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‘We’re every on the same side ... We’re every breathing.’

If last week’s game of Thrones toyed v the iconography of the wild west, Eastwatch switched come a various genre entirely: the men-on-a-mission movie. Jon’s assignment couldn’t have been more straightforward: sneak under the Wall, snatch one undead soldier and also present him to Queen Cersei – and also by extension the realm – together proof that the Night King’s military presents a real and present hazard to the human being of Westeros. However where to be he walk to uncover a bunch of males brave or crazy sufficient to pull off this crackpot scheme?

The remainder of the episode played like the very first half the any great behind-enemy-lines battle movie, from The Dirty Dozen come Inglourious Basterds, chucking in a touch the Ocean’s Eleven heist flick for good measure. And it was an absolute happiness to clock the gang come together: there was Jorah Mormont, springing native his sickbed and right into the fray. And here – pleasure of joys – was Gendry, ruddy-faced together ever, swinging a brand brand-new warhammer the might also have “this maker kills wights” stencilled ~ above the handle. It was damn near difficult to suppress a cheer when Tormund Giantsbane join the crew, mad-bearded, wild-eyed and still lusting ~ “the large woman”.

Peter Dinklage together Tyrion Lannister. Photograph: HBOWith all this testosterone flying about, the two majesties were relegated to little an ext than sustaining roles. Daenerys gained her big speech in early, offering a choice to the half-cooked Lannister army: join up, or get a taste that dragonfire. 2 flambéed Tarlys later and also they were all hers. The fatality of grumpy old patriarch Randyll wasn’t lot of a loss but negative Dickon seemed to have a bright future. Still, that made his bed and also he melted in it.

From there, Dany’s duty was chiefly to act as the source of unspoken tension between Jon and his new lieutenant, Jorah, that watched slit-eyed together his beloved cosied up to the dashing newcomer. The flirtation between the royal couple stepped up yet another notch, Dany looking decidedly flushed as Jon volunteered to go north and give Johnny Undead a stern seeing-to. She even let him pet she dragons (the way Jon dubbed them “gorgeous beasts” choose a Yorkshire farmer admiring 3 fine heifers was rather wonderful), adding fuel come those rumours the he’ll be one of Dany’s dragon-riding trifecta once the final fight rolls around.

Cersei, meanwhile, to be still grounding at king Landing, dreaming that mercenary armies and also plotting to revolve Tyrion’s offer of truce versus him. Still, at least she’s finally conscious that he had nothing to perform with Joffrey’s death, even if it is or not she to trust it. The reunion between the two Lannister guys was predictably prickly – as Tyrion reminded us, “the critical time ns was here I killed my father through a crossbow” – but at the very least Jaime and also Tyrion are talking. That did take it some reasonably wild plot contortions to acquire there, though: did Bronn really swim that much dragging an unconscious guy in full armour? and what on planet made Tyrion think that transforming up undisguised in the vicinity of king’s Landing was in any way appropriate?

‘Winterfell didn’t just fall into ours hands. We took it.’

Back in the north, intrigue piled ~ above intrigue. It to be no surprise at all once the northern lords’ transition of allegiance indigenous Jon to Sansa turned the end to be Littlefinger’s handiwork, whispering in ears and also rounding increase a network of northern informers. Will Arya challenge him and accuse him outright that sowing dissent among the surviving Stark children? Or is she considering involvement him, because that reasons ideal known to herself? It’s still not quite clear if Arya knows the Baelish framed she father. Can she be setup him up because that a fall?

The scene between the two sisters was among the episode’s best, as both Sansa and Arya refuse to realise exactly how much the other has actually changed. To Arya, she older sibling is still the pampered princess, who finery makes her feel like she’s “better than everybody else”. For Sansa, Arya is quiet a rough-and-tumble girl, tough-talking yet essentially toothless. The painful to see them starting to work against one another, once the real adversary is already on your borders.


John Bradley together Samwell Tarly and Hannah Murray as Gilly. Photograph: HBONot that those fuddy-duddy Maesters are prepared for it. Sam’s scenes appeared to market hasty closure to the Oldtown plotline, hauling in Gilly for a point out of blunt-force foreshadowing (Rhaegar and also Lyanna were privately hitched! The bastard the Winterfell isn’t a bastard after ~ all!) prior to Sam saddled his pony and also headed out, may be north. Still, at least he got to beat his very own little role in the heist come come, sneaking approximately the Citadel library choose the bookish sidekick that furnishes the team through blueprints come the bank.

