Things You Might Have Missed In Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

Fans have been waiting for nearly two years and finally, Season 8 Of Game of Thrones is here. Very much like the fans and the series, the first episode is all about reunions and in the midst of all the touching (well, mostly…) reunion scenes, you are bound to miss a few things. Here is a list of things that you might have missed.

Spoiler Alert. Turn back now if you haven’t watched the first episode and just in case any of my predictions come true.

New Opening Sequence

Right off the bat, we are introduced with a new map on the opening sequence. This new map sequence reflects the recently destroyed wall and also the ground changes tile from gray snow to icy blue which signifies the march of the wights.

And the first location that the wights visits is Last Hearth. The castle of House Umber, and a foreboding premonition of Ned Umber’s death later in the episode.

The astrolabe of the opening sequence always showed intricate murals of events that predates the show. Namely, The Doom of Valyria, The Battle of the Trident and the Rise of House Baratheon. For Season 8, they have changed that to the three key events that have defined the show.

The Red Wedding
The Birth of Daenerys’s Dragons
The Destruction of the Wall

Winterfell also gets a great new visual of the Great Hall and the crypts. The crypts are where Jon Snow discovered he is truly Aegon Targeryan and will the Great Hall be where Daenerys discover that Jon is the true heir to the throne? Or is it just a coincidence?

Last interesting tidbit of the new map is that Qyburn’s scorpion gets a mention in the opening sequence. Will it be used on Viserion or one of Daenery’s surviving dragons?

Cool Parallelism to Episode 1

At the very start of the episode, you can see a young boy rushing through the crowd and Arya made way for the young boy to move forward. This parallels the first episode where young Arya is trying her best to get a glimpse of King Robert when he first arrives.

The young boy also climbed a tree to get a good look which is also a parallel to Bran climbing the tower to get a good look at the Lannister army as they enter Winterfell.

As Daenerys greets Sansa, Sansa hands Winterfell to Daenerys just as Ned did when Robert arrived in episode one. Jon is later found in Winterfell’s Godswood which Ned did the same in episode one.

At the end of episode one, Jaime pushes Bran out the window and at the end of this episode, you will see the dramatic reunion of Jaime and Bran.

Ed Sheeran actually lived

Fans of Ed Sheeran will be glad to know that he actually lived. During the scene of Bronn with his prostitutes, they mentioned a cute ginger that survived and returned with no eyelids.

Ed Sheeran even confirmed it via an instagram story.

The Crossbow

Cersei wants Tyrion and Jaime dead for betraying her and pays Bronn a wagon of gold to do the deed. The interesting fact is she wants Bronn to kill them with the same crossbow that Tyrion uses to kill his father while he is on his “throne”.

Bronn: That f*cking family

The Dragon meant for Jon Snow

Daenerys always often rides Drogon, named after her late husband, and Viseron now belongs to The Night King. This leaves the last dragon, Rhaegal, for Jon Snow. Rhaegal is named after Daenerys’s oldest brother, Rhaegar, which is also Jon’s father.

I am just loving the symbolism in Game of Thrones.

House Baratheon and House Stark joined in marriage after all?

Gendry, the last bastard son of Robert Baratheon and Arya Stark obviously have a spark when they reunited in the forge of Winterfell. We can all see it when she asked Genry to make a spear with its tip as Dragonglass.

As you wish my lady

Gendry Baratheon

This line is as flirtatious as a Baratheon can muster and Arya does not seem to mind it. Robert initially wanted to unite the houses of Baratheon and Stark by marrying Joffrey and Sansa. Maybe it is meant for Genry and Arya instead?

Ned’s Promise to Jon Snow

In the first season, Ned Stark promises to tell Jon about his mother when he returns. Now, during the scene where Jon learns the truth, he is standing in front of the statue of Ned Stark. Later the camera followed Jon confronting Sam and you can see Lyanna Stark’s statue behind them.

I see what you did there. Good job.


It is just the first episode and it seems that each frame contains some form of symbolism or a call back to previous episodes. Are there more interesting facts some of you eagle eye viewers caught but I hadn’t? Let me know in the comments below! In the meantime, its back to watching episode one for me, maybe frame by frame this time!

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