There are only four episodes left of Game of Thrones season 8. With the amount of detail squeezed into each episode, viewers are bound to miss out on a few easter eggs here and there.
Please note, this article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2, titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
The title refers to Lady Brienne of Tarth finally receiving her knighthood, courtesy of Ser Jaimie Lannister. Brienne gave the biggest smile I’ve ever seen in the Game of Thrones universe, but I digress.
With so many themes and scenes playing out, let’s take a look a few of the interesting tidbits we may have missed.
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 easter eggs
The opening credits changed
In episode one, we were introduced to a more detailed map of Westeros. For the first time in the show’s eight seasons, the camera swooped in from beyond the wall.
The opening credits briefly showed Last Heart, before give us a more detailed look of Winterfell with the God’s wood and crypts, as well as The Red Keep with all its secrets.
For the second episode, we get to see all those details again, except for two small changes. Last Hearth is surrounded by blue tiles, which suggested that the castle had fallen.
Think back to the first episode’s credits: The blue tiles were “approaching” Last Hearth. We now know that the showrunners will use the the blue tiles to give glimpses of what to expect.
The credits for second episode also show trenches being dug around Winterfell. If you look closely, you can even see what appears to be spikes in the trenches. Gendry and his team of blacksmiths were hard at work, embedding the spikes with dragonglass.
“I have a son, you have a daughter”
In the latest season, Arya went to forge to ask about her new weapon. Eagle-eyed fans noted that the scene was a recreation from season 2, with Gendry working at the forge. The only difference is Gendry’s shirt.
While this detail seems unimportant, the subtleties of the scene is quite significant. When Arya and Gendry parted ways in season 2, Arya told Gendry she could be his family.
Six years later, and based on the other controversial scene between Arya and Gendry in A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, it seemed to be self-fulfilling prophecy.
That said, there are many fans who subscribe to the theory that Gendry and Arya will take the Iron Throne, and in so doing reunite the Houses Baratheon and Stark.
King Robert told Ned in the first episode of the first season that they should join their house. “I have a son, you have a daughter,” he said. However, he was referring to Joffrey and Sansa at the time, but we don’t take anything George R. R Martin says for granted.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking moment of all was the reference to Princess Shireen. During the scene, we see Ser Davos distributing bowls of soup when a young girl with a scar on her face joins the queue.
The scar was a throwback to Princess Shireen’s greyscale. Heck, they even played the song Shireen loved to sing.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
Such an emotional scene, this. We know by know that Brienne doesn’t want to be lady. She is much more comfortable in a armor and in battle. The title also refers to a novella written by George R. R. Martin, Tales of Dunk and Egg.
The 3 novellas in that series are set 100 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and tell the story of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire, Egg. Could that be a reference to Ser Brienne and her squire, Podrick?
Egg went on to become King Eagon V Targaryen, while Ser Duncan became of the Lord Commander of the King’s Guard. Egg’s older brother was Maester Aemon.
While we’re on a roll, allow us to point out that Duncan was also Brienne’s ancestor. Not that Brienne is a knight, she is one step closer to becoming Lord Commander of the King’s Guard. Curiouser and curiouser.
“The things we do for love”
Bran doesn’t really say much these days, what with having the past, present and future taking up space in his head. One of the phrases he uttered this week was aimed at Ser Jaime.
Those were the same words Jaime said in Season 1 episode 1 when he pushed Bran out of the window. However, Bran didn’t say it with malice. If anything, he conveyed that he has moved on from. Ah, the wisdom that comes with being the Three-eyed Raven.
Arya is one of the Faceless Men; she knows death
Gendry tried to scare Arya out of fighting the Night King by telling her the white walkers “are like death.” Gendry clearly has no clue about what Arya has been up to these past few years, training with the Faceless Men as an assassin.
“I know death. He has many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.”
This is also a reference to the first season, when a young and naive Arya trained with Syrio Forel. He told her, “There is only one god, and His name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today.’”
Stark reunion, including Ghost and Ice
It was nice to see all the remaining Starks in the same scene in the war council. Don’t hate on the messenger, but the last time all the Starks were together in one scene, was way back in the first episode of the first season.
Ghost is back too. We missed Jon’s direwolf during the seasons six and seven. It’s hard being a direwolf on this show when all the CGI budget goes to dragons and their fiery ways.
Also, Ice made it back to Winterfell. Ice was Ned Starts Valyrian steel greatsword which Tywin Lannister had melted down into two swords – Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail.
Jaime give Oathkeeper to Brienne so that she could fulfill the promise Jaime had made to Catelyn Stark. After Joffrey’s death, Widow’s Wail was used by Jaime. And they’re both at Wintefell now.
Jenny of Oldstones
So, Podrick can sing. Perhaps that is what he did with those girls back in season three? Beautiful voice with heartrending song, “Jenny of Oldstones.”
This was the first time that Jenny’s song was included in the show, but readers of A Song of Ice and Fire are quite familiar with it. According to Game of Thrones lore, Jenny was a common girl from Westeros who married into the Targaryen family.
The song is tied to the Azor Ahai propechy and may indicate the roles that Daenerys and Jon will play in upcoming episodes. You may also have noted that the show places this song right before Daenerys learns the truth about Jon.
The song also refers to ghosts trapped in a castle, and well, the army of dead had just arrived at Winterfell. Coincidence? We think not.