Game of Thrones Season 8 - Episode 4 Recap “Dracarys”
Warning – Series Spoilers Ahead
We’re in the home stretch – the back half of the last season. With the Battle of Winterfell behind us, it’s time to get into the end game (no, not that one).
The episode started off with the burning of the bodies from the battle (something tells me that this will replace all previous forms of burial until the end of time), some heartfelt moments seeing Jorah, Theon, Lyanna, Edd, and Beric all laying on funeral pyres, and a commanding speech from Jon honoring their sacrifices.
Afterwards, we saw a return to a more familiar Game of Thrones storytelling that was focused less on epic battles, and more on subtlety, manipulation, and plotting. In a battle, enemies are easy to spot, prepare for, and fight; in politics though, your enemies are not always as obvious.
Jon and Daenerys
Now that Daenerys is aware that Jon is a Targaryen, the dynamic has clearly changed. Daenerys wants things to remain how they were before she found out, and Jon is hesitant about keeping it quiet.
Jon is threatening her plans of taking the throne merely by his existence – and she is having none of it.
I have a sinking suspicion that only one of them is going to ultimately survive; and I’m not sure who I want to win between them at this point.
Arya and Gendry
I think this is best summed up in an image…
Jaime and Brienne
It finally happened! Jaime swiped right!
In the final season, there just isn’t any better time than now for characters to resolve the series tension (and you know; everyone else was doing it).
After all Jaime has done though, I doubt there’s a happy ending in store for him. With him leaving to (presumably) go off to kill Cersei, I don’t think these two will grow old together (although I wish they would for Brienne’s sake).
Tyrion and Varys
It’s great to see them back together, pulling the strings from the shadows. After getting little screen time this season, we got the familiar notification of…
Both characters play 4D Chess, so when Varys let Tyrion know his thoughts about Jon taking over the throne and… well, you know what would need to happen to Daenerys to make it a reality – it came as a surprise to see how blatant he was about it.
Is Tyrion going to turn him in? Conspire with him? I have a feeling they’re playing another game entirely.
Quick Fire Thoughts
Daenerys is down to one last dragon – is one going to be enough to take the throne?
Missandei is dead – Grey Worm is not going to take this lying down. With her final words being “Dracarys” which means “Dragonfire”, I think we’re about to see the world burn.
Is Euron the father of Cersei’s baby? How would Tyrion know that she was pregnant? Was all this just a way to put doubt in Euron’s head and hint that Cersei may be using him?
This episode saw the death of Missandei, a beloved character. With two episodes left and a looming battle that may be bigger than the one just witnessed, I think the deaths are just getting started.
Who is going to take the throne? Let me know below your thoughts, speculations, and guesses.
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