Game Of Thrones season 7 is fast racing towards the finishing line with the 5th episode airing this Sunday. We now have just 2 episodes remaining, before the long wait for Game Of Thrones season 8 begins. The 7th season has just 7 episodes and considering the time crunch, all the events are happening at an accelerated pace, except those involving the White Walkers as they seem to be going in circles since the last 1-2 seasons.
The 5th episode was filled with reunions, though it would’ve been better if the showrunners had given them a proper treatment, rather than just finishing one quickly and moving over to the next one. The first interaction between Jon and Drogon was wonderful to watch and we got to see Gendry for the first time after season 3. Even Littlefinger showed us that he’s still good at manipulating people and he’s determined to isolate Sansa from her family.
1. A new addition to the opening credits scene
During the opening credits for the latest episode, we got to see a new addition and it was the Night’s Watch castle of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, which was also the name of the episode. So far in the series, we have hardly heard about Eastwatch and this was the first time we got to see the Night’s Watch castle and it was nice to see that the show also introduced it during the opening credits.
2. Daenerys refers to her Break the Wheel speech
After defeating the Lannisters and the Tarlys, the Dothraki round-up all the surviving people and she tells them that Cersei might’ve spoken many things about her but they aren’t true and she adds, “All I want to destroy is the wheel that has rolled over rich and poor to the benefit of no one but the Cersei Lannisters of the world.”
She has said something similar to Tyrion previously in the 5th season. During the scene, Daenerys asked Tyrion to advise her as she wanted to rule Westeros and Tyrion tried to convince her to stay in Essos as he knew that taking over Westeros was going to be difficult without the support of the powerful houses. That’s when she said:
“Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell — they’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top and that one’s on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.”Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell — they’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top and that one’s on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.”
3. Another reference to Jon being a Targaryen
After Daenerys returned to Dragonstone, she landed near Jon Snow and Drogon started charging towards Jon, but Jon stood firm and he took out a glove and patted Drogon and there seemed to be a connection between them. Even Daenerys seemed to be surprised, seeing how friendly Drogon was with Jon.
This seems to be another hint at Jon being a Targaryen. All the fans know that Jon is a Targaryen, but no one in Westeros has an idea about that, except for Bran Stark. We don’t know how exactly Jon is going to find out that he’s a Targaryen, but it’s possible that it might happen during an unexpected scene like this. Most fans would love to see Bran telling Jon about it but we really can’t say what might happen.
4. The Night’s Watch has already sent a Wight to King’s Landing in season 1
Jon received a letter from Bran, warning him about the White Walkers and Jon immediately informed everyone at Dragonstone about it and Tyrion told Jon that everyone would believe in White Walkers, if someone brought a Wight as a proof and Jon agreed to this.
However, it’s interesting to see that Jon didn’t remind Tyrion that the Night’s Watch had already done that in the first season. During the first season, a fought against a Wight and somehow managed to save the Lord Commander and before Jon burned the Wight, he managed to chop-off one hand. Later Jeor Mormont told Jon that he had sent Ser Alliser Thorne to King’s Landing with the hand, so that the King would realize that the White Walkers were real. However, it seems that the show forgot about it and Ser Alliser returned to Castle Black in the 4th season and there was no mention about what happened when he went to King’s Landing.
However, in the books, Thorne reached King’s Landing and he asked for an audience with Tyion Lannister, who was the acting Hand of the King. Tyrion made Thorne wait for a long time before meeting him and by that time, the hand of the Wight had decomposed. Tyrion mocked him and there was no one who believed Alliser Thorne. So it’s funny to see that Tyrion is the one who asked Jon to bring a Wight to King’s Landing as a proof.
5. Davos joked about Gendry rowing all these seasons
Once Tyrion went to meet Jaime, Ser Davos headed towards Flea Bottom, where he managed to find Gendry. “I wasn’t sure I’d find you,” he said. “Thought you might still be rowing.”
This is a reference to the joke that’s extremely popular among the fans. We had last seen Gendry in the 3rd season, whe he was seeing rowing away from Dragonstone and over the years, fans started wondering if he was still rowing somewhere around Dragonstone. Even Joe Dempsie joked about this few years ago.
