Written by Ollie C.
Ollie's Rating: 8.5/10
Josh's Rating: /10
This review contains some spoilers for Episode 2 of Game of Thrones Season 8 and discusses possible theories about the deaths of major characters, read at your own risk!
So we are already a third of the way through Season 8 of Game of Thrones, and it feels like we've only just started. Episode 2 is very much a character driven episode (much like the episode prior) but this time, we have time to reflect on the relationships between these characters before we head out to battle next week. This episode touches on the theme of 'Who would you spend your last night with?' as we get to see all our favourite faces together in one room after so long, including the return of Jaime Lannister to Winterfell which (pardon the pun) gets a rather frosty reception, in particular from a certain Brandon Stark aka the Three Eyed Raven.
We get to see some fantastic scenes between Jaime, Tyrion, Brienne, Tormund, Davos and Podrick as they spend the night together under one roof singing and sharing stories, leading to a really beautiful scene for Gwendoline Christie's character. We also get a rather unexpected scene between Arya and Gendry, along with some great scenes with Jon, Sam and Edd as they look back on their time in the Night's Watch.
And then we get the scene we've been waiting for since the end of Season 7, which I wont spoil, but it's done really rather beautifully. We close the episode with the expected arrival of the army of the dead, as we see them stride closer and closer to Winterfell. Episode 3 is certainly going to be one to remember.
A Theory for Episode 3:
Will Tyrion Lannister die in the Battle of the Living and Dead?
At the end of Episode 2, we see a long panning shot of Tyrion watching out over the turrets of Winterfells structure, he is framed by two turrets, one either side of him. This long panning shot turns around to look out towards the land surrounding their base, to see the White Walkers marching towards. The framing of this scene matches the scene with Tyrion, with 2 white walkers standing where the turrets were, and in between is the town of Winterfell. Could this just be dramatic direction or is it hinting at something more? Could Tyrian fall in a battle between the white walkers? Or will he do as his Queen commands and stay in the Crypt? We are yet to have a big death in the series and if next week's episode is to be the big battle, we can expect at least one major player to be off the board.
Here is the trailer for Episode 3:
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