Of course, everybody has watched the second episode of the last season of Game of Thrones. But here are a few clues and theories you have overlooked and will definitely need to brush up on before the next episode! If you paid attention to the intro of the show, you’ll see that there were a few trenches added to the borders of Winterfell. If you looked carefully you would know that the intro follows the path the Night King will take to reach the Iron Throne.
The episode begins with Jaime Lannister standing in front of Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, answering to his crimes of killing Aerys II Targaryen and playing his part in the death of Eddard Stark. Jaime looks at Brienne and says, ‘This goes beyond loyalty, this is about survival.’ His words were taken from Brienne in the seventh season when she tells him, ‘This goes beyond houses and honours and oath.’ None of the three decision makers trusted Jaime and he had a slim chance of mercy, but Brienne of Tarth stands up for Jaime. She says that Ser Jaime is a man of honour and Sansa Stark is alive only because he had sworn an oath to Catelyn Stark and armoured Brienne to go find her. Brienne continues to say that she vouches for him and will fight beside him as she trusts him with her life.
This statement was enough to convince the three to let go of Jaime. We then see Grey Worm begrudgingly giving Jaime Lannister’s sword called the Widow’s Wail back to him.
We then see Daenerys exploding on Tyrion saying that he either knew that Cersei isn’t sending her troops or he didn’t. Either way, it makes him a traitor or a fool. She says that Cersei still sits on the throne and threatens him saying, ‘If you can’t help me take it back, I will find another Hand who can.’
We then see Arya asking Gendry if he has made her weapon yet. Gendry tries to warn her and tells her that it’s better if she stays down in the crypt because it’s safer there. Arya asks him if he is going to be in the crypt. She knows he has fought the White Walkers before and she asks him how they are like. She pokes him with questions, ‘What do they look like? What do they smell like? How do they move? How hard are they to kill?’ Gendry answers saying I know you want to fight and you’re not afraid, but this is different, this is death. This is when Arya shows her determination, strength and power by aiming three knives at the opposite wall and saying, ‘I know death. He’s got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.’ If you recall, the first trailer of the season let out by HBO shows Arya saying the exact same dialogue.
Ever since the end of the first episode, the fans have been waiting for an interaction between Bran and Jaime. This scene takes place under the Weirwood tree in the Godswood of Winterfell. It begins with Jaime apologising for pushing Bran outside the window. Bran tells him that he wasn’t sorry then because he was protecting his family. When Jaime says that he isn’t that person anymore Bran says that he still would be if he wouldn’t have pushed him out of the window and he still would be Brandon Stark. Jaime is shocked and asks him why he didn’t tell everyone that he was the one who pushed him to which Bran replies, ‘You wouldn’t be able to help us in this fight if I let them murder you first.’ Jaime questions if he would tell them afterwards and Bran says, ‘How do you know there is an afterwards?’ This one statement makes all of us wonder if there won’t be an Iron Throne left once the war is done.
There was one scene that we have all been waiting for between two powerful women in the show. Daenerys and Sansa begin the conversation by discussing the verdict on Ser Jaime about how both of them wanted to punish him but Sansa turned in the end. Sansa replies that she trusts Brienne more than anyone and also tells Daenerys that Tyrion is a good man to which Daenerys says, ‘I didn’t ask him to be my Hand only because he was good, but also because he is good, and intelligent, and can be ruthless when he had to be. He never should have trusted Cersei.’ Sansa being the sassy person she is, replies, ‘You never should have either.’
The two ladies have a heart-to-heart and a power-down when Daenerys tries to mend things with Sansa. They talk about how they have so much in common yet there are odds between them. Sansa tells Daenerys that men do stupid things for the women they love and they can be easily manipulated. She thinks that Daenerys manipulated Jon. Dany tells Sansa that her only goal in life was the Iron Throne, but here she is half a world away, fighting Jon’s fight with him. So, who manipulated whom? Sansa realises that she should’ve thanked her and tells her so when Dany keeps her hand on hers; a sign of friendship and trust.
