Game of Thrones: The Beginning of the End

Winter has come and suddenly all eyes are focused on Winterfell as everyone returns to where it all began!

Warning: SPOILERS beyond this point…

Tensions are high as Jon and Daenerys march into Winterfell. The North gets their first glimpse of dragons and the Winterfell court turns out to greet Daenerys in a scene reminiscent of Robert Baratheon’s entrance in the first season.

“We don’t have time for all of this!”, Bran exclaims, proving once again that he is beyond the petty political struggles of the Seven Kingdoms. He explains by telling Daenerys that the Night King has her fallen dragon and his army has breached the wall.

The people of the North are not happy that Jon has abdicated and bent a knee to Daenerys. They are even less happy at the thought of fighting alongside old enemies.

Reunions are aplenty in this episode. Jon and Bran. Tyrion and his forgotten wife Sansa. Jon and Arya. Arya and Gendry.

Euron Greyjoy returns with a gift for Cersei. Unfortunately for him, as he consummates their partnership Theon and a team of high seas ninjas sneak aboard and rescue Yara. Yara decides to take back the Iron Islands with what is left of their fleet, but Theon is compelled to return to Winterfell and fight for the living.

The moment we have all been waiting for since the middle of last season… Jon rides a dragon (enough said!).

Poor Sam learns of the fate of his father and brother from Daenerys herself just before he reveals to Jon the truth of Jon’s true lineage.

The last revelation of the night takes place as Beric Dondarrion and Tormund, having apparently survived last season’s attack on the wall, run into Ed Tollett and the last of the Nights Watch while exploring Last Hearth. Tormund has the honor of the quote of the night when the two parties surprise each other in the dark passages of the keep.

Ed Tollett: “Stay back, he’s got blue eyes!”
Tormund: “I’ve ALWAYS had blue eyes!!!”

Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1

This is, of course, right before they all discover that… well, I can’t give away everything.

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