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I watched the first season of "Game of Thrones" again and noticed a lot

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I never noticed that before, but a lot of the first season is really really a crime thriller.

My review of the first season of Game of Thrones

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After almost two long years of waiting, it's finally time for new episodes game of Thrones. That means we now need to refresh our collective knowledge of what has happened so far. For me, that means starting to watch the show again as I do every year (I really don't know what I'll do with my life when this is all over ?!). And of course I'll start with the first season. And so that you don't have to do it yourself (or just to have some fun and talk about it when you can indeed look again), here is my assessment of this season.

Episode 1: "Winter is Coming"

The main storyline

So much is being built here (of course, it's the first episode!).

We get to see the White Walkers for the first time. It's kind of crazy that we see them RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING, but that somehow gets lost between everything else.

The Starks are happy and together (sob!), Except for the trifle that Catelyn hates Jon and there is tension between Arya and Sansa. We get to know their values ​​- "winter is coming" and "the man who passes judgment should also wield the sword". We learn that Theon is her ward. However, the first time it honestly took me a couple of episodes to understand that.

We find out that Jaime and Cersei Lannister are twins and sleep together. They were probably involved in the Jon Arryn murder - and they had definitely something to do with Bran's fall. Seriously, now that I'm going to watch it all again, it's horrifying that Jaime became one of my favorite characters. HE LAY HIS SISTER FLAT AND PUSHED A CHILD OUT THE WINDOW !!! What did this show do to me ?! Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister is a smart ass who loves to drink and have sex.

King Robert Baratheon appoints Ned, his best friend, to be the king's hand, and Ned doesn't like it AT ALL. He accepts it anyway after discovering that the Lannisters may have killed Jon Arryn. Robert wants Sansa and Joffrey to get married. Oh, and he really hates the Targaryens, and was also in love with Lyanna Stark.

Daenerys Targaryen is young, naive and shy - in comparison to now completely unrecognizable !. And she just wants to go home. Her brother Viserys is tyrannical, a little crazy, a little incestuous and obsessed with taking back the Iron Throne. He married her to Khal Drogo in order to have access to his army. Drogo raped Dany on their wedding night (yuck, how did I become a fan of this relationship the first time I saw this ?!). Ser Jorah Mormont makes himself popular with Dany by giving her books on the Seven Kingdoms. In addition, Illyrio Mopatis gives her three "petrified" dragon eggs.

Symbolism and premonitions

The White Walkers create their first “work of art” and draw a symbol in the snow with the torn off body parts of the slaughtered wildlings. This image will reappear in the following seasons.

The Starks encounter a direwolf and a deer who have killed each other. Theon points out that a mountain lion may have been involved. It happens almost in front of our eyes, everything is so obvious, but I like it. They then find five young direwolves and Jon notices that there is one each for the Stark children. And one more puppy survived, that's for him. The children's connection with the direwolves, as we know, is almost magical, and somehow a living metaphor for their being Starks. It is also important to note that when Jon finds the pups, he says, “I'm not strong.” So rather unwittingly suggests the truth about his origins, which is only reinforced by his discovery of Geist - a puppy related to the pack and is part of it, but at the same time somehow independent and different.

When they arrive in Winterfell and Robert goes straight to the catacombs, Cersei says: “The dead certainly can't wait.” That sums up practically her entire personality at the moment. In the meantime, Robert puts a feather on the statue of Lyanna Stark, which reappears in season 5 and which we also saw in the teaser of season 8. The conversation between Robert and Ned in front of their statue underscores Robert's hatred of the Targaryens and is an early sign of why Ned needed to protect Jon (Aegon!) From him.

Sansa says that being queen is "the only thing I ever wanted". HMMMMMM.

Benjen advises Jon not to rush to join the Night Watch because he doesn't know what it means to never have children. The could mean he knew the truth - and the wider implications - of Jon's parentage, though that seems unlikely at this point.

When Daenerys gets into her bathroom, her servant points out that it is too hot. But Dany remains unimpressed - which foreshadows her magical fire immunity. Even when Dany gets the dragon eggs, she immediately takes Rhaegal's - the dragon named after Jon's father and which Jon will ride in season 8.

The shot of Ned as he decides whether to shake hands, with Cat (“love”) over one shoulder and Luwin (“obligation / honor”) over the other, is not only beautiful, it also establishes the central point Theme of the series.

Observations on the edge

The first border guard in the opening sequence to be killed by the White Walkers is Weymar Rois, son of Yohn Rois (you know, the old guy who is the leader of the Knights of the Green Valley).

How did Will escape the White Walkers? That seems ... impossible. Did you let him go? Imagine SOMEBODY took Will seriously at the very beginning. Wow. He warned them from the start.

Cat and Ned chat in the gods' grove - not really meaningful in itself, but this is a scene that has re-emerged since the Starks returned to Winterfell. That will definitely happen again in season 8.

The scene where Robb, Theon and Jon had their hair cut was very important to me. For obvious reasons. It was ... um ... important to the plot.

King Robert's arrival in Winterfell is repeated by Jon and Dany in season 8. Last but not least, it is worth watching this scene again.

I'll never get over how much Jaime and Prince Charming look like Shrek to be similar.