They joke around it a bit but Sansa is a Stark and is loyal to her family and she asks, ‘After we defeat the dead, defeat Cersei, what happens next? The North was taken from us and we took it back and we said that we would never bow to anyone else again, what about the North?’ and we see another iconic sign of Daenerys’ feelings when she removes her hand from Sansa’s.
These two ladies were interrupted by the arrival of Theon Greyjoy. Sansa was overwhelmed to see Theon again and gets tearful when he says he’s come back to fight beside them. The wildlings and the men from Castle Black finally reach Winterfell and let Jon know that they only have till the next sunrise to make arrangements for the battle as the White Walkers will be at Winterfell by then.
We then see everybody gathered to plan for the battle. Daenerys, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Ser Davos, Jaime, Ser Jorah, Varys, Tyrion, Lyanna Mormont, Brienne, Tormund, Theon and Sam all of them were present. Jon’s entire plan is to kill the Night King as he is the commander of the dead, and if he falls, they all go down. Jaime makes a fair point and says if that’s the case then the Night King will never expose himself to which Bran replies that he will and that he will be coming for Bran.
We all know that the Night King has been after Bran, and this is the scene where we finally find out why. Bran continues to say that the Night King has tried to come for the Three-Eyed ravens before and he will try again. This is because the Night King wants an endless night, he wants to erase this world and Bran is this world’s memory. Thus, the only way to erase the world of men is to end Bran. Tyrion asks him how will the Night King find him and he shows them the Night King’s mark. He says that the Night King always knows where Bran is. Jon decides that they will keep Bran safe in the crypt and Bran refuses. He tells them to use him as bait to lure the Night King before his army kills everybody. They devise a plan for Bran to wait in Godswood where Theon will be guarding him. Theon offers to be that guard and says, ‘I took this castle from you, let me defend you now.’ Daenerys refuses Tyrion to fight in the battle and tells him to be in the crypt because he thinks better and she needs him if they survive.
There is a scene with Tyrion and Jaime where they talk about their sister, Cersei Lannister. Tyrion talks about how he wants to be the one to kill Cersei but we have reason to believe that Jaime will. Come to think of it, Jaime might redeem himself and his honour by killing his sister, once again sticking true to his name as a Kingslayer. But this death might go down in the book where they write songs for the heroes under Jaime’s name. To back this theory, let me remind you, the prophecy told to Cersei by the Woods Witch. She says, ‘You’ll never wed the prince, you’ll wed the king. You’ll be queen, for a time. Then comes another, younger, more beautiful, to cast you down and take all you hold dear. The king will have 20 children and you will have three. Gold will be their crowns . . . gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.’
If you look deep into this prophecy, you’ll know that most of it has already come true. ‘You’ll never wed the prince, you’ll wed the king.’ This meant that Cersei will not wed Rhaegar Targaryen, she’ll wed Robert Baratheon. ‘You’ll be queen, for a time. Then comes another, younger, more beautiful, to cast you down and take all you hold dear.’ This is in the process as she is the queen and the younger queen could be Daenerys. When she says to take all you hold dear, it could mean the fact that the one guy who Cersei truly loved, Jaime, is now on Daenerys’ side. ‘The king will have 20 children and you will have three. Gold will be their crowns . . . gold their shrouds.’ This line has also come true as the king had illegitimate children and she had three. Gold will be their crowns meant that all three had golden hair and the shrouds reference to the fact that all three will be dead for her to witness. ‘And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.’ This line could mean that once Daenerys takes the throne, her brother which is another word for Valonqar, will be the one to kill her. But since Cersei hates Tyrion since his birth, and GoT likes to twist things all the time, it could mean that Jaime is the one who will kill Cersei.
While the men of the Black Castle unite, Jon tells Sam that he should be in the crypt. Sam gets angry and says, ‘Everyone seems to forget that I was the first man to kill a White Walker. I’ve killed Thenns, I’ve saved Gilly more than once, I’ve stolen a considerable amount of books from the Citadel library, survived the Fist of the First Men. You need me out there.’ It is then agreed upon that Samuel Tarly, will be fighting alongside the men.
