“Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 2… The Big Setup

Let it begin.

The second episode of the eighth season had more impact than the last. Connections starting to form while others start to tear, no one is safe during this winter. Who will win the “Game of Thrones“?

As discussed last week, the first episode was used to set up the rest of the season, and not start out with a bang. Instead as seen with this episode we are being treated to a slow suspenseful climb to that big bang, much like a fuse to a bomb. A bomb that will rock the landscape of television forever.

With characters slowing accepting their fates and realizing the follies they have made in the past, this episode had more emotion crammed into it than any of the other seasons combined. All the characters we have grown with and seen up until this point all are on the chopping block. No one is safe. The emotional connection to these characters is real, to the point that even the most hated character can make you wish they would not die.

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So much impact in one heartfelt episode. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) really controlled the whole swing of the episode. With the realization and regret he has for the things he has done, Jaime Lannister tries to come to peace with it all. Apologizing to Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), asking to serve under Brienne (Gwendolynn Christie), and even knighting her. It really seemed as Jaime was trying to rectify his sins of the past by helping others achieve their goals, and treating them as friends other than tools the Lannister household could use.

The emotion in this episode doesn’t just come from the Lannister brothers though. It comes from every character. Everyone of them realizing that they will die. That they are the last hope for the living world and if they fail, not only will they die but so will the rest of Westeros and even Essos. Characters connect with each other in ways that we have never seen before like Arya (Maisie Williams) “laying” with Gendry (Joe Dempsie), and Sam (John Bradley) giving Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) his family blade. Even in these final hours, where we think that characters cannot grow any farther, they surprise us by giving these characters even more depth.

The final thing of note is Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), and his realization of actually being a Targaryen and telling Daenarys (Emilia Clarke) this with her denying that it is true. Daenarys has always believed that she is the rightful heir to the throne and now that she knows she is not, will we perhaps see her paranoia grow in her belief that Jon will try to take the throne from her? Jon is obviously in a bit of an inner battle with himself. Not wanting to rule but realizing he is the rightful heir to the iron throne, will he try to take it? This season is just getting better and better.