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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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I reckon the 2 dragons mated while locked in the cave(vault) and laid eggs n daario will bring the dragons

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Really not sure whats going to happen to Dany, if I'm honest, I think her future hangs in the balance see - https://thegamersroom.com/will-dany-die-in-game-of-thrones

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Tamoor and Hamoor? Oh sh-t...I smell a regular video episode in the works, complete with crappy video player service and everything...

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Nice work GSoT.

When Jon gave a quick look at Ghost and meandered off I initially thought that this was a strange and somewhat erroneous behaviour from him. My guess is that they were attempting symbolism here with Jon knowing he is no longer a wolf of the Stark household. Poor characterisation though, Jon always appreciated his companionship with his pet, both of them being the outcasts of their clan/pack.

I felt the union between Brienne and Jaime had to happen, it was on the cards since he saved her from rape and they shared a bath together. Her pleas for him not to leave to deal with Cersei were heartfelt, it signifies not that Jaime was leaving to kill her but that he was still thinking of Cersei and that means there is no future for Brienne and him.

God only knows what Euron is aghast at but my guess is that is a mythical beast of some sort be that another dragon, giant octopus, manticore etc. I'm hoping that it is t a case of Rhaegal being akin to gremlins and sudden exposure to water has spawned thousands of little dragons!

Grey Worm has the look of revenge on his face now and I'm predicting he will be going after The Mountain rather than Cersei which will (prediction) result in his death next week and spark the Cleganebowl. The Mountain will be killed by Sandor who will exact a revenge upon his brother ending somehow with a fiery finalé.

Upon her stating that she would be heading to King's Landing it seems that Sansa will have some more "Little Dove" patronisation angled at her. She is going to meet Cersei which tells me that there will likely be a three way argument between the three leading ladies (Sansa's take on Little Finger's ploys and manipulation is becoming ever more skillful). This gives an altogether different meaning to "the dragon has three heads " prophecy. ?

Death of the week: Missandei. The intent behind Cersei's order as well as Missandei's defiance despite her imminent demise created a memorable death scene.

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@gotrekfabian: Except he is a wolf of stark household, having been born to a Stark. What are you even talking about? IF anything, the symbolism might indicate he plans to claim his birthright as king, but he's still a wolf. The whole point is that the Song of Ice and Fire is HIM, not him and Dany, but just HIM, all within one person...the north and the south, the Targs and Starks, ice and fire.

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@esqueejy: What am I talking about? As I said, IF you aren't capable of reading it again prior to judging me, they were ATTEMPTING symbolism by implying that Jon may be leaving his Stark upbringing behind and accepting his heritage as a Targaryen. The fact that Stark blood is in him is irrelevant; he is a Targaryen by name, blood and title. Should he take a name other than Snow it couldn't be Stark. And, for the record, I said from season 1 that it would be him or Daenerys on the throne despite people's derision stating that he was a bastard and couldn't do so.

You're theory on the symbolism isn't even there in the subtext of that scene so to use your query: What are you even talking about? If that were the case then he would have gone to join Ghost.

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@gotrekfabian: You said: "Jon knowing he is no longer a wolf of the Stark household"

I responded accordingly. He IS a wolf and that hasn't changed. Perhaps your wording didn't quite fit your intent.

As to my point about "the whole point", I was referring to the "whole point" of the name of the series, not the "whole point" of just that scene.

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So nobody noticed the big green eyes Daenerys is staring with at the camera so many times this episode?

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@dexfm: I noticed it as well as other persons eyes too. I think it is just a red herring whereby the Arya/Melisandre prophecy is concerned as, in the books, Daenerys and many other Targaryens have violet eyes. Having said that, the show and the books have taken different paths on many an occasion so who knows.

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@dexfm: hmm you got a valid point. though i am still thinking it is a thoery. By the way how you watched the show, i am like looking multiple options here surfing numerous sites like https://www.localcabledeals.com/ though didnt have any luck so far. Can you recomend something?

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We have two big battles ahead. One between Daenerys and Cersei, and another one between Jon and Daenerys. After the dragon queen goes full mad queen and burn those civilians in Kings Landing, Jon will have no choice but to fight her. She will execute Varys like her father did the Starks. Melisandre told him he will die. Jon and Daeny will kill each other and a devastated Tyrion will get the throne. Two alt endings for Jon are a) He survives and goes to the true north to live among the free people and Tormund b) He becomes the next Night King. He gets to reunite with Ghost too. Sandor will die fighting and killing his brother. Arya will become a full member of the faceless leaving her old life behind her for good. She and/or Jaimie will kill Cersei, twice the king slayer(s). In the end hatred>love. Sad.

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@michaeldark: I think you are on the right path. I wonder though if the show will do something a bit more unpredictable, probably not with how things are going. If they were clever then yes Daenerys goes mad. Burns loads of innocents. Somehow the hound deals with the mountain (possibly after Arya attempts to kill Cersei but gets knocked out and saved by the hound just in time). Then Cersei end's up really backed in a corner, and is about to do something mad king style again (wild fire) and Jamie sees forcing him to repeat history and cause Cersei to die by her 'little brother', not the one she was expecting (Jamie is technically her little brother).

Daenerys gets out of control, you then have the plot by Varys come into play but fails and he dies, then either John sees all of this and tries to stop her, or she really loses it and even sees him as a threat. The obvious ending is Arya some how saves John and kills her, but I fail to see this as a real bitter sweet ending. Now a good ending would have him die but Arya avenges him and the green eye part comes true . But who then gets the throne, it would be cool if it was Tyrion. Could perhaps the former king's son though, Gendry, he is no longer a B*stard, he has been elevated to a Baratheon now, I do wonder if there was more to this promotion. Who knows how this will end, I just hope they don't play it too safe.

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