The conversation between Tyrion and Jon about being a bastard and "wearing it like armor" is so important to Jon's development and growing up of this once moody boy.

Episode 2: "The Royal Route"

The main storyline

Ned, Sansa, and Arya leave Winterfell for King's Landing, while Jon heads north to join the Night's Watch. Before they both leave, Jon gives Arya a needle and reminds her, “Pierce her with the pointy end.” Can't wait for them to meet again in Season 8 !!!

Meanwhile, Bran passed out after Jaime THROW HIM OUT OF THIS WINDOW. Cat refuses to leave his bed - until someone tries to kill him (again). She then discovers a hair of the Lannisters in the tower Bran fell off and is convinced that they are behind it all. She decides to go to King's Landing to tell Ned.

On the way south, Arya chases Nymeria away and Ned has to execute Lady instead of her after Joffrey is "attacked" (actually, the prince has only shown again that he is an asshole). The tension between Arya and Sansa grows and Arya's friend Mycah is killed by the bloodhound.

Dany is unhappy with her life with the Dothraki. Khal Drogo continues to rape her. Doreah then gives Dany sex lessons. Dany enjoys being upstairs - especially because it gives her her first taste of power (fuck that had to be with her rapist).

We learn that Ned wanted to behead Jorah for selling poachers into slavery. That is why he sent himself into exile (read: he ran away).

Symbolism and premonitions

Jorah reveals that the Dothraki believe a pale ghost grass from the shadow lands beyond Asshai will one day cover everything and mark the end of the world. That sounds a lot like "Winter is Coming".

Jaime says that he would rather want a "good, clean death" than be crippled, which is of course the exact opposite of what's happening to him. He doubts Tyrion's loyalty to House Lannister, to which he replies, “You hurt me. You know how much I love my family. ”A big HMMMM .. for that family loyalty now that Season 8 begins.

Jon says, "You Starks are hard to kill," which ... is questionable, although at least it's true for him. Robb also tells him, “The next time I see you, you'll be all in black.” And Jon replies, “That was always my color,” which is particularly symbolic because black is a color of the Targaryens. (Side note: this parting made me cry.)

Significantly, Ned was against Jon joining the Night's Watch until he left Winterfell himself and could no longer protect Jon. By joining the Night's Watch, Jon waives any title claims - in his case, the throne !!! So this is how Ned protects him from Robert and his hatred of the Targaryens.

Jon and Ned's goodbye conversation is very important when it comes to all of the R + L = J secrets. Ned emphasizes Jon's Stark blood without saying he's his son. Jon is curious about his mother and Ned says they will talk about it "next time we see each other". “I promise.” This is similar to Ned's “promise” to Lyanna and suggests that Jon is the “prince who was promised”. But, as we know, they will never see each other again. It's all pretty awful to be honest.

Even more good things about R + L = J: Ned gets very angry when Robert talks about his hatred of the Targaryens. Ned also keeps a low profile when Robert asks him about Jon's mother. Robert, meanwhile, emphasizes Ned's honor and how incredible it is that he would never cheat on his wife (which he never did!).

The Valyrian steel dagger used in the attempted murder of Bran is the same one Arya later uses to kill Littlefinger. She still has him in season 8 and he should come in handy against the White Walkers.

Cat tells Robb to stay in Winterfell because "there always has to be a Stark in Winterfell". We hear this sentence over and over again about the seasons - and it's true that everything moves from bad to bad for the Starks when they leave their home. Could there be more to it than just symbolism? Is there really magic at play here?

Both Stark girls lose their direwolves in one way or another this episode. They have left Winterfell and their family ties and safety are declining.

Bran wakes up the moment Lady dies, which seems IMPORTANT.

Observations on the edge

It really is very satisfying to see Tyrion beating Joffrey. Not just once. Although that will take revenge later.

Tyrion is skeptical about the White Walkers and doesn't believe in them. Oh, you my sweet summer child.

Cersei talks to Robert about having a child she lost - "a little black-haired beauty". Some fans think this is really Gendry, but I'm NOT buying that at all.

Cat mentions how betrayed she felt when Ned returned from war with another woman's son. It makes me INSANE that she'll never find out that Ned was always loyal to her.

It has been more than a month since Bran was overthrown. It was a lot easier to keep track of the passage of time in season 1!

Episode 3: "Lord Snow"

The main storyline

Ned and his entourage arrive in King's Landing. Ned has to go to the Small Council meeting immediately and learns that Robert really is a terrible king who owes the crown to the Lannisters badly. We also meet Littlefinger, Varys, Pycelle and Renly for the first time. Sansa and Arya meanwhile mourn the loss of Nymeria, Lady and Mycah in their own way and drift further and further apart. Ned gets Arya a "dance teacher", Syrio Forel, to teach her how to use needles.

Cat arrives in King's Landing and Littlefinger takes her to his brothel, where she shows him and Varys the dagger that was used to attack Bran. Littlefinger says it's his dagger, but Tyrion won it from him, again making the Lannisters suspicious of Bran's murder. Of course we now know that little finger is behind it - just like behind many other things! Ned and Cat are briefly reunited and Cat urges Ned to trust Littlefingers (big mistake).

