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Game Of Thrones Episode 4 Recap Breakdown: The Last Of The Starks (Season 8)

From Starbucks cups to abandoned dogs, it's all happening in Westeros this week. Join Lucy, Ryan, Tamoor, and new hire Hamoor, as they sift through the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell.

Episode 5 is also now in the books, setting things up for the series finale in Episode 6. The major development in this latest episode, "The Bells" stems from a fateful moment near the end of Episode 4 with Missandei. Whether what unfolds is what she hoped would happen or not, Dany has made a decision she can't undo. For a look back at Episode 4, check out the video above.

Episode 4 of Game of Thrones has come and gone, and with its arrival, it's now safe to say that we probably have a pretty good idea of what the show's final climax will involve. That's more than we could say at the beginning of Season 8, when many fans would have guessed that the fight between the living and the dead would ultimately take center stage. Instead, the Iron Throne has turned out to be a bigger prize than life itself--particularly because the Night King was rather easily dispatched last week in Episode 3, thanks to Arya's incredibly high stealth stat.

But we digress. Season 8, Episode 4, titled "The Last of the Starks," saw some celebrating following last week's battle, but it wasn't all falling action. It seems Game of Thrones has at least one more fight left in it, and some surprises too. Warning: There are Episode 4 spoilers in the video above, as well as in the text below.

Yes, Dany suffered some unbelievably devastating losses this episode--in her relationship with Jon, the trust of her advisors, her best friend and translator Missandei, and the military might of her dragon (or arguably Jon's dragon, depending how you interpreted the events of recent episodes) Rhaegal. It's unclear how--if at all--the Dragon Queen will recover from these blows. Wouldn't it be just like classic Game of Thrones for Jon and Dany to defeat the dead, but Cersei to win the final battle?

With Season 8 almost done, we're running out of juicy theories to mull over, but we still have a few--from what exactly is actually going on with Cersei's pregnancy to whether Dany is going to go full Mad Queen. One thing is certain: We still have no idea how this is all going to end, except that Cleganebowl is absolutely, 100% confirmed, and we'll tolerate no arguments otherwise. It's time for The Hound and The Mountain to finally go at it again after we got a taste of the duel back in Season 1.

What did you think of Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4, "The Last of the Starks"? Is Game of Thrones still the best show on TV, or has it lost its way in these final days? Let us know in the comments below after you watch Lucy, Ryan, Tamoor, and Dave discuss in the video above.

Looking ahead, you can get prepared for what's next with the Episode 5 preview trailer.

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