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Washington Post 14 Apr 2019

'Game of Thrones' Season 8, Episode 1 Analysis: Some things you might have missed


The final season of ‘Game of Thrones' has begun and the throwbacks to earlier days in Westeros were strong in season 8, episode 1. Here are some callbacks you might have missed.

The final season of ‘Game of Thrones' is under way and the callbacks keep on coming. This episode we saw an easter egg thrown into the mix for book fans with a song called "Jenny's Song".
In Season 8, Episode 5 of 'Game of Thrones', Daenerys went full Targaryen. And it turns out we didn't need the Night King or even three dragons to destroy Kings Landing. We take a look at a season 2 vision that foreshadowed Daenerys' descent into madness and Bran's Mad King Aerys vision from season 6.
Dany has always be partial to burning people during the 8 seasons of Game of Thrones. Usually they're the people who stand in her way. Will her family's illness come to define her as a mad queen, or will she break the chains of her past as well?
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-The final season has begun.
This week, we saw Daenerys take over Winterfell.
Jon rode a dragon, reunited with his family,
and then found out that he had...
already reunited with his family.
Yes, Jon found out he's been sleeping with his aunt.
Wait. Is that White Walker graffiti?
It's Episode 1 of the final season of "Game of Thrones."
Here are a few things you might have missed.
The throwbacks to Season 1 were strong this episode.
Many scenes mirrored those from the first episode of Season 1
almost exactly.
Jon and Daenerys' arrival
mirrors King Robert Baratheon's arrival in Winterfell.
Jon and Sam's conversation about Jon's mother, Lyanna,
in the crypts
mirrors Ned and Robert's conversation
in front of her statue.
The other throwback to the first episode you might remember
is that White Walker graffiti.
In one of the very first scenes of the series,
we see the remains of some wildlings
that ran afoul of the White Walkers.
Their body parts are arranged in a strange pattern.
Immediately you know these are not just zombies.
There's some kind of intelligence behind them,
and they have a plan.
These types of symbols have been cropping up
around the White Walkers throughout the series.
We see corpses arranged again in Season 3, Episode 3,
when the Night's Watch comes across a spiral
made out of dead horses.
A very similar arrangement can be seen in Season 6, Episode 5,
when Bran has a vision
of how the first White Walker was created.
The next time we see the symbols is in Season 7,
when Jon shows Daenerys the cave filled with dragon glass.
-One of the things we learn from these cave paintings
is that the White Walkers didn't come up with those images.
They derived them from their creators,
the Children of the Forest.
These are patterns that have mystical significance
for the Children of the Forest.
We're not sure exactly what they signify,
but spiral patterns are important
in a lot of different cultures in our world,
and it makes sense that they would be in this world as well.
-It's unclear why the White Walkers feel they need to leave
these symbols they inherited from their creators
around for people to find.
Maybe the Night King just likes doodling with corpses.
Or maybe the symbols are some kind of clue
for Jon and Daenerys
as to how the White Walkers can be defeated.
We'll be watching to find out.

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