Jon Schnee trains at the Black Fortress, is better than everyone else and is aware of it. Tyrion rebukes him and he gives in surprisingly, only to befriend Grenn and Pyp. Jon is also standing on the wall for the first time, which is nice. But then he is disappointed when Benjen does not want to take him on patrol. His uncle reassures him: "We'll talk when I get back." These are his famous last words on the series. Tyrion also says goodbye to Jon and the wall, but not before he's pissed off from above. Dreams do come true sometimes.

Dany lets herself into her power, which Viserys doesn't like at all. Jorah and Rakharo defend Dany together against him. This is a big turning point where their dynamics are changing. And: Dany finds out that she is pregnant.

Symbolism and premonitions

When Ned enters the throne room and sees Jaime sitting on the steps in front of the throne, that must have reminded him of how he got there and Jaime on sat on the throne with the mad king at his feet. It's interesting that we judge Jaime so much from the point of view of Ned in this scene, even though we later get used to feeling for him and understanding his actions. In retrospect, it looks like Jaime is here trying to build a relationship and make up with Ned. Of course, Ned doesn't have time for that.

Jaime also talks about how the Mad King screamed "Burn them all!" When he killed him - a story he continues when he meets Brienne, a total turning point for his character.

Cersei says to Joffrey: "One day you will sit on the throne and the truth will be what you say." That is exactly how she rules.

Ned advises Arya: “In winter we have to protect ourselves. Take care of each other. We can't fight a war between us. ”Jon repeats these words in much the same way that Sansa did in season 6 - he's very much like Ned, really. He even chokes Littlefinger just like Ned does.

Old Nan tells Bran about the White Walkers and their GIANT ICE SPIDERS. This gets interesting (read: scary) when we the get to see in season 8.

Dany wears a Dothraki outfit and has braided hair for the first time. She learns to look and act like a Khaleesi.

When he realizes that Dany is pregnant, Jorah has to go on a long ride, which is NOT AT ALL SUSPECTIVE.

Maester Aemon warns Tyrion about the White Walkers and begs him for more men from King's Landing. You really warned us all along.

Observations on the edge

The talk of the tournament made me sad because of the memory of a Westeros in peacetime, when they still had time for entertaining gadgets like tournaments.

Cersei seems to be smarter and more strategic here than in the younger seasons - yes, more humanly too. I guess that was before the grief got over her, not to mention the penance.

The scene in which Ned tries to give Sansa a doll and she refuses it BREAKS MY HEART. I can not stand it.

The fact that Ned also organizes combat classes for Arya is heartbreaking too, but in a good way. He was such a good father.

It was so sad to see Ned and Cat saying goodbye and to know it was the last time.

Robert can remember the faces of all the men he killed. Still, he doesn't remember what Lyanna looks like. Someone sets priorities!

Lancel Lannister looks SO different from Robert's Squire in those early days.

I was surprised at how angry Jon is in these episodes. He believes he is better than everyone else and gets angry when others don't see it that way. I forgot how arrogant he was.

There are many parallels between Dany and Jon's development. One of them is that they both have mentors from the Mormont family - Jorah for Dany and Jorah's father Jeor (the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch) for Jon. In this episode, it's touching to hear Jorah talk about the feeling of disappointing his father.

Episode 4: "Cripples, bastards and broken things"

The main storyline

Bran has a vision for the first time: The three-eyed raven (in the shape of a bird) leads him into the catacombs in Winterfell. Hodor becomes Bran's bearer. Tyrion is surprised by Robb's icy welcome in Winterfell, but gives Bran a sketch for a saddle that would allow him to ride a horse without using his legs.

Sam arrives at the Black Fortress and looks a little pathetic, to be honest. Jon tries to help him, forcing everyone else to be nice to him, especially after finding out that Sam's father wanted to kill him. Ser Allisar Thorn is not impressed.

Ned learns more about the death of Jon Arryn - including the fact that he kept saying "the seeds are strong" and that before his death he had a closer look at a genealogical book and the history of the great houses of the Seven Kingdoms. He also finds out that Jon Arryn's squire was apparently rewarded after his death. To top it all off, Ned finds Gendry (!!!) and realizes that he's Roberts' bastard.

The tournament begins and Littlefinger flatters Sansa. Ser Hugh, Jon Arryn's ex-squire, is killed by the mountain and the thriller becomes more exciting. Littlefinger tells Sansa and Arya the story of The Mountain thrusting Bloodhound's face into a fire when they were children.

Dany tries to make life with the Dothraki more pleasant for Viserys and Viserys thanks her by beating her. She struggles and replies: "The next time you raise your hand against me, it will be the last time you have hands." That is extremely cool.

Cat runs into Tyrion at the inn on the Way of the Cross and turns to her father's bannermen to arrest him for his involvement in the murder plot against Bran. This is a strong moment, but in truth it is also the beginning of the end of her family. So it hurts to watch.

Symbolism and premonitions

When Tyrion sees Theon again in season 6, he is relatively harsh with him, suggesting that Theon was rude when they last met. But that meeting took place on this episode, and it is actually Tyrion who has been rude to Theon.

