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So, the second episode of Game of Thrones was emotional, wasn't it?
Before we get too far into it, this article contains spoilers, so if you've not seen episode two yet, don't bother reading any further.
Sure, the pieces are just moving into position ahead of the battle to end all battles, but there's still a lot of intrigue to be found in what is going on whilst they do that.
Perhaps the most emotional scene of all was a pretty touching encounter - no, not that scene between Arya and Gendry - between Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth.
Or should that be, Ser Brienne of Tarth.
Historic moment. Not just for Brienne. Literally an historic moment. First woman knight. And Jaime does it. MY HEART. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/VB0KmS7SrM
- Luka Nieto Garay (@LukaNieto) April 22, 2019
Well, it should, because Jaime broke with many generations worth of tradition to make her the first female knight ever.
It's not before time, either. She'd kick seven shades into most of the other folk on the show, let alone just the men.
Before all of that, Brienne had defended Jaime in front of everyone at the court and even called him a 'man of honour'.
Jaime Lannister made Brienne of Tarth smile and years were added to my life. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/eCK3NSBqhx
- Jamie Jirak (@JamieCinematics) April 22, 2019
Given that he's spent years getting ridiculed for shagging his sister and being called 'Kingslayer' for stabbing Daenerys Targaryen's dad - the 'Mad King' - in the back, that's got to feel pretty good.
So, when everyone was gathered around the fire to drink away their fear and sorrow at their impeding death in the forthcoming Battle of Winterfell, Jaime took the opportunity to repay her faith in him and anoint into knighthood.
On top of that, Jaime also agreed to serve under Brienne in that aforementioned battle, so everyone's happy.
The knighting of Ser Brienne of Tarth by Ser Jaime Lannister was both a fulfillment of the narrative arc of knighthood and what it means to be a "true knight" that runs through both their stories, and also a metaphorical wedding ceremony. In this essay I will- #GameofThrones
- Rachel Hawkins (@LadyHawkins) April 22, 2019
Well, except for the ones who are going to be butchered and enlisted to fight in the skeletal armies of the dead, which is a few of them.
By Game of Thrones standards, everyone was happy...
Of course, not everyone. Tormund won't be that happy, seeing as he's so keen on Brienne, but even he must have had a tear in his eye as she arose as the knight she's always deserved to be.
The good folk of House Twitter are certainly backing the appointment.
the way brienne looks at jaime and the way he looks at her.... THEY'RE SO IN LOVE pic.twitter.com/EHuMUuqGzS
- mira (@Iadytargaryen) April 22, 2019
Jaime: [knights Brienne]
everyone in the room:#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/1h4FO7AVFo
- gaia ʷᶦᵗʰ ˡᵘᵛ ' got spoilers (@_gaiawho) April 22, 2019
Me watching Brienne get knighted by Jaime #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/bZKR4P6AUw
- Gendrya Staratheon (@hamlinzSTAN) April 22, 2019
People have been flocking in their droves to praise the scene for it's emotional content and praise the show for actually giving characters a chance to redeem themselves and achieve what they want before they are inevitably hacked to bits by a screaming skeleton.
The third episode - one you're not going to want to miss - will be broadcast next Monday at 2am, then again at 9pm that same evening. Brace yourselves.
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