We are now past the halfway mark, with just two episodes left. Before we speculate about everything the show still has to cover, let’s have a quick look at all the easter eggs from Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4.
It goes without saying that this article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones episode titled The Last of the Starks. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
This week’s episode saw the North mourn their dead after the dreaded Battle of Winterfell. So many interesting developments to discuss. Let’s dig in. And no, we’re are not talking about Rhaegal the dragon. It’s too soon.
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 easter eggs
The opening credits
We know by now that HBO found a nifty way to reveal bits of information before at the start of each episode. The opening credits remain mostly unchanged from each episode to the next, but with subtle clues hidden throughout.
In the second episode’s opening credits, we saw Last Hearth surrounded by blue tiles, suggesting the castle had fallen, and in episode 3, we saw the White Walkers’ path, right up to the gates of Winterfell.
This week, the credits were slightly changed to include cracks in Winterfell’s walls, with a quick preview of the castle’s interior. The battle took its toll on the keep.
D.B Weiss and David Benioff joined the feast
Blink and you’d miss them but they were there. Both Weiss and Benioff were dressed as soldiers celebrating the end of the battle. Weiss was worried it might ruin the scene, but it didn’t.
The cast had loads of fun filming the celebratory scenes. Benioff said during an interview with Game Revealed that “we’re there, well hidden, giant beard.”
Weiss just chuckled and the scene cut to the two joking with the makeup department crew about their beards.
“I’m not a lady, that’s not me.”
Arya’s words to Gendry – as she shot down his marriage proposal – was a nod to both season one and season seven. In the first season, Arya told Ned Stark that she’s not meant to be a lady.
In season seven, Arya crosses paths with her direwolf, Nymeria, after being separated for years. She tells the wolf that she’s heading back home and tries to get Nymeria to trot along.
However, Nymeria is now the leader of the pack, and her path is not linked to Arya anymore. As Nymeria runs off with her pack, Arya whispers, “that’s not you.”
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Is Podrick still a virgin?
Now, you’d be forgiven if you think that he wasn’t. And while this may not seem like a major plot point, it’s one of the show’s biggest mysteries. Remember back in season three, when Tyrion took him to one of the city’s brothels?
However, Podrick returned with the payment he was meant to leave at the establishment, causing Tyrion and Bronn countless grey hairs, trying to figure out what Pod had done exactly.
When asked outright what he did to the women, Podrick simply said, “lots of things.” Tyrion asked for details, but we never heard said details. Watch from 1 min 15 seconds.
Skip to season eight, when Jaime, Podrick, Tyrion, and Brienne played a version of “never have I ever” during the feast. They had to drink if someone else made a correct statement about them.
When Tyrion told Brienne, “You’re a virgin,” the focus was on the knight’s reaction, but Podrick also drank. Curiouser and curiouser…
Tyrion spilt Cersei’s big secret
When Tyrion walked up to the city gates to talk a bit of sense into his sister, he told her to reconsider the war ahead, “if not for yourself then for your child.”
Euron only found out that Cersei was pregnant in this episode, even though Jaime and Tyrion had known since season 7. And when Cersei told Euron about the pregnancy, she made it sound like it was his child.
But it’s Jaime’s child, conceived before she met Euron. How would Tyrion know about Euron’s child? Oopsie. If Euron is smart, he’ll figure out that he’s not the father. The scene wouldn’t be included for no reason…
“Green eyes that you’ll shut forever.”
This is pure speculation on my part, but remember Melisandre’s prophesy about Arya shutting “brown eyes, green eyes, blue eyes?” We know now that the blue eyes referred to the Night King. Walder Frey had brown eyes.
It may just be my imagination, but Daenerys’ eyes appeared greener than usual in this episode. Arya told Jon earlier that both she and Sansa doesn’t trust Daenerys.
Could it be? Will Arya kill the Dragon Queen? But Cersei has green eyes too. Fun times.
Other minor details from Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4
The final scenes were heartbreaking and Missandei dying in chains was messed up. However, it brings another level of meaning to her last word. ‘Dracarys’ is the word Dany used to set her free from chains in the first place.
Daenerys is set to take revenge on anyone who crosses her, and she resembles the mad king more and more as the season progresses. Still, she has some ways to go before she reaches Cersei’s level of vileness.
Speaking of Dany, she wore full Targaryen-red for the first time in this episode. It could be a foreshadowing that she’s now ready to embrace the ‘fire’ part of her House’s slogan. In the truest sense of the word.
Arya and the Hound riding off together on horseback is a nod to their time on the road together during earlier seasons. They do have a strange friendship, those two. Strange but adorable.