Viserys and Doreah have a conversation in the bathroom that is quite interesting overall. The most interesting but is that Doreah spilled wax on Viserys' chest and who cried out in pain - that suggests that he is not a real "dragon".

Septa Mordane brings Sansa into the throne room and prophesies: "One day your husband will sit there and you next to his." starting soon. It may all come true in the end!

Ned and Arya discuss Bran's injuries and how he can no longer be a Knight of the Kingsguard as he wanted to be. Ned says "he could build castles like Brandon the Builder". This is grist to the mill for supporters of the theory “Bran is EVERYONE Bran”. I don't think so, but the idea is interesting!

Littlefinger says to Ned, "To distrust me was the smartest thing you've done since you got off your horse." And that's the truest thing he's saying in the whole damn series.

Gendry's saying about his mother with "yellow hair" is often interpreted as evidence that Cersei was his mother. I think it's just a coincidence, though.

Jaime and Jory (Ned's right-hand man) talk about fighting together in the siege of Peik. Jory says he almost lost an eye, which is a PREMONITION. They also mention Thoros of Myr and his Flaming Sword - we'll get to know him in Season 3. On top of that, Jory calls Theon a "good boy" "and Jaime doubts it. That shows a lot of foresight when you think about Theon's later actions.

Jon mentions to Sam that his father never talked about his mother and admits he has never had sex because he didn't want to father a bastard. I wonder if he will marry Daenerys when she finds out she is pregnant (because she definitely is) - or if the whole thing with the aunt or maybe the end of the world will come up with it? Also: In this scene it looks like an R and an L have been scratched into the post at the level of Jon's head.

Jorah tells Dany, "your brother Rhaegar was the last dragon," which is not true.

One of the banner men Cat summons to help with Tyrion is Frey. Uärgs! Bronn is also there, and so he ends up working for Tyrion.

Observations on the edge

Jorah mentions that his wife lives, but "in another place, with another man". Where is she? Who is she with? Is she still alive?

That Sansa is still mad at Ned for killing Lady is understandable and absolutely nerve-wracking, considering what's to come.

I never noticed that before, but a lot of the first season is really really a crime thriller.

Jon actually smiles and laughs on this episode, that's crazy.

Also, Jon's hair is as curly, beautiful, and luscious as I like to see it, as much as I like the man-bun.

GENDRY !!!!

That's it.

Episode 5: "The Wolf and the Lion"

The main storyline

At the tournament, Ser Loras Tyrell competes against Den Berg and wins because he rides a sturdy mare. The mountain is beside itself and DECEASES HIS HORSE with a single blow of his sword. We see a mini Clegane bowl when the bloodhound steps in to protect Ser Loras from the wrath of the mountain. The latter moves away. Later, Loras and Renly get intimate, and Loras convinces Renly that he would be a great king. Rather suggests that the Tyrells and all their gold could support him.

On the way to Hohenehr, Cat and her companions are attacked by mountain tribes. Tyrion kills a human for the first time - with a shield - and thus establishes a connection with Bronn. Cat arrives at Hohenehr and finds out that her sister Lysa is no longer quite the woman she remembers (she has frankly gone mad). Tyrion is thrown into the TERRIBLE dungeon.

We hear a lot about Theon's cock in a sex scene with Ros ... which is important to the plot in an odd way.

Varys tells Ned that Jon Arryn was murdered with Lys tears and that his squire poisoned him. Because Arya is chasing a cat into the dungeon and hiding in a dragon skull, we learn that Varys is secretly meeting with Illyrio. The two attempt to provoke a conflict between the Lannisters and the Starks to destabilize the kingdom and pave the way for a Targaryen resurgence.

Ned steps back as a hand in disgust when Robert orders Dany's death after learning of her pregnancy. Ned is packing his things to return to Winterfell and is SO close to leaving when Littlefinger stops him. He takes him to his brothel and shows him another bastard son of Robert, who was born by one of the sex workers there. Here Jaime attacks him because Cat kidnapped Tyrion. Jaime's men slaughter Ned and Jaime kills Jory by STABING HIM IN THE EYE. Ned is injured and Jaime rides away.

Symbolism and premonitions

Bran says, "I will never shoot an arrow again," which he probably says out of sadness, but I don't know. What if he somehow defeated the Night King with an arrow out of nowhere ?! The probability is very small, I know, but now I have my aluminum hat on and look for signs everywhere.

Arya escapes the dungeon via a secret passage from the Red Keep, which she later uses when Ned is captured. She is placed at the gates by two stupid guards, which happens again in Season 7 when she returns to Winterfell. When she finally comes in, she meets Yoren in Ned's study, which is important for the events in episode 9.

Ned's anger against Robert doesn't just come from the general disgust at killing a "child" - he has an interest of his own, thanks to Jon, in preventing Robert from wiping out the Targaryens.

Jory assures Arya that Ned is definitely safe in the capital, which frankly, is mean of the show.

Lysa mentions that Jon Arryn's last words were, “The seeds are strong.” She claims that he talked about his son Robin (the little rascal who is still being nursed). We all know, however, that he was referring to Robert's seed, which gives his descendants all dark hair.