Additional notes

This was perhaps the the very least action-packed episode in video game of Thrones so far yet it was crammed to bursting v incredible two-man conversation scenes. The pick of the bunch to be yet one more of Tyrion and also Varys’ consistent masterclasses in pithy banter: “It’s a sealed role from the King in the North.” “What’s that say?”

Joe Dempsie was simply a delight as Gendry, falling over himself to join Davos ~ above his pilgrimage north and also going toe-to-toe with Jon together the two (alleged) bastards discussed their legend dads: “You’re a lot leaner.” “You’re a lot of shorter.”

and also last, yet far indigenous least, the reunion that Tyrion and also Jorah was brief but unexpectedly touching: “I’ve to let go you, Mormont. Nobody glowers quite like you.”

Violence count

A pair of fried Tarlys and also two hammered yellow Cloaks aside, this week was wall-to-Wall chit chat.

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Nudity count

Once again, the entire actors kept your jerkins securely fastened. There’s far too much plot flying approximately for anyone to have time for nookie.

Random Brit of the week

This one really was random, as The Actor, Kevin Eldon – last checked out creeping the boards in Braavos – reappeared in an entirely differently function as a doomed gold Cloak. Did the casting directors think we wouldn’t notice?

Quick GuideGame of Thrones: every our episode-by-episode recaps

Season eight

Episode 1: WinterfellEpisode 2: A knight of the 7 KingdomsEpisode 3: The long NightEpisode 4: The critical of the StarksEpisode 5: The BellsEpisode 6: The stole Throne

Season seven

Episode 1: DragonstoneEpisode 2: StormbornEpisode 3: The Queen"s JusticeEpisode 4: The Spoils of WarEpisode 5: EastwatchEpisode 6: past The WallEpisode 7: The Dragon and also the Wolf

Season six

Episode 1: The Red WomanEpisode 2: HomeEpisode 3: OathbreakerEpisode 4: publication of the StrangerEpisode 5: The DoorEpisode 6: Blood of mine BloodEpisode 7: The damaged ManEpisode 8: No OneEpisode 9: fight of the BastardsEpisode 10: The Winds the Winter

Season five

Episode 1: The wars to ComeEpisode 2: The house of Black and WhiteEpisode 3: High SparrowEpisode 4: sons of the HarpyEpisode 5: kill the BoyEpisode 6: Unbowed, Unbent, UnbrokenEpisode 7: The GiftEpisode 8: HardhomeEpisode 9: The run of DragonsEpisode 10: Mother"s Mercy

Season four

Episode 1: two SwordsEpisode 2: The Lion and also the RoseEpisode 3: Breaker the ChainsEpisode 4: OathkeeperEpisode 5: very first of His NameEpisode 6: The regulations of Gods and also MenEpisode 7: MockingbirdEpisode 8: The Mountain and the ViperEpisode 9: The Watchers on the WallEpisode 10: The Children

Season three

Episode 1: Valar DohaerisEpisode 2: Dark Wings, Dark WordsEpisode 3: to walk of PunishmentEpisode 4: and Now His watch Is EndedEpisode 5: Kissed through FireEpisode 6: The ClimbEpisode 7: The Bear and the Maiden FairEpisode 8: second SonsEpisode 9: The rain of CastamereEpisode 10: Mhysa

Season two

Episode 1: The phibìc RemembersEpisode 2: The Night LandsEpisode 3: What Is Dead may Never DieEpisode 4: Garden the BonesEpisode 5: The Ghost the HarrenhalEpisode 6: The Old Gods and also the NewEpisode 7: A male Without HonourEpisode 8: The Prince the WinterfellEpisode 9: BlackwaterEpisode 10: Valar Morghulis

Season one

Episode 1: Winter is ComingEpisode 2: The KingsroadEpisode 3: lord SnowEpisode 4: Cripples, Bastards, and also Broken ThingsEpisode 5: The Wolf and also the LionEpisode 6: A golden CrownEpisode 7: You win or you DieEpisode 8: The Pointy EndEpisode 9: BaelorEpisode 10: Fire and Blood