‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’

IndieWire | 4/21/2019 | Staff
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Do you like shows featuring a lot of fireside chats and talking about battles soon to be fought? Well, the second episode of “Game of Throne’s” eighth season totally delivered for you. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” keeps bringing together so many of the show’s established characters that the few left out are likely feeling a bit of FOMO. But what matters isn’t their absence but the tragic lack of action as various characters confronted foes from seasons past… and basically made their peace with each other.

It’s honestly bizarre. This episode was packed with answers to the generic fan question, “Oh man, what will happen when [BLANK] sees [BLANK] again?” But while one might have expected “Game of Thrones” to make more of the “reunion” between Bran Stark and Jaime Lannister — especially given Daenerys’ family history with the titled Kingslayer — things ended up being relatively chill (always a great term to use in describing a dramatic scene at Winterfell). The fact that Bran seems to be operating on a new plane, and Brienne of Tarth stuck up for her one-time road companion (reminding Sansa that without his help, she wouldn’t have survived) made a difference, but at the same time, this is a beef going back to the very first episode of the show — and, ultimately, easily brushed over now.

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Then look at how Sansa embraces Theon Greyjoy, noted child murderer, as a brother for pledging to fight for Winterfell — a redemption which does not yet feel earned (even given how the two bonded while under the imprisonment of Ramsey Bolton). In general, the amount of men hugging other men feels a tad excessive — though not perhaps as eyebrow-raising as Arya deciding to get it on with Gendry (and while it’s hard to not think...
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