Game of Thrones S08E01: Awkward Reunions

The period of waiting has concluded. The end times are upon us, my lads and ladies, winter has come. And its first episode is almost entirely as awkward as my attempted regal speech.

Game of Thrones has finally returned to our screens. The first episode, King’s Landing, dropped this morning. And as always, it stands impressive with its visuals and narratives.

Read more: Here are the key 21 episodes you need to watch before Game of Thrones season 8 premieres this Sunday

Setting up shop

A good first episode sets up the story for further development and structures the narrative. King’s Landing does this in remarkable fashion. Season 8 is to be the shortest in terms of number of episodes, so we expect each one to be packed with storytelling elements. The thing is, cramming lots of story into fewer episodes is a difficult task to accomplish without a downgrade in quality.

The first episode has just the right mix of setups and actual forward steps in storytelling. Without spoiling anything, best I can divulge is that a lot of the “what happens when x meets y again” questions are answered. And the awkwardness that follows is brilliant.

The characters

Almost everyone was accounted for in this episode, their motivations and allegiances reaffirmed.

Season 8 picks up exactly where the last season left off, so not much has happened in between.

This was more about where everyone is and where everyone is going to end up being when the iceberg hits. A lot of exchanges of information went on between them, and everyone’s a bit more aware of what’s going on.

The characters are as inspired as ever, the impeccable acting always helps. The more striking features of each character are still as visible as ever. Except Euron Greyjoy. That guy just tries too hard.

The story

Game of Thrones’ reputation for narrative consistency holds up in this episode. The story is advanced quite a bit along with the set up for future episodes. We are set up for one heck of a ride this season, quite evident from the very first episode.

For a more in-depth analysis, check out our upcoming video segment regarding Game of Thrones Season 8.

Here are the key 21 episodes you need to watch before Game of Thrones season 8 premieres this Sunday

Winter is finally here. Ironic, because so is Boishakh with its heat waves and stormy mood swings. But let none of these bother you as you prepare your body for the final and 8th season of Game of Thrones!

Over the span of seven seasons, Game of Thrones has built a massive world with countless characters in conflict with one another. It can be quite a task to keep track of every character ark and storylines that have been set in motion since season one. Of course, you can watch one of the billion quick recap videos out there in YouTube to cram all that in. But we’re guessing being a true Game of Thrones nerd, you’d want the full flavour while being short on time for your Boishakh preparations and other engagements.

Fret not, Game of Thrones writer and co-executive producer Bryan Crogman has compiled a list for Entertainment Weekly of the key 21 episodes to watch before the season 8 premiere. Now, he’s the only writer who’s been associated with the show since season 1 so it’s safe to say that he’s as wise as the three eyed raven.

Here’s the list, for the watch: (Geddit, no? okay)

Season 1

Episode 1: “Winter Is Coming”

Episode 2: “The Kingsroad”

Episode 9: “Baelor”

Episode 10: “Fire and Blood”

Season 2

Episode 3: “What Is Dead May Never Die”

Episode 6: “The Old Gods and the New”

Episode 9: “Blackwater”

Season 3

Episode 3: “Walk of Punishment”

Episode 4: “And Now His Watch Is Ended”

Episode 5: “Kissed by Fire”

Episode 9: “The Rains of Castamere”

Season 4

Episode 6: “The Laws of Gods and Men”

Episode 8: “The Mountain and the Viper”

Episode 10: “The Children”

Season 5

Episode 8: “Hardhome”

Season 6

Episode 5: “The Door”

Episode 9: “Battle of the Bastards”

Episode 10: “The Winds of Winter”

Season 7

Episode 3: “The Queen’s Justice”

Episode 4: “The Spoils of War”

Episode 7: “The Dragon and the Wolf”

Valar Morghulis!