A dramatic ambush at sea by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) and his fleet upon Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and hers as they sailed toward Kings Landing was the climax of Season 8, Episode 4 of “Game of Thrones.”

It’s obvious now from the conversation among the characters and the closeups of Clarke, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, and Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister, that the battle for the Iron Throne will come down to these three women.

In her most vulnerable move yet, Daenerys begged Jon to swear his sisters to secrecy about his true parentage. Having seen the love the people of the north have for him, she feels isolated and unsure of herself. As for the romance between these two, she wants things to be the way they were, but no can do. Winter has truly fallen on this super couple.

The episode was marked by funerals, a promotion, a marriage proposal, a long overdue deflowering and a decapitation. First, the funerals. With the fallen from the Battle of Winterfell placed on pallets in front of the castle, the survivors bid a teary farewell to Jorah, Lyanna, Beric and Theon Greyjoy. Then Dany, Jon, Arya, Sam and Tormund stepped up with lit torches to set the dead on fire.

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