Winter is here: Everything you need to know about S8 E1 of Game of Thrones

Buckle up troops, because the most hotly anticipated TV show is back, and you’re in for a bumpy ride.

That’s right, Game of Thrones is back after two years, and boy, was it worth the wait. We’re here every week to recap what went on the night before, and make sure you’re up to date on the need to know.

So, if you’ve not watched it yet, don’t read any further as there are major spoilers ahead.

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The episode opens with Jon and Daenerys arriving at Winterfell with their armies, learning that the White Walkers have broken through the Wall.

The pair receive an icy reception from Sansa and the Northerners, who feel he has abandoned the North when they need him most and returned with an outsider as the new leader. Bran is also less than enthusiastic about seeing his brother/cousin for the first time since season one.

The tension between Sansa and Daenerys is evident, and Jon decides to escape by going for a solitary, brooding walk, like he often does. It’s here that he’s reunited with Arya, in a reunion that we’ve been waiting so long for, and she reminds him of the importance of family values now that his new girlfriend has moved in.


Meanwhile, in Kings Landing, Cersei is unbothered by the fact that the White Walkers have broken through the Wall, knowing that it will be Jon and Daenerys who will be worst affected first of all.

She’s joined forces with Euron Greyjoy and the Golden Company, to protect her position on the Iron Throne, and in a move that is particularly uncharacteristic for all sorts of reasons, she sleeps with him, despite his distinct lack of elephants.

We also learn that Yara Greyjoy is still alive, and while Euron is with Cersei, Theon makes a reappearance, rescuing his kidnapped sister. Both decide to head north to fight with the Starks.


Back in Winterfell, Jon takes his first ride on a dragon. It goes particularly smoothly, possibly due to the fact the dragons can sense he’s a Targaryen.

In yet another iconic reunion, Arya catches up with Genrdy and puts in an order for a new weapon. We catch a glimpse of some dragon glass and can only assume Arya is about to become even more badass.

Daenerys bumps into Sam and confesses to killing his brother and father, in a move that, understandably, upsets him greatly (you’ll need your tissues for this moment).

Sam tracks down Jon, after being convinced to do so by the emotionless void that is Bran, and tells him not only about Daenerys’ muderous ways, but also about his true heritage: he is Aegon Targaryen, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, making him heir to the Iron Throne.

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At the Wall, we learn that Tormund and his men are alive following its destruction and bump into the remaining members of the Night’s Watch. They stumble across a child stuck to a cave wall surrounded by a spiral of limbs (grim, we know), marking the fact that the Night King has been here.

The episode ends with Jamie Lannister arriving at Winterfell, and spying Bran, who hasn’t left the courtyard in what seems to be several days, probably anticipating Jamie’s arrival. The pair haven’t seen each other since Jamie pushed Bran out of a window in the very first episode of the series, so we’re sure they’re delighted to be reunited.

The packed episode left no stone unturned and we can’t wait to see what episode two has in store. At least we don’t have to wait two years for the next instalment.

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