This was a perfect build up to a battle that we know is going to be devastating. I very much appreciated these quiet moments between characters, which for some of them is going to be a lovely send off when we lose them next week. This was the calm before the coming storm.
The confrontation with Jamie at the very begining was good, but it could have gone deeper as to why he broke his oath and killed Dany's father (because he had a damn justifiable reason). But between Brianne standing up for Jamie, supported by Sansa, there wasn't much that Dany could do about it. Not without looking unreasonable and vengeful in front of people that haven't accepted her as ruler just yet.
The scenes with Jamie and Tyrion were some of my favorites, because I've always loved their relationship. The love between them was clear - they both acknowledge how flawed they are but understand that much of their frailties are born out of their love for their families and one another. Love can be destructive (which was displayed when Jamie pushed Bran from the window), but it could also be nurturing and sustaining (displayed by the bond between Jamie and Tyrion).
And I loved the scene between Jamie and Bran in the Godswood. The apology to Bran for harming him was sincere, and it's obvious that Bran is so in tune with his position as TER that he sees what Jamie did as part of the necessary process that he had to undergo in order to reach this point.
And Bran being the ultimate target of the Night King... not exactly unexpected but still pretty mind blowing.
The coversation between Sansa and Dany was great and it makes sense for Dany to make overtures to try to win Sansa over. But the independence of the north is still a sticking point and the fact that Dany refused to discuss what happens when the battle is over doesn't bode well for Dany's breaking the wheel plan.
Not going to lie... I'm all for Arya taking control and deciding that the best way to spend the night before a battle where they might all die is getting banged by the hot blacksmith. Because that's what I would want to do. She's not a child anymore, chronologically and certainly not emotionally and seeing this cold assassin indulging in the easy affection she'd always shared with Gendry was pretty satisfying. A girl is going to get her freak on.
And seriously... everyone in Winterfell should be getting laid before the big battle. I'm surprised that we didn't have a full on Winterfell orgy. And while we're at it... they need to start making some babies, because we're going to need to seriously repopulate the north when this is over.
Was so happy to see Theon's arrival and the warm welcome from Sansa. Those two have been through a lot and while I don't have high hope for Theon's long-term survival, they probably would make a good couple. And the drinking party and Brianne's knighting... sigh... absolutely perfect.
And now the big conversation down in the crypts. It was something that probably needed to happen sooner rather than later, but ouch! Dany did not take it at all well. One would think that she would be happy to find out that she wasn't the last Targaryen, but it all boils down for her that she's got competition for the throne that she's laid claim to. And Jon has a greater legitimate claim than she does, which is going to make things very uncomfortable between them for a bit. Could have done without the hole "last male Targaryen heir" because gender is not the reason that his claim supersedes her. Jon would have greater claim even if he was a woman and Dany was a male because Jon is the trueborn child of the crown prince. Dany's place in the hierarchy would always be after Rheagar's children and any children they have. She's going to have to wrap her mind around the fact that not only is she not the only one with claim to the IT based on bloodline, but she doesn't even have the best claim. And Jon would certainly have an easier time getting the support of the North and their allies.
Not sure how i'm going to survive waiting for the big battle and worrying about who we're going to lose.