— Joe Dempsie (@joedempsie) June 18, 2014
6. Gendry’s war hammer
In the latest episode we met Gendry and we also found out that he preferred using a War hammer and that’s an interesting choice of a weapon as Robert Baratheon was known for using a war hammer and he even killed Rhaegar Targaryen using his war hammer and we can see that he has already put the Baratheon sigil on his war hammer. The war hammer that Robert used was so huge that Ned Stark couldn’t even wield it.
Gendry showed us during the episode that he has his father’s strength as he killed two Gold Cloaks with his hammer with much ease. It will be interesting to see how helpful his war hammer will be once he faces the army of the dead.
7. Another guest appearance
While leaving King’s Landing, Davos came across two soldiers who asked him what he was doing over there and just when Davos had successfully managed to fool them, Tyrion appeared and it’s easy for anyone to identify the Imp. As a result, Gendry had to kill both of them. English actor and comedian, Kevin Eldon was one of the soldier and this wasn’t his first appearance on the show. We last saw him in the 6th season, in Braavos, where he was part of the theater group and he played the role of Ned Stark.
8. Cersei’s pregnancy
Cersei surprised Jaime and the fans by announcing that she was pregnant. Jaime was very happy to hear this news but he an Cersei should be really careful as things might not end well for them. In the 5th season, we were shown a prophecy by Maggy the witch, who told young Cersei that she would have 3 children. So far, everything that was mentioned in the prophecy turned out to be true and we know that Cersei’s 3 children are dead.
“You will never wed the Prince, you will wed the King…You’ll be Queen, for a time. Then comes another — younger, more beautiful — to cast you down and take all you hold dear…The King will have 20 children, and you will have three…Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
So it might happen that either Cersei dies before giving birth to her child or the child dies. Either way, it’s not going to be a happy ending for Cersei.
9. Bonding between Jon and Gendry
Davos made it clear to Gendry that he wasn’t going to reveal that he was Robert Baratheon’s bastard, as Davos didn’t want Jon to worry about harbouring a dead king’s Bastard. However, Gendry chose to ignore Ser Davos’ advice and introduced himself as Robert’s bastard and he said that they should trust each other just as their fathers trusted each other. They quickly bonded with each other and then Jon told Gendry that he was a lot leaner and Gendry replied by saying that Jon was shorter.
This interaction reminds us of Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon in the first season. During the first episode of the series, Robert reached Winterfell and when he met Ned, he said that Ned had become fat and Ned just looked at Robert, indicating that he should look at himself and then they had a nice laugh about it.
10. Good fortune in the wars to come
Before Jon left dragonstone, he Jon tells Daenerys “I wish you good fortune in the wars to come.”
This is not the first time someone has said this line in the show. We have heard it multiple times till now and it’s interesting to know that, it usually is followed by a death.
We saw Mance Rayder saying this to Stannis Baratheon, just before Stannis burned Mance. Mance was given the option to bend the knee or die and he chose the later option.
We then saw the line being said by Ser Arthur Dayne during the Tower of Joy scene. When Ned Stark reached the Tower, he met Ser Arthur and on asking where his sister was, Dayne replied, “I wish you good fortune in the wars to come.”
Even Benjen Stark used an incomplete version of the same quote when he dropped off Bran and Meera at the Wall. “I wish you both good fortune.”
11. Gilly accidentally revealed that Rhaegar had married Lyanna Stark
We had another reference to Jon Snow being a Targaryen in the latest episode, when Gilly asked Samwell about the meaning of the word “annulment.” Samwell who was already frustrated with the way the people at the Citadel were ignoring the threat from the White Walkers told Gilly that, “it’s when a man sets aside his lawful wife.”
Gilly then told Sam that Maynard had issued an annulment for a Prince Ragger and re-married him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne! That’s when Samwell lost his patience and went on a rant about how Archmaester Ebrose gave him the task of recording the annulments and bowel movements of a septon, while the secrets to defeat the Night King lie somewhere in the Citadel.
This revelation has now confirmed that Jon Snow isn’t a bastard and he has the strongest claim to the Iron Throne! It also makes it clear that Rhaegar didn’t actually kidnap Lyanna Stark. We know that Robert’s Rebellion started because people thought Rhaegar had abducted Lyanna, which we now know wasn’t true. So the Targaryen rule came to an end because people didn’t know the truth.
