Ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary humans, we’ve made it. We are halfway through the final season of Game of Thrones! Boy, wasn’t episode 3 a doozy? It had its great moments (the dragons above the clouds in the moon and starlight), not so great moments (the Dothraki charging), and its surprise moments (Arya). Even though we are still trying to process what happened last Sunday, at least I am, let us look at the promotional photos released for episode 4. And as usual, I’ll make predictions, both serious and tinfoil.
To start, we have Cersei and Euron, flanked the Mountain, looking out of a window in what I am assuming is her solar/office. Can I say, that I love those shutters? I want a set on my house! While they are dressed warm, the lighting and weather of this photo does not look cold. When Jamie left King’s Landing at the end of Season 7, it was starting to snow. I would have assumed that by now, there would be a bit of snow on the ground at the Red Keep/Kings Landing. As we saw in episode 1 of Season 8, there isn’t. It’s still as sunny as ever. The only indication that it’s winter now is the armer outfits that are being worn.
Let’s talk about those outfits. Euron is standing behind Cersei so we are unable to see the full get up but it looks to be the same punk, pirate long flowing jacket as from Episode 1 – or at least a very similar one. There is a glimpse of a knife or sword on his belt with what looks like an ivory hilt. The Mountain is… well the Mountain. He’s wearing his Queensguard uniform. Which I have to say, I like the dark colours of it compared to the traditional White Cloaks. And Cersei, well, all I want to say is “Thank goodness someone is finally wearing some colour!”
She’s in a red velvet dress with silver or gold studs on the bodice and on the collar. She has on her new staple gold shoulder pads/shoulder armor too. The feature of the piece is her BFF4EVA necklace that she shared with Myrcella. It’s hanging low around the navel. I want to give credit to @GirlsGoneCanon for pointing this out on their photo analysis back in March: since the icon on the necklace is a lion’s head and it was a necklace she shared with her daughter, wearing it so low on her body seems to indicate that the pendant is hovering above her womb. This could indicate that she is indeed pregnant. I’m highly skeptical that we’ll see a baby born from her, just because of how slowly time-wise the show is moving this season, but the placement of the necklace combined with what appears to be enlarged breasts and perhaps even a swollen abdomen, leads me to believe she has not lost the baby yet. How will she explain this to Euron? *giant shrug* Unless there is a time leap into the future, she may be forced to confess to him that she’s already pregnant.
Euron’s face shows almost amusement. Like, “did that really just happen?” But his peering over her shoulder suggests to me that she’s pulled off another moment similar to, but not quite as extravagant as, the Sept of Baelor explosion. The Mountain has no visible face so who know’s what he’s thinking or looking at. Cersei looks almost smug as she watches her madness unfold. Only to her, the madness is brilliance. I also have not liked her character as much since her hair was cut. The initial cut for the walk of shame was great and totally fit the moment. However, why is she keeping it short now?
I really don’t have any grand epiphanies or predictions for this photo other than Cersei is still pregnant and she’s causing chaos again. But as a side thought, what do the people of King’s Landing thing about everything that is going on?
The Essos Crew
The next image is focused on Greyworm, Varys, Missandei, Daenerys, and Tyrion. They’re standing outside the walls of Winterfell with a large group of Unsullied behind them and a smaller group of Northerners off to the side, but still behind them. Before them there is a pile of dead bodies. It is evident that they have gathered the dead and are about to burn the bodies on a funeral pyre. I suspect after this war (really it was just one battle) the new custom in the North will be every dead body gets burned. Despite the threat being eradicated (but has it? I can’t decide where I lie on answering that question), the fear of the dead coming to life will linger for another 1,000 years.
All the faces pictured look solemn, respectful, and straight faced mourning. Greyworm seems to be the only one not… sad. But that may just be his Unsullied training taking effect. Varys looks disgusted and Missandei is almost emotionless. She is the second closest thing to being Unsullied-trained. Daenerys has pain in her face but I can’t tell if it’s sadness or just shock of the numbers that she lost. Tyrion shows more emotion than Missandei but not as disgusted as Varys. Their clothing is the same that we’ve seen in previous episodes so I don’t feel the need to go into detail about that.
All in all we are in for a big bonfire.
Starks + Bran
The third image is focused on the Starks and Bran the Three-Eyed Raven in the exact moment that Daenerys and her crew were pictured in. Bran is squinting but he doesn’t look like he has much emotion to the number of dead bodies. Arya is stoic faced with a black eye. She almost looks like she is intentionally trying to keep a straight face. Sansa looks the most sad but it is more of a somber mourning than straight sadness. Davos is slightly behind Sansa, which is interesting because technically his lord (Jon) is sworn to Daenerys. I would think he would be standing with her crew now. Perhaps he has changed his allegiance to the Starks in general, not just Jon? Directly behind Sansa, and you have to really look to see him, is Sam. We can’t see his face so I will say this: at least he lived since Jon was unable to come to his rescue last episode.
