In typical Game of Thrones-style, Winterfell left us hanging on the edge of our seat last week with a season premiere that was largely about various characters reaching the war scene and giving one another looks. From Sansa' icy stare to Daenerys, the dragon eyeing Jon and the queen as they make out, to the concluding scene where Jamie looks at Bran with regret and concern.
The premiere episode kicked off at a snail's pace like every season but it did set the stage for the later course of events to unfold with elan and the second episode was nothing less, high on sentiments, introspection but less in action. The makers probably wanted to give away the second episode, the night before the 'real war' to reunions and mending differences.
Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”.
Jamie faced a mini-trial but was later set free to fight for Winterfell after successfully being defended by his brother Tyrion Lannister and Brienne of Tarth. Jamie repays his due by ushering on her knighthood a dream she chased for years, a moment cherished not just by the new knight but also by Twitter.
The outcomes of the trial didn't, however, go well with Daenerys Targaryen who blames her hand Tyrion for his stupid decision on not being able to persuade Cersei to join the forces against the Night King and now for defending Jamie who killed her father.
The Winterfell army comes together to strategise for the battle. Theon and some Ironborn take charge to defend Brann while he acts as bait to get the Night King.
Although Sansa and Dany connected better this time when the former asked the latter what are her plans for the North when she takes back the throne because the North doesn’t bow. Dany doesn’t have an answer for her.
The episode also unfolded great things for Arya, who was too young to entertain any romantic interests when the show began. After seven seasons she has transformed into a fierce fighter who is taking down names off her list and is now ready to walk the extra mile with Gendry, also the ironsmith designing her special weapon. Nonetheless, Robert Baratheon's illegitimate child has consistently been the only one to treat her the way she’s wanted to be treated, i.e. respected for her talents and self-sufficiency rather than her Stark name.
Things aren't good at Dany's end. After her confidante's going against her will to pledge their trust on Jamie, she receives another shocker from the '2nd man' in her life, Jon Snow. To her utter disbelief, Jon is not just her love interest but also her biggest competition, 'the last male heir of house Targaryen' who could claim the Iron Throne!
The episode, however, missed Cersei and the King's Landing. Although the Lords and the ladies contemplated about her much, nothing was revealed after in the last episode we got to know Bronn is marching North to slay her brothers Jamie and Tyrion, the first one also the father of her unborn child.
Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 most high on sentiments, both breezy and intense romance between the supporting character, not to forget the last words of commitment between Grey Worm and Missandei and new knight Ser Brienn exchanging glances with Jamie.
The episode ends with Tyrion gazing through a gap in the battlements at the field below, where we see the White Walkers—but not the Night King, enough to introspect for another week to come.