Game Of Thrones Season 8: 8 Ups And 1 Down From 'A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms'


8. The Sheer Sense Of Dread

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Death is coming. It's something we've heard long before now, but has never been made quite so real as in A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, which tells us over and over again of the threat that's on the horizon, in ways both overt and more subtle.

It's there, of course, in the fact we see Winterfell preparing for war: battle plans are being drawn up, roles are handed out, and weapons are forged. But it's also there in just about every character interaction. All we see this week is laced with the knowledge of the army of the dead marching upon Winterfell.

It foreshadows the death of just about everyone and anyone, and there is a real, palpable sense of dread running through this instalment that imbues it with a great amount of tension, helping heighten some already great character work. Speaking of which...


NCTJ-qualified journalist. Most definitely not a racing driver. Drink too much tea; eat too much peanut butter; watch too much TV. Sadly only the latter paying off so far. A mix of wise-old man in a young man's body with a child-like wonder about him and a great otherworldly sensibility.