“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”, GoT’s last season’s second episode sets its bar right where it should be.
The first episode received mixed reviews, however, the second episode brought back some quiescent time where every character solemnizes in their own way for one last time before facing death and uncertainty.
The artistic touches such as the chiaroscuro lights throughout the episode gives one the feeling of a very cold and dark night at the Winterfell. It was almost as if you are looking in to a Caravaggio’s paintings moving in the dim light shadowing with a full blown expressions.
The plethora resonates around the preparations not just mentally but the physical one of the great war between the living and the dead that lies ahead. And the essence of this episode for all the viewers is to connect once last time with all their favourite characters before they end up dying.
This episode will give everyone the sense of an eerie and uncertainty which revolves around the relationships between Danny and Jon, Danny and Tyrion, Jamie and Brienne, Danny and Sansa; what role would they play ahead of the war and during the war? We have to wait and see.
Jamie faces everyone bravely once he arrives at Winterfell, the most exhilarating part of his character was to face Daenerys and then Bran. As Brienne of Tarth vouches for him and swears to his loyalty Sansa, Jon and Dany allows him to stay at Winterfell. Meanwhile Dany is angry at the hand of the queen, Tyrion for making a mistake for trusting Cersai who promised to send the army to fight the dead.
Dany also faces challenge ahead of her as she senses a slight hint of tinge from Jon.
As angry as she is, Dany still arrives with an olive branch to find common grounds to make ends meet, however, Sansa being calculative confronts her about the future of the North after the war.
While love blooms more between those who were destined to be together Grey Worm and Missandei promises they’d go back to Narth someday when the war ends. There are more of that spark seen between Brienne/Jaime and Arya/Gendry.
There were some more reunions in this episode where Jon meets Tormond, Edd, and Sansa meets Theon. Tormond despite in the state of war inquires about, “The big woman (Brienne) still here?”
As the night falls, many characters gather by the fire and drink their last fill and sing. Tormond shares how he got his last name while Tyrion and the rest calls on how many battles all of them have survived. During this, Ser Jaime announces that he could knight Brienne and hence she ends up becoming Ser Brienne the knight of the seven kingdoms.
The scene has an emotional copious where the dim light and the expression of Brienne makes the entire part of her character being officially recognised as a strong and a brave one.
The gripping part of the entire episode was when the battle strategy is laid on the table, everyone wants to give there best and some surprises come at play. Theon who once took over Winterfell vouches to protect Bran at the godswood, while Tyrion is ordered to step aside and not to participate in the battle.
The dialogues exchanged between Jon and Dany, Bran and Jaime are left out in the open to guess what lies ahead for them.
Meanwhile, a sight to see, our beloved CGI wolf Ghost was also seen making his way into the scenes, we still don’t know whether Arya’s Nymeria will take part or not.
Jon explains Dany about his real identity and the only thing Dany envisions is Jon being the rightful king to the seven kingdoms (with much aghast and disbelief), they are disrupted by the arrival of someone everyone was waiting for: the Night King and his army.
What lies ahead in the next episode we have to wait… For now we can expect the best and the worst in the coming parts, I am waiting to see if we’d see the Red Priestess and Yara Greyjoy anytime soon.