12. I’m tired of reading about the achievements of better men
Samwell was frustrated with the way the Citadel was ignoring the White Walkers and he decided that he couldn’t stay there any longer. He visited the library and took away some books and scrolls and while leaving, Gilly asked him if he was sure about leaving the Citadel. Sam replied, “I’m tired of reading about the achievements of better men”
Samwell’s father had said the same thing in previous season, when Samwell reached Horn Hill and was having dinner with Randyll. “I thought the Night’s Watch might make a man of you,” Randyll told Samwell. “Something resembling a man at least. You’ve managed to stay soft and fat, your nose buried in books. Spending your life reading about the achievements of better men. I’d wager you still can’t sit a horse, or wield a sword.”
13. The letter that Littlefinger wanted Arya to read
We saw that Arya didn’t fully trust Sansa and she even started keeping a watch over Littlefinger to see if he was up to anything fishy and she found that Littlefinger had asked Maester Wolkan to search a letter. Lettlefinger hid the letter in his room and left and that’s when Arya entered his room secretly and searched for the letter. She didn’t look happy after reading the letter and here’s what was written in it:
“Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert’s brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne. The Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King’s Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.”
This letter was written by Sansa in the first season and was addressed to Robb Stark. In the first season, after Ned Stark was taken as a hostage, Cersei had urged Sansa to write a letter to Robb Stark telling her that Ned’s fate depended on Robb Stark’s response to the letter that she would send.
When the scroll reached Winterfell, Maester Luwin was able to see through it and he told Robb, “It’s your sister’s hand but the Queen’s words.” Sadly, Arya has no idea about any of this and she is going to think that Sansa had called her father a traitor and took Joffrey’s side.
14. Jorah and Thoros’ reunion
At the end of the episode, Jon Snow reached Eastwatch, where he was told by Tormund that there were other people who wanted to go North of the Wall. The scene resulted in a number of reunions. Jon met the Hound, Gendry met the Brotherhood without Banners and Ser Jorah met Thoros of Myr.
While Gendry was talking about what the Brotherhood did to him, Jorah interrupted by saying, “Thoros, I hardly recognized you.”
Many fans might’ve wondered how they knew each other, as we never saw the two meeting in the series. The book readers, however must’ve rememberd that the two of them fought together during the Greyjoy Rebellion.
The rebellion took place 9 years before the events in the first episode occured and it started because Balon Greyjoy declared himself the King of the Iron Islands. At the siege of Pyke, Jorah and Thoros were the first men through the breach when the walls came down.
In season 3, Jorah talked about the Greyjoy Rebellion and had said “Thoros of Myr went in alone waving that flaming sword of his”.
If you want to know more about the Greyjoy rebellion, take a look at the video below.
15. Jeor Mormont’s dying wish
This detail was noticed by reddit user Waxahachie_Phil, who talked about how Jorah voluntering to go beyond the Wall fulfilled Jeor Mormont’s last wish. In the books, while Lord Commander Jeor Mormont was dying, he told Samwell to find his son Jorah and ask him to take the Black. Things didn’t end the same way for Jeor Mormont in the show, as Sam took Gilly and her child and ran away before anyone could catch them.
Jorah hasn’t joined the Night’s Watch but he signed up for the work that’s usually done by the members of the Night’s Watch and in a way it fulfills his father’s last wish.
A detailed analysis of the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer
HBO finally released the Game Of Thrones Season 8 trailer and everyone just went crazy. As expected, the trailer just blew everyone’s mind and I had goosebumps after watching it! So far I have watched the trailer hundreds of times and I just can’t wait for the season 8 premiere to see what finally happens in the final season of Game Of Thrones and how the show ends. The trailer mostly focuses on episode 3 of the final season, as the Battle of Winterfell will happen in that episode. We can expect something on an epic scale as the episode has been directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who has directed episodes like Hardhome and Battle of Bastards, which are one of the best episodes in the show.
As usual, I am back after analyzing the entire trailer and here are the things that I observed in the trailer. I would like to clarify that some things that are mentioned below might be obvious to many fans but there will be some fans who might not understand the references in the trailer. So this article takes into consideration all the fans who watch the show.
The White Walkers enter Winterfell
The trailer makes it clear that the White Walkers have arrived at Winterfell and we can see everyone fighting, but there’s one thing that seems very odd. We see an injured and scared Arya Stark running through the hallways in Winterfell. Yes, we have already seen Arya injured and running away from the Waif but she never seemed as scared as we can see her in the trailer. This might indicate that she faces a formidable enemy like a White Walker or Wights and is unable to kill it and hence running away. I know that she has a Valyrian Steel dagger but it’s possible that she drops it during the fight and eventually has to run to save herself. Later in the trailer, we can see that the fighting is happening on the Winterfell battlements. So there’s a high chance that the army of the dead has entered Winterfell. Take a look at the scene from the video which further proves my point.
