Oh, Game of Thrones. On any other show, the drama, tension and shocking events of last week’s episode would mean that this week’s episode would take a breather, perhaps allowing us to gather what remains of our edges.
For a while, episode 4 felt like it really might let us do just that! It opens with the battered and victorious Winterfell army revelling in its triumph, feasting mightily and possibly inventing Never Have I Ever? Tormund drinks a lot (a LOT), and there is just a soupçon of tension between Dany and Jon as the men cheer him on for being…well…Jon. Brienne and Jaime get drunk and bicker and, in the episode’s biggest surprise, HAVE SEX? Gendry loses his entire mind and proposes to Arya after being turned into a lord by Daenerys? This whole episode is kind of over the top, honestly—the Stark siblings banding together to tell Jon they don’t like his girlfriend got kind of overshadowed by literally everything else.
But of course, Game of Thrones is Game of Thrones, so it is not too long before Rhaegal is killed by the worst Jack Sparrow impersonator the world has ever seen. I hope Euron Greyjoy is not long for this world. (That Qyburn can get lost, too.) If that wasn’t bad enough for Team Dany, Cersei has Missandei beheaded by The Mountain after the Dragon Queen refuses to bend the knee. The look on her face as she walks away is terrifying.
Below, the internet reacts to this whirlwind of an episode.