News

Sex, Death, and Relationship Drama Feature in Game of Thrones’ ‘The Last of the Starks’ Top Moments

A mass funeral and revengers assemble in highlights from the episode.

by | May 5, 2019 | Comments

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (HBO)
(Photo by HBO)

The dawn of a new day breaks on Westeros in “The Last of the Starks,” episode 4 of Game of Thrones season 8. And it’s a grim one.

The pyres are piled high with bodies of every stripe: Dothraki, Night’s Watch, Northern warriors, Mormonts, a Dondarrion, and on.

How do you follow that? Lots of alcohol.


1. Funeral

Funeral Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (HBO)
(Photo by HBO)

The remaining revengers assemble to say goodbye to the heroes who gave their lives fighting the army of the dead. (The revenging will have to wait – though not for long.)

“They were the shields that guarded the realms of men, and we shall never see their like again,” Jon Snow says, in a nod to the Night’s Watch creed.

Ghost survived, so we have that to thankful for. We’ll later see that he was battered and had his ear torn, and we wonder why Jon wouldn’t pull a surviving stable boy aside and tell him to – gently – tend to the direwolf, feed him, and give him a bath. That wolf is still covered in wight funk the last time we see him.


2. Dinner

Tormund, Jon Snow, Daenerys in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (Helen Sloan/HBO)
(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

At dinner, Daenerys legitimizes Gendry: He is now Lord Gendry Baratheon of Storm’s End.

Tyrion and Ser Davos continue their strange friendship in the only eulogy that Melisandre will likely receive.

“To Arya Stark, the hero of Winterfell,” Daenerys says, but Arya is nowhere to be found.

Tyrion outs Brienne as a virgin, which is so not cool to do in public that we really wish Tyrion would never drink again. At least Brienne gets something out of it…

Then there was the Starbucks cup controversy:


3. Relationship Drama

Arya and Gendry in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (Helen Sloan/HBO)
(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Gendry finds Arya, tells her his good news, and proposes to her in a hugely romantic gesture. She turns him down (we think): “I’m not a lady. I never have been. That’s not me.” But she can totally be a “not a lady” with Gendry — in a nice, historic castle with lands and loyal bannermen to grab some ale after work with.

Who was that smiling at Podrick after dinner? She’s in for a surprise. Later, he embraces both her and a woman whose advances The Hound spurned. Correction: They’re in for a surprise.

Jaime seduces Brienne – “I’ve never slept with a knight before” – then leaves her. On his way out, he confesses to her that he pushed Bran from the tower, he strangled his cousin, and he would have murdered everyone at Riverrun for Cersei: “She’s hateful. And so am I.” Brienne sobs. Been there, girl.

Tormund’s wildling heart breaks at dinner over Brienne. The Hound is not interested. Willa says he can touch her, and Tormund miraculously recovers.

And Gilly is pregnant. Can’t help but wonder: Will full-Craster Little Sam inherit Horn Hill or this half-Craster–Tarly child?


4. Daenerys Unravels

At dinner, Daenerys becomes crazy-eyed jealous when Tormund puts Jon in the spotlight and calls him “king.” Her seething gets Varys’ attention.

Later in private, Daenerys tells Jon she loves him, but their kinship stops him mid-snog. She wants to un-know that he’s Rhaegar’s child. When he tells her that he has to tell Arya and Sansa who he is, she replies, “I’ve never begged for anything, but I’m begging you. Don’t do this. Please.”

She’s under stress and people are seeing her sweat. “We’ll rip her out root and stem,” Daenerys says in a strategy session. You can see the mad king ranting and burning Starks in Varys’ eyes when he looks at her.

Varys eyes Daenerys in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (HBO)

Tyrion and Varys convince Daenerys not to immediately burn down the Red Keep and all of the innocents Cersei has gathered to her side as dragon-fodder should Daenerys attack.

When Sansa suggests – Daenerys: stop talking, Sansa.

“We have won the Great War. Now we will win the Last War,” Daenerys promises, and looks at Sansa. “In all Seven Kingdoms, men will live without fear and cruelty – under their rightful queen.” (Her attitude will come back to bite Daenerys in the butt when Sansa weighs whether or not to share a big secret.)


5. Family Drama

Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (Helen Sloan/HBO)

Jon agonizes during the Stark family meeting in the godswood over whether to tell his “sisters” that he’s really their cousin. Arya calls him “brother,” as in “full rights to bogart the TV remote” brother. He’s dying inside and tells Bran to tell them – he’s not officially responsible for having told them if Bran tells him, right? He never really promised Daenerys that he wouldn’t anyway.

Despite promising to keep his secret, Sansa promptly tells Tyrion, who promptly tells Varys, who notes that it’s no longer a secret, but is now “information” (which is a commodity he trades in).

“A Targaryen father and a Stark mother – Jon’s the one man alive who might actually be able to keep the North in the Seven Kingdoms,” Varys says.

Tyrion calls Varys’ musings “treason.”

“You know where my loyalty stands. You know I will never betray the realm,” Varys says, in what may be the most important exchange in the episode.


6. R.I.P.

Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (HBO)
(Photo by HBO)

When the Targaryen fleet drops anchor off of Dragonstone, Euron Greyjoy attacks. He has mounted scorpions on the front of his ships and unleashes on Rhaegal, who dies horrifically and plunges into the sea. Daenerys moves to attack, but retreats when she realizes how vulnerable Drogon is. Euron then attacks the Targaryen fleet, and, we later find out, takes Missandei prisoner.

Tyrion, Daenerys, Grey Worm, and a group of Unsullied arrive at the walls of King’s Landing to deliver a message: surrender and release Missandei of Narth. Instead, The Mountain beheads Missandei, whose last word is “Dracarys,” indicating to her queen, we thought, that she should burn King’s Landing to the ground.


Tormund, Sam, Gilly, and Ghost Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 (HBO)
(Photo by HBO)

Plus, Arya takes the King’s Road with The Hound to settle some “unfinished business.” (Arya says she doesn’t plan on coming back to Winterfell, which sounds ominous – Sansa only just got her sister back. Don’t leave me alone with weird Bran!) Bronn negotiates with the Lannister brothers: Their lives in exchange for Highgarden, the former home of the extinct House Tyrell. And, Jon tells Tormund to take Ghost with him beyond the Wall. OK, but who doesn’t hug their direwolf when they leave forever? Bad form, Aegon Targaryen, sixth of his name.

Next week on episode 5: The Last War.

What was your favorite moment of the episode? Tell us in the comments!

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.



Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

Sci-Fi strong female leads Spring TV foreign period drama Cartoon Network Comedy Central The Purge Tarantino kids space Awards Tour Elton John History Film IFC GLAAD Best and Worst blaxploitation Rock TNT spain TIFF Video Games Music Quiz Premiere Dates singing competition dc 2015 Mary poppins BBC Schedule First Reviews LGBTQ Pop Pirates Crackle adventure binge Anna Paquin MCU Chernobyl WarnerMedia Amazon Prime Video Captain marvel PaleyFest FOX Binge Guide theme song Comedy President VH1 medical drama based on movie Thanksgiving Writers Guild of America jamie lee curtis Food Network ghosts elevated horror A&E ITV Teen dragons TBS Amazon aliens richard e. Grant Stephen King Sneak Peek Reality Competition Country technology Interview Esquire Adult Swim Kids & Family Superheroes Women's History Month slashers cancelled justice league cooking OWN Acorn TV 21st Century Fox Cannes Podcast anthology Fall TV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Mary Tyler Moore Disney Plus ESPN travel Nat Geo composers Song of Ice and Fire canceled natural history political drama Photos Sundance doctor who Certified Fresh Lifetime Reality facebook Showtime children's TV diversity Rom-Com cats cancelled television Heroines mockumentary PBS sitcom Netflix Spike game show Shudder 007 zero dark thirty Countdown revenge Logo comiccon Watching Series game of thrones TV renewals Superheroe Toys Masterpiece Animation dramedy BBC America 71st Emmy Awards Paramount supernatural Ovation Spectrum Originals police drama Martial Arts CMT Apple TV+ crossover latino streaming 2018 Emmys Calendar Awards YouTube Pet Sematary green book spider-man VICE Hulu disaster See It Skip It psycho Peacock 45 Mudbound Super Bowl tv talk witnail Ghostbusters Biopics talk show spanish language Amazon Prime unscripted award winner cancelled TV shows Lionsgate Box Office Comics on TV true crime breaking bad halloween finale adaptation GIFs spy thriller crime thriller anime Sundance Now Character Guide cinemax Disney Channel comic Sony Pictures discovery SundanceTV El Rey Mystery golden globes biography historical drama DC Universe romantic comedy YA south america X-Men MSNBC TCM social media AMC television Tomatazos Fantasy cops 2019 Musicals cars psychological thriller Summer 24 frames romance sports 2017 APB Set visit transformers crime Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Star Wars thriller docudrama Nickelodeon DirecTV politics New York Comic Con sequel Star Trek Western what to watch Apple war DGA CBS All Access American Society of Cinematographers toy story Trailer Ellie Kemper Britbox Red Carpet Rocky The Arrangement Winners zombie GoT Universal Columbia Pictures harry potter festivals BET robots series TV free movies National Geographic TCA RT21 animated ratings ABC quibi Disney streaming service Emmy Nominations Tumblr NBC YouTube Red teaser nature Action San Diego Comic-Con Starz TruTV Opinion WGN SDCC The Witch Pixar Brie Larson science fiction renewed TV shows boxoffice Election E! E3 TCA 2017 Nominations Pride Month Mindy Kaling Rocketman Comic Book batman Black Mirror TV Land joker Shondaland Oscars YouTube Premium Disney CW Seed Epix Syfy IFC Films USA Dark Horse Comics The Walking Dead book Infographic hist Musical MTV Walt Disney Pictures SXSW Winter TV Polls and Games Holidays video cancelled TV series 20th Century Fox Freeform cults TLC Marvel HBO Max Creative Arts Emmys Valentine's Day Grammys zombies spinoff stand-up comedy HBO Extras Warner Bros. Marathons serial killer CBS mutant FXX Cosplay Arrowverse ABC Family Year in Review DC Comics Family Paramount Network Horror Vudu CNN Bravo 2016 crime drama USA Network LGBT Television Academy canceled TV shows movies First Look Fox News casting RT History Trivia The CW Mary Poppins Returns dceu Drama Christmas Lucasfilm Film Festival miniseries vampires DC streaming service hispanic NYCC FX Trophy Talk