Robin Arryn calls Tyrion "the bad man". With both of them on the same page, I wonder if that will even be an issue in season 8.

Cersei and Robert have a conversation where he tells her, "Only a fool would meet the Dothraki in an open field." This is important for Season 7. And she replies, "What harm could Lyanna Stark's spirit do to us?" ( * cough * JON SCHNEE * cough *).

This episode shows exactly how important Tyrion Jaime is. It'll be interesting to see them back on the same page in season 8. Even when Ned fights with Jaime, the latter gives up when one of his men dishonorably injures Ned. Honor is central to the development of Jaime's character, so it's great to see how the foundation for that is laid here.

Observations on the edge

I never thought I'd say that, but I miss Robert Baratheon. BRING ME THE CHEST HARNESS STRETCHER.

I wish the story of what happened between the Bloodhound and the Mountain hadn't been attributed to Littlefinger on the show. It would have made the mini-Clegane bowl even more meaningful if Sandor had told his story himself.

I forgot how good Theon is at archery. I wonder if that will play a role again in season 8, especially now that he's gradually coming back to himself.

At this point, Ned and the girls have already been in the capital for a few months.

Varys is a little bitch!

Littlefinger is an even worse little bitch! I do NOT miss him.

The conversation between Robert and Cersei is one of my favorite scenes on the show. It's crazy that it wasn't in the original text. It seems to me that Robert doesn't love Lyanna so much, but rather wants to own her.

Episode 6: "A golden crown"

The main storyline:

Robert tells the injured Ned that he has to become the king's hand again, and then goes hunting.

When Bran tries out his new saddle, he is attacked by three wildlings - two men and Osha. Robb kills one of the men while Theon shoots the man holding Bran with a bow and arrow. Robb rebukes him, saying, “You have no right.” This is precisely what Theon's concern about being an outsider in the family is all about. They take Osha prisoner.

Tyrion demands a judgment by fighting in the Hohenehr and Bronn becomes his fighter. He defeats Lysa's knight and thus achieves the release of Tyrion. This is how a wonderful (business) relationship begins.

Lancel Lannister works Robert with wine on his boar hunt, while Renly gets mad at him for his pink view of the old days.

Acting instead of Robert, Ned orders Lord Beric Dondarrion (who is played here by a different actor than in later seasons) to take 100 men to locate the mountain and execute it after he and his men raid a village . Ned also calls Tywin Lannister to the court to answer for the crimes of the mountain because he is its bannerman. This is another step towards open war between the Lannisters and the Starks.

Joffrey starts being nice to Sansa just in time for being upset that Ned wants to send the girls back to Winterfell for safety. Arya also wants to stay in King's Landing. You can almost hear me calling out to them: JUST GO HOME! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. Anyway, Sansa says something that leads Ned to bring the pieces of the puzzle together and realize that Joffrey is Jaimes and not Robert's son.

Dany eats a horse's heart as part of a Dothraki ceremony and her unborn child is prophesied to be “the stallion who climbs the world”. Viserys is jealous and angry that he asks Drogo drunk to give him the crown he was promised. Drogo does this by pouring molten gold over his head, which kills him. Dany doesn't care because Viserys threatened her baby and he was as good as dead for her before then.

Symbolism and premonitions

Cersei says to Robert: “Actually, I should go in chain mail and you in skirts.” Chain mail will come later part of their robes, which we'll see more of in Season 8. This early remark becomes a symbol of power for Cersei.

Dany lays Drogon's egg on hot coals and does not burn herself when picked up, unlike her servant Irri.

Bran has his dream again about the three-eyed raven in the catacombs. I know that was a premonition of Ned's death, but I also wonder if something's going to happen in the Catacombs this season - especially considering the teaser paid special attention to this place.

Osha mentions Manke Rayder, who becomes an important figure in later seasons.

Syrio brings his famous saying to Arya, which essentially anticipates her development: “There is only one God and his name is 'death'. And we say only one thing to death - 'Not today.' "

Tyrion "confesses" to Lysa and Cat on Hohenehr and so begins his story: "Once I brought a donkey and a honeycomb to a brothel."

This saying will come up again and again. It's a running gag that Tyrion can never finish. I hope he'll join us before the show ends!

Sansa has started wearing her hair the southern style like Cersei - the first of many hairstyle changes that reveal the lines along which alliances and influences run.

Many who are excited about Jon and Sansa's relationship consider Ned's saying that he will find someone "who is brave and gentle and strong" for her important. Personally, I don't really think that's going to happen, but it's worth a comment! Just in case.

Viserys speaks of Dany's unborn baby: “He won't be a true Targaryen. He's not going to be a true dragon. ”This is very interesting when you consider that it's almost certain that thanks to Jon, she'll be pregnant with another“ true ”Targaryen this season! In the meantime, Dany herself became “the stallion who climbed the world” - she united the Dothraki and conquered other countries with them. Hopefully some of them will survive in the coming season!

Observations on the edge

From the moment Robert hits Cersei, I haven't missed him anymore.

When Bran said, "I'm Brandon Stark from Winterfell," I almost burst into tears. Hope he regains his old personality a bit in season 8.

Renly is one of the most progressive characters in the series and would probably have been a great king.

