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Game of Thrones Season 8 is officially here and we are already in troubled waters. Episode 1 Winterfell was all about setting the stage and meeting of key actors, and there were major callbacks to the Pilot episode, as promised. Now many of these have histories that can make things super awkward, and Episode 1 didn’t disappoint on that count. Some of the reunions that we have been rooting for took place, and some didn’t. Without further ado, here’s all that came to pass, in chronological order.

Warning: the rest of the article contains spoilers, so if you’re yet to catch up on Season 8 Premiere, stop reading!

1. Jon and Bran

7 major reunions from Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere

Jon Snow remembers Bran as a sweet, restless, and curious boy. Bran was in a coma when he left Winterfell in S1 E2. But Bran has changed (to put it mildly), and although Jon must have heard of his new abilities he is yet to know the full implications. He greets Bran just as a loving older brother would, “You are a man now!” Bran’s cold “Almost” creeps him out properly.

From Bran’s perspective though, his reception of Jon is actually pretty warm, considering his behaviour last season. There’s even a hint of a smile this time. Well, almost.

2. Tyrion and Sansa

7 major reunions from Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere

As far as awkward reunions go, this one’s right on top. Sansa and Tyrion were wedded, against their wishes, back in Season 3. But then Littlefinger got Sansa married again to Ramsay Bolton. Now Ramsay is dead, and Sansa is Lady Stark of Winterfell. So are they still married?

Tyrion does refer to Sansa as ‘wife’ but in the third person, and in connection to Joffrey’s wedding (and murder). It is unclear how they view their relationship now. There is both respect and tension between them. Tyrion reminds Sansa how her disappearance almost got him killed. Sansa alludes he is being stupid in trusting Cersei.

3. Jon and Arya

7 major reunions from Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere

In an episode practically built on reunions, this one was the sweetest and most heartwarming. Both Jon and Arya had felt like outsiders in their childhood and bonded the strongest. Their reunion embrace and sword-talk have heavy callbacks to their parting scene in Season 1. Also, both of them tear up, making it the most emotionally charged scene in the whole episode.

But there is also tension. Jon had hoped to find an ally in Arya in countering what he sees as Sansa’s annoying meddling. But Arya surprises her by siding with Sansa and calling her “the smartest person I know.”

4. Arya and the Hound

7 major reunions from Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere

No love lost here. Arya left Sandor Clegane to die and has no regret about it when they come face to face. The Hound already knows that she is alive, and does seem happy to see her in his own gruff way. But Arya displays no warmth. Their relationship has always been super strange and fraught with tensions. If you remember, Hound was also part of Arya’s kill list. Is he still on it, and does that matter to Arya now? No hints, as of now.

5. Gendry and Arya

7 major reunions from Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere

The fandom has been shipping them all along, and obligingly, Gendry and Arya’s reunion at the Winterfell forge has its fair share of sexual-tension. Their deadpan acknowledgement of each other’s attractiveness will draw some snigger. But there’s also heartfelt warmth, which comes forth when Gendry calls her ‘Mi’lady’ just like their Kingsroad days and Arya breaks into a rare, sweet smile.

6. Jon and Sam

7 major reunions from Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere

Season 8 ticks off one of the most anticipated reunions right in the first episode, and aren’t we grateful?! Jon and Sam’s relationship is problem-free in itself, but this reunion is complicated by Sam’s knowledge of Jon’s true parentage. The scene brings out the complexities almost at once.

Sam has just learnt about his father and brother’s death and Daenerys’s role in it when Bran tells him to go talk to Jon. His revelation, therefore, is tinged with bitterness towards the Mother of Dragons. But this also enables him to ask a very important question. Jon gave up his crown to save his people. Will Daenerys do the same when she learns Jon is the rightful king after all?

On his part, Jon is more confused than ever. All that he knows about himself is nullified in one stroke and puts him in direct competition with the woman he loves.

7. Jaime and Bran

7 major reunions from Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere

The most sensational reunion of the episode is also the cliffhanger of it. The last time Jaime Lannister came face to face with Bran Stark was in the Pilot when he was pushing him out of a tower window. That was the closing scene in S1 E1, just as the Bran-Jaime meet closes S8 E1.

