8 Ways GAME OF THRONES’ Final Season Could Reference the First Season

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Opening With the White Walkers

The show’s first ever scene was a White Walker attack on three members of the Night’s Watch, when we got a shadowy glimpse of the blue-eyed ice demons. What we saw clearly in that terrifying opening was their ability to raise the dead, and their blood thirst.

A behind-the-scenes look at the show’s final season revealed the first scene of season eight will also start with the White Walkers. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them attack a home near the Wall, where the Night King will once again add to his growing army in a chilling moment of what’s to come.

A King and Queen Arrive at Winterfell (And So Do Jaime and Tyrion Lannister)

The pilot featured the arrival of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei to Winterfell. It was a big event, which the final season will parallel when Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen arrive with her Dothraki and Unsullied forces in the first episode. If Robert’s coming to the North was a huge event (and it was), this retinue will put it to shame.

A king and queen weren’t the only important people to make their way to Winterfell that day. Both Tyrion and Jaime also made their way North in the premiere. Tyrion, the Hand of the Queen, was once thought a drunken craven (which wasn’t wrong), but this time he will return in a position of power for a far more important reason.

Jaime though will be returning to the place where he pushed Bran out of a window, crippling him. We expect a very awkward reunion between the two (since Bran’s visions will have revealed to him how he “fell”). But maybe a far different Jaime, who is going to Winterfell to fight alongside the living this time, will save Bran. It would be a fitting way to capture Jaime’s story arc from start to finish.

Bonus: It would also be incredible if Jon and Daenerys decide to hide their relationship, only for Bran to warg into a raven and catch them in an intimate moment. Fortunately if you push a raven out a window it can fly. Also, The Hound will also be returning to Winterfell, which he also visited in the show’s pilot. Though he had no direct interaction with Arya there, they certainly did cross paths in season one when he killed her friend Mycah, the Butcher’s Boy. We can’t wait to see those two meet again.

The Truth About a King’s Real Parents

One of the main plots of season one revolved around Ned Stark unearthing the truth about Joffrey’s real father. That discovery (and Ned’s honorable naivete) nearly led to the destruction of the Starks and the removal of Ned’s head. The final season will also have to deal with a major, game-changing, possibly dangerous revelation about a king’s true parents. Bran and Sam know Jon is really Aegon Targaryen, the lawful son of Rhaegar and Lyanna.

What will happen when everyone, including Jon’s queen/lover/aunt Daenerys, learns the truth? Jon is the rightful heir to the throne she has long dreamed of.

A Visit to the Winterfell Crypt

Immediately upon arriving at Winterfell, Robert Baratheon paid his respects to his late betrothed, Lyanna, buried in the crypt of Winterfell. That final resting place of important Starks, where he placed a feather on her statue, was the focus of a season eight promo, and it also featured prominently in the show’s official trailer.

When Jon learns the truth about his mother, we expect her tomb to be the first place he visits, though that might not be the only time we visit the Winterfell crypt in the final season. It’s primed to be an important place in the show’s last year.

“Stick them with the pointy end.”

Jon and Arya’s farewell in the show’s second episode was the last time the two saw each other. That bittersweet moment was when Jon gifted Arya her trusted sword she named Needle. Jon also gave her a piece of advice on how to use it, “Stick them with the pointy end,” one of the best lines in show history.

Not only will we finally (finally) see this pair have their reunion in the final season, they will both be ready to stand as brave warriors in the fight with the dead. It would be amazing to hear one of them repeat this famous line back to the other.

A Lion and a Wolf Have a Memorable Showdown

One of the most intense, memorable moments from season one was when Jaime Lannister attacked Ned Stark and his men in the streets of King Landing. While the Northeners were slaughtered, Ned had the upper hand on his fight with Jaime until a Lannister soldier stabbed Ned in the calf.

There are still plenty of important members of both Houses still around, and even if the Starks forgive Jaime and learn to completely trust Tyrion, they will all have their eyes on the Lannister who still resides in King’s Landing, Cersei. A final showdown between the families could play out in the capital again.

“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”

 

Ned executed a wildling deserter in the premiere, which he made Bran watch for the first time. When Ned asked his young son why he had to be the one to do the actual killing, Bran correctly answered that Northern tradition says the man who passes the sentence must be the one to fulfill it. The show has referenced this moment numerous times, from Joffrey not killing Ned, to Theon struggling to behead Ser Rodrik, to both Robb and Jon sentencing men to die and then executing themselves.

