Here are our biggest questions from Game of Thrones' season 8, episode 2. Titled "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms", the episode was a series-best celebration of the surviving characters who have gathered at Winterfell to fight the Great War against the White Walkers. Expecting it to be their last night alive, the heroes of Westeros relax, drink, indulge in some gallows humor, and cement their various relationships before next week's Battle of Winterfell.
When "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" began, Jaime Lannister was placed on trial for his crimes against the Targaryens and Starks before Brienne of Tarth saved him by vouching for his character. Later, Jaime anoints Brienne a Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, granting her the recognition she has sought all of her life. Theon Greyjoy arrived at Winterfell and reunited with Sansa Stark, Arya Stark received her weapon from Gendry and slept with him, and Jon Snow revealed the truth about his true heritage to Daenerys Targaryen. Podrick Payne also sang a song.
From Tyrion Lannister's position as Hand of the Queen hanging by a thread to the whereabouts of the Night King as the White Walkers land at Winterfell's gates, these are the biggest questions we have about this week's Game of Thrones:
- This Page: Questions About Tyrion, Jon and Daenerys, Jaime, and Sansa
- Page 2: Questions About Tormund, Beric, The Night's Watch, and Arya's New Weapon
- Page 3: Questions About Pod's Song, Theon, and the Night King
13. Should Daenerys Appoint Someone Else Hand of the Queen?
Daenerys saw Jaime Lannister's arrival at Winterfell without Cersei's army as the latest blunder by Tyrion as Hand of the Queen and she was vocal about her disappointment at his many mistakes. So Dany was surprised when Jorah Mormont of all people, who Daenerys would have originally chosen as her Hand, advocated for Tyrion's intelligence and that he should remain at his post - which the Dragon Queen acquiesced to.
But should Daenerys dismiss Tyrion anyway? Even if they survive the war with the White Walkers, what are the odds Tyrion will suddenly regain his previous brilliance? After all, as Tyrion confessed to Jaime, he has been humbled by the "perils of self-betterment". Maybe Jorah Mormont would make a better Hand after all; since Cersei is not his sister, Jorah wouldn't hesitate to show the ruthlessness that Tyrion has lacked thus far.
12. "What About the North?"
Following Jorah's prompting, Daenerys tried to have a heart-t0-heart with Sansa to break the ice between them. It worked for a while and the two powerful women were able to commiserate about Jon. But when Sansa asked "what happens after" Jon and Daenerys beat the White Walkers and the Dragon Queen takes the Iron Throne - specifically, "What about the North?" - Dany had no answer.
Sansa made clear that after the Starks lost the North during the War of the Five Kings and won it back from the Boltons, they would never bow down to anyone again. This puts a damper of Daenerys' dream to rule over the Seven Kingdoms the way her family had for centuries. What will happen to the North and whether Daenerys would ever allow it to be an independent kingdom if she wins the Iron Throne are questions left lingering.
11. Is Jon's Alliance With Daenerys Already Over?
After outright avoiding Daenerys and refusing to make contact the entire episode, Jon finally confessed the truth Sam told him in the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere: that he is the son of Daenerys' brother Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark and his real name is Aegon Targaryen. Daenerys was far less troubled to learn she is his aunt than when she realized as the last male heir, Jon has a claim to the Iron Throne (though she didn't say that it may be a stronger claim than her own). Jon didn't say whether he would or wouldn't press his claim.
The call to arms because the White Walkers arrived at Winterfell tabled the ramifications of Daenerys knowing the truth about Jon until after the war, but if they survive, Dany must realize her political position has significantly weakened. Most of her most loyal followers are foreign-born and the North would side with Jon if it came down to it. In spite of their love affair, has their political alliance already been broken?
10. Why Didn't Jaime Ask For a Hand or Weapon Made of Dragonglass?
Thanks to Brienne and, in turn, Sansa vouching for his good character, Jaime Lannister escaped his trial at Winterfell unscathed. The Kingslayer touchingly knighted Brienne after volunteering to fight under his command, but he also admitted he's not the fighter he once was. Jaime wields Widow's Wail, one of the few Valyrian steel swords in Westeros, but why didn't he ask for a White Walker-killing replacement for his gold right hand? Gendry was already forging Arya an exotic weapon; he could have found the time to turn some Dragonglass into a blade or bayonet to attach to his wrist so that the Kingslayer could become an effective Wightslayer.
9. What Did Bran Tell Tyrion?
After their strategy meeting, Tyrion remained behind to speak to Bran Stark. The Imp is perceptive enough to notice that Jon is outright avoiding Daenerys, who is confused by his behavior. Tyrion pulled up a chair to hear Bran's "long story" about his "strange journey", but is listening all Tyrion did? Did he also ask questions about Jon Snow - like why he's evasive towards Daenerys and how he can now ride a dragon? And what did Bran tell Tyrion besides his adventures that turned him into the Three-Eyed Raven?