm pretty sure Drogon was trying to work out if he should kill Jon or not.
- And then we got the moment we had all been waiting for - Jon finding out his true heritage and his birthright as Aegon Targaryen King of the Seven Kingdoms. His shocked face said it all and you could feel all of his emotions, the fact that he finally knew who he was, the horror that Dani is his aunt, that Ned Stark was never his father. Honestly it was unbelievably sad. (But it did kind of make me think of Harry Potter - like how growing up not knowing who he was/why he was meant to be great was the best thing).
Some may think that last night's episode was a little slow, but honestly it was all in the details and individual character moments. I think it was a great start to the season but throwing in that jump scare was a little mean. Also I wasn't a fan of the score - so I am hoping for better next week. So what do I want next week? Well I want some Brienne and Tormund scenes, I want to see Sansa's reaction to Jon true heritage and I want to see more of Cersei's big plan. Below is the trailer for next week and it looks awesome!! Let me know what you think in the comments. x
Season 8 Episode 2 - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
I have just finished watching the second episode and because today is a bank holiday I gave the 2am viewing a miss and instead watched it this morning on NOW TV. So what did I think of episode 2? Well it is evident that this season is just going to get better and better each week. I loved episode 2, it made me cry, it has pumped me up for next week and we finally got to see Ghost again, YAY!!
- Just like the previous episode we are straight into the main action. We see Jaime standing before Daenerys, Jon and Sansa and they are giving him a well dissevered hard time.
- One thing I really liked about this episode was the Sansa/Daenerys dynamic. Sansa undermines Daenerys at least twice, once when she accepts Jaime on Brienne's word. Then in a cute sit down just as the two women seem to be on common ground Sansa asks for the north. Like gurl that was a bold movie.
- So Arya and Gendry happened so yeah. Honestly though they do make perfect sense.
- 'And so our watch begins' we get a cute night's watch reunion Ghost included. This scene made me think right back to season one.
- This episode was already great and I know I said I wanted some Brienne this week but I never expected her to get so much screen time which is amazing. Jaime making her a Knight made me cry so much, after being denied the title for so long and for Jaime to be the one to Knight her, made me so happy. I'm sure that next week we are going to pay for that moment of happiness.
- Also Tormund's obsession with Brienne got even better! He was so ready to fight Jaime for her. Adorable.
- No sign of Cersei this week which is worrying. I WANT TO KNOW HER PLAN!!
- So little black sheep Theon returns to Winterfell, Reunites with Sansa (making Daenerys all hissy because he may be loyal to Sansa and not her) and then he vows to protect Bran from the Night King. Honestly I think dead Robb Stark would be proud. I know I am.
- Also the moment when Davos talks to the little girl with the scared face, my heart almost broke. And then Sam hands his family sword to Jorah and I could not take anymore emotional moments. We are certainly paying for all this next week.
- Bran being Bran again. He is slowing becoming one of my favourite characters. So many great one liners.
- I loved the moment Pod sings and we are shown everyone readying for the oncoming battle, it showed us how much everyone had to lose. One thing I have found with this season so far is its ability to create such a wide range of complex emotions.
- I kind of felt that this episode was meant to weaken Daenerys, first Sansa announces she wants the north and proves that people are loyal to her, then there's Tyrion spending more time with his brother than her, then Theon who still bows to her but asks Sansa if he can fight, and then Missandei and Grey Worm being all cute planning to leave her after she has the throne.
- And then there's Jon. I loved the voice over shot of them preparing for war and how he seemed to distance himself from everyone this episode after last weeks truth bomb. Then he tells Daenerys the truth, I think the last thing on his mind was the Iron Throne but of course Dani's brain goes straight there. I am starting to think that there might be a big war brewing between the two.
That all happens right before the dead arrive at Winterfell, right at the most inopportune moment. But I spose the dead don't wait. Honestly so much happened in this episode I could be writing for hours. So what do I want to see in the next episode? An epic showdown, I want to see Jon go head to head with the Night King himself. From next week's promo it looks like Jon and Daenerys are fighting about something so I can't wait to see that, also why is Sansa on the wall and not safely hidden? I have popped the promo below in case you haven't seen it. Please let me know in the comments what you thought about episode 2.
Season 8 Episode 3 - The Long Night
The Battle of Winterfell is finally upon us and what a battle it was! I just want to start by saying that this episode is without a doubt the most visually stunning episode of Game of Thrones ever! So I fully intended to get up and watch the episode at 2am, however my alarm went off and I decided I really wanted to sleep so instead I got up an hour early and watched the full 82 minute episode on Now TV before going to work. I am so glad that I watched this episode before seeing spoilers, every tension filled moment was worth it! So if you have not seen this episode yet, I strongly suggest that you wait to read beyond this point. I know a lot of people are complaining it was a very dark episode and whilst I agree, personally I could still see what was going on and I thought the darkness added to the overall tone. The Night King was hardly going to attack during the day.
