- Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season eight, episode one, “Winterfell.”
- The new season premiere of “Game of Thrones” opened with a massive callback to the series’ first two episodes featuring King Robert’s arrival to Winterfell and Jon Snow’s goodbyes with Arya and Bran.
- There was also interesting subtext in Bronn and Cersei’s King’s Landing scenes.
- Keep reading to see all the major moments and references you might have overlooked.
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“Game of Thrones” season eight kicked off with an hour-long episode simply titled “Winterfell.” From the back-to-back-to-back references to the pilot episode and some meaningful scenes between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, we’re here to breakdown all the layers of subtext hiding in plain sight throughout the season eight premiere.
Keep reading for a look at 13 details you might have missed on the newest “Game of Thrones.”
First things first: The opening credits were changed to tell a new story.
Previously the astrolabe device had bands of artwork showing Robert’s Rebellion and other historic tales known far and wide in Westeros.
Now it starts with the most recent cataclysmic event on the continent: The Night King bringing down the Wall at Eastwatch by the Sea. You can see a row of the Army of the Dead in the lower right corner, and Bran’s ravens flying off from the top left side.
Now three dramatic events are shown on the astrolabe: The Wall’s breach, the Red Wedding, and the birth of Daenerys’ dragons.
On this band, a dead wolf (Lady Catelyn) hangs from the towers of the Twins (House Frey’s castle) while a Flayed Man (House Bolton) holds up another wolf’s head (King Robb Stark).
To the left, a lion (Tywin Lannister) holds a fish in its jaws (House Tully).
The last motif shows Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons being hatched from their fossilized eggs.
The birth of three dragons was the closest thing to a miracle most people in the world had seen in a long while. Unfortunately now the Night King has used one of those dragons to attack the realm of men, but Daenerys and Jon Snow won’t go down without a fight.
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