Sport of Thrones season eight premiere recap: Winterfell is right here (and so are the reunions) – CNET

All within the household…


Jon Snow has been mumbling in regards to the coming chilly for seven seasons, the residents of King’s Touchdown have been pulling their winter woollies out of the again closet and now it is lastly time. Winter is right here! 

Sport of Thrones season eight kicked off with a bang on Sunday and episode one was every part we hoped for. And since this present is extra sophisticated than the Dewey Decimal system on the Citadel library, we have got every part it’s essential know from episode one in a helpful recap.

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The short catch-up from Season 7

The place did we finish season 7? Listed here are the fundamentals to get you all caught up. 

The Lannisters

Cersei Lannister promised to affix the combat in opposition to the White Walkers, however *psyche* she plans on reneging and leaving the remainder of Westeros to combat them up north whereas she chills in King’s Touchdown. However she’s employed a mercenary military to assist combat them once they’re achieved killing the undead. Additionally, Cersei says she’s pregnant with baby-daddy-brother Jaime’s baby, however he bailed from King’s Touchdown to combat the useless at Winterfell.Tyrion Lannister has betrayed his fam, and remains to be advising Daenerys. 

The Starks

Jon Snow has pledged his allegiance to Daenerys (oh he pledged alright) and the 2 have formally entered the bone zone. BUT (and it is an amazing butt) they’re associated. Nonetheless, Auntie Dany and her nephew Jon are planning to combat the undead collectively.Arya and Sansa are in Winterfell, having simply killed Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. Sisters, doing it for themselves.Bran remains to be sitting in his room, telling folks he is the Three-Eyed Raven. That boy actual modified after spending the summer time at tree camp.

The White Walkers

The undead have formally breached the wall and are marching south. Oh and so they have a dragon now — Viserion the ice dragon is about to mess issues up.

Episode 1 Recap: Reunions are coming

For these of us who simply rewatched the wall-melting, dead-marching, ice-dragoning motion of the tip of season 7, the season eight premiere was much more about establishing motion and plot factors for the episodes forward. 

Daenerys’ armies are on their means north and meaning it is time for everybody to descend on Winterfell and take inventory earlier than the battle in opposition to the undead begins. 

You need reunions? You’d higher consider you are going to see some reunions!

Everybody’s right here! Tyrion sees Sansa and so they have the sort of “whatcha been as much as?” banter that you simply’d have along with your ex-husband at parent-teacher night time. Jon sees Arya! The 2 play a sport of “try my candy sword” and Arya massively downplays how many individuals she’s killed. It was the Winterfell equal of your greater brother asking you what number of beers you had at that underage celebration. Everybody sees Bran, however all of them sort of fake they need to go ship that essential raven so they do not have time to speak now, sorry. 

Dany marches into Winterfell prefer it’s no massive factor.

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However there is no time for reunions now! The Lords of the North are coping with the truth that Jon bent the knee (and his coronary heart, awww!) to Dany. What occurred to the King of the North? Since when did pledging allegiance to the Starks imply a 2-for-1 cope with a Targaryen? Jon defends his resolution (in between making some fairly hectic “Get down low and Snow, Snow, Snow” eyes at Dany) and the final temper is that everybody must band collectively to combat the useless. In the meantime, Sansa, who has been doing fairly a superb job of operating logistics in Winterfell, thanks very a lot, feels a bit like a bunch who’s simply came upon dinner goes to have an additional 10,000 company. She positively would not have sufficient leftovers for all these armies. Additionally, do dragons eat gluten free?

In the meantime at King’s Touchdown

TFW your enemies are about to be sorted out by zombies…


Cersei, who has significantly upped her epaulette sport since Season 7 (armoured shoulder pads are in) is kind of delighted to study that the useless have damaged via the Wall and are on their approach to go full brain-buffet on Winterfell and Daenerys’ armies. This woman has a confirmed report with being fairly chill in regards to the undead (see: Zombie Mountain). 

With all that free time, now that she would not need to battle wights, Cersei makes time for The World’s Worst Fiancé, Euron Greyjoy. He is torn himself away from enjoying Xbox on his boat to look in Cersei’s throne room (which has been upgraded since final season with some beautiful forged iron fireplace pits — $165 on Amazon). Greyjoy presents Captain Strickland, the brand new chief of the Golden Firm mercenary military. Think about a poor man’s Jaime Lannister — he is sort of good trying, however in a “I simply obtained right here, who’re you?” means. He is in all probability going to be essential later, therefore the borderline hotness. 

However seems the Golden Firm would not fairly match its Tinder profile pic with regards to head rely or battle elephants and Cersei is visibly disenchanted. However nothing that a little bit bed room time with Euron will not repair. Simply quietly, “I needed these elephants” is nearly the perfect post-coital line I’ve heard in a TV present. 

You know the way else Cersei likes to ease her stress? By placing a bounty on her brothers’ heads! (That is proper, brothers PLURAL!) We catch Ser Bronn in a brothel (with bare girls — that is your cue to drink when you’re enjoying a Sport of Thrones ingesting sport). Qyburn the mad scientist offers him a candy crossbow and intimates that Cersei loves a little bit dramatic irony. Kill Tyrion and Jaime with the identical crossbow that killed her father? Bronn, ever the sell-sword, accepts. 

