Recreation of Thrones season eight episode Four recap: Cersei Lannister strikes again


“Your mouth is shifting, however I nonetheless have not heard something about MY ELEPHANTS.”


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The battle of Winterfell is over, the Night time King has mentioned his final good night time and everybody is able to get again to regular life in Westeros. What’s that? There’s nonetheless lots of messy stuff that also must go down? Feels like Recreation of Thrones is able to ship in episode 4! 

This week we’re recovering from final week’s massacre and issues are nonetheless type of hectic (so hectic, in truth, that somebody left a really fashionable, very Starbucks-looking espresso cup in the course of Winterfell’s eating corridor. C’mon guys, who’s operating the joint right here?)

However if you happen to thought the motion was over, you are flawed. It is time for a really urgent menace: negotiating the byzantine machinations of patrilineal monarchy in a area the place everybody needs to only kill the crap out of one another!

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If the beginning of season eight acquired off to a sluggish begin for you, then episode 3 delivered on the carnage. (Should you nonetheless have not watched that ep, then now’s the time to cease studying and go and make amends for the motion). We misplaced outdated favorites — you have been man, Theon — and all of it culminated in probably the most explosive ending for the reason that Crimson Marriage ceremony. Arya taking her dagger (the very dagger that was dispatched to kill Bran all these years in the past — TWIST!) and stabbing Ol’ Man Winter proper in his frosty zone. Ice, Ice Bye-Bye. 

So, what’s subsequent? Like, we have actually been constructing to this second for years and now the lifeless are buried — how can we construct the stakes from right here? 

All that is left to do is cue up the episode, swap your TV to moody darkish mode and prepare for old school sport of “Who will get the knife chair?!” It is episode 4, and it is on.

???Sound the spoiler klaxon — and abandon all hope, ye who enter right here???

Restoration breakfast

With the battle of Winterfell behind us, it is time to bury the lifeless. Some poor sod has been up all night time chopping wooden for the funeral pyres so we are able to farewell our fallen heroes, like Theon, Ser Jorah and Beric (although I am placing cash on Beric getting torched and waking up like he was taking a cheeky nap. Hearth is sort of a heat tub for him).

However as soon as these our bodies begin burning, the final consensus appears to be “Hey guys, are we hungry?” Fortunately somebody had the forethought to cook dinner up a load of bacon and eggs (hopefully on a special fireplace) so everybody retires to have a a lot wanted brekky.

Within the halls of Winterfell, everyone seems to be buying and selling tales and returning to the final busywork of making an attempt to hook up with one another. Apart from Jon and Dany, who’ve gotten over the inconvenient disruption of wight-slaying to get again on their bullshit. Who ought to rule the Seven Kingdoms? Are we, like, associated associated? Their silent watching one another says all of it.

Having completed her breakfast (she loves eggs cooked over a fireplace), Dany decides to play her subsequent hand, anointing Gendry as Lord Gendry of Storm’s Finish — guaranteeing she’s going to endlessly have the allegiance of the parents at Storm’s Finish and giving Gendry excuse to get new enterprise playing cards.

In the meantime, Jon is getting some stable backslaps for his dragon-riding expertise. “What sort of man climbs on a fucking dragon? A mad man, or a king!” cries Tormund. Dany, similar to each lady who’s watched a male colleague get credit score for his or her tasks within the staff all-hands assembly, rolls her eyes. However not for lengthy, as a result of let’s not lie, she additionally needs to faucet that.

In the meantime at Makeout Level…

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Gendry has huge hopes for a future with Arya, however Arya’s acquired issues to do.


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Gendry has a candy new final identify and he needs to share it with the girl he loves. He bails up Arya, who’s steered away from all of the consuming in her honor and is off working via her PTSD with a bow and arrow. After one night time of prebattle ardour, Gendry declares his timeless love for Arya and proposes marriage (we have all undoubtedly been on that Tinder date). However Arya is super-chill now, and pulls the basic Danny Zuko Grease transfer on Gendry and is all “sorry that hookup did not imply we would be collectively endlessly.” Traditional Arya.

“Any woman will probably be fortunate to have you ever,” she says. “However I am not a girl, I by no means have been. That is not me.”

Gendry is left to cry it out, quietly sobbing, “What occurred to the Arya Stark I met on the seaside?”

However tonight is not nearly relationships ending!

