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I want you to feel the emptiness that I feel! When your father is reborn, he won't be the man you recognize! His soul will be gone and I want his cold hands to destroy you!
Harumi, to Lloyd
"Game of Masks"
Season 8, Episode 7
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Air date March 3, 2018 (Australia)
May 22, 2018 (US)
Written by Dan & Kevin Hageman
Directed by Trylle Vilstrup
Episode guide
"The Quiet One"
"Dread on Arrival"

Game of Masks is the seventh episode of the eighth season of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and the 81st episode overall. It aired on March 3, 2018 in Australia, and aired on May 22, 2018 in the United States on Cartoon Network.


As Lloyd and Harumi search the Oni Temple for the last mask, the ninja are taken hostage and discover Princess Harumi's true intentions.[1]


While at the Oni Temple with Lloyd, Harumi flashes back to when she was a kid during the attack of the Great Devourer, which was the day her parents were killed by the Great Devourer. Meanwhile, the Sons of Garmadon have captured the other ninja and have seized control of the Destiny's Bounty. With it, the Sons of Garmadon proceed to the Oni Temple.

Back at the temple, Lloyd and Harumi manage to locate the Oni Mask of Hatred within the Oni Temple. Harumi attempts to grab it, but a force makes it so she cannot. She then explains to Lloyd that someone with Oni blood can obtain the mask. After Lloyd takes the mask, he soon begins to question Harumi on how she knew that he was part Oni. After a moment of revelations, Lloyd discovers Harumi's true intentions and realizes that she is the Quiet One. Harumi tries to manipulate Lloyd by stroking his chest and trying to kiss him but he doesn't fall for her trick. A fight then ensues, as they fight Lloyd deduced some explanations for her plans while she confirms it before revealing to him of his uncle Wu being the infant, to his surprise. The fight ends with Lloyd throwing the Oni Mask of Hatred over the side of the platform. However, Harumi dives after it, catching it while she manages to use her knife to hold onto the side of the platform.

Armed with the Oni Mask of Hatred, Harumi puts it on, using its powers to jump back onto the platform. Lloyd questions what the mask did to her, where she reveals that it has made her invincible to all forms of damage, speaking with a very demonic tone to her voice. After a very brief fight, Harumi reveals to Lloyd that she wants him to feel the pain she has felt following the death of her parents by having Lord Garmadon destroy Lloyd. Harumi then proceeds to flee from the temple with the mask, utilizing her invincibility to destroy the temple to kill Lloyd.

Harumi soon regroups with the newly-arrived Sons of Garmadon, where she takes off the Oni Mask of Hatred as Killow rejoices that they now have all three. Harumi then states they have a ceremony to attend to, ordering the Sons of Garmadon to take the Destiny's Bounty. However, they are confronted by the ninja, who had managed to break free earlier with the help of Toddler Wu and Cole's terrible singing. Lloyd, using the waterfalls covering the Oni Temple, soon rejoins the ninja, and as the Sons of Garmadon surround them, Crabby appears. The ninja and the Sons of Garmadon briefly work together to fight the beast, with Mr. E and Killow utilizing the other two Oni Masks to help fight it. While the ninja are distracted by fighting the beast, Harumi orders her forces to retreat with the masks. As they get away with the Bounty, Lloyd attempts to stop them but is soon captured by Killow, leaving the ninja and Toddler Wu to deal with the Sea Monster.


Locations featured


For the transcript of the episode, click here.