Watch the trailer again and you will see someone is chasing Arya in this scene and it does look like a Wight.
Women, children and Lord Varys hide in the Crypts
We know that Lord Varys isn’t a fighter and we see Varys, Gilly, baby Sam and others sitting in the Crypts while the battle is going on. We don’t know if the entrance has been sealed or not but there’s a possibility that some Wights enter the crypts and maybe even kill Lord Varys. After all, Melisandre has told him that he will die in the final season.
Theon is on his way to save Yara
It might appear that the Greyjoy’s are missing from the trailer but that’s not the case. We can see 3 ships from Yara Greyjoy’s fleet sailing and I can confidently say that it’s not Euron’s fleet because the sigils on their ships are different. You can see Euron’s ship in the below picture and can see the difference in the sigils in both the pictures.
It’s possible that Theon is on his way to save his sister in this scene.
Harry Strickland and The Golden Company
In season 7, Cersei told Tycho Nestoris that she intended to hire the Golden Company to fight against Daenerys and we soon came to know that she was serious when she revealed to Jaime that Euron hadn’t really abandoned her. It was her plan that Euron would sail to Essos “to ferry the Golden Company back here to help us win the war for Westeros.” In the trailer we can see Euron Greyjoy’s ship, Silence with sellswords from the Golden Company. In the trailer we can also Harry Strickland, who is the captain-general of the Golden Company. German actor Marc Rissmann was roped in to play the role of Harry Strickland in Game of Thrones Season 8.
If you want to know more details about the Golden Company, read the following article: What do we know about the Golden Company?
Tormund and Beric Dondarrion are alive
During the season 7 finale, the Night King attacked the Wall at Eastwatch using the undead Viserion and was able to destroy it. We saw the Wall collapsing and Tormund and Beric Dondarrion were present over there when this happened. Naturally fans were wondering if they survived the attack on the Wall. The trailer has finally made things clear for us as we can see Edd Tollett, Tormund and Beric Dondarrion walking together in what appears like Winterfell. It’s possible that they must have travelled to the Castle Black to warn others about the attack and then travelled to Winterfell where everyone must be assembling to fight against the White Walkers.
Gendry is making Dragonglass weapons
Gendry was working as a Blacksmith in King’s Landing in season 7 and he must be using his skills to create more Dragonglass weapons. We have already seen Dragonglass weapons when Jon and others travelled beyond the Wall to capture a Wight. Now that the White Walkers are marching South, Gendry must be working harder to ensure that they have enough Dragonglass weapons. We can even see a lot of Dragonglass on the floor in the above picture.
Callback to Game Of Thrones pilot episode
In the first episode of season 1, Robert Baratheon arrived at Winterfell and during the season 8 premiere, there will be a callback to that scene as we already know that season 8 will open with Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen arriving at Winterfell.
“Season 8 opens at Winterfell with an episode that contains plenty of callbacks to the show’s pilot. Instead of King Robert’s procession arriving, it’s Daenerys and her army. What follows is a thrilling and tense intermingling of characters — some of whom have never previously met, many who have messy histories — as they all prepare to face the inevitable invasion of the Army of the Dead.”
The trailer includes another callback to the show’s pilot. We can see a young boy climbing on the wall of a house to get a better view of Jon and Daenerys’ procession arriving at Winterfell. Bran Stark who could still walk in the first episode of season 1, had climbed the walls of Winterfell to get a better view of Robert’s procession that was arriving at Winterfell.
Sansa sees a Dragon for the first time
We have already seen Arya Stark’s reaction after seeing a Dragon for the first time and now it’s Sansa’s turn to see a Dragon. Like most normal people (not you Cersei), Sansa is amazed after seeing the Dragons.
Callback to the Battle of Blackwater
During the Battle of Blackwater, Tyrion made use of Wildfire to burn Stannis’ ships but it resulted in the Hound abandoning the battle. We know that the Hound is scared of fire and he had abandoned the battle because he was afraid of the fire. However, things have started changing a bit after the Hound joined the Brotherhood Without Banners, who worship the Lord of Light and during the season 7 premiere he said, “it’s my fucking luck that I end up with a band of fire worshipers.”
