Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 2 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"

"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"

Writer: Bryan Cogman

Director: David Nutter

Review by: James Stone

We are creeping closer to the end of this magical journey and I don't think the tension could be any tighter.

Episode 1 left me feeling in a good place and ready for action. Episode 2 has managed to build more emotion and add more feeling into all these characters I have come to love. I'm now sitting here not wanting the battle to start, for the fear of losing anyone.

"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" made me realise how important all of these characters are. A moment between a lonesome Hound and Arya made me remember how good they were together. We all know the Hound is destined to die in battle, but I don't want him to go out like this. He needs to face his brother the mountain one last time.

Jamie and Tyrion are together once again, discussing their family issues. It reminded me how significant the Lannister brothers been over the last 7 seasons, but it's been a while since we saw them together on screen.

Brienne Of Tarth has been a complete beast, while struggling as a strong woman in a man's world. Her embrace and acceptance by Jamie and her peers during this episode was the least she deserved. She will be marching into battle finally an equal to the men who stand next to her. Is this the closure she needed to die happy in battle?

This episode also demonstrated how much these characters have grown with us through the years. Arya, who we first met in Winterfell all those years ago as a child,now bares all and  shares an intimate moment with Gendry. As open as Game of Thrones is for nudity, this scene has caused some conflict amongst viewers. She's a grown woman now, and in a world rampant with incest, rape and genital mutilation, this is hardly anything to be up in arms about.

Finally, Jon and Daenerys. The man we all want to be King and the woman we want to be queen. The moment Jon explained his true heritage to Daenerys gave me a sick feeling in the depths of my gut. Will the little matter of being related prohibit their relationship going any further? Will Dany not risk her claim to the throne by ensuring that Jon doesn't survive the battle with the dead? Either way, the honeymoon period is over and I have no idea how things will turn out.

As the episode drew to an end I didn't want it to finish. I don't remember feeling this desperate to see the next episode of a TV show in my life. With the Battle of Winterfell next week sure to bring plenty of death and ongoing politics, the Game Of Thrones is truly upon us.

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