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5 thoughts on Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2

Only four episodes left! Episode 2 was much like episode 1. A set up with a lot of interaction between key characters. The real stuff starts next week. A look at what happened:

1) All about Jamie

The first 20 minutes of the show was about Jamie. His interactions with Tyrion, Bran and Lady Brienne were strong. Even Daenerys backed off with him. It was Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's acting at its best.

2) Setting up

The whole show was a setup for the big battle. In essence, it was a continuation of the first episode. Lots of characters connecting. Cool to watch, but not much action. And no deaths! (I think we will see many of those next week).

3) The big battle

We are now set up for the big battle with the dead. My guess is lots of deaths. Surprised they did not send Arya to kill Cersei. And we really did not need to see her have sex with the useless Gendry, did we? It felt uncomfortable because we have watched her since he was a child.

4) The Greyjoys

Theon showed up and did not do much. But he did arrive and he is on the side of the living. How long does he survive? His relationship with Sansa is interesting now as well. And he is going to protect Bran?

5) The key moments

There we so many great interactions. Jamie knighting Brienne. The whole scene with all of them together (who knew Podric could sing?) And Jon told Dany his real background. You can tell all he cares about is beating the Night King. Does anyone else fear he dies in this battle? Only four episodes left. Next week should be huge.

Not a great episode but not bad. Suspect the next one will be huge. This should be an all time battle. Can't wait to see what happens!

So I went back and watched every episode of this season so I could have full context for the finale. Were there some soft spots? Yes. But overall I think the criticism is over the top. It's become cool to say how much this season sucked. I think it is more a product of social media and the fact so many people watched the series. All in all, I found it satisfying. Here are five thoughts on the finale:

1) Wow. What acting

Peter Dinklage is the best actor on the show. The first 30 minutes were about him. (Until we saw evil Dany). She has plans to burn the world. And now we see the opponents. Tyrion walked away from Dany, angering her and setting him up as a bad guy, but he also convinced Jon as to the right path. Dinklage was at his best in the final episode. Throughout the series, he, Jon and Dany had the best characters. He went out in style.

2) Bran?

The three-eyed raven wound up on the throne, elected by a group of nobles. He allowed Sansa to keep the north as her own realm. It almost felt phony seeing the north men cheer her on as "Queen in the North," but it was a solid finish.

3) You know nothing, Jon Snow

It was perhaps the most fitting ending to any character to have Jon return north of the wall with the wildlings, ghost and Tormund. His story arc ended with a perfect finish. That was always where he belonged. I know a lot of people were upset that the Targaryen reveal amounted to nothing, but I always hoped for this ending for Jon.

4) Crazy Dany

Dany's ending was unfortunate. The hope was she would bounce back from last week and try to make amends. Instead she planned on burning more of the world, and Jon had to stop her. It was a shame, but no one else could have done it. Her story seemed to end fairly abruptly. If there is one criticism here, it is that she went out with a whimper, not a bang. Her death came off as maudlin, and the dragon flying away with her was a bit much. But it was a poignant moment when Jon finally killed her.

5) And now my watch is ended

Did anyone feel like there were too many perfect endings? That the show put a bow on everything? Tyrion is hand of the king. Sansa is Queen in the North. Arya is traveling West of Westeros. Jon winds up home, All in all, I liked this finish and liked this season. Was it perfect? No. But was it better that people give it credit for? Absolutely. We have devoted almost 10 years to these characters, and the goodbyes were bittersweet. Time will tell how the show will be judged, but I don't think the ending was as bad as most people.

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