Game of Thrones S8,E2, the things we do (or don’t do) for love….

So, if you are not up to speed to season 8 episode 2 don’t read.

and I guess i have to say this may be spoilery but seriously “i know nothing”. read at your own peril….

Well, a few things are apparent, and a few things not so much after episode 2.

First, a little recap starting with….. Tormund…. 😂 I just love this guy. The Giantsbane story was the best! His “surprise” bear hug to his “little crow”, priceless. And his admiration and googley eyes for “the big woman” is somewhere between sweet and funnier than hell.

Second, more reunions and all emotional. The Lannister boys back together again, this time defending Winterfell, the irony. The Hound and Arya, two people that are so conflicted in their own minds teeter somewhere between friend or foe. In the end, they have an understanding of one another, and maybe that is enough. Beric and the Hound, with the Hound threatening to throw Beric over the ledge if Beric delivers another sermon. Theon and Sansa, such powerful performances, they never spoke any words, they didn’t need to. Together they survived Ramsey and that is a bond that is unbreakable. AND NO, there is no THEONSA. The Night Watch boys, I just loved the banter between Jon, Edd and Sam. “The Boys are back in town” played in my head during this scene. And Edd’s quote, “Samwell Tarly. Slayer of White Walkers. Lover of Ladies. As if we needed any more signs the world was ending.” 😂😂

and GHOST!!!! Finally! Just hanging out with the guys…

The sweetest reunion, Jamie and Brienne. The raw natural love and respect that they have for each other is something neither is accustomed to and it speaks volumes, with neither really understanding it.

The fireside gathering of Tormund, Brienne, Jamie, Tyrion, Davos and Pod. Loved it! What a tribute to these amazing amazing characters who we have loathed, liked, and loved (now all of them!). Brienne and Pod, with Brienne saying she didn’t care if she was knight, only to look at Pod who was like, “bitch…please…”, she didn’t fool him or anyone. And the knighting, you would have to be pretty hardcore to not get a bit misty at that scene.

and lastly, Dany and Jon. Oh man Jon clearly overwhelmed at what he has learned was even more clearly struggling, although in some way he had to know deep down (not exactly R+L=J but something….). Throughout eopisode 2 we could see that he doesn’t even know how to be in the same room with Dany. He finds himself trying to avoid her, not knowing what to do. She finally finds him alone in the crypts, in front of the statue of Lyanna. Then we witness the most paramount of conversations between them, and he delivers “the bomb” eloquently. No, Rhaeger did not rape Lyanna instead he loved her, and then the “they had a son”…..all leading to…Rhaeger being his father, and Lyanna his mother.…and then Dany, almost recoiling back once it sunk in….her reaction was somewhere between surprising and anticipated (the things we DON’T do for love).

You gave up your throne for your people….would she do the same?” Sam to Jon. Her reaction says….no.

Jon is trying to absorb mountains of information and when he witnesses Dany’s reaction he is taken aback that the only thing she can focus on is the fact that Jon is a threat for the Iron Throne.
Essentially what it means for Jon and Dany is that their relationship will most likely, be un-survivable as Dany will go all sorts of crazy.

Episode 3 will be the start of us losing some characters we love….and setting others up for death in the final couple of episodes. It’s impossible to guess each characters fate….and there will be surprises and anticipated irony with the outcome, I would imagine.

I LOVE Jamie (now one of my fave’s AND I would really want him to live) but if Cersei dies, then I believe Jamie does as well. And Tyrion, I believe that somehow, he will do something regretful and in the end, maybe, possibly, might, there’s a chance that he will die?

And I don’t know. IF R+C=G comes to fruition, wouldn’t it be amazing to see Cersei do one selfless act, and truly show us that she loves her children as she claims to have, and either step aside (if she survives) or give her life in some way to protect the son she threw away? Could she redeem herself, the most hated villain?

And the IRONY if the two most hated villains (Cersei and tNK) somehow in the end become the heroes? hmmm….

Jon. The boy never learns and he will put himself in a bad situation (haha, that’s funny…. like that implies just one bad situation, most likely a few before this show ends….😂) …more on this idea as the show unfolds.

Out with the old and in with the new?

Bran is not Bran (he does keep saying this), he is the Three Eyed Raven and as such has a double agenda. Is Bran truly a player for the good and for man? (Remember GRRM thinks that all men (and heroes) are gray.) I think/hope so, but I also believe that he (AS tTER) caused things to be the way they are. He is throwing the Night King under the bus and maybe it will be warranted, maybe the NK will just be all bad, but for some reason I can’t see the story end that way (unless D&D take another objective than GRRM). I wonder if in the end, tTER has a double or triple agenda? If Bran is in there, can he figure that out?

The Night King appears to be super pissed and willing to take out everything living, but why? Why NOW after all these centuries of peace? I am willing to bet that he may not be totally evil (even though admittedly he looks pretty evil, RIP poor lil’ Ned Umber). Remember, tNK was once just a man, most likely Brandon the Builder and if that’s true, his OWN family turned on him. And the icing on the metaphorical cake is the person that is responsible for making him the Night King, is BRAN (his family-as the current Three Eyed Raven). Bran (as tTER) along with the CotF created the WW’s and the NK. “The Night King and the Three Eyed Raven are ancient enemies.” per Isaac Hempstead Wright. The NK seems to want HIM, so then what is tNK’s end game?

