Spoiler alert: We’re going to discuss some of the most intriguing moments from the “Game of Thrones” premiere.
If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you may want to skip this one.
The premiere of Game of Thrones contained plenty of action, and, predictably, quite a bit of talking. Here are a few items you might have missed on your first viewing.
1. Jorah’s definitely going to have a few scenes with Samwell Tarly.
Was Jorah Mormont in jail or just in Greyscale quarantine when he asked Samwell if Daenerys Targaryen had reached Westeros? Jorah needs to get to work on finding that cure, but he might have an unlikely ally.
In one scene, Samwell grabs a book about
Will Samwell put the pieces together, or is this just something that the showrunners threw into the scene to tease fans?
2. When the episode began with Walder Frey giving a toast, you probably thought to yourself, “Didn’t Arya Stark kill Frey last season?”
Then all of the Freys die from poisoned wine, and you realized what was happening.
In the past, we’ve seen the younger Stark girl play the roles of other females, but never any men. With this new wrinkle, potentially any character could be Arya Stark.
3. The Ed Sheeran cameo was well done—or incredibly obnoxious, depending on who you ask.
Here are the lyrics to the song he sings:
He rode through the streets of the city, down from his hill on high,
For she was his secret treasure, she was his shame and his bliss.
And a chain and a keep are nothing, compared to a woman’s kiss. For the hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm.
The Telegraph explains that this song comes from A Storm of Swords, the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. In its original format, the tune is written about the affair between Tyrion Lannister and his lover, Shae.
In the song’s television debut, though, it’s hard not to hear the words as referring to another Lannister, Jaime: “…she was his secret… shame and his bliss,” and “hands of gold.”
Could this song foreshadow Jaime Lannister killing his sister-lover, Cersei?
4. On a related note, Jon Snow seemed concerned by his daughter Sansa’s apparent admiration for Cersei.
“I learned a great deal from her,” Sansa explains.
That apparently includes her hairstyle. Sophie Turner, who plays the elder Stark daughter, alluded to this similarity in an interview with Refinery29 earlier this summer:
“Sansa’s hair is constantly reflecting the people she’s learning from, or mimicking, or inspired by at the time,” Turner explained. “When she’s Cersei’s prisoner, and she’s kind of absorbing all her manipulative techniques, it’s reflected in her hairstyle, and when she’s finding the spirit of Margaery in herself, she wears her hair like Margaery.”
Now far from King’s Landing, Sansa has the freedom to present her hair in any way she wishes. She chooses to wear her hair like Cersei, and she’s clearly playing the game of thrones much more ruthlessly than ever before.
With this new development, you can expect to see a cunning, pragmatic Sansa as the new season progresses.