Things are heating up. After one episode of introductions and old acquaintances meeting each other again after several seasons, the episode two brought us one step closer to the big Battle of Winterfell. There were a lot of incredible moments in this episode, so let's dive right in.
Jaime Lannister is one of the best characters to ever grace our screens. A man who started off by pushing a kid out a window is now one of the most respected and loved characters on TV. He's been on a multi-season redemption arc, and it's great to finally see him in Winterfell, keeping his oath to fight for the living. His trial was great to watch, especially when Brienne stood up to defend him. To see him then offer his sword to fight under Brienne's command is a sign of how much humility he's gained. But that's not the only time he offered his sword to Brienne.
Ser Brienne of Tarth
"F*ck tradition". Tormund couldn't have said it any better. Jaime knighting Brienne was one of the best parts of the episode, of the entire series in fact, giving fan-favourite Brienne the recognition she truly deserves. The fact that everyone in the room applauded her knighthood despite it "breaking tradition" just goes to show how much she is respected for her merit and not looked down upon just because of her gender. Absolutely brilliant moment, and it came from one of the best settings of the episode - where a bunch of guys who, at one time or another fought the Starks, all sat around a fireplace together, drinking wine and sharing stories with each other.
Before I write about my two favourite parts of the episode, there were a few smaller moments which I thought are worth mentioning. Arya and Gendry's romp was a long time coming. It was a little awkward to see Arya like that though, since we saw her from season one as a little girl, but she has grown a lot since then. Lady Lyanna Mormont has always been a badass despite her age, and seeing her argue with Ser Jorah for her right to fight was excellent. She's always been the most loyal to the Starks, and she showed her ferocity here. And Theon's return to Winterfell is another redemption arc that I hope will have a huge impact in the final few episodes.
"My name, is Aegon Targaryen"
He finally did it. He told Daenerys the truth. She was visibly shocked by the revelation, which was expected. Everyone must be wondering what happens now. By her own admission, Daenerys' entire life has been about reclaiming the Iron Throne, but will she stand in Jon's way now that she knows he is the true heir to the throne? They didn't have much time to discuss it because, well, guess who showed up.
"We're all going to die.."
"..but at least we die together". Tormund had all the best quotes in this episode. Jon and Daenerys' discussion will have to be put on hold as the dead have arrived. The ending of the episode was nerve-racking, as the dead descended upon Winterfell. Next week's episode will be 82 mins long, and it can't come soon enough! Will the living survive? How will they survive? Will anybody die? Who? Episode three will be phenomenal.