This review contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 4, “The Last of the Starks.” Watch our in-depth breakdown of the episode on Dragons on the Wall above, or download our episode 4 podcast here. To refresh your memory of where we left off, read our GoT S8, Episode 3 review, “The Long Night.” If you’re confused about what “dracarys” means, we’ve got you covered, plus, did you spot this anachronistic goof?
This is the most deliciously political Game of Thrones has been for some time, and there’s something immensely satisfying about getting back to all the scheming and backbiting that drove the show’s early seasons, even if Season 8 has lost all the subtlety and nuance that used to be a hallmark of the show. There’s something heartbreakingly realistic about seeing our characters devolve into this kind of pettiness even after facing down the literal embodiment of death, but we still wish the show was taking its time rather than racing to the finish line.
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