In the trailer we can see that during the Battle of Winterfell, there’s fire everywhere and it’s a callback to the Battle of Blackwater and the Hound will again be put in the same situation. I hope he overcomes his fear of fire and fights against the army of the dead rather than abandoning the battle.
Callback to the scene where Jon meets Mance Rayder for the first time
During the trailer Jaime Lannister says, “I promised to fight for the living. I intend to keep that promise.” Jaime must be speaking with Jon Snow in this scene and it must be really surprising for Jon Snow, Sansa and others to see Jaime arriving at Winterfell to join them and they must have doubts regarding his intentions. However, this line by Jaime might convince Jon Snow as way back in season 3, Jon told Mance Rayder something similar to convince Mance that he really wanted to join the Wildlings. Here’s what Jon Snow had told Mance:
“Thousands of years ago, the First Men battled the White Walkers and defeated them. I want to fight for the side that fights for the living.”
Harry Strickland meets Cersei
At the start trailer we are introduced to the Golden Company and later we can see Harry Strickland meeting Cersei in the Throne Room in the Red Keep. Many people must’ve missed this part as it’s not clearly visible and the scene hardly lasts for a second. In the same scene, Euron Greyjoy is standing next to Strickland and it does seem similar to the scene where Euron first arrived in the Throne Room to meet Cersei.
Still no Ghost
Almost everyone must’ve noticed this but I still want to include it in the list. Were is Ghost and why wasn’t he present in this trailer?!!! We know that Ghost will be back in season 8 but I hoped to see him in the trailer and was a bit disappointed when he as nowhere to be seen.
Here are some speculations that I have made after watching the video. I might be completely wrong about these assumptions but do after watching the video countless times, I do feel that these assumptions might be true.
Jon and Daenerys find out about Lyanna and Rhaegar
We can see that Jon and Daenerys are in the crypts under Winterfell and it seems that Jon is standing in front of Lyanna Stark’s tomb. I compared a lot of pictures of Ned and Lyanna’s tombs with the scene in the trailer and even though it’s difficult to be completely sure, it does seem closer to Lyanna’s statue in the crypts. If that’s the case, Bran Stark must’ve told Jon the truth about his parents and looking at Jon’s expressions, it does feel the same.
Jon and Daenerys fly to Eastwatch
This is one point where people might not agree with me and I agree that I can be wrong but I strongly believe that in the trailer Jon and Daenerys fly to Eastwatch to take a look the damaged section of Wall. If you look carefully on the right side of the picture, you can see something that resembles the Wall. It’s possible that it might be a mountain but it does looks like a wall with what appears like the collapsed section towards the right side and if that’s really the Wall and there are 2 Dragons in the scene, it means that Jon travelled to the Wall on Rhaegal.
If you think that I might have missed any details or if you don’t agree with my analysis, please let me know in the comments section below. Game Of Thrones Season 8 airs on April 14.
Game of Thrones Season 8: What’s next-in-line for Bran Stark?
Game of Thrones Season 8 is airing on April 14. Since it is less than 50 days away, it’s time to place our bets on who will win the Game of Thrones. While the central characters like Jon and Daenerys may have their own roles in defeating the Night King and at last vouching for the Iron Throne – other main characters seem to have a faded character arc. While this may not be entirely true yet some characters in George R.R. Martin’s fictional world have a complex storyline like Arya Stark. Similar is the case with Bran Stark.
In this article, we will talk in detail about the journey of Bran so far and what role he can play in the final season. While you may be curious to know, what role Bran may play in the next season, let’s start off with Bran’s journey so far.
Bran’s journey so far:
Bran’s journey starts off a young boy of ten who dreams of becoming a knight one day and often likes climbing high walls and towers of Winterfell. But, upon witnessing a huge secret – of Jaime and Cersei having an incestuous relation, he is pushed out of a high tower that ultimately leads to him becomes a cripple for life. This happens at the end of the very first episode of Game of Thrones. And, eventually, he wakes up an episode later right at the moment his father Eddard Stark is forced to execute Sansa’s direwolf Lady.
Bran is then shown being depressed, lying down on his bed, and being narrated old legends and stories by Hodor’s Great Grandmother Old Nan. This is the moment where we are first introduced to White Walkers and their threat. He then has many dreams of a three-eyed-raven showing him visions, often leading him to the Crypts of Winterfell. In the final episode of the first season, we are shown the power of all the dreams Bran has when his dream of metaphorically seeing his father in the crypts comes true with his own father’s execution.
