A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms hints at Brienne’s fitting legacy

Spoiler warning: Spoilers ahead for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” episode 2 of season 8 of Game of Thrones.

“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” the official title of the second episode of the last season of Game of Thrones, is a phrase charged with meaning for fans of George R.R. Martin’s books, which form the basis for the show. At face value, it’s just echoing the phrase Jaime Lannister uses to refer to the newly knighted Ser Brienne of Tarth (played by Gwendoline Christie). After eight seasons of fighting off rapists, sexists, and the collective contempt of the half of Westeros who sees her gender before her honor, she’s finally become a knight.

But there’s deeper meaning in the words “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” It’s also the…

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