It’s already been a day since the release of the latest and the second last episode of Game of Thrones. While a lot of people are complaining, there are a few people who claim that this is one of the best directorial episodes in the history of Game of Thrones!
This show has been building character arcs since the first season and the eight season seems to be the season where all this characterization goes down the drain. While many say it’s the lack of creative writing, many also believe that it could just mean that no matter how the situations change and what the people face, no matter how much they evolve, their true personalities never go away.
Beginning from Jaime Lannister who left Cersei in the seventh episode to do the right thing, went back to her only to realize that both of them came together in this world and would leave together. (Flashback to season 5 when Bronn asks Jaime how he would like to die, his reply was ‘in the arms of the woman I love’) There you go, the writers didn’t shift much from the script now, did they?
While Cersei Lannister is no doubt one of the best ever villains on TV, many people were disappointed in the way she died and how they managed to humanize her in the episode. Why, of course, Cersei was cruel and went on to inflict pain onto others, you cannot be surprised when I say she has always been loyal to her family. That is one of the reasons why she doesn’t kill Jaime in the seventh season and Tyrion in both the seventh and the eighth season. If you look at her arc, she has become crueller than how she began but, she has always done whatever she did for her family; kids, lover, brother and father. Thus, the words she says before dying about wanting her child to live is probably the truest she has ever been.
Moving to Tyrion Lannister, this imp was always seen as somebody who could own up to his shortcomings, but this episode finally showed us his vulnerable side and why he has a soft spot for only one Lannister; Jaime. This episode, or season, in fact, went on to show us that even though Tyrion seemed to be one of the smartest characters in the show (previous seasons), he made a lot of mistakes in this season. Once again, breaking the character built, but still staying true to it. If you remember, Tyrion was betrayed by Shae, something he never saw coming, but also very early on in his life by his first wife too. This season, he gets betrayed by not one but two queens. Back to square one if one may say.
One of the greatest character arc in the entire show is that of Arya; from a little girl to the fiercest nobody. Just when we thought that there was no turning back for Arya, we see her getting scared in the latest episode. You might wonder, the girl who killed the Night King, how could she be scared? But let me remind you, this season is all about showing your true personalities, and that is what happened with Arya too. She did show the emotions of a scared little girl, something you could see in the first season.
Jon Snow seems to be the only one who remains the same, as Ygritte would say, ‘You know nothing, Jon Snow’.
The only character who seemed different was our beloved Khaleesi, or dare I say, the Mad Queen. She began as a scared, abused girl and is now the only standing ferocious woman. Let’s move to one of her iconic dialogues, ‘Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell – they’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.’
While she intended to break the wheel, it seems that she fell into the same trap as the rest of them. She is now truly the mad queen who does not care about innocent lives and did what her father couldn’t do, ‘Burn them all!’ Thus, in retrospect, we can see that Daenerys didn’t break the wheel, but the wheel broke her.
Let me know your thoughts on the episode and why you liked or didn’t like it!