Episode 2 opens with Daenerys telling Kingslayer1 Jaime Lassiter all the horribly violent things she and her crazy evil brother Vaserys dreamt of doing to him one day. I mean, Jaime did kill her dad, but she already acknowledged that her dad was a crazy evil son of a bitch who was burning innocent people alive and planning on destroying the entire city of Kings Landing and everyone in it. I get that he was her dad, but c’mon. Daddy needed to be killed before he wiped out an entire city. Her indignation is a bit off. Unless, of course, she is starting to show signs of the crazy evil family trait.
I seen many references to Jaime having “murdered” the Mad King Aerys. “Murder” is a legal concept. Every intentional homicide isn’t murder. There are completely justified homicides. Self defense justifies homicide, as does defense of others. I think Jaime has a reasonable case based on the defense of a million or so people about to be burned alive.
“I don’t see an army. I see one man. With one hand.”
Brad, deadpan: “The things we do for love.”
Dany, trying to talk to Jon after the Jaime situation in the Great Hall.. And after the war council.
“What about afterwards?”
“How do you know there is an afterwards?”
“I made a mistake common to clever people.” Tyrion, still feeling confident.
“She never fooled you. You always knew exactly what she was. And you loved her anyway.”
References to dying tomorrow
Tyrion “So….we are going to die at Winterfell.” and later
“I wish Father were here. I would love to see the look on his face when he realizes his two sons are about to die defending Winterfell.”
And in the same scene when Brienne and Podrick enter saying they were looking “for a warm place to…” and Tyrion interrupts “to contemplate your imminent death. You’ve come to the right place.”
“We are all going to die.” Tormund (but at least we die together.)
Then, later that day, when he says to Brienne, “This could be our last night on this earth,” he sounds downright optimistic. Like, it could be, but maybe not.
“I figured I could wait to die freezing my balls off out there, or wait to die nice and warm in here.” Davos
“I’m not going to spend my final hours with you two miserable old shits.” Arya says, as she goes off to try Tormund’s line to Brienne, but with substantially more success, on Gendry.
“We’re probably going to die soon,” she says to Gendry, echoing Tormund’s optimism.
“At least we’ll die with honor,” said Brienne.
Tyri0n’s optimistic “I think we might live” is met with a lighthearted scoff by Davos.
Sansa: “Families can be difficult.”
Dany: “Ours certainly have been.”
Girl, you don’t even know…
“Men do stupid things for women. They’re easily manipulated.”
Tru dat, Sansa. Tru dat.
“What happens afterwards?” Sansa, echoing Jaime’s earlier question.
The internet is all abuzz about the Night King raising the Stark dead in the crypts where all the old people, kids and women are staying because “it’s safe.” But I don’t think that’s going to happen. Tombs do not have a doorknob on the inside.
Jaime’s sly bemusement at Tormund’s story and sloppy drinking is awards worthy.
Said hopefully, “The big woman still here?”
“I was sleeping with my sister, and you had one friend in the world . . . who was sleeping with his sister.”
“The perils of self betterment.”
A bit of hope when Samwell tells Jorah, wistfully, “I hope we win.”
When Tormund tells Brienne that if he were a king, he’d “knight her ten times over,” I think he had a different verb in mind.
The look Jon gives Dany after he tells her of his true parentage, and her immediate concern is his claim to the Iron Throne, is full of wonder and confusion, like, “THAT’S what concerns you about this?”
I think he was about to say “I don’t care about the bloody Iron Throne.” But we’ll never know, because the horn warning of the arrival of the army of the dead blew and cut them off.
Of course, I can not leave out one of my all time favorite lines from any work, fiction or otherwise, when Tormund declares: “Fuck tradition.”
Hindsight is easy, but upon my second watch of this episode I see a missed opportunity. When the White Walkers, on horseback, appear in a line at the very close of the episode, it seems like a good time to bring the dragons down to breathe fire on them. With them, the wights they created also die.