“Game of Thrones” hits high gear in final season

WARNING: Season 8 spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution.


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This image released by HBO shows from left, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Maisie Williams in a scene from “Game of Thrones,” that aired Sunday, April 21, 2019. With the Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow revealing his royal lineage to his potential rival Daenerys Targaryen, the beleaguered army at Winterfell is about to find out if two chief executives better than one.

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Game of Thrones, originally published as A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of books written by American novelist George R. R. Martin. A Song of Ice and Fire consists of seven books, the first being “A Game of Thrones” was first published in 1996.

As the month of April is coming to a close, let’s take a look back at the three most recent episodes.

Episode One: Winterfell.

After season seven came to close we saw as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen doing their business, Bran Stark explained to Samwell Tarly that Jon Snow is not Jon nor Snow and Is the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark who married in secret before the events of season one revealing Jon’s true name to be Aegon Targaryen the true heir to the Iron Throne. Meaning Daenerys is Jon’s aunt (yikes).

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The episode begins with a boy running through a crowd and climbing up a tree and being greeted to the army of the unsullied marching into Winterfell. The camera switches to Jon Snow and Daenerys riding side by side, the northerners looking at the unsullied and Daenerys with unwelcoming expressions. Jon tells Daenerys that northerners do not trust outsiders.

It’s clear that the north is divided on Jon’s decision in promising to help Daenerys in her fight to cease the iron throne. Theon Greyjoy saves his sister Asha from their uncle Euron Greyjoy’s ship. The White Walkers killed Ned Umber and what was left of his army who were supposed to fight against the white walkers alongside the unsullied, and Dothraki.

Episode Two: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

When you are hours away from fighting humanities worst enemy, what do you do? Well, the Game of Thrones cast said their goodbyes and having what is left of a good time before battling the Night King and his army of white walkers. Brienne of Tarth was made a knight of the seven kingdoms by Jaime Lannister. Arya… well, she had sex with Robert Baratheon’s bastard son Gendry. Bran volunteered to be bait in order to draw the Night King in. And Jon Snow reveals his true identity to Daenerys.

Not much happened in this episode in terms of action but it was heartfelt and you can feel the worst is coming and someone is going to die. With the army of the undead having arrived in Winterfell, things are going to get ugly.

Episode Three: The Long Night.

The title “The Long Night” is there for a reason, that reason being they fought the White Walkers up until dawn. The Dothraki, the unsullied, and the northern people were standing outside the gates of Winterfell. Melisandre comes on screen and lends aid by setting the Dothraki blades afire. The Dothraki charged into the white walkers, as they run into a black abyss you see the flames which light their blades slowly go out and their battles cries stopped. After the flames go out, a small number of horses and men come running back followed by the white walkers. Jon and Daenerys helped as much as they could on dragon back until the night king made his appearance on his dragon which at the moment Jon and Daenerys entered a battle which was made difficult as a cloud of fog or mist arose during it.

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The white walkers proved too much as the ground forces had to retreat inside the castle. They then activated the trenches which surrounded Winterfell. The trenched we’re supposed to be set aflame by Daenerys’ dragon Dracarys but she could not see the signal since the fog was too dense and she was fighting the Night King. So instead Melisandre came to their aid as she used her magic to burn the trenches. The trenches held the white walkers off only for a moment as they slowly started to pile over each other to make bridges for them to go marching inside the castle walls.

Meanwhile, Daenerys and Jon remove the Night king from his dragon, Daenerys thought she had won after she had Dracarys burn him, but he was immune as the fire cleared he was perfectly fine and even had a smirk on his face. Daenerys flew away in time and barely missed a spear thrown by the Night King, he then started to walk towards Winterfell. Jon, however, was chasing the Night King down and he took notice, as he turned around Jon stopped and stared at the Night King which was a total mistake. The Night King avoided confrontation by raising more undead from the freshly killed northerners and Dothraki and continued walking towards Winterfell.

Back in the castle Arya is wandering around trying to get to Bran but is being chased by white walkers. Sandor “the Hound” Clegain and Beric Dondarrion help Arya, and with the cost of Beric’s life, the Hound and Arya are able to enter a room which they can barricade for a moment. Outside, the fight against the white walkers seemed over, that was until the Night King raised them. Even in the Crypts, where it was supposed to be safe, the undead rose. Jon made it back to the castle to try and protect Bran from being captured and was greeted by another new army of white walkers. Outside the castle, Dracarys was overwhelmed by undead thus knocking Daenerys off. Luckily, Daenerys’ most trusted friend Jorah Mormont was there to help fend off the white walkers.

At the weirwood tree, Bran is being protected by Theon Greyjoy and other soldiers. In the end, Theon fell to the Night King as he ran at him with a spear and was stabbed through his abdomen by it. Jon could not make it to Bran in time, and the Night King was inches away from killing Bran. That’s until Arya comes running towards the Night King and he grabs and chokes her. She then switches the dagger from her left hand and dropped it into her right hand, stabbing and killing the Night King crumbling everything he created.

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Now with the Night King gone, the next threat is Cersei Lannister. Cersei who said she was going to lend troops to help fight the Night King never did. Daenerys lost a good number of troops fighting the white walkers and as did Jon, so fighting Cersei will prove more difficult. Euron Greyjoy still controls most of the iron fleet. Cersei also has the ballista that will be used against Daenerys’ dragon. With Jon Snow being the heir to the iron throne Cersei has more a reason to kill her opponents once word goes around.