Game of Thrones Season 8 premiered yesterday and we all were delighted after seeing so many reunions and callbacks from season 1. Now we will discuss the first episode and things that you might have missed while watching the episode.
Winter is Here.
Now let’s dive in.
1) Completely new opening credit in season 8
Game of Thrones gave us a completely new opening credit scene by introducing a new map. Not let’s concentrate on the physical terrain of the map itself.
Game of Thrones beautifully showed the destroyed section of The Wall at Eastwatch-by-the Sea.
Here’s a look at Last Hearth, the first location that the Walkers visited south of The Wall.
We’re now treated to the sights of the Great Hall and the crypts.
Given how prominent the crypts have been in the trailers – and in the Jon Snow revelation – it’s fair to assume that something massive is about to happen here.
Qyburn’s scorpion spear gets its own segment.
Mmm, we wonder if that will be used on one of the three dragons later in the season and if so, which one?
2) The Citadel chandeliers
We all know that the Game of Thrones titles are derived from the spinning chandelier in the Citadel but the story being depicted has now changed.
We think that this image below depicts the events of The Red Wedding.
The sigil of House Baratheon (stag on far left) is nowhere to be seen after being devoured by the lion (House Lannister). The lion is also eating a fish (House Tully’s sigil) and in the middle, we see the direwolf of House Stark as it hangs between the arch of The Twins (location of The Red Wedding).
On the far right, we see House Bolton holding a dagger – Roose Bolton stabbed Robb Stark – and the decapitated head of a direwolf.
Aside from this, we also get a visual representation of Dany’s dragons being born.
What’s interesting though is that if you look closely, there are four dragons in this image. The comet to the left is the red comet that we saw in the earlier seasons.
We also think that the second image represents Daenerys’ dragon Viserion being killed by the Night King.
Here’s the red comet that heralded the return of dragons into the world.
Also, after deciding to change the opening credits, it’s telling that the sigil of House Baratheon is still included.
Given the fact that it’s really only Gendry that’s carrying the Baratheon bloodline, it’s very interesting.
3) Mac dies
Always Sunny fans will be delighted to know that Rob McElhenney actually made an appearance in the episode. He was one of Euron Greyjoy’s soldiers that was shot through the eye as Theon rescued Yara.
Guess he didn’t cultivate enough mass to survive.
The showrunners of Game of Thrones have even wrote an episode of Always Sunny, Flowers for Charlie.
4) The reference between the opening scene and the first episode
There were many references from the first episode of Game of Thrones.
Bran climbing the walls
The first reference we got is when a young boy managed to climb the tree to see Dany’s Army.
In season 1 first episode we saw Bran climbing the tower at Winterfell to see Robert’s army.
Music used in Robert’s Entry at the Winterfell is the same used in the entry of Daenerys Targaryen.
Jon and Bran Reunion
When Jon went to The Wall he met Bran last time and while leaving he kissed him on the forehead.
In the reunion, Jon again kissed Bran on the forehand.
Winterfell is yours
Jon and Arya Reunion
They hugged in the same way. So satisfying. I loved it.
5) Bronn’s crossbow
Unsurprisingly, Cersei wants Tyrion and Jaime dead and Bronn is being asked to kill them with the same weapon that the youngest Lannister used to kill his father, Tywin.
The Lannisters are a weird family.
6) Bronn’s loyalty?
In Season One, there’s a conversation that could prove to be telling.
Tyrion: “Though I would treasure your friendship, I’m mainly interested in your facility with murder. And if the day ever comes where you’re tempted to sell me out, remember this: Whatever the price, I’ll beat it. I like living.”
7) Cersei’s look
At the end of Season 7, Tyrion came to her chambers to make peace after Cersei stormed off – she just learned that Jon Snow had bent the knee to Dany.
In a bid to make peace, Tyrion gave Cersei a glass of wine but she refused it. At that moment, Tyrion knew that she was pregnant.
After having sex with Euron Greyjoy in the most recent episode, Cersei sips on her wine and gives us a forlorn look.
Cersei may have lost another child.
Sam asks Dany for a pardon and mentions that he has stolen a sword that belonged to his recently deceased father, Randyll.
Of course, Daenerys executed Sam’s father and brother after they refused to bend the knee but it’s worth remembering that this stolen sword is made of Valyrian steel – one of the only things that can kill White Walkers.
