Time stood still this past Sunday, as millions and millions of homes sat glued to their television sets in anticipation of the moment Game of Thrones season 7 finally returned to television.
From the moment that Arya slayed the Frey’s it was obvious the new season was going to be special, and the first episode did not let us down.
But what about all the things you missed? What about the Easter Eggs and set ups for the remainder of the season? Don’t worry though, we’ve got your back! So let’s look at all the things you missed in the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 7.
1. You’re a Maester, Samwell
After being denied access to the restricted library, Sam take it upon himself to steal the keys anyway, and heads off to look at the forbidden books anyway. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s straight out of the pages of Harry Potter.
2. A Cure for the Incurable?
This was a real blink and you’ll miss it moment, because the focus of the shot was not on the text contained in Sam’s book. While most viewers attention was drawn to talk of Dragonglass being used as a weapon, the keen-eyed ones among us spotted that the text on the left-hand page describes Dragonglass as a cure for the dreaded Greyscale.
It’s no coincidence then that Jorah is hiding himself away in a cell in the Citadel. If he doesn’t end up as the guinea pig for this theory I’ll eat the contents of those bed pans Sam was cleaning out.
3. The Catspaw
Something else we spotted in the pages of Sam’s forbidden books was a dagger that looked an awful lot like the famed Catspaw blade. If you cast your minds back far enough, you may recall this is the same blade used in season 1 in a failed assassination of Bran Stark. These things aren’t planted for shits and giggles – all the signs point to its return before the end of season 7, but what is its significance?
4. For hands of gold are always cold…
If you can put your immense contempt for Ed Sheeran’s cameo to one side, you need to recognise just how important his screen time actually was.
Although Ed’s character, who we can only assume was named Hiddeous McGinger (joking), claims the song he sings is “A new one”, it’s actually from the earlier George RR Martin novels and relates to Tyrion Lannister. In the novels, a bard name Simon the Silver Tongue blackmails Tyrion with this very ditty, as it has the potential to expose the characters affair with Shae.
In Game of Thrones season 7 though, the lyrics can easily be translated as being about Jaime Lannister (hands of gold) and his forbidden love/hate relationship with his sister Cersei:
“For she was his secret treasure / she was his shame and his bliss.”
5. Sansa, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms?
When Jon Snow pointed out that his sister Sansa sounded like she admired Cersei Lannister, Sansa did not deny it. Instead, the former meek and mild Stark daughter replied: “I learned a great deal from her”.
This could have been a throw away line, but there’s simply no denying Sansa appears to be morphing into her sworn enemy. If you don’t believe us, just look at her hair style! Before we know it she’ll be blowing up religious cults and sleeping with her brother.
“If you’re her enemy, she’ll never stop until she’s destroyed you. Everyone who’s ever crossed her she’s found a way to murder”, Sansa told her brother. Well, if King Joffrey and Ramsay Bolton are anything to go by, Sansa isn’t doing too bad herself.