Sun. Jul 21st, 2019

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6: Here’s what you may have missed

game of thrones season 8 episode 6And now their watch is ended. Some of the hidden clues you might have missed in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6. Warning: spoilers ahead.

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The day we’ve been dreading for eight years finally arrived. Game of Thrones is no more, season 8 episode 6 was the end of that chapter. I’m not the only one who feels a bit empty inside, am I?

Anywho, the Game of Thrones season finale was jam-packed with references to past seasons, particularly the first seasons. In this article, we’ll look at all the easter eggs and throwbacks you may have missed.

Two episodes back the Internet nearly blew went up in a cloud of dust when a Starbucks coffee cup was left was on set. Did you spot the plastic water bottle in this week’s episode?

Please note that this article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6, titled The Iron Throne. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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I’m stoked that three of my predictions came to pass. Sansa was crowned Queen, even though it was Queen in the North and not Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.

In addition, the actual Iron Throne is no more – thanks, Drogon! – and Bronn finally got his castle. It only took eight years, but hey, he made it in the end.

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 easter eggs

The opening credits

In the fifth episode’s opening credit scene, we saw those pesky dragon-killing crossbows known as Scorpions lining the walls of King’s Landing.

In the final’s opening scene, King’s Landing and the Red Keep were shown as ruins. The gate was gone and the walls had collapsed, after Dany flew Drogan over the city and burned it to the ground in episode five.

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Dany’s death is a throwback to Ygritte

While Jon didn’t kill Ygritte (dammit, Ollie!), she did die in his arms, just like Daenerys did. The writers had some fun with this scene, as Daenerys dying on the ice was also similar to Jon dying in season 5.

The most painful part of that scene, for me personally, was when Drogon realised his mommy is dead. I’d like to believe deep down that he knew all along Jon did the right thing.

He knew it was Iron Throne that corrupted Dany. I won’t lie, it was exhilarating seeing that dreadful thing melt down.

The thirst is real

Midway through the episode we get the Great Council scene in the Dragonpit. The most important lords and ladies of realm got together to decide on Jon and Tyrion’s fate, and appoint a new ruler.

It must have been a taxing episode to film because John Bradly, the actor who portrayed Samwell Tarly, had to keep himself hydrated during filming. Look closely – there’s a plastic water bottle peeking out from behind his show.

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A Song of Ice and Fire

Many fans postulated that the series would end with an older Samwell Tarly (possible portrayed by George R. R. Martin himself) narrating the events of Game of Thrones.

What we got was close enough. At the end, when Bran the Broken’s Small Council gathers for the first time, Samwell gives Tyrion a big heavy tome, aplty titled A Song of Ice and Fire.

For those who don’t know, the television adaption that is Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s books, titled A Song of Ice and Fire.

If you’ll recall, Archmaester Ebrose told Samwell in an earlier season that he was writing The Chronicles of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert I.

At the time, Sam suggested that it’s an awfully boring title, and suggested calling it A Song of Ice and Fire instead. That brings us to Tyrion’s part in the story.

Tyrion’s snub an inside joke

Tyrion has been with us since the first episode and he’s played a vital part in connecting all the important people and important scenes throughout the series.

When Sam hands him the tome, he asks if Archmaester Embrose wrote favourbly about him, only for Sam to say that Tyrion is not even mentioned in the A Song of Ice and Fire.

That’s hilarious, considering that Tyrion is the protagonist of the show. He had more screen time and lines than any other character, including Jon Snow and Daenerys!

“I once walked into a brothel with a honeycomb and a jackass”

Tyrion has mentioned this during season one and again in season six. In fact, it was probably one of my favourite scenes from the first season. I was delighted when he brought it up again during the small council meeting.

Just as the show is wrapping up, Tyrion is heard saying, “I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel…”

We will probably never know how that story ends, but Retro21 on Reddit has a pretty plausible punchline for the joke.

Arya’s travels

Now that I’m busy comparing pictures, practically every scene in season’s 8 finale was a callback to an earlier episode. Take Arya, for example.

Years ago, as she was going to Jon at the Wall but couldn’t find a ship to take her there, Arya made an impulsive decision to go to Braavos instead. The season ended where she was standing on the bow of a ship, excited about what the future holds.

Season 8 ended on a similar note for Arya, except this time, she’s on her own ship, proudly flying the Stark banner, sailing into the great unknown. Arya always wanted to find out what’s west of Westeros.

How many other Game of Thrones fans out there are praying to the Old Gods and the New, to R’hllor, the Drowned God, the Great Stallion and the Many-Faced God that we get a spin-off of Arya on her travels?

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