Sansa accidentally disses Joffrey by saying, “I don't want someone who is gentle and strong. I want him! ”And there is a really nice moment when Ned and Arya look at each other in amusement.

Before Viserys dies, he yells, "Dany, please!" This will be the last time anyone will call her "Dany" on the show until Jon does it again in season 7.

Regarding Visery's death, Dany says, “He wasn't a dragon. Fire can't kill a dragon. ”Some aluminum hats interpret this as evidence that Jon the truth is a Targaryen is because we saw him burn himself. But Viserys was also a Targaryen - he was just not a "dragon", so he was equipped with special fire immunity like Dany. It is a rare case even among Targs.

Episode 7: "Win or Die"

The main storyline

We're seeing Tywin for the first time! The Lannisters are preparing for war. Good heavens.

At the wall, Benben's horse returns without a rider, but Jon believes that he is still alive (he is - somehow - not wrong). Jon officially joins the Night's Watch as a chamberlain with great disappointment - until Sam convinces him that it will be beneficial to be the Lord Commander's personal chamberlain.When Jon and Sam go behind the wall to take their vows for the Night's Watch, Geist finds a frozen corpse.

Jorah receives a pardon from the King of Robert / Varys for spying on Dany. But he has grown fond of her and comes just in time to save her from a Westeros wine supplier who is trying to poison her. Drogo is angry about the assassination attempt and finally gives in to Dany's wish to travel to Westeros, or more precisely: to conquer it.

Ned confronts Cersei with the truth about her and Jaime's relationship and the parentage of their children. He tells her that she has to leave the palace because he will tell Robert everything as soon as he returns from his hunt. A big mistake. Robert comes back injured and Ned has no way of telling him anything before he dies. He does, however, write Robert's will and change the name “Joffrey” to “Rightful Heir,” which is possibly the most subtle thing Ned has ever done (apart from perhaps hiding an unknown Targaryen in his home for 17 years). Ned writes a letter to Stannis in which he reveals the truth about the succession to the throne and instructs Littlefinger to fetch the gold coats to help him remove Joffrey and Cersei. Littlefinger cheats on him, the gold coats slaughter the rest of Ned's followers and Littlefinger happily captures Ned himself with a dagger around his neck.

Symbolism and premonitions

Naturally Our first acquaintance with Tywin Lannister comes when he is skinning a dead stag. Incredible. He also says to Jaime, "I'll be dead soon too. And you and your brother and your sister and all of their children." I know he just talks about how everyone dies. But somehow he wasn't wrong with the "soon".

Cersei says, "If you play the game for thrones, you win or you die." That is the only time that comes up on the title of the series in the series itself is referred to. Cersei is the only one still ~ in the game ~ right now (although Dany will want to participate again if she survives the White Walkers).

There is a long brothel sex scene that the series became famous for in the first few seasons. It's a bit of an exaggeration, but strangely fits the figure of Littlefinger and shows a lot about him, if you can even pay close attention to what is being said. He talks about his past with Ned, Cat and Ned's brother Brandon, and how losing to Brandon in a duel taught him to be sneaky. “I'm not going to fight them. I'll finish her, ”he says. It is a great satisfaction to know that he was the one who got the short straw in the end.

Osha talks a lot about the danger posed by the White Walkers and the need to go further south. Everyone should have paid more attention to her.

Observations on the edge

It's crazy to see Jaime without the Kingsguard armor for the first time. Tywin also tells Jaime that he must become the man he is meant to be. It seems like that's exactly what he is now makes.

I totally forgot that shortly before he died, Robert gave up his desire to kill Dany.

The scene with Dany taking care of Drogo's hair is really cute - or maybe she would be if he hadn't raped her multiple times at the beginning of the season. Or if he didn't talk about rape all the women in Westeros "for" them.

Some night watch chamberlain named Dareon is sent to East Watch. I wonder if he made it out alive on the final episode of season 7.

I've always been at a loss about the popular notion that Jon was not ambitious. In these first season episodes bursts he's just so ambitious. He wants to become a respected border guard and is reluctant to befriend the idea of ​​being a chamberlain because Sam suggests that Jeor Mormont is preparing Jon for the tour.

I'm really glad Arya killed Littlefinger with a knife on her neck in season 7 to get revenge for betraying Ned in this episode.

Episode 8: "The Pointy End"

The main storyline

Ned is locked up and is visited by Varys, who tells him that he is serving "the realm". Arya manages to leave the Red Keep for good, but not to regain it without a needle and to kill someone for the first time. Meanwhile, Sansa is at the mercy of Cersei and the Little Council, who lead her to publicly plead for Ned's pardon and also to write a letter to Robb asking him to give up. Robb sees through this and immediately calls his banner men. The war has started. He leaves Winterfell (for the last time, SCHLUCHZ) with an army of 18,000 men. Cat leaves Hohenehr and joins him.

Tyrion and Bronn encounter hill tribes on their way out of the valley, and Tyrion makes an agreement so they don't kill him. He takes her to the Tywin camp.

Jon and Geist save the Lord Commander from the (und-) dead they found in the previous episode. It turns out that this is a revenant. Jon burns his hand. Sam reveals what he knows (not much) about the White Walkers thanks to a book from Maester Aemon's library.

