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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

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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

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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

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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!






Writer, translator, and high fantasy nerd based in Kolkata, India. Would dearly love to own a pet dragon some day, but the black market isn't really helping.

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

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Game of Thrones had the ultimate face-off in Season 8 when the Army of the Dead faced the living folks in Winterfell. The Battle of Winterfell saw a lot of people uniting to take down the Night King, and among them were Tormund Giantsbane, and Gendry (now Baratheon). A new behind the scenes photo from the sets shows the two enjoying a nice game on a Nintendo Switch. Read on!

The picture, posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit, shows Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry, and Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane, still in their costume and the bloody makeup, just sitting down to play. Take a look:

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As we all know, the Battle of Winterfell sequences took a gruesome 55 nights to film, and have been described by the stars as some of the roughest times they have had filming for the show. So it’s no surprise that they would have at least some way to relax on the sets in between takes or appearances.

Nintendo consoles are also famous for being the best for the local multiplayer experience, so that’s probably why these two seem so engrossed in the game. If only we knew which game they were playing!

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Take a closer look at “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” from the Game of Thrones finale

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Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

The Game of Thrones finale was packed with a lot of things going down, but there were two very important props that we could have used a better look at – the books! “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” made brief appearances in the finale. Now, thanks to HBO, we have a better look at both the books. Read on!

HBO’s Game of Thrones behind the scenes blog, Making Game of Thrones recently featured both the props, in a batch of photos that give you a good look at them. We saw “A Song of Ice and Fire” shown off to the small council by Samwell Tarly, who reveals that Archmaester Ebrose compiled it, with the title being his own suggestion. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale
Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

We had seen The Book of Brothers, also known as “the White Book”, before in the show, and we saw it in the finale, with Brienne filling in the pages for Jaime Lannister. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

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Game of Thrones gives us a closer look at some of the amazing costumes from the series finale

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The costumes on Game of Thrones have always been more than just clothes, weaving in symbols and meanings from the story being told on screen. It is but natural, then, that the Game of Thrones series finale will have costumes that speak volumes even on their own. The Game of Thrones blog recently delved deep into three such costumes, belonging to Sansa Stark, Brandon Stark, and Ser Brienne of Tarth.

Why these three, out of all the characters that we encounter in Season 8 episode 6 ‘The Iron Throne’? Probably because all three went up significantly in their respective power ladders – Sansa became Queen in the North, Bran became King of the Six Kingdoms, and Brienne became the first Lady Commander of the Kingsguard in Westerosi history. Their costumes reflect this shift in power, along with their personal histories.

Sansa Stark, Queen in the North – Coronation Gown

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Sansa’s coronation dress is the epitome of power dressing, with all her loyalties and history displayed in full glory. It also follows Sansa’s habit of borrowing elements from other power women she has been close to. Game of Thrones costume designer Michelle Clapton breaks it down in an Instagram post.

The fabric used in this dress is the same as the ‘Dark Sansa’ dress – which Sansa wore during her stay in the Vale. It symbolized her shift from a naive young girl to a player in the game of Thrones. The dye used in the coronation dress, on the other hand, is the same as Margery’s wedding gown, symbolizing the friendship between the two of them.

The embroidery and detailings predictably include the Stark Direwolf, but also fish scales, which points back to her House Tully roots, from mother Catelyn’s side. Her crown also follows this pattern of Direwolf heads melting into fish scales. The red Weirwood leaves in the train symbolize her territorial power – the wintry North in all its glory.

Brandon Stark, King of the Six Kingdoms – Royal Doublet

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Bran has finally let go of the heavy fur coat that accompanied him throughout the series and embraced velvet. This is the first time we see him in this fabric, which symbolizes his royal standing. But he is not just a king, he is also the Three-Eyed Raven – the most significant part of his identity now. That identity is clearly depicted in the dark grey colour and feather detailing of his doublet.

Ser Brienne of Tarth, Lady Commander of the Kingsguard – Golden Armour

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Serving as a Kingsguard is the highest honour for any knight in the realm, and Brienne makes it right to the top of even that motley crowd. Her skill at arms and rock-solid moral compass combined made her a force to reckon with. Her new golden armour reflects her glory and power – every inch of which she deserves.






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