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The Calm Before the Storm

My 4 Favorite moments from Game of Thrones, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

The White Walkers are within hours of Winterfell, both in the show, and in real life. The second episode of the final season of Game of Thrones is all most of the remaining cast coming together to reminisce and mentally prepare for the final battle. While not as many as last time, I still had plenty of moments that I adored, and I want to go over my four big moments for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

#4- Arya+Gendry Ship Has Sailed

If you read my favorite moments post for episode one, then you’ll remember how I mentioned Arya and Gendry’s reunion after five seasons. Despite the different paths their lives took, it doesn’t take them long to reconnect, and a long dormant ship began to move once more.

Throughout the episode, I felt a romantic tension between the two and their interactions. What ended up happening, though, occurred sooner than I thought. Once I saw Arya asking Gendry if what happened with Melisandre was his first time, I knew what was coming. Even so, I was as shocked as everyone when I saw Arya decide to lose her V-Card to Gendry before the final battle.Game of Thrones has had a number of controversial moments regarding its use of sex. I don’t even want to get into the complete tragedy that Sansa Stark’s first time. But I saw a lot of fans get on social media and complain about how awkward that scene was. Part of it may be because it seemed out of character for her, but I think there’s another reason: the age of Arya and her actress.

Hate me for saying this, but I was on the side that supported this scene. Maisie/Arya isn’t a little girl anymore: Arya’s around 18 in the show, while Maisie’s 22 in real life. Either way, she’s above the age of consent and free to date whoever she wants in the show or real-life. Also, keep in mind that Daenerys Targaryen lost her V-Card at age 15. There is no legal age in Westeros, so that’s a moot point. Furthermore, out of all the sex scenes on this show, how many of them were consensual, didn’t involve money, and were initiated by the woman? Only a handful. I’d call this a win for Arya

If that doesn’t win the argument, then I will stand by Arya’s rationale: in the same situation, a lot of young people would want to experience sex at least once before dying. And I think its a sign that Arya, and Maisie, are now full-fledged adults, and should be treated as such.

#3- Podrick Sings “Jenny of Oldstones”

Podrick Payne may not be the best fighter in Westeros, but few men are as loyal and kind-hearted as him. As this scene points out, he’s also a man of surprising hidden talents. While his fighting skills have definitely improved by the time the White Walkers arrive, that’s not why he’s on this list. He’s on here for his singing talent. With the final battle only hours away, Podrick sings a haunting yet beautiful renditon of the in-universe song, “Jenny of Oldstones”

I loved this scene. Podrick’s vocals were amazing, but what brought it together was showing every major player in Winterfell steeling themselves for the fight of their lives: Jorah watching for the dead, Grey Worm kissing Missandei one last time, Sansa and Theon sitting next to each other and eating, Samwell watching over Gilly and little Sam. Then, it finally ends on the two most important characters in Winterfell: Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.

Watching this over again, it almost brings tears to my eyes. We’ve had years to get to know some of these characters, yet we know that in the fight to come, a lot of them are going to die, and when it happens, I will be crying my eyes out.

#2- Arise, Brienne of Tarth, a Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

There is no denying the fact that Brienne of Tarth is one of the best fighters in Westeros. More importantly, though, she’s more of a knight than half the people on this show. In spite of all of that, though, she has never been made a knight due to her gender, even though she has earned the right to be one a thousand times over.

In one of the most moving moments of the entire show, Jaime reveals that any knight can knight someone. In a scene that left the in-show and real world audiences clapping with joy, Jaime made Brienne a knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

This show has often been unkind to those with kind hearts. Yet Brienne has managed to stay true to herself and her morals despite the barriers society tried to put on her. Heck with knighthood, she’s earned the right to be on the Kingsguard if she wants it. Seeing Brienne finally get rewarded for all that she’s done was immensely satisfying. If she doesn’t survive what happens next

#1- Lyric Video

My favorite part of this episode isn’t even a part of the episode. When they began to roll, viewers are treated to a version of the song that Podrick sang, Jenny of Oldstone, sung by Florence+The Machine. And it was so beautiful that I think I may cry just hearing it.

The following day, the Game of Thrones YouTube channel released a Lyric Video of the song, playing over scenes from throughout the entire show’s history. Moments of sorrow, of great loss and pain, of bonds being forged and joyous reunions. Game of Thrones has taken through almost every end of the emotional spectrum, and this video brings that all to the forefront.

The best, and worst, part to this moment, though, is that reminds the fans that this is it. This incredible, once in a lifetime journey that we’ve followed for the past eight years is about to end, and we’re not ready to leave. But as Tony Stark said in Avengers: Endgame, part of the journey is about the end. I’ve already seen one amazing ending this weekend, and I hope that what happens tonight will be the start to one of the greatest finales in history.

Agree with my choices? Let me know!

If you want to hear “Jenny of Oldstones” more, it’s on Itunes, and probably other music downloading platforms.

Click here to see Inverse’s Battle Guide for The Battle of Winterfell


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