Spoilers for episode 2 of Game of Thrones! Get out now if you haven’t seen it! You good? Okay then.
Episode 2 was a comparatively slower paced episode, allowing us to explore the characters and their relationships perhaps for the last time before the White Walker invasion. It featured great individual moments, like Podrick’s surprisingly great singing skills, Sansa and Theon’s reunion, Bran forgiving Jamie for crippling him, and Brienne being finally made a knight of the seven kingdoms. But the best moment and the one that probably shocked fans the most was Arya and Gendry finally consummating their long-standing crush.
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Yep, Arya finally got laid. The scene began innocently enough, with Gendry finding Arya and giving her the weapon she had request of him in episode 1. Until, that is, the scene took on a more erotically charged flair when Arya began questioning Gendry on how many girls he had before Melisandre and began pointedly removing her gloves. Then as she kissed Gendry and from there, the two got busy. It reminded viewers that Arya was no longer a child and was using that to find some happiness in the night before the battle.
Maisie Williams herself commented on the scene according to Vanity Fair,noting it was Arya’s decision to have sex that made her human again. Noting that human emotions are something Arya has been cutting herself off from, Maisie Williams commented that it was a very ‘human’ decision that grounded her again after so much time away from her family, training to be an assassin and a warrior in isolated parts of the earth. The show runners also noted they gave Williams full control over the scene, with Maisie Williams choosing to have the nudity occur mostly offscreen, noting it was important to focus in on the emotions of the moment and not the sex itself.
The scene itself was quite powerful, showcasing a young woman taking control over her sexuality and engaging in a healthy relationship, especially considering how badly women have been treated in the past throughout Game of Thrones’s history. And since it may be Arya’s last night on earth, this only made the moment more impactful. Hopefully, neither she or Gendry will meet their end next week, considering the army of the dead has now reached Winterfell’s doorstep.
What are your thoughts on the scene? Tell us in the comments!
To celebrate the premiere of Game of Thrones’s first episode, let’s turn our eyes to the past. While Game of Thrones is known for layered characters, political intrigue, and unexpected deaths, its no doubt the series has some kickass action scenes too. Its eye for spectacle has only grown since the show’s early days, creating massive battle scenes that normally would be reserved for an epic movie like Lord of the Rings. Here are (in our opinion) the top five best ones!
5. daenerys attacks the Lannisters
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This attack came out of nowhere, both for the audience and the characters. Following House Lannister’s victory over the Tyrells, the Lannister caravan, led by Jamie and Bronn were returning home with loot they had taken from Highgarden. That’s when the ambush happened: Dothraki forces charged over the grasslands, attacking the Lannister caravan en masse. Then Daenerys herself descended on the back of her dragon, Drogon, and unleashed Hell on the soldiers below. The terrifying results of a dragon attack are realized first hand, as the action follows Bronn stumbling through the flaming wreckage of the attack, stumbling past his fellow soldiers burning alive in a scene of complete chaos and frenzy. Only Bronn managed to shoot Drogon with a lucky shot drives the dragon off, but no before Jamie charges the dragon with spear in hand, a badass moment even if he doesn’t succeed and nearly drowns for his troubles.
4. The Massacre of Hardhome
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The moment where Game of Thrones truly showcased the threat of the White Walkers, the undead army descended upon the fishing village of Hardhome in force. As the Night King watched like some sort of dark god from the cliffs above, the wights were unleashed upon the village, overwhelming the wildlings and slaughtering everything in sight. Filmed as chaotically as possible, the sequence captured the unstoppable nature of the enemy first hand and allowed Jon to duel a White Walker one on one amidst the frenzy. And of course, the unforgettable image of the Night King raising all the villagers he’d just killed as zombified servants in the battle’s aftermath will forever linger in our minds.
3. Battle of Castle Black
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This one was one for the books. A battle so huge and massive an entire episode was devoted to showcasing it in all its glory, the Battle of Castle Black featured the wildlings assault the Wall, facing off against the badly outmatched forces of the Night’s Watch. Crowd pleasing moments were flowing from the episode: giant mammoths! A huge scythe bursting from the Wall to sweep off wildling climbers! The death of Ygritte! And of course, the epic tracking shot that followed all the major characters through the battle, showcasing their individual struggles amidst the madness. This one is pure excitement and features some of the best action the show has ever had.
