The new stills from the penultimate episode of 'Game of Thrones' season 8 were released by HBO and there are some interesting insights we can gather about the impending war between Daenerys Targaryen's (Emilia Clarke) army and Cersei Lannister's (Lena Headey) army.
On one side we have Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and Ser Davos (Liam Cunnigham) waiting outside the gates of the Red Keep and on the other side, we see Golden Company captain Ser Harry Strickland of house Strickland set to lead the battle from Cersei's side. While we did see Marc Rissmann as Harry in the first episode of season 8 titled 'Winterfell', there is not much that we know about this player in the upcoming war. All that he said was "We look forward to fighting on your behalf, Your Grace."
Now seeing him lead the fight in the stead of Golden Company makes us wonder how important a role this knight would play in the series. While he looks strong enough to command the army in the TV series, according to the books, "Homeless" Harry Strickland was a man who looked little like a soldier, is much older with "thinning grey hair" and was more of a company paymaster than anything.
He unexpectedly got the position of a Commander when the previous leader died four years ago. He is also a man who is fond of elephants similar to Cersei's fascination with them. While the Golden Company was brought by Euron Greyjoy to support Cersei, they are not loyal followers but men who have been bought to fight a war.
This is in stark difference to Daenerys' army of the Unsullied. How the two clash, with the Unsullied being led by Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) who recently lost his beloved Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) will be worth the wait.
The other stills from the episode, especially that of Daenerys and Jon where it looks like the Dragon Queen is trying to convince him of something, indicate the tension we will see before the last war. Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) on one of the ships doesn't look happy at all, and this indicates that maybe the war doesn't go as they expected. Stills of Cersei, Tyrion, and Grey Worm were also released.
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