MEANWHILE. Again on the Iron Island’s battle boats we have now realized that Yara Greyjoy is alive. What disappeared in Season 7 might by no means die! Youthful brother Theon involves rescue her (hopefully making good for his poor actions final season). After a little bit sibling jostling (oh, I solely headbutt ‘trigger I care), the 2 are on good phrases once more. However Theon’s coronary heart is elsewhere and Yara, sensing this, offers him go away to go and combat with the Starks. 

Magic dragon journey!

Again at Winterfell the armies are nonetheless gathering, so there’s time for a effectively earned magic carpet journey — sorry, dragon joyride — for Jon and Dany. Cue 108 seconds of full fan service that, let’s not lie, we have now all completely been ready for. They fly to a waterfall (the ghost of Ygritte quietly curses Jon’s obvious penchant for cave intercourse) and the dragons watch as they make out. 

Sure, that is the equal of going house with a date who refuses to kick their three Basset Hounds out of the bed room (Jon Snow makes some nice eye contact with Drogon mid kiss) however it’s Grade-A content material that’s right here for the Jon & Dany shippers. 

“I can present you the world…”


We minimize away from Pervy Drogon to Gendry, who’s busy smithing weapons out of dragonglass (seems he is a boss at that) and, what’s that, one other reunion?

It is the Hound coming face-to-face with Arya! “You left me to die,” he says. “First I robbed you,” she retorts. It is a bit of a nothing reunion, to be sincere, however possibly The Hound is correct: Arya is a “chilly little bitch” now and he or she is not right here to have some lovely second with the person who killed her pal (bear in mind Mycah, the Butcher’s Boy? Candy mercy that was a very long time in the past — I am going to forgive you for forgetting). 

We get a bit extra from Arya’s reunion with Gendry (with some extra “oh hey, try my candy dagger” motion). Arya performed it very cool and I’m positively prepared to contemplate delivery these two. She additionally put in an order with Gendry for a customized piece of weaponry. We solely get a fast look but it surely seems to be like a chunk of dragonglass that attaches to an current hilt (possibly her Valyrian metal dagger?) Man, I hope this turns into Arya’s Knifey-Spoony. 

In the meantime, Dany’s again from Make-out Creek and runs into Sam! An lovely meet cute. As a result of that is bumbling Samwell Tarly, nobody has advised him his father and brother are useless. Whose job was that?! Jorah, possibly? Daenerys tells him they died by dragon fireplace as a result of they would not bend the knee. Sam runs outdoors to seek out the closest bathroom cubicle to cry in, however as an alternative finds Bran creeping within the courtyard. (Sorry, it is not Bran. It is the Three-Eyed Raven. FFS, Bran, you make it exhausting to love you). Raven Boy tells Sam it is time to fill Jon in on his awkward lineage (awkward that it seems he is a king, awkward as a result of he is been necking his aunt — not nice all spherical). 

Sam meets Jon within the crypt and tells Jon the reality: “You are the true king. Aegon Targaryen, sixth of his title, protector of the realm. All of it.” Jon is… not stoked. However kudos to Package Harington for appearing the feelings of “reanimated bastard who’s simply realized his Girlfriend-Queen is now his Aunt-Inferior.” These years of appearing college simply paid off.

Evening King woz right here

Reveal! Tormund Giantsbane did not die within the nice wall soften of 2017. He is alive! In fact, the present spoiled that in its personal trailer for Season eight, however when you did not know then right here was one other reunion for you. Tormund is on the Final Fireplace (house to Home Umber, a household of the north pledged to Home Stark) with Beric “Simply Wait Whereas I Gentle My Sword” Dondarrion. They discover the final remaining members of the Evening’s Watch, together with Eddison Tollett (man, I did NOT suppose this man would survive again in season 1), who reveal that the Evening King has been via and left his calling card. 

What’s that? A toddler stapled to the wall surrounded by limb items? You would have simply left a Submit-it observe. The wall boy is Ned Umber, who earlier within the episode had been despatched to collect the final of his household’s males to affix Jon and Dany’s northern military, however as an alternative obtained became a wight (that was a pleasant leap scare) and pinned up on the planet’s most miserable Catherine wheel. They mild him on fireplace (as a result of what is the level of a Catherine wheel when you do not mild it up) and get some a lot wanted heat earlier than trudging on. 

After all of the waterfall makeouts and dragon flights, that is the Sport of Thrones gore we bear in mind. Plus, the spiral sample on the wall is one we have seen since season 1, and it positively holds significance. 

Yet one more factor…

Within the closing moments of the present, a darkish and mysterious rider arrives at Winterfell (would not or not it’s candy if this how the Evening King rocked as much as kill everybody). But it surely’s not the Evening King. It is — reveal — Jaime Lannister!

In fact, there’s Bran, watching him like a creeper throughout the courtyard. However then once more, he in all probability knew Jaime was coming. Do not you already know? He is the three-eyed raven. He is sort of an enormous deal. Breathe it in, as a result of that is one among Sport of Thrones’ last cliffhangers ever. 

The decision

There wasn’t a substantial amount of motion, however this episode is unquestionably laying floor work for what we’ll see within the remaining 5 episodes of this season. It appears like the proper bridge to attach the motion of season 7 with the battles and drama nonetheless to come back. For die-hard followers wanting an enormous bang, you will in all probability want to attend a little bit longer. However for many who love the fan service of all their favorites coming collectively, then this was good enjoyable. 

“The best way to Prepare Your Dragon four” — 7 out of 10.

We’ll be again subsequent week, however for the time being, you’ll be able to try the trailer for episode 2 right here

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