- This episode picks up right where episode 2 ended with the battle about to begin and I was so ready.
- Okay so first of all why was Ghost not in the crypts? Like protect that cute little baby at all costs! But instead he's on the front line with the Dothraki and Jorah.
- I was wondering when we would see the read woman again and here she is. Honestly she was so awesome this episode, creating 100's of flaming swords, then she lights the trench and then the scene with Arya and then she takes of that necklace and dies. I guess with her and Beric gone no one is coming back from the dead anytime soon.
- 'Stick em with the pointy end' Arya gives Sansa a dagger and tells her to go to the crypts. Where she and Tyrion have a cute talk about how they could have stayed married if it weren't for their different loyalties. Then as the dead come alive they have the cutest moment before the turn to fight. I thought they were both about to die and the tears started but luckily they will both see another week.
- I loved how much the Dragons were in this episode, lighting everything up. Every time I see them in fire breathing action I get soooo EXCITED!!
- I love how Jon is flying a dragon like all the time now however him not being on the ground for the fight is like benching the best player in football. However the Night King so did not want to fight Jon in one on one combat which I loved.
- Daenerys really should have had some combat training because she is useless without Drogon.
- Theon's story finally came full circle and I found my self shaking my head and shouting NO.
- A moment of silence for the fallen: Beric … Lyanna … Theon … Jorah … Melisandre .. Edd (am I the only one that thought there would be more deaths?)
- A few notable moments: Jon running after the Night King, Drogon 'hugging' Daenerys, the Nights Kings Warriors entering Winterfell, Little Lyanna taking down a Giant and Brienne, Grey Worm, Jaime, Gendry and Tormund all being kick ass survivors.
- Now onto the Queen that Arya Stark. Not only did she fight like crazy shocking Davos with her skills, my girl Arya came out of nowhere and ended the Night King and I have never screamed so much at a tv show. I am so proud and so amazed! What great writing and what an amazing twist.
So do I think the Night King is really gone? Honestly I am not sure. I think he may come back in some way or another. I thought we would have found out who he was/more about his motive. This was a great episode and possibly one of the best episodes ever. Next week looks like we are going to finally see what Cersei has been up to and I wonder now that the dead is 'gone' will alliances change? As you can see in the promo below Ghost and both dragons survived so we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Please let me know in the comments below what you thought of this episode - do you think the Night King is really gone?
Season 8 Episode 4 - The Last of the Starks
I want to start by saying that I actually found the events of this episode very disappointing. I am beyond annoyed but also buzzing for Cersei to die. By the end of the episode I was ready to end Cersei myself. What did you think of episode 4? Please let me know in the comments below. Lets delve into the episode:
- I was nearly in tears at the start as Daenerys and Sansa said goodbye to Jorah and Theon. What did Daenerys whisper to Jorah? Maybe she said she was sorry for not loving him?
- I mean I'm not sure burning the dead was necessary with the Night King presumably gone but it certainly made a shocking visual and highlighted just how many people died.
- Okay so that party was awkward as and I felt like it was a little to long. However Tormund had some great moments, and I loved that Tyrion was playing drinking games again.
- Brienne and Jaime happened (I was routing for Tormund) and then he leaves when he thinks Cersei is in danger. However I am pretty convinced he is going to kill her rather than save her. But we shall have to see what his true motives are.
- Bronn's scene was pointless right? Or am I the only one thinking this?
- I'm shocked that Daenerys actually did a nice thing by making Gendry a Lord. However why did Gendry go straight to Arya and propose, like it was so cute and I'd have said yes but he should have known that Arya would never have agreed.
- So Daenerys telling Jon he couldn't tell his sisters who he is really got me angry!! And right up until he told them I was thinking: 'Jon you have to tell them, tell Sansa now!' and he did - well he got Bran to do it. So Ned Stark keeps Jon's heritage a secret for almost twenty years and Sansa tells in like ten minutes and we don't even get to see Sansa's and Arya's reaction to the news.
- Arya and the Hound going on a little killing road trip was an episode highlight! I hope that their road trip leads to Nymeria.
- So what did I not like about this episode? A lot! First of all Jon completely turns his back on his entire past, leaving Sam, Tormund and Ghost. So are we just never going to see Tormund and the Wildlings again? And how did Jon not even say goodbye to Ghost? The one character that has been with him though everything and Jon can't even say goodbye? Plus it was so out of character for Jon to send Ghost away anyway. So I am furious!!
- Then the show kills off another dragon! It was so pointless and why have Rheagal even survive the battle if he was just going to die anyway. At this point I am honestly wondering why the show even included the dragons.