Bran in Season 2 has another vision of the Sea coming for Winterfell which again metaphorically turns out to be true with Theon Greyjoy attacking and taking on Winterfell. While Theon takes Winterfell, kills Ser Rodrick, Bran is shown escaping Winterfell with his younger brother Rickon, Osha, Hodor, and the two direwolves Summer and Shaggydog.
A turning point in Bran’s journey comes when he meets Jojen and Meera Reed, who influence him to go beyond the Wall, seeking the Three-Eyed-Raven (Blood Raven). While Jon Snow is on his mission to learn the plans of Mance Rayder and the Wildlings, Bran and others are shown in a tower where he narrates the Rat Cook story which we’ve seen playing out in the last episode of Season 6 with Arya making Frey pies. When this story ends, Bran meets Sam and we learn about a secret passage beyond the Wall which they use to travel beyond the Wall.
In Season 4, Bran finally reaches Blood Raven’s cave but they suffer a major casualty with Jojen’s death. In Season 6, Bran is shown in training with Blood Raven who teaches him to use Weirwood Net to go beyond time and learn the secrets now lost to men. He is warned that if he stays too long, he may never get back. During that phase sees various events of the past like Ned and Benjen as children training and along with young Lyanna and Hodor (Wyllis).
But his curiosity leads him being marked by the Night King. The Blood Raven then asks them to leave the cave soon as now the Night King can sense Bran easily and may come for him. When the Night King ultimately comes for him, Bran is forced to warg into a younger Hodor that explains the ‘Hold-the-Hodor = Hodor’ proposition. Hodor and Summer are killed and Bran and Meera barely escape the cave. Season 6 ends with Bran discovering that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna.
In Season 7 Bran returns to Winterfell and reunites with his two sisters – Sansa and Arya and propels the execution of Petyr Baelish who had betrayed their father Ned Stark in Season 1. Bran and Sam then team-up to discover the true heritage of Jon and that his true name isn’t ‘Jon Snow’ but ‘Aegon Targaryen’. And, more is expected from the duo in Season 8.
What will be Bran’s Role in Season 8?
The very last scene that we saw from Season 7 was the breaching of the Wall, and Bran being a witness to it. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Bran in Season 8 is him watching the aftermath of the closing scene.
But, the confirmed opening scene is said to bring us callbacks from Season 1, especially with the arrival of the King (Jon Snow) and Queen (Daenerys Targaryen). It would be interesting to see Bran keeping an eye on them, not by climbing a tower of Winterfell this time but with a flock of ravens. The second thing will be him and Sam revealing Jon’s parentage to him.
Bran will surely use his warging abilities to learn more about the origin of the Night King and his motivation. This knowledge can then be leveraged by Sam to understand the secret to defeating the others. The role of the Valyrian steel dagger will also be revealed especially with it now coming back to the show and being in possession of Arya. This will further explain the grim look on Bran’s face while handing the dagger to Arya.
While George has promised a bittersweet ending for Game of Thrones with many characters dying – we won’t want Bran to be one of them and obviously not being the Night King as many fans and YouTubers believe. But, what do you expect from Bran in Season 8? Tell us in the comments.
Top 10 reunions we are excited for in Game of Thrones Season 8
Game of Thrones Season 8 is just over the horizon with the first episode airing on April 14, which is only around two months away. So far we have got two teasers, the first promotional photos of the new season, and of course, the cast interviews which are enough to pace up the hype!
When we talk about the predictions for the new season, the first thing that comes to the mind is the major reunions of the characters that have been away for a long time in the series. Take for example Arya and Jon or Bran and Jon – they’ve been away for like six seasons. Entertainment Weekly’s cover story has already confirmed that we are getting a bunch of reunions and call-backs from the first season in the very first scene. So, without much delay, let’s discuss some of them in detail.
#1. Sansa and Sandor Clegane
I know there are way too many “San-San” shippers out there yet diverting from that route; I believe a reunion between these two characters would be really exciting to see. Both these characters weren’t seen together since the second season when Sandor had done being ‘the Hound’ in King’s Landing and had offered Sansa to go with him. It would be really interesting to see how Sandor would react upon seeing his ‘little bird’.
