Game Of Thrones Review Season 1 Episode 8 – The end of the previous episode made us impatient to see the outcome of the previous events. Now in episode 8 of Game of thrones season 1 the fight between Lannister men and the Kingsguard continues.
We can hear the sounds of the fight together with Sansa and Septa Mordane who tells Sansa to run to her room. On her way Sansa meets The Hound and when she threatens to tell the queen if he doesn’t let her through he replies “Who do you think sent me?”
It’s the queen, we know that now, who ordered the attack on Ned and his men, wishing to keep the throne for her family. Arya has also been sent for, but her “dancing” teacher tells her to run as he confronts the attackers.
When she goes outside Arya sees her belongings on the ground and she reaches for her sword, Needle. A stable boy comes to take Arya to the queen when suddenly she stabs the boy with the sword.
It’s the first kill that Arya has ever done and she is petrified. She knows that things went wrong and her instincts for survival make her hide in the city, without being noticed by any other.
Being accused as a traitor, Ned Stark is locked in the dungeons of King’s Landing, waiting for his trial. When he receives the new of Tyrion’s escape from the prison in the Vale, he tells Varys “Slit my throat and be done with it.”
It’s very obvious now in episode 8 of Game of thrones season 1 that his life will come to an end. Varys reminds Ned to think of his daughters’ lives now, bringing him some kind of consolation. His daughter Sansa was captured and brought before the queen.
Sansa pleads for her father’s life and Cersei now takes the opportunity to manipulate her, she convinces Sansa that her father is a traitor and demands that Sansa writes down a letter to his brother Robb and to her mother, urging them to bend knee before the new king, Joffrey.
Petrified, Sansa does as she was told, but her brother and mother can clearly see that those are the queen’s words, suspecting for the worse thing that could happen. Unwilling to bend before Joffrey, they both decide to go to King’s Landing with an army, prepared to fight for Ned’s release.
Robb gathers his bannermen for the purpose but Catelyn was unable to get the support from her sister as Lysa refuses to let her men go “in one of your husband’s wars.” When Robb and Catelyn meet each other near the Trident, they are both relieved to see each other but they are also aware that if they want victory they must cross the Trident and this depends on the cooperation of Lord Walder Frey.
From the previous episode of Game of thrones season 1 episode 7 we were left with the questions about the rangers from the Night’s Watch because the only explanation of their disappearance was a hand in the mouth of Snow’s direwolf.
Now we see two bodies that are being left for Maester Aemon to examine. After the examination the bodies should be burned but the same night, Jon notices the restlessness of his direwolf as he wants to exit the room. He opens the door and follows the direwolf to the chambers of the Lord Commander.
When Jon enters the room, one of the dead bodies is standing on his legs and tries to kill Jon. This dead creature is presented as a some kind of zombie, but we know for sure that this is some kind of a White Walker, a living dead.
Snow tries to defend himself and the Lord Commander by stabbing the creature and when he sees that his sword didn’t do anything to the creature he throws his lantern to the zombie and sets it on fire. The next morning the other bodies are also being burned. “They’ve been touched by White Walkers” says Sam, “Only fire will stop them.”
Here we are given a clue of how a man can defeat these White Walkers-only by fighting them with fire and that’s why dead bodies should be burnt instead of buried.
A very important event occurs in the raid of the Dothraki of one village. After the killing of the villagers and burning of their houses, Daenerys wants to help the slaves from being raped and terrorized even more.
One of Drogo’s men complains about the will of Daenerys that Drogo grants, and so he challenges Drogo’s leadership as a khal. In this scene of Game of thrones season 1 episode 8 we see very disturbing images when the khal rips off the man’s throat and gets his tongue.
During the fight Drogo has got himself a minor wound but Daenerys insists that one of the saved women, a witch as she was presented, sees his wound and tries to cure him. Drogo was right not trusting this villagers, but his love for Daenerys made him weak and so he grants her every wish.
The importance of this event will be seen in the next episode of Game of thrones season 1.
On their way to King’s Landing, Tyrion and Bronn are attacked by warriors of the Hill Tribes. Tyrion, being a wise and persuasive man, convinces these men to make sure for his safe passage to his destination, promising them gold and claim of the Vale of Aryyn.
When they arrive at his father’s war camp, Tyrion tells Tywin about the promises and the deal he made with these men. Tywin agrees to complete his son’s promises only of these men fight by his side against the Northmen.
The final scene of episode 8 of Game of thrones season 1 gives a little hope for the Stark family. Doing drastic changes in his surrounding, king Joffrey appoints Tywin Lannister as Hand of the King and Jaime Lannister as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
Sitting on the Iron Throne he listens to the final plea from Sansa. She begs Joffrey to show mercy for her father if he has any affections for her. He agrees to grant Sansa her wish but only if Ned says that Joffrey is the rightful king “or there will be no mercy for him.”
Standing by his side, Cersei’s face is filled with satisfaction, she managed to place her son on the throne and to punish Ned for messing with her family. But will there truly be mercy for Ned?