Now, Jaime is on the arguably steepest redemption arc in TV history and the boy he crippled is the omniscient Three-Eyed Raven. The meeting is sure going to be interesting when it plays out in the next episode. Bran Stark hints as much when just a couple scenes ago he tells Sam that he’s “waiting for an old friend” and hence cannot go talk to Jon.

However, these weren’t the only reunions in the episode. We witnessed other reunions as well which weren’t as big or anticapited as the ones mentioned above. So we will just list them below:

  • Theon-Yara
  • Jorah-Samwell
  • Cersei-Euron
  • Dolorous Edd-Tormund

Meetings are done, now the fallouts await. What is Bran going to tell Jaime? How will Sansa and Tyrion’s relationship pan out? Most importantly, how is Jon going to process the news of his royal birthright and what’s Daenerys’s reaction going to be?

Next Sunday, come quick!






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HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

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Game of Thrones Season 8 recently hit us with that amazing premiere after almost a 600-day wait. Being the opening episode, it didn’t do too much, but just enough to set up the rest of the season. Immediately after the episode, we got the preview trailer for Episode 2, teasing what’s coming to us next. Now, HBO has released new photos from the upcoming episode. Read on!

If we know anything about this season, it’s that the Night King and his army are headed for Winterfell. In the last episode, we basically got a convergence of all those fighting for the living at Winterfell. Even Jaime Lannister showed up at the end, mirroring his journey throughout the show. Looks like Winterfell will be at the focal point of the upcoming episode, with all the 14 new pictures being of characters as they prepare for war, in Winterfell, with tense faces, wine, and soup! Check them out:

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

HBO has released new photos from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

Jaime on trial, Gilly and Baby Sam safe, Sansa having soup, Daenerys and her many moods, Bran being Bran, and Lyanna being Lyanna. It’s everything that can make a great episode set in Winterfell, at this point.

We didn’t get a glimpse at what’s going on outside Winterfell, but there’s still time. Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 is set to air Sunday, 21st April. Are you looking forward to it? What do you think will happen? Hit us up in the comments, down below!






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‘Game Revealed’ takes you inside the making of Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1: ‘Winterfell”

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Winter is here, folks.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 takes us straight into a moment of grand convergences. All the key players have finally come together to make a final stand against the oncoming Dead and their personal dynamics is what takes up most of ‘Winterfell‘.

But how did it all come together, and how tough was it to handle so many diverse storylines at once? HBO’s feature ‘Game Revealed’ takes us behind-the-scenes of one of the most anticipated episodes in TV history and decodes all the action. Clocking in at over 17 minutes, the featurette goes deep into the making of ‘Winterfell’ and addresses several aspects of it. Let’s have look at some of the most important ones!

Daenerys arrives at Winterfell

As promised before, Season 8 Episode 1 had heavy callbacks to the Pilot episode from way back in 2011, including the soundtrack. The King’s Arrival is played for the first time again in 10 years as Jon and Daenerys are first visible among Unsullied soldiers. Another major callback is the little boy climbing on a tree and running below legs to get a better look – recalling both Bran and Arya from Season 1. The little boy’s vantage point was perfectly suited to capture the awe-inspiring scale of Dany’s army and dragons. “We thought the arrival was a way to capture what was at stake for Dany and for Jon”, says showrunner D.B. Weiss, “Everybody has a slightly different take on what’s happening here.” It was also a production nightmare with hundreds of extras with tight close-up shots.

Meet the Family

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and Kit Harington talk about their approach to the super-awkward meeting between two power ladies. Dany is polite and courteous at first, as Emilia says, “You’re meeting the family. You want to do well, you want them to like you Goddamnit!.” Sansa, on the other hand, is wary of this new Targaryen queen and does not want to relinquish authority. Episode director David Nutter reveals his brief to Sophie for this scene, “You have to know one thing; this is your house.” Kit Harington sums up Jon’s feelings, “It’s not a comfortable homecoming, no.”

We’ve Got Company

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

Game of Thrones might be the epitome of Fantasy storytelling now, but before all that, there was Star Wars. Showrunner David Benioff says he thought “It was some practical joke” when they first learned the legendary Star Wars creator Geroge Lucas wanted to visit the GoT sets. It’s a fanboy moment for Benioff as he says, “for so many of he was the who started our obsession with this kind of big epic storytelling.” The featurette shows Lucas watching the filming of Jon and Daenerys walking through Winter Town scene, looking at the monitor with Nutter, and speaking to the actors.