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  • The name of the episode is a play on the name of the TV series Game of Thrones.
  • The music that plays during the flashback to the Great Devourer's rampage is "Taking the Bait", which is the same music that played during the Devourer's rampage in "Day of the Great Devourer".
  • This episode reveals several things about Harumi's past, including that her parents were killed by the Great Devourer during the events of "Day of the Great Devourer." It is also revealed that she got her nickname of "The Quiet One" from a paramedic.
  • One of the paramedics in the beginning has the same face and hair as Michael Kramer.
  • Lloyd learns the infant is his uncle de-aged.
    • As of this episode, all of the ninja are aware Wu is the infant.
  • This is the second episode in this season that starts with a flashback, the first being "Snake Jaguar."
    • Unlike "Snake Jaguar," the flashback starts after the intro.
  • This is the first Sons of Garmadon episode to feature all three Oni Masks altogether.
  • This is the second time the Destiny's Bounty is stolen from the ninja, the first being when Lord Garmadon stole it and the pirates took it in Season 2.
  • This episode marks the fourth time that Cole sings "Glow-Worm."
  • Lloyd is captured at the end of this episode, the second time one of the ninja were captured. This comes in Harumi's favor because she needs Lloyd for the ritual to resurrect his father. However, if Lloyd never got captured, it is unknown how Harumi would have gotten hold of him because Lloyd getting captured was more of an accident by Lloyd and Harumi didn't seem to have any intentions to capture him.
  • Since Harumi is the Quiet One, it makes sense that she was responsible for planning the attack at the palace, presumably listening to Mystake about the Oni and Dragon, and telling Ultra Violet on the phone about Snake Jaguar.
  • In some countries when Harumi was talking about the ninja taking Wu, she says "your idiot friends," but in other countries, it just says "your friends."
  • In some countries, the scene where Toddler Wu throws a wrench at Chopper Maroon is removed.
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, the scene where Kai says "we'll have to get all ninja up on ya" "really sums up Kai's personality in one short scene",[2] and Vincent Tong said, "It’s my favourite kid of acting: Cool and clumsy!"[3]
  • In Harumi's flashback at the beginning of the episode, Harumi pretends the Red Ninja action figure says, "Not so fast." Later in the episode, Kai says this same line to Harumi.


  • P.I.X.A.L. is listed in the cast list during the credits, despite not appearing in the episode.
  • A large writing/continuity error is present in Lloyd's discovery of Harumi's true identity: while it is unknown how Harumi knows about Lloyd and Wu's Oni heritage, the Royal Family should probably be aware of the Legend of the Oni and the Dragon, this being shown in their knowledge of the Oni Masks and worry of what would happen if all three masks are united. Should this be the case, Lloyd should have no fear of Harumi's knowledge.
  • Harumi was seen playing with ninja action figures, one of them being green representing Lloyd. However, by the time of the Great Devourer incident, Lloyd was not yet publicly known as the Green Ninja.
    • However, the color could be just a coincidence, not meant to represent any character.
  • One of Harumi's drawings has Lloyd in his Tournament gi with his Deepstone mask, neither of which he had worn at that point.



For the gallery of the episode, click here.


