Game of Thrones Season 8: Episode 1 In Depth Review and Analysis


Want to know what details you might have missed in last weeks episode of Game of Thrones? Read this article to find out.


The episode opens with a boy running to see Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s arrival, which parallels the first episode of season 1 with Robert Baratheons arrival, however, this time it is Jon Snow and Daenerys. The Northerners are not known for their hospitality, but Dany’s forces do not look friendly either. From the black clad Unsullied, the savage Dothraki, and the two massive dragons, her army seems more like that of a villain than an ally. Many characters get to reunite after being apart for several seasons, but tensions are rising between the northerners and their new allies as Jon has surrendered his throne as King of the North in exchange for Daenerys’s help. There is also the issue of food as the northerners do not have enough stored to feed two more armies and two dragons. The Umbers need more horses to evacuate their people to Winterfell so they send what they can spare with the young Lord Umber. Meanwhile in King’s Landing news has arrived of the breach in the wall, but Euron Greyjoy has arrived with the Golden Company, a group of mercenaries purchased on a loan from the Iron Bank. Bronn is enjoying the company of some strumpets, who ask him about the battle he was in against the Dothraki and Drogon. They mention William and Eddy, two minor characters who were casualties of the battle. These were the Lannister soldiers seen in Ed Sheeran’s cameo in Season 7. Qyburn walks in and as the women leave he comments that one of them will die of pox within the year. Is there any chance an outbreak could occur in King’s Landing? Qyburn is there to hire Bronn to kill Jaime and Tyrion Lannister. Cersei requests that he kills them with a crossbow, the weapon Tyrion used to kill their father, Tywin. Theon sneaks aboard Euron’s ship and frees his sister Yara, which echoes back to the time that Yara tried to free Theon from the clutches of Ramsey Bolton. Yara wants to go reclaim their home in the Iron Islands, but Theon wants to join the Starks and fight the army of the dead in the north. The two briefly reunite before parting ways. Back in Winterfell, Jon finds out that he has lost the support of the Glover’s, a family who has supported the Starks for thousands of years. His play to gain allies has lost the support of many northerners. Jon and Dany ride the dragons and land near a frozen waterfall, which may parallel to Jon’s previous romance with Ygritte and their meet up behind a waterfall. Samwell Tarly learns of his father and brother’s execution at the hands of his new queen and he tells Jon the truth about his parentage. Beric Dondarrion and Tormund Giantsbane arrive at the Umber’s castle to find it empty, with bloodstains littering the snow and walls, but no bodies. They run into Ed, the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch who rode down from Castle Black. The two groups enter the main hall and find the body of the young Lord Umber pinned to the wall with a ring of severed arms around him. As the group decides their next steps, the body of the boy springs to life and attempts to stab Tormund. Beric kills the wight with his flaming sword and dies shrieking a harrowing call. Jaime arrives in Winterfell and finds Bran waiting for him. The two haven’t seen each other since Jaime pushed Bran out of a tower window, which paralyzed him from the waist down. The two’s meeting was foreshadowed earlier when Bran and Sam are talking and Bran says he is sitting in the courtyard waiting for an old friend. The episode ends with Jaime gawking at the still alive Bran which connects back to the ending of the first episode of the first season where Bran is pushed out of the tower by Jaime.

The Review

As it was the first episode of an extremely hyped-up season, it was underwhelming. Nothing huge really happened and the first two episodes will likely just be set up for the highly anticipated Battle of Winterfell, which will be the third episode and will fall on the same weekend as Avengers: Endgame. Overall it was a solid episode, I give it a 8.5/10.