- Why did Daenerys even go back to Dragon Stone? Seems pointless to me.
- So both Varys and Tyrion think Jon would be a better leader? This kind of makes me angry because I love Jon and I love Daenerys.
- Then there's Missandei, her death was tragic and heart breaking. I'm sure that her death could send Daenerys down the path to madness. I cannot wait for Drogon to burn Kings Landing to the ground as payback! But my heart breaks thinking about Grey Worm, and how Cersei put Missandei in chains!
Season 8 Episode 5 - The Bells
At the start of this season I was so excited, I woke up at 2am to watch, I was determined to avoid spoilers, I was ready for a massive finale to the greatest Tv show I have ever seen. Now that excitement has been replaced with disappointment. I won't say that episode 5 was awful because it wasn't, it was better than last week's episode, but I wish I'd stopped watching after episode 3. So, lets delve into episode 5:
- Firstly, why on earth was Davos charging into battle? He has repeatedly stated that he is not much of a fighter!! I know there was a lot going on in this episode but Davos being on the front line when he wasn't needed just seemed like sloppy writing.
- We all knew that Varys would betray Daenerys, we also knew he would die before the season was over so his death was not a big surprise. However, I loved the way Drogon appeared above Daenerys and co. It was so ominous and powerful.
- I loved the battle setup however when we only have such a short season maybe that time would have been better send on narrative.
- Then there's Tyrion and I'm not sure how I feel about him now. He frees Jaime, gives bad advice and expects Daenerys to think rationally even though she has lost nearly everything. Considering his standing as the cleverest man in Westeros I expected more from him.
- On to Jon, I can't help but feel he has been side lined this season. Jon was brought back by the lord of light to serve a purpose after which I assumed he would die, however I no longer have any idea what his purpose could be. He didn't lead the ground attack on Kings Landing - Grey Worm did which was disappointing, we have watched seasons of him being built up as the best fighter in Westeros and we haven't even seen him fight properly in season 8. True to his honour he stands by Daenerys, however the look on his face when she starts burning the city is heart breaking.
- Grey Worm went full on crazy which was a surprise.
- Arya again takes centre stage, I honestly thought she had died at least five times. I'm sure that she's added a new queen to her kill list now, her role was vital to showing the destruction caused by Daenerys. The final scene with the white horse was visually incredible but could symbolise death or loss of innocence. However, when I saw the white horse I was reminded of the horse Karl Drogo gave Daenerys back in season 1.
- We finally got the showdown we have all been waiting for: Cleganebowl! And it was everything I wanted and more.
- Qyburn's death was satisfying; however I certainly think season 8 could have used him more effectively.
- Now what do I even say about Cersei? I hated that this episode tried to humanise her! She has been the villain the whole time, but this episode tried to make us feel sympathy for her just because they turned Daenerys into the 'Mad Queen'.
- Cersei did indeed die with her brothers' hands around her neck, just not in the way we had previously interpreted. This was a great twist however her death did not feel good enough somehow.
- I have been team Daenerys since the very start, and I agree that we have been able to see the signs of madness since the very start and I thought that a Mad Queen storyline would have been great. I also thought it was too predictable and that she had done too much good to go full bad guy mad.
- I loved that the city burning triggered the wildfire. The green and red flames made for a stunning visual.
- I loved the epic moment she burned the iron fleet, however the music made it clear that she was no longer in control. I miss the moments where Daenerys and the Dragons signified triumph.
- The fact that she burned the city made sense however I fully believe that she would never have murdered innocent people, it's just not her style. Think back to when she freed thousands of slaves. Her decent into madness made little sense and has been rushed.
- I also still don't hate Daenerys, if they wanted us to see her has the villain she should have gone evil at the end of last season.
It's a shame that character arches have been thrown out the window Bran style. It's a shame that fan theories have been better than the actual show. I hate the fact that Daenerys is most likely going to be murdered next week because she is mad, it would have been better if she'd died for a cause. I hate that they have destroyed an empowering character that has given us so many amazing moments. I will say that Emilia Clark and Maisie Williams deliver outstanding performances in this episode! At this point I'm dreading watching next week; however Daenerys certainly radiates power in the trailer which I have added below. Please let me know what you think in the comments below x.
Season 8 Episode 6 - The Iron Throne
Game of Thrones is officially over, and I have no idea how I feel after that Finale. Was it a good episode? I loved parts of it and parts of it made no sense what's so ever, but after that messy season I think this was quite possibly the only way Game of Thrones could have ended without a complete rewrite (Which will never happen, but I have an ideas in my head as I am sure you do). One thing is for sure D&D should have done this show and its characters justice, it's such a shame they rushed through this season just so they could move onto the next project. Here are my in-depth thoughts on the ending:
- Drogon absolutely broke my heart, I have watched the scene where he realises Daenerys is dead twice and cried twice. The way he screams and then burns the throne is so emotive, it proves how great Game of Thrones is because we have emotionally connected to a mythical creature. This scene was the only time I ever felt a strong sense of emotion and when Drogon so carefully picked Daenerys up I felt a wave of sadness.