As eagle-eyed viewers saw in the Season 8 trailer, Jorah will be wielding it in the episodes to come. After all, Sam isn’t a fighter.
9) Arya’s new weapon
As you can see below, it’s a dragonglass spear. Very cool.
10) Ned’s promise
“The next time we see each other, we’ll talk about your mother”.
These were the last words that Ned Stark said to Jon Snow before he went off to join the Night’s Watch.
In the latest episode, Jon learns the truth about his parentage while standing in front of the statue of Ned Stark.
11) Robert’s promise
In the very first episode, King Robert wanted to unite the houses of Baratheon and Stark by marrying Joffrey and Sansa.
Safe to say that their marriage plans didn’t work out.
The houses could still be united though and we’d wager that Gendry and Arya are going to get together. After all, there was some serious flirting going on.
“You wouldn’t be my family. You’d be my lady,” is what Gendry once said to Arya when they were captured.
He repeated that flirtatious line again to her.
12) Jon Snow loves an outdoor shift
He had sex with Ygritte in the cave. He flirted with Dany in the Dragonstone caves. He kissed his aunt near the waterfall.
The man loves the outdoors.
On a more sinister note, when she was dying, Ygritte did tell Jon that they should never have left the caves.
Could Daenerys meet the same fate?
13) Jon and his father
A small detail but the dragon that Jon was riding is called Rhaegal.
He is named after Daenerys Targaryen’s eldest brother, Rhaegar. Of course, Rhaegar is Jon’s legitimate father.
14) House Glover are liars
When Jon Snow was crowned the King in the North, House Glover said these exact words “House Glover will stand behind House Stark, as we have for a thousand years and I will stand behind Jon Snow. The King in the North!’
Sansa made a big deal about how they’re not going to support Jon, now that he has bent the knee.
15) The Silence
There was another reference to Euron Greyjoy cutting out the tongues of those on his ship, The Silence.
We’d give anything to see him do it.
16) Fire and blood
This image does seem extremely telling. The wars to come should be interesting.
17) Sam tripping
When Sam went down to the crypt to tell Jon Snow the truth about his parents, he stumbled on the floor and Jon helped him up.
This is a throwback to their very first meeting at Castle Black when Sam was getting the crap kicked out of him and Jon helped him off the ground.
Take a look at that scene below.
18) The Night King’s symbols
You’ve made it this far into Game of Thrones. We’re certain that you know the wonderful horror sequence at the end of the episode were the exact same patterns that Jon found at the Fist of the First Men and in the caves of Dragonstone.
19) The Wight from the season 1
In Season 1 of Game of Thrones we all saw how White Walkers were introduced to us. When the three rangers when beyond The Wall for ranging one of them saw a body of wildling child been pinned to a tree.
In Season 8 premiere Ned Umber was killed in the same way by the Night King.
20) The Similar Ending
The first episode of season 1 ended when Jaime pushed Bran from the tower. Though Bran survived that fall and later became the Three-Eyed Raven.
In season 8 first episode when Bran told Sam that “I’m waiting for an old friend,” and later Jaime came to Winterfell. The episode ended when Jaime and Bran looked at each other.
21) Jaime’s New Hair May Be A Sign Of A Deeper Change
The episode ends with Jaime Lannister arriving in Winterfell and seeing Bran for the first time since pushing him out of a window. The moment echoes all the way back to the first episode of the series, but a small detail also reinforces a fan theory regarding the Lannisters.
Some fans believe that the color of a Lannister’s hair correlates with their loyalty to the family. The blonder they are, the more loyal they are; as they drift further away from their House’s best interests, their hair grows darker. Tyrion’s hair has gotten steadily darker over the course of the series, and when Lancel pledged himself to the High Sparrow’s cause, he shaved his hair down to it’s darker roots. Jaime shows up in Winterfell with a darker coif, which could be tied to how he’s turning his back on Cersei and his Lannister lineage once and for all.
22) Ed’s not dead
Yes, when Bronn was having sex with those prostitutes, the soldier that they were talking about was Ed Sheeran.
He survived…but he has no eyelids.
ed via instagram stories:" obrigado game of thrones, eu sabia que era um sobrevivente x" pic.twitter.com/7x4hWuyAQw
— Ed Sheeran – Fan Account 🇧🇷 (@edchup) April 15, 2019