#2. Arya and Sandor Clegane
Looking back at Arya Stark’s journey so far, she has been with three mentors – learning not only how to avenge the atrocities committed against her family but also how cruel the world really was! One of her prime mentors was Sandor Clegane who initially had kidnapped her – trying to make money from the Starks by getting her back home. But, slowly the two had become companions and we even got to see fighting side-by-side.
Initially being on her kill-list, Arya had left him to die while he was injured fighting Brienne of Tarth. Not sure, how Arya will react when she sees him again? Even in the last episode of the seventh season, the much-awaited reunion was teased where Sandor smirked at Brienne upon knowing that she’s alive and well at Winterfell.
#3. Arya and Gendry
Arya had befriended Gendry while on her journey to the Wall in Season 1. They had become good travelling companions until they met the Brotherhood without Banners and eventually the Red Priestess – Melisandre. The two ended up parting their ways when Mel took Gendry away for some bizarre leech ritual and Arya ended up with the Hound. It would be really interesting to see their reunion and should we ship the idea of both ending up together?
#4. Arya and Jon
Parting their ways in Season 1, these two siblings/cousins haven’t been seen together since they shared a scene together. This was the same scene where Jon had come to wish Arya a farewell and had gifted her ‘needle’. And, if you’ve read the books, you’ll find needle the only humanising factor left in Arya after the trauma she had suffered as a child.
In the books, when she is asked to abandon her belongings before her training with the faceless men, a very emotional thought goes on in Arya’s head while she’s in a dilemma of whether to abandon needle or not.
You’ll find her connecting Needle to every family member of hers and especially Jon. We’ve already seen a heart-warming reunion between Jon and Sansa back in Season 6 and we can’t wait any longer to see these two reunite – can we?
#5. Bran and Jon
Bran, like Arya, has been close to Jon Snow. They’ve been separate since the first season and Jon’s journey to the wall. Yet, a reunion between the two was teased while Bran witnessed Jon betraying the Wildlings while warging Summer and while being a captive of the mutineers at Craster’s keep. And, now that Bran along with Samwell Tarly has known the real heritage of Jon – we are all excited to watch how the secret is disclosed!
#6. Sam and Jon
Samwell Tarly and Jon Snow – both being the outcasts of their family – have shared a long-standing friendship and trust. While we can expect Sam to breakdown upon knowing that his father and brother were executed by Daenerys, we still have hopes for him and the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch this season.
They both have been away for a while since Sam was sent to the Citadel to become a maester. With Bran and him figuring out the true parentage of Jon – we can’t wait for the interaction between them.
#7. Tyrion and Sansa
Once being husband and wife – Sansa and Tyrion haven’t been together since ‘the Purple Wedding’ in Season 4. Tyrion, for the most part, has been kind towards Sansa. Even when Tywin Lannister had him wed her, Tyrion has always been kind towards Sansa and never did he force himself upon her.
But, Joffrey’s death and Sansa’s wedding to Ramsay kept them both miles apart. Though Tyrion briefly talked to Jon about Sansa in Season 7, the first reunion between these two characters since Season 4, would be interesting to watch.
#8. Bran and Tyrion
These two characters only had a brief meeting in Season 1, where Tyrion gifted Bran with a saddle design that could help him ride a horse. But, what will happen when they reunite in Season 8? Will Bran thank him and show him generosity or would he continue being the ‘Three-Eyed-Raven’?
#9. Bran and Jaime
The very first episode of Season 1 ended with the viewers learning about the truth of Jaime and his sister Cersei Lannister and Bran being pushed out of a high tower. Jaime Lannister has undergone a drastic change in his character, undergoing redemption. Yet, will this redemption of his be enough? Will Bran forgive Jaime for trying to kill him after their reunion?
#10. Bran and Theon
While Theon may be on an expedition to save his sister Yara Greyjoy, yet if our wishful thinking turns into a reality with him arriving safely back to Winterfell, his reunion with the Starks would be worth watching. Though I haven’t given a good thought to his interaction with Sansa or Arya – I’m really looking forward to watching Theon meeting Bran.
Theon had betrayed Robb Stark in Season 2 and has now paid for it especially with the kind of treatment Ramsay gave him. Will Bran forgive Theon having a hand in killing Ser Rodrik Cassel and his treason to the Starks?
So, these were our top 10 reunions expected in Season 8. What were your thoughts on these reunions and did we miss out any other reunion? Tell us in the comments.
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