- Am I the only one that thought Bran was actually going to warg into a crow to find Drogon? Because I kept waiting and it never happened. It would have been so great to have seen where Drogon took Daenerys - I think it would have been great if he had returned to the place he was born. Maybe the magic there could have brought her back using dragon fire.
- I think that both Jon and Daenerys deserved so much better than this season and this ending. I'm not angry that Daenerys died, I even predicted it, but I hated how she died. They turned her into a villain (which was the most predictable thing ever), it would have been better if she'd died for a cause. Like the Azor prophecy. It also made sense for Jon to kill her - but again it would have been better if he had done it for a cause. He even regretted what he did. The show ruined the two characters that have carried the show since day one.
- Do not even get my started on how this show turns its powerful female characters into mad villains. I'm just glad the show ended before they ruined Sansa.
- There were some Daenerys moments that I loved. I loved the powerful imagery of her standing above her army, with Drogon on one side and the Targaryen flag on the other. I also loved the dragon wing illusion, where it looked like she had wings! It is a shame we only got a few moments for her being a true dragon. If they wanted a mad Queen they should have taken it further. Daenerys did after all provide the show with its most epic moments.
- Let's talk about Jon, so the show makes a huge deal out of his true heritage for it to mean nothing at all. Jon has done more for the Seven Kingdoms than anyone else and yet he got banished to the wall. He was also reduced to no more than an extra throughout which just made no sense at all.
- With Jon and Daenerys there would be no living and neither of them ever got any thanks - The Long Night was completely forgotten about in this episode.
- Do not even talk to me about Tyrion, he does a complete 180 in this episode and turns all of Daenerys past killings into acts of madness. He admired her and then suddenly he acts as if the bad men who would have done worse to her were saints? The what the hell.
- Bran as King really did not work for me and as a storyline it was awful. He does nothing all season; he wasn't even in season 5 because he's story was not interesting. But suddenly he has the most interesting story of all. Just no. Plus most of his visits to the past were about Jon's true heritage and it didn't even matter at the end. Bran is the most pointless character left alive. He can't be a lord, but he can be a King? Really?
- Also what was the point of Arya becoming a faceless man? Not once in season 8 does she steel a face! I thought for sure in this episode she would but nope.
- The notion that Sansa wanted Jon to be freed makes me laugh. She knew full well that with Jon gone she would be named Queen in the North. But I do love that she become Queen.
- They really should have employed someone to work out how many unsullied and Dothraki had died in each battle because I'm sure most of them died at Winterfell.
- I loved that Arya is off to discover the west! - Her conclusion was my faviourte.
- It's stupid that Cersei and Jaime could have survived if they had moved two steps to the right. Its laughable really.
- Jon hugging Ghost was amazing!! But sending him back to Castle Black made me so angry! Without him everyone would have been part of the Night Kings army!
- People should really learn to not listen Tyrion and why on earth would Bran make him Hand - he has literally failed at the job twice.
- Also, I was so looking forward to all of the characters coming together and it just all seemed to fall flat.
- And it all ends with a montage of Sansa, Jon and Arya which I really liked, it had a great tone and all I've wanted since day one is a happy Stark ending. (notice how Bran didn't feature - because he does nothing!).
- However, in the last five minutes I thought we would get a shock moment: maybe the Night King could be back, maybe Daenerys being reborn, maybe we would get a glimpse of ice spiders, maybe something from the lord of light. I was waiting for the show to go out on a bang and it didn't.
So thats it, our watch has officially ended. Season 8 had so much potential and whilst it was visually spectacular it lacked a coherent narrative and seemed to forget the majority of the previous 7 seasons. It's sad that the show became so predictable and that theories were better than what we got. The inconstancies such as Kings Landing being surrounded by water and then by wasteland, Jon coming back for seemingly no purpose, Rheagal's death, the lack of prophecy and more made season 8 so frustrating. Like why was there no boat baby? But without a doubt Game of Thrones is the greatest TV show ever made and it has been so great to experience this epic story. I fell in love with so many scenes and I have watched them over and over again - something I don't do with any other TV show. I want to say a huge thank you to the cast and crew for creating an immersive world. Shout out to Jon for being the hero the Seven Kingdoms needed and to Daenerys for being the strongest Queen, I will never get over the first time she flew on Drogon.
Thank you to everyone that has read my reaction each week, it means so much.
Please let me know in the comments below what you thought of season 8 x