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Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3: Here’s what you may have missed

Game of thronesAll the throwbacks you might have missed in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3. Warning: spoilers.

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That was a rollercoaster ride, wasn’t it? Apart from being the most intense battle in the Game of Thrones history, the episode was also packed with twists and hidden bits of information, mostly centered around Arya.

It goes without saying that this article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season eight, episode three.

Episode 3 was titled The Long Night, but almost everybody just refers to it as The Battle of Winterfell. Did you notice all the throwbacks to the first season?

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 easter eggs

The opening credits

The showrunners found a nifty way to reveal bits of information before it is relevant. While the opening credits remained unchanged in previous seasons, it now offers a foreshadowing of what to expect.

For example, in the second episode’s opening credits, we saw Last Hearth surrounded by blue tiles, suggesting the castle had fallen after events of the first episode.

This week, the blue tiles – indicating the White Walkers’ movement – reached Winterfell. Winter arrived.

“Stick ’em with the pointy end”

When Arya gives Sansa a dagger, she replies that she doesn’t know how to use it. Arya replies “stick them with the pointy end,” a throwback to the very first episode in season one.

. It was Jon’s advice when he gave her Needle, her trusted sword. While Sansa didn’t stick anyone with the pointy end in this episode, Arya did. Even though she’s a skilled fighter and skilled assassin, it was her first battle.

Brown eyes, green eyes, blue eyes

Melisandre told Arya that she would shut “brown eyes, green eyes, blue eyes.” If those words sounded familiar, it’s because Melisandre predicted that Night King’s death in season 3 already.

A younger, much more naive Arya confronted Melisandre after she took Gendry. Melisandre was taken aback my Arya, looking deeply into her eyes before saying:

“I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes sealed shut forever. We will meet again.”

In season 8, she just changed it slightly, putting emphasis on the “blue eyes” bit. As we know, White Walkers have bright blue eyes.

Another minor detail: Arya stabbed the Night King in the same spot where the children of the Forest drove in the dragon glass to create him. And he died in the same place where Bran gave her the dagger.

“What do we say to the God of Death?”

Another throwback to the first season came when Melisandre whispered to Arya, “What do we say to the God of Death?” Arya replied, “Not today.” And who taught Arya those words?

Syrio Forel, of course. Her “dancing teacher” from season one, the greatest swordsman in all of Braavos. Those words had greater meaning in season 8.

I also still maintain that Syrio Forel is still alive, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Arya’s dagger

The intricacies of this scene just proves once more that Bran really can see everything, and that all the events in the show are interlinked. Take for example the dagger Arya used to kill the Night King.

It was the same dagger used in a failed assassination attempt on Bran’s life. While Catelyn thought that the dagger belonged to Tyrion – and assumed that he was behind the attempt on Bran’s life – we later learned that it belonged to Petyr Baelish.

That dagger and the attempt on Bran’s life led to the War of the Five Kings. Years later, Petyr gives the dagger to Bran, and Bran gives it to Arya.

Not only did Arya use it to execute Petyr for his crimes, but she also used it to kill the Night King. In the end, the dagger that was meant to kill Bran saved his life. And everyone else in the Seven Kingdoms.

Sam’s sword of House Tarly

In an ironic twist of fate, Daenerys was protected by the Valyrian steel sword of House Tarly. Let’s explain why this was noteworthy.

Back in season seven Daenerys gave Randyll Tarly and his son Dickon a chance to accept her as their Queen, but they both refused. She sentenced them to death by giving them to Drogon as a snack.

Tyrion suggested she keep them as prisoners instead but did she listen? No, she turned them to a crisp instead. That resulted in an tense moment when she thanked Sam for saving Jorah’s life.

It was a bit awkward when it then came out that she killed his father and brother. Later in the show, Sam had given Heartsbane to Jorah Mormont.

It was the same Valyrian Steel sworn that belonged to his house, and in the end, Jorah used that sword to defend Daenerys from the Wights.

The Battle in the Godswood

In season one, Catelyn, Robb, Maester Luwin and Rodrik talk about the Lannisters’ betrayal. When Robb declares his intention to go to war, Maester Luwin asks:

“What? Is there going to be a battle in the Godswood?”

And was there ever. Bran was placed in the Godswood as bait because he knew that the Night King would come for him. Theon and the Ironborne gave their lives to protect him.

In the end, we did get to see a fight in the Godswood, and it’s a nice callback to the scene from season one.

Fiery swords

Melisandre reappeared in this episode to commit a few final acts of magic by lighting the Dothraki’s swords on fire. She spoke the words, “āeksiō ōños,” which means “lord’s light.”

With her and Beric’s deaths, we may have just seen the last of Game of Thrones’ flaming swords, which have been a part of the show for a long time, whether in Beric and Thoros’s hands or Stannis’s.

“Āeksios Ōño, aōhos ōñoso ilōn jehikās! Āeksios Ōño, ilōn misās! Kesrio syt bantis zābrie issa se ossȳngnoti lēdys!” (“Lord of Light, cast your light upon us! Lord of Light, defend us! For the night is dark and full of terrors!”

Other minor details from Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3

Leanna Mormont killed a giant, right before it killed her. She fell in the same place where Wun Wun died during the Battle of the Bastards.

Beric Dondarian slowed the walkers down and gave Arya a chance to escape by holding his body in the doorway in the figure of a cross. It’s a fitting pose for a character who’s been resurrected six times.

Brienne and Jaime fought side by side. This was iconic in the sense that they both fought at Winterfell, with swords made from Ice – Ned’s old sword, the Sword from the House of Winterfell.

Another great full-circle moment was Theon’s arc in this episode. He defended Bran with his bow and arrow, just as he did back in season one – and he died for the Starks, finally completing his redemption for betraying them.

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