Game of Thrones season 8 consists of 6 episodes. Now reaching the halfway mark, the show writers have set the stage for the last 3 episodes of the final season. With major characters making headway, others have fallen by the wayside, with their impact on the show being of no consequence.
Season 8 Episode 4 began with the burning of the dead who passed in the Battle of Winterfell. And as Sansa Stark and Daenerys paid their last respects to dear ones such as Theon Greyjoy andSir Jorah Mormont, it seems that the cast finished one battle, just to begin another. The episode is rushed; as time lapses ahead of the war against Cersei Lannister for the Iron Throne.
However, though the remaining characters have indeed been established as key players for the next half of the final season; it has become even clear that character’s past and present relationships intertwin making for a highly complicated future. Nonetheless, there are a few characters who have a very bright future ahead in the episodes to come.
Jon “Aegon Targaryen” Snow
The King in the North, a member of the Night’s Watch and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne is on a high. After defeating the Night King and his army of wights, Jon is set up to be King, with great support from his people; most people that is, apart from his love interest and Dragon Queen Daenerys.
Celebrated by Tormund Giantsbane and all Northerners, Jon was glorified for his leadership and his heroism in the face of despair. Jon’s characteristics speak of a truly compassionate, honorable king, which complicated things considering he has no desire to sit on the throne. As more learn of his prestigious lineage, Jon could be the ruler of all.
If all works out as it should, Jon could be sitting on the Iron Throne in the season’s finale episode.
In episode 3, Arya slept with Gendry, the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon. And after the war is done, it appears Gendry has fallen for the Stark girl but his plans to make her his wife quickly go down the drain. After being declared the Lord of Stormsend, Gendry proposes marriage and Arya simply says, “That’s not me,” thwarting fan theories of a fairytale wedding for the two characters.
Obsessed with her ‘kill list,’ Arya heads to King’s Landing, with the Hound on her side. And although she may have refused Gendry’s hand in marriage, it may not be the end of the road for the twosome.
Arya was not the only character to get some action. Brienne of Trath finally lost her virginity to Sir Jaimie Lannister. The two who have had a long drawn loving relationship finally laid down together. However, the blissful moment did not last long as Lannister soon rode to King’s Landing to fight his sinister sister Cersei.
— Amber Headrick (@amberheadrick22) May 6, 2019
One of the most disappointing moments of the episode was the unfortunate death of Missandei. A slave who served as an interpreter to the masters of Astapor, she was Daenerys’ interpreter, confidant, and friend. In a heated negotiation, Missandei became collateral damage when Daenerys refused to surrender to Cersei. And sadly so did Rhaegal, the second of the Dragon Queen’s beloved to die; in her quest for the Iron Throne.
#GameOfThrones #GOTS8E4 Dany:
She lost Jorah.
She lost the Dothraki.
She lost Rhaegal.
She lost Missandei.
She lost her claim to the throne.
She's losing Jon.
She lost Khal.
she lost first baby.
She lost Viserion.
Don’t tell me she has no reason to lose her shit! pic.twitter.com/NO6oVhLX6a
— PJ (Sorry, Not Sorry) 🏳️🌈 (@petrinajc) May 6, 2019
Hopefully, the showrunners will not leave another Starbucks cup in the final edit.
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) May 6, 2019
With only one dragon left and the death of her faithful servant, Daenerys has an uphill task in her claim to the throne. The next episode promises big fights, and even more complicated plotlines as intertwined relationships unravel all in the fight for the Iron Throne.