Arya finally gets her weapon, which is one of the best creations as it is a two-way weapon. While she is admiring the weapon, Gendry tells her that he is Robert Baratheon’s bastard. While Arya was shocked to hear this, she had something else in her mind. She tells Gendry that she wants to sleep with him, she says, ‘We are probably going to die soon, I want to know what it’s like before that happens.’ While the audience can’t say that they didn’t see this coming, it was also a bit unpleasant to watch because the audience have watched Arya grow up on the show. In this, scene, we see Arya’s stab wounds, a reminder that even though she’s acting like a girl who wants to lose her virginity, she is still someone who has endured a lot more than she lets on.
There was one defining scene in this episode. A scene with the greatest characters; everybody, in one frame. This frame had Podrick, Tyrion, Ser Davos, Jaime, Brienne and Tormund.
Tyrion lightens the mood saying that everybody in the room, at one point, has fought the North and yet here they are, defending the North. Tyrion goes on to praise everybody present and when he reaches Brienne he calls her Ser Brienne by mistake and then corrects himself by saying ‘Lady Brienne’. When Tormund questions why Brienne is not a knight, she says that women can’t be knights, she continues to say that she doesn’t even want to be a knight. This is a white lie because we remember Brienne telling Podrick that she wanted to be a knight. Jaime then tells Brienne that she doesn’t need a king to make her a knight, she only needs a knight. He then tells her to come forward as he will make her a knight. Jaime takes his sword and begins, ‘In the name of the warrior, I charge you to be brave. In the name of the Father, I charge you to be just. In the name of the Mother, I charge you to defend the innocent. Arise, Brienne of Tarth, A knight of the Seven Kingdoms.’ This is the scene after which the episode was named.
The scene ends with Podrick singing a song ‘Jenny of Oldstones’. This song was paired with a montage of people sharing a moment with each other. Sam and Gilly with their son, Grey Worm and Missandei kissing before Grey Worm leaves to take his position for the battle to come, Sansa and Theon having dinner and Arya and Gendry after their sexual encounter.
They show the people of Winterfell preparing for the battle and the song ends when Daenerys goes to the crypt where Jon is standing, looking at the statue of Lyanna Stark.
Daenerys asks Jon who that is and he replies with her name. Daenerys talks about how decent and kind she heard her brother, Rhaegar was but he raped Lyanna Stark to which Jon clarifies that he didn’t rape her, he loved her and they were married in secret. This is the moment everybody was waiting for. Jon proceeds to tell her the truth and says, ‘After Rhaegar fell on the Trident, she had a son. Robert would have murdered the baby if he ever found out and Lyanna knew it. So the last thing she did, as she bled to death on her birthing bed was give the boy to her brother, Ned Stark, to raise as his bastard. My name, my real name, is Aegon Targaryen.’
Like everybody already knew, Daenerys was horrified and the first thing she says is, ‘Who told you this? A secret no one in the world knew except your brother and your best friend, doesn’t seem strange to you? If it were true, it would make you the last male heir of House Targaryen, you would have a claim to the Iron Throne.’ The audience in one hand is angry that Daenerys is taking this the wrong way and is worried that she might turn against Jon but on the other hand, the audience also understands that Dany spent her whole life trying to claim the Iron Throne while Jon might just get it because he is a male heir. Their moment was interrupted by the sound of the siren which meant that the White Walkers have been spotted.
The episode ends with the arrival of the White Walker Army, without their leader. This one shot makes the people wonder where the Night King is. This scene could mean that the Winterfell battle won’t be the only battle in the show. This scene, the absence of the Night King could mean that the White Walkers will fight and then retreat and move towards King’s Landing where the show will end with a final battle.
In the upcoming battle, we must be ready to lose our soldiers and we have reason to believe that Theon will be one of the people who might lose their lives along with Podrick and Grey Worm.