Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “Last of the Starks” is here, and fans are not exactly satisfied. Whatever your opinion of it, there’s a lot to unpack here. The episode starts off with a heartbreaking memorial of all the those who lost their lives during the Battle of Winterfell in the previous episode. Yes, the dead are gone but not without some major sacrifices from the living side.
An emotional Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) mourns Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), while a teary-eyed Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) weeps for Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen). Khaleesi, Sansa, Arya, Jon Snow, Grey Worm, Tormund and Samwell Tarly light up the pyres.
Prior to the burning, Jon Snow gives an emotional and inspirational eulogy. It seems to be a fitting farewell for the fallen as well as motivating the remaining people for their last fight against Cersei.
Directed by David Nutter, the episode showcases moments where the victorious members celebrate their win via different ways. In Game of Thrones fashion, we see a lot of drinking and people sleeping with each other. The last of the virgins on the show have their last chance to get some, after all there’s just two episodes left.
Arya Stark and Gendry’s Relationship
During the merry celebration, Khaleesi suddenly inquires Gendry about his true identity. She asks him about him being the son of Robert Baratheon – the man who overthrew her family and tried to have her killed.
When Gendry answers with how he didn’t have any idea about him being Robert Baratheon’s son until after his death, Dany declares him Lord Baratheon of Storm’s End. That is when Gendry excitedly searches for Arya Stark – the hero of Battle of Winterfell – and confesses his undying love for her. In fact, he even asks her to marry him. Unfortunately, Arya says no to being his lady since she’s never been a lady at all.
Stark Sisters and The Hound
During the merriment, Sandor reunites with Sansa Stark whom he refers to as “little bird”. He talks about how if she had escaped with him she would not have had to endure the painful torture she had to deal with. Yet, Sansa Stark doesn’t seem woeful. She claims that if the events of her past had been different, she would not have grown into the person she is currently.
Plus, we see the iconic travelling duo back together: Arya and The Hound. The Hound has to kill his own brother The Mountain, and Arya has to take down Cersei Lannister. We may see them team up together.
Jaime and Ser Brienne of Tarth Finally Have Their Moment
A drinking game between Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Jaime, Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Podrick takes an awkward turn when the question of Brienne’s virginity is brought into their Westeros version of “Never Have I Ever” drinking game. Tormund Giantsbane considers this his last chance with Brienne but is sadly shut down. He is heartbroken as Brienne goes back to her room and Jaime follows her in. Then we see a smitten Jamie come up with the most obvious pick-up line to a willing Brienne. And then, they do their thing.
Don’t worry about Tormund, a random Norther girl comes his way to ease his heartache.
Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow Confrontation
The Dragon Queen and the former King of the North still have matters to resolve. Since, it was revealed to Khaleesi that Jon is the true heir to the throne; she’s a bit threatened. Though, in this episode we see Jon Snow fully pledge his loyalty to ‘His Queen’.
Dany is thus more worried about his skeptical sisters, especially Sansa Stark. It’s obvious Sansa will try to get Jon on the throne as opposed to a queen she doesn’t trust.
Thus, Daenerys urges Jon to not tell anyone else about his true identity. But Jon, or Aegon Targaryen, always stands with justice. So, he has to tell his sisters. It’s the right thing to do, in his mind.
Arya and Sansa Find the Truth About Jon’s Identity
Despite Khaleesi’s pleas, Jon still tells Sansa and Arya about who he really is with the help of Bran Stark (the three eyed raven). The Stark sisters are sworn to secrecy but Sansa ends up disclosing the secret to Tyrion when he tries to ease her mind into liking Dany.
And despite Sansa advising against this, the Queen of Dragons takes the Northern army to march towards the King’s Landing.
Dany’s Army Make Their Way to King’s Landing
Daenerys has just one goal in mind i.e. the Iron Throne. That is why she marches straight ahead to King’s Landing with her army. The ships carry Grey Worm, what’s remaining of the Unsullied, Missandei, Tyrion, Varys, and her two dragons.
Jaime stays in the North with Brienne, because well, they’re in love.
Oh and Bronn stops by to ‘kill’ Tyrion and Jaime but actually negotiates a deal where he is promised Highgarden in exchange for both of them not being murdered by the hands of Bronn.
Dragon Dies and Missandei Gets Captured
Khaleesi should have listened to Sansa, because one of the dragon’s gets shot down by Euron Greyjoy’s fleet. Moreover, the ships Dany was sailing with is attacked. The dragon, Rhaegal, is shot down by a huge crossbow.
We see the Queen’s counsel Tyrion and Varys talk about whether they should turn against the Dragon Queen who’s turning a bit into mad queen mode and instead put Jon up for the throne. But the attack on the ships leads to them coming up on the shore.
As Grey Worm searches for his lady love, everyone realizes Missandei is captured.
Back at Winterfell, Post Attack
Jaime abandons a heartbroken Brienne to King’s Landing. It seems as if he is going there to save Cersei, but he might be going to kill her as well. That scene was open to interpretation. In either case, Jamie thinks he is as irredeemable as Cersei herself.
Dany and Cersei Meet Again, Kinda
After Dany loses her dragon and Missandei is captured, she is infuriated. She does not want to remain civil with Cersei anymore. But there appears to be no choice left. Hence, Dany, Grey Worm and Tyrion arrive at the city walls of King’s Landing where they see Cersei, Euron, and Missandei on the wall’s edge.
The Hands of both queen talk privately to come to a resolution. Knowing Cersei and Dany both, that probably won’t happen. Cersei’s Hand Qybrun offers to let Missandei go if the Dragon Queen surrenders.
Surrendering is not an option, so Tyrion takes a last-ditch effort to appeal to Cersei’s humanity. He pleads to his sister and her unborn son. Though, this does not work.
Cersei Lannister, being just as ruthless and inhumane as the Night King, still decides to execute Missandei. Though, she offers her a chance for some last words.
Is the last word from Missandei before her head is chopped off by by Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane. This last scene leads Dany and Grey Worm to become completely stricken with agonizing grief and anger.