Could someone at Winterfell do something terrible that leads to a personally difficult execution for the man or woman who sentences them to die? Could the Starks argue over who gets to sentence Cersei to death so they can then be the one to kill her? There are lots of possibilities, some good, some bad, for how this important season one moment could be referenced in the final year.

A Valuable Gift Leads to Something Far More Valuable

Maybe the single most important development of the first year began in the premiere and ended in the final scene of the season. Ilyrio Mopatis gave Daenerys three stone dragon eggs from Asshai, which she hatched in the last moment of season one.

We’ve already speculated how the secrets of Asshai could still play a huge role on the show, but even if nothing else comes from that strange place there could be another gift that could prove important to saving the world. What if Jon is right and Daenerys can get pregnant. Like stone dragon eggs no one believed could be hatched, a child of Jon and Daenerys would be a miracle birth that could be the savior of the world.

Of course, there could be even more ways the last season will reference the first. There were so many other memorable, meaningful, and important meetings and moments that season, any of which could end up mattering now.

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‘Game of Thrones’ fills Las Vegas’ Bellagio fountains with dragons and flames

Fire-breathing dragons held court over the world-famous fountains at the Bellagio casino-resort Sunday, as familiar elements from the TV phenomenon “Game of Thrones” were projected on the rising water. The jets danced to a score incorporating the recognizable theme song before one of the colossal beasts lit up the lake along the Las Vegas Strip in a blaze of pyrotechnics.

The 3½-minute spectacle that left a crowd of onlookers cheering debuted two weeks ahead of the scheduled premiere of the HBO fantasy series’ final season.

The streaming water formed the show’s iconic throne and crown. A towering 800-foot-long (244-meter) wall of water emerged from the lake.

The display, however, intentionally did not reveal any elements of the new season.

“We didn’t just want to portray literally scenes from ‘Game of Thrones’ here, not like a teaser or a preview of season eight,” said Mark Fuller, CEO of WET Design, the company that created the fountains and show. “We want to bring you the emotion.”

At the heart of the fountain show is the giant wall of water. It represents the ice wall that defines the TV show, but also serves as a surface onto which the creators project falling snow, the series’ logo and the silhouettes of the dragons breathing orange and blue flames.

The company worked with the series’ composer Ramin Djawadi to create a special score that along with the dancing water aimed to capture the excitement of the TV hit.

The fountain show begins by dropping musical hints of the TV series, using Djawadi’s “Winter is Here” from the seventh season. It comes to full force as the show’s recognizable “Main Titles” theme song comes on.

“We have to make sure that the fountain gives the same kind of energy, the same kind of drama, that people are associating this music with,” said Peter Kopik, director of design and choreography for WET Design. “(That) was the hard part of the choreography because it’s continuously energetic and continuously up and loud and strong, and choreography had to reflect the same thing and not being tiring at the same time.”

The spectacle ends as the shadow of the Night King appears one last time, and flames cover part of the roughly 9-acre (3.6-hectare) lake.

Oklahoma resident Josh Elliott stopped by the lake with his wife Sunday as part of their anniversary trip. They were amazed by what they saw.

“We have probably seen a hundred fountain shows, and this is by far the best,” he said while waiting for the show to start for a second time. “Oh yeah, we are not moving.”

Las Vegas resident Gaile Tiquia is re-watching all seasons ahead of the upcoming premiere. She said she came to the casino-resort after seeing a mention on social media about the special show and wondering if it would include any spoilers.

“I had chills for the entire show,” she said. “It’s amazing! It’s too much.”

The “Game of Thrones” fountain show marks the first time the lake has been set ablaze, but artists and others have previously used the fountains for a variety of stunts. Billionaire Richard Branson rode a jet ski on the lake in 2010, and Drake performed one of his hits there during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

The landmark at the luxury property owned by MGM Resorts International attracts millions of visitors every year. It has nightly shows with recorded music ranging from Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s duet “Time to Say Goodbye” to Sin City’s unofficial hymn “Viva Las Vegas” sung by Elvis Presley.

“The Bellagio fountain is iconic. It’s known around the world, and so is ‘Game of Thrones,'” Djawadi said. “So, I think putting them together and seeing the music choreographed to a fountain like that is quite the spectacle. I think it will get everybody really pumped for this final season coming up.”

The special fountain show will run nightly until April 13, the day before the eighth season’s premiere.

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