Ninjago episodes
Pilot episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes 1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja 14. Darkness Shall Rise · 15. Pirates vs. Ninja · 16. Double Trouble · 17. Ninjaball Run · 18. Child's Play · 19. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 20. The Stone Army · 21. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 22. The Last Voyage · 23. Island of Darkness · 24. The Last Hope · 25. Return of the Overlord · 26. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 27. The Surge · 28. The Art of the Silent Fist · 29. Blackout · 30. The Curse of the Golden Master · 31. Enter the Digiverse · 32. Codename: Arcturus · 33. The Void · 34. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: Tournament of Elements 35. The Invitation · 36. Only One Can Remain · 37. Versus · 38. Ninja Roll · 39. Spy for a Spy · 40. Spellbound · 41. The Forgotten Element · 42. The Day of the Dragon · 43. The Greatest Fear of All · 44. The Corridor of Elders
Season 5: Possession 45. Winds of Change · 46. Ghost Story · 47. Stiix and Stones· 48. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 49. Peak-a-Boo · 50. Kingdom Come · 51. The Crooked Path · 52. Grave Danger · 53. Curseworld, Part I · 54. Curseworld, Part II
Chen mini-movies (non-canon) 1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 6: Skybound 55. Infamous · 56. Public Enemy Number One · 57. Enkrypted · 58. Misfortune Rising · 59. On a Wish and a Prayer · 60. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 61. Wishmasters · 62. The Last Resort · 63. Operation Land Ho! · 64. The Way Back
Tall Tales (non-canon) 1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Sqiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal 1. Operation Heavy Metal: Machia · 2. Operation Heavy Metal: Buffmillion · 3. Operation Heavy Metal: Blunck · 4. Operation Heavy Metal: Raggmunk
Season 7: The Hands of Time 65. The Hands of Time · 66. The Hatching · 67. A Time of Traitors · 68. Scavengers · 69. A Line in the Sand · 70. The Attack · 71. Secrets Discovered · 72. Pause and Effect · 73. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 74. Lost in Time
Wu's Teas mini-movies (non-canon) Wu's Teas
Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon 75. The Mask of Deception · 76. The Jade Princess · 77. The Oni and the Dragon · 78. Snake Jaguar · 79. Dead Man's Squall · 80. The Quiet One · 81. Game of Masks · 82. Dread on Arrival · 83. True Potential · 84. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 85. Firstbourne · 86. Iron & Stone · 87. Radio Free Ninjago · 88. How to Build a Dragon · 89. The Gilded Path · 90. Two Lies, One Truth · 91. The Weakest Link · 92. Saving Faith · 93. Lessons for a Master · 94. Green Destiny
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 95. The Darkness Comes · 96. Into the Breach · 97. The Fall · 98. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 99. Wasted True Potential · 100. Questing for Quests · 101. A Rocky Start · 102. The Belly of the Beast · 103. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 104. The News Never Sleeps! · 105. Ninja vs Lava · 106. Snaketastrophy · 107. Powerless · 108. Ancient History · 109. Never Trust a Human · 110. Under Siege · 111. The Explorers Club · 112. Vengeance is Mine! · 113. A Cold Goodbye · 114. The Never-Realm · 115. Fire Maker · 116. An Unlikely Ally · 117. The Absolute Worst · 118. The Message · 119. The Traveler's Tree · 120. Krag's Lament · 121. Secret of the Wolf · 122. The Last of the Formlings · 123. My Enemy, My Friend · 124. The Kaiju Protocol · 125. Corruption · 126. A Fragile Hope · 127. Once and for All · 128. Awakenings
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. The Meaning of Victory · 4. The Stowaway · 5. Manhunt · 6. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look
Season 12: Prime Empire 129. Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire? · 130. Dyer Island · 131. Level Thirteen · 132. Superstar Rockin' Jay · 133. I am Okino · 134. The Glitch · 135. The Cliffs of Hysteria · 136. The Maze of the Red Dragon · 137. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back · 138. Racer Seven · 139. The Speedway Five-Billion · 140. Stop, Drop and Side Scroll · 141. Ninjago Confidential · 142. The Prodigal Father · 143. The Temple of Madness · 144. Game Over
Season 13: Master of the Mountain 145. Shintaro · 146. Into the Dark · 147. The Worst Rescue Ever · 148. The Two Blades · 149. Queen of the Munce · 150. Trial By Mino · 151. The Skull Sorcerer · 152. The Real Fall · 153. Dungeon Party! · 154. Dungeon Crawl! · 155. Grief-Bringer · 156. Masters Never Quit · 157. The Darkest Hour · 158. The Ascent · 159. The Upply Strike Back! · 160. The Son of Lilly
The Island 161. Uncharted · 162. The Keepers of the Amulet · 163. The Gift of Jay · 164. The Tooth of Wojira
Season 14: Seabound 165. A Big Splash · 166. The Call of the Deep · 167. Unsinkable · 168. Five Thousand Fathoms Down · 169. The Wrath of Kalmaar · 170. Long Live the King · 171. Escape from Merlopia · 172. The Tale of Benthomaar · 173. The Storm Amulet · 174. Riddle of the Sphinx · 175. Papergirl · 176. Master of the Sea · 177. The Calm Before the Storm · 178. Assault on Ninjago City · 179. Nyad · 180. The Turn of the Tide
Ninjago: Reimagined 1. Golden Legend · 2. Gold Rush · 3. A Day in the Life of a Golden Ninja · 4. Sweatin' to the Goldies · 5. Golden Hour
Season 15 TBA