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Game of Thrones series eight review – a nostalgiafest for long-suffering fans | Television & radio

Warning: this review contains spoilers.At one point in the long-awaited, much-hyped premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, Tyrion, Varys and Davos look down from a Winterfell gangway on the recently-arrived Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, and let their imaginations run riot. What if, Davos wonders, the Seven Kingdoms could be ruled by a just woman and an honourable man, “for once in their shit history.”A harsh assessment of the preceding 67 hours of dynastic convolutions, power plays, undead risings and narrative horses galloping across multiple continents and delivering members of the largest ensemble cast in televisual history to their correct destinations on time – but fair. It’s been a bit grim, for the most part. Heads have been melted and crushed. Eyes have been extracted with thumbs. An unusual number of penises have been severed. Twincest has been a thing. Offspring have been baked into pies and served to unwitting but, alas, hungry fathers. Read more The eighth season premiere – there are, slightly incredibly, just five more episodes after this – was, by Westerosian standards, a sedate affair, concentrating largely on retrenchment, and narrowing the scope of the narrative and emotional landscape. This was doubtless disappointing to the many who expected nothing but mighty spectacle all the way down the home straight, but pleasing to those of us who found that the sprawl of later series was dissipating our ability to care about the characters and rendering the (many) deaths, twists, unions and partings increasingly insignificant.The premiere pulled everyone and everything together; it was, for the most part, an almost nostalgic hour. Moments of it – like Arya’s reunion with Jon, or Yara’s forgiveness of Theon – might even have warmed the cockles of your heart, if winter hadn’t come with such a vengeance to Winterfell that the chill seemed to reach through the screen.FacebookTwitterPinterest Plenty of callbacks for those who have stayed the distance ... Arya Stark wearing her hair like her late, lamented father. Photograph: HBO There were plenty of callbacks for all the loyal viewers who have stayed the distance; from the little boy running through the crowded Winterfell streets and climbing a tree to see the arriving army led by Jon and the Mother of Dragons, recalling our first sight of Bran eager to see Robert and Cersei arriving all those series ago, to tiny touches like Arya wearing her...

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