Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Game of Thrones - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

It's the quiet moments that stand-out in "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" as the inhabitants of Winterfell prepare for the arrival of the Night King and his legion of undead warriors. Perhaps my favorite of these involves the sudden impulse of Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to knight Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) after a night in front of the fire talking of impending doom among Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Davos (Liam Cunningham), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), and Podrick (Daniel Portman) whose song provides the background for a montage across the castle's inhabitants on the eve of battle.

The episode also deals neatly with Jaime's troubled history with both Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and the knight's unconsummated feelings for Brienne. Though short, the conversation between Sansa and Daenerys shows both how close and how far apart the two are in what they want for their kingdoms. As each chooses how to spend their last night before the battle, Sansa is gifted with the unexpected company of Theon (Alfie Allen) who may have finally found his redemption.

Even small moments such as Sam's (John Bradley) gift to Jorah (Iain Glen), Jorah's words of advice to his queen, and the reunion between a surprisingly forgiving Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and the man who crippled him are of interest. And I sorely want to know more about what Bran told Tyrian about his journey. A quiet episode, filled mostly with character interactions, more reunions, and another reveal as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) explains the troubling news he's hard to Daenerys about his birthright, provides a great lead-in to what will undoubtedly be a much more action-packed episode next week.

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