So, HBO is doing in eight years what George RR Martin cannot seem to do in twenty two years and counting. Finish the Goddamn story!!!!! Clearly I am not bitter. I am a very large fan of Game of Thrones, both the books and this AMAZING show. For the last seven seasons, Benioff and Weiss have been very capably translating this epic story to television audiences to rave reviews. Now, in its eighth and final season, they are finishing up the tale of Dragons, Dothraki, and Daenerys. Of Jon, Bran, Arya and Sansa. Of the family loving Lannister’s. Of the Night’s Watch and Night King.
The premiere was a little shorter than I would have like, (Clocked in at under an hour) however, they did manage to cram just about everyone that matters in. There were, for me, a few standout scenes. I was going to worry about spoilers, but after eight years and the sheer anticipation of this ultimate season, if you didn’t watch the premiere yet, get over it.
Dany and Jon’s procession entering Winterfell was pretty reminiscent of the one led by then King Robert and his loving Queen Cersei way back in the first season when I foolishly thought that the show was about Ned Stark and his brood. Ha! Was I an idiot or what? Jon and Arya’s long awaited reunion was just about as good as I had hoped it would be, with emotions running high throughout the entire episode (mine, not theirs). With all they were able to show in just one episode, my hopes are very high for the season as a whole. Now that the cast has murdered down to a respectable number, they can fit everyone in and it won’t seem forced.
The biggest revelation was done in the crypts of Winterfell with Sam Tarly being voted by Three-eyed Bran to tell Jon about the decades old secret that his beloved Ned Stark kept from him: the identity of his beloved mother. Oh, and the fact that his dad was Rheagar Targaryen, and the other little fact that Jon, NOT DANY is the rightful heir to the damnable Iron Throne! I am not sure if it’s worth mentioning that Jon’s trueborn, non-bastard name is actually Aegon VI Targaryen, king of the Andals, the Roynar, and the first men, Lord of the seven kingdoms, and protector of the realm, but, I said it. Having known this information for quite a few years now, it’s nice to say it out loud.
The final scene was probably the best in my opinion. When the hooded stranger, aka Jaime Lannister, makes his way unnoticed into the yard of Winterfell, and is looking around with an almost fond recollection of it, spies a crippled young man staring right through him, the look on his face gave me goosebumps. It was perfect.
These guys know exactly what they are doing now after seven seasons. They know the characters, the backdrops, and because they’re going to finish Martin’s story for him, they know how everything ends. And judging by last night’s start, I think we’re in for one hell of a final ride.
I cannot wait for the next 5 Sundays. CANNOT FREAKING WAIT!