The fourth episode of Game of Thrones season 8 focused on the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell. It also set events in motion for the final two episodes of the show.
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Episode 4 quick recap
The episode began with the Battle of Winterfell survivors holding a mass funeral for those who lost their lives. The survivors lined up in outside the walls of Winterfell as the bodies were piled up on pyres and set alight. Jon (Kit Harington) gave an emotional speech.
Following the ceremony, the survivors gathered in the Great Hall for a feast and celebration in honour of those they lost. Dany (Emilia Clarke) proclaimed Gendry (Joe Dempsie) to be the new Lord of Storm’s End. While everyone got into the celebration, Dany couldn’t help but notice how loved Jon was by everyone.
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Ser Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Podrick (Daniel Portman) played drinking games. Brienne became embarrassed and left, followed by Jaime and they later slept together. Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) was upset but consoled himself with a young Northern girl.
Gendry excitedly took his news to Arya (Maisie Williams) and proposed to her. Arya turned him down, saying she’d never been a lady. Meanwhile, Dany sought Jon out and basically told him he wasn’t to tell anyone about his lineage.
The next day, Dany and Jon held a war council to plan their moves against Cersei (Lena Headey). It seemed that the armies could be evenly matched and Tyrion was keen to stress removing Cersei without destroying King’s Landing. Jon proposed a blockade to cut off resources to the city in the hope the people would reject their queen.
Daenerys would take her dragons and some of her forces to White Harbor to sail for Dragonstone. Meanwhile, Jon and Davos (Liam Cunningham) would march the army south via the Kingsroad. Jaime was to remain at Winterfell as a guest.
Arya and Sansa (Sophie Turner) requested a meeting with Jon and took him to the Godswood where creepy Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was waiting. The Stark sisters voiced their concerns about trusting Dany and talked about family. Bran told Jon it was his choice and Jon decided to tell them about his lineage after making them swear not to repeat what he had to say.
Bronn (Jerome Flynn) turned up and caught Tyrion and Jaime sharing a drink. He told them of his mission but bet his money on Cersei losing. Still he wanted assurances that they would stick to Tyrion’s promise to double Cersei’s offer of Riverrun. They came to an agreement that he could have Highgarden. He refused to ride south to fight.
Before everyone departed, Sansa caught up with Tyrion and told him Jon’s secret and he later discussed it with Varys (Conleth Hill). The Hound (Rory McCann) set off to deal with his unfinished business, which is presumably his brother. He was caught up by Arya who decided to ride with him.
Tormund announced his plan to head back North beyond the Wall with the free folk. Jon asked that he take Ghost with him, who was injured in the Battle of Winterfell. Before Jon left, Sam (John Bradley-West) and Gilly (Hannah Murray) announced they were having a baby.
As Daenerys returned to Dragonstone a bolt came out of nowhere and struck Rhaegal. Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), aboard his ship The Silence, and the rest of the Iron Fleet were waiting and they all had scorpions. More bolts were fired, narrowly missing Drogon, but another hit Rhaegal through the neck and he plummeted into the sea.
Euron’s attack moved on to decimate the rest of Dany’s fleet. Everyone had to jump into the sea and swim to shore to survive. As the survivors pulled themselves out, Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) noticed that Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) was missing. She’d been captured by Euron who took her back to Cersei as their prisoner. Cersei opened the gates of the Red Keep to the people to use as human shields. She also told Euron of her pregnancy.
Furious at the loss of Rhaegal and her most trusted advisor, Dany wanted to destroy King’s Landing. Varys told her that she was making a mistake and that thousands of innocent people would die. Tyrion suggested offering to let Cersei live in exchange for the Iron Throne.
News of Euron’s attack reached Winterfell and Jaime decided to return to King’s Landing. Brienne begged him to stay but he left her in tears.
Dany, Tyrion, Varys and Grey Worm arrived at King’s Landing with a group of Unsullied. On the walls, Cersei stood with the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), Euron and Missandei in chains. Qyburn (Anton Lesser) walked out to meet Tyrion who requested that Cersei surrender. He refused and said if Dany didn’t surrender, Missandei would die there and then.
Tyrion tried to appeal to his sister but it didn’t work. Cersei told Missandei to say her last words. She chose to shout “Dracarys” which was her last advice to Dany to burn the city. Cersei gave the word and the Mountain decapitated Missandei as those below watched in horror.
The episode ended with an even more furious Dany walking away towards Drogon.
Find out which main characters died during episode 4.
In episode 5, we’re expecting a battle at King’s Landing. Dany doesn’t have the forces to attack straight away as Jon and the army are two weeks away. The teaser trailer shows Dany and Tyrion back at Dragonstone.
Watch the teaser trailer for Game of Thrones 8×05 below:
Dany is convinced she is destined to rule and will stop at nothing to make it happen. The teaser shows a concerned looking Tyrion going to speak to her.
Cersei is shown being her usual smug self as she looks out over King’s Landing. Behind her is Qyburn and the ominous silhouette of the Mountain.
Outside the walls, Jon, Davos and the rest of the army have arrived and begin forming up. Surely an assault would be suicide? Up on the walls the many scorpion bolt throwers are lined up ready.
Euron appears to be aboard his ship with the Iron Fleet, ready to repel any invasion from the sea.
There’s a shot of Dany sat on the throne at Dragonstone as Tyrion comes to speak to her again.
Golden Company are shown marching and there’s a hooded figure behind them walking into the city. Could that be Jaime arriving to confront his sister? or maybe it’s the Hound coming to deal with his brother?
We get a snippet of Grey Worm with the Unsullied. He’ll be desperate to avenge the death of Missandei. There’s another shot of Cersei, followed by a scorpion reloading.
The final shot shows Euron looking into the sky as the screech of Drogon approaching can be heard. It looks like the Last War is about to start.
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 will air on the 13th May at 2am and 9pm on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV. Need to recap on the story so far? All episodes of Game of Thrones from series 1-7 are now available to watch on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.
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