The Last of the Starks

"The Last of the Starks"[1] is the fourth episode of the eighth season of HBO's fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 71st overall. It was written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by David Nutter. It aired on May 5, 2019.

"The Last of the Starks"
Game of Thrones episode
Episode no.Season 8
Episode 4
Directed byDavid Nutter
Written byDavid Benioff
D. B. Weiss
Featured musicRamin Djawadi
Cinematography byDavid Franco
Original air dateMay 5, 2019 (2019-05-05)
Running time77 minutes
Guest appearances
Episode chronology
"The Long Night"
"The Bells"
Game of Thrones (season 8)
List of episodes

"The Last of the Starks" shows the aftermath of the battle against the Army of the Dead while setting the stage for the final confrontation, with Daenerys, Jon, and their remaining forces going towards King's Landing to confront Cersei and demand her surrender.

The episode received mixed reviews. Critics praised its return to the political intrigue of earlier Game of Thrones episodes, but criticized the episode's writing. It received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and was picked by Emilia Clarke to support her nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[2]

This episode marks the final appearance of Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), and Hannah Murray (Gilly), as well as the final appearances of six actors whose characters died in the previous episode, but were seen as corpses: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Bella Ramsey (Lyanna Mormont), Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion), Ben Crompton (Eddison Tollett), and Staz Nair (Qhono).

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