The Dothraki raid a village to enslave and sell the residents. So they can finance their campaign to Westeros. Dany is horrified to learn that they are raping all women. She puts as many as possible under her protection, one of whom is Mirri Maz Duur. When Drogo's Blood Rider is upset that Dany has stolen his prey, Drogo takes Dany's side. This leads to a fight with Mago, at the end of which Mago is dead and Drogo is scratched. Mirri Maz Duur "treats" this at Dany's request.

Symbolism and premonitions

Tyrion says he wants to die: "In my own bed, at the age of 80, my stomach full of wine and my cock in a girl's mouth." I have a bad feeling about that.

Ser Barristan is released from the Kingsguard and angrily proclaims "I will die like a knight", which is what happened :(

It's interesting to see Bran worshiping the ancient gods in the Grove of the Gods, considering he spent a lot of time there when he got home in season 7. This is where important things will definitely happen in Season 8 as well.

Bran tells Rickon that the family will be back "soon". “No, they won't,” replies Rickon. He was the smartest Stark if we're honest. At least until the whole zigzag fiasco.

Observations on the edge

It is touching that Jon thinks of the safety of his sisters first when he learns of Ned's arrest.

When Robb said, "Tell Lord Tywin winter is coming," I really felt it.

HODOR.

Episode 9: "Baelor"

The main storyline:

Cat makes a deal with Lord Frey so that Robb and his army can cross the river with the twins. Robb has to take Olyvar Frey as his personal squire and marry a Frey girl. Meanwhile, Arya is engaged to Waldron Frey. We all know how well this plan worked ...

The night before he goes into battle, Bronn introduces Tyrion to Shae, and she has an unforgettable night. Tywin sends Tyrion and his hill tribe to the front. Tyrion is knocked out and misses the whole thing, but the Lannisters win. It's a shame this isn't the main battle - Robb has deployed most of his troops to attack Jaime in rapid water. You win, Jaime is captured and taken hostage.

Jeor gives Jon the Mormont family sword, Long Claw, after machining the pommel to look like a wolf instead of the Mormont bear. Jon still wants to leave the Black Fortress when he learns that Robb has gone to war. Maester Aemon instructs him on his duty and Jon realizes that Aemon is a Targaryen. What neither of them know: Jon is one too.

Drogo's wound is infected and Dany asks Mirri Maz Duur to save him. Mirri Maz Duur replies "only death pays for life". Dany goes into labor and Jorah carries her into the tent, where Mirri Maz Duur does her blood magic.

Varys visits Ned in captivity and urges him to admit that he is a traitor in order to save his life - or at least that of his daughter. The latter consideration eventually leads Ned to “confess,” but of course Joffrey proves he's a real royal asshole and orders his death anyway. It's cruel to watch every time.

Symbolism and premonitions

The conversation Maester Aemon has with Jon is quite significant. Aemon talks to Jon about honor and love. He says that you must do your duty even when those you care about are in danger. Jon says of Ned that he always "does what's right". Aemon replies that this is easier said than done because, “What is honor compared to a woman's love? And what is duty compared to feeling like a newborn son in your arms? ”The conversation really highlights what Jon doesn't know about Ned - honorable as he is, he chooses really time and time again for love. Most especially when he got his own honor for the love of his sister and their newborn son - Jon himself - sacrifices. Ned also prefers love over honor when he lies about being a traitor to protect Sansa and Arya. It'll be interesting to see if that love versus honor motif plays a role now that Jon loves a woman and is likely to become a father as the world around him crumbles. Something else noteworthy about this conversation: It's kind of surreal to hear Aemon talk about his brother Aegon. He unwittingly speaks to the boy named after him (and the other Aegons in the family).

Jaime suggests fighting Robb individually to end the war immediately. But Robb refuses. In season 8, Jon Ramsay makes the same offer and this time, Ramsay is the one to decline. Robb and Ramsay don't have much in common other than that.

I'll probably take to the grave the question of what Ned's last words were. Some fans believe that he says "I kept my promise". But I've seen this scene OFTEN and it's impossible to say for sure. I doubt we'll ever get an answer to that.

Observations on the edge

Tyrion tells the heartbreaking story of his first wife, Tysha. I wonder if she's still alive out there somewhere. I would like more clarity on this storyline. But I doubt it will come that way.

I wonder if Jon has ever regretted the decision to stay with the Night Watch instead of rushing to Robb and Ned's aid.

It's really weird to watch this episode that features TWO battles beyond the camera. You have to keep in mind that they didn't have a budget for battles back then - compared to today, when they promise the biggest battle scene EVER for season 8. I can't believe they got away with it on the tight budget by knocking Tyrion out and then Robb rode out of the row of trees looking dirty (honorable but dirty). And we just let it go.

It's pretty disgusting to look at the negotiations between the Freys and the Starks and know what happens in the end.

It's also pretty disgusting to think that Robb sacrificed 2,000 men to win against the Lannisters. I still love him anyway.