After admitting her armor nonetheless very a lot has its V-plates intact, Brienne leaves the occasion within the corridor of Winterfell. However not earlier than Jaime follows her out, able to placed on a few of these candy strikes he is realized down south. (How somebody can have a lot sport once they’ve solely made out with their sister, I will by no means know.) In Brienne’s quarters, Jaime is able to attempt his pretend hand at wooing somebody he did not share a womb with. Loopy.

“I hate the North,” he says, by the use of a confused pickup line (see: picked up my final date at Household Video games Night time).

“It grows on you,” Brienne replies, proving as soon as and for all that the North is a grower, not a bathe.

Talking of… let’s go away these two for now.

Daenerys has come by Jon’s room for a booty name (booty raven?) and whereas they attempt to make out, Jon cannot get that aunty style out of his mouth. Dany is not feeling it both (“I attempt to neglect,” she says, talking the phrases that each one of us Jon-and-Dany shippers always say to ourselves as we watch this present). Additionally, she’s unhappy as a result of energy will get her motor operating and nobody within the North is bowing right down to her like she needs. Besides Jon, however… y’know. She tells Jon they are often collectively, however provided that he swears to maintain their Household Ties a secret.

“I owe them the reality,” Jon says of his sisters.

“Even when it destroys us?” Dany replies.

So far as Daenerys sees it, Jon must convey his household in line behind Dany because the one true queen. In the meantime Jon is little question craving for the times when loving somebody meant being shackled to them in a Wildling camp earlier than having intercourse in a cave spa. Less complicated instances.

A really awkward secret

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“You have been a Targaryen all this time and also you did not inform us? You. BASTARD.”


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It is time for a reccy within the warfare room for precise postbattle discuss, and Gray Worm would not have excellent news. The large battlefield mahjong desk earlier than us, we study that half their armies are lifeless (let’s take away these tiles from the sport board) and Cersei’s armies have been bolstered by mercenaries.

Jon pledges the Northern armies to Daenerys, and they’re going to be part of the Dothraki and the majority of the Unsullied to march on King’s Touchdown (let’s transfer these tiles on the sport board, simply so all of us comply with alongside and to offer some visuals to this very talky scene). The remainder of the crew will sail to Dragonstone (as a result of the VFX staff have already made the CGI renders of that citadel and it might be a pity to waste them).

“We have now received the good warfare,” Daenerys says. “Now we’ll win the final warfare.”

Regardless of this Churchillian name to arms, Arya and Sansa are nonetheless powerfully suss on Jon’s new girlfriend. It is time for an intervention within the godswood.

Out by the weirwood tree, Jon reveals to his sisters that he has an enormous household secret. And in basic gutless trend, he makes Bran inform it. However then we minimize away and do not truly get to listen to stone-faced Bran drop this mad gossip?! I used to be residing for that!

Chekhov’s crossbow

Bear in mind when Cersei gave Bronn of the Blackwater a crossbow and a value on her brothers’ heads and Bronn was all, “That is handy as a result of I like cash and killing folks”? Nicely, it is payday!

Jaime and Tyrion are having a brotherly chat about conquests (Tyrion is so freaking grateful that he can lastly try this with out listening to about his bare sister) and Ser Bronn busts in. He is been paid to kill the brothers, however savvy Tyrion presents to double the supply, promising Excessive Backyard to Ser Bronn if he lets them reside.

Having dodged that arrow, Tyrion meets Sansa on the battlements (contemporary from her debrief on Jon’s household tree). Tyrion tries to persuade Sansa that Daenerys is the horse/dragon to again on this race and that she, Jon and the remainder of the Starkgaryens ought to pledge to her.

“What if there’s another person? Somebody higher,” she asks. Thanks, Sansa, you stored that secret for, like 12 minutes.

However don’t fret, Tyrion already knew.

Whereas Jon goes on his prolonged farewell tour of outdated buddies within the courtyard of Winterfell (“See ya, Tormund! Take my beloved direwolf with you and I will not even PAT HIM GOODBYE!”), Tyrion and Varys plot.

They each know Jon’s secret (in order that’s eight folks all up who know), and as Varys places it, “It isn’t a secret anymore. It is info.”

There are a number of choices on the desk and, just like the puppetmasters they’re, these two are going to nut it out. Varys reminds us that Jon has a greater declare, and persons are drawn to him as a warfare hero. Tyrion suggests they might marry Jon and Dany and have them rule collectively. “She’s his AUNT!” as Varys rightly factors out (“I attempt to neglect”). After which there’s the truth that Daenerys will not be precisely good at sharing. However earlier than we even stand up to all that, we nonetheless must take King’s Touchdown. Talking of…

Dragon-boned

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Darnerys’ dragons are really her youngsters, as we see once more in episode Four when tragedy strikes.