The Stark Family Tree

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

The Godswood and its Weirwood Heart Tree have been an integral part of the Winterfell storyline since Season 1, but this is the first time we get a peek into how it is made to fit George R.R. Martin‘s unusual description. Production Designer Deborah Riley explained the care and hard work that goes in to make such an iconic piece, which is very unlike normal trees with white trunks, blood-red leaves, and carved faces on the barks.

This is also the setting of Jon and Arya’s reunion, arguably the most emotional moment on the episode. Director Nutter credits the amazing chemistry that Harington and Maisie Williams shared off-screen; “I didn’t have to do anything. We had two actors who hadn’t work together since Season 1 a chance to show pure true love.”

The Dead Strike First

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

If the first episode is about setting up the key pieces and players, how can the Dead be left behind? In an episode dominated by lords and ladies talking, they make their presence felt and how! We see their handiwork in the Last Hearth, with poor little Ned Umber impaled as the centerpiece of one of Night King‘s ghastly severed limb-mandalas. The scene where the dead boy awakens and is put to fire was extremely tricky and risky to shoot, with multiple layers of VFX and stunt doubling to make it appear realistic. Stuntman Paul Lowe is the hero in this scene, although he is pretty gung-ho about it; “This is the first time I got a full burn so that’s a nice tick.” Phew!

Dragonflight

Inside Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1

Jon rides a dragon! That was an exhilarating moment for the audience and actors alike. Kit and Emilia, best friends in real life, had some opportunity for exchange here. Kit rode a dragon for the first time which Emilia has been doing for long, and Emilia came to Iceland, where most of Kit’s Night’s Watch shooting took place. This is kind of the first time where Dany is shown riding without a battle raging around her, so it was quite fun. “It just felt like a magic carpet ride!” Emilia exclaims. Kit’s first time on the dragon, however, was…uncomfortable. We suggest you watch the video to find out more about that!

The featurette also talks about the different Stark Reunions (Sansa-Tyrion, Arya-Gendry, Arya-Hound, Bran-Jaime). We are not including them here because the dynamics are pretty obvious if complex. There are also celebrity and crew cameos. Comedians Martin Starr (Gilfoyl from Silicon Valley) and Rob McElhenney (Ronald in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) joined the cast as Euron Greyjoy’s men only to die in about two seconds.

All in all, the featurette just makes us all the more excited about episode two. What’s your take? Let us know!






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Spoilers, duh. With memorable dialogues like “I’ve always had blue eyes!” and a jump scare at the end that made us topple of our seats, the final season of Game of Thrones premiered with a bang. Given the impending war, Jon and Daenerys, since they have their priorities in order, found the time to take the dragons for a little joyride. They zoom around for a bit where Jon clings on to Rhaegal with all the grace of a duck out of water. They then land near a waterfall where some healthy flirting and kissing ensues.

Fans were about as pleased with the whole thing as Drogon was. Fans have pointed out that it is too reminiscent of Jon’s moments with his first lover, the wildling Ygritte.

A quick recap:

In season three, Jon took Ygritte to a cave where one thing led to another and they ended up doing the nasty. In a sentence, Jon Snow-ed her a really good time. So much so that Ygritte winded up saying, “Let’s not go back. I don’t ever want to leave this cave, Jon Snow.”

The waterfall scene with Jon might spell a dark end for Daenerys

Cute, but Ygritte ended up dead in the next season so it was fun while it lasted. Her last words were, funnily enough, a throwback to the cave scene, where she said to Jon, “You remember that cave? We should have stayed in that cave.”

Parallels have been drawn between the cave scene and the Jon-Dany waterfall scene where Daenerys ended up saying something eerily similar – “We could stay a thousand years. No one would find us.” Now it might be a bit of a stretch to say that Daenerys dug her own grave with that line, but then again this is Game of Thrones. And if there’s one thing they’ve never been shy of, it’s killing off important characters in a heartbeat.

What do you think? Will Dae bae soon be dead bae?






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