2. The Battle of the Bastards
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The showdown with Ramsay Snow was built up off over multiple seasons, with the audience growing more and more desperate to see the evil man meet his end. And the Battle of the Bastards did not disappoint. Jon Snow leads his forces against Ramsay’s own to retake Winterfell from House Bolton and the action kicked off from there. The visual component truly captures the frantic combat of a battle scene, with Jon stumbling around the battlefield, swiping madly at opponents as horses charge, men die, and the entire scene turns into a blur. At one point, Bolton forces trap his army and as the bodies pile up, Jon Snow is nearly buried in an avalanche of corpses. This leads to the crowd cheering moment when Sansa arrives to save him, leading to the routing of Bolton forces back to Winterfell and Jon finally beating the utter crap out of Ramsay. The aftermath of the battle was even sweeter: watching Sansa take revenge on Ramsay and allowing the sadistic villain to be eaten alive by his own dogs.
1. The Battle of Blackwater
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The first of Game of Throne’s epic battle scenes and ultimately, still the best. Pitting Stannis Baratheon against the Lannisters, our sympathy and focus ultimately goes to Tyrion, whose trying to defend his home despite the machinations of his relatives. The battle featured one of the most iconic moments of the series, where Bronn, at Tyrion’s orders, ignites wildfire in the bay and blows almost all of Stannis’s fleet to Hell. Of course, the battle isn’t over yet, Stannis leading the reminders of his forces onto the beach and laying siege to the keep. He almost gets inside too, but Tywin arrives at the last minute, saving King’s Landing and getting credit. But we all know Tyrion was the real hero of the day. Blackwater set the standard for what was to come but still holds up today and we’ll never forget the images and the tension it crafted.
What are your favorite Game of Thrones battles? Tell us in the comments!
I hear you: What are the top 6 Game of Thrones Musical Parodies that have come out since the show’s premiere?
Well, we’ve come up with a list that’s sure to get your foot tapping. And the best part? These songs can be played anywhere. About to watch Game of Thrones and play Musical chairs? These songs will help you out. About to invite the Freys to a wedding? These songs will definitely help you out.
This song hurts me. Like, really hurts me. It rewinds time, bringing up memories when everything was sweet and I fell in love with “a certain HBO show”. Watching this show late at night with friends, I saw this darkly but strangely funny show with some of my favorite actors.
Is that Peter Dinklage? He was the dude in Elf! I loved it when he beat Will Ferrell half to death.
Good times. But the song slowly, steadily, it pulls me forwards, making me relive the death of not just my favorite characters, but even characters I forgot I loved. Khal Drogo? Robert Baratheon? As the song says, “So many characters dropping off like flies / that’s when I was forced to realize/that the show would ruin my whole life forever.”
Then comes Ned Stark. Why is it always Ned Stark? Oh, I remember now…because of all us TV show watchers thought he was the main character! He was on the poster, as the song cleverly reminds me.
Oh, and guess what? This song is from July 2nd, 2013. You know what happened on June 2nd, 2013? The Red Wedding aired. At least these girls had an outlet for their grief. But that’s not the worst part.
The worst part is this song is from 2013, where the names of all the dead characters fit easily into the length of a song? Ah, those were the good old days.
Released April 16th, 2014, this mash up combines different musical styles as we travel through Westeros and they fit just like a glove.
What song does does Daenerys Targaryen parody? Well, she has blond hair, purple eyes, and THREE DRAGONS. Dragons breathe fire, and I’m afraid of burning alive. So what song goes with Daenerys Targaryen? Skillet’s song Monster. Yep, that fits.
What about House Lannister? Well, they’re lions and you know what lions do? They roar, like Katy Perry’s hit.
And then we get Jon Snow rapping, and we’re just about halfway through.
It’s been a long running meme that George R R Martin likes to watch you cry because he just killed off your favorite character.
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But at least he hasn’t sung about it.
