SPOILERS ABOUND. If you haven’t seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones, stop, drop, and roll on over to HBO and get crackin’….This week, we take a look at Season 8’s second episode of Game of Thrones. With everybody cloistered at Winterfell, this will be as close as G0T gets to a “bottle episode.” For those unfamiliar with television vernacular, bottle episodes are a cost-saving measure, so that producers can allot more $$$ to future installments. These cheapie productions pose a challenge to the writers, and can result in some of the best episodes of a series. Think about the Friends episode where the gang plays trivia for their two apartments. While this isn’t a landmark Thrones outing, it is a fun examination on how the characters attempt to quell the unbearable tension of the coming battle. Some seek forgiveness, others go for a quickie in the Winterfell forge, but just about everybody is trying to get carnage off their minds. One thing’s for sure: A slurping, randy Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) steals all of his scenes. It’s also great to see Brienne of Tarth finally get her full due as a badass Knight.
Also, we pound some delicious Spanish wine. Much of the show is shot in Spain, so it just seemed appropriate.
Orin Swift has long-produced a lineup of wines based on different locations, and the famous grapes associated with that particular country. Their “E” is a Tempranillo: Bold-bodied, and ripe with fruit. The Lechuza is a velvety-smooth Garnacha, with hints of earthiness and mouth-filling oaky notes.
If you haven’t yet, make sure and hit up our recap of Episode 1: