This week saw the premiere episode of the final season of Game of Thrones. The episode stepped aside from the usual violence that we are accustomed to in GOT and instead focused on several reunions. Whether it be Jon Snow and Arya Stark’s highly awaited emotional reunion or even the twist at the end which saw Jamie Lannister return to Winterfell and come face-to-face with the boy the Kingslayer threw off the tower in season 1, Bran Stark. Finally, there was also the revelation by best friend Samwell Tarly to Jon Snow about his true Targaryen heritage.
However, the most shocking moment of the episode was The Night King’s sigil reveal made up of Ned Umber’s body and severed arms. When Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill was asked about the sigil, he revealed to New York Post, “As we saw with Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, the spiral pattern was sacred to the Children of the Forest, who created The Night King by sacrificing a captured man in a spiral “henge of stones.” The Night King then adopted the symbol as a sort of blasphemy, like Satan with the upside-down cross.”
Meanwhile, episode 2 of Game of Thrones Season 8 will commence with a war brewing that shows Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen aligned on one side and ready to battle.
On the other hand, there is the highly awaited trial of one returning Jamie Lannister at the hands of Queen Khaleesi for the murder of her father, Aerys II Targaryen aka The Mad King.