The Hound is standing off to the side, not next to anyone. It is more interesting than Davos as to why he is not standing with Daenerys. I think it’s because Arya is where his true allegiance lies. Perhaps even with Sansa since there was a fascination with her from season one. (I stick to my guns when I say that that is a non-sexual attachment now.) Behind Davos is Gendry, so we know Arya can have more out-of-character sex with him whenever she wants. I don’t recognize any other faces in the photo but two of the men in the group of Northerners behind the Starks definitely look to be in all black – members of the Night’s Watch. It’s good to know a few of them survived. And now their Watch has ended. There is an unknown man holding a torch off to one side of the photo, confirming my suspicions that they’re going to burn the bodies.
(It just hit me that Edd was the one to say, burn the bodies, and he’s the one who’s body is going to be burned…)
Jon is the focus of the next photo. Bran is in the background. John looks worse for wear and tired more than anything. His face reads like an open book: he regrets everyone who died and mourns those he has lost. Hey, at least he still has Long Claw on his hip. I don’t have much more to say about this. He’s holding a torch and preparing himself to burn the bodies. This photo is in the same scene as the previous two photos and the next one…
Next we have a wide shot of the outside of Winterfell with the survivors gathered to observe the burning of the dead. Tormund, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Greyworm, Daenerys, and Sam are all carrying torches and walking towards the pyres. I theorize that we will get a large birds-eye-view shot of all of the dead with more than just this small group carrying torches to burn them all. I also suspect that we’ll get close up shots of the dead that we mourn: Lyanna Mormont, Jorah Mormont, Dolorous Edd, Melisandre, perhaps even Viserion.
If you squint you can see that Brienne, Jaime, and Pod are all standing together and slightly behind them is one of the lords from the Vale, Yohn Royce, who wears a yellow cloak and who is fostering Robyn Arryn. Like I said, a big human bonfire. And now their Watch has ended.
The next photo is a stark (pun always intended) contrast to the previous ones. Daenerys is standing in front of Drogon looking quite happy. Even the dragon looks happy or amused. I think her coat is a new one. It’s more grey than the previous one that looks like this. They seem to back at Drogon’s “home” – where he and Rhaegal set up camp. Maybe Rhaegal is alive after all? I think I’m wrong but that’s the prediction I’m calling now: Rhaegal is alive and Jon is the one to find him and bring him home. That’s why Daenerys is so happy in this moment.
Then, we have Varys, Missandei, and Daenerys in the library at what I assume to be Winterfell, standing around the strategy table. Maybe they’re in Riverrun. I think it would be nice to go back to Riverrun before the series is through. You know, to pay tribute and honour Catelyn since we’ve never gotten *SPOILER* Lady Stoneheart. (Though I saw the theory, and I don’t know where otherwise I would credit the person, that LSH is going to show up mid-season and wreck havoc on everyone. I wouldn’t mind that happening.)
Varys has six or so scrolls in front of him.The map on the table is of Westeros but I think it is of Southern Westeros because, if you look upside down, you can see Dragonstone labled under an island. Looking closer, you can also read King’s Landing. There are red pieces on top of King’s Landing, clearly indicating that the Lannisters/Cersei is in control there. South of King’s Landing is another house represented in a brown or mustard yellow. I don’t think it could be the Dornish and the Tyrells have been eradicated. My knowledge of lesser houses is lacking so I can’t even begin to guess as to who that might be and whether or not they’re on Daenerys’ side or Cersei’s. There is no visible piece to represent the Targaryen’s so we can’t guess where they might be located at this point in the episode.
Their faces look apprehensive or concerned. Perhaps they don’t trust or like the information they are receiving. This is definitely a strategy meeting as to how to proceed to defeat Cersei. And they are not the only three in the room. In the bottom left hand corner there is a blur of fur, showing that at least one other person is there with them.
Aaaaaand finally we have a photo of at least 20 Targaryen ships, presumably sailing for King’s Landing. There really is no other information that I can glean from this photo. The sails are all black with the red three-headed dragon sigil on them. The lead ship’s, presumably where Daenerys is, figurehead is a golden dragon. Is this a memorial to Viserion? Or was that on the ship when she sailed for Westeros?
In conclusion, after all the funerals we are preparing for another war, and then we are sailing for war. If, even with all of its problems, Episode 3 was that good, we are in for a wild ride for our final three episodes.
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