Oh wait! Released March 12th, 2015, this video has George R R Martin doing his best Taylor Swift impression and it flies off the charts. With lyrics like “Sorry Sean Bean” and “I get off on killing everyone you love” I think we can cool it off with the “George R.R. Martin is lazy” joke because, let’s face it, as soon as he releases Winds of Winter, we’re going to be cry again.
This fabulous 7 minute song goes through all the major female characters in Game of Thrones, from Cersei joyfully describing the death of Robert Baratheon to Brienne of Tarth melancholy when talking about Renly death, you’ll have your foot tapping in no time.
Plus, who else wants to see Cersei actually being happy? Like, ‘I’m so happy I want to sing!’ kind of happy. If the next season doesn’t have Cersei singing, I’ll riot. Who’s with me?
Spoiler Alert. Remember when Jon was dead for a long time and your friends were debating if he was coming back. This parody is for you.
Twenty-five in and this became one of my favorites songs of 2019. Yes, I know this song came out on April 18th, 2016, but this only goes to highlight our love of Jon Snow. Remember when he died? You didn’t believe it for a second.
Released in a time when Jon Snow’s fate was up in the air, this song captures that denial. “I will not let him go/I will not let him go” she sings, and it pulls at my heart strings. Yes, I too refused to my cynical side take over and admit that “my favorite crow” was dead.
And now I feel vindicated that he’s alive, and you can too.
This is the best thing I’ve heard since I heard Queen for the first time.
Recapping the series up to Season 6, this song replaced key moments from the song such as “Mama, just killed a man/put a gun against his head/pulled my trigger now he’s dad” with “Your mama/she’s your aunt as well/which means your father is also your uncle” as well as singing the show’s highlights. Tywin on the toilet? Walder Frey sitting at the Red Wedding? Theon Greyjoy transforming into Reek? It’s all here, and they sing about it.
Plus “Scaramouch, Scaramouch” is replaced with “Drink the whine, drink the whine!”
It’s hilarious, and if you want a recap you’re not going to get much better. I mean, it’s Queen meets Game of Thrones for crying out loud.
No, this isn’t an April Fools joke! This weekend, specifically March 31st, a new Game of Thronespromo was released. Although it features a lot of footage taken from the main trailer, the new promo also features tantalizing new details that have us salivating for the new season in just two weeks. Some specific new aspects of footage look to finally be confirming fan theories and giving us the season we’ve been waiting for.
The promos were not released online but in true internet fashion, they’ve been posted online anyway through shaky cam footage filmed on TV screens. Check out the clip below!
The promos were not released online but in true internet fashion, they’ve been posted online anyway through shaky cam footage filmed on TV screens. This article from Vanity Fair showcased the footage that was glimpsed by fans and they do not disappoint. Highlights include:
The two dragons flying over Winterfell. Arya and Sansa are looking up in wonder at the magnificent beasts, which makes sense since they haven’t the creatures yet. But also looking up in wonder are Davos, Tyrion, and Varys, who have been spending tons of time around dragons. It makes sense then that they’d be astonished since Jon himself would be riding a dragon and with Tyrion on the ground, it has to be Jon up there. While the dragon’s backs appear to be empty, Jon was probably edited out to avoid spoilers. We hope that’s the case, at least!
In the assembly hall of Winterfell, as Tyrion addresses the crowd, Arya and Sansa are sitting side by side. It looks like the sisters are working together, heading Winterfell side by side in the face of a larger threat.
Beric Dondarrion is also seen, waving his flaming sword around. While the context is ambiguous, it also is accompanied by a shot of the Hound wincing, suggesting either Beric is threatening his old opponent or Beric draws his sword is close proximity to the Hound, pointing towards them working on the same team. Either way, its exciting!
Finally, we see Jon walking away from Daenyrus, as Daenyrus looks moodily into a campfire. Perhaps the two have finally figured out they are related and this puts a damper on their admittedly sort of gross relationship. Drama!
In any case, the new footage looks great and we can’t wait to see it all, especially our deep hope that Jon finally takes to the air on a dragon’s back! Catch the premier on April 26th, only on HBO!