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Game of Thrones – Season 8, Episode 1 Recap

Game of Thrones Character Reunions

After an almost two year wait, the critically acclaimed dark high fantasy series has returned. With a slow start.

This episode was more of a refresher about what is to come in the following episodes. More about the reunions that most fans, myself included, have been waiting for since the end of the very first season back in 2011.

And boy, did they deliver.

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Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen

Starks Together Again

Jon, seeing Bran and Arya. Warmed my heart, but at the same time, knowing what we know as the audience. They are not the children that left their home of Winterfell, which to us and the characters, seems so long ago.

This episode draws a lot of comparison from the very first one. Much like Arya did, a little boy tries to see the coming of Queen Daenerys as they make their way to Winterfell. Which she notices, and then makes a little opening for the little boy to see.

You have Tyrion, and Sandor Clegane “The Hound” returning to Winterfell, but you also have the new comers. The Unsullied, Dothraki, and let’s not forget those three *cough* I mean, two dragons are new to the North.

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Sam and Daenerys

Once Were Enemies

Not all reunions are pleasant. Tyrion and Sansa exchanged words of apology for leaving one another, but both are skeptical about where their loyalties lie. Not to forget all of the northerners, upset at Jon, for bending the knee.

Reunions aside, (The Hound and Gendry’s with Arya was pretty amusing) the war is still upon them. The message the Night King has left at the Glover’s holdfast makes it clear that there’s little time to waste.

Much like the very first episode, there’s news and secrets that are being passed around in hushed tones.

Sam, learning of his father’s and brother’s demise at the hands of Dany, leads him to confront Jon, and tell him the truth of his parentage. Sam also brings up a moral dilemma.

Would Dany give up her crown for her people like Jon did? Or would she rather keep her title and forgo her own? Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 delivered. Winter is truly here.

For North American fans, Season 8 of Game of Thrones is available via HBO. For Australian fans, Season 8 is available via Foxtel.