13 Things You Missed In 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 2
The latest Game of Thrones episode contained one giant Easter egg -- fitting, for an episode airing during the Easter holiday.
If you want to skip straight to the major Easter egg -- about Jenny's Song and all that it foretells -- then skip straight to point twelve. For everything else you might have missed in Episode 2 of Season 8, read on.
WARNING: Spoilers are coming.
1. This was Episode 69.
It was also called A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, a clear reference to Jaime anointing Brienne. Interesting, because right now at least two of the kingdoms are at war with another, even if they haven't declared it. Like last week, HBO kept this one close to its chest, only revealing the episode name as it aired.
2. Game of Thrones has been playing us in regards to Arya's faces.
In the trailer, we hear Arya say: "I know death. He's got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one." The line led many to believe Arya would soon be wearing an all-too-familiar face (Sansa? The Hound?), but as we now know, Arya was referring to the wights, which Gendry describes as being "death". Really just a reminder not to believe anything we're led to believe in a trailer until we see it with our own eyes.
3. Here's how Lyanna Mormont and Jorah Mormont are related:
Jorah Mormont is the son of Jeor Mormont, becoming Lord of Bear Island when his father joined the Night's Watch. When Jorah was caught selling poachers to slavers, he fled Westeros, meaning his aunt Maege Mormont -- Jeor's sister -- became the Lady of Bear Island. When Maege died fighting for Robb Stark, her daughter Lyanna Mormont took that title.
So: they're first cousins.
4. Heartsbane is about to see some action.
Heartsbane is the ancestral sword of House Tarly, last used by Sam's father Lord Randyll Tarly against Robert Baratheon's armies during Robert's Rebellion. Sam stole it from his family home before heading to the Citadel, and has carried it with him since. The Valyrian steel sword has been with House Tarly for about 500 years, and now that it's in the hands of Jorah Mormont -- whose own ancestral sword is now in the hands of Jon Snow -- it's likely to see battle again.
5. 'Men do stupid things for women.'
That's what Sansa tells Dany, and even though she's seen plenty of evidence -- Robb, Littlefinger, and now Jon -- it's still a moment of wisdom, and probably one we're going to see play out again and again: Jon's love for Dany will likely keep him from acting on his newfound ancestry information fast enough.
It also applies to another (former) couple, although Sansa doesn't know it: Cersei and Jaime. In this episode, for the first time Jaime seems to view himself with disgust or shame for sleeping with his sister, a turn from his journey over the last few seasons to wear his love for her with pride. Now, he's realising it wasn't love, but manipulation.
6. Brienne is the first female Knight in Westeros.
In one of the most emotional moments of the episode, Jaime knights Brienne of Tarth, officially making her Ser Brienne of Tarth. She'd been called 'the Lady Knight' for years, always briskly responding: "I'm not a knight." Well, now she is, and she's stoked.
Although there have been a handful of warrior women in Westeros (including Nymeria, Arya's direwolf's namesake), there has never been a female knight.
Well, the world is about to end, after all.
7. Bran was at his most all-knowing this episode.
Bran got his "I remember everything" moment out of the way early, repeating Jaime's words back to him: "The things we do for love."
But he had a few other key moments, too. In the Godswood, he asks Jaime, "How do you know there is an afterwards?" In the strategy meeting, he reveals the Night King's motivations: to kill him. (The camera snapped between Bran and Sam, revealing the meaning behind it: if the Night King wants total annihilation of man, then he means to destroy the stories of man -- which both Bran and Sam are keepers of.)
He also pointedly chose not to out Jaime as the one who crippled him, arguing that Jaime can't fight for the living if he's dead. We as an audience can no longer trust Bran to give us the full and complete truth, only that he's acting in the best interests of the living.
8. House Glover are probably dead.
Last episode, Sansa read a letter from Lord Glover, informing her they would not be joining the fight at Winterfell, but would be staying at Deepwood Motte.
When Tormund and co. arrive at Winterfell, he says that anyone not with them is now fighting for the dead.
Safe to say, Lord Glover is regretting his decision, now.
It's also worth noting here that the frequent references to crypts / beloved characters coming back as wights mean we're almost definitely going to see some familiar undead faces. And we mean very familiar: as soon as anyone dies in the upcoming battle, they could come back again to fight for the other side.
9. Arya is 18 years old.
Okay, rest easy. While some Game of Thrones fans are grappling with that Arya / Gendry scene, at least be safe in the knowledge that Arya Stark is 18 years old. Actress Maisie Williams is 22, and initially thought that scene was written in as a joke from the showrunners (as they are want to do). Williams was able to control how nude she would appear on screen, according to this interview with EW, and ultimately chose to show much. "I don't think it's important for Arya to flash," Williams said. "This beat isn't really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so..."
10. Tormund has a habit of telling tall tales before a battle.
This time, it was the giantess who suckled him at her nipple for three months after he killed her giant husband. Before the battle at Castle Black, he told the tale of Sheila, the bear he 'definitely' had sex with.
Ygritte (RIP) wasn't impressed.
“I know you never f*cked a bear,” she snapped at him. “You know you never f*cked a bear. Right now, I don’t want to think about the bear you never f*cked.”
11. Ghost is back!
It's been a while -- since Season 6, Episode 2, in fact.
12. Podrick's song has several deeper meanings (of course).
The song Podrick sings in some of the episode's final haunting moments is called Jenny's Song. It's one of the few songs we've seen in the books that we haven't yet in the show, and tells the story of Jenny of Oldstones.
Jenny had a doomed love affair with Prince Duncan Targaryen, who renounced his future claim to the throne to be with her. It meant his brother, the future Mad King Aegon Targaryen, became first in line.
Both Duncan and his father, King Aegon V, died in the great fire of Summerhall, after Aegon attempted to bring back dragons from petrified eggs.
High in the halls of the kinds who are gone Jenny would dance with her ghosts The ones she had lost and the ones she had found And the ones who had loved her the most
During the fire, Prince Rhaegar -- Daenerys' brother and Jon Snow's father -- was born. The circumstances of his birth led Rhaegar to believe he was the oft-mentioned Azor Ahai, a.k.a. the Prince that was Promised, as the prophecy states he (or she) shall be born "amidst smoke and salt".
We now know he's not, but it's interesting that the two likeliest contenders -- Jon Snow (real name: Aegon Targaryen) and Dany -- are directly related to Rhaegar.
There's a running theme here: Duncan gives up his throne for love. Will either Jon or Dany?
13. The Night King hasn't been seen at Winterfell yet
Or at least, he's not in the final shot of the White Walkers. It begs the immediate question: where the hell is he?