And it's REALLY disgusting to see Ned Stark die all over again. Why do I do this to myself every year? Also, this year I watched it with subtitles for the first time. I never noticed before that Cersei said to Joffrey, "My son, this is insane" after ordering Ned to be executed. At that moment Sansa yells “Father!”. Just when I thought the scene couldn't get any more emotional! Big thanks to Yoren for stopping Arya from watching.

I miss Ned. :(

Episode 10: "Fire and Blood"

The main storyline

Bran tells Osha about his raven dream again and this time he saw Ned in the catacombs. Bran gets Osha to take him there. He tells how Rhaegar (supposedly) kidnapped Lyanna. Then they meet Rickon and Struppel, who have come “to see father”. Luwin then delivers the news of Ned's death.

Together, Cat and Robb mourn Ned's death and vow to bring the Stark girls back and then kill all of their enemies (if that happens). Rob is crowned King of the North and Cat attacks Jaime, but leaves him alive even as he admits to hurting Bran. She thinks long term.

Jon actually leaves the Night's Watch after hearing about Ned's death. But Sam, Grenn and Pyp bring him back. Jeor convinces him that the more important war is the one against the dead (it really was clear from the beginning!) And they all go behind the wall to investigate Benben's disappearance and to find out more about the revenants and the white walkers.

Joffrey torments Sansa by forcing her to look at the heads of Septa and her father, which are displayed on the walls of the Red Keep. The Bloodhound stops Sansa from knocking Joffrey off the edge (damn it).

Yoren disguises Arya as a boy and takes her on his journey north. Arya meets Hot Pie and (more importantly!) Gendry, who join the Night's Watch.

Tywin begins thinking about how to get Jaime back from the Starks and reveals that both Stannis and Renly Baratheon took up arms. Tywin appoints Tyrion to be the king's hand in his absence and recognizes his intelligence for the first time. He instructs Tyrion to return to King's Landing to take care of Joffrey and Cersei, but orders him to leave Shae behind. Tyrion disregards this last order.

Dany wakes up to find out that her baby is dead. Drogo is in a vegetative state and most of the Khalasar have left it. Dany is forced to kill Drogo. Then she chains Mirri Maz Duur to the stake for his funeral, where she is burned alive. Both the dragon eggs and Dany go to the stake. Dany comes out - without burns - and the dragons hatch.

Symbolism and premonitions

Both Osha and Hodor are afraid of the catacombs. I really want to know if more will come of the mystery that surrounds them. When Bran sees Rickon and Struppel in the catacombs and says that Struppel should be locked up, Rickon says, "He doesn't like chains." That sounds pretty ominous when you consider that he is later killed by House Umber, whose seals connected four Chains are.

Robb's scene as King of the North is picked up later when Jon is named King of the North. Also when Großjon Umber proclaimed Robb as king of the north, he said: “We have submitted to the dragons and now the dragons are dead!” I really want to know how the north reacts not only to Dany and her dragons, but also to them News that their leader, Jon, is actually a Targaryen too.

Arya sees three prisoners in a carriage. One of them has the head covered. We learn in Season 2 that this is Jaqen H'Ghar. Some believe that he is secretly the Syrio in disguise. But I don't think that's true - definitely not in the series.

Mirri Maz Duurs tells Dany that Drogo will return to her: “When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas dry up. When mountains flutter in the wind like leaves. ”Dany believes that this is also the time when she can get pregnant again (so never). I believe in the theory that this prophecy, more precisely this curse, has already passed (in the book it becomes clearer) and also that it does not mean that Drogo will really return to her. Rather, it means that she will fall in love again ("Hello Jon!").

The shape of Drogo's pyre for his cremation resembles the circular patterns we see in connection with the White Walkers.

The position of the dragons after hatching is interesting. Drogon, the leader and Dany's darling, sits on her shoulder as Dany cradles Rhaegal on her stomach / lap (the dragon most associated with Jon). Viserion, the first dragon to die, is lower down in the hierarchy: it hangs by her leg.

Notes in the margin

When I saw Cat's thirst for revenge, I wished for about the 1,000th time that the series had kept the story with Lady Steinherz.

Even though I know it's all going down the drain, the scene with the King of the North catches me EVERY TIME. She is so good.

The scene in which Sam, Grenn and Pyp take the vows of the Night's Watch to keep Jon from deserting is also very emotional.It's also nice to see ghost just chilling in the background. The good old times. Well, when he was really on the show.

Sansa's encounter with Joffrey is the first clue to the steel core behind her delicate exterior. It's a very moving moment. Plus, it'll be fascinating to see the Bloodhound reunited with Sansa in Season 8 and how he sees how much she has changed.

Jeor sends Thorne to King's Landing with the revenant's hand to prove to Joffrey that the dead are on their way. That is really no longer taken up at all. Hmmm.

Lancel and Cersei's relationship is nauseating in so many ways.

There are so many characters to hate in this series. But Pycelle is one of the worst.

Did Rhaego really look like a dragon or did Mirri Maz Duur just act bitchy? Did Rhaego also die because Jorah carried Dany into the tent or would that have happened anyway?

Overall, this season has a triumphant and exciting ending. I got the impression that I was such a “sweet summer kid” when I first saw her. Now my soul feels the way Melisandre looks without her necklace.

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