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The final battle is finally here
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones.]
If you made it this far without getting majorly spoiled for the second episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 thanks to leaks, then we officially tip our hats to you. If not, well, at least you had some warning for the craziness that occurred during tonight's episode.
For the most part, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" was a table-setting episode as everyone at Winterfell prepared for the Night King's Army to arrive before sunrise. While Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and a recently pardoned Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) spent the night drinking by the fireside and knighting Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), other characters found more interesting ways to pass the time. Specifically, Arya (Maisie Williams) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) decided that they wanted to spend their last night on earth having sex (Arya for the first time, Gendry not so much), so they got busy getting busy.
Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Dany (Emilia Clarke) had a nice chat, where they seemed to come to terms with one another, but it ended with Sansa refusing to budge on the issue of an independent North. Dany didn't seem thrilled with the prospect of losing yet another of the seven kingdoms, so even though they've managed to smooth over some of their rough edges, there's still likely to be some politically-motivated tension between them should both women survive the Night King's siege. But who knows, if Jon (Kit Harington) takes his rightful place on the Iron Throne, none of it may matter.
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Speaking of which, Jon spent most of the episode avoiding Daenerys (understandable, really) but eventually she caught up with him in the crypt, standing in front of Lyanna's statue. Daenerys told him she could never reconcile the good stories she'd been told about her brother with the man who would kidnap and rape Lyanna Stark, at which point Jon had to fess up about the secrets he'd just learned. Jon told Daenerys that he was the legitimate son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, and because Dany is a smart cookie, she immediately realized that made him the last male heir of House Targaryen with a better claim to the Iron Throne than her. She was also smart enough to be skeptical about this reveal, seeing as the only two people who could corroborate it were Jon's brother and best friend. Fishy, at best.
They didn't have time to sort out any of the more complicated, incestuous issues at hand though since the moment everyone has been waiting for finally arrived. The Night King and his army arrived at Winterfell, meaning the battle between the living and the dead has officially arrived.
It's hard to say how the season will shake out from here, but it's difficult to imagine that even a season as short as this one would only spend one episode focusing on such an epic battle. Granted, next week's episode (and all the episodes after it) are over an hour long, but if we had to guess, we'd bet that the Night King's siege of Winterfell will last at least two episodes. That would leave two more episodes in the season for the survivors of the battle with the white walkers to fight it out with Cersei (Lena Headey) over the Iron Throne.
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The plan as it stands now is to lure the Night King into the Godswood to kill Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), who remains his main target in his quest to bring about endless night. Considering the first trailer for Season 6 showed us Arya running for her life through Winterfell's underground crypt, we can only imagine how that plan will go sideways fast. We know Dany and Tyrion and probably Jon will survive to see this fight with Cersei through, so who else should we be most worried about? There are only four Starks left (if you include Jon), and the likelihood that all of them will make it out of the coming battle alive are slim to none.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.
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