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Daenerys’ small fleet is crusing on Dragonstone when Euron Greyjoy emerges from behind some rocks (you are driving a dragon and also you did not see that, Dany?) — with one fast strike, Euron dispatches his dragon-killing mega crossbow and shoots Rhaegal out of the sky.

That is it, of us! We’re down to 1 dragon! (Contemplating it was the dragon Jon rode, the symbolism is highly effective). And worse information, Euron is about to disregard the directions on his Dragon Crossbow guarantee and use it to smash some ships. Daenerys’ fleet is obliterated, Missandei goes lacking within the hubbub and the remainder of the crew are washed up on the shores of Dragonstone, defeated. 

What’s this? Euron’s again in Kings Touchdown? (Gone are the slow-travelin’ days of season 3, of us!) Cersei is getting ready to battle, and in basic supervillain kind, she’s filling her citadel partitions with harmless residents of King’s Touchdown to behave as a human defend.

“When the warfare is received, the Lion shall rule the land, the Kraken shall rule the ocean and our little one shall in the future rule all of them,” she tells Theon. Take your pink and blue helium balloons, chumps. THAT is probably the most badass delivery reveal of the yr.

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Again in Dragonstone, Varys already is aware of about Cersei’s human defend plans, however that is not stopping Daenerys. She needs to win this sport of Musical Knife Chairs and she or he would not care who she has to kill on the way in which. She’s talked right into a peace providing, however her wild eyes say she needs the throne extra. Any individual get a replica of Cosmo, as a result of if Dany did the “Which Recreation of Thrones character are you?” quiz, she’s beginning to look increasingly like a Cersei.

With Dany out wandering the halls of Dragonstone someplace, Varys and Tyrion have extra time to play “Would you slightly” over kings and queens.

Varys is professional Jon, as a result of everyone knows Westeros is dude soup with regards to selecting a rightful inheritor.

“I do not assume a cock is a real qualification,” says Tyrion.

“And he is the inheritor to the throne as a result of he is a person, cocks are necessary I am afraid,” replies Varys with sufficient self-loathing to maintain psychoanalysis undergrads watching this present for no less than one other two years. (Theon, in the meantime, sheds a tear within the afterlife.)

In order that’s it then. Dany will not share and Jon is rightful inheritor. So what occurs to the mom of dragons? Varys’ face tells us it will not finish properly for her. However Tyrion continues to be trustworthy to his badass boss. “Please. Do not,” he says.

Goodbye appears to be the toughest phrase

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A type of tiny figures on the citadel ramparts is Missandei.


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We have properly and really cracked the hour mark now so I hope you did not have a load of washing within the machine.

In Winterfell, Jaime is ruminating by the fireplace whereas Brienne sleeps within the background (Hollywood code for “They’ve arrange store in Bone City”). However nek minnit, Brienne is awake and Jaime has bounced. Out within the yard, the pure and delightful Brienne is about to get her coronary heart damaged and she or he is simply too candy and type and the way may you?!

“You assume I am man,” says Jaime, utilizing Brienne as a surrogate for all the Recreation of Thrones viewers. “I pushed a boy out a window and crippled him for all times, for Cersei. I strangled my cousin with my very own palms simply to get again to Cersei. I’d have murdered each man lady and little one in Riverrun for Cersei. She’s hateful and so am I.”

Don’t fret Brienne, I will convey some wine over when this ep is completed.

And with that, we’re off to see Her Hatefulness. Above the gates of King’s Touchdown, Cersei has Missandei in shackles and a dozen of these dragon crossbows educated on Dany, Tyrion, Gray Worm and the remainder of the slim-pickins Unsullied beneath (guys, the crossbow directions very clearly state they’re designed for dragons solely).

Tyrion goes in to barter Cersei’s give up with Qyburn, Cersei’s mad scientist. Neither one will budge, and so all of us notice we’re about to lose our final pure hope on this world as Missandei is given one final probability at ultimate phrases.

With that, she growls the phrase “Dracarys” (which is Excessive Valerian for “make dragon go now”) earlier than being beheaded by The Mountain.

Should you thought The Mountain was Qyburn’s monster, you would be flawed. The actual monster is the one sporting the crown.



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