“He’ll come for me,” says Bran, who goes on to reveal the Night King’s ultimate goal: “An endless night. He wants to erase this world — and I am its memory.” / “That’s what death is, isn’t it? Forgetting, and being forgotten,” says Sam. “If we forget where we’ve been and what we’ve done, we’re not men anymore. We’re just animals. Your memories don’t come from books. Your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with [Bran].”

The above quote has bothered me since first hearing it. I feel (like with all GRRM stuff) it has a double meaning. WE take it to mean tNK is just a bad guy trying to wipe out man and it’s memory, so immediately we want to root for Bran and man. But what if tNK is angry that he himself is indeed a CRITICAL part of that memory…..and man (after all he was once a man, an important man, once a hero (to man) and now a villain (to man) but MADE (by man) to be what he is today) has chosen to obliterate him from memory, essentially writing history as a LIE? Does he want to be free from the magic that binds to him his icy hell (tCotF, the Godswood, the Isle of Faces, tTER)? Is he just trying to PROTECT the race that he is a part of (the very race that MAN created)? Or is he in fact, just a really bad half human/half Other who is vindictive and now wants to just obliterate man? That seems too bad guy/good guy for GRRM, and once again remember, all men are gray (and tNK and tWW’s are born from man).

The Lone Wolves (die but the pack survives)…are the two last STARK boys, Bran tTER Stark (the last) and Bran tBuilder Stark (the first). I believe that we will see this end dramatically and (perhaps) not well (or maybe well?- if peace is what the main objective is) for these two? Overall, incredibly poetic, the end of ICE (and the Old Gods, CotF, TER…the OLD magic). For so long I thought that perhaps Bran would survive, but they have made such a point in saying that Bran is no longer Bran that it makes me believe that he as tTER and BtB as tNK are no longer human, or perhaps they have lost their humanity? and they are now something else? If that’s the case, then they are both lone wolves….

Dany (the last dragon) , she is the last FULL Targaryen and her death would in essence bring about the end of FIRE and the end of dark magic (Mel, tTER and the followers of R’holler).

I know that I have tTER under both ICE and FIRE and that is because I believe that the entitiy of tTER is both (too long a theory for here).

Maybe THE MESSAGE in GoT is that by letting go of the past (a past that clearly doesn’t work), it becomes necessary to learn from history and the past, and to find new alternatives for the future? In a sense wiping out the past to start over?

“Everything is something you have seen before.” ~ Littlefinger

A Time for Wolves (a Dream of Spring)….

At the end of the story, is it now a time for Wolves? Arya and Sansa. The WOLF girls out on top? (the wild card: Bran if ‘Bran’ is still in there anywhere?) Is the point to the story that to understand the best in humanity, they had to first experience the worst, to be better leaders for a new generation?

Sansa loves Jon, enough to step back and support him (the things we do for love). With that being said, she understands the power play, and she is willing to hold her ground. Perhaps, she is hopeful Jon will see Dany for what she is. Sansa will stand firm by not giving up the North. I see the north being once again wardened (or ruled) by the Starks, finally with the wall down, and peace restored between wildlings and men. The Targaryen and the Starks joined by marriage, fulfilling the pact of so long ago, combining those houses.

**I think it important to note that of ALL the Stark children, GRRM and D&D have taken GREAT pains in NOT having Jon and Sansa interact or act together AT ALL until season 6. Since then they have woven them into almost every episode.

“Sweet one,” her father said gently, “listen to me. When you’re old enough, I will make you a match with a high lord who’s worthy of you, someone brave and gentle and strong. This match with Joffrey was a terrible mistake. That boy is no Prince Aemon, you must believe me.” – Sansa, AGoT

Arya and Jon, their conversation in episode one of this season being ever critical when Arya tells Jon to not forget that they are his family…..no sentence is without meaning in GoT.

And Gendry Baratheon (and Arya his queen). They did not throw in the Gendry telling Arya that he is Robert’s bastard for no reason…. I do believe that we will see R+C=G. And Robert did in fact usurp the throne from the Targaryens. I do see Gendry and Arya ruling (the southern part?) of Westeros, rebuilding a new democracy.

And I know that people were torn about the Arya and Gendry scene, but let’s be honest people, Arya is 18 and back in that era girls were married off far younger. And let’s hanker down one more notch and acknowledge that Arya could kill you and use your face to assassinate your neighbor…..so yeah, she’s a big girl now. In it’s way it was sweet and poignant, Arya unlike any other we have met on the show has done things her own way. She has chosen her destiny in every step…since she first lost control of her destiny.

“You,” Ned said, kissing her lightly on the brow, “will marry a king and rule his castle, and your sons will be knights and princes and lords and, yes, perhaps even a High Septon.” – Arya, AGoT

The bastards of Ned and Robert: Jon and Gendry, two true born kings, hidden among the commoners that would be pivotal to Westeros in it’s rebuild. Ned and Robert 2.0?

But first the Battle of Winterfell this sunday. I am all sorts of nervous as we will undoubtedly see some favorites die. They will lose that battle…and be pushed south. The night King has an agenda that involves taking out everyone and everything that created him…..

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