'Game of Thrones' episode 2 end montage showed families and couples; could they be in danger?
As Jenny of Oldstones played in the background, we saw several couples in various degrees of intimacy before the great war kicks off in the next episode
This article contains spoilers for 'Game of Thrones' season 8, episode 2.
The second episode of Game of Thrones' eighth and final season gave fans a lot of developments to keep gushing about for the rest of the week until the war kicks off in the next. But among all of those reunions and celebrations in the night before the great battle of Winterfell, as the North prepares to fight against the White Walkers, there were also certain scenes between significant couples on the show, that have led fans to worry about their fate.
As the second episode came to a wrap with Lady Brienne being knighted and Jon Snow revealing to his lady love, Daenerys Targaryen, that he was actually the last living male of the Targaryen clan, a certain Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) broke out into a melodious rendition of Jenny of Oldstones.
The entire GoT fanbase was left shaken and stirred by the vocal skills of Podrick, while another set of fans couldn't help but notice the montage of couples appearing on the screen. The fact that this was the North's last night before the war against the undefeatable enemy certainly did not help.
It started with Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) in bed with his wife, Gilly (Hannah Murray), and their son, Sam Junior. The couple looked at each other with concern and care, probably speaking unspoken proclamations of love and protection as they awaited the big war.
But the camera soon panned to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and her old family friend, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), who has finally been reunited with the Starks. Theon was the one who had helped Sansa flee from the torturous Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) after he married her and raped her repeatedly, and now as he returns to fight in the war for Sansa, fans couldn't help but notice a subtle flame burning between the two. Again, no words were spoken, but their stare affirmed that if they survived the war, their equation could evolve into something more romantic.
Following Sansa and Theon was Sansa's little sister, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who had decided to spend what looked like her last night in the world, by losing her virginity to the one man she had always had a bit of a soft corner for - the Baratheon bastard, Gendry (Joe Dempsie).
As Podrick's voice sang the forlorn melody in the background, the scene panned over to Arya lying in bed next to an asleep Gendry, with her eyes wide awake - probably contemplating the upcoming war - and for the first time ever we saw the little Stark almost going to sleep without reciting her kill list out loud.
It was a wonderful portrayal of Arya finally having found something she holds dearer than her goal of avenging her parents' death, which makes us all the more worried about her and Gendry's future on the show as Game of Thrones is known notoriously for killing off characters, right after something wholesome and blissful happens to them.
The next couple we saw in the same montage was Greyworm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), who had not so long ago discussed the prospects of living a peaceful life next to a beautiful beach once the war was over.
Over the years we have seen the Unsullied leader and Daenerys' advisor come closer through tiny moments here and there, and not that they are finally a thing, it would be nothing short of barbaric to separate them with death, or otherwise. And as Podrick's sad song played in the background, the two of them sharing one last final, and extremely passionate kiss before Geyworm left for the war was almost a brutal reminder that all good things must come to an end. The two of them did not know what fate holds for them, and neither do we. But it is the song that continued in the background which gives rise ot this inkling of foreboding.
Podrick's song was about Jenny of Oldstones - the woman for whom the Targaryen prince Duncan denounced his right to the Iron Throne. A lot of talk has been buzzing about how that song might be a clear indication of Jon and Daenerys' future on the show, but it's also undeniable that in the end, the song is a sad song about a prince who left his wife and family for another woman. Basically, a sad story about a couple separating and granted there's a reunion of lovers in there, somewhere, something tells us that this song isn't all that ray of hope for the couples we saw in the final moments of episode 2.
'Game of Thrones' returns with episode 3 on Sunday, April 29, at 9 pm, only on HBO.