Game of Thrones S08E01 Girl Boss Review

The event we have all been waiting for is upon us, winter has come. And, girl, it didn’t disappoint. From the title sequence, it was as EPIC as epic fantasy demands! The 3D animation map of the Game of Thrones world was magnificent, it didn’t just show you the 3D unfolding’s and mechanical constructions of the different castle’s, it also showed you inside the buildings. It was spellbinding! And, when the iron throne rose from the floor and unfolded, our viewing party all cheered in joy and excitement. From the beginning we knew, nothing was same.

I don’t know where to start…It starts with shots of The Unsullied marching in snow, to Winterfell. I can still hear the sound of the mechanical marching reverberating in my ears. And then, yooooohhhh, the power couple of the century, Queen Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow (who we found out in the previous season is actually, the rightful King, Aegon Targaryen) entering Winterfell, side by side on horseback, accompanied by the greatest army ‘modern’ Westeros has ever seen. The camera work of the opening scene is breath taking. Again, we all roared in enchantment. Expect Sizwe, who was watching his very first Game of Thrones Episode… If this was not dramatic enough, we then see shots of two glorious full-grown dragons flying over ice capped mountains, the Queens mighty army and Winterfell. The reactions to this military supremacy was electrifying. For us watching at home and for the hardy Northerners of Winterfell.

The Lady of Winterfell, Sansa Stark- Played by Sophie Turner
The proud Mother of Dragons, Queen Daenerys Targaryen- Played by Emilia Clarke

My mind was blown many times throughout the episode. Entire storylines came full circle and people that we have been following for years, met for the very first time or were reunited after years of being separated. The most mind-boggling scene for me has got to be the final scene, of Jamie arriving to Winterfell after riding on horseback from Kings Landing. The way they conjure up the suspense, as you see the figure of a rider, hooded and dressed in all back. They off mount the horse, take their gloves off and lastly the helmet. Revealing the face of the greying Jamie Lannister, the pompous prick we’ve grown to love, looking up into the light. Then he looks over his shoulder sensing someone watching him. The look of recognition in Jamie’s eyes, of Brandon Stark (the Three Eyed Raved) the boy he attempted to murder when he was a lesser man back in the last scene of S01E01. Jamie was #SHOOK and we at home were undeniably discombobulated.

In our post-episode discussion, it was revealed to me what the White Walkers represent. Climate Change and Weapons of Mass Destruction. It was not the first time I had been enlightened but somehow it previously didn’t absorb into my mentality. The feeling of coming to terms with the allegory of Game of Thrones was positively terrifying.

Here we are on Earth, “The Pale Blue Dot”

Seen from about 6 billion kilometers Earth appears as a tiny dot (the blueish-white speck approximately halfway down the brown band to the right) within the darkness of deep space. Photograph taken from Voyager 1 in 1990.

“We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives.

The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there — on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturing’s, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light . . .

To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

Carl Sagan, speech at Cornell University, October 13, 1994

The Earth is on the brink of an ecological catastrophe. Due to humanities negative impact on our environment. A lifestyle that we have created and perpetuate in our day to day lives will only serve to destroy our species. But, the planet will prevail. Mother Earth’s capacity to incubate life is miraculous. Hence, it is us that will suffer and perish if we do not act now to reduce our carbon emissions, plastic pollution, deforestation and all the other capitalistic monstrosities. We are the people of Westeros who choose to take sides and subscribe to the ideologies of powerful people that believe in the delusion of their own grandeur. Who alienate entire communities due to petty border and territorial disputes. In the end it does not matter. The decision isn’t between this side and that side. It’s between the beauty of life or the end. Are we going to choose life or face extinction? Whether you’re a Make America Great Again Trump supporter or a Black Lives Matter Activist in the end we are human beings and we need to put our differences aside and face the end of our world together as one. Because, darling, the